Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Christmas Eve

No I haven't gone off in a time machine to the near future; that is the title of my latest finish! I finished ( or thought I had) Bent Creek Christmas Eve and it will be DH's Christmas stocking. Unforutunately I did not read the instructions correctly until I'd finished and it's supposed to be stitched over two threads on 18 coutn fabric. I did know it should be 18 count but didn't have any so chose some 28 count in raw linen. Of course it is smaller than it should be so DH will have to have small pressies this year ( awwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!). Also when I was editing the piccie I noticed I have some missed some stitches so I'll have to rectify that before I make it up. Anyway here it is!

Bent Creek Christmas Eve

28 count raw linen

DMC

Started 2nd October 2008

Finished 3rd November 2008.

On Saturday I received my prize for winning Stephanie's blog drawing. I won the JCS Halloween issue which is a wonderful issue and next year I want to stitch the ornaments in it and buy a small black tree to display them on at Halloween. Stephanie also made me the cute Halloweeny floss tag you can see in the piccie. Thank you so much Stephanie!

I did not stitch on BBD Blessings and Kind Wishes again this Sunday this time due to flashing in my eyes. It had started earlier in the afternoon then when I thought it had gone it came on again. After tea I settled down to watch the F1 Grand Prix and it started again so I was not too happy. I sat there with an eye mask on listening to the race rather than watching the action but my eye mask came off when it got the final few laps!

I have, however, managed two good evenings stitching on Bygone Stitches A Quaker Christmas and I only have three more motifs and my initials to stitch and it will be done! For such a big piece I am amazed it has grown so quickly but I think it's because I am enjoying it so much.
I thought it was about time I showed the With My Needle Ackworth Friendship Book that Jane, Lisa, Chris, Tracy and I stitched as an RR earlier in the year. Just to prove I am in the process of making it up I took some piccies of it as it is now. With mine being stitched on 36 count the backstitches are quite tiny and I can't sew it up for long before my eyes are suffering!
I must apologise for my piccies today. I had starting using Photoshop a bit to edit my piccies to try and make them look better but I don't know what has happened today as I can't get the crop tool to work properly so I've had to edit them using the software that came with the scanner which isn't anywhere near as good as Photoshop. I must get somebody in the know to help me as I had the same problem the other day and DH sorted it but I can't remember how he did it! Lol!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I have not been feeling too well and my doctor thinks it's all to do with migraine and hormones. I have felt so ill at times over the past week or so that I felt quite scared but thankfully it seems to be subsiding now and I don't feel too bad. I shall just be happy when it's all over and done in; whenever that will be! Anyway I was just wondering if any of you who read my blog and suffer from migraines/ headaches have been prescribed beta blockers to try and prevent them and, if so, how you got on with them. My doctor has given me a presciption for them but I'm not sure I want to take them.
Hugs


30 comments:

Rachel said...

Great work! I love the stocking.

staci said...

QC is really looking wonderful, I think you'll get it finished in time for Christmas!

And your friendship book is really, really coming along too!

Tracy said...

I love your Christmas Eve wip. Your Quaker Christmas is so fabulous, wow, and I just love your booklet!

Lisa said...

OMG Sally, you're showing some gorgeous stitching this week! I just love Carl's stocking, not seen that design before, will have to look out for it.
You're sure to finish QC soon, you have more discipline that me, I think I'd have to keep going with it being so close.
And you didn't say you were making up the friendship book! You're doing such a great job, I really need to get myself into gear and start doing some of the finishing on mine.

karenv said...

Love the stocking! QC is looking fabulous, really lovely. Not much more to go now :)

I love your Friendship book, I'm going to be stitching this with some friends next year and I'm really looking forward to it. Yours looks beautiful!

Ginnie said...

I love your stocking, small pressies can be really nice too!!!

Julie said...

Carls stocking looks fab. Quaker is so close, you'll definately have it up in time for Christmas - how wonderful. I have the JCS mag too, some great designs in it i thought. Rather you than me on the book! Hope you feel better soon and the meds help.

CraftyT said...

QC looks fantastic. I love seeing your progress on this one. I loved the ornament issue of JCS. In January I am going to stitch all the ornamnets for a small tree for next year also.

As for Migranes, thankfully I do not have them. My mom suffered from them for years as dose my older brother. I am glad that I do not have to experince them. Gentle ((HUGS)) to you I hope the doctors find you something that helps.
Natasha

Andrea said...

The stocking looks great and QC is as gorgeous as ever. The Friendship book is coming along well, looking forward to seeing it all finished.

Rachael said...

What a cute stocking !! and even more fab pics love the friendship book!!
I do really hope your Doctor can sort you out((Hugs)) I don't have migraines that bad, I don't really know that much about beta blockers. I do hope they help you.Have you googled use of them at all.You might find some good information.

Christine said...

That is the nicest stocking design I've ever seen. As for small presents my Mam always says "they don't make diamonds like bricks" ;D
QC is looking fab. Not long to go now

jane said...

Lovely stitching Sally and the Friendship book looks great. I haven't started the finishing on mine yet - I'm a little bit scared I must admit!

Karen said...

Carls stocking looks great

Solstitches said...

Oh Sally, I just love the friendship book. I just can't wait to see it finished.
You're nearly there on your Quaker Christmas and it's simply gorgeous.
Love the stocking too.
Sorry you are suffering so with the migraines. Luckily I've never had one but I can imagine how ill they make you feel.

Olenka's Stitches said...

You've made a great progress on QC, it's gorgeous. I love your RR Friendship book too and looking forward to seeing it finished.

WendyCarole said...

Hope you feel better soon. The stocking is great

Mylene said...

Christmas Eve looks great! And WOW! I just love your friendship book. Your quaker christmas is nearly finish too and is looking wonderful.
Hope you feel much better today.

Vonna said...

Oh my...look at all the pretties! You are SO CLOSE on the QC...can't wait to see it all done! And your friendship book is beautiful! Way to go Sally! And feel better soon :)

Dovilė said...

very lovely christmas eve!
and the sampler almost finished...

CJ said...

HI! I have suffered from migraines for years, and I take beta blockers to help with them. For me, they work perfectly. I take Inderal LA 160 mg. Now, I'm not sure if that is prescribed in the UK or not - but they certainly work for me and I've been taking them for years. I also have Imitrex for when I do get a migraine and that usually takes care of it too.
Love seeing all your stitching - keep up the good work!!

fireflydreams said...

Stocking looks great Sally.

Quaker Christmas will soon be finished. I've loved watching your progress.

Karan said...

QC is looking fabulous - HD soon! Love the cute stocking & AFB is making up beautifully. :0)
Hope the new meds work for you Sally, as you shouldn't keep suffering like this (((((hugs))))).

Michele said...

wow! great pictures today :) I adore the stocking for your DH! And QC is lovely! I bet you are soooo excited to have it done! I guess I should put this on my wish list! lol

The friendship book looks great! What a very special reminder of your friends that stitched with you on it :)

(((((((((((Sally)))))))))) hope you get to feeling better soon!

Juls said...

OMG!!! Your pictures are wonderful!!! Carl's stocking is lovely!!!! My DH's name is Carl as well!!!
I get migraines and have been on lots of meds.......I took Inderal many years ago and it helped for a while then stopped. I have Relpax now after going the Topamax route.....I can't take Imitrex but Relpax thankfully still works for me.......HTH

Dani - tkdchick said...

Despite the size, that stocking is just lovely! You're almost there with Quaker Christmas!

What a great little prize to win!

sammyjo said...

love the new stitch its really pretty, plus small prezzies mean more prezzies! :) hope your feeling better soon, being i'll really sucks as i said before :)

Angela said...

Quaker Christmas is coming on really well and the stocking looks great as well.

As I type my eyes are aching from just finishing a Christmas card that is on some very small count linen so I know exactky how you feel working on the Friendship Book.

Lizzy said...

Oh, Sweety, I am so sorry to read you've been feeling so bad and having such bother with your migraines and eyes... Sending you lots of healing {{{Hugs}}} and love! I haven't taken beta blockers for migraines, but I've had to take them for my heart problems, so not sure how they will work for your migraines... sounds like they have helped some folks tho'... I try and take all Herbal remedies and Flower Essences these days... at least whenever I can and they seem to be working for me just now {everything crossed}... I do hope you find something that helps you, Sweety... I don't want you to suffer so with all this pain!

All your stitchy projects are sooo gorgeous, Sally!!! I love your Bent Creek Christmas Eve stocking and I am sure Carl will love it as well... even if he has to have wee pressies... ;-) My dd has been looking for a Christmas Stockings for her and her dh... sooo, I'm thinking of surprising her and stitching them each one for next Christmas... :-) I love yours and I'm adding it to my Wish List... ;-) And I must say, Quaker Christmas is absolutely gorgeous! I sooo want to stitch this one... hopefully, I'll get around to it one day soon!

And your Friendship book is beautiful!!! I LOVE it! I would love to stitch one of these as well... I can't wait to see the finish as I know it's going to be exquisite!

And don't you just love the Just Cross Stitch Halloween Issue! :-) Oh, and I had the same idea about a Halloween tree for next year... Good grief, but I have so many plans and not nearly enough hours in the day! And what a lovely, sweet gift Stephanie sent along with the magazine! :-)

I hope you are feeling better Hun... and I'll be thinking of you and sending you lots of Love and {{{Hugs}}}

Hazel said...

Your quaker looks absolutely fab! As does your friendship book. Can't wait to see this finished! Good on you for doing all that backstitch. x

Stitchingranny said...

The Ackworth is stunning Sally.

I am not going to comment on Christmas because being behind I say the first post and know its finished lol so I am going back up for another look in a mo.

Hugs