Thursday, 20 March 2008

Queen is Nearly Finished!

I did not stitch on Just Nan Queen of the Needle on Monday as I had something else I wanted to stitch and finish so I decided to do a little last night instead. I still haven't tackled the over one ladybugs so I really must remember to do those or they won't get done! I managed to get one side of the lacy effect bit done and a butterfly so I was pleased with myself seen as I haven't been able to stitch for as long as I would like to. I feel a bit bad stitching on this as Helen has lost her mojo and hasn't stitched on it for a couple of week so Helen I hope you get your mojo back soon. {{{{hugs}}}}

On Tuesday I finally stitched a little bit on Ink Circles Sea Stars. I didn't do much but I almost got the ship's wheel finished. I thought I had but looking at it this morning when I took a photo of it I realised I had some bits to fill in and I've also missed one of the octopus' tentacles off so I will have to put that right next week! We can't have a seven-legged octopus can we?! As many of you will know I'm stitching this with Karen so please pop over to her blog to see how she's doing.

My Monday stitching was a wee pressie for Julie and now that I know she has received it I can show it:) It is Blackbird Designs Bluebird's Needles and Pins from the book With Needle and Thread. I used 32 count fabric ( possibly mushroom but not sure!) and instead of the WDW it is charted for I used GAST. I am really pleased with the way it turned it.

And look at the lovely surprise postie brought me today! It's an Easter present from Julie. Thank you so much Julie; I love it and I'm going to hide it out of the way:)Here's what was inside. Isn't it cute and yummy:)
I'm hoping to start the SAL challenge tonight then get it finished and made up over the weekend. I think reveal day is 30th March ( correct me, Karen, if I'm wrong) so I need to get my finger out and get on with it.

I made a start on Tracy's RR and am loving stitching on the fabric she chose and the threads are so pretty. I'm hoping to finish my first page this afternoon.

I just remembered I had an update of LHN Winter Wonderland but I forgot to take a picture so it'll have to wait until I stitch on it again! Speaking of LHN have you seen the upcoming new releases??? I HAVE to have Wool Needlebook and Fob so I'm afraid I have pre-ordered it with the R&R fabric from Mary Kathryn so now I really must stop buying charts other than the BBD Loose Feathers. Julie the next one is due out possibly this week. No idea what it is yet though!
The girls finish school at lunchtime today for their Easter break and go back the 8th April. I'm looking forward to relaxing, not having to get up so early in a morning and spending some time with them:)

I think that's all for this time. I can't think of anything else at the moment. Thank you all again for your well wishes. My results might be back this afternoon so I don't think I'll bother ringing the surgery until Tuesday as you can bet your bottom dollar that if I ring they won't be back! Still not 100% but never mind. Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone. It looks like it's going to be bitterly cold and wintery here in the UK:)

Oh and I have set comment moderation now as I've had some spam comments recently and would like to nip them in the bud before they get to my blog. Shame people have nothing better to do!


Carol said...

Yay! The end is in sight now!

Vonna said...

Everything is just looking so gorgeous Sally...I love QotN and you're almost finished! Hurray! It's so pretty :)
And Sea Stars is coming along gangbusters :)
I heart the new LHN releases too...but you know that already ;)

Kim B said...

That's wonderful progress you've made on your projects! And I love the Blackbird design! Lucky Julie!!

Ranae said...

Beautiful eye candy blog to look at.
I love the BBD finish.
Good Luck on the ladybugs.

Paperfaerie said...

Wow sally some lovely work there and a gorgeous exchange peice I think that easter egg has gone to you by

Julie said...

Great progress on your projects.

Thank you so much for my pressie, and i'm glad yours arrived safely too,

Love the LGN needlebook and fob, you shouldnt show me stuff like that LOL

Happy Easter, enjoy your time with the girls

Karen said...

great stitching Sally, I like the LHN design as well

Mylene said...

Very good progress on both projects!
Lovely stitching item sent and received.

Happy Easter Weekend!

Lynn said...

QOTN is just gorgeous Sally, well done for sticking at it. I've had it in my stash since it was released, but haven't done any thing yet. You've given me the inspiration I need :)

Love gifts, sent and received :)

Hope the results come back soon and they can get you sorted out (((hugs)))

Have a lovely Easter (((hugs)))

Rachael said...

What lovely stitching !
My Kids go back on Tuesday and are off again from April 7th,a bit strange this year! Hope we don't get the snow they have forecast this weekend!

Christine said...

You've been stitching up a storm! I really like the needles and pins design you stitched for Julie

lena-lou said...

You are so close with the JN now :-)) It is gorgeous and love the gift !!

BeckySC said...

WOW, everything is gorgeous as others have said! You do GREAT projects, Sally :)

tkdchick said...

That octopus is just fantastic! But it does need that 8th leg!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

So great to read and see what you're doing and stitching, dear Sally! The JN is so pretty. And, I love your IC piece!

Sam said...

Wow Sally - you're really flying with QOTN and Sea Stars! I have a feeling you'll be HDing very soon ;o)

Stitcher said...

Great progress pics Sally. Are you off the stash wagon now? LOL

Carol said...

Always enjoy seeing your updates Sally, Queen of the Needle is looking gorgeous! I love your little pressie for Julie too. I really must do a Blackbird Designs one day...itching to start the new Buttons & Pins but have a few other things to get done first!

I have Wool Needlebook and Fob on pre-order with Mary Kathryn too...thought of you the minute I saw this one. Had an update yesterday from Mary Kathryn to say that she had ordered the Weeks Wool for finishing the needlebook and that she thinks the 18th Century Brown linen was shipped to her on the 19th.

Hope you're having a lovely Easter weekend. :o)

sammyjo said...

sea stars is looking good and you could have a seven-legged octopus if you wanted but i think he might find it hard to swim lol

stitcherw said...

Queen is looking soooo pretty, and Sea Stars is looking wonderful too. It's funny how we can see something that we missed when we look at a picture of our work when we missed it looking at the actual piece. I've gotten in the habit now that when I think I'm done with something I take a picture of it and look at that closely. It shows me things I might have missed otherwise.

Karan said...

You've made so much progress on your pieces while I've not been blogging - all gorgeous Sally!
Oh NO! I had to go & look at the LHN goodies: I went, I saw, I WANT! LOL
Hope you're feeling much better soon. Lots of (((((hugs))))).

Stitchingranny said...

Please don't feel guilty at stitching without my Sally it is not your fault I have lost my mojo. I am doing a little simple stitching but not much. I will get there eventually and in the meantime its nice to see yours grow.

Dawn said...

Sea Stars looks great! I love this piece:)

Michelle said...

Wonderful goodies! Your Sea Stars looks fabulous and I can't believe how close you are on QOTN - beautiful!