Thursday, 1 October 2015

Birthday Gift for Lainey

Last Thursday was my lovely friend Lainey's birthday. When I was searching through my stash to see what I could stitch for her I found the perfect thing as, like me, she loves sheep and snowmen! 

Shepherd's Bush Happy Snowman (  freebie that can be found on the Shepherd's Bush website)

32 count fabric


Birthday gift for Lainey.

OK I know it's not exactly the thing to stitch for a September birthday but Lainey loves it and that is all that matters! Besides since when I have stitched for the season lol!

I have also been trying to get some bits finished off to display. These 2 Christmas ornaments were almost finished last time I posted.

This one I got finished at the weekend along with The Snowflower Diaries Autumn Witch.

I was panicking that the October Cottage wasn't going to get finished in time and had I not stitched on it Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening it wouldn't have been! 

A small start was made on November. Let's hope I don't have a mad rush on this one!

A while ago I finished stitching a little ornament for Clare's church tree and here it is all made up and ready to go in the post. 

Christmas Birdhouse is looking more like a birdhouse now!

I have finally sown all the grass on A Full Heart and look I've built a fence too!

Last but not least my lovely robin. Not too much more to do on page 5! 

A massive thank you to everyone who commented on my last post and has stuck with me even though I haven't been commenting. I actually caught up with everyone and really enjoyed seeing what everyone was up to. 

We had a very sad start to our week this week as our little budgie Billy passed away. The house is way too quiet without him and we all miss him very much. I have looked on my PC for a photo of him and am very sad that I don't have any on it but I am sure we have some somewhere. So I found this one from my blog when we first got him. He could be terribly cranky but also very sweet.

That's all my news for now.

Take care everyone.

With much love

Sally xxx

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

September Stitch from Stash

Well I seem to be getting a bit bad at this blogging lark. I keep saying I'll get better at it and commenting but it just doesn't seem to happen and I know I'll lose readers etc if I don't comment. I'm trying really hard but.....

So first off my  September SFS report.

Brought fwd :£67.25

Spent :£30.26

Earned :£20.00

Balance carried fwd : £81.99

I am done with my autos now except for the Shepherd's Fold. I just have 2 more of those to come then I will try even harder not to buy anymore charts/ kits! Having said that I do want to get some more sheepy ones before the end of the year as Barb and I are going to be doing a sheep SAL! Next year I intend to just buy fabric and threads. Yes it'll probably be famous last words as I seem to be useless and let myself down every time!

Plenty of stitching has been done since the last time I blogged. One I can't show as it's a gift and the the one I've just started is for Mouse's quilt so I won't show that until I've finished it and she has it :)

My lovely robin is growing steadily but if I am going to finish it for February I am going to have to stitch more than one evening on it. 

So as soon as this is finished my robin will replace it in my rotation. Lots of holly still to do yet!

I didn't stitch on A Full Heart for a couple of Thursdays but last week I got back to it and I have almost sown all the grass! It all looks so pretty and I am so pleased I finally decided to sign up for this.

Barb and I finished Holly Jolly but I don't have a photo yet as I just have to finish making it up. Last week we started Christmas Birdhouse and here is how far I got. Doesn't look much like a birdhouse yet does it lol? I am going to love this one though.

I am steadily making progress on Clara Ellen. I don't look forward to picking this up but I think that is because I have been away from it for so long. Mistakes have been made already but believe me there are lots of mistakes in the whole piece! 

No post would be complete without a cottage! So her's my October Cottage. Will it be finished for October? Hmmm we will have to see about that one!

I received the JCS Christmas ornament mag today and I have to say I am a little disappointed in it this year. Barb and I going to stitch an ornament a month from it and I am hoping I will find 12 that I want to stitch! I think I will as there are a few that caught my eye but not like other years where I've wanted to stitch more than I didn't want to! Still I will keep buying it every year as I enjoy collecting them and have every issue since the year 2000.

