Friday, 28 July 2017

A Last Row

Well the kids have finally broken up for the summer holidays, thank heaven I say as the last few weeks were exhausting. Lukie moved to his senior school for the last week and loved it, even if he was surprised that they still had proper lessons on the last day...welcome to secondary school kids!!  It'll be a few weeks into September I reckon before my heart calms everytime the phone rings, thankfully Boo is at the same school so he'll catch him once a day to check he's ok.

Meanwhile whilst the kids are off school I'm planning on plenty of stitching along with lots of fun for them. The boys are doing special training days at Dragons Academy, one of which is a First Responder course which is a junior version of First Aid, then they've Nunchuks and Boo is going to a Pressure Points Seminar (no, I'm not letting him practise on me LOL!) We spent this morning at Crackpot Creations near us where the kids have painted a dragon (Lukie), owls (Darcy), jet and bunny (Boo) and I did another contemporary elephant.  We went in the last holiday and the kids all picked below....Darcy was the fairy house, Boo the pirate chest and Lukie the dragon.

Darcy and I did sneak off to Crackpot last Sunday but they're not back from the kiln yet. 

Anyway, thanks to managing to stay inside in the afternoons this week whilst DH at work and the kids played I actually finished a row on my Smiles in my Cup. My stitching has been very sporadic for about 6 weeks as I've had loads to do so audio book went on Tuesday afternoon and the stitching came out. Started on the last row this lunchtime but here's a photo of it before I started again.
The whole project 

During the last page I found a colour that had 1 stitch, frustrating but when you stand back and look at it the confetti stitches are so worth the hassle. The best bit is pulling all the grid lines out ๐Ÿ˜Š

Next project is all kitted up so I want to make as much progress as I can on this during the summer. My dragon is calling to me to start๐Ÿ˜‰

Right, computer down and time to stitch. The kids are all quiet (mmm should I check to make sure they're alive upstairs?? Surreal all 3 being quiet at the same time lol!)  Here's hoping the warm weather comes back and we all enjoy summer, happy stitching xx

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Stitch Faster the Kids are Coming!!

Can you believe we're nearly at the end of the school year already?  Doesn't seem that long ago that Peter moved to Y8 (2nd year seniors for some of us!), Lukie went into Y6 and Darcy into Y4. It's been a very eventful school year, some good and some not so good but the kids enjoy school so they're happy.

On the stitching front I've not done too bad. Finished a couple of pages on my HAED's, kitted up one more and half kitted up a second.  Worked hard on my CITA, getting close to finishing it now.  I had caught up on my Seasons SAL but then have fallen behind again as I secretly stitched Lukie a mini as he's mad on them.  Here are the photos...

Seasons SAL by Bee's Needleworks
Stitched on 28ct

Strength by Heaven and Earth Designs
Stitched on 25ct 1x1
Courage by Heaven and Earth Designs
Stitched on 25ct 1x1

This is how my CITA looked after I finally finished another part.

So close to finishing it now, I've started on the gap on the left hand side, it's about half done. Then just the corners, the final part at the top and then all the beading to do. Left the beading until last as I'm still unsure whether to use the same 2 colour beads as on the left hand drawn thread part or co-ordinate beads to the colours on whichever part needs them.

 And here is Lukie's mini. The design is from Cross Stitcher magazine, the fabric is Summer Skies by Sparklies  I had to stitch this when the kids were at school.

Here is my current HAED project, Smiles in My Cup, I'm stitching it for DD as she adores penguins and fell in love with it (even though I'd originally started it for myself!) I've nearly finished the page on the right hand side but won't take a photo until it's complete. Then there's only the bottom row and she's all finished :-)  

And finally here are a few pics to show what we've been up to in the last few months. Gainsborough Old Hall had a showing of the Wolf Hall costumes, Bolsover had a Clash of the Knights tournament (kids loved it, especially Boo with the weapons!!), we visit the RSPB Old Moor site a lot to watch the birds, Lukie passed his red belt in Taekwondo and did a bit of destruction as part of it and all the kids went painting pottery in the last school holidays.We also watched the British Hovercraft Championships at Rother Valley last weekend.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Fun June

Well we had loads of fun in June in between storms, hail, horrendous rain and then high temperatures. It's been like having a years worth of weather in one month lol!

We have managed to capture a few photos of our activities though, hope you enjoy them...

Sports Sword practise in Clumber Park
Darcy and her swimming teacher Claire after passing level 4
Rother Valley Swans
Hovercraft Racing at Rother Valley

Racing at Silverstone

A windy but fun morning at Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire

The kids having fun with Master Adam at the Eckington Summer Fayre

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Read or Stitch? A dilemma

Have you ever felt that some weeks just shoot by and before you know it you're back on Sunday and think "what happened?"  That's happened to me quite a few times in the last couple of months. We've had quite an eventful few months that has included me getting some stitching done and lots of books read. Stitching first I think....

