Saturday, 24 June 2017

A Finish For a Birthday

Hello again. I know it's been a while. I think I'm going to have to be content with a blog post a month rather than pushing myself to do more as it's just not happening at the moment! I should do them more often as I just end up with a picture heavy post but never mind!

So my friend Gill had a 50th birthday coming up at the beginning of June but I didn't get chance to see her before hand and she was away on holiday for her birthday. I finally got to see her yesterday and give her her gift so I can now show it. I had a bit of a problem finding something to stitch for her. She loves the beach and the sea but I didn't have anything in my stash and nowhere in the UK seemed to have anything in stock that took my fancy so I had to resort to plan B! I remembered her saying that she really liked something I had stitched for someone else a few years ago so I stitched that! I am happy to say that she liked it. Phew!

Homespun Elegance Family, Friends, Faith Forever ( from the Jan/ Feb 2013 issue of Just Cross Stitch )

32 count white jobelan

Victorian Motto Sampler Threads Faded Berries

Started 21st May 2017

Finished 29th May 2017

Birthday gift for Gill.

The other night I had another finish. I just love this piece. I've stitched it for Abi :)

Lizzie*Kate Promise Me

32 count Sparklies Gingerbread Murano


I just can't get a good photo to show how pretty the fabric is.

So I had a new start because I'd finished Promise Me. I had another Lizzie*Kate kitted so that is what I started. It's one of the Boxer series and it's I Cannot Count My Day Complete. I'm stitching it on the fabric that came with the chart and DMC.

Barb and I are still doing our sheepy SAL on a Friday evening. I have nearly finished mine and just have a little backstitch to do to finish the sheep off. It is Forget Me Not which I won in a giveaway from Chris in the USA a while ago. 

Barb and I are also stitching together on a Monday evening but we are doing different themes at the moment. She is stitching Spring by Cross Eyed Cricket Collection and I am stitching Silver Creek Samplers Through the Storms. I have restarted the verse and got it all stitched!

Mini Jolly Old Fellow has been a bit slow going. I think I'm getting a bit bored now but I am nearly there. Well I say nearly but I do still have 2 more partial pages to go after this one!

I have finished the first bit of The Magic! I am so glad that I persevered with over one on 32 count as it does look rather good. I might not finish it the same as the model. I made a small start of the next bit.
Everytime I do a post I forget about LHN My Lady Christmas but not this time! I only stitch on this for a couple of hours a week at the craft group I go to. I love how it is looking.

I have been a bit naughty since my last post *hangs head in shame yet again* but I have done really well so far this year with my stash buying. Anyway I have been looking at the Stitchrovia charity SAL for a while and finally decided to buy it. I think it is for such a brilliant cause ( MIND in case you haven't heard of it or seen it ) and as someone who has suffered from mental health problems and whose Mum went through it and tried to commit suicide I felt I just had to have it. Both my girls have anxiety issues and struggle with depression from time to time too so it something very close to my heart. I haven't made a start yet but hope to soon.

My next purchase happened when I was surfing on Peakside Needleworks and I saw Sue had an LHN chart called House Rules which I really, really wanted so I ordered that along with a piece of 36 count fabric to stitch it on and a DMC I was running out of.

Then this last week I needed that DMC to finish Promise Me and my local shop is now closed so I can no longer just nip in there when I need the odd one. So I went through my charts and my DMC to kit up a few projects for the next few months and popped an order in with Lakeside Needlecrafts as they are the cheapest I've found DMC here in the UK. They arrived very quickly too so I was impressed :)

Now I need to behave for a few months at least! As I said I have done well on Stitch from Stash and hope to keep it up for the rest of the year. I have signed up for part B starting next month. 

Thank you all for your lovely comments last time especially those congratulating Abi on passing her driving test. She now has a lovely little Fiat 500 Pop to drive around in. It is taking some getting used to and her anxiety kicked in big style when she got it but she's getting there now. She hasn't been far in it yet but she did pluck up the courage to go to Beverley the other day and that boosted her confidence.

That's all my news for this time. I have some pieces half made up so hopefully by the time I post again I'll have them fully finished!!

Until next time.

With much love,

Sally xx

Sunday, 21 May 2017

A Holiday, Good News and Stitching. ( Picture Heavy)

Oh dear it has been a while since I last blogged. I had intended to do it a few weeks ago but.............well it didn't happen!

I have been doing some stitching. Not quite so much in recent weeks due to a holiday ( more about that later) and just not really wanting to. I haven't hit a slump. I just haven't been wanting to stitch as much.

That is mostly because mistakes have been made and the type of fabric I'm using!

You may remember I had started Silver Creek Samplers Through the Storms. Well I had almost got all the verse stitched when I looked at the thread key and realised I had been stitching in the wrong colour! Arghhhhh! I could have left it but I wasn't sure I'd have enough thread to finish the verse and stitch what should be stitched in that colour so it all came out. Every last stitch :( I then got started in what I thought was the correct thread only to discover that it was the wrong shade of blue! Needless to say I haven't taken it out again as I think, if I did, I'd end up scrapping it and never stitching it! So here is where I'm at now. Please excuse my awful photos. I really should have taken them somewhere else.

I had a new start of Lizzie*Kate Promise Me. I'm stitching this for Abi. I did a little bit of this while we were on holiday. I have now run out of one of the colours and, as my local shop has closed, it's no longer a case of just nipping in there for more. So I'll stitch on other bits until I can do an order. I am really enjoying this one.