That's all my stitchy news for this time. 

Take care everyone.

Until next time.

With much love

Sally xx

Thursday, 10 September 2015

A Happy Finish!

Hello everyone! Tuesday night I had a finish and it's a finish that I absolutely love. I enjoyed stitching this very much and it's been a lovely change as I have been a bit bored with my stitching of late.

Lizzie*Kate Happy ( bonus designs from Things Unseen )

32 count Nougat linen


I think I have become a little bored because I've had so many series going on as in the cottages and the garden journal.  Don't get me wrong I love them but I think stitching the same sort of thing for months on end is getting to me! I picked up my AotH again and I'm already fed up of that! I think once I am finished with all these I will have to rethink the way I stitch and make sure I have a better variety ( as in no series or only one series at a time! ).

Speaking of the garden journal I made a little more progress on December's Holly. It is looking rather pretty even if I say so myself. There does seem to be a lot more work in this one somehow.

As for the cottages I made a start on October. I hope to get on better with this one as I'm so last minute with them now.

Clara Ellen is growing a little week by week but it will be slow!

I didn't stitch on my fold last week as I wanted to make a start on the cottage ( I didn't stitch at all on Wednesday when I would usually stitch on it )  but I will be back to that this week. I only have 2 more of the fold to get now so my collection will be complete in October :). I bought a paper mache box last week to mount the first fold on and keep the other bits in but I shall have to cover it to make it look nice. As much as I would really like the proper box I can't justify spending all that money.

Barb and I are hoping to get Holly Jolly finished this week but I think I may have a bit too much to do to. Love this one!

Finally my lovely robin. Getting there with page 5 :)

Last week my DH and Abi were on holiday from work. Jess should have been but because she changed jobs she didn't have it. We worked round her though so she could come the wildlife park. We only normally go once a year but Abi desperately wanted to go back and see the tiger cubs again so we thought why not. It was a little chilly but we had a  brilliant day and between DH,  Abi and I we took well over 1000 photos! I'll show just a few of mine  here :).

That's all my news for now. I must some finishing done before I post again!

Take care everyone.

With much love

Sally xxx

Monday, 24 August 2015

August Stitch From Stash

Well it has been a while since I last blogged but I am here at last! First of all I'll do my August SFS report then I'll show my progress and finishes :).

August Report

Spent : £28.55 ( thread and fabric for ornament auto, L*K Littles Mystery part 2, not yet received, Shepherd's Fold pt 4, not yet received.

Earnt: £40 ( August Cottage, CCN ornament, Sewing Bird, Autumn Witch, Joy Ornament,  November's Chrysanthemum )

Balance carried fwd : £67.25

So what I have been up to since I last blogged? Well lots of stitching and also some knitting but no photos of my knitting as I forgot to take any. However Jess' Doctor Who scarf is going well,  I've reached the next corner on the edging for my blanket and my Soukie top is ready to sew up! The edging on my blanket is on hold though until I go back to craft group in a couple of weeks time as I can't remember how to ease it around the corner!

At long last this beauty got finished.

Cottage Garden Samplings November's Chrysanthemum

40 count pearl grey linen


Then this equally beautiful piece was started and it's the final Garden Journal piece.

Barb and I have been stitching away on our ornaments. This one was not one of our favourites!

Country Cottage Needleworks By The Chimney

32 count, not sure what it is!

Of course we started the next one which is Holly Jolly which we are both enjoying!

Clare, one of my online stitchy  friends, was asking if anyone would like to stitch an ornament for her church tree . This years theme is Joy and here is what I have stitched. Not made up yet but I hope you like it Clare.

Lizzie*Kate Flora McSample 2011 ornaments Joy

32 count Cobblestone linen


I have decided to stop stitching Halloween for a bit but Barb and I will still be stitching along virtually :). This is my last one for now.

The Snowflower Diaries Autumn Witch

Unknown fabric


From this evening I'm going back to my AotH and am planning on not putting it away until I've finished. Here is where I left it God knows how long ago!

