Thank you to all who wished me happy birthday either on Facebook or in my Yahoo groups. I had a lovely day and even got to have lunch out with my dad, nan, DD and a friend - Dawn. We all went to our local pub where they make the most wonderful food. DH and I are off into town at the end of the month to pick up a stitching lamp for me. One of the lovely ladies (Jackie) from my Yahoo group Friendly Stitchers mentioned that she'd got her lamp from Maplins after I'd said I couldn't afford a proper stitching lamp. These are hobby lamps with magnifiers on and half the price of a stitching lamp but just as good...yippee I'm now going to finally get one. My mum has also been stash shopping for me after I'd said I love the John Clayton dance series and bought me this design that I've been admiring for ages.
Stitching wise I'm working on Lukie's dragon, it's coming along now. After asking for advice I decided to stitch the metallic parts as I'm going along, glad I am now as I've decided metallic and myself don't mix! Even with Thread Heaven it's still a pain. Very worth it though when you stand back and see the design, the metallic really does make a difference. Besides the look on my little mans face when he looks and more of the dragon has appeared makes it all worth the while.
I've also been working on my French Postcard SAL as my UFO. I was going great guns with April one night when I discovered that halfway along the purple bottom I'd gone wrong so that had to be frogged back and re-stitched.....please Mr Frog go visit someone else!
I've also realised I've not posted a photo of my Kaliedescope snowboard for a while so here it is. It's not getting worked on during karate classes anymore as DS1 has moved to a different class which means I have the other 2 with me now instead of them being at home with their dad. Needless to say I'm glad the weather is good as they run around outside whilst DS1 is practising.
Here's an update of my Little Lace Hardanger SAL (from the Yahoo Group The Stitch Specialists) I'm really enjoying working on this project.
During April it was Becky's birthday (DS1's girlfriend), she was 7 and DS1 asked me to stitch her something. After pouring over my stitching mags he picked a design he wanted stitching up into an ornament. Here is what I stitched and Becky was pleased with it (so was DS1!)
Finally here is a photo of our DS1 on his first Trials Bike lesson. He's been obsessed with wanting to learn since we took him to a Trial that some of DH's workmates were taking part in (photos on www.phillips-photography.co.uk if you want a nosy). I thought it would be boring watching men on bikes but I really enjoyed it, some of the riders are soooo skilled, no way I'd go up some of the hills and through streams! DS1 absolutely LOVED it and is now constantly asking when his next lesson is....least I got to sit in the car ands stitch on my snowboard as DS2 & DD were with my mum :-)