I am not doing so well on The Magic with it being over 1 on 32 count. I did consider scrapping it and restarting it over 2 as I don't think I'm going to finish it as it's supposed to be but I've got quite a bit done. 

I almost forgot that I haven't shown my finish. I looked back at my last post and saw it was only a WIP then. So...........

Lizzie*Kate Good Things

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Started 13th April 2017

Finished 24th April 2017

My sheep SAL with Barb is almost finished so I'll be finding another sheep inspired chart from my stash to stitch. This one has been such a lovely one to do. Just the house to fill in and a bit of border.

Finally my Father Christmas! I have, at last, finished page 6 and made a small start on page 7. I can almost taste that finish!

That's all my stitchy news for now. I forgot to take a photo of My Lady at Christmas but it is coming along nicely.

I don't remember if I have mentioned it on here but my youngest DD has been learning to drive since October last year. She did her theory test earlier in the year and on Friday she took her driving test and passed :). She was so happy and on such a high she looked like she was fit to burst! So yesterday she wanted to go looking at cars. She said it a bit overwhelming especially when we came across a bit of a pushy salesman at the final place we looked. We'll be taking her again to look and hopefully she'll find something within her budget that she likes.

As I said earlier we have been on holiday. We only plan on going once this year rather than twice like we did last year. I already want to go back which isn't good!! We went up to the Galloway area of South West Scotland again and stayed in a lovely little cottage just on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park so it was quiet and peaceful. We had red squirrels coming into the garden and lots of birds. We visited places we hadn't gone to before, some we had seen before, and the scenery was just amazing. I'll pop up some photos so this might be picture heavy if I get a bit carried away!!!

So until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxx

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Happy Easter

Well this year is certainly flying by at an alarming rate! It's a good job I'm getting plenty of stitching in although there is no actual finishing of said stitching going on. I did make a list the other week of the pieces I had that needed finishing to display and there were 14. Now there are 16! I despair!!!!

So, as you may have guessed I have had 2 more finishes. They have been WIPs since September and December so it was time they were finished really! First finish of the 2 was this one.

Renato Parolin Sotto La Neve

32 count Crafty Kitten Latte Murano


Started 14th September 2016

Finished 5th April 2017.

I just wish I could get a decent photo to show how gorgeous the fabric is. 

Finish no.2 is this one. My Monday night SAL with Barb.

Cross Eyed Cricket Collection Winter

18 count Silkweaver Expressions Blueberry Delight


Started 2nd December 2016

Finished 12th April 2017.

I just love how this looks on this fabric. I am so pleased with it.

So you would think that 2 finishes would mean 2 new starts but I have been very restrained so far and just had 1 small new start. This is Lizzie Kate Good Things which I've had in my stash for..............................hmmm I don't actually know. A LONG time! I have no idea what fabric I'm stitching it on but I'm hoping it'll look OK when it is finished!

As I said in my last post I was going to treat myself to some Nashville releases when they reached our shore. Well they reached our shore at the end of March at Peakside Needleworks. I did buy 2 of the CCN Jump for Joy and gifted one to my dear friend Barb for our sheep SAL! The good thing is I'd sold some charts that I had finished with and that paid for them and I have a bit leftover :)

Before I forget the winner of the Stitchers Anon chart is Brigitte. Brigitte please email me your address and I'll get it in the post to you after Easter.

I can now show the gift for Mouse as she has received it and I am very happy to say she like it.

My Big Toe Designs Stitching Buds

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Started 14th February 2017

Finished 16th February 2017

I have been making on progress on my other WIPs. This one is driving me a little mad with it being over 1 on 32 count. I have a hard time seeing it when I'm stitching with DMC 3865. It will be worth it but I may have been better with a brighter white!

My Lady at Christmas is coming along rather nicely. All that lacy bit did drive me a little mad but it looks so pretty all done. Just got the colours to fill in and I'll move onto the top of the dress.I am loving the fabric and I can see more purchases from Chromatic Alchemy in the future although probably not this year unless I get desperate!

Barb and I are still stitching away on our Friday night sheep SAL. I am stitching MND Bloom and I finally have a sheep! This is such a lovely piece. 

Of course no post is complete without my 2 HAED WIPs. I have to say I am starting to get very fed up of these! Once these are done I do want to start another but I am just not sure that I can. Oh how I wish I hadn't bought so many of them especially as I can't sell them or give them away with them being PDFs. Hopefully I'll live a very time and still get a few more stitched lol. 

My DH took Thursday off as one of his privilege days so we went to Tophill Low Nature Reserve. Last time we went there wasn't much there but this time.........we saw kingfishers!!!! We have never seen one before and we got to see a pair. They were sitting on eggs so we saw them when one came out of the nest and the other one went in. There were well placed branches for them to sit on so we got loads of photos. Some pretty rubbish to be fair but I'm not getting rid of them! We also saw a pair of grebes carrying nest material, pheasants, egrets etc. Here are just a few photos. 

 Last Sunday we popped into our nearest city Hull, which is this year's city of culture, for a wander round with our cameras.

Well I shall be on my way now and find something to do. I am on my own today as both girls are working and my DH has gone to Tophill Low with a chap from the local photography group. I might see if I can finish reading Guards! Guards!.

Until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxxx