Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Some Making Up

At long last I have finished up my With My Needle Ackworth Friendship Book which I stitched as an RR last year with Chris, Jane, Lisa and Tracy. It was great fun stitching on these ladies pieces and thank you all for stitching on mine. It has taken me a while to actually finish it and I am not totally happy with my finishing but it’s done and I can now display it.

Another item made up this week is Tournicoton Pere Noel Charmant. You may remember I finished this in early January so it's taken me a while to get it finished completely. I decided to make it into a pinkeep and I love how it looks. The pins are some that Chris bought me and I think they suit this piece perfectly. The bow on the top came off a box of Thornton's Continental Chocolates! LOL!

Stitching wise I've been busy with my usual pieces including Little House Needleworks Hen Party. I managed to stitch a good chunk of it and I may just have another finish this Saturday! I have enjoyed stitching this so much and it's helped to take my mind of things.

Another Sunday has gone by on Blackbird Designs Beyond My Heart. For all I love this piece and I have enjoyed stitching it I have to admit that I'm getting a bit tired of it now and can't wait for it to be finished. I'm not going to take a break from it because I don't want it to end up a UFO so I'll carry on it with it until it's done. I've just about finished the flowers then I can start on the basket.

More progress on Needleprint Beatrix Potter Quaker Sampler too this week. I didn't quite get the motif finished but it's close enough! I'll just add the last few stitches next Monday.

Other stitching is a PIF for Angela. I have finished the stitching but now need to make it up but I should have it in the post by the end of the week.

I have done a bit of chart stash enhancement this week. As I said in my last post I was saving up for Shepherd's Bush Family Sampler. I was thinking about ordering it from the USA but I actually found it at Fobbles and it worked out cheaper so I ordered it from there on Sunday evening and it arrived yesterday. Then I saw on Andrea's blog that Sew and So had got the Just Nan Floral Fifteen chart in so I emailed then to see how much it was then rang yesterday to order it. It hasn't arrived yet but I should get it tomorrow. So now I am on a self imposed chart stash diet until at least November! Please please if you read that I am tempted by something remind me of my chart stash diet and shout NO!!! LOL! Hopefully I should not need any fabric either!

I also received some charts from Marianne of Midnight Stitching on Saturday. She asked me a while ago if I'd trade my Merry Noel chart with her for some of her designs so I said yes and please could I have Heartstruck Quakers. She also sent me her lovely new design Quaker 's Winter Slumber which is gorgeous. I have the perfect fabric for it in my stash! Thank you Marianne for a wonderful trade.

I am going for blood tests again next week. I won't go into huge detail here but I have not been well for several weeks but kept soldiering on but it has got to the stage where I am really struggling and hardly dare go out on my own for fear I pass out or something. I've been forcing myself but it has been rather scary. I decided yesterday to get an appointment and I saw a different doctor. I was getting upset telling her how I felt but she was lovely. Straight away she said she wanted blood tests and that I needed an MOT! She's given me iron tablets as she's sure I'm anaemic but she's upped the dose that I've been given before. She's also sending me for an ultrasound on my pelvic area. One of the last things she said to me was you're not going to carry on like this as there are things we can do to help. I was so relieved as some days I feel so ill I don't know what to do with myself. I just wish someone had done this before things got like they are. Stitching has been my sanity as it's helped take my mind off how I've been feeling to some extent.

Well time for me to leave in you in peace and have a bit of a catch up on blogs I think.

Take care everyone.

Hugs

Sally

xx

28 comments:

mollycaff said...

Fabulous stitching as always Sally, I think your friendship book looks amazing! I'm glad you've found a doctor who actually listens and is trying to help. Good luck with the tests.

Kim B said...

Your finishes and WIPs look great! The little book turned out beautifully! I hope your doctor gets things sorted out and that you're feeling much better very soon!

Rachael said...

Glad that you finally have a doctor that will listen and wants to help you!!! Beautiful stitching!! I love that little booklet you mabe!!

Julie said...

Friendship book looks wonderful, love the pinkeep too. Nice progress on the others.
Hope the tests give some answers to your questions and you soon feel a lot better.

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful finishes and lovely stitching, Sally! I'm glad to hear that you found a doctor who listens to you, and maybe now will get some answers and help to feeling better.

Sheila said...

Your stitching all looks great, and your finished Friendship Book is stunning!!! Glad you have found a doctor who will listen to you...good luck with the tests.

