Thursday, 29 May 2014

A Little Bit of Making Up

Hello again! I thought I would do just a quick post to show my recent sewing up! I still have a lot to finish but these are a start at least. It's the bigger pieces I'm not sure what to do with so any suggestions would be very helpful.

So I stitched up the Days 6, 7 and 8 of The Little Stitcher 12 Days of Christmas the same as the others.  I think these will hang on my tree at Christmas as I don't know where else to display them. I keep thinking I should just give up stitching ( sorry pity party today not really to do with stitching but lack of space and the house feeling cluttered ) but then I think why should I?

I finally finished up Plum Street Samplers Mary's Sampler. I like how this has turned out even though I made a teeny mistake when sewing on those front bits!

The challenge piece for May was The Little Stitcher Merry Christmas Deer and as reveal day was last Sunday I can now show it. You may remember that I stitched this for Chris for our private ornament exchange last year then really wanted to stitch it for me.

Last week I managed to get all my Little Sheep Virtues on display.  Love them all!

I'll leave my WIPs until my next post I think but will leave you with a few photos from the mere again! Abi and I popped down on Sunday and whilst there I spotted this rather unusual duck. I had not seen one before so snapped a photo. I only had my small lens on so had to crop it in Photoshop, uploaded it to Facebook and asked a friend if she knew what it was. It turned out to be a rare- ish Red Crested Pochard so we went back the next day to see if we could see it again. This time I made sure I was at the ready with my telephoto zoom lens. When I spotted it it was well out on the mere but gradually it came closer in and I snapped away!



There were lots of ducklings and goslings of varying sizes, Abi's "Buddy", even a sailing dog, but then my DH spotted some cygnets and my day was complete.This baby kept straying away from its parents. Little rebel!











Hope you all had a lovely Spring bank holiday here in the UK and in the USA Memorial Day.

That's all for now.

Until next time.

With much love

Sally xxxx

38 comments:

Hazel said...

Gorgeous pics Sally. Love all your stitchy finishes. What would you do if you gave it all up???

Kay said...

We all know you love stitching too much to give up. i don't have all of mine out on display but rotate them because space is limited and my husband is sadly not a fan of cross stitch. Have you thought about making larger pieces into cushions for your bed or sofa?

cucki said...

Wow such sweet pictures..I love ducks so much..they so cute..
Sweet finishes
Big hugs x

WendyCarole said...

Love the finishes and your photos are great.

butterfly said...

Wonderful finishes love the way you displayed the sheep. You always stitch some lovely things , also love the beautiful photos.

Penny said...

Lovely finishes! And I love the way you've displayed the sheep. Wonderful pictures of all the little creatures. :)

valerie said...

Great finishes Sally! Love the Mary's Sampler pillow ann dall your Sheep virtues! You take some great photos...there's such a variety of different birds where you live.

Miamina said...

You finish your stitching so beautifully! They really do look amazing. I wish I could sew, but sadly I have no creative talents at all, cross stitching is my limit I'm afraid!

I frame my larger pieces, mainly as I'm naff at doing anything else with them., cushions and hangings are always lovely though.

Don't you dare give up stitching! I do understand about the lack of space and clutter as it's something that we suffer from here, I try to keep as much as possible in storage boxes and drawers.

Linda said...

Oh please don't give up stitching Sally. Congrats on all the great finishes. I love the way you hung the sheep virtues. Great duck pics.

Linda

gracie said...

Love the stitching. I keep my pinpillows in a basket and another for ornaments. That way, I can enjoy them all the time.

Mii Stitch said...

Great finishes!!! FABULOUS photos, your camera is exceptional!

Vickie said...

Oh I truly, truly enjoyed your pictures today!

Heather said...

Your bird photos are amazing! Your finishing is lovely!

Mylene said...

WOW! what lovely finishes, Sally. I especially love the Sheep virtues!
Beautiful pictures with your outings too!

Margaret said...

Great stitching! Love your display of the virtues! And your pictures -- splendid! That rare bird is so cool! Love all the babies!

Christine said...

Great finishes Sally, and the sheep virtues look gorgeous strung like that. Maybe you could swap them out with the 12 days ones over Christmas?
The ducklings and cygnets are adorable

Ellen said...

Wonderful finishes! I especially love the display of all the sheep!

Happy Holidays! I am still stitching but no mood to blog ha ha!

Hugs,

Jennifer said...

Don't give up your stitching - it's cheaper than therapy! (Well, mostly. LOL) Have you thought about doing baskets of smalls, or smaller pieces you can rotate out seasonally or by holiday?

And I love the picture of the goose (swan?) giving you the evil eye. So funny!

Andrea said...

Gorgeous photos. Lovely stitching. Could you not rotate your stitching each month or season?

Bev said...

love all your finishes especially the little sheep x

Mary Ann said...

Beautiful finishes, and I love how you displayed the Little Sheep Virtues!!

Michelle said...

Oh Sally well done on making up your finishes they all look lovely. Stunning photos xx

Jackie said...

Your collection of virtues is wonderful!!!!

I hope you find some joy today!

Shirlee said...

Great finishes my friend! I love-love-love that deer ribbon you used in the finishing of your May challenge! I also love all the photos of the ducks! How wonderful to spot a rare-ish one! I'm sure you've written about this before but what kind of camera do you have?

Carol said...

Oh, Sally-- your duck photos are fabulous! And just look at those baby swans--how sweet!

Love your finishes--there is no such thing as too many Christmas stitched ornaments! Ha ha :)

Tina said...

Love the Duck photo!

Great stitching finishes,nooooo don't give up,what would I have to read about then?
Xx

Tina said...

Forgot to say love the way you have hung the sheep virtues

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Your ornaments will look fabulous on your tree :) And the duckies are darling! I love the way you displayed your sheep. Cute as a button!

Chris said...

Wonderful finishing Sally. I love the way you are displaying your virtues!
Your pictures of the birds are amazing.

Chris said...

Wonderful finishing Sally. I love the way you are displaying your virtues!
Your pictures of the birds are amazing.

Julie said...

You've captured some beautiful wildlife pictures.
Lovely finishes, the virtues look wonderful all strung up.

Clare - Aimetu said...

So cute - wildlife in the spring !!

Great finishing, your sheep look great hanging together :-)

DUSTY said...

Great stitching Sally !! The pics are stunning. I do love birds of any kind.

Karoline said...

Lovely finishing, congratulations and your photos from the mere are gorgeous

Anne said...

Such gorgeous finishes Sally!! I really love the PPS Christmas sampler sewn up that way. Love your sheep virtues hung up in your home!! Hugs!

Brigitte said...

Your finishes are all so beautiful. I think hanging all your sheep virtues like a bunting was a great idea. Very creative.

Giving up your stitching because there is not enough space for all your finishes? Oh my, no, never think about that. Your stitched things are too beautiful for doing that. I know a stitcher who has all her finishes in a sort of trunk and every now and then she exchanges nearly all the pillows, framed pictures and other little stitched deco items. So everything is new for a while. I don't have so many finished things that I could do that but I love the idea.

Brigitte said...

.... I didn't want to say trunk, but chest.

Angela P said...

Lovely stitching finishes and more lovely pics :)