Saturday, 23 March 2013

A Birthday Gift For Lesleyanne.

A couple of weeks ago it was my lovely friend, Lesleyanne's birthday. I was a little late sending her birthday gift but she was very understanding. Here is what I stitched for her.


Lizzie* Kate Friends Are Like Angels

Unknown fabric

GAST & DMC Variations

Started 19th February 2013

Finished 5th March 2013

Gift for Lesleyanne

I am very happy to say that Lesleyanne loves it :)

I had a finish this week which is great as my finishes are few and far between with me stitching so many HAEDs. I sometimes think I must be mad having so many but I have got my love for stitching them back. Anyway back to my finish!

Little House Needleworks Home of a Needleworker ( Too! )

Silkweaver 25 count Stormy Skies

Crescent Colours

Started 3rd October 2012

Finished 21st March 2013

Of course it wouldn't have taken me as long to stitch had I not abandoned it in favour of CCN Gingerbread Cottage! I love how it has turned out!

Mouse and I are going to be going back to our SAL next and are starting Shakespeare's Peddler Gentle Stitches so I'm looking forward to that.

I have almost finished my March ornament for the Christmas All Year Round SAL. I'm hoping to get it finished this week. I really like how this is looking. I have been stitching this with my dear friend Barb while we are waiting for the next Little Sheep Virtues.

Onto my HAEDs now. QS Holly Fairy is coming along well. That bit under her face was driving me mad on Thursday evening and I will admit to getting a bit lost at one point and wanting to throw it but I composed myself and sorted it out!

I did a little  bit on QS Spirit of Winter Robin. He has a beak now!

I've started to try and stitch on SK Dragon's History as one of the stitching groups I belong to on Facebook are running a March competition where we count up the number of stitches we do each session on our SAL piece. It's been the kick up the butt I needed to get a bit done on this. If we're not doing anything on a weekend I sit for a couple of hours on a Saturday and Sunday afternoon and get a few stitches in. I need to do something like this for Mini The Forgotten! Run a competition for myself and say when I get so many stitches done I can treat myself to something lol.

Finally my progress on Guardian. I am making pretty good progress but it never seems enough somehow when I still have so many pages to go. I am determined not to give up though like I usually do and see it through to the final stitch even it takes me until I'm 60!

So I'm impatiently waiting for the next LHN Little Sheep Virtues, Love, to arrive on our shores.  It seems to take so long and I'm desperate to get started on it! Also have you seen the gorgeous Cottage Garden Samplings Garden Journal series?  Oh wow it is so pretty and I love the idea of actually making it into a journal. I am desperately hoping that Karla at Patchwork Rabbit will be able to get them in but I'm waiting to hear from her. She did say she'd look into it so fingers crossed. So much so for only buying the Little Sheep Virtues this year but the way I've been feeling I think to hell with it! I'd  order from the States but shipping has got ridiculous but if she can't get them I think I might have to bite the bullet and just get them!

Before I forget I was most disappointed to read that Google Reader is finishing on 1st July. I really liked using it as it was so simple. I am giving Bloglovin a go now and it seems pretty good so I've imported all the  blogs from Google Reader to Bloglovin.

Thank you to all of you who keep visiting me and leave me such lovely comments. It's lifting to know that so many people care so much and are thinking of me and my family.  This past couple of weeks I've wanted to cry every single day but try and hold it together for my girls sake. Sometimes it just hits me and all of a sudden I just think I've lost my Dad. It's so hard to think of him not being here even though he's in my heart and always will be. Then of course there's the idiot company who send a  bill even though I was told his gas and electric accounts would be on hold for 3 months and it's not 3 months yet! Not very compassionate at all!

That's all my stitching for now. Until next time.....

With much love

Sally xxx

33 comments:

Mouse said...

woooo hoooo ... it looks gorgeous :) and will did the next bit out this weekend and when you are ready holler ...lol
glad to see you are back stitching and enjoying it all again ....
and lesleyanne's gift is lovely :)
off to go and hibernate in my craft room stitching as can't get out we seem to have a small amount of snow here at the mouse house 6+ inches and growing !!! love mouse xxxxxxx

Vickie said...

You just keep taking it day by day Sally. Of course he is always in your heart. I am praying for you Sally.
Great finish. Love that. Your stitching is really coming along. I can see your father's robin so much easier now.

Elisa said...

Gorgeous gift for Lesleyanne and a great LHN finish and you have so many great WIPs...

Kaisievic said...

Wow! You have achieved so much stitching lately. All beautiful projects. I love the Cottage Garden Samplings design, so thanks for telling us about it. Thinking of you at this hard time.

Margaret said...

I love all your stitching. It's so much fun to watch your HAEDs grow.

Shirlee said...

I'm glad to see you stitching again but sorry you are still having bad days & tears. I'm sure they will be around for a while. You are still in my prayers. I really like the gift you made for Lesleyanne. I'm not a L*K person but that's a nice finish for gifting : )

Carol said...

I so love your Home of a Needleworker, Sally--gorgeous finish!! And such a sweet gift for Lesleyanne--stitching friends really are the best and they help us through some very difficult moments... Wonderful progress on all your other WIPs--I don't know how you juggle so many at once!!

Karen said...

Great finishes and it looks like you have a lot of "needles" in the fire! Happy stitching....

CalamityJr said...

What lovely finishes. Lesleyanne will love her gift, I'm sure. Don't be hard on yourself; the grieving processes can take a long time and of course you'll always miss your dad. Some day the smiles will outnumber the tears, I promise.

butterfly said...

What allot of fab stitching all looks great .

Early days yet Sally you will feel low my friend and this weather is not helping when you can't get out.
I am still getting letters for my dad even now and its been a year and 3 months.

Time is a healer , but it's hard, hugs sweetie.

Christine said...

Great stitching on all your projects Sally, and the birthday gift for Lesleyanne is lovely

Carolyn said...

Hello Sally,
What a sweet birthday gift for lesleyann. You did a beautiful job on Home of Needleworker. I'm loving your progress on Glad Tidings. Your Haed's are all looking great. Keeping you in my thoughts for your loss of your Dad. Awwww Hugs for you my friend!

Deb said...

I can't believe how much stitching you manage to do. Everything looks just wonderful!!

Michelle said...

Oh Sally beautiful photos and your sttching is lovely. Sending you hugs and love my friend x

cucki said...

Wow such sweet pillow..and all your stitching is so sweet..
Love for you x

jane said...

What a lovely gift for Lesleyanne and all your other stitching is looking fabulous. I really think stitching is good therapy so keep stitching and be very kind to yourself, the grieving process takes as long as it takes but it does get easier. Sending lots of (((hugs)))

Barb said...

Hello there my Sally friend. Oh love the Needleworker Too, must make a start on mine at some point.Will you be joining us in the parlour ,we have our cottage did you know. lol.You are so brave to take on those big HAED ,I have one I have started but not done very much , Nice gift for Lesley anne you made. I think the robin you are doing in your dads memory will be lovely. Take care and I shall see you on Monday needle at the ready not sure what on although I have almost finished April. Hugs (big ones).

Christina said...

Your gift for Lesleyanne is lovely. I've stitched that design for a friend before and it was very well received.:0)
You must have the patience of a saint Sally...I don't know how you have so many projects on the go! I struggle with one or two! Lol.

Linda said...

Congrats on the finish Sally. You have made a lot of progress on all your other pieces.

Linda

Patty C. said...

Wonderful gift!

Lesleyanne said...

I love my gift Sally. Thank you again. Gorgeous LHN finish. Great progress on your HAEDs they all look stunning. Grieving is a slow progress but we are all here for you. Hugs xxx

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a beautiful birthday gift to receive that truly demonstrates how important friendship is!

Congrats on your finish, it looks great.

I'm really liking BC's Glad tidings, I've now added it to my wish list!!!!

You're still making steady progress on all of your HEADs!!!

Julie said...

Lesleyannes gift is beautiful. Lots of lovely progress, stitching is such therapy in times of need.
Much love x

Mylene said...

Lovely gift for Lesleyanne and the congrats on finishing the LHN design, looks beautiful.
Great progress on all your WIP's.
((hugs))

Stitchingranny said...

I am always amazed at how much you achieve in a week Sally, I wish I could get half as much done, that would make me smile.

Chin up girl you are doing ok.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

What a delightful gift for Lesleyanne! I'm sure she treasures it :)
And all your stitching...where to start? I really do love that Glad Tidings Ornament and have it on my "list" to do...ha ha.
I also am just agog with your HAEDs....stunning, stunning!

Anne said...

Very lovely gift you made for Lesleyanne. She must cherish it. Nice progress on your HAEDs and I really like the Home of a Needleworker finish! So sorry to hear that you are still so sad. Big hugs and prayers for you and your family.

Kathy Ellen said...

Beautiful stitching, Sally. "Home of a Needleworker" is just wonderful! My goodness, but you are making some amazing progress on so many designs. Stitching is really good therapy for the spirit too, very calming and soothing. I once read a piece by a stitcher, that said something like, "stitching helps us to get in touch with the more peaceful side of ourselves." May you find peace within your spirit and your heart, one day at a time, as you remember your dearly beloved father.

Blessings for you, Sally.

Carol said...

Birthday gift for Leslieanne and Home of a Needleworker Too are both lovely Sally! HAEDs are going to be gorgeous when they're finished. :)

Fiona said...

Great finishes and you are making noticeable progress on your HAED.

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

beautiful stitching

bisous hapy easter !

Karoline said...

A couple of great finishes, House of a Needleworker is lovely.

Great progress on your other wips

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing on your gift, Sally! It's lovley.
I can't imagine working on one HAED much less all that you have going. I enjoy watching them come to life.
Each day will get better, I'm sure but I can imagine what a heavy loss it is to lose one's father. Sending (((hugs))).