Saturday, 9 November 2013

Always In My Heart

This week has been a funny old week. Still no trim on those stitched up pieces on my last post. It's funny how I seem to have done so little yet time has got away from me. Yesterday morning I was out the house at the time I'd normally be getting up! I wanted to get down to the beach to watch the sunrise and take some photos. So there I was standing on the beach at 7 am, not  a sole in sight, waiting for the sun to come up! It was well worth it too even though there was some cloud. I took way too many photos so need to plough through them and pick out the ones I want to keep! Unfortunately being up at that time didn't mean I had a productive day housework wise or making up wise as Abi and I went out last later in the morning armed with cameras for a walk along the seafront and then into the park!

Anyway on to stitching! I managed to get my October ornament finished for the Christmas All Year Round SAL. My November one is started but no more progress on that.

My Big Toe Designs Always in my Heart ( 2011 JCS Ornament Magazine )

36 count Vintage Examplar linen

WDW

This one will be going on my ornament tree in memory of my parents and my parents in law.

I have been making steady progress on the Lizzie Kate Holly and Hearts Christmas Mystery Sampler. Part 3 is on the way to my ONS over here and I would love to get part 2 finished by the time it gets to me. Not sure if I will as I have a couple more ornaments I want to get stitched. One will be a gift and the other my exchange with Chris. I also have my ornament for the Needlecraft Haven exchange to make up and get packed up ready to go.

Barb and I are SALing together 3 evenings a week at the moment.  I enjoy these evenings knowing that she is stitching away with me especially as she has become such a dear friend. So first SAL of the week is, of course, the sheep! Patience is coming along nicely and looks so sweet. There hasn't been one single one of these that I haven't loved and I can hardly wait to see what the last two look like even though I know we probably won't get them until after Christmas. 

Our next SAL evening is with the ladies in the parlour over at Needlecraft Haven where we stitch on either Little House Needleworks, Country Cottage Needleworks or The Sampler Girl. Barb and I have gone back to the Song of the Seasons mystery. I started building a house. Boy this house building is hard work!

Final SAL is Friday evening and Jardin Prive La Pensee Positive. We are on part 3 and mine is going well. I've finished the wording and started the sheep. I may  backstitch the sheep when I'm finished depending on how they stand out against the white fabric.

Final progress is from last Sunday on Cottage Garden Samplings My Garden Journal February's Primrose. I have no idea what is happening with the next few of these I'm waiting for. They were supposed to coming in to the ONS I'm getting them from about 2 weeks ago. I have decided I'm not chasing them. I'll chase the sheep ( ha ha ) if I have to but that's it. I'm sick of chasing!

I still have to get caught up on the PSS Mary's Sampler as I really don't want to get a long way behind. I will have to see whay I can do before the next part comes out tomorrow.

My blogoversary is coming up soon I think. I was going to borrow Barb's idea of picking someone who had commented over the last year to win my finished Lizzie Kate Love-ly pincushion but then I thought what if whoever I pick doesn't want to have it so I'm going to go with comments on this post. If you'd like to win it ( it's not completely finished yet so I can't show it ) just say so in your comment and I'll pick a winner on my blogoversary when I look  back to see when it is! The only rules I have are that you have commented regularly in the last year and not to post it to your blog. I know my giveaway is not much but I cannot afford to send out big packages or anything like that.

Finally thank you for all your lovely comments on my kitchen in my last post. We are so pleased with how it looks but it has also been a very emotional time for us. We have cried quite a lot both during fitting it and since finishing it as we wish that both my Dad and my DH's could have been here to see it but without the inheritance we got from them we would not have been able to do it. We all miss them both so much. 

Until next time.

With much love,

Sally xxxx

29 comments:

Myra said...

Your ornie finish looks great Sally. You are coming right along with all your WIP's also.

Margaret said...

Beautiful stitching as always! I'm across the ocean so I won't enter your giveaway. But happy blogiversary!! I'm sure both fathers are smiling down at you and loving how you used the inheritance they gave you.

Vickie said...

If it is okay, you can enter me in the draw.
Isn't it lovely that your kitchen is done because of both of your father's love.♥

Heather said...

Your stitching is lovely as ever! I want you to know that I bought the first two parts of the lizzie kate mystery sampler because of seeing yours! !! ;-) I really love your cottage sampling February. I am sure it is so bittersweet with your kitchen! !! It is very lovely! I would love to be entered into your give away.
Love, Heather

cucki said...

Wow all your projects are so pretty..
I love them all
Big hugs x

Jane said...

I love getting up and out really early, the early morning birdsong and the hush and peace is so refreshing ~ look forward to seeing what your camera captured.
Such beautiful stitching and I'm just in love with the LK mystery sampler ~ I'm going to have to write a nice letter to Santa!
It's sad when so often we are only able to do things when loved ones have left us but how lovely that you have been able to do your kitchen and have something now that will be there everyday to remind you of them. I'm sure they would have loved it too.
Have a good week Sally xxx

Simply Victoria said...

Nice progress with all your wip's. Hugs to you as you miss your dads.

Ellen said...

Beautiful ornie! Love your wips' progress, I am behind in my SALs ha ha!

Happy Blogoversary! Would love to win your LK's pincushion, thank you for the chance!

Hugs,

Mouse said...

gorgeous stitching (putting me to shame as not started mine yet heheheh )so shall just have to drool over yours :).....
and wish I could have walked with you for the photos ....
count me in for the pincushion please .... :)
we are thinking about a new kitchen too .. wish us luck ...lol love mouse xxxxx

Michelle said...

Oh Sally your stitching is lovely as always and how nice to stitch something in memory of ones we love even though they are 'just around the corner'. This phase is from the words to a verse called 'All is Well' by Henry Scott Holland as we read it out at my Grandfathers and Mums funeral and my aim is to chart it into words. I still get upset when I look at the sampler I did for my Mum. With regards to your new kitchen they would have been delighted that you used their inheritance to have something wonderful in your home that you cherish. Thanks for the kind offer of a giveaway Sally I would love to be entered xx

Shirlee said...

What a lovely ornament & lovely thought for stitching it! You've certainly been busy! Happy soon to be blogoversary! Please include me in your giveaway : )

Christine said...

Lovely stitching sally. Are you going to share your sunrise photos? With being on the opposite side of the country we get our sunrise over land and our sunsets out to sea

Pull the other thread said...

Lovely stitching Sally.

Chris said...

Wow! Sally, even though time has gotten away from you this week you still have done a lot of beautiful stitching.
Congratulations on your blogaversary and please put my name in the hat for the drawing!

Carol said...

How nice that you live so close to the beach, Sally--for me it is a 7 hour drive!! Love all of your stitching and the piece in memory of your parents and in-laws is so special. Thanks so much for the blogoversary giveaway--I would love to be entered :)

Karoline said...

Congratulations on your ornament finish, it's gorgeous.
All your other projects look lovely, great progress

Julie said...

A lovely sentiment in the ornament for your own tree to remember your loved ones this festive season.

Great progress on your SAL's with Barb.

Catherine said...

Wonderful projects! Aaawww....I am sure that as you make many memories in that new kitchen, both dads will be smiling down upon you...
As for the draw ~ I'd love to have a chance!!

Justine said...

Oh Sally, as others have said, I'm sure your fathers would have been very pleased that you put your inheritance to good use. Your new kitchen is indeed wonderful. I was very jealous when I saw the photos!

I would love to be entered into your giveaway - happy blogoversary!

The February Cottage Garden samplings looks lovely. I am saving up the January chart to stitch in January next year, and the others as and when. Lots to stitch next year!

Take care.

Emma/Itzy said...

All you stitching looks great! I am (im)patiently waiting for the final part of the Lizzie Kate pattern...I hope it gets to us soon - have you seen it?! I think it is going to be my favourite of three!

I would love to be included in the giveaway, it is very kind of you to give something you have made :)

Lesleyanne said...

A gorgeous ornament finish with a lovely sentiment. Great progress on your wips. Hope you are going to share your sunrise pictures. Would love to live near the sea, like you do. I am sure your Dad and Dad in law would be so thrilled for you with regards to your kitchen.

stitcheranon said...

I just found you so don't enter me in your giveaway lol. I love the ornament; it comes from the heart and is perfect.

Mii Stitch said...

Lovely lovely update on all your stitching, they all look fabulous. Happy blogoversary too :)

Mary Ann said...

Lots of lovely stitching!! I think your ornament finish is a lovely remembrance of your parents and in- laws.

Kay said...

I do love the special ornament you have sewn. I think I will do one for my gran. Thank you for a sweet giveaway too.
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Barb said...

I don't know how I missed this post until today Sally,stitching as usual is perfect and such lovely designs, I would say that as I am stitching 3 of them with you lol. Loving the Lizzie Kate one especially the middle. I will ask to be put into the draw as I always love getting a Sallys stitching piece.
Hugs.

Brigitte said...

I was just browsing through all the posts that you wrote while I was away on vacation. I expected to see a lot of stitchy pictures and I wasn't disappointed. So much eye candy! You are much into Xhristmas stitching already with your beautiful ornaments and the Mary SAL. I really loved what I saw.

Andrea said...

Beautiful stitching. I think your ornament will be the perfect act of remembrance. Lovely SAL stitching too.
Please don't add me to the draw. I have been lucky in recent draws on other blogs.

Danielle said...

All of your stitching looks fab! I especially love the LK mystery sampler. I have been eyeing this one.