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.


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

Thursday, 7 April 2016

At Last!

Well it's been a while since my last post but I am happy to say that I've been stitching up a storm. Well on some things at least lol. I also have a few charts for sale above on the for sale page if anyone is interested please do have a look :)

I am even more happy to say that I have finally finished this!

Country Cottage Needleworks Countdown to Christmas

32 count fabric

Suggested threads.

This was my New Year's start on the 1st January and I finally finished it yesterday.  I have to say the longer I stitched it the more I didn't like it and mistakes were made as some of the French knots are the wrong colour!  Maybe it's a good job it won't be on display until 1st December then I may have fallen back in love with it again!

Another finish was my March ornament for the SAL with Barb and Chris and Lisa may be joining us too :). I don't know if Barb has guessed what it is but I'll tell her now!

Hands on Design Plenty ( from the 2015 ornament mag )

Unknown fabric.


Of course April is here which means another ornament. This one is from 2007. Any ideas Barb?! I'm not sure of the fabric colour and the picture doesn't show it very well.

Do you remember my Arsenic and Old Lace afghan that I was knitting? Guess what?! I've finished it!! Yay! I can't tell you how happy I was to get it all finished up! It's been along time in the making with me putting it away for a year but it's done and on my bed. The photo isn't great as I couldn't get it all in.

I have cast on an aran jumper now but forgot to take a photo!

I was making good progress on HAED SK Dragons History andam about halfway down page 2.

However I'm not sure I'll get much done on it over the next few weeks as there's a new challenge started on the Official Heaven and Earth Designs Facebook group and I'm taking part in that. You may remember that the last one was to stitch 10  10 x 10 blocks diagonally and I stitched on Mini Jolly Old Fellow. Well that one was pretty easy but this one is going to take some doing as this challenge is stitching a FULL PAGE of between 7,300 and 7,600 stitches,  cross country stitching one colour at a time over 10 weeks! Yes I did say a full page! Well let me tell you it's a long time since I completed a page on a HAED in that time frame lol! As I'm not near the next page on SK Dragons History I decided to do Mini Jolly Old Fellow. I haven't finished page one yet ( nearly there ) so I've gone down and started page 4. Here is my progress on that page since Saturday and the progress on the first page since my last post. I'm very happy so far with my progress! That is 12 colours on page 4!

Oooh I have finished AotH Evergreen Lane except for  finishing the personalisation and started Elizabeth Jane:).

Final stitching ( seen as I forgot to take a photo of tne SB fold piece ) is our sheepy SAL. Poor Barb scrapped hers and restarted it. Here's my progress. Still a fair bit to do yet!

A few weeks ago DH and I went to see Heather Small in concert and he took the following day off work in case we were late home. The concert was brilliant and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Anyway the following day we had decided to drive up to Pickering in North Yorkshire as the Flying Scotsman was on the North York Moors Railway. Abi came with us and we had a lovely day out.  It was such an honour to see the Flying Scotsman. We then went for a drive round and ended up on the North York Moors . Such a beautiful place to be! I took a few photos.

That's it from me for today. I hope to catch up with you all soon. Thank you for visiting me and for all your lovely  comments.

With much love,

Sally xxxxxx

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

I am Still Here!

I know it's been a while since I last blogged! I try so hard to make the effort but it just doesn't seem to be happening but I guess if I blog every now and then to keep my hand in I won't lose the bug all together.  I most certainly don't want to use Instagram ( although I am on there but hardly ever use it! ) as it seems so impersonal and I have always loved the blogging platform and made many lovely stitchy friends since I started a few years ago. There was a point a few days ago where I thought I'd just give up but I don't want to so you won't be getting rid of me lol!

First of all I just want to say a massive thank you for all your good wishes for Abi. All her bloods came back normal which is good but also a little frustrating when she has been ill on and off for so long and lost weight. She gets so down and suffers with anxiety which doesn't help either. Anyway she seems to be picking up a little now and is slowly eating better so fingers crossed she is turning a corner. The doctor thinks she has picked up a winter bug that has taken some getting rid of and that she will pick up again over time. She has started coming to craft group with me ( she taught herself to crochet a while ago ) when she's not working so she's seeing different people.

