Tuesday, 22 December 2009
I did manage to finish DS2s Christmas biscornu. I used the ASAW SAL alternative design by Val from Friendly Stitchers DS2 loved the little reindeer so much he wanted him made into Rudolph for him...so here he is and now hangs on our tree.
The only other stitching I finished this week was a square for Quilts for Breast Cancer This time the chosen design was butterflies so instead of just 1 butterfly I decided to adapt a design from the New Stitches magazine and do 4 the same but slightly different...if you get my meaning LOL! I'm pleased with how it's turned out so hopefully the recipiant will be as well. I've charted another 2 squares for QFBC and will start stitching those after Boxing Day so I can post all 3 together.
Although I've not done much stitching I have done a bit of stash building :-) I've bought some more cottons, plain and hand dyed. Bought the chart Angel of Freedom by Lavender & Lace. Picked up a hardback copy of All Our Yesterdays book from a local bookstore who were having a clearout, some of the designs inside will be great for gifts for people I know. Also got a new scroll frame to go into my Lowery (only 3 days to go!) so I can start on my Darcy Photostitch. My dad has bought me a cross stitch book I've been wanting for a while after I borrowed it from our local library...they made me give it back; spoilsports!!
I've decided that I'm going to be more organised in 2010 with my stitching and make a list of all the projects I definitely want to do or finish. I'll list them all on the side of my blog and tell you which ones I'm hoping to do. As you can see from the WIP SAL I've changed the picture to my ASAW now the Christmas SAL is finished. I've printed the charts off for week 51 and hope to do that this week then can you believe it...a year is gone and the last one will be due out.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL MY STITCHING FRIENDS, BOTH KNOWN AND TO KNOW. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS WITH LOTS OF LOVELY STASH PRESENTS AND LAUGHS WITH YOUR LOVED ONES. XXXX
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Also managed to complete a couple of small items for the kids and a silver snowman. Not quite sure what to do with the snowman though, card, frame or ornament?
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
I've finally caught up with my Christmas SAL, completed part 11 this lunchtime while daughter Darcy was having a nap and both sons were in school. I'm really pleased with how it's turned out even though I did change my mind twice on whether to put 2009 or Noel on it. As you can see in the end I decided on 2009 so that I can put Darcy's initials in the circles.
Sparklies Luckily I bought this before they went to the Harrogate Show as certain members from Friendly Stitchers (Hello Mouse!) (we have reliably been informed) raided their stall LOL!
I've also managed to complete the 3rd part of my Christmas Wallhanging. Most of this was sewn while our eldest son Peter was in his karate class. He goes twice a week after school and each class is 45 minutes long, my dad usually has our younger son Luke with him as he gets bored waiting and daughter Darcy is with me but she loves sitting watching them practise on the CCTV. She's even picked up how to do the first Kata, she can't start lessons until she's 3 so heaven knows how much she'll be able to do in another years time after watching her brother! Must get moving on part 4 or I'll never get it sewn in time for this Christmas and there's only 3 weeks to go now. I did want to put baubles and trimmings on it but Peter said no after we'd read the story "The Little Christmas Tree"...who am I to argue with a 5yr old?!
Finally here is December's Calendar square, no December fairy yet as she's had to be put to one side while I caught up on my SALs and other projects that needed completing urgently.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
privately and I'll send them to you.
Today while I was sat in playgroup with daughter Darcy we had a delivery by Parcel Force. Not in they took it to our local post office where I collected it this afternoon......hurray its my Lowery Workstand from Sew and Sew. DH ordered it on Sunday night as my Christmas present. He says I can't have it until Christmas though...grrr! As payback his new flashgun arrived just after he left for work....its out of his Christmas money so I've let him test it just to make sure it works and now its back in its box until Christmas Day!!!
Thank you for all your comments, I do appreciate them and try to look at as many of your photos and blogs as I can.
Friday, 20 November 2009
I've also managed to complete one of my Christmas wall quilt squares, this one is just Merry Christmas. I've done a snowman, this one and have nearly finished a tree. The fourth one will either be a stocking or a present...I just can't decide at the minute.
