Sunday, 26 June 2016

Ornament Finishing

Hello from a very warm England! Phew it has been way too hot for me but it's been so nice to see the sun. 

So I've been getting some finishing off done on the ornaments from my SAL with Barb and Chris. In the photo below are Lizzie Kate Up on the Rooftops, Country Cottage Needleworks Peace, The Snowflower Diaries Pure Love and Blue Ribbon Designs Snowmates. I'm really pleased with how these turned out. I still have Hands on Design Plenty to finish off then I'm up to date with my ornaments at least!  I still have lots of other pieces to finish to display! 

I have made a start on my ornament for June. Can you guess what it is? I'm sure you will be able to as I have stitched it before for Chris for our private yearly ornament exchange. Chris is catching up and has stitched her May ornament and started her June one this month. Barb is feeling much more like her old self and is back to stitching  on her ornament and on our sheep SAL too.

I have had a few other new starts . I seem to be on an LHN kick at the moment! Oh and sheep!!

This one is the Soft and Sweet thread pack. I'm not sure what the fabric is but it's a very pretty shade.

Then this one is Welcome Spring which is free with the purchase of the 3 Classic Colorworks threads. I am stitching this for the sheep SAL Barb and I are doing. As you can see another sheep and a very cute one at that!

I'm feeling very good about my stitching at the moment. I think I had got in a bit of a slump and wasn't keen on anything I was stitching except for my HAEDs but having a couple of new starts has certainly given me a boost. Plus I've gone through my stash and sold some charts that I regretted buying. I'm finding that behaving myself and not buying so much is helping too. Having said that I did pop an order in with Karla over at The Patchwork Rabbit for some threads for the final bonus  block on my AotH and I couldn't order just the threads could I so I ordered another part of Jardin Prive Histoire De Moutons! Just 2 more to buy now!

Typing of my AotH I finished Elizabeth Jane barring the personalisation ( this block is for my Dad. He wasn't born in December but this one has to be his ) and I made a start on the final bonus block. I can finally see the end and my determination to keep going with it until it is finished is paying off. I dread to think how much it'll cost me to get framed but it'll be worth it for such a special piece.

I am not too sure about this Lizzie Kate piece I am stitching.  It is the bonus sampler from the Littles Mystery and I'm just not sure I like the colours.  It's the DMC conversion. I may like it more once it's all finished. I didn't stitch on it on Thursday as I finally plucked up the courage to go on the local  photography group's walk.

Ooooh I almost forgot! I have finished Hands to Work!  I love this piece. It's so pretty.

Little House Needleworks Hands to Work

Unknown fabric.

DMC.

Last but  by no means least are my two HAED WIPs. These seem to be such slow going now as I've been trying to cross country across the pages like I did with the challenge on the Facebook group. There seems to be an awful lot more confetti on this page of Mini Jolly Old Fellow and I couldn't really tell that I'd made any progress. So last night ( progress from last night not shown ) I decided to go back to cross country over 10 rows and it seemed to go better until I found myself going back to across the full page lol!


That's all my news for now. Enjoy your stitching and I hope the frogs stay away!

Until next time.

With much love,

Sally xxxx

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Shepherd's Fold

At long last I finished up my final two Shepherd's Bush Shepherd's Fold pieces. These have been an absolute joy to stitch and I hope Alison enjoys stitching them as much as I did. I made a bit of a mess of making up the ruler case as I misread the instructions but I got on the right track so it only looks messy in one bit. Lesson learnt, read instructions properly!




Up until last night I hadn't stitched since Sunday. What?! I hear you say. Yes I know it is very unusual for me. The scary thing is I didn't miss it at all but the good thing is I did enjoy it last night when I did some. The reason for not stitching is my DH and girls were on holiday from work and we had some days out. We left yucky, dull, weather each day and ended up in temps of 26 degress C! Much warmer than home! I'll leave you with just a few photos of our trips to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and the poppy wave at Lincoln Castle :)















Hopefully I'll be back to stitching regularly this next week but it has left me thinking that I need to have a better sort of my stash and get rid of some. I've already sorted a few bits but being brutal comes to mind!

Until next time,

With much love,

Sally xxx

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

June?!

Oh my goodness I cannot believe this weather we are having on the east coast of England! It is more like Autumn! A few weeks ago I turned our heating off but I'm seriously thinking of putting it back on again! I also can't believe it's June already!

Before I show my stitching I want to sincerely thank all of you who have stuck by me and continued to visit and leave comments even though I haven't been visiting and commenting on your blogs. I can't tell you how much I appreciate it and truly value you all. I know I am losing visitors because I'm not commenting.

So what I have been up to. Wella fair bit of stitching ( still have to get down to some finishing ), a bit of reading, some knitting and I hopped on a bus last Thursday and visited Chris for the day:).

