Friday, 17 August 2012


Sorry that I haven't posted in a while but my heart has not really been in it. I've done very little blog visiting either but, hopefully, I will get back to normal soon. Thank you my dear friend Shirlee for emailing me to see where I was.

Not quite sure where to start! I've been stitching but not on many things. I really need to get back to a rotation as I've been getting a bit bored with stitching mostly on one thing. However I think I'll try and finish this before I start much more.

I've actually finished all the stitching on this cream fabric now, apart from the backstitching, and have made a start on the bits done on green fabric. I seem to be able to get one square done a night if I get a move on so I might have this finished in a day or two. 

Barb and I have started a new SAL. This time we are stitching Blackbird Designs and I chose Truly Thine which is an old Loose Feathers design. I decided to stitch in on a Jayne's Attic Count on Me fabric called Carnation using  a Victorian Motto thread Antique Rose.

I have finally got around to starting my August ornament for the Christmas All Year Round SAL. I decided on Little By Little Making Spirits Bright from a JCS ornament magazine.

Speaking of JCS mags I went into my newsagent last week and they had the Halloween special in. Yay! I was hoping they'd get it so was pleased to see it thereon the shelf. There are a few in there I'd love to stitch but not sure when I'll get around to it.

I've also been doing some RAKs. The first one I stitched for Michelle just as a thank you for being such a wonderful friend. The fabric it is on is the fabric I backed it with.

Aliola Bird

16 count sparkly white aida.

DMC Variations

Stitched for Michelle.

I am delighted to say that Michelle loves it. As you can see I used aida which I don't normally stitch on but needs must as I didn't have any evenweave or linen in white. I really need to get some. 

Another RAK/ thank you gift is on the way to someone so, hopefully, I can show that one next time.

I have been doing a little bit of finishing. First one is Just Nan Christmas Sheep. It is a long way from perfect as I found it quite bulky and fiddly but I'm quite happy with how it turned it.

Next is Shepherd's Bush Snowman Treat Bag. I love this!

I've almost finished making up Midsummer Night Designs Remember Me Stitching Pocket. I need to add the trim and finish off the inside.

My Christmas in July sale order arrived from JJ's on Tuesday. It was perfect timing to be honest. I now have two new charts ( Homespun Elegance To Stitch is Bliss and Tree of Life Samplings Beauty and Grace) and some threads for Little House Needleworks Home of a Needleworker Too!

Thank you all for your condolences on my F.I.L's passing. It has been a tough time for all the family. For all his funeral was on Tuesday this week it still does not seem real. Abi is finding it particularly hard, bless her.

Thank you also for your birthday wishes for Jess on her 21st. We just celebrated it quietly. We had already decided a while ago to go out for a meal as she did not want a party so that's what we did. We all came home feeling very full! She says she is not having any more birthdays as my DH's Mum passed away 11 days after her 8th birthday and now his Dad 2 days before her 21st. I must get some photos sorted to post especially the one of her cake as it was gorgeous.

Last Friday I had to pay a visit to the dentist. Oh how I love the dentist- NOT! I'd been having toothache which started in my wisdom tooth but it was starting to affect other teeth too. She x-rayed my wisdom tooth and it was starting to get infected so she wanted to take it out. I panicked and said I thought I might prefer to be sedated to have it removed as I've heard some horror stories. Unfortunately I can't be sedated on the NHS ( national health service) so I'd have to go private at a cost of at least £200. It would also mean me not having my own dentist and I'd have to travel 40 odd miles to get it done. I've been on antibiotics to clear the infection which have made me feel rotten ( I assume it's the pills) and I go back next Thursday for a review. I think I'm going to have to be brave and just let her take it out. I can think of better things to spend that amount of money on!

I must apologise as I accidentally deleted a few comments instead of publishing them.

That's all from me for now. I might have some new starts next time and I might even have picked up BOAF Sally Spencer Sampler again!

Take care everyone.

With much love



Patty C. said...

Don't delete me - lol
Hope you feel better soon!!!!!!

Vickie said...

I hope you all feel better soon.
Your stitching looks lovely. You certainly have a lot going!

Ma Teakettle said...

Sending hugs Sally, and wishes for a return of your good health and mojo :)
We've all had that blog blah before and totally understand :)
Your stitching is gorgeous, as always, and your SAL is beautiful.
Enjoy your new treats.
Have a great day

Carol said...

Oh, so sorry to hear about that tooth, Sally, but better to get it removed as soon as possible... Good luck!!

