Saturday, 30 July 2011

Happy Birthday Julie, A UFO and A Gift

I have a few things to share today:) Today is my dear stitchy / knitty friend Julie's birthday. I was wondering what I could stitch for her and as she has a bit of a liking for Shepherd's Bush designs I chose the Joy freebie. I am very happy to say that she likes it. Julie I hope you having a fantastic birthday especially as it is your first one as a grandma:)

Shepherd's Bush Joy Freebie
28 count fabric

DMC
Started 23rd June 2011

Finished 26th June 2011
Birthday gift for Julie.

I have been steadily stitching on my WIPs this week and have had one small new start which I can't show :) I spent Monday evening finishing the cross stitch on the middle bit of Shepherd's Bush Family Sampler and also did some of the speciality stitches. My plan for this coming Monday is to do the rest of the speciality stitches then start on the border. I think I'll leave the personalisation until last. I'm aiming for an end of August finish on this then will decide which SB to stitch next for my SAL with Barb and Colleen.

Tuesday and Wednesday I picked up Drawn Thread The Sanctuary but I also made a start on my secret stitch. As I have finished A New Day I thought I'd concentrate on what I already have started for a bit. Lisa and I are starting LHN Travelling Stitcher next but not until our meet-up on 10th August:) I decided to have a bit of change once I'd finished the top right hand block and started on the borders. I love how this is looking.

I have been thinking about getting back to my UFO, HAED Guardian, for a while but I just keep thinking no matter what I do it will never get finished but this piece is just so beautiful that I can't give up on it all together. Lisa has been encouraging me to get back to it as has Julie so as my GAST threads for BBD AotH Happy Birthday have not arrived yet I decided not to stitch on it this week and I picked up Guardian after stitching a little on my new start! Here is where I left it a year ago and this is it after an hour or so last night. Not that you can tell but I did get a few stitches in! So I'll be carrying on with this tonight too.

Plans for tomorrow stitching wise will be BBD Loose Feathers Peacock Pin Keep. I might take this one to craft club on Tuesday. I wonder if the ladies have missed me the last two week!!
I received a lovely gift through the post today from my dear friend Michelle. She said it was something to cheer me a little and to thank me for being such a good friend. I absolutely love this and I'm going to hang it in my living room where I can see it. Thank you so much for thinking of me Michelle {{{{hugs}}}}

Finally thank you all for the good wishes for the job interview on Tuesday. I don't actually know if I would have been offered it or not but the lady seemed very keen. I decided, though, that it was not for me. It was advertised at 16 hours a week with no mention of having to work elsewhere. I knew they expected you to be flexible and I expected that to be holiday cover but it was more than that and I didn't want to work too many hours or have to work in another store which I'd have been expected to do. I don't want to work away from where I live. Anyway it was experience for me and I am now going to apply for another job and have the application form filled in ready to pop back in. I'm not entirely sure I am ready for it but unless I try I will never know.
Thank you for all the lovely comments you leave:) I read them all as I love getting them and I appreciate your visits:)

Take care everyone.
Love & hugs

Sally
xxxx

28 comments:

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Pretty stitching! I haven't applied for a job in nearly 30 years, other than moving about within the same organization, so I can't imagine how it would be. As part of interview teams on occasion, I often think how brave they are. And so are YOU! If it is the right one, all the pieces will fit. You will know!

Margaret said...

Love all the stitching! Nice present from Michelle too. Good to get interview experience. Hope the next job comes through for you and seems a good fit!

Gillie said...

I LOVE the Drawn Thread piece, may have to put it on the list. Sally, I know I say (or think) this every time I read one of your posts but I am always blown away by the amount of beautiful things you stitch. Good luck with finding a job, as Charlene says you will know when the right one comes along and it is good to set boundaries in what you want from a job.

Barb said...

