Friday, 21 October 2011

Lots of Stitchy Progress

Before I show my stitchy stuff I just wanted to thank everyone who left such kind comments and hugs for both Abi and I on my last post. I am trying so hard to be strong for Abi but I have to admit that I am missing little Leo loads and I've sheds many a tear. Poor Abi has been so upset by the passing of her beloved little pet and can't bare to talk about it. I feel so bad for her and as a Mum really wish I could put things right.

Anyway on to my stitching before I cry again! Monday evening was Christmas Carol SAL night with Barb. I added some window frames and more brick work to Scrooge's house and am hoping to get more done next week. Half term means a lie in so no need to go to bed quite so early! Now that I have got used to the 35 count fabric I am really enjoying stitching this.

Tuesday at craft club it was freezing! The museum is now closed but the heating had, supposedly, been put on for us but I was frozen. My hands were freezing and were going blue! Two of the ladies kept their coats on! I think I shall take my fingerless gloves next week just in case! Anyway I made a start on Little House Needleworks Winter Band Sampler and am loving stitching it. I'm stitching along with Lesleyanne and Angela.

So Tuesday evening I didn't get much stitched on The Sanctuary as my heart just wasn't in it. I had got some done on Sunday evening and I picked it up again last night. I must admit that I am quite desperate now to finish this so that I can start TSG Gald Tidings with Jane Austen with Barb. I want to get some more Christmas ornaments stitched too.

Final progress picture is my SAL with Lisa which is Lizzie*Kate 6 Fat Men. I had such a going on with this this week! I got so far on the snowman then had to keep frogging one bit as I just could not get it to go right. I know my mind was not exactly on it and I almost threw it across the room! I dislike the fabric but am not starting over as I can't afford to waste it. Hopefully it'll go better next week.

I've been gearing myself up to get some finishing done and have been making the "pin keep" bit of the BBD Peacock Pin Keep this morning whilst waiting for the plumber to arrive. I do have all my stitching to attach to the bits yet and I'm hoping to do a bit more when I get off here. I ordered some fabric and one trim from Thread Bear last night to finish three pieces ( Duo Noel, A New Day and Dandy Dreams) and will have to see if I can get some ribbon or trim from Boyes next week. I also need to get a Halloween piece finished or it won't be on display this year!

I popped to my local newasgent the other day to pay my Dad's paper bill and just happened to notice the JCS Christmas Ornament magazine on the shelf so asked if they had one put away for me, which they hadn't, so I grabbed one off the shelf! I'm been eagerly waiting for it to come in and I have to say I was not disappointed when I looked through it. There are several that I really want to stitch so I really need to make a point of getting some done.

Hmmm I just realised the Online Needlework Show has started. Should I look???? Lol!

After having no hot water or central heating for  over a week we have finally got our boiler fixed today! Phew. It feels so good to have hot water again and know we can have the heating on if we want. £250 worth of parts have been fitted. Thank God we have insurance and don't have anything to pay as there'll be labour on top of that.

That's it from me for today. Carol R has sent out part 7 of the mystery SAL today so I'm hoping to get that stitched over the weekend and maybe start a Christmas ornament? Lol!

Take care everyone.

Love & hugs



Tricia said...

So glad you got your heat fixed! : ) That will make everything a little better. You are doing so well on your stitching! Good for you!!

Kate said...

Firstly I am delighted to hear that you have your boiler fixed!
Hugs to Abi for Leo.
Lovely update on all the stitching - love the 6 fat men piece.

BeckySC said...

Your WIP's are lovely dear Sally :) Thank you for sharing with us-it's always a joy to visit your blog!

Sue said...

Lovely stitching Sally, love the snowman. Hugs to Abi, it's so sad when we lose a pet, it's like losing part of the family.....x

Mouse said...

ooo warm and toasty again bliss .... I've stitched in fingerless gloves before ... hope you don't sew yourself to them like me lovely stitching as always :)love mouse xxxx

cucki said...

good news..that your boiler is fixed now..
beautiful stitching it so much.
lots of hugs for abi and for you too..
hugs xxx

Mindi said...

