Saturday, September 10, 2016

And then it was 6 months later.........

Hi everyone!  I know, six months since I last blogged…….while my posts have been somewhat infrequent over the last couple of years I do have to say that leaving it this long was not in the plan!!!  I’d started out this year with the intention of trying to blog once a month and well, look how far I got with that?!?!?!  It’s been a combination of things – life (mostly that!), stitching mojo going walkabout which led to blogging mojo going walkabout and…….well, you get the picture.  However, the last few weeks I’ve been feeling like my stitching mojo is returning which, in turn, has led me to thinking about getting a blog post out there.  Of course, when I started to take pictures of what I wanted to share I realised that there were more than I thought there were going to be so, excuse this picture heavy blog post.  If you stick with me right to the end of it, well, we’ll be back on track.

First up, last time round I had started to share progress pics of the current BBD Garden Club Series.  Well, I finished this one…
BBD's Honey Bee #3 in Garden Club Series

Then, I got to this one and finished it as well….

BBD's Sweet Home #4 in the Garden Club Series

You’ll notice I haven’t filled in the wording yet. Somehow Sweet Home Belfast just doesn’t have the right ring to it so I’ve left that blank until I come up with an alternative.

I was really on a roll with these and finished this one…..

BBD's Tulip and Lily #6 in the Garden Club Series

And then?  Then I ground to a halt. Do you think this stopped me buying the charts as they were released?  Of course not….

Let’s just say I have good intentions and leave it at that for now.

My lovely friend Margaret (no blog) celebrated a birthday in May and I decided to stitch this scissor holder for her…..

Bobines Cheries by Marie Suarez using suggested fabric and thread

This is an older chart by Marie Suarez but I think it is still available.  Casa Cenina in Italy stock her charts and I know they ship worldwide.  They also stock the wooden spool.

In August I celebrated a birthday and my dear friend Carol, who many of you know from her blog, Stitching Dreams, sent me the sweetest gift….

Look at the cute little spools she added to the cording!!

Carol already knows how much I love what she sent.  The little pillow has found the perfect spot, the fabric will soon be used and the chart is a ‘must stitch’ for me. 
Carol, thank you again my friend for both your kindness and your friendship.

September has rolled around and it’s hard to believe that we’re heading into autumn.  Last year, I had the best of intentions of having these stitched and finished to be out on display.  Well, you can guess what happened….yes,  they were stitched but I never managed to put them together.

This year though?  Yesterday was very definitely an autumnal day here, heavy rain and strong winds, and it was the impetus I needed to get everything gathered together with the end result being this….

These were stitched using 32ct fabric from my stash and the suggested threads.

One final thing to share is my current WIP.  Yes, I actually have something on the go and I am enjoying every stitch….

This is Sitting Pretty by Sheepish Designs.  I came across this chart completely by chance several months ago.  I’d been searching for another design on the Casa Cenina website and going through the list of designers.  Lo and behold, I saw Sheepish Designs listed there and did a double take as I’d never seen it listed before given how her charts are pretty much OOP now.  Of course, I had to take a look and this chart, plus another one was sitting there for sale.  You can guess, I had to have them!!!  I’m thinking they may have only had a couple of copies (maybe someone found them doing a stock inventory) as once I’d bought the charts Sheepish Designs was no longer listed. 

Sitting Pretty I’m stitching in a mix of the suggested colours some overdyeds, some DMC.  I preferred the DMC alternative for the birds so have gone with that.  I am loving the colours as it comes together.  I'm using 32ct cream linen from my stash.

The flower head is filled in with satin stitches so I’m waiting until all the cross stitch is completed before working on that.  I am certainly hoping that next time I blog I will be reporting this one as a finish.

And, if you’ve hung in with me to now, I do believe I’m up-to date!!  No promises that I’ll be blogging every week (I’m back in England next week so that is highly unlikely!) but I will try not to leave it another 6 months!!  Given that my mojo seems to have returned I’m hopeful that I will have things to share and WIP’s to report on.

Hope all is well with you and yours.  Until next time….  


Vickie said...

Hooray! It is Lois!! I love the scissor holder gift you made. Your grandsons are precious. That is so wonderful you are able to get over there and be with them.♥ Wow! You got a lot of finish work done. Congrats!!

Marilyn said...

All great projects and finishes.
The Grandsons are too cute.

Brigitte said...

Great to see a new post from you, Lois. And it's so full of eye candy.
I love the BBD Garden Club series, these designs are all very lovely. But I decided that I won't buy them until I will have stitched some of the BBD charts that I already have - far too many :)
Such a great gift you made for your friend Margaret. And another great gift received from Carol.
You seem to have been on a finishing spree with all these sweet Halloween designs. They all make a wonderful Halloween basket.
I love Sheepish designs and have some of their charts in my stash. To be stitched somewhen ... Your project is beautiful.

Congratulations on being a grandmother for the second time. Such a sweet little boy. All my very best wishes to the young family and the grandparents :)

Margaret said...

So good to see a blog post from you! Your grandkids are adorable! Congratulations on the new grandson! How wonderful that you can rent a place close to your grandkids' home to be there and enjoy watching them grow. I love all the stitching! The BBD series is something I've been enjoying seeing everywhere. It's so pretty! Love everything else too! the b'day gift from Carol is wonderful too. I'm glad you're on instagram so I can follow you there!

Jackie said...

It's always a pleasure to see your posts! I'm not posting often either and am not as active on Instagram as I should be. It's enough though and it's felt good to not be obligated and be more spontaneous with posting!

The gift from Carole is so very sweet!

You finishes are wonderful and the grands so precious!

Melissa said...

Lois, it's lovely to see your post with all your wonderful stitching. I love that scissor holder you stitched for your friend, and of course anything from Carol is always a delight.

Congrats on the arrival of grandson #2! No wonder you've been busy! Have fun!

Beth said...

Lovely gift from Carol. Like your autumnal finishes.

Justine said...

It doesn't look to me like your stitching mojo went anywhere - that's a very impressive display of BBD finishes! I love the ornaments you recently finished too, such beautiful autumnal colours.
Congratulations on the latest addition to your family - he looks adorable as does big brother!

Caroline said...

Gorgeous stitching and congratulations on your new granchild!! I think that our blogs are mostly little snapshots for ourselves and letting people into our lives, don't worry about the amount of time between posts. No guilt! Lovely photos :-)

Barb said...

Grand children are the best reason I can think of to not be up to date on blogging. You have certainly done lots of lovely stitching. Nice to see you back!

Von said...

So nice to find your post in my feeds today! You've done some lovely stitching, and added a wonderful grandson to your family - congratulations!!

Carol said...

I would always choose spending time with those two cuties over blogging time, Lois! They are so sweet and how you must enjoy renting the flat nearby to watch every little change in them as they grow :)

Love your stitching, as always, and your newest Halloween pillows are adorable. I've enjoyed getting sneak peaks of your work on IG, but there is something special about seeing them all together in a nice post online, too :)

So glad you liked my (once again!) late birthday gift--I enjoyed stitching it for you!!

Wishing you a lovely warm September with lots of time spent with Daniel and Toby!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely to see a post from you Lois. I love the scissor holder - a very neat idea.
Casa Cenina are great to shop with, I've often found things there that I can't buy anywhere else.