Monday, 27 July 2009

Pick a Photo

Need your help, DH bought me a DMC photostitch for my birthday as he knew I wanted to stitch a photo of the kids. WELL...trying to get our 3 to sit still and all look at the camera at the same time has proved impossible LOL. So I've said that I'd like to do 3 separate ones of them using my favourite photos. That was 3 months ago and he keeps asking if I've chosen a picture yet. Trouble is he's captured some fantastic photos of them so here are my 3 hitlist ones of our daughter Darcy, which one would you choose????

Purple Darcy is #1

Summer Darcy is #2

And Santa Darcy is #3

These are only 3 out of the original 20 that I'd picked to consider. Its the only trouble with DH having photography as his hobby, there are so many fantastic shots of the kids that I had to buy him a digital photoframe last year for his birthday as we couldn't keep printing them out!

So votes please on which Darcy should be in stitches.........

Lots done but not much accomplished!

Boy can you tell the school holidays are upon us, DS1 is 5 today and (as most his age) is on the go from early til late. Luckily when the weather is nice enough he plays in the garden a lot with his younger brother and our neighbours little boy who is only a year younger than Peter.

To help keep them occupied I bought the boys some small A5 notebooks and they're using it as a holiday notebook. In it they're putting cuttings, plants, paintings, photos etc of what they've done in their holidays. This week DH and I took the kids to Clumber Park where the boys took their cameras to take some photos for their notebooks, they also picked up some leaves so they could add them. The weather was great until all of a sudden (when we were in the middle of nowhere - LOL) the heavens opened and we got drenched. Luckily DD was in her pram and the raincover came down, the boys both had their rainmacs on "just incase", they just stripped to their t-shirts when we got back to the car whilst DH & I came home soaked!

This photo was taken by Peter showing his dad pushing his sister while the weather came heading towards us

He's getting quite good with his photography now, been taking photos since just after his 4th birthday. Started with a fisher price digital camera we bought him for that Christmas and is now using a Fuji that my dad had when he first went digital. DH wants to buy him one of the Tuff cameras for this year now he's really into taking photos.

This photograph was taken by Luke on the fisher price digital . Luke was 3 in April and has already caught the photography bug from his dad and big brother. This is one of the waterfalls near the bridge in Clumber Park. As you can tell with a childs camera the quality isn't fantastic but they're great "starters" for kids who want a go as the outside is rubber incase of dropping!

I didn't take my camera!!! Too busy pushing the pram with Darcy in. I've printed out some of the photographs the boys took and glued them into their holiday notebooks so they're thrilled. We're on holiday soon so no doubt both boys will want their batteries charging and cards emptying to take away with us.....between DH and my sons there's always a flash going off somewhere, always wondered what it felt like to be famous and photographed all the time - LOL!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

A Stitch A Week SAL

After finishing my Rainy Days project I decided to start on the ASAW Sal at long last. The grid had been finished ages (mostly done sat in the car on the school run!), for the grid I used a mix of DMC green and cream, just 1 strand of each as I liked the combination.

Week 1 For the robin I used DMC threads except for the chest where I used 1 strand of soft cotton. Instead of a french knots I used beads instead. The birdtable in green as it reminded me of some tables I've seen in our neighbours garden.

Week 2 I used brown DMC varieted thread for the branches and then for the pine cones and pine needles I used 1strand of silver blending filament with the varieted and green to give a hint of frost. Stranded cotton for the body and eyes for the owl but some white Wisper thread for the owls face to give him the fluffy look.

Week 3 I used 3 strands of white DMC stranded cotton for the satin snowdrops, the grass, backstitch and stems were all done in 2 strands of DMC stranded cotton.

Week 4 For the house body I used white coton a broder, DMC 310 for the backstitch. The roof was done again in the brown DMC varieted and DMC stranded for the smoke.

Week 5 One of my favourites so far of the motifs and made from Diamond Ray Stitch. Using white perle with some silver blending filament to give the snowflake its frosted look.

Week 6 The snowman is my sons favourite. Gave him a bright orange scarf, black seed beads for his buttons and eyes and his nose is a bright orange bullion knot. I put grass under him as he reminded me of the snowman our neighbours kids made earlier in the year...he lasted a lot longer than the snow on their lawn.

Week 7 The golden daffodils were done in coton a broder again with the same orange from Week 6s snowman and bright green stems to give a lovely spring feel.

Week 8 The catkins have been the most challenging so far. Branches in varieted DMC again. I did bullion knots first to get the length of the catkins then put 2 colours of french knots down them in a variety of sizes to give them body.

Week 9 I did the crocus flowers in Anchor Marlitt and DMC Satin, the stems in the same shade as the grid and the leaves in the same green as the birdtable from Week 1.

Week 10 For this weeks design I did the wellington boots without the dog (DH has pet allergies so no animals for us!) My 3 children all have bright blue wellington boots which have red bottoms which they'd quite happily wear all year round. Couldn't resist making mine in their colours :-)

Well thats the first 10 weeks of the ASAW sal done. Have really enjoyed doing it, the motifs as so cute and I can generally do 1 in an evening while DH on the computer and I'm sat on the sofa. Can't wait to get started on the rest, another 18 weeks to catch up on yet!!! Will keep you all posted on the progress.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Rainy Days are gone!

Yes don't faint but the Rainy Days silhouette is actually finished. I cannot believe how long this one project has taken, the last silhouette I did was completed fast. Stayed up late Friday night to finish it off, didn't want to go to bed when there was only a few odd stitches and bit of backstitching to do. I'm pleased with how it turned out.

That's another UFO that has gone into the finished pile. The UFO pile is still bigger than I'd like but I'm getting there now.

Look out ASAW sal because you're next for working on! Going to Hobbycraft this Sunday to pick up a couple of bits I want for it. Only got 2 small motifs to do on my sons Thank You biscornu for his teacher so need to buy some filling as well as mine is all gone.

These are the 2 bags I made for my sons to use in the car when travelling. Put Sully from Monsters Inc on Peters as he loves that film. Luke is a big Winnie the Pooh fan so he got Tigger. As you can see they're already a hit. They've got their favourite books inside with some cars and trains and take them up to bed (like their bedroom isn't already awash with toys!) I've got some t-shirt transfers with fabric paints, during their summer holidays they can paint a picture and I'll put it on their bags rather than a t-shirt just so they can personalise them a bit.

I also made one for Peters school friend Thomas as it was his birthday last week. I cross stitched his name on his and also bought him a transfer paint kit. His mum says she'll put his travel toys in it for their holiday...they went Saturday so happy holidays guys. Now both my sons friends want one for their day trips.....better start them soon!