Oh I expect Julie is thrilled her birthday gift ,is lovely Sally, your wips are also beautiful, like Michelles giftie to you too.
Well done on the interview front.it certainly seems as if that one was not a "Sally" one,it has to be special for "our girl".
If it is meant to be you will know.
Meanwhile "keep smiling and stitching"

KarenV said...

That's a lovely gift for Julie, Sally :) You're making excellent progress on your WIPs, they're looking wonderful. Good luck with the job hunting, hope you find something you will be happy with.

Mouse said...

oooo lovely stitching and cute "just because" prezzie too :) glad you got the interview experience and that you are applying for something else as you will find the one just right for you :)take care and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxx

Michelle said...

Love all your stitching as always Sally. I am glad you liked your gift. It was just something to remind yourself that you are special even if you feel low xx

Catherine said...

Great stitches! When the right job comes along, you'll know it!

Lesleyanne said...

Great gift for Julie. Lovely gift from Michelle. Your wips are coming along great. You will find the right job eventually. I think you are doing really great and I'm sure it will all come together soon.

jane said...

A lovely gift for Julie and your WIPs are looking lovely.
Good luck with the job hunting, remember that your experience running a home and taking care of your daughters is valuable too.

Myra said...

What a beautiful gift - lovely stitching!

mdgtjulie said...

Glad to hear that Julie liked her pressie. It's lovely to know a gift is appreciated. All your WIPs are progressing nicely. I think you get more progress in a week than I do, lol. I love your little RAK gift too. It's cute. Glad you did well at the job interview, even though it wasn't for you. Grats!!!

Ellen said...

Love your Joy Sheep cushion! SB Family Sampler is looking great!

It's good to get interview experience, I have not gone for one since I stopped working seven years ago. Good luck with your job hunting!

Hugs,

Mary Ann said...

Such a lovely birthday gift for Julie, and the rest of your stitching is fantastic as always!

Gabi said...

What a beautiful gift to your friend. She must be thrilled. Love all your Wips. What a nice gift. And it's true too.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Good luck Sally, great gift for Julie and as always your stitching is fab x x x

Elisa said...

I just love the gift for Julie...but I would as it's SB and sheepiefied..
your WIPs are fab as always xx

Colleen said...

SB for our SAL is lovely! I'm sure Julie is thrilled with her birthday gift. Drawn Thread is beautiful, Sally. Love the colors. Congrats on a super job interview and as Charlene says, how brave! Your job will come and when it does, you'll know.
Keep that lovely smile and have a super week stitching!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Oooh I forgot about your Guardian you should defiantely make an effort to put stitches in on that!

What a lovely b-day gift for Julie!

As usual I enjoy your WIPs!!

Katrina said...

Lovely stitching Sally, the Joy pillow is so sweet. Best of luck with your job hunting :)

Patches said...

love the birthday gift.

Definitely good you walked away from what you knew wasn't for you.

Jane said...

Love the cute 'Joy' pillow ~ I'm sure Julie would have felt that very emotion when she opened such a gorgeous gift. Good luck with the next interview, with one already behind you, your confidence will improve xxx

Beth said...

All your stitching as per usual is beautiful. Your giftie to Julie is darling - no surprise that she loved it. I agree with Charlene, you will know the job that is right for you from the very beginning!

Tina said...

Great post Sally,lovely pressie for Julie and lovely gift received.Your wip's are coming on nicely.Lovely stitching as always xx

Heather said...

Beautiful gift for Julie, Sally.

I haven't been able to comment on any of your other posts, blogger keeps telling me to sign in, I do and then get redirected to sign in again.

I love your SB roll ornament, almost looks like a boiled sweet :)

butterfly said...

What a beautiful gift for Julie. She will love it.

Good luck with finding your job.

Michele B. said...

How lovely your work always is, Sally. You definitely are "sew special." I'm glad you are waiting for the right job - work fills up so much of our time that it's very important to do something we like!

Julie said...

I love my gift, thank you so much Sally x