Thursday, 7 February 2013

What's This?

Why it's my February ornament for the Christmas All Year Round SAL actually started and finished well before the end of the month! I actually started and finished it on Monday evening stitching ( virtually) with Barb. OK so it wasn't difficult as it's such a sweet simple design.

Atelier Steekjes & Kruisjes Joy

28 count fabric

DMC

I'm not sure how I will finish it yet but will wait until I've done next month's maybe then do 3 together.

I am almost there with my December SAL which I did with Chris. She finished hers in December but mine has taken a little longer! I've been stitching along on this in the parlour with the ladies of Needlecraft Haven. Not much more to do now but still waiting on my local arts and crafts shop to get some DMC in so I can finish off the cupcakes!

I'm only going to show one of my HAEDs this time as there's only one that I've made decent progress on. I've been finding things quite stressful and my tab has won over my stitching some nights and that stresses me even more as I feel like I've wasted an evening! Anyway QS Holly Fairy is looking good, even though I say so myself, but I think I'll probably slow up now as I'm about to start her eye. Lots of single stitches in there!

Not long after my Dad passed away I had a lovely email from Myra telling me that I'd won her giveaway of Lizzie*Kate Not All of Us chart that she had recently finished. I was so pleased as this one was on my wish list and it made my heart so happy at such a sad time. It arrived last Friday and I'm really looking forward to stitching it. She also added some Made With Love charms which I only found this morning as they were inside the case and I hadn't opened it. Thank you so much Myra.

Yesterday postie brought a lovely surprise from Julie. Ages ago she had stitched a JBW designs called Our Family which I greatly admired as it was so pretty. Julie had been sorting through her stitching stuff and found it and sent it to me. Thank you so much Julie. I intend on starting this as soon as I can fit it in.

Finally around last October I requested a quick stitch of the robin in Ciro Marchetti's Spirit of Winter on the HAED BB. I had requested it a long, long time ago as well but nothing had come of it. Anyway to cut a long story short I emailed Michele after my Dad passed away asking if it was doable and if it was in her queue as I wanted to stitch it in my Dad's memory as he loved robins.I received a lovely email back saying she was working it and hoping to get it released the following week. Well  at the end of last week it got released and no sooner had it been released it was my inbox, a gift from my surrogate sister Lisa. Thank you so much Lisa. I cannot tell you what this means to me. My threads are sorted, chart is printed and I just have to cut some fabric and I'll be away. I'm planning to start it on Sunday which would have been my Dad's 84th birthday.

That's all from me for now. Hopefully next week Gingerbread Cottage will be done! Thank you for all your continued visits and comments. I appreciate them so much.

With much love

Sally
xxxxx

35 comments:

Lisa V said...

My Grandad loved robins too, they always remind me of him. Beautiful chart!

Pull the other thread said...

Hey there Sally. It's good to see you posting. Your stitching is fab as always. I just love that little Robin it is so sweet and has so much meaning for you. Be kind to yourself and take care.

CJ in OK ;-) said...

Congrats on the ornament finish, even the small ones are fun to check off when done. The cottage looks great and you will be happy dancing soon. Lovely gifts always nice. CJ in OK

cucki said...

Beautiful stitching and sweet stash gifts from lovely friends ..
Happy stitching x

Margaret said...

Lovely stitching! The robin piece will be so sweet and a perfect piece to stitch in memory of your dad.

Lesleyanne said...

A lovely finish for the Ornie SAL Sally. Both of your wips look gorgeous. Congrats on the new stash and the beautiful QS from HAED.

Mary Ann said...

I always enjoy seeing your beautiful stitching! And, the robin will be a wonderful piece to stitch in memory of your father.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Lovely stitching, Sally! I am at one of those "single stich" spots in my HAED, too. It takes some concentration for me. I may have to stitch on it without watching TV at the same time. : ) Your new HAED is beautiful. I love the robin. Our backyard is a gathering place for robins in early spring. I've counted upward of 25 to 30 on a couple of occasions!

Hugs!

Tricia

Julie said...

There doesn't seem to have been so many robins about this year, that's a lovely chart, it'll be very therapeutic to stitch it in memory of your dad.

Holly Fairy looks great and a super ornament for this month.

Glad the chart arrived safely with you. Amazing what you find when you are putting things away, stash does get out of hand sometimes!

Vickie said...

Sally I love your choice for your father. Beautiful. Such nice gifts you have received. You have great projects planned for a while don't you?

Carol said...

Such a cute little ornament, Sally--I've got that on my to-stitch list as well... Wonderful gifts from Myra, Julie, and Lisa--do hope the stitching on the robin brings you comfort as you think of your dear father...

Lynn B said...

Hi Sally,

Love the Gingerbread Cottage, its one of my favourite (on my to do list) designs and I also love the HAED it looks fab!

Lynn B

Carolyn said...

Hello Sally,

What a cute finish of Joy. I can't wait to see how you may finish it.

Gingerbread Cottage is looking good. What color did you need? Want me to look into my stash and see if I have it?

Your HAED is coming along. I love the berries in her hair.

Congrats on your winning from Myra.
What a sweet gesture from Julie to send you the JBW designs chart.

It's good to stitch something in your Dad's memory. It helped my heart to heal when I stitched something in my Mom's memory. I can't wait to see how you finish it.

(((hugs)))


butterfly said...

Wonderful stitching Sally and lovely gifts love the Robin one, hugs.

ricketyjo said...

Lovely stitching progress Sally! I really like the Not All of Us chart, I haven't seen that one before, but it's wonderful... I might have to search it out!

And I hope you really enjoy stitching that little robin - I know that when I'm stitching with someone in mind, I enjoy it that little bit more. I hope you'll show us your progress as you stitch it :)

Cath said...

Lovely stitching and goodies Sally. The robin will be beautiful, a fitting tribute to your Dad .XXX

Kaisievic said...

Hi dear Sally, I am so sorry to read about the passing of your Dad - you must be devastated. I hope that as each day passes it gets a little easier for you. Please know that all of your bloggy friends are thinking of you.

hugs, more hugs and kisses, Kaye

Ellen said...

Cute ornament, love it! I am late for my ornament SAL, ha ha!

That robin will be a great tribute to your dad!

Hugs,

Jackie said...

I think finishing three at once is such a good idea. I don't do much finishing but it seems like doing them one at a time would just end up being more work.

Love the piece you've picked to stitch in honor of your father. We planted a tree in my parents backyard when my grandmother died. It has brought my mom much comfort and has reminded me of her every time I look at it.

Gabi said...

Beautiful finish. It looks so cute.
Your Gingerbread Cottage looks great too.
What a nice gift from Lisa. And what a great way to remember your dad.

Loubie69 said...

Lovely stitching as always Sally :-)

Christine said...

The ornament is gorgeous Sally and your WIPs are growing well. Great gifts from friends, the Robin is beautiful and such a wonderful memorial for your Dad

Siobhán said...

Lovely stitching, Sally! Nice packages from the postman, too! It's always nice to get something other than bills. ;)

Chris said...

What wonderful stitching. I love the sweet ornament for this month.
What a great way to remember your Dad's birthday.
Hugs1

Iulia said...

beautiful blog and beautiful works..kiss..iulia

Michelle said...

Beautiful stitching - I love your choice of ornament! Great gifts received :)

Patches said...

I love gingerbread cottage

Andrea said...

Beautiful stitching. Love the robin chart, it will be a wonderful tribute.

Anne said...

Your stitching is lovely as always. Such a nice giveaway you won from Myra and glad it made your heart happy. The Spirit of Winter is a lovely design and it will be good to stitch it in honor of your father.

Many hugs and prayers to you.

Fiona said...

Lovely stitching. It is always really stasifying when you finish something, even it is a quick stitch. Enjoy your gifts. I look forward to watching your progress on the Robin, it looks really pretty.

Karoline said...

Your ornie finish is lovely and great progress on your wips

Shirlee said...

Continuing to pray for you my friend. Such lovely gifts you've received, & your WIPs are coming along very nicely. I LOVE the JOY ornament! I gotta find me that chart : )

Brigitte said...

Such a nice little ornament finish. It looks so cute. And your progress on your WIPs is also remarkable.
Robins are beautiful birds and stitching the Spirit of Winter Robin in the memory of your father is a real good idea.

Stitchingranny said...

Oh the Robin is so sweet and it will be a lasting treasure to remember your Dad by. Though I am sure you would never forget him anyway its always nice to stitch something with personal meaning.
Your other stitching looks interesting too especially the Holly Fairy and I look forward to seeing that develop.

Michelle said...

Beautiful stitching Sally - you are in my thoughts xx