Friday, 3 September 2010

So What Have I Been Up To?

You may ask! This week I decided it was time I actually plucked up the courage to make up the Just a Thought Sampler Garden Needle Casket I finished stitching a while ago. Abi was out with a friend on Tuesday and DH back to work after the bank holiday weekend so I thought that day would be ideal to get everything out and get on. Of course it took me longer than a day, although I kept getting distracted, and what with all the cutting, gluing, sewing, ribbon gathering etc I finally got finished today! So I'm going to let the pictures do the talking!



Casket, needle custodian, needle cushion and needleroll

Casket top

Casket bottom

I am sooooooooo pleased with this. I never thought that I would make something like this in a million years but Judy O'Dell's finishing instructions are so clear that even I can follow them! Now I need to find somewhere to display it.

I can only show two other bits of stitching in this post. First piece is Blackbird Designs Their Song which I made good progress on on Sunday evening.I just love the verse on this one.

Next up is mine and Barb's new SAL start from Monday evening. Monday was quite stressful for us with Jess moving into her student house so I was glad of a new start and SALing with a very dear friend. So this is The Sampler Girl Jane Austen Sampler Stocking. I am already loving this one so much so thank you Barb for suggesting the SAL :) Looking forward to seeing how you got on and stitching more on Monday.

I'm afraid Chatelaine Spring Morning has not been out this week because I wanted to finish the casket. Thankfully Julie and Mr Stick have given us a week off this week so I don't feel so bad not doing anymore beading!

We got Jess moved into her student house on Monday. I must admit it looks so much better than it did the first time we saw it ( thank God) but it was so hard leaving her there and Abi and I cried when we'd left ( well Abi started before we left!). Tuesday lunchtime I decided to text Jess to see how her first night had gone. I wasn't expecting miracles but I wasn't expecting the text I got back. She said it was horrible, that she'd wanted to come home and had even thought about quitting university so she didn't have to live in that house. She did, however, say that she OK now. Well, as you can imagine, I was in bits at the thought of her being so unhappy that she'd quit uni. Both Abi and I spoke to her yesterday and she sounded a lot happier and I know she'll settle once she gets used to it.

Hopefully I'll be back next week with more WIPs and maybe a finish!

Thank you for all your lovely comments. I cherish them all :)

Take care everyone and stay safe if you're on the east coast of USA.

Hugs

Sally
xxx

40 comments:

Berit said...

How fabulous is that all finished up! :o

Their Song is also really coming along, and DD will settle in soon. Change can be hard, but no change is often harder. :/

Gillie said...

Oh my word, you clever girl, it's absolutely gorgeous! Hugs to Jess, I never went to uni but still remember the misery of the first few weeks at boarding school!

Lesleyanne said...

Wow. Your casket is stunning. Congratulations. Lovely progress on your WIPs. I am sure your DD will be okay soon change is hard.

Christina said...

When I was 18 I took a gap year and went to work in the States. Initially I hated it, I was so homesick I cried ALL the time. I'd sob down the phone to my mam. Of course, I eventually settled down and loved my year away from home. In fact, when I returned home to the UK I found it difficult to re-adjust! When I returned home my mam said every time I rang she had her visa to hand and came so close to telling me to book a flight home...but never did. I'm so pleased she didn't!! I'm sure Jess will settle once lectures start and she meets lots of new friends. Change is difficult but how you deal with it makes you a stronger person. You never know, in future months you may have difficulty trying to get her to come home during half term holidays!

Vonna said...

Heaven's to mercy Sally - that casket and its accessories are absolutely perfect! Congratulations!!!! It's an heirloom :)
Hoping your daughter will get along well now once settled.

Cath said...

what a beautiful finish ,well done . I'm sure your daughter will soon be happy in her new digs . X

KarenV said...

Sally, your casket finishing is absolutely wonderful! Really gorgeous, you did a great job.

Hope things settle down for Jess soon - I remember a couple of sticky spots like that at uni but I survived and so will she, I'm sure.

Jo said...

What a lovely finish - you must be proud.

When I worked away from home the first time I did the same as your DD - hated it but stuck it out.

Jo

Elaine said...

Oh Wow Sally your casket finish is just stunning!!! Congratualtions on such an wonderful finish.
I hope Jess settles back into Uni soon.Hugs!

Jackie said...

Wow! Sally, you have some serious skills!

It's not unusual to be a bit homesick. She'll be busy enough soon that she won't really have time for it.

Michelle said...

Sally - wow when you said what you were stitching I had no clue as to what it was - its stunning. Well done. Hope Jess is better. Sending you both hugs Michelle x

Mylene said...

All perfectly finished, Sally. Great job!!

Heather said...

WOW Sally, I am definitely sending you all my finishes from now on, that casket is AMAZING.

Jess will soon settle. It's a completely new routine for her. I didn't go to uni, but when I had to move out because of my job I was renting a 1 bed house. I loved living on my own, but used to cry all the way back if I'd spent time on days off at my parents and I was 27 at the time!!

Deborah said...

Your casket is amazing! I love everything about it.

Ellen said...

Sally, your casket is gorgeous! Love all the accessories too!

Beautiful progress on Their Song and I like your new SAL.

