Saturday, 7 January 2012

Two New Starts and A Finish!

Here I am with my second post of 2012. This week has seen two new starts and a finish and I must say that I am thoroughly enjoying my stitching so far in 2012!  

Monday evening saw Barb, Colleen and I back to our Shepherd's Bush SAL. We had all enjoyed it so much in 2011 that we decided to carry it on this year and I have must admit that while Barb and I took a break from it for the last couple of months I really missed it. I was feeling a little lazy and low so I really didn't feel like sorting fabric and threads so went for simple kit. This is Feed My Sheep which Barb bought me for my birthday in 2010. Barb knows how much I loves me some Shepherd's Bush! I think I might have a finish next Monday. 
Lisa and I were chatting before Christmas about our L*K 6 Fat Men SAL and as she wanted to do some secret stitching for her DH on Wednesdays I said I was happy to move our SAL to another evening if she wanted so we decided that from the first week in January we'd stitch it on Tuesdays so this is my other new start. OK I suppose it's no exactly a new start but I think each of these blocks can be classed as one! I chose to start Snow Fun.
I decided that I wanted to get Plum Street Samplers Christmas Tea finished before I started anything else new so I stitched on this Wednesday and Thursday. I cannot tell you how much trouble I had with the blackbird! The amount of times I had to pull it out is nobody's business but let's just say it almost took flight across the room!!! I wouldn't mind but it's a mirror of the red one which I stitched no problem! It's not exactly right as after finding I'd made a mistake again I decided I wasn't going to pull it out yet again! You may notice that I haven't stitched the snowflakes. The thread I'd chosen didn't show up on the fabric and neither did a few others I tried so I left them off. I love this piece so much and already know how I'm finishing it.
 Plum Street Samplers Christmas Tea

25 count opalescent Silkweaver Stormy Skies ( I think!)

Crescent Colours & Carrie's Creations

Started 25th December 2011

Finished 5th January 2012

SAL with Michelle.

I got my Kelmscott Designs Miniature Monogram Hornbook finished of yesterday. Love this so much and it will be very handy. I have popped it into my Travelling Stitcher pouch.
Finally I promised a photo of what I bought with my birthday GC from Colleen. I'm looking forward to stitching both of these. This year is going to be my year for stitching smaller charts so hopefully I should get plenty done. The only biggy I plan on is finishing my BBD AotH and once that's done going back to HAED Guardian and try and stick at it!
I haven't been to craft club this week so no progress on SB Merry Be. I should be going this next week so hope to get plenty done while I'm there. 
I have been catching up on your blogs and seeing lots of lovely new Crazy starts and getting enabled! Of course I'm being a good girl and not buying especially as I'm feeling really good about stitching from chart stash :) Tricia is joining us too. Welcome aboard Tricia:) 
I had a visit to my doctor yesterday and she's referring me for surgery so I see lots more stitchy time  sometime in the future! I know I won't get seen for a while so it will probably be well into Summer ( if that) before I get the surgery.
That's all my news for now. I think I'll pick up CCN Snowflake Serenade tomorrow.
Until next time, keep stitching.
With much love


Colleen said...

Had great fun at our SB SAL; you've made great progress on Feed My Sheep! Happy Dance this Monday? Sure have missed you & Barb on our Monday nights. Glad we started up again. Great WIPS & love what you received with the GC!Looking forward to seeing Carriage House: Wash Day!
It seems that many in blogging land are stitching smalls & from the stash this year...Me too!
See you Monday night. {Hugs}

Lisa S said...

Wonderful starts and finishes Sally!! You sure have a lot going all at once!I am one of those "one piece at a time" stitchers lol
Love the stash you bought with your birthday GC.

Beth Pearce said...

I think it is so amazing how you juggle all those projects!! I am not sure that I could tell you which one I liked the best - probably all of them!

Your Christmas Tea is a wonderful finish! I looked really hard and I could not see a difference between the two birds.

Good luck with your surgery, please keep us informed as you progress through the system.

Barb said...

Sally love the sheepy finish,(well I would wouldnt I) However I think the Wash Day is fabulous and would look super on my bird wall!!!!
See you Monday.I am having problems with blogger at the moment wont let me post on my blog ,I am going to let DH have a go and trying to find out why tomorrow.

Shirlee said...

Wonderful starts & finishes! I think I'm going to end up working on 2 things at the same time this month & it's freaking me out ... lol! Blessings, Shirlee

butterfly said...

Lovely stitching Sally great starts and finish.

Brigitte said...

Yes, here it is, the little hornbook finishing. It looks soooo pretty. You are always so fast at finishing the things that you stitch. Can't your send this finishing bug over to me? LOL.

cucki said...

Very beautiful start and very sweet finish,,
I love your stash so much,,
Happy stitching with Stitchy hugs
Cucki xx

Claire said...

Fab starts Sally - Im also doing the L*K Fat Snowmen and loving it. Great finish too!!

You always pick such pretty designs to stitch - much the same taste as me I think.

Hugs Claire xxx

Margaret said...

I love all your finishes and WIPs! Love Wash Day -- that's such a pretty piece, I'm looking forward to watching you stitch it. Hope the surgery happens at a good time for you. Not fun to look forward to.

