Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This 'n that

How's that for a very unimaginative blog title but it's about time for an update and my brain isn't coming up with anything better! While I still have my stitching mojo there’s no doubt that I’m in ‘summer’ mode at the moment. Add in DH having a week off work and while we didn’t really do very much there was some pottering around and pottering around definitely eats into my stitching time!!!

When I have been stitching I’ve continued to work on this one…..

I am hoping that I will have this part finished before the next part is released! There I was thinking I’d have this stitched in a couple of weeks, plenty of time to pick up something else and then go back to this one. Not so!!!! It is coming together nicely though and, alphabet lover that I am, I’m looking forward to stitching the bottom row of letters!!!

Remember I stitched BBD’s Glad Tidings a month or so ago? I sent it to KarenV to finish for me. There is a ribbon trim along the back so this can be hung on a wall (and it will eventually be doing that). I love what she’s done, love the green beads and gold trim that she used. As soon as this one arrived home I asked her to do another one for me so I’ll have that to share in the next week or two.

And before I go….. I have managed to do one of my monthly ‘smalls’. Here is the August pillow from the Nikyscreations Primitive Calendar. Stitched on 32ct lambswool linen and using the suggested DMC threads.

Do you see the little antique button? I received this and several others from my stitching friend Denise and I thought it would work perfectly on this one.

Hope all is well with you and yours. Never mind my blogging, I’m miserably behind in my blog reading and commenting. Hopefully I'll be starting to rectify that soon!

Until next time….

Monday, August 8, 2011

Home again

Well, a week away without taking any stitching with me and you can guess that means that I don’t have too much stitching to report! Here’s my progress on the BBD’s LF Summer, mostly what was stitched before we headed off.

With perfect timing, the day before we left, I did receive a package from Deb with three ornaments which I had sent to her to be finished. These were stitched earlier this year as part of my month Christmas ornament stitch. As always, I’m thrilled with what she’s done with these.

The two BOAF ornaments are from the chart Memories of Christmas (now OOP unfortunately) and the 3rd one is a Homespun Elegance chart, Blessings.

DH and I have just returned from a week in England. Part of the time we stayed in Leeds and spent a day in York, somewhere that I had always wanted to visit. We did a tour of York Minster which was wonderful. DH was game enough to climb the 275 steps of the Central Tower to get these wonderful views over York and the surrounding area. I didn’t! I choose the more relaxing option of sitting outside on the steps enjoying the sun and people watching!
I had noticed that there was a Quilt Museum on the info map so couldn’t pass that by.

A lovely half hour was spent walking round looking at the quilts both old and new. No pics allowed to be taken of the quilts but if you click here you can read more about the exhibition.

On our way home we spent a night in the Lake District. Again, a first for us, usually we’re driving past this area either heading to our destination or heading home. Even with all the clouds in the picture we didn’t have one drop of rain while we were there.

We stayed here,the Britannia Inn in Elterwater. What a lovely spot and given that we had booked this online so didn’t have a personal recommendation it ended up being a little gem!

A week without stitching did mean I came home and couldn’t wait to pick up a needle and thread again. I’ve started working on something that I can’t share just yet as it’s to be a gift and I also need to get busy on Christmas ornament for this month and the other monthly stitching commitments I have. I'm due a package from KarenV who has done another wonderful finishing job for me. I asked her to hang on to the piece until I was back home before sending it. So, next time I blog I'll be sharing that.

Goodness! I think these are the most pics and links that I've posted at one time so hopefully they all work!!!! As always thanks for all your lovely comments and for taking the time to drop by! I am looking forward to catching up on blogs and seeing what everyone has been working on while I've been away.

Until next time….