Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Firstly, I would like to say a big and belated thank you to Rachael for my lovely prize. I took part in a draw on her blog and was lucky enough to be one of the winners. She very kindly sent me some hand died fabric and threads all in blue - one of my favourite colours!
And for this price I got:-
That's six packs of Mill Hill Beads, four bobbins of Petite Gold thread and twelve skeins of Needle Paints threads. Ohhhh! I do love a bargin.
There has also been some progress on Tempest, he is now sitting in half a cup! I'll sort a picture another day. And I've been stitching on HDYGG. I've now on part 11 and I've chosen and started some of the beads. So things are happening slowly.
Now, I have every intention of posting again before Christmas - but they way things are, who knows. So I know it's early, but just in case - Merry Christmas everybody, hope you all have a good one!
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I've now finished all the stitching on her so it's just the beading to do now for a finish.
I've also decided to do a Teresa Wentzler design. It's a freebee from her site called Tempest in a Tea Cup. All the goodies were delivered yesterday.
I've made a small start but not enough to show you just yet. I'm loving the colours of it although there are a lot of fractionals and colour blending, but it's only a small piece so I'm sure I'll be fine as long as I concentrate.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here, at last, is the picture of the Snow Poem that I'm doing as part of a SAL at Threads and Yarns. The picture doesn't show it very well but I've used a silver blending thread in with the red and the green so that it glistens to give it a festive feel.
It really won't take all that long to finish now. It's the piece I take with me to do while the girls do their swimming and ballet, so a few more lessons and it will soon be done.
I've also been putting in a lot of work on my Celtic Winter, and this is how she is looking now. I've still got quite a bit of white to put in on the front of her skirt in amongst the swirls.
I have decided to do her face and hand one over one, so the scissors are coming out tonight and I'm going to frog her features. This is her "Close Up" as she is.
I've given it quite a bit of thought, but having seen other people's when they've done one over one it does look really nice, and as the plan is to do all four seasons and they will be around the house for quite some time I think it is worth the effort to do it right now. I know that nobody would think "she should have done the face one over one" but I would know it could have been better so - wish me luck!
Happy stitiching everybody and thank you for your continued visits.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
• Link to the person who tagged you.
• Post the rules on your blog.
• Write six random things/unspectacular quirks about yourself.
• Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them.
• Let each person you have tagged know by leaving a comment on their blog.
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So here are my six random things:-
1) I don't like bananas
2) I once absailed down the outside of a 13 storey building in the middle of Bristol - I still don't quite believe I actually did it and it was years ago.
3) I am supposed to be related to Oliver Cromwell (not that we shout about that!)
4) I kill every plant I ever own except one which I've had for 20 years!
5) I'm typing this sitting at an antique desk that used to belong to my grandfather.
6) I love musicals - particularly things like Annie Get Your Gun and Severn Brides for Severn Brothers.
So my six nominies to play along (if they wish - nobody is forced to do this) are:-
Ta Ta for now
Friday, October 17, 2008
Anyway, on the way home from the hospital we stopped at Hobbycraft. It's is quite literaly on the way - honest. The only detour was into the car park. We needed to get some PVA glue for a project she has to do for school, but of course I just had to visit the cross stitch section. And I'm so glad I did. I've just picked up the beeds and specialist thread pack for Celtic Spring (I promise to finish Cletic Winter first). Anyway, it was on clearance reduced from £14.99 to an unbelievable £4.99. Well it was too good an opportunity to leave, wouldn't you agree? It's got four packs of mill hill beeds and four lots of gold braid. It would definately have cost me more to buy them separately.
I noticed I've been taged by Rachael and I promise to carry it on - soon.
I've also picked up a couple more eggs so please click on them to help them survive.
Many thanks to all who visit.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Here is progress so far.
I haven't forgotten that I promised a pic of "Snow Poem" and I will get one done.
You may have noticed the Dragon Egg on the side bar. If you would click on it I would be truly grateful as every click helps it to grow and hatch. Pop back from time to time to see how it's getting on. When it will hatch I don't know. It's all a game of wait and see. Fun though!
Saturday, October 4, 2008
I'm also joining in the Snow Poem stitchalong at threads and yarns, so I'll post a pic of my progress of that shortly.
Good news on DD's arm though. She just needs it in plaster for two more weeks, not the origianl four that we had been told. She will soon be running around as normal.
And DH finally starts the new job on Monday! Can't believe how long it has taken. Still have to wait a month for a pay pack of course, but at least we know it's coming now.
Happy stitching everyone!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I'm still missing beads on this, partly because I don't have any yet and partly because I would leave them to the end anyway. Each part stitches up really quickly and I'm enjoying learning all the speciality stitches.
