Yes don't faint but we've actually had some sun here in Yorkshire! Last weekend the weather was absolutely glorious so we finally unearthed the kids bikes from the shed and took them out riding. Here's my 3 enjoying the weather....
Put the stabilisers back onto Lukie's bike as it has been a year since it's been out. Darcy had to have a new bike as we discovered she's grown a lot since last year and her bike was miles too small. This is her new one, pink and white as ordered!!
But I have done some stitching in between all the usual taxi-ing around of the children and here's where I'm at on my main projects...
Castles in the Air by Papillon Creations.
Part 11 all finished on the left hand side and part 12 printed out ready.
Around the World in 80 Stitches by Papillon Creations
Cruising the Information Highway by HAED
Showing April's progress. Not as much as I'd like but you can see my little dragon starting to appear.
As it was my birthday in April DH and I went off to Bakewell in Derbyshire to visit Wye Needlecraft. The clamp for my daylight lamp had broken hence not stitching much on my HAED (1over1 on 25ct isn't wonderful on the eyes!) and Wye had an adapter for my Lowery Workstand. One visit and many pennies later and I had the attachment plus a magnetic board holder for my charts, DH put it altogether that night for me. Now I can stitch on my HAED happily with plenty of light :-) so watch out for a new update at the end of May as I've been working quite a bit on it.
March seems to have gone before we know it so it's time to show my HAED after another month of stitching. In March I managed to stitch over 3400 stitches, there were parts that seemed to be all confetti and took a lot longer than I wished. Though standing back and looking at it they are worth the effort and the design is starting to come together now.
Lately my stitching mojo has been on a little break, I put it down to the weather. One minute it's cold with snow and the next spring is coming, then snow again :-( Some nights I'm so tired and cold that the thought of picking up a needle doesn't enter my mind.
Mind you I have managed some stitching inbetween the kids activities....here's where I'm at:
Around the World in 80 Stitches - speciality version
Other big news at our house is to do with my 3 children... Peter Boo (8) Lukie (6) Darcy (5)
In March Lukie passed his dance exam which was the Waltz, no pictures of his presentation yet as it's in April. He's now learning the Jive for his exam in September. His piano teacher says he's doing really well so fingers crossed he can carry on with his lessons when he moves school in September.
Peter Boo graded in his traditional karate class and gained his orange belt, he's now training for his green which hopefully he'll be taking in August/September. He's also grading this month for his 1st Dan Black Belt in All Styles karate. I'm hoping to cut his classes a bit from 4hrs a week to 2hrs sometimes 3 then!!
Darcy is practising hard in her Tap and Ballet classes. She's working on a piece from Swan Lake for her ballet exam, don't know when it is yet but she's enjoying herself immensely. Her other big news is that she no longer wears armbands in swimming class and can happily swim without them, her little face lit up the first time she swam on her back on her own :-)
AND ME??? Apart from feeling like I'm running a taxi service I'm managing to get quite a bit of reading done waiting around for the kids. DH and I are working this Sunday at the WTKA Best of British Fighting so no Sunday stitching for me :-( Going to be a good day though as there's some wonderful kickboxing talent coming through from the younger end, heavy guys aren't on til late so I'll be flaking in a corner by then!!
Hope you're all getting plenty of stitching done and thank you for your wonderful comments and emails.