Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Happy Birthday Lisa!

Sunday was my dear surrogate sister Lisa's birthday and the design I chose is very apt I think. I've actually had this freebie design for a while now and I saw it stitched up on Michelle's blog and Lisa had commented about it so I thought right I'm going to stitch that for her birthday! I did actually adapt it a little so I hope I won't get into trouble from the designer for doing so.

Debbie Draper Designs Stitching Friends Forever

Stitched over 1 on 28 count white opalescent fabric

Carrie's Creations Old World Red

Started 4th January 2011

Finished 9th January 2011

Birthday Gift for Lisa.

I have been beavering away on another birthday gift and I am going to, hopefully, get it made up today or tomorrow depending if I have any meetings to go to ( more about that later) or whether I can actually stay awake or not!

Last Thursday I had an enjoyable evening on BBD AotH Snow Garden, my SAL with Jane and Valerie. I haven't made up my mind as yet how I'm going to personalise this one. My DH is a Jan baby as was my Mum and paternal gran so it's difficult. I am loving this.

My two evenings on Shores went very well although after Friday evening and stitching nothing but fish I decided to move away from them and stitch the pole the bird is standing on then move back to the fish! Not bad for two evenings as I did stitch the black border too. Me thinks I could have a major HD this weekend!

Onto last night and my rather measly progress on SB Emmanuel's Song. I do hope Barb and Colleen had a better evening than I did but I didn't actually start stitching until 9pm ( very unusual for me) and I did wonder why I was bothering but after a very stressful day I needed to relax and put a few stitches in.

I forgot that I started my SB ornament which I'm stitching along with Chris and Laura. I think Chris has already stitched hers and I can't show my little start as I didn't take a photo but it's Earth's Delight from the 2010 JCS ornament magazine.

I have decided to sell my Chatelaine Christmas Mystery IV finish so if you are interested in buying it from me please do email me ( my email is in my profile) and I will let you know how much I would like for it etc.

At least today is a little quieter and I will hopefully get more stitching in tonight and maybe even get more sleep. My Dad had another fall yesterday and although he was unhurt other than rather nastily grazed elbows and being shaken up he couldn't get up and it was very upsetting and worrying. I'm also sad to say that I had a "spat" with my sister on the phone when I rang to tell her and I actually ended up putting the phone down on her ( not in front of my Dad I hasten to add). So I am hoping that occupational therapy will reassess him and we'll see what can be done. I hate to say it but I don't think he should be living on his own now but it's his choice as he's still fully aware etc but he just can't get around properly and there are other things I had my suspicions about and I think when I went in yesterday they were confirmed.
I promise I will get around to all your blogs over the next few days as I am rather behind:(

Love & hugs



Lesleyanne said...

Hope you manage to sort the situation out with your Dad. A gorgeous finish for Lisa. Lovely progress on your wips. Sending hugs.

Christine said...

What a lovely gift for Lisa, she'll be thriled. Great work on your WIPs too, what colour is the fabric you are doing Snow Garden on? I like the effect much more than the recommended one

Patty C. said...

Enjoy your stitching
Lovely "Friends Forever" finish :)

Julie said...

Super gift for Lisa

Your Shores is almost finished and mines about to start Feb 1st LOL

Hope all gets sorted with Dad

Barb said...

Oh Lisa will be delighted with her sisterly gift,I am sure Sally.Love the red.
Shores is coming on a treat and I will have the dancing shoes ready!
Oh nice job on Emmanuel , the journey is continuing.
Big (((hugs)))

Lisa said...

I LOVE my birthday gift, thanks so much again Sally.
I'm sure you'll have a huge happy dance this coming weekend with Shores, it's almost done, and moving areas definitely worked for you.
Nice progress on the others as well.

Elaine said...

Lisa;s birthday gift is really pretty Sally. Lovely progress on your wips too.
Hope you get things sorted with your Dad soon. Hugs!

Beth said...

Your stitching is fantastic! Lisa is very lucky to have you as a "Stitching Sister"! I really like the way Snow Garden is coming along, and I will dance with you when Shores is finished.

Aging parents are really a very difficult problem. I will be sending you positive thoughts that something will be done for your Dad and you.

Michelle said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad Sally. I will e-mail you. Sorry about the argument with your sister - these things happen. Your stitching is lovely as always.
Take care of you xx

jane said...

Oh Sally I do hope that you get the situation with your Dad resolved - it must be very worrying.
Your gift for Lisa is lovely and you have made good progress on SG and Shores. My threads havn't arrived yet and I do so want to get started!

valerie said...

Lovely gift for Lisa and great progress on your wips. Your Snow Garden looks great. My dye lots have been giving me so much trouble! I like how your Parchment and Light Khaki looks on your linen.

Sorry to hear about your dad. It's had when your parents are older and ailing. I am going through similar issues too.

Christina said...

Emmanuel's song is looking lovely Sally, I love the range of stitches you get in SB designs.
I'm sure Lisa will be thrilled with her gorgeous gift.

An itch to cross stitch.. said...

I am sorry to hear your Father had a fall Sally, that's always hard to see. I hope everything works out.
Lovely progress on your wips, your stitching sisters pillow is lovely.

Ellen said...

Beautiful gift for Lisa! Love your start on Snow Garden! Like Christine, I love your choice of fabric.


Beth said...

I thought I left a message this afternoon, but I don't see it, so I will leave it again. I think that Lisa is a very lucky "stitcher sister". Your gift to her is beautiful. I really like the way Snow Garden is turning out. Looks like Shores will be done soon - I will dust off my happy shoes for the occasion.

Aging parents is one of the most difficult things to deal with. I am sending you positive thoughts that things will work out for you and your Dad.

Lois said...

What a lovely gift to send and nice progress on your WIP's. Hope your dad is doing okay.

Gabi said...

What a beautiful gift. So lovely.
Love also your WiP's. Hopefully things work out for your father.

Carol said...

You did a beautiful job on stitching and finishing Lisa's gift, Sally.

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad's situation. Isn't dealing with aging parents heartbreaking? We have had quite a year with my own dad and it won't get any easier. I hope you and your sister can get on the same page and find whatever will work best for him.

Sue said...

Lovely present for Lisa and great progress on your WIPs. Hope that things go ok with your Dad, a worrying time for you....hugs Sue xx

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear about your dad's fall. It's so difficult when our parents get older, mine can be decidedly stubborn sometimes, which is quite frustrating. All of your stitching looks amazing, as usual, I hope to see you happy dancing very soon! xx

Siobhan said...

Beautiful progress on your stitching, Sally! The gift for Lisa is gorgeous, well done!

I will be thinking of you and your dad. Big hugs.

Claire said...

Always envious of your work... about to start on Antique Heart Roll (Shepherds Bush).

Love and hugs to you Sally - hope your Dad is ok and that you can sort something out that causes you less stress.

Hugs Claire xxx

Carol R said...

Lovely stitching Sally.
I hope you get the situation with your dad sorted soon

Michelle said...

Hope you can get everything sorted out with your dad. Big hugs. Congrats on your beautiful finish. Shores is looking wonderful as is Snow Garden!

Pointed Stitcher said...

I love what you stitched for your friend. All of your stitching is so pretty.

Sorry your dad fell, but glad he wasn't seriously hurt.