Back to the hospital tomorrow to get DD's plaster changed. She's been in school yesterday and today and managed OK although she can't actually right anything. They let her use the computer to do her work, although even that is slow going with just her left hand to type with.
Monday, September 22, 2008
We had a slight disaster on Sunday, in that eldest daughter (10) managed to fall off her scooter and break her right arm. We got to the A&E at 8.50pm and got home at 2.30am - yep that's right nearly 6 hours in casualty. She's got a temp cast on at the moment which will be replaced with one of those fancy light ones on Friday. It was all a bit traumatic and we're both really tired so I'm off to bed in a moment.
Anyway, I just wanted to say thank you for your continued visits and watch this space for a proper stitchy update soon.
Ta Ta for now.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
However, things have improved. Hubby has been offered a job. Yippeee! He doesn't have a start date yet but it should be later this month. And I'm really enjoying my job so I think things are on an upward turn, at last. The job has meant I've not been updating my blog as often as I would like but I hope to improve on that. Thank you all for your words on encouragement, it is really appreciated and has helped over the last few weeks.
I've also been stitching away at Celtic Winter although progress has slowed down on that as I seem to be more tired in the evenings at the moment. Anyway, here's to happier times. Thank you all, again.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I do have one dilema though. I've just seen Rachael's update of her Celtic Lady and she's done the face and hands 1/1. I think it looks great like that, much finer and am tempted to unstitch what I've done and do it 1/1 as well. It's not that large an area when you think of the whole design. The question is, is it really worth it? I'll have to give it some more thought.
On a completely different subject, I have just started some part time work! It's a very odd feeling after 11 years at home with the children. But I think I'm going to enjoy it. Hubby is still spending all his time job hunting and the money I'm making is nowhere near what he was on but it does mean our savings will go another month before we are really in difficulty. It's amazing how much you can save when you really have to. We've had no luxuries at all this month but we've survived. Here's to hubby getting a job soon.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
I plan to concentrate on this for now and get the finish under my belt. Then probably back to Celtic Winter. My MIL has her eye on the HDYGG design so I'll gift that to her when it's finished.
Monday, August 18, 2008
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2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It’s actually really funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I’ll assume you’re playing the game and I’ll come to your blog and leave one about you.
3.Do you read my posts from a reader,blogroll or is this your first visit?
Sorry I've not been on here recently. I've been looking after my father who had a stroke last year. My mum went to a wedding in Estonia and he couldn't make it so we've been living up there and they don't have the internet.
However, I've not been idle. I took Celtic Winter up with me and have been working away on that and I've also completed parts 3 and 4 and started part 5 on How Does Your Garden Grow. So HDYGG now looks like this:-
I was a little worried about doing the rhodes hearts (the yellow bits in the strip that goes across). I have been reading Rachael's blog and she said she struggled with them and has given up. I've always admired Rachael's work (especially her hardanger) so I was worried that if she struggled so would I. I did have to frog the first one a couple of times but I got there eventually and the others seemed to flow from there.
Monday, August 11, 2008
I've still not got any beads for this yet but they will probably be easiest to add at the end anyway.
I got the latest issue of Cross Stitcher this week and they've got a lovely advent calender to stitch. I would really love to give it a go but it will have to wait for now.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
However, until then I still have plenty of projects on the go. I'm over halfway through a wabbit for the charity squares at Stitch Clubs; I've only done part one of How Does your Garden Grow and there are six parts available; Boquet for Cheryl has become a UFO and is three quarters done, and then, of course, there's my Celtic Lady which is enough to keep me going for quite some time on her own.
Long and the short of the whole thing is, that I will still be around if a little less active on the SAL front (which hubby would think is a good thing anyway! lol).
Friday, August 1, 2008
I haven't got round to doing any more of my celtic lady yet. I struggling in that every time I concentrate on the stitiching I feel like everything is rocking. It's a hangover from being on the narrowboat but it doesn't usually last quite this long. Hopefully I'll be felling OK again soon.
I'm also going to take part in a stitch along over on Threads and Yarns. Just need to sort out some fabric (I don't have any spare at the moment so I'm going to have to order some in).
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Thank you very much Jo, it is all lovely and I feel very spoilt.
However, this wasn't the only treat the postman bought. There was another parcel with a post stamp from DMC! Hubby asked what I'd been ordering now and I honestly replied "nothing!" It was very exciting. It turns out that I had won the spring DMC/Cross Stitcher competition and the envlope was stuffed with four charts/kits.