I'm still not caught up on my Christmas SAL, have part 9 to do. I completed weeks 44 and 45 on my A Stitch A Week SAL which I'm pleased with (2 weeks behind on that now) I decided to do week 45s design of an umbrella for week 44 and instead of cross stitch I used some hand dyed thread and did pattern darning, for the raindrops I used beads. Week 45 fell on Remembrance Sunday so I stitched a poppy in remembrance of my grandad who served in the Navy during WW2.
What am I working on now....I'm halfway through a square for the QFBC then I want to catch up on my SALS before starting the Hope project. DH is buying me a Lowery frame for Christmas so when that arrives I'll be able to start on my photostitch properly...can't wait :-) and I've another 2 squares for QFBC so need to pick up so more fabric as I've the designs all picked out.
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Now I'm catching up on my Christmas SAL, I want to make the Karate Dog by Margaret Sherry in this months Cross Stitcher magazine for our eldest Peter, grid my monopoly project and that's not counting my Darcy photostitch. DH is off work next week so hopefully I can manage to get an hour during each day to stitch without any children.
Back to my needle I go.......
Friday, 6 November 2009
Here's my November calendar piece and the verse just sums up the weather here in Yorkshire.
And last but definitely not least here's my progress on my latest project. Return to the Sea by The Sampler Girl. I've only the quote at the top to sew then I can finish it off. I'm thinking hand stitch the sides with co-ordinating thread, back it and make it into a wall hanging.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Darcy had her first christmas last year but it didn't go well at all. First my grandad was in hospital (he died between Christmas and New Years), our youngest son Luke was very ill over the period and on Boxing Day I fell in the carpark of Sheffield Children's Hospital and broke my hand...didn't know this until 10days later when I finally went to Casualty to have it checked out! So poor Darcy didn't have the best time, I've decided that this year as she's nearly 2 we'll pull out all the stops for her.
This SAL i've done in shades of purple and in the circles am going to put her name and this years date. Then it can be hung up for her.
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Thank you to everyone who takes time to read my blog and leave comments. I spend many hours reading other peoples blogs, I leave comments as much as I can and love looking at what everyone has been stitching.
Sunday, 18 October 2009
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Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Never thought I'd get this one done, its taken me a lot longer than I planned. It's done on 18ct white aida in 1 strand, did start it in 2 strands but looked too bulky for such a delicate flower design round the edges so unpicked and started again.
Darcy has been ill for the last few weeks, thought it had gone after the first set of antibiotics but within a few days of her finishing the course it came back. Dr said it obviously needed a longer course than normally given so gave her some more, on day 3 of the 2nd set and she's doing fantastic.......AND I got some sleep last night :-) So tonight I sat down after all the kids went to bed at 7pm and was determined to finish it off with the gold stitching round the top and the ying yang symbol.
Think I'll work on my ASAW sal as I'm nearly caught up before starting my next square for QFBC. This time its a beach themed one so my new book "Cross Stitch By The Sea" has come in handy.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
I really enjoyed making it as it was a change from my cross stitch project. Its sewn on some fine cotton material I found in my quilting box, as it was so fine I put a backing on to give it some thickness for ease of sewing. Think I may do another couple of these in Christmassy themes then turn them into a mini wall hanging that can come out every year with the decorations.
I recently took part in a stitching exchange with the Friendly Stitchers group I belong to. The aim was to make something that could be hung in your partners stitching place. I was paired with Abi and this is what she made for me: In the parcel was the lovely mermaid hanging, a Sun Sea & Stitching designed by Abi and a Country Cottage chart with the hand dyed threads to make it with.I love anything to do with the sea, coast so these were just right for me. Thank you Abi, I love them X
Saturday, 5 September 2009
Monday, 31 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Managed to wrestle my Amish quilted pillow from my son Luke to wash it today. Made this when I went to a 1 day course at our local Hobbycraft (unfortunately they've stopped doing them now). It was all hand stitched and then my mum found some dark green material and made it into a pillowcase for me. My son Luke, who is 3, says it is his pillow and isn't impressed when I take it for washing but its getting a lot of wear and tear now.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Big THANK YOU to Sue for lending me her Upsy Daisy chart (promise I'll bring it you back now LOL) after sitting chatting for years at our local playgroup and another baby later we discover that we both love cross stitch! You're a star sweetie X