Hugs,

DonnaTN said...

Your casket and the accessories are lovely! Congratulations on your finish. You have every reason to be proud. Your daughter will find her way. The first time I was at college I was miserable before my parents' car left the parking lot, but I settled in and everything was fine. Those first few days are always the hardest.

Barb said...

Hi Sally,
What can I SAY that has not been said already, I am so sorely tempted to stitch mine now , I keep looking at and thinking why did I buy this I am never going to stitch it. Seeing yours well omg its fabulous.
Perhaps perhaps perhaps.!
I am in roughly the same place as you with JA, also still traisping round the garden lol.
Hope Jess is more settled after a week and you and Abi are feeling a little less upset.
We will speak soon no doubt.

jane said...

Your casket is absolutely beautiful Sally, you are so clever. Their Song is looking lovely too as is your SAL with Barb.
I hope Jess is feeling more settled now, I can still remember how I felt when I went to uni and I lived in halls for 2 years. Not looking forward to going through with it with DD next year.

Moreen said...

I love your casket Sally it is so gorgeous what wonderful work.
I sure your daughter be OK.

Lisa said...

Well done on a stunning finish Sally, you are such a wonderful stitcher, you should be very proud of this one.
And thanks for being such a good friend as always, encouraging me with my pitifull stitching etc.
I did what I said I'd do and updated my blog, so there's no turning back now! lol

CalamityJr said...

Can't believe that is your first casket finish - love it and the pattern. Hope all of you have settled into the new routine and are happier. Change is tough, but worth it in the end!

Meadows08 said...

Absolutely gorgeous finish!

Lindsay said...

WOW your casket is gorgeous

Lelia said...

WOW! Beautiful : )

Beth said...

This is my first time to your blog, and I was blown away by that beautiful finish!! Wow, I have never seen anything like that, and it is really amazing.

I remember when DS#1 went off to college, I was a much bigger mess than he was. DD went much further away, and that really got to me as well. By the time DS#2 went, it was much easier. Poor guy, never got the same intensity of emotion - LOL!!

Brigitte said...

Oh Sally, I'm speechless. Your treasure box is just a dream and you're a real artist. An absolutely stunning finishing! Congratulations.
I know exactly how Jess feel and how you must feel. When I moved to Paris a long time ago to live abroad for the first time in my life I was so unhappy during the first days that I only cried. But it got better with each day and when I had to move back home I didn't want to leave, lol. Just give it time ...

Angela said...

Find somewhere to display that wonderful sewing box, are you mad? I'd have it in use so I could look at it every day.

Every time I stick my needle into my pin cushion I think of you because it's the bisicornu you made for me (not into the stitching I hasten to add). Use it don't display it.

Stop stressing about Jess if she loved uni last year she will this year. As for the state of the house I bet it will look ten times worse when you go and pick her stuff up at the end of the year. Even well brought up daughters it appears forget about housework until it desperately needs doing as they are too busy having fun.

Christine said...

Wow, that casket is absolutely gorgeous.
I'm sure Jess will soon settle in once she gets to know a few people. She'll probably find she doesn't even spend that much time in the house

mbroider said...

The casket et al is fabulous!!! And you are definitely courageous:)

Jess will start feeling good soon. Tell her, the first days are really tough for any of us...

Michele B. said...

What an awesome job you did on the casket, Sally! It's a joy to behold. I can't wait to see what you'll come up with next, Hope Jess settles in soon - this is a big leap for her and there's bound to be some adjustment issues. Hugs to her and you too.

Sharon said...

Sally it's gorgeous!

Carol said...

Oh Sally, you've done a fantastic job finishing your casket, it's absolutely gorgeous, you must be soooo thrilled!

I'm sure it won't be too long before Jess settles. Our Jason was absolutely fine when he moved away to uni, but Matthew was very homesick for a while! Me, I was an absolute wreck both times and Colin was overseas working, so when they left I had to come home to a completely empty house both times!

Julie said...

The casket is stunning, the trial run with Chris certainly did the trick.

Siobhan said...

Awww, poor Jess, I hope she's settling in better now! I can imagine how that text made you feel!

Sally, you did an amazing job on the finishing of your masterpiece!!! Absolutely fantastic. Love the WIPs, too!

Hazel said...

SWOOOOOOOON!!!! I am amazed at your finish Sally. It is simply gorgeous. You will have to do a tutorial. x

Andrea said...

Your casket is simply gorgeous.

Suzanne said...

What an amazing piece. You should be very proud of yourself, you did a fantastic job with the finishing.

Robin said...

Sally, that casket is amazing!!!!! You did a lovely job of finishing. and all of the accesories are wonderful. You are so talented. My DD began her first year of college as well. She's only an hour's drive from home but it's far enough that she has some independence but not so far if I start missing her, I just drive down to see her :-)

mollycaff said...

Sally, your casket is absolutely stunning! I'm glad you found Judy O'Dell's finishing instructions easy to follow, it's made me think of picking back up a WIP of hers I have.

Karan said...

The casket & smalls is a truly beautiful piece.. glad to have the opportunity to see it again. All your pieces are beautiful Sally but these are extra special. :0)