Friday, August 23, 2013

Stitching update (aka when you can't think of a interesting blog post title!!!)

Good Friday morning everyone!  Time for an update before we hit another weekend. Life’s been busy, a trip to England which was a lot of fun, seeing our daughter and son-in-law for a couple of days and then on to see son #2 for a few days before heading home.

Right, let’s chat about stitching!  First up, the on-going Sampler Story.  I completed the second square for this month yesterday.  I'm actually quite chuffed that I've finished these two squares and there’s still some time to the end of the month. Any mermaid lovers out there?  You might like this square!


I enjoyed stitching this one, it seemed like quite a change from the other squares so far which added to the enjoyment.

Here’s a pic of the two completed squares for this month…


Next up is a finish to report!  Jingle all the Way by The Scarlett House. I’ve been working on this one on Sundays on Instagram so it feels like it’s taken me a while.


Love how the words and snowflakes pop off the fabric, I'm happy with how it turned out and I love how splodgy the fabric is but, it didn’t convince me that stitching on dark fabric was something I enjoyed! I stitched this on the suggested PTP Swamp fabric but used 32ct instead of 36ct and used a couple of Belle Soie silks that were already in my stash – Vanilla Pudding and Red Fox.

Next up is a progress pic of BN’s Lo How a Rose that I'm stitching in a SAL on Instagram on Wednesdays.  This week I feel like I finally made some good progress. We've all started in different spots and it is fun seeing how our pieces are growing.


Stitching this on the suggested antique white in 32ct and using a mix of the suggested overdyeds and DMC.

I celebrated a birthday last week and wanted to share the lovely package of goodies that arrived from dear Carol over at Stitching Dreams.  Many of you know, and are friends with Carol, and know what a sweet friend she is.  If you’re not familiar with her blog click here and you’ll discover for yourself what a lovely person she is.

When I unwrapped everything look at the lovely pillow I found inside…


then a pic of everything…...



Carol has the most amazing knack of knowing exactly what you would like to stitch.  Having seen this Stacey Nash chart on several blogs it was one that I had on my ‘must add to my stash and stitch’ list.  I love this chart.  I’d love to say that I’ll have it stitched by this Christmas but I think a more realistic view is that I will have started it but will be looking at a finish for next Christmas!!!  I love the little extras she included, the rusty bells and the perfect sticky notepad for me – I more than need one that will remind what I need to do!!!  Thank you Carol, you are a dear friend and I love what you sent - one of those packages that made me smile for the rest of the day!

So, that is what’s going on in my corner of the stitching world.  Hope all is well with you and yours and that you enjoy the upcoming weekend. I do appreciate you all dropping by my blog and leaving comments. I've been very remiss at keeping up-to-date and commenting on other blogs but I'm hoping to improve over the coming weeks.


Until next time…..

26 comments:

Chris said...

Happy Belated Birthday Lois! What a lovely package from Carol.
I hope that you have had a great time during your travels. Your projects are lovely. The fabric for Jingle All They Way is very cool but I can see where it might be hard to stitch on.
Have a great weekend!

Margaret said...

Happy belated birthday! I love your stitching projects! The mermaid on Sampler Story is such a change, you're right! Love her! Lovely present from Carol too! Glad you had a visit with your kids as well. Time for the US Open!

Jackie said...

Happy Belated Birthday! The pillow Carol sent is adorable. She is a beautiful stitcher/finisher!

The mermaid block is the perfect block to stitch in summer. Very whimsical too!

Vickie said...

Your stitching is lovely. Carol gives such beautiful gifts.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Belated birthday wishes Lois. You are so good at making steady progress with all your designs, it's lovely to see how they are growing. Lo' how a rose has lovely soft colours, very bonnie.

Jenny said...

Happy belated birthday Lois. Every time I visit your blog I admire your stitching. I am in love with The Sampler Story sampler and all the different blocks. What a lovely gift from Carol...I follow her blog and love all of her little finishes...the pillow she made is beautiful, as always :). Enjoy your day.

Melissa said...

Belated Happy Birthday, Lois! That's a lovely stitched pillow from Carol and the gifts included are sweet! I think the stitched Christmas sampler will be lovely.

Speaking of Christmas, I like Jingle All the Way! This should be in my stash!

One square at the time you are making good progress on A Sampler Story!

Cole said...

Happy Belated Birthday to you! Carol is a sweetie, what a lovely gift!

Great stitching :D

Catherine said...

Happy belated Birthday!! Love your stitches and the gift from Carol is wonderful!!

meggie said...

Hello

just found your blog.
Happy belated birthday and what a lovely gift from Carol.
Your stitching is beautiful!
Happy weekend (:

Heidi Cran said...

So happy to have found and read your blog my friend! I've now got it on my phone's home screen so I can check it regularly! Your stitching is an absolute delight and I look forward to many more SALs together! Heidi

Barb said...

What lovely projects! I admire anyone who does more than one project at a time. Carol's gift is perfect!

Myra said...

Your stitching is just fabulous! I try not to have more than 3 projects going at a time. Carol's gift is gorgeous - she is such a sweetie.

Raffaella said...

I'm also stitching "The sampler story."
It 's wonderful!
Raffaella

Raffaella said...

I'm also stitching "The sampler story."
It 's wonderful!
Raffaella

Mary said...

I especially love your mermaid Lois 0 she's a real siren! Happy belated birthday wishes as well. Hope it was a good one for you.

Katrina said...

Happy belated birthday!!!!! Gorgeous eye candy and what a sweet gift. I love, love, love that Stacy Nash piece and the cushion is so cute.

Maggee said...

My middle daughter's birthday was last week, and my sisters and brother's birthdays are this week--well and tomorrow. Busy time! Happy birthday, belatedly! What a really nice giftie from Carol--she IS a really lovely person. I took a look at my Lo How a Rose E'er... at least I know where it is now! Take care!

Penny said...

Sending belated birthday wishes your way! So nice you were able to spend time with family. Love the new additions to Sampler Story! The mermaid is different, but pretty. A lovely finish as well! And what wonderful gifts from Carol!!

Lesleyanne said...

Happy Belated Birthday. A gorgeous gift from Carol. Lovely stitching. Hope you enjoyed your trip to England.

Brigitte said...

Happy belated Birthday, and enjoy the beautiful and thoughtful gift made for you by Carol.
Oh Lois, I love all your stitching projects, tehy are just wonderful. It's always great to see a new block added to the Sampler Story. And Jingle is just amazing - fantastic to see how the thread colours pop out of the fabric. Very nice progress on Lo.

Andrea said...

Happy Belated Birthday!

Love the Jingle piece. I’m not a huge fan of hand-dyed fabric but this really does make it stand out. Looking forward to seeing how you finish it.

Karoline said...

Congratulations on finishing 'Jingle' and sampler story is looking gorgeous. Great progress on your other wips

Lovely gift from Carol, glad you had a great birthday

Sally said...

Happy Belated Birthday Lois. Gorgeous gifts from Carol.

Lovely progress on your pieces.

Anne said...

Happy Birthday Lois!! Love the progress on your Sampler story. Mermaids rock!! Jingle All the way has been on my list for sometime now. I love that mottled green with the red and white popping. I didn't know you started BN's Lo and what's kind of funny is that Melissa just gifted me a book with that design in it. I should start it pronto and be a part of the SAL! Such a lovely gift from Carol and I think those bells would look great on Jingle :D

Carol said...

Oh, the Jingle piece is such fun, Lois!! What a perfect fabric for it! I'm so glad you like my little pillow--I loved making it for you. Thank you for your kind words--and most of all your special friendship :)