I made a start on the September Cottage and here is how it looks so far. I can't believe it's September a week tomorrow. I don't think I will get this finished in time!

Once I'd finished Clare's ornament I decided to have a new start and I chose the bonus design, Happy, from Lizzie*Kate's Things Unseen Mystery Sampler. I have decided to just stitch the bonus design and pillow from this so will be selling the charts along with the embellishments for the main design so do let me know if you are interested.  It will be £15 plus postage for all 3 charts and embellishments for the main design.

I have so many things to show I can't remember what else there is! That's what you get for not blogging for weeks! Ooh of course my lovely robin!

Finally part one of the Shepherds Fold.  Boy this grass is taking some sowing but it's going to be so pretty!

Well I think that's all my stitching. So sorry for the picture heavy post.

I am happy to say that Jess started a new job today. Well I'll be even happier when I know she's got on OK! She's been unsure about her job at the card shop for a while now. She never knew what she was walking into when she went to work or who was telling the truth, stabbing you in the back etc etc. So this job came up, she applied and got it! Her notice was duly handed in and she left on Saturday.  She'll be working on the same outlet site at Regatta. Fingers crossed she likes it and the people she's working with!

That's all for now. Hopefully I'll get back to blogging regularly again and catching up with you all.

Take care everyone.

Until next time.

With much love

Sally xxx

Friday, 31 July 2015

Birthday Gift for Julie.

Yesterday it was my long time stitchy friend Julie's birthday.  So I set about finding something to stitch a while ago but I always seem to end up last minute finishing somehow.  I seriously need to remedy that!  Anyway this is what I stitched for her and am delighted to say that she loved it :)

With Thy Needle and Thread The Sewing Bird

36 count Vintage Examplar Linen


Birthday gift for Julie.

I have had a couple of other finishes this week :)
Plum Street Samplers Ghoul Tidings

35 count WDW Straw linen


This one was finished just in time! I now need to get it finished to hang on my calendar.

Country CottageNeedleworks August Cottage

32 count natural opalescent linen


No other finishes but, hopefully, by Monday there should be 2 more!

I almost forgot to show some bits I have got made up! Two were half done and it's taken we weeks to get on to actually finishing! The first two were finished ages ago!
Carriage House Samplings 1823 Emma Elizabeth Blackwood Sampler from the June 2005 JCS mag.

Just Nan Marching Orders

Little House Needleworks Comfort.

Barb and I will be trying to get this one finished this evening then we can start the next one.

Sunday evening will see me stitching away to try and get November's Chrysanthemum finished!  I am loving the beautiful bright yellows of the Chrysanthemums in this one. Just so pretty.

Of course no post of mine would be complete without my lovely Robin. 

Last WIP is my Thursday evening stitch A Full Heart. Look I now have some sheep in the field! 

I received an envelope from Kathy this morning. A while ago I had seen her gorgeous finish of LK 6 Snow Belles on Facebook and very cheekily messaged her to ask if she was selling the charts and if I could buy them from her if she was. Bless her she said I could have them which I appreciate so much.  I will repay her kindness one day though :). Thank you so much Kathy :). These will, hopefully, be a Winter stitch for me.

I am happy to say that the leaking boiler is now fixed but I have kept the bowl underneath it just in case! I will be relieved to get a new one fitted before the weather turns chilly. My cousin, who is gas safe registered etc, is going to fit one for us.

As for me I am still not quite right yet and am beginning to think I never will be fully! I was going back to the drs today but decided against it when I saw my usual dr was not there and by the looks of it won't be for another 2 weeks. However I know I really need to go back so I'll have to go and see someone else next week.

I managed to get all caught up with my blog visiting and commenting but I now need to start again lol! At least I'm not a long way behind now!

Thank you for your visits and for all your lovely comments. It makes my day to read them :)

Until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxxx