Monday, 2 March 2009

More Goodies and A New Start!

Well here we are into March and the weather forecast says there's a chance of snow tomorrow. It was certainly chilly when I went to the post office earlier and it had been a frost. I do like frosty mornings as we nearly always get a sunny day afterwards.

I ha
ve had some lovely things in the mail this past week. Of course you have already seen what I won in Lizzy's blogoversary contest then Barb (no blog) kindly sent me another SB roll chart which was the Folk Heart one which is so pretty. Thank you so much Barb. Then on Saturday when I arrived back home from shopping there was a package from Lesley (You may remember I won her birthday contest) which contained a gorgeous crocheted brooch beautifully made by Lesley herself. The colours are absolutely perfect for me and I don't know if you can see in this picture but there are tiny crystals on the flower petals. I am wearing it on a black jumper at the moment and it looks so pretty. She also sent me some lovely charts including two from Shepherd's Bush and a Sweetheart Tree one. I already have plans for these! Thank you so much Lesley. I feel honoured to have one of your gorgeous brooches and I will treasure it. Hope you have received the email I sent you.

Last Wednesday I managed to stitch a little bit more on my HAED Quick Stitch Girly Gothic. I am not quite as enthusiastic about this piece as I was Sampler Letter J but I'll keep plugging away best I can with her and hope to finish her by the end of the year.

I have finally stitched another PIF and just need to get it made up and in the post. This one is for Ruth and I do hope she likes it. One more to go for this round then I can start on the next ones!

Saturday evening I had a new start! Yes I know this is bad but Susan was having a small SAL for LHN Hen Party and asked when I was planning on starting it so I thought what better time than now and join in her SAL. Lizzy then mentioned it would be nice for us to stitch together too so I asked if she was ready to start and she is so she's joining in too! I do rather like SALs as it's so nice to know that others are stitching with you. I decided on 32 count vintage mocha linen and away I went. Now I have to say that my enthusiasm for the pieces I've been stitching on has been disappearing a little of late and for all I've stitched quite a bit on those pieces it's been a push and shove to get myself going with them. This new start really made stitching a pleasure as it is so much fun and I sat and stitched all evening with just a quick break for a cup of tea! LOL! So here's a picture of my progress. This will be my Saturday evening project!

Last night I stitched on BBD Beyond My Heart. I must say that for all I have enjoyed stitching on these 2008 Loose Feathers designs I am going to take a break once I've finished this one. I think 4 in a row is enough for all I only have one more that I want to stitch. I was planning on trying to get the flowers finished but I ran out of one of the greens for the stems so had to move back to the border again.

So once BBD Beyond My Heart is finished I plan on starting Midnight Stitching Quaker Faith Hope Love. I haven't yet decided if I'm going to stitch it monochrome or in the colours as charted. It all depends on the fabric I decide on as one choice is white 40 count and the other is 36 count flax! After that I plan on making Sunday evenings Drawn Thread stitching as I have a few of those charts in my stash!

Now it's March I have another SB roll ready to go, I have decided on the Christmas ornament and the biscornu and I'm hoping to get another PIF done too.

Have a wonderful week everyone!


Hugs


Sally


xx

28 comments:

WendyCarole said...

like the new look of your blog. Its colder here too

Rachael said...

I agree there is nothing like a new start to perk up your stitching mojo..LOL
Lovely progress BTW!

Vonna said...

What a nice fresh blog look you have :)

All your stitching is wonderful as always! I would think 4 BBD's in a row would be enough for a break! ;)

karenv said...

What lovely gifts you received. Your WIPs all look lovely, as always :)

staci said...

Beyond My Heart is so pretty! You're making wonderful progress! Love that little crocheted flower too ;)

Julie said...

The brooch looks lovely, a super gift.

Lots of nice progress pics too.

Dont want snow thank you ... spring is on its way :-)

Karan said...

Lovely contest prize. Great progress on GG & BMH. Love the new LHN start - will enjoy watching it develop. :0)

Kim B said...

It sounds like the mailman has been very good to you!

Your projects look great. I don't think I'll ever have the guts for a HAED piece :)

Michele B. said...

Hi Sally - I tagged you on my blog. As always it is fun to see what you are up to! Michele B.

Annemarie said...

Beyond My Heart is utterly gorgeous! Love the colours. And I'm so impressed that you're starting a new HAED right away!

Christine said...

Snow? Urgh! I thought spring had arrived! Great progress pics, and the crocheted flower brooch you recived is beautiful

Michele said...

love your new brooch! So fuzzy and pretty :)

and nice new start!

Susan said...

Yay for your “Hen Party” start! I started mine late last week – it’s my “commute” project. I have a 95 minute train ride to & from work each day – I very rarely stitch in the morning, but I usually manage to get an hour of stitching on the evening commute – I don’t usually stitch if there is someone sitting next to me, so I only stitch for the second half of the ride.

Your other pieces are looking good, too. I like the BBD piece especially - the colors are beautiful!

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Cindy F. said...

Exciting gifts! I especially love the crocheted brooch!! It's gorgeous! Great progress on your wip and new start!
Hey, Wendy (Belgium) and I just started a new HAED SAL blog
http://ourfriendshaedsal.blogspot.com/
If you already know about it, I apologize for repeating...lol..but if you didn't, we'd love to have you join us:)

suequeblue said...

All your stitching is looking lovely as usual! Love the new blog look!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Gorgeous gifts! Your BB Sampler is coming along so lovely.

Stitchingranny said...

Playing catch up after the hols here. Re this post I love the charts you got - especially the ST which is so pretty but the SB ones are lovely too.
I loved the sheep you stitched for Barb and Jess's Letter J looks lovely framed.
You have been very busy and you have had some lovely gifts.

Andrea said...

Some wonderful gifts. Great progress on your WIPs.

Redwitch said...

Great stitchy gifts and love the new blog look :)

I have the BBD too, yours is looking great!

Tracy said...

Beautiful stitching Sally, I love seeing your progress on Girly Gothic

Mylene said...

Lovely gifts received!

Joei said...

You received very lovely gifts, enjoy them. As always, your wip are looking very lovely.

Joei said...

Hi Sally, it's me again. I drop by again to ask you, are you willing to sell you Bygone stitches AQC chart? I'm interested in buying it. I can pay via paypal.
Thanks.

Ranae said...

I love the HAED Gothic she is looking so cute.
Your new start looks fab.
Gotta lovethe BBD. I just emailed Drema the other day to sign me up forthe 2009. And I was planning on seeing what they looked like first, bad me ,lol
Pretty brooch

Brigitte said...

Sally, you received some lovely gifts. Enjoy all your goodies.
I love your progress pictures.

Joei said...

Thanks Sally for your fast reply. I should have asked you the moment I saw you started it. Anyways, thanks, I understand.

fireflydreams said...

What a beautiful gift you received Sally. Lucky you :)

Did you get any snow? We had a bit yesterday, but it didn't come to much, unless areas in Devon!