Thursday, 11 August 2016

Lots to Show.

Hello everyone out there in blog land! It has been 6 weeks since I last blogged and I will admit that I really don't know where to start! I have so much to show you so be prepared for a picture heavy post although I may end up forgetting some bits! I really need to blog more regularly. 

First of all you may remember me stitching Garden Bliss by Silver Creek Samplers almost 2 years ago. It has been languishing in my finishing pile waiting for me to to get my head around personalising it for my late Dad. Well I finally did it and had it framed. It's been hanging on my living room wall for a few weeks now.

Barb, Chris and I have been getting on with our ornament SAL. I managed to get another one made up, finished stitching June's and July's and started one for August.

I needed to order the eyes for my August one and the only place I could find them online in the UK was Sew and So. I couldn't just order those so I also ordered a DMC I had run out of, CCN's Merry Christmas My Deer, which is the one Chris and I will be stitching for our December SAL, and one of the CCN Gingerbread Village charts as Chris and I are planning to do a SAL of it next year and sharing the cost of the charts. I have been very good this year when it comes to stash buying and I have to say I am very proud of myself. Compared to other years I've bought very little and long may it continue!

I finished off With Thy Needle and Thread Sweet Violet as a simple pillow. I do love how it turned out even though it is a simple finish. 

I passed the chart onto Lainey and look what she sent me as a thank you.

Isn't it just so cute! Thank you so much Lainey.

Of course Sweet Violet was stitched with Barb for our sheep SAL and since then I've stitched 2 other sheepy designs and started a 3rd.

Barb suggested that we stitch on one thing for a week each month and I thought it was a brilliant idea. This week is the week and I decided to stitch on my HAED Mini Jolly Old Fellow. I feel very slow on my HAEDs compared to some of the people who stitch them but I do stitch on other things as well. 

I've made some good progress on my SK Dragons History too. I haven't stitched on it for a couple of weeks but I will get back to it! Those eyes are so cute!

OK what else have I been stitching? Hmmmmm. Oh yes! LHN Soft and Sweet! I finished that one then made a measly start on Season's Greetings. I guess it's a start though! I've had this in my stash for nearly 2 years so it was time I started it.

Another finish was the bonus sampler from the Lizzie Kate The Little Mystery. I wasn't keen on the colours as I was stitching it but now it's finished all the colours have come together nicely. I have the 3 charts and embellishment pack for sale if anyone is interested :)

I think I had finished the stitching on LHN Hands to Work last time I blogged and now I have it made up!

I think I just have 2 things left to show you. ( breath a sigh of relief! I'm so sorry but it has been 6 weeks!). I've been picking up Tilton Crafts Always ( Alan Rickman tribute ) a little bit and am still stitching black. Lol! Typing of Tilton Crafts if you've never seen Shelley's lovely charting and love stitching BAPs then please head on over to Tilton Crafts and have a look. If you're on Facebook search for her page as there is a coupon code to use for 25% off charts and there's only a few days left :)

Final stitching to show is the bonus block on my Anniversaries of the Heart piece. I haven't done as much as I would have liked but again this one hasn't been stitched on much these last few weeks.

We had been talking about having our bathroom done last year but just never got around to it. We'd asked one firm to give us a price a few weeks ago but they never got back to us ( one of my pet hates!) so we asked my DH's cousin ( we'd have asked him in the first place but we didn't know he did them ). He said he could do it before he went on holiday otherwise it would be 3 months after that meaning it would be nearly Christmas. Getting it done before he went on holiday meant a mad rush to try and get a bathroom suite and all the bits needed for the job and lots of stressful moments! Getting it done wasn't straightforward as he found problems that had be fixed but, having said that, it was a good job really otherwise it would have led to more problems and more than likely lots of damage! It's not quite finished yet but it is so good to have a new bathroom. We bought this house in 1988 and the suite was in when we bought it. Next job will be the dining room! 

Last week my DH and Abi were on holiday from work but we didn't do much. We had a couple of trips out so the girls could do a bit of shopping and I ended up adding 5 books to my collection! Oh dear I really must stop it for the rest of the year but Abi and I are still waiting for CL Coffey to do a signing in Hull for her new book and we keep hoping it'll be soon! I have also been looking for a Snape Pop Vinyl figure and have looked in every shop that sells them whenever we have been out. We walked into Waterstones in York and there he was! So I had to buy him! 

I think I now need to go hide away from books and get on with reading some of the ones I already have! I'm currently reading Sourcery by Terry Pratchett but have found it hard to get into. I am finally enjoying it, put my stitching away last night and had just starting reading the next paragraph when the power went off!

Well I had better stop waffling, get all these photos uploaded and publish this. I do hope you won't all have left me and will still visit.

Until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxx

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Ornament Finishing

Hello from a very warm England! Phew it has been way too hot for me but it's been so nice to see the sun. 

So I've been getting some finishing off done on the ornaments from my SAL with Barb and Chris. In the photo below are Lizzie Kate Up on the Rooftops, Country Cottage Needleworks Peace, The Snowflower Diaries Pure Love and Blue Ribbon Designs Snowmates. I'm really pleased with how these turned out. I still have Hands on Design Plenty to finish off then I'm up to date with my ornaments at least!  I still have lots of other pieces to finish to display! 

I have made a start on my ornament for June. Can you guess what it is? I'm sure you will be able to as I have stitched it before for Chris for our private yearly ornament exchange. Chris is catching up and has stitched her May ornament and started her June one this month. Barb is feeling much more like her old self and is back to stitching  on her ornament and on our sheep SAL too.