Suburban Stitcher said...

Love the cranberry tea design. It's just so beautiful!

Catherine said...

Love the stitches! Christmas tea is so cute!

Heather said...

Lovely stitching Sally. I can't believe all you have achieved with only 7 days into the year 2012.

Christine said...

Lovely finishes Sally!
I love the wash day pattern

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Thank you, thank you for the welcome to the stitching from your stash club! : ) I'm working hard on the big one for my husband, but I need to stitch an ornament and a small for an exchange this month, too, plus work on one of my UFO's, so I guess I'll have enough variety! : ) I love your SB piece. I have that one made into a little pillow on my bathroom counter. You're doing great on your little Fat Men, too. : ) Can't wait to see your progress this year!

WendyCarole said...

Great starts and love the finish. Someone else i know is stitching 6 fat men. It's popular atm.

Hope you get your surgery sorted quickly.

Carol said...

Lovely stitching Sally! I bought my Mum and myself one of those little hornbooks last Christmas. I must do mine - your's looks so sweet and I Love the thread you've used! Won't be having many finishes (if any actually) for a while now, as I'll be packing my stash very soon for my move to Dubai. :o)

Rachael G said...

I really need to try and stitch on certain days, to see if it helps me to stitch more, you get lots done, and it is all so pretty!!

Lesleyanne said...

Gorgeous finishes and starts Sally. Look forward to seeing more in 2012.

Gabi said...

What a beautiful finish Sally. Love those birds. Great starts too, and lovely new stash.

Mary Ann said...

Christmas Tea is a lovely finish! And, I am loving watching your progress on 6 Fat Men!! Love your new stash purchases, too--most especially Wash Day.

Michelle said...

Lovely stitching Sally and I love how Christmas Tea came out. I had troubel with the red bird - how odd. The hornbook is so lovely. Your new wash day chart looks great look forward to seeing your progress on it xx

Lois said...

What a lovely finish Christmas Tea is Sally even if that bird gave you all sorts of grief! Your L*K Snowmen piece is looking good and love your other stitchy plans.

Annie said...

Hi Sally

Lovely starts and finishes. I can only work on one thing at once otherwise I would never get anything finished!
Great stash too.

Elisa said...

Great starts and finishes Sally..enjoy your Sunday xx

Carol said...

Christmas Tea is adorable, Sally--can't wait to see how you finish it off.

And Wash Day has always been one of my favorites... Good luck with your stitching from stash goal this year!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

I love your stitching !!

have a good day

Dani - tkdchick said...

Sally you've got a lovely couple of finishes there!

Nice new stash, that little LHN is going to be one of my starts this upcoming week.

Your SAL with Lisa is coming along beautifully!

mollycaff said...

Lovely stitching Sally, I'm amazed how much you manage to get done!

Pumpkin said...

Boy, you sure have warmed up your needle for the New Year already! LOL! Love the projects you're working on and congrats on finishing your hornbook :o)

Looks like you've got some great projects lined up for this year.

Kathy Ellen said...

You seem to be having a wonderful time with your SB SAL and so many WIP's. I don't know if I could manage to keep focused on so many things all at once, so I am intrigued by all of your great stitching.

Julie said...

Your needles have been smokin so far in 2012.
Super charts with your GC for your birthday.
Hope you dont have to wait too long for the surgery.

Mouse said...

oooo well done on the sals etc and the finish ... and those pesky frogs came to you too *sigh I didn't send them you know ....nice birthday stash you got too :) sorry to hear about the surgery but at least it will be fixed soon :) love mouse xxxxx

Jackie said...

Sally what nice finishes and progress you have. I visited you stash list for 2012. LOL. Oh what fun, you'll get them done. I look forward to seeing them done.
Thanks for stopping in.

Keep us posted on your surgery dates.

Many stitches.

Mindi said...

I love your finish of Christmas Tea!

You're so right about thinking of each snowman block being its own little mini project. I can't wait to get back to my 6 fat men, but I'm still waiting on the white floss I need.

Siobhan said...

Fantastic finishes and starts, Sally! I am always so impressed with what you get accomplished.

Anne said...

What a beautiful finish from PSS!! It's such a lovely design!! Great stash too!

I hope all is well with mentioned surgery? Did I miss a post?

Lisa said...

Congrats on your Cranberry Tea finish and on finishing finishing the hornbook, they both look great. I've still got to finish mine but just not in the right mood at the moment lol.
Cute new start and more lovely progress on 6FM, I enjoyed stitching on mine last night.
Love your new stash, especially the LHN, can't wait to see that one stitched up.

Andrea said...

Wonderful finishes and great stash.

Suzanne said...

Great stitching and finishes!

Solstitches said...

There is always so much to see on your blog Sally. I'm having a bit of a catch up and enjoying all the eye candy.
Love that dinky little hornbook.
Your Christmas Tea finish is gorgeous and what lovely designs you bought with your GC.

Michele B. said...

I love your finish of Christmas Tea! And your choice of new things to stitch - I have done both Wash Day and Snow White (though I stitched the latter with blue thread). They were both really enjoyable - have fun! Hope you are feeling okay.