My two HAED WIPs are going well at the moment. I must say that I am enjoying stitching them more than anything else at present how long that will last I really don't know! I have finished pages 1 and 4 and started page 2 on Mini Jolly Old Fellow and finished pages 1 and 2 on SK Dragons History. Love the dragon just peeping!


I am desperately trying to get on with my BBD AotH but you know when you really don't want to stitch on something? Yep that's how I feel! However I am determined to get on and get this done over the next couple of months.  I have stitched more on this since I took the photo so the border is almost done.

I have almost finished the 6th and final Shepherd's Bush Fold piece but I couldn't get a good photo of it. Hopefully by the time I blog again it will be all done and put together.

My dear friend Barb is not well at the moment so please keep her in your thoughts. I have still been stitching on our SALs and this is my May ornament.

Lizzie Kate Up on the Rooftops

Unknown fabric

DMC.

At long last I have finished our other SAL.

With Thy Needle and Thread Sweet Violet

40 count sand linen

GAST & DMC.

Finally my other WIP is Little House Needleworks Hands to Work which I am rather enjoying stitching.

I will leave you with a few photos with my new camera.  I loved my other one but had been struggling with it. I thought it was me but my DH tried it and he had the same problem. He suggested that I maybe get one like his. I looked into trading mine in and ended up online. I got a quote,  they picked my camera etc up, inspected it then gave me more than they had quoted so my new camera ended up costing me just a few pounds more. So I now have to learn how to use it!










Until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxxx

Monday, 9 May 2016

Oooops! ( Picture Heavy Post )

Wow has it really been a month since I last posted! A lot of stitching has been happening in that time but no finishing. I'm still struggling to get going with that! Something else that has happened in the last month is my DH and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and not only that we went away for a week and this was our view!

More about that later. Stitching first!

I've had a couple of finishes. First one is the 5th Shepherd's Fold piece.


Shepherd's Bush Shepherd's Fold Fear Not.

As kitted.


As you can see it's not made up into a needleroll yet. How lazy am I as it wouldn't take much finishing.

Second finish is my April ornament for the SAL with Barb and Chris. 


Country Cottage Needleworks Peace ( from the 2007 JCS ornament mag)

32 count Permin Riviera Olive linen.

DMC.


I will, hopefully, be starting my May one this evening and it will be from the 2014 issue.

My other SAL with Barb is, of course, the sheep SAL and we have been stitching With Thy Needle and Thread Sweet Violet. Mine is nearly finished but I ran out of thread and I could have sworn I had another skein. I don't want to order another so I'm going to see if I can match it up with DMC somehow. Fingers crossed this will be finished on Friday.

Elizabeth Jane is coming along slowly but surely. I desperately want to get this Anniversaries of the Heart piece finished as soon as but whether I will is a different matter!

My HAEDs have been getting some attention. As you may remember I joined in the second challenge on the official Facebook page and that challenge was to stitch a full page cross country using one colour at a time. Well I think this is the fastest I've finished a full page in a long, long time! You can see by my photo that I still have to go back and finish page 1.

I've done a little more on SK Dragons History.

As I had finished CCN Countdown to Christmas I started a new one to stitch in the virtual parlour with the ladies of Needlecraft Haven. Not much has been done as I only took a couple of bits away with me plus last Wednesday I ended up with a banging headache and I had to go to bed. This one is LHN Hands to Work which was a birthday gift from dear Shirlee a couple of years ago.

While we were away I had a new start. This is Tilton Crafts Always ( Alan Rickman tribute ). I was very naughty and bought it then ordered a thread pack from Thread Geeks. I have never had a thread pack before and I am so pleased with it. Anyway not much of a start as I only stitched a few hours on it. I must find a way to get it into my rotation! Can you see my needleminder? That was a gift from my surrogate sis Lisa :)

So that's all my stitchy news for now so time to tell you about our holiday!

A while ago Jess came home from work saying she'd been chatting to one of her colleagues and every year she goes to the Dumfries and Galloway area of Scotland on holiday and Jess thought it might be nice for my DH and I to go for our 30th wedding anniversary. She said she'd pay towards us going as a present. Well let's just say that I like my own bed these days but the more I looked at photos etc the more I thought let's go! So we booked a cottage called The Hen Hoose near Newton Stewart and patiently waited for the day to come. We were both dreading it a little as we were leaving the girls behind for a week and it was going to be strange without them. However we had a fantastic week, we didn't want to come back here, and we only scratched the surface of things to do. We have both decided that we're going back next year. It was so beautiful and peaceful. So here's just a few photos ( I took well over 500 and I dread to think how many DH took! ). 




















So that's all my news for this time. Hopefully it won't be a month before I post again!

Until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxxx