Sunday, January 29, 2012

The bird, the bear & the peacock....

 Thanks everyone for all your encouragement to just knuckle down and get stitching that bird.  Ta-dah!! It's done. Mind you, I’ve realised that I’m not that into stitching larger areas with GA Maple Syrup.  Maybe it’s the dyelot I have, but it sure didn’t feel like there was much variation when I was stitching with it (does look a little bit better in the picture) and, truth be told, I found it a dreary colour to stitch so much with.   You can guess I was one happy camper when I put the final stitches in (I’ve just realised that I still need to stitch the eye so technically it’s not quite finished yet!!!).  I like this bird better now that it’s done but isn’t that always the way. 

My one stitching commitment this year is to stitch something Christmas-related each month.  My aim is to have a selection of PS santas and some ornaments by the end of this year.  This month I started off with a PS santa…..
From PS booklet #88 Old World Santas II.  Stitched on 32ct natural light linen & suggested DMC
The only thing that is slightly freaking me out is the bear’s eyes!  Can you see the crazy bear stare?!?!?!?! Of course, now that I’ve noticed it, I can’t stop seeing that every time I look at it!  The fabric in the background is what I used for the backing.

I recently won a giveaway that Sally was holding on her blog.  I’m one of those people who rarely win anything so it was the loveliest surprise when I heard from Sally to say that I’d won the BBD chart, Peacock Pinkeep.  It arrived a couple of days later and showing huge self-control I resisted  putting BBD LF Autumn to one side  but did allow myself to plan what threads I would use to stitch it and now have it all kitted up and ready to go.  I want to stitch it with more of a red so I’ve pulled out Belle Soie Poison Apple to go alongside the Tortoise Shell and will see how that works. Thank you Sally and, if any of you aren’t familiar with her lovely blog, click here or follow the link for Stitchyangel’s Treasures in my blog list on the right.   

Okay, enough ramblings from me for today.  Stitching plans this coming week include working on Christmas Garden again. I’m itching to get a bit more done on this one.  Seems like quite a few of us are stitching it and I’m enjoying seeing everyone’s progress.  Other than that, enjoy what’s left of the weekend!

Until next time……

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Stitching goings-on around here

Hi everyone!  Time for an update I think. Stitching goings-on around here have mostly been me stitching on BBD’s LF Autumn and Christmas Garden when I get the chance.  I picked Christmas Garden up again a couple of days ago and this is where I’ve got too. 

As for BBD’s LF Autumn, I need to get started on stitching the large bird but have to admit that it’s not filling me with much enthusiasm  at the moment so there's been more than a little bit of procrastination going on.

Time to knuckle down and just get on with it! I do want to spend a few more days on Christmas Garden before picking this one up again but, hopefully next time I blog, I’ll have the bird completed.  The Winter chart arrived through my letterbox a couple of days ago and I'm full of enthusiasm to stitch that part so I'm hoping that that's going to be the added incentive I need to focus the mind on some bird stitching!

Until next time!

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year, new start .. just not on the 1st....

Hi everyone!  New Year, new start?  Not quite…… I had plans, January 1st I was going to put the first stitches in BBD’s Christmas Garden (the chart and threads arrived with perfect timing on December 31st) but I got a little sidetracked and only started this one yesterday. 

I’m going with the suggested CC (loving Calico Kitty, first time I’ve used this colour) but have changed the fabric.  In an attempt to start to work through my fabric stash I’ve gone with some 32ct Lakeside Linen. Not sure of the colour (note to self, start pining the name to fabrics!!!!) I’d err on the side of Examplar, maybe Light Examplar. 

Something else that arrived with perfect timing.  On December 24th I received a lovely surprise in the mail from Carol at Stitching Dreams.  Inside was the most gorgeous PS Santa stitched over one and some pretty fabric which will soon be put to good use!  Others have talked about Carol’s over one stitching and how exquisite it is and I can certainly agree with them.  It is just perfect and I was thrilled to be able to hang this ornament on our tree in time for Christmas.  Thank you Carol!  If any of you aren’t yet familiar with Carol’s blog do click here or you’ll find her in my sidebar, and go meet Carol and read her wonderful blog.

After Christmas I did go back to this one, my poor, neglected BBD LF Autumn. 

I don’t think I’d put a stitch in it for almost a month and, given that the final part is now released, I reckoned I needed to get going on it again.  Not much progress (can you tell there wasn’t much stitching going on in my house over Christmas and New Year?!) but having picked it up again I plan on trying to keep working on it and Christmas Garden (maybe 2012 is going to be the year I finally conquer rotation!).

As for New Year resolutions.  I tend not to make them in my day-to-date life but I do like to set some stitchy ones. Only one monthly stitching commitment, and while it’s not going to be exclusively Christmas ornaments it will be on a Christmas theme.  I’m thinking PS Santas and a couple of ornaments in the mix.  I do want to try and show a little restraint as regards stash enhancement.  Using more of the fabric from my stash is top of that list, resisting the ‘must have straightaway’ (online shopping is way too easy!!) urge and, if I don’t have a thread colour, check if there is an alternative I can use that I already have.   Hmmmmm, lets see how I get with those ideas!

And so here we are into another year.  I do want to say thank you to everyone for their continued visits to my blog, to those who take the time to leave a comment and for the encouragement and friendship that have been part and parcel of being a blogger. When I started I never imagined that anyone, other than a few people, would take time to drop by and it still amazes me that so many people pop in to see what I’ve been up too!

Hope all is well with you and yours. May 2012 be a year of health, happiness and lots of stitching!

Until next time ……