Saturday, 25 April 2009

At Last Some Stitchy Updates

As promised I am back with some stitchy progress and I have caught up on blogs this morning! Special thank yous and hugs to everyone who commented on my previous post. I am just hoping that one day soon I will get up in the morning feeling as near as 100% as I'm finding it so hard to cope these days. The way things have been and how I feel now makes me think I will never feel well again and no amount of pills or potions are going to make a blind bit of difference. I borrowed a book from the library yesterday and reading it I wish I'd known 5 years ago what I know now on reading it. Anyway enough of my moaning; let's get back to what this blog is mainly about and that, of course, is stitching:) It has been my saviour!

I don't really know where to start so I'll start with the PIF I sent last week:) This random PIF
went to Michele. Michele is one of my dearest blogging friends even though we may not be in touch that much so when I saw this design I just had to have it and stitch it for her. Well I've had it in my stash for a while now so it was time it got stitched! I am happy to say that Michele has received it and she loves it so that makes me very happy:) The chart is now for sale in my for sale and wish list blog.
M Designs Reindeer Needleroll

32 count linen ( can't remember for the life of me what it is!)


PIF for Michele.

Another little giftie I sent is this little biscornu. Now I think I'm safe showing this at the moment but I'm not going to say where it's gone yet! A long while ago I promised to stitch a friend a biscornu and have finally got one done!
Casey Buonaugurio Designs Frog Biscornu

14 count Silkweaver Solo

DMC threads

Little gift for ?????

This wasn't originally my biscornu for the month for the Basket of Biscornu SAL but it is now! Lol! There's no way I couldn't got Just Nan When Barnabee Met Bella finished in time so that one will now be biscornu for May! So here's my progress on that! I haven't even finished the first side let alone started the second!
I'm a bit late with this but this is my progress so far on my SB needleroll for April for my SAL with Chris. This is Folk Heart Roll which is so pretty. I chose to stitch this on the same fabric as I'm using for the JN biscornu.
More progress on Drawn Thread My Favourite Things. I'm really enjoying this one. Lots more to do yet though:)
ly my progress on HAED QS Girly Gothic. Now this girl has had me stitching away furiously in an attempt to get page 2 finished and Thursday evening SALing with the girls from the Our Friends HAED SAL I made it! I can't quite believe how quickly I mananged to get this page finished. When you consider that when I picked her up again mid- February I still had to finish page 3 and now I've got page 3 and 2 done I'm quite proud of myself:) It has helped a lot SALing with Lisa and Claire on a Wednesday then with the Our Friends HAED SAL on a Thursday. So I now have about 64 rows to go and she's finished! As this is for Abi and my last HAED finish was for Jess I've decided that my next HAED start will be Tiny Treasures Purple Dragon for me:)
I think that's all my updates for now:) I think I may have to cave and stitch the Petites Littres Rouges piece as shown on the Blackbird Designs blog. I have seen some very pretty interpretations of this piece on blogs as I waas reading this morning and I don't think I can resist any longer. I know I won't get it finished in time to enter the competition that Barb and Alma are running but that does not bother me:)

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. It's our wedding anniversary tomorrow ( 23 years) so we're going out for Sunday lunch with the girls:)

Take care everyone.


Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Just Wanted To Say.......

That I am fine:) Thank you so much Ranae for your concern. You are such a sweet friend. I have been feeling very down and I just decided that I needed a little break from blogging and the PC and have mostly just been looking at emails quickly and going off and stitching or just spending time with the girls while they were on Easter holidays. I am planning on coming back with a stitchy post probably at the weekend. I am sorry but I have not been reading blogs and have been marking them as read in my reader but I also hope to get back to reading at the weekend.

For those who sent me good wishes for my scan results they worked as my scan was clear. No nasties just a nice healthy womb but no visible ovaries but they tell me that is nothing to worry about as as we get older they shrivel up but I have read that is a myth. Would be nice to know where they've gone! My bloods show I'm borderline anaemic and in menopause but nothing to show why I'm feeling like I do although I know a lot of women suffer a lot during menopause and it looks like I'm going to be one of those women. I have done a lot of crying and felt so down and I don't seem to be able to pick myself up. It's not because I'm in menopause, because the thought of having no periods really does not bother me as after 36 years of them I've had enough anyway, it's because I feel so ill some days I can't function properly and not knowing why does not help. The doctor suggested a few things and I now have two lots of tablets to take when I have a period and if that doesn't help it's a case of going back until we find something that does help. I do plan on going to the library to see if there are any books on foods etc to try.

On another note DH and I have a new to us car! The one we had was 8 1/2 years old and it was case of do we carry on running it and have it cost money in repairs before long or do we get rid. Get rid won and we now have a nice 18 month old Vauxhall Astra. It is lovely to drive although the brakes are really keen ( DH informs me it has disc brakes all round which we've never had before) which I find difficult to get used to especially at slow speeds and I just about stick us the windscreen which is not good if someone is following close up. So I think it's just as well I'm on the chart stash wagon now we've got that! Lol!

I will be back at the weekend with some stitchy pics and hopefully I can show the PIF I sent if it arrives before then!

Take care everyone.


Friday, 10 April 2009

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!! It's dull and muggy here on the east coast of England and it keeps raining every so often. How typical for Easter! Lol! I hope you have some nice Easter eggs:) I haven't got a single egg this year! LOL! I am not really complaining though as DH's auntie asked what sort I would like and I declined as I really need to loose to some weight and if there's an egg there I'll just want to eat it all at once!

I don't have much stitching to show today. Monday evening I should have stitched on Bea but it didn't happen as I just couldn't be bothered to pick her up so I opted for the PIF I've been stitching. That is now finished barring the making up and I hope to get that done over the next few days depending on what we are doing. Wednesday we'd been out at Sheffield Meadowhall and didn't get home until about 7pm so by the time we'd had something to eat and got settled down I couldn't be bothered to stitch. Last night I did manage a bit of stitching on HAED QS Girly Gothic. Not as much as I'd have liked but DH and I had been out in the afternoon ( Abi was at her friend's and Jess stayed home to revise) and didn't get in until nearly 7pm ( more about that another day). So here's my little bit of progress on QS Girly Gothic. Hopefully next week I'll get more done:)
I have done a bit more on Just Nan When Barnabee Met Bella and I just love how this is coming along. I think I shall stitch more on this tonight.
Yesterday I received this lovely chart from the lovely Barb ( no blog). Barb stitched this recently and offered the chart on the Stitch and Stash forum and I had no idea that she was sending it to me until it arrived:) Thank you so much Barb. I have been eying this one up since it came out but as I'm on a no chart stash thing until at least November I resisted buying it. I'm hoping to stitch it soon then I promised Barb I would pass it on to Su.

Nothing else to report other than I have to wait until next week to find out my scan results etc. They are back but the doctor I want to see is off until next week so I have to ring on the day as they had no pre-bookable appointments. Grrrrrrrrrr!

I almost forgot I was given an award by Carolyn the other day. Thank you so much Carolyn. The meaning of this award is:

"This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time, and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated."

I am passing this award onto the following blogs:

Carolyn ( back at ya!)

Well that's it for today. No rivetting stuff but maybe by the time I post again Barnabee might be done! Not! LOL!

Take care everyone. Have a wonderfull Easter weekend.


Monday, 6 April 2009

Monday ( Yes Very Original!)

First of all I'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented on my finish of Midnight Stitching Quaker Faith Hope Love! I don't think I've ever had as many comments and they are very much appreciated:)

Last Thursday I picked BBD Beyond My Heart up from the framers. I have to say it looks so much better framed. For all I love this piece I didn't feel that the verse showed up very well but now it's framed it's much clearer.
HAED QS Girly Gothic is coming along rather nicely, even though I say so myself, and I may well continue to stitch two evenings on it so that I can get it finished in reasonable time! I'm itching to start QS Holly Fairy ( Jasmine Becket- Griffith) but not until GG is finished.
Of course with April comes another needleroll, Christmas ornament and biscornu. I've decided on my needleroll and biscornu but not the ornament as yet and I have made a start on the biscornu. I have been trying to talk Chris into starting it with me but I'm afraid I failed! LOL! So here's my small start on Just Nan When Barnabee Met Bella biscornu which I received in a trade with Andrea last year:) I am using the suggested fabric ( I think!) which Andrea also sent me.

I am still stitching away on a PIF and actually sat out in the garden yesterday for a while and stitched on it. It was such a lovely day but today is so dull and horrible and rain is forecast.

Last night I stitched on Drawn Thread My Favourite Things and I'm really enjoying it. So far the speciality stitches haven't been too complicated!

I am desperately trying to get caught up on blog reading and commenting and hope to do so today as DH finishes work today for a week so, hopefully, we'll be going out the odd day or so so I won't get much computer time. The girls finished on Friday lunchtime and Jess has revising to do as she'll start her A level exams in May.

Last Friday Chris and I had arranged to meet up at my house but DH took the day off so I went to Chris' house for a change:) We had a lovely afternoon chatting and I had a look at what Chris was stitching and saw a small amount of her stash!! I'm looking forward to meeting up again soon. I saw her Just Nan Memories ( before she added the beads) and it is beautiful.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week and a wonderful Easter weekend:)