There's a gardening bag kit and an orchid kit (bottom two shown) and then two charts by Kate Knight (Timless and Lacy Flowers). I've been smiling all day, it was such a suprise. I don't think they are charts I would have chosen, but I'm sure I will enjoy them. I officially have unplanned for stash for the first time. I usually buy things and do them.
Anyway, off to finish the July Juggy Bug square now, before August is issued tomorrow.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tuesday today, so I might get out the Bouqet for Cheryl and try to make some progress on that tonight.
I think my parcel for the Christmas in July exchange arrived today, but we were out at the cinema watching the 2nd Narnia film, so I'll have to go and pick that up tomorrow. (It was a great film though!).
Monday, July 28, 2008
While I was away Rachael has given my blog an award.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
My eldest has been stitching a bookmark with her name on and she has nearly finished it now. I can't quite remember when she started it, it's taken her so long. She's taken it into school today to show the class at show and tell. If she does actually finish it soon I'll post a pic.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
I'm still really enjoying Celtic Winter and she now has hair. I don't really like to take her with me to the children's swimming lessons etc so I'm also stitching a Wabbit as my "on the move" piece.
Hope everybody is doing well and thank you for visiting.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
As you can see I couldn't resist adding a few beads just to see what they are like. I'll leave the rest to the end now as they will get in the way of the frame as I work. I am still really enjoying this.
Monday, June 30, 2008
The July Juggy Bug design is out now. As usual I need to get some of the thread colours for it (oh dear, what a hardship lol). It's an ice cream cone - very summery, just right for today! Looking forward to stitching it.
Saturday, June 28, 2008
I'm nearly done now, I want to get it finished so I can start stitching again tonight. And I shall be locking the door and putting frog repelent roung the windows! That little green creature will not be visiting me again!
This is the first time I've ever had to take so much of my work out and I'm only grateful that I realised my mistake now and not when I got down to the skirt.
Friday, June 27, 2008
I've just ordered some beading needles, invisible thread and Thread Heaven, which, if I'm lucky, will be here today. As expected the gold thread frays as I stitch and I've heard people talk about Thread Heaven so thought I'd give it a go.
I've not put any beads on yet. I've not done any real beading before and I'm not sure whether to do it as I go along or wait until the end. I'd like to do them as I go along but I'm worried they'd get caught or broken in the hoop. What little beading I have done in the past I've used a normal needle but I thought this project was worth buying a beading needle for, so again it will be interesting to see if it's really any different. Anyway, can't wait to do some more this afternoon (hopefull), must finish work and clean bathroom first :(
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Really can't wait to get started on her now. I think there's a Euro2008 cup match on tonight so at least hubby won't miss me.
I've also stitched my item for the Christmas in July swap, but can't show that just yet.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Having just done a little bit here and a little bit there I hadn't realised how much progress I had made until I looked back at the last pic I posted.
The speciality threads that I ordered from Thread Bear arrived the day after I ordered them. I've not used Thread Bear before but the service was very prompt and the threads came wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a piece of thread which I thought was a lovely touch. I will happily use them again. Here are the threads:-
The white one is all fluffy, I've never used a fluffy thread before so look forward to that. Not sure I'm over keen on 4 lots of the metlic gold (gulp!) just hoping that the Rainbow Gallery ones are nicer than those I've used in the past.
Have a good weekend everybody and that you for your continued support and interest.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
What amazed me was, that even with a $10 postage charge I still saved about £8 on the total for all the stuff. Don't you just love the current UK/US exchange rate!
I've also signed up for a Christmas in July exchange. Got a few ideas bubbling away, but will wait to see who my partner is first.
Monday, June 16, 2008
I backed it with this star patterned felt which she likes.
The other finish is the scissor fob. I still think it's a bit too big so I'll add a cord at some stage and hang it somewhere (possibly my car as that is green!)
Happy stitching all.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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Monday, June 9, 2008
Having taken the picture with the scissors, is it too big for a scissor fob? I'm doing the same design again for the other side and will then stitch them together along the backstitched boarder. Maybe it will just have to be an orni.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
This is the first time I've done a monthly reveal stitch along and I'm really enjoying it. Makes me want to do some more actually. I've been downloading loads of them so I gues it's just a case of deciding which one I want to do.
I'm still working on the boquet so I'll hopefully have a pic of that soon.
Bye for now and thanks for dropping by.
Monday, June 2, 2008
I've also finished stitching a blackwork bookmark for youngest DD. Just need to finish it off. Otherwise, I'm working hard on Boquet for Cheryl at the moment. I've pretty much done half of that now. I've suddenly got the feel of the fabric (28 ct Jobelan) and finding it much easier to stitch on. For some reason I was really struggling with it. Update pic soon.