I have had a few other new starts . I seem to be on an LHN kick at the moment! Oh and sheep!!

This one is the Soft and Sweet thread pack. I'm not sure what the fabric is but it's a very pretty shade.

Then this one is Welcome Spring which is free with the purchase of the 3 Classic Colorworks threads. I am stitching this for the sheep SAL Barb and I are doing. As you can see another sheep and a very cute one at that!

I'm feeling very good about my stitching at the moment. I think I had got in a bit of a slump and wasn't keen on anything I was stitching except for my HAEDs but having a couple of new starts has certainly given me a boost. Plus I've gone through my stash and sold some charts that I regretted buying. I'm finding that behaving myself and not buying so much is helping too. Having said that I did pop an order in with Karla over at The Patchwork Rabbit for some threads for the final bonus  block on my AotH and I couldn't order just the threads could I so I ordered another part of Jardin Prive Histoire De Moutons! Just 2 more to buy now!

Typing of my AotH I finished Elizabeth Jane barring the personalisation ( this block is for my Dad. He wasn't born in December but this one has to be his ) and I made a start on the final bonus block. I can finally see the end and my determination to keep going with it until it is finished is paying off. I dread to think how much it'll cost me to get framed but it'll be worth it for such a special piece.

I am not too sure about this Lizzie Kate piece I am stitching.  It is the bonus sampler from the Littles Mystery and I'm just not sure I like the colours.  It's the DMC conversion. I may like it more once it's all finished. I didn't stitch on it on Thursday as I finally plucked up the courage to go on the local  photography group's walk.

Ooooh I almost forgot! I have finished Hands to Work!  I love this piece. It's so pretty.

Little House Needleworks Hands to Work

Unknown fabric.


Last but  by no means least are my two HAED WIPs. These seem to be such slow going now as I've been trying to cross country across the pages like I did with the challenge on the Facebook group. There seems to be an awful lot more confetti on this page of Mini Jolly Old Fellow and I couldn't really tell that I'd made any progress. So last night ( progress from last night not shown ) I decided to go back to cross country over 10 rows and it seemed to go better until I found myself going back to across the full page lol!

That's all my news for now. Enjoy your stitching and I hope the frogs stay away!

Until next time.

With much love,

Sally xxxx

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Shepherd's Fold

At long last I finished up my final two Shepherd's Bush Shepherd's Fold pieces. These have been an absolute joy to stitch and I hope Alison enjoys stitching them as much as I did. I made a bit of a mess of making up the ruler case as I misread the instructions but I got on the right track so it only looks messy in one bit. Lesson learnt, read instructions properly!

Up until last night I hadn't stitched since Sunday. What?! I hear you say. Yes I know it is very unusual for me. The scary thing is I didn't miss it at all but the good thing is I did enjoy it last night when I did some. The reason for not stitching is my DH and girls were on holiday from work and we had some days out. We left yucky, dull, weather each day and ended up in temps of 26 degress C! Much warmer than home! I'll leave you with just a few photos of our trips to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and the poppy wave at Lincoln Castle :)

Hopefully I'll be back to stitching regularly this next week but it has left me thinking that I need to have a better sort of my stash and get rid of some. I've already sorted a few bits but being brutal comes to mind!

Until next time,

With much love,

Sally xxx

Wednesday, 1 June 2016


Oh my goodness I cannot believe this weather we are having on the east coast of England! It is more like Autumn! A few weeks ago I turned our heating off but I'm seriously thinking of putting it back on again! I also can't believe it's June already!

Before I show my stitching I want to sincerely thank all of you who have stuck by me and continued to visit and leave comments even though I haven't been visiting and commenting on your blogs. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it and truly value you all. I know I am losing visitors because I'm not commenting.

So what I have been up to. Wella fair bit of stitching ( still have to get down to some finishing ), a bit of reading, some knitting and I hopped on a bus last Thursday and visited Chris for the day:).

My two HAED WIPs are going well at the moment. I must say that I am enjoying stitching them more than anything else at present how long that will last I really don't know! I have finished pages 1 and 4 and started page 2 on Mini Jolly Old Fellow and finished pages 1 and 2 on SK Dragons History. Love the dragon just peeping!

I am desperately trying to get on with my BBD AotH but you know when you really don't want to stitch on something? Yep that's how I feel! However I am determined to get on and get this done over the next couple of months.  I have stitched more on this since I took the photo so the border is almost done.

I have almost finished the 6th and final Shepherd's Bush Fold piece but I couldn't get a good photo of it. Hopefully by the time I blog again it will be all done and put together.

My dear friend Barb is not well at the moment so please keep her in your thoughts. I have still been stitching on our SALs and this is my May ornament.

Lizzie Kate Up on the Rooftops

Unknown fabric


At long last I have finished our other SAL.

With Thy Needle and Thread Sweet Violet

40 count sand linen


Finally my other WIP is Little House Needleworks Hands to Work which I am rather enjoying stitching.

I will leave you with a few photos with my new camera.  I loved my other one but had been struggling with it. I thought it was me but my DH tried it and he had the same problem. He suggested that I maybe get one like his. I looked into trading mine in and ended up online. I got a quote,  they picked my camera etc up, inspected it then gave me more than they had quoted so my new camera ended up costing me just a few pounds more. So I now have to learn how to use it!

Until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxxx