Monday, 16 August 2010

More SB Finishes!

OK so I know what you're thinking! Yes I will admit that I am addicted to Shepherd's Bush! I have two more finishes and I am so pleased with them. Last week I decided I needed a small new start to cheer me up and after much deliberation I started Shepherd's Bush My Pins. This is an adorable, quick to stitch design. The kit included everything I needed right down to the backing fabric, ricrac and the adorable swirly flower pin. I must admit that the ricrac was fiddly to get right and I almost left it off but I am so glad I perservered with it as it looks lovely.

Shepherd's Bush My Pins

24 count Prairie Cloth

DMC and Weeks Dye Works

Started 12th August 2010

Finished 14th August 2010

The chart and leftover threads are now for sale on my for sale page

My next finish is the roll I showed in my last post. I finished all the stitching and added the beads and lace. This is a lovely one. I think my fabric was maybe a bit too narrow but I am happy with it anyway :) I wonder if Chris has got anymore done?!

Shepherd's Bush Violet Roll.

28 count vintage country mocha linen

DMC thread and Mill Hill beads

Started 5th August 2010

Finished 12th August 2010

As usual Tuesdays are UFO nights with the girls from Stitch and Stash so, to save a beating telling off from Mr Stick and Julie, I was a good girl and stitched on Chatelaine Spring Morning. I didn't quite get all the cross stitching done so, hopefully, I will tomorrow evening as well as the backstitching then I can bead :) My next UFO project will be the Chatelaine Christmas Mystery, I think it was IV and I can't remember how long ago I actually last picked this up.

I had a good couple of nights on CHS Shores of Hawk Run Hollow on Friday and Saturday. I just seemed to be in the right frame of mind so this block is going really well. I think that could well be because I have got the BIG block out of the way! I am looking forward to seeing how Jane and Nicki are getting on with theirs.

Another enjoyable evening on Blackbird Designs Their Song was had last night :) I was desperately in need of a relaxing evening after a rather stressful day ( more about that in brief in a bit!) so this helped a bit.

Tonight has become one of my favourite nights of the week as it's my JA SAL night with Barb. I think we may both have a finish this evening and then we are going to do a small one, then start the Jane Austen Sampler Stocking on August Bank Holiday so I am really looking forward to that!

On Saturday I received an RAK from Hazel. I had sent her a chart that she had on her wish list and she had been looking at mine and had this lovely from it, which she has stitched. I have been wanting this for quite some time as I want to stitch it in memory of my Mum ( her name was Mary) so thank you so much Hazel xx

DH is back at work today and I am missing him. We did spend a long time not getting on too well in the last year or so but these past couple of months have been so much better and we are both much happier. I don't know if it was me or him or both of us but I'm glad we are back on track and he says he's got his old Sally back :) I just wish that we'd have better luck in other things too!

Yesterday, as I said in my previous post, Jess should have been moving her stuff into her student house. Well to cut a very long story short there had been a mix up with the contract. The company's paperwork said it started 22nd August, Jess and her friends paperwork said 15th and the first payment went out of their accounts last week. They were given the all clear to move in but when we arrived yesterday the house wasn't ready! My heart sank when I saw it as it hadn't been cleaned, the door didn't even lock, there were doors off the kitchen units, the beds were the ones the previous tenants had slept in and were stained and dirty. Everywhere we looked there was something. It was just dirty and unsafe. We have been assured it will be ready for next Sunday and they did start removing old beds and appliances when were talking outside to other parents. I have spoken to the lettings manager today and told her how unhappy we are and she has taken full responsibility for the mix-up and has apologised but that doesn't help the fact that a mistake was made and it was very stressful for all of us. I guess they won't be going to the same company next time!

Finally Abi wanted to dye my hair! I used to dye it regularly years ago but she decided it might make me feel better about myself ( bless her xx) so last week when we went to Meadowhall in Sheffield we snuck into Superdrug and chose a semi-permanent colour and this morning she set about dying it for me and this is the result. It hasn't quite covered all my greys ( I do have a few) but I love it and I love how she's styled it. I can't get it to go like this!

Time I was off to sort some veg and stuff for tea. Thanks for reading and for all your wonderful comments. They mean so much. Will be back tomorrow to catch up on your blogs :)




staci said...

Your SB finishes are gorgeous! I don't blame you for being addicted to them!!!

And you and your new hair are beautiful too!!!

Cindy F. said...

LOVE SB! and your finishes/wips are so beautiful!!
Even though you took a beating, your hair looks great!!

KarenV said...

Beautiful finishes Sally! The little pin pillow looks great with the ricrac edge. Your hair looks great too! Hope Jess' accommodation gets sorted soon.

Ranae said...

I love your SB finishes
The WIP's are looking good
Love the new color, Abi did a fantastic job styling too

Christina said...

Hi Sally, love your new hair do. Oh, how I miss shopping at Meadow Hall, all I seem to do now is wizz past it on the M1 if I'm visiting my parents 'up north'.
I'd love to purchase 'Just Nan 4 Wishes' if it's still available? I can send payment via paypal or a cheque? Whichever is easiest for you.

Rachael said...

LOL I think it's a understatement that you are addicted to SB LOL
It's a lovely design.
A lovely Rak
The Hair looks lovely and knocks years off you!!

jane said...

Lovely SB finishes and all the WIPs are looking great. I hope Jess gets her accommodation sorted - I think as they get older the worries just get bigger! Love the hair - you look very nice.

valerie said...

Your SB finishes look fantastic!

Sorry to hear about the problem at your daughters Uni house...what a terrible mix up! Your new hairdo looks fantastic! Although, I will say that I thought it looked just as stunning au natural as well.

Barb said...

Sally love my pins another to do one on my evergrowing list.The violet roll is pretty isnt it.Like the new look!!! and I will be in touch soon.
Hugs as always

Lesleyanne said...

Your finishes are gorgeous. Love the new you. Lovely progress on your WIPs.

Jo said...

Love all your finishes and WIP as well.

I am just starting out on blogging, so please feel free to stop by. I am waiting on batteries for my camera before I can post more pics of my stitching. Will be plenty of book stuff on there though.


Julie said...

Nice new hair-do, well done Abi.

I love the SB pincushion, so adorable. Can't wait to see the chatelaine mystery out again for UFO, stitch faster on the chatelaine LOL.

Hope the house is all lovely next week for the girls, what a disappointment. Students are busy arriving here in our city too.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow you have been stitching up a storm! Your SB finishes are very pretty and you've got such a wide array of WIPs on the go.

I think all realtionships go through rough patches. What determines if its successful or not is how we deal with those patches. We can tackle it or throw our hands up in the air and do nothing.

I'm glad to hear that things are much better for you and DH. I must admit since I made my lifestyle changes a few years ago things for Todd and I are much better than they used to be! They were good then but its just better, or maybe its becuase I feel good about myself.

Hazel said...

Lovely sb finish and i love the ricrac edge. It does look fiddly. You look great as well. Happy stitching. x

Farm Girl said...

What a cute wee SB finish - love that cute flower pin! What a bummer for you all about your daughters house mixup - not pleasant for any of you. I love your hair - you look so much younger than the photo you used to have - it looks beautiful.

Ellen said...

Love your SBs, they are beautiful! Your wips are progressing nicely too.

Love your new hairdo!


Jackie said...

I'm glad you stuck with fiddling with the rick rack. It looks great!

You're really rocking the needle and the new hair is fabulous!

Life throws us curve balls from time to time. What really matters is how we handle them. I'm glad you're in such a good place.

Solstitches said...

I love your two latest finishes Sally. Both are very pretty.
How nice to have a daughter as a personal stylist :)
I think she did a great job. It's a lovely picture of you.


Carol said...

Your SB finishes are gorgeous Sally! I really love the pin pillow - is it still for sale or am I too late? I would love to have it, it's been on my wish list for a while now!

I love your new hair do, it really suits you! :o)

Carol said...

First of all--I love your new hair cut and color, Sally! It looks very cute and fun!!

Your SB needleroll and pin pillow are beautiful--I've never tried a ricrac edge so I can imagine it might be difficult, but yours turned out great. And that little hummingbird on Spring Morning is just precious...

Always a treat to visit your blog :)

Brigitte said...

Oh Sally, your SB finishes are fantastic. SBs are always lovely projects.
I can easily imagine that it wasn't fun to deal with the accommodation issue. And I hope that everything will soon be sorted out and solved.
Great picture of you with your new hair style.

Christine said...

Great stitching again (I shall have to find a new way of saying that, you must be getting bored of reading it), the SB pin pillow is particularly gorgeous.
Hope Jess's accommodation gets sorted out.
Loving the new hair!

Berit said...

Beautiful stitching AND beautiful You! :D I'm so glad to hear that you're getting on well with your DH, and hopefully the problems with the housing will smooth out soon!

Olenka's Stitches said...

Your hair looks great!
Wonderful work on your stitching!

Mylene said...

Gorgeous finishes and WIP's, Sally. You look great with the new hair-do.

Sonda in OR said...

What a bummer for Jess! Love your WIPs...especially SoHRH! Nice new hair color...enjoy it!

Suzanne said...

Great SB finishes! Love the new hair style.

Karan said...

Great hair do - looks fab. Can't get over just how many finishes you've had ... & I'm not done catching up yet. Beautiful work! :0)