Cindy F. said...

Sally, I pray this dr. will find your problem and make you well again:)
Your Friendship Book is beautiful!! You did an amazing job on finishing it! And your pinkeep! Another beauty!! Good jobs!
Your wip's are progressing very nicely! Don't give up...you're so close to more pretty finishes!

Susimac said...

Wow wonderful, is how I can describe your friendship book.

Great progress on the rest too.

Thankyou for the award that has made my day.
Glad that you are getting sorted out too, there is nothing worse than feeling poorly but not knowing the reason why, hope its all sorted really soon

Hugs Su

Christine said...

The freindship book is lovely, and as for the Tournicoton, I don't have the words for how nice that is! Good progress on your WIPS too. I hated doing the basket on Beyond my Heart, ended up doing large crosses (over 4 threads) instead of the eyelets.
Hope the dr can sort things out for you soon

Yoyo said...

Up front, I hope you get some help from the doctors and really do start to feel better. I'm following the BPotter design closely, you're doing such a lovely job!! The Ackworth book is just lovely. Great stash additions too.

DovilÄ— said...

The freindship book is lovely:)
Tournicoton so wonderful, congrats on your another WIP too.

jane said...

Your Friendship book looks lovely Sally - I wish I was brave enough to try finishing mine..lol. I keep getting the pieces out and looking at them but haven't bitten the bullet yet.
Love the Tournicoton pinkeep and Hen Party too. Good luck with the basket on your BBD - I did persevere with it but it drove me mad and several inappropriate words were used!!! There is a small mistake in mine but there was no way I was frogging it, I wish I'd thought of Christine's idea
Sounds like the doctor is a gem - hope she can get you feeling better!!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Amazing stitching and finishing as always. Sounds like you found a better doctor. Good luck on your tests.

Marjean said...

Your stitching is lovely. I hope everything goes well with your tests.

Suzanne said...

Wow, the friendship booklet is fantastic and the Tournicoton design is just too cute!

Juls said...

thinking good thoughts for you and hoping you are feeling better soon!
Your stitching is lovely as always....

karenv said...

Your Friendship book turned out beautifully Sally! I love the pinkeep too, the Thorntons ribbon is just perfect for it ;)

You're really coming along well with your WIPs too, especially Bea - I really must spend some quality time with her this week!

I'm glad to hear that you had a positive visit to the doctor and I hope you're feeling better soon!

Karan said...

Ooo what a feast for the eyes again! Great finishes & the WIP's are looking fabulous. :0)
So glad you've finally got a GP who is going to be more pro-active - certainly sounds more sympathetic. So hope you're feeling much better soon Sally (((((hugs))))).

Ranae said...

wow! stunning book, It's absolutelty awesome.
pretty finising on the Pere Noel piece.
Your making wonderful progress on Beatrix.
I finally broke down and ordereed the BBD 2009 auto ship.
I sure hope this new doc can solve the illness you have been feeling.
please! take care!!

Ranae said...

oh! I was going to ask you if the ribbon from the chocolates make the pinkeep smell good? lol

Michele said...

Sally, I love your needlebook finish! It's lovely!! And the pinkeep, how cute is that :)

Your wips are looking great as always!

(((((((((hugs)))))))))) I'm so glad you found a new doctor! Sounds like maybe this time she can help sort out everything and get you on the road to feeling better! Sending you lots of warm hugs and positive thoughts!

Redwitch said...

Your finishing is lovely as are all your WIPS :)

Glad you saw a friendly doctor and I really hope you are the road to recovery!

Lynn B said...

Oh Sally your stitching is gorgeous, I have the Ackworth book on my to do list!
Hope you are soon feeling better.

Paula said...

Hi Sally,
wow gorgeous stitching as usual....
So glad you have found a nice understanding doctor.Fingers crossed everything works out now...Keep me posted.

Happy stitching...
HUGS.....

Brigitte said...

Your Ackworth Friendship book is so beuatiful, and so is the Tournicoton finish. I love both pieces very much.
Great progress on your other projects.
I hope that this doctor is the right person for you to find out what you have and to find the perfect treatment.

Sonda in OR said...

Hope you get to feeling better soon!!!

Mylene said...

Great stitching and finishing, Sally.

Sharon said...

Gorgeous projects. I hope your new doctor can find out what's going on. Take care!