So what have I been up to stitching wise. Well my fourth Shepherd's Fold piece, Cherish Life, was finished and I finally finished making it up yesterday. It is far from perfect but I love it. The wool inside is supposed to have a herringbone stitch down the middle but my brain wouldn't engage so I didn't do it!

So the fifth piece, Fear Not, was started . This one will be a needleroll. I look at these pieces and think oh that won't take long! Haha! They take longer than you think but then again I do only stitch one evening a week on them.

I finished the stitching on my February ornament and waited for March to come around to start another.

Blue Ribbon Designs Snowmates

40 count Sand linen


I'll get this one and my January one made up soon. The craft knife that I used for cutting card disappeared and even though I turned the house upside down it didn't turn up! DH was sorting the boot of the car out and found it in there! We'd put Christmas wreaths on our parents graves early in December and taken the knife to cut string to tie them on with!

Last night I made a start on my March ornament.  Any ideas what it is Barb?! It is from the 2015 mag.

Barb and I have also been stitching away on our sheep SAL but we are not really feeling it with this one. I'm going to persevere with it though as it will be lovely when it's done. Violet is now complete and she has her sheep by her side. Now she just needs her flowers to water.

Gill and I have been trying to get back to our craft mornings recently and we've managed two so far! I have picked up HAED Mini Jolly Old Fellow to stitch when we have our mornings and I also stitched this on Sunday ( Mothers Day here ) as I was on my own. I've filled in all the squares from when I did the challenge on the HAED Facebook page. I can't wait to get to Father Christmas although it will slow me up a lot then!

The first page of HAED Dragons History was finished a couple of weeks ago and I made a start on page 2. I can't wait to get further down the page as the top of the dragon will appear!

I went through all my HAED charts last week writing order numbers on the front pages and if they were RAKs, birthday gifts and who they were from or I'd bought them myself. Bad idea as I wanted to start so many of them! Of course I'm not going to as I don't want to get snowed under again like I have in the past as that is when they end up getting put away for ages. The times I've said I'll keep going until one is finished and ended up putting it away is ridiculous!

I have stitched a few extra times on CCN Countdown to Christmas to try and get more done. I love it but I'm a little fed up of it now but don't want to put it away for fear I'll never finish it! I still have quite a lot to do but hopefully those little motifs in the boxes won't take too long!

Oooh I am so excited as I have almost finished AotH Evergreen Lane! I just have to fill bits around the border and add the personalisation but I'm not sure how I'm doing that yet. So just one more block to go and the bonus bit! I wonder if I can get it finished by mid year!

Have any of you seen anything that you like from Nashville Market? I don't think I've seen everything but nothing has really jumped out at me which is good! I'm not buying anyway as I haven't finished 10 things yet and I'm trying not to buy on impulse when I allow myself to buy as that is not good!

As I mentioned earlier it was Mothers Day here in the UK on Sunday. My girls gave me some lovely card and pressies. Jess bought me the Harry Potter colouring book. She says mistakes were made as she didn't realise there were snakes in it lol! She'll be colouring those pages for me! Abi bought me the book and the choccies which look too nice to eat.

A couple of weeks ago I decided I'd had enough of my hair style. I loved it when I had it cut for my 50th birthday but it wasn't how it was then having had to change hairdressers when ours left. So I messaged my current hairdresser and told her I wanted a change, took in some pics to show her and off I went last Wednesday feeling rather nervous!  If you look at my profile photo that's me just after I'd had it done. Of course I can't get it like that  no matter how hard I try lol but I love it.

Time for me to get some photos uploaded and publish this! Thank you for reading and for all the lovely comments you leave me. You have no idea how much they are appreciated.

With much love.

Sally xxxxx