I'm not sure if I could have managed that long without hot water for a shower. Glad its fixed now, and you have heat available if needed.

I love all of the projects you're working on, but your Scrooge Sock is wonderful. Its because of your pictures that I purchased the chart from Isabella.

Barb said...

Hope you are now toasty warm Sally, I was so sorry to hear about Leo it is so hard when you lose a pet big or small.
Your wips are no different than normal Sally,just lovely.
Oh Scrooge is having a super house built ,I hope he appreciates it. Will be in touch soon. wrists little easier so back to normality soon I hope.

Julie said...

Great news the boilers mended.
Lots of lovely progress, fat mn is looking cute.

Margaret said...

Glad your boiler is fixed! I don't know how you survived without hot water (and heat) for so long! Nice progress on all your stitching!

Lesleyanne said...

So pleased to hear your heating is fixed. Your stitching is coming along great. I love all your projects.

Ranae said...

Yay! for getting the ornamnet issue
So sorry to hear about little leo.
The WIps are looking as good as ever
Take care

Siobhan said...

Big hugs to you and Abi over Leo. It's so hard to lose a pet!

Your WIPs look lovely! Yeay on getting the boiler fixed. We've done the cold shower routine once or twice and oh my gosh--there is nothing better than heat & hot water!

Catherine said...

That first hot shower must have felt sooo good!
Great stitchy progress!
More hugs to you and Abi!

Christina said...

I've had the heating on for well over a week now so goodness knows how you've coped without it!
The snowman looks really cute, I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

Mrs. Know Nothing said...

Love the pics of the progress made on you WIP's. I just love the Lizzie Kate project you are working on. Sorry it is giving you grief. Glad that your boiler has been repaired as well. Enjoy your weekend.......Lei

Anne said...

Perhaps you should take a little electrical heater with you to stitch with! That's not fun trying to stitch with frozen fingers!! Glad to hear your boiler has been fixed.

Your WIP's are beautiful, I really love that snowman!! So cute!! I've looked at the online needlework show and it's very tempting...I'm already thinking about getting the new Ink Circles chart Metamorphosis. So it's kinda dangerous to look at!!

The JCS mag is great! I'm looking at which 2nd ornament I'm going to stitch now I've finished the Plum Street one!!

Myra said...

My heart goes out to you and Abi. ((Hugs)))
I always enjoy stopping by to see your progress and new starts. I know you are happy to have the boiler fixed - cold showers are no fun!

sammyjo said...

im like you if i start stiching something on fabric i dont like i have to finish it anyway! those bumble bee's i finished earlier this year had me crazy by the end and i was so glad when they were finished!

Kathy Ellen said...

So glad to hear that you are now toasty warm:) "Sanctuary" is one of my favorite designs too! Hope that you have lots of wonderful stitching time this weekend! Stay warm and cozy!

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Kajsa said...

You are almost there on Sanctuary, how fun. Loved LK's new snowman series, have to start it soon.

Lizzy said...

Heartfelt warm {{{Hugs}}} to you and Abi... so sorry to read about poor wee Leo, my dear friend.

I LOVE The Christmas Carol stocking you and Barb are stitching from The Primitive Hare... it's my all-time favourite and I watch it year 'round. My favourite version is the one with Patrick Stewart! I must order this one soon. Winter Band Sampler is coming along beautifully as is LK's Fat Snowmen ~ sorry you don't like the linen ~ and The Sanctuary is gorgeous ~ you're almost finished with it. I'd love to stitch some Jane Austen with you all! And I know your finishing will be just as beautiful as it always is...

Hope you were warm and cosy at your Craft Club this week ~ can't stitch with freezing fingers! And I know you were so happy to get your broiler fixed... you must have been freezing! Sending you loads of warm and cosy {{{Hugs}}} and lots of love, my dear friend... Blessings always in stitches.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Sally as usual your WIPs look just great! Sorry to hear you're having a hard time with the fabric on your LK piece. Sometimes it is tempting to start over again.