Monday, 6 May 2013

Happy Birthday Michelle!

Last Friday was my lovely friend Michelle's birthday. I was contemplating what to stitch for her when I remembered this design from the Jan/ Feb issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine. I wanted to stitch it in one of Michelle's favourite colours so rather than being subtle about it I just asked her what her favourite colours were lol! So here is what I stitched.

Homespun Elegance Family, Friends, Faith Forever

Unknown 28 count fabric

Thread Pickerz Silkz Peacock Blue.

Started 16th April 2013

Finished 23rd April 2013

Birthday Gift for Michelle.

I had a finish last Monday. It should really have been finished the Monday before but I got distracted! This my SAL with my dear friend Barb

Little House Needleworks Little Sheep Virtues Love

32 count Vintage Country Mocha linen


Started 1st April 2013

Finished 29th April 2013

The next sheep, Peace, arrived last week so we'll be starting that one tonight. I've got to sort my fabric yet but that won't take me too long!

I haven't taken any photos of my HAED progress from last week so will save that for another post. I managed 7 rows on page 13 of Guardian and am getting on well with QS Holly Fairy.

Mouse and I are still SAL-ing on Shakespeare's Peddler Gentle Stitches. I managed to stitch a few of the flowers on Wednesday.

Typing of Mouse I received a surprise package from her. She had been on a stitchy weekend to Whitby and look what she sent me! A lovely piece of sheep fabric and a sheepy button ( she knows me so well!) but look what else! She found my marbles and sent them back to me! Now I lost my marbles long ago and it's so good to have them returned to me! LOL! Thank you so much Mouse. I did email you to say a huge thank you so hope you received it :)

I'm way behind on my April ornament for the Christmas All Year Round SAL. Yep still stitching on it and it's now May. How on earth did that happen???? So I'll most probably be late starting and finishing my May one and on it'll go! I'm going to take it to craft club tomorrow and try and finish it.

It has been a lovely Bank Holiday weekend here in England but it looks as though it'll be downhill after tomorrow with cold weather, winds and rain forecast. I hate to say this ( please don't shout at me!) but I do not like the hot weather. I don't want it cold as we've had a long winter but it's too hot for me today! DH and I went to my Dad's house this morning to cut the grass and tidy the garden a little so that it looks presentable for when people view the house. It just makes me feel so sad when I see it empty and my Dad not there. I just want him back. 

Until next time take care everyone.

With much love.

Sally xxxxx


cucki said...

All your stitching is so pretty..
Sending you big hugs x

Shirlee said...

I want my dad back too Sally. One day we will see our dads again : ) Your gift for Michelle is beautiful ... I'm sure the loves it! Very pretty SALs, & what a nice gift from Mouse! I'm glad you had a lovely Bank Holiday! You surely know I agree with your opinion of hot weather. We are getting a blessed few days of cooler temperatures thanks to the rain. Have a great week my friend!

Vickie said...

Glad to see your are still in the stitchy mood Sally. Just a wonderful gift for Michelle. Take care of yourself and a big hug to you!

butterfly said...

Love the stitched gift to michelle, such a lovely colour.
The lamb is so pretty just love him.
I also hate going down to my Dads house to cut the lawns , most times I send my DH, I hope we can sell is bungalow this year .So I can move on.sending you big hugs.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Sally what beautiful finishes! Especially Michelle's bday gift!

FYI I did receive the chart you sent I haven't had time to stitch it yet but I will and pass it on too!

Mii Stitch said...

Lovely stitching sweetie!!! You are right, today has been a very hot & sunny day in Shropshire too!! What a change. I found it too hot for me, especially after a walk to the local town center... We are never happy with the weather, aren't we? x

Karoline said...

Michelle's gift is lovely, congratulations on finishing this & your virtue.

Nice progress on gentle stitches

Pam in IL said...

Beautiful stitching, Sally. I miss my Dad too. I also had to take care of the house before it was sold. Every time I went in there, I cried. Like Shirlee said, we'll see them again.


Pull the other thread said...

Beautiful stitching Sally. Take care of yourself.

Petitesxxx et Cie said...

All your stitching is perfect!

Lesleyanne said...

Gorgeous stitching Sally especially Michelle's gift. Look forward to seeing your progress on your HAEDs. Sending hugs your way xxx

Kate said...

Lovely finishes Sally and a great gift from Mouse. It is hard to return to a place where you would have seen your Dad, try to keep in your heart that he is not suffering any longer. Hugs x

Fiona said...

A lovely pretty gift for Michelle. Your 'Love' virtue looks lovely. Your gift from Mouse is very cute. I was trying to think of something to say to cheer you up, but nothing as coming to mind, sorry.

Kaisievic said...

Lovely finishes and big hugs to you. xoxoox Kaye

Linda said...

Congrats on the great finishes Sally. Your SAL piece is looking good.


Margaret said...

Lovely stitching! Love your gift to Michelle and Mouse's gift to you too!

Ellen said...

Beautiful gift for Michelle! Love your sheep! I also want to start this series ha ha!

Hugs n take care,

Christine said...

I saw the birthday present on Michelle's blog, it is gorgeous. Lovely finish on the sheep too.
I did laugh at Mouse sending you your marbles.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Beautiful stitching - a great gift for Michelle.

Hugs x x

Maxine said...

Beautiful stitching as always Sally. I love the colour thread you used for Michelle's gift. I agree with you about the weather I much prefer it when it's cooler, this house we moved into last year has the sun on it all day and ends up like a greenhouse by teatime not good when you want to sit and stitch! I'm glad to hear you got your marbles back lol. Sending you ((hugs)).

Carol said...

I saw your gift for Michelle on her blog--just beautiful, Sally!! I love the sheep finish, too--must add those to my "to be stitched" list!

Brigitte said...

What a lovely gift you stitched for your friend.
I don't like hot weather either I always prefer cooler temperatures even if it means some rainy days, lol.

Julie said...

Super stitched gift for Michelle

Barb said...

Super gift for Michelle Sally love the colour. Your stitching is lovely as usual. Started Peace on Monday sitting in the corner, loving it already.
E mail coming soon.

Catherine said...

Lovely work! Your gift for Michelle! I so laughed about the marbles!! Great goodies from Mouse. Big hugs to you!

Mouse said...

so pleased I made you smile :) gorgeous gift for Michelle and I am still plodding on with our sal .... been quiet as my computer is poorly sick and I can only sneak on DH's when he is not here
hopefully photos and blog update at the weekend :) love mouse xxxxx

Michelle said...

I will treasure my gift Sally its beautiful thank you. Love Mouse's gift to you thanks for sharing your lovely photos xx

Andrea said...

A lovely gift for Michelle. The colour is so pretty. Mouse sent you some great items, so you!
Can’t wait to start stitching my sheep, perhaps next year.

Stitchingranny said...

I am trying to catch up and have been reading the posts i missed from you - i need a minimum of 48 hours a day. I just love the shakespeare's peddler design you are working on and Holly is growing quickly now and looking very good.

Solstitches said...

What a beautiful design you chose for Michelle. It's gorgeous as is the little Sheep Virtue piece.