Lovely stitching...I, too, just have lost my blogging mojo this month--will be lucky to even post once in August. Sure hope it comes back soon--for both of us. Take care now!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Oh, Sally - what a time you have had! I would panic about having a tooth pulled too. : ( Glad your DD had a nice birthday. I hope that it will be a pleasant memory and that she'll be able to separate it from the funeral.

Your stitching is just lovely as usual! I always look forward to seeing what projects you will start on next! The little Just Nan sheep one turned out so cute! : )

Have a wonderful day, my friend, and feel better!!!!


cucki said...

oh dear i hope you feel better soon..
beautiful stitching projects..
hugs xxx

Margaret said...

All your stitching is beautiful as always! Sorry about your tooth -- such a bummer! I hope it stops bothering you and you can stop worrying about what to do about it.

Mary Ann said...

Sally, I hope you are feeling better soon! So much lovely stitching and finishing!! I love all of them, but I think my favorite might be the Snowman Treat Bag.

♥ Nia said...

Sorry to hear you're not feeling great these days =/ I hope that will improve soon!!!
Your blue bird is so pretty :) And I love the snowman treat bag! Cute!! :D
hugs to you sweetie

Emma said...

Beautiful work! Hope you feel better soon :)

Michele said...

big hugs sweetie :) Love your finishes and your RAK's :)

Anonymous said...

Hello Sally

Your finishes are beautiful!
Your projects are looking lovely.
I hope you feel better soon.

Holly x

Michelle said...

Sally - your stitching as always is lovely. Just wanted to send a BIG GUG your way - thank you so much for my RAK - I cannot tell you how much I loved it x

Ellen said...

Beautiful finishes, I especially love that Snowman treat bag!

Hope you are feeling better now!


Lesleyanne said...

Hope you feel better soon Sally. It has been a very tough year for you so far. Sending Hugs. My blogging and stitching mojo seem to have gone on holiday. Gorgeous stitching as always.

butterfly said...

Love your Just Nan stitching ,I do love her charts so pretty.
Your stitching is always beautiful.
Love your Rak for Michelle , so cute.
Sorry about your tooth, I hate the dentist more now than ever , but I have to go the end of the month.
Give my love to your family at such a sad time. Hugs.

Alison said...

Just wanted to pop in & tell you my experience with a wisdom tooth. After having both bottom ones surgically removed in the chair at 17 (& a horrendous experience that was), I had terrible pain with a top one for yrs. I put it off and put it off & finally the dentist told me it had to come out. I was terrified. But, because it was partly through, it just popped out. After working myself up into a state, it was nothing.

I hope yours is the same. :)

Julie said...

Christmas Sheep is so cute.
Hope all goes well at the dentist, not my favourite place either.

Catherine said...

So good to see a post from you! I do hope you are feeling better ~ yuck on the dental issues, they are never ever any fun.
Love seeing all of your projects and finishes. I love the sheep!!

Mindi said...

Your stitching looks lovely, and I wouldn't worry about setting a rotation, at least you're stitching on something! Hopefully the tooth gets taken care of without much fuss or pain. You said you haven't been reading many blogs, but pop on over to mine, I have a giveaway going on.

Shirlee said...

Your starts & finishes & gifts all look so lovely! I received your email ... will respond soon : )

Dani - tkdchick said...

Sally sometimes we get into a bit of a funk and it takes a little time to come back out again.

What beautiful finishes you have made and such a cute RAK! What a nice thing to do!

I look forward to your Just Nan Finish, and that's a great new SAL you've started with Barb.

Take care of yourself!

Myra said...

Feel better soon Sally. I haven't been much for blogging lately myself - hopefully we'll be back in the groove soon. Lovely stitching as always.

Christine said...

Beautiful stitching as always Sally, I particularly like those little JN sheep.
Sorry you are having tooth ache. Hope you get it sorted out soon. Sometimes wisdom teeth come out really easily so I'm hoping that yours is like that.

Anne said...

Lovely stitching and finishes Sally. So sorry to hear about your tooth problems. Those are never good :(

Anonymous said...

Hi Sally,
I love the bird you did for your friend.

Cute Christmas Sheep finish.

What an adorable treat bag.

I am sorry to hear of your FIL's passing.

Happy Belated Birthday to Jess.

I hope your trip to the dentist goes well.


Cindy's Stitching said...

sorry for all you have been going through and the passing of your FIL. Your pieces are really pretty.

BrendaS said...

Sally -- Love your Just Nan finishes and the Biscornu you are working on!

Hope your tooth starts to feel better soon:)

Suzanne said...

I have been feeling pretty blah about blogging recently, so I am only just catching up now on posts. All your stitching is looking fantastic and you have some very pretty finishes.