A Heaven and Earth design that I did choose to stitch for me but unfortunately didn't specify this to Darcy who has now put her name on it!! It's a fun stitch and I've really enjoyed working on it, haven't done much in the last 6 weeks though as I've been working on another HAED design called Strength, this is a storykeep though and I've used it for the challenge on the HAED facebook group.

The sister design Courage has also been worked on, this time it was for challenge 1. I had hoped to use it for challenge 2 but I needed a full page, fingers crossed on challenge 3 I'll be able to pick it back up.

Here's Darcy's ballerina project all backstitched. 

A couple of smalls, one was for Lukie and one that I'd had in my stash for ages.

So what else have we been up to?  Here are a few photos...
Easter Egg Hunt in Clumber Park
The boys got these for Easter...sports swords!

Lukie was awarded the Eco Award by his school..
Darcy won the Sparkle and Shine award in school. She went back to full time school after Easter. She's not officially in remission yet but gets stronger week by week. She's returned to swimming lessons and it was as if she had never been away. Her teacher says she may pass her level 4 by the end of June.
Darcy went to see the elephants that are appearing around Sheffield from June after one of her hospital appointments. They're to raise money for Sheffield Childrens Hospital, she wants us to buy one for her bedroom!!

Luke passed the grading for his green belt in taekwondo at Dragons Academy
The youngest member of Dragons Academy, Sophie, had her first birthday party on the beach, here are my 3 playing with Adam and Lily (also from Academy)  It was so lovely to have the last bank holiday on the beach and Darcy being well. You wouldn't have realised that Peter broke his collarbone 6 weeks previous to this and it was the first day with no sling. It's driven him crazy not being able to train or do PE in school lol! He's now back up and running although I've refused to let him into fight class until June just to make sure.

Tony has the week off with the kids next week so fingers crossed we'll get out and about.  Then he's off to a car show at Silverstone, followed by hovercraft the following week.  Me?  When I get chance to stitch I do but otherwise I've got lots and lots of reading done thanks to sitting in the car or at clubs for hours on end....the joys of having active kids :-)  

Monday, 11 January 2016

Back to Normal

Well last year definitely finished with a fizzle rather than a bang. As our daughter Darcy was taken in to Sheffield Childrens Hospital on 30th September and spent weeks there only to be allowed out as long as she visited between 3-5 days a week until December I didn't get time to do much of anything.

I did however finally finish DH's Cruising the Information Highway by Randal Spangler...yes you read that right, he's finally finished after nearly 2 years.
Cruising the Information Highway by Randal Spangler
25ct 1 x 1
I did try and put some stitches into my HAED Storykeep called Courage which is for Peter, didn't end up doing a lot though but here it is so far.

My next big HAED project is called Smiles in my Cup and was all kitted up by the middle of December ready for starting at the beginning of January.  I just couldn't resist it when I saw it on the HAED site!

I did put a few stitches in on my Kings and Queens but not as many as I'd hoped but here's a photo of it so far with my lovely matching mug that DH bought me in the summer. 

In between finishing Cruising and before starting Smiles I promised Darcy that I would stitch her ballerina project. As at the time she looked so ill hooked up to drips in hospital I quickly agreed to cheer her up.  It's a DMC kit I've had in my stash for quite a long time, after finally opening it I decided that I didn't like the fabric it came with and ordered some wonderful 28ct opalescent. It hasn't took that long to stitch up, the hardest part was working on 28ct over 2 after so long on 25ct 1x1...the stitches looked HUGE lol!

Thanks to lots of time waiting around Sheffield Children's Hospital I managed to hit my Goodreads reading target of 150 books. Let's admit it there's not a lot to do when you're a parent and your child is resting in hospital, especially after the first 3 weeks and the wonderful parents of children who were there as long as we were finally left, I was glad for them but it left me at a loose end for conversation. When Darcy did feel well enough she joined in the craft activities and stitched a few things for display in the ward.

During this difficult time the boys were still going to school but had to cut back on their after school activities, no more swimming or scouts. Taekwondo wasn't cancelled but some weeks they only had 1 lesson, thankfully Dragons Academy were amazing with the boys and completely understood when they couldn't get there. Lukie even managed to grade for his yellow belt. They both kept up with their schoolwork and even if some days getting them home from school took a lot of logistics and help from my dad we managed.

Things looked up in December when Darcy was put back to only once or twice a week at the hospital and was even allowed to return to school for a couple of hours a week. We all went to the christmas party that Dragons Academy held, the boys loved having their sister with them and we all had a good time. Took Darcy 2 days to recover but she told the hospital she wasn't going to miss it LOL!

Thankfully after an appointment with Darcy's consultant and physiotherapist on the 22nd December they said she could stay at home for Christmas...hurray!!  Tony bought her a new Lindy Bop dress just for Christmas Day.

All the kids are back in school, Darcy is only allowed to go 3 mornings a week at the minute but as the hospital slowly reduce her medication she'll be able to go more hours. Fingers crossed by the end of this term she'll be back up and running as before.   Thank you for all the support you've shown during this very difficult time, it has made a difference both to ourselves and Darcy.