Friday, 4 October 2013

Lainey's Birthday, Stitching & A New Family Member

It's a been a wee while since I showed any stitching so thought it was about time I blogged to show you what I've been up to. I have to say that I was humbled by all the Pumpkins for Cathey posts that popped up last Friday and I was honoured to have taken part. Just goes to show there are some wonderful people in the stitchy blogging community showing our love and support for such an inspirational lady. 

Anyhow last week it was my dear friend Lainey's birthday. After much deliberating about what I should I stitch for her I came across a cute freebie on Facebook and decided yes that is perfect. I am very happy to say that Lainey loved it :)

Fearn Abbey Needleworks Little Lambs

Sparklies 32 count Pisces


Birthday Gift for Lainey.

I have had another two finishes. First my ornament for September for the Christmas All Year Round SAL. I must admit I have been thinking that I wouldn't do this again next year but now I'm thinking I will! I've enjoyed it so much and have 12 lovely ornaments at the end of the year. That is if I get my finger out and get them made up!

My Big Toe Designs His Gift

Can't remember the fabric


Started 3rd September 2013

Finished 17th September 2013

My other finish is this one. Need to add buttons.

Little House Needleworks Little Sheep Virtues Faith

32 count Vintage Country Mocha


Started 15th August 2013

Finished 24th September 2013.

Oooh just remembered I have another finish! Silly girl! How could I forget my SAL with Lainey, Mouse and the ladies in the parlour at Needlecraft Haven?!

Little House Needleworks Curly Q Ewe

36 count Flax linen

Crescent Colours & DMC

Started 22nd May 2013

Finished 25th September 2013.

WIPs now. My Lizzie*Kate Hearts and Holly Mystery Sampler is still not started but it will be, hopefully, tomorrow evening. I have to get a move on as the next part will be here in a few weeks.

On Wednesday with Barb and the ladies in the parlour at Needlecraft Haven I went back to stitching the Little House Needleworks Song of the Seasons mystery. I'm still on part one. No photo as I intended to blog on Wednesday and took my photos then! I have now almost finished part one :)

As I'd finally finished Faith I started Simplicity with Barb on Monday evening. I just got the sheep stitched. Hopefully this one won't be running away due to the grass dying off like the last one did! Patience finally arrived last week so at least Barb and I have another one in the pipeline when this one is finished. 

Barb and I started another SAL the other Friday :) I love my SALs with Barb as she is such a special friend and we have achieved so much since we started stitching together virtually a few years ago. We started the Jardin Prive free SAL Think Positive. I haven't finished the first part yet and I stitched the fence in the wrong colour but I'm not frogging it! I downloaded part 2 yesterday after Barb reminded me it was ready :)

I am getting on well with Cottage Garden Samplings January's Snowflakes. Really loving this. I am so glad I chose 40 count to stitch this one. I took it to craft group with me on Tuesday as I didn't have time to kit my ornament for October up before I went.

Finally a little progress on HAED QS Spirit of Winter Robin. I have to admit that I am enjoying my stitching so much more now I am sticking to just one HAED. I feel bad that none of my others are currently getting stitched but it's the way it is for now!

I am impatiently waiting for the Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue to drop through my letterbox. I subscribe through Country Designs here in the UK and the ornament issue is part of the sub. I know people who have ordered the single issue through them have received their copies so starting to wonder where mine is although Chris hasn't got hers either!

My plan next year was not to buy any charts and just buy fabric and threads when I really need them. Well that has now sort of flown out of the window! What should pop up on the Country Cottage Needleworks Facebook page but a new 9 part series called Frosty Forest. Now anyone that know me well will know I love Winter designs and as I love the sound of this I'm signing up for it. However it is ALL I am going to buy chart wise next year! Enough is enough and if I can go a year with just that series I shall be so proud of myself. I was going to do it this year but things happened and my stash treats have been a great comfort but next year I need to put on my big girls panties and just deal with it! Lol!

So I bet you're all wondering who the new family member is. Well here is he!


He is Abi's new little furry friend who came to live with us almost 2 weeks ago.He was only about 6 weeks old when we got him and hadn't been handled so we're going through the taming process. He is doing incredibly well though but is still a little nervous at times. He is quite a character and we love him to bits!

That's all my news for now. 

Until next time.

With much love



cucki said...

aww cute meeko..kisses..
beautiful stitching and very pretty projects.
huge hugs x

Grit said...

Wow a lot of news. All your projects are so wonderful.

Mii Stitch said...

Beautiful finish for Lainey's birthday!!! Love your new furry friend too... also I wouldn't want to dare touch him :D I'm a real chicken!! x

Vickie said...

Aww, Meeko is so sweet and soft! I had two hamsters as a teen, sweet pets!
Whew! You have a LOT of stitching going on! I am so glad to see your pretty Robin in honor of your father. =)

Yuko said...

Mmmmmm, He is so cute!
I'm sure you'll have wonderful time with him!!

Margaret said...

So many beautiful finishes! Lovely WIPs too! Meeko is adorable! Hope the taming process goes well!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Oh, Sally, what a post full of goodies! What do I comment on first! The sheep are adorable... I really, really like the My Big Toe one... I like your "Faith" better than the one on the package (I might have to stitch it now!)... Curly Q turned out adorably!... Your robin is GORGEOUS... Meeko is TOO sweet... and I want to stitch the CCN Forest one, too!! : ) WHEW!!

Take care of yourself!!!


gracie said...

Love all the stitching. The little addition is cute, but .... hope you keep us updated on his progress.

Beth said...

Perfect stitch for Lainey. Did you know there is a SAL and blog for the Country Garden Sampling series - Parsley runs it. Welcome to the newest cute member of your family.

Shirlee said...

Aw, Meeko is so cute : ) Lovely finishes & WIPs! I just stitched that ornament by My Big Toe & love it. I will have to look into that Winter Forest series ... sounds right up my alley : )

Kay said...

I love the idea of the Frosty Forest series, looks like I'll be spending more money soon!

Michelle said...

Oh Sally your new little family member is just so cute and plays to the camera well. As always your stitching is lovely xx

Belinda said...

Lots of beautiful stitching Sally, you've been busy!

Linda said...

Great finishes and progress on all your pieces Sally. I love your new family member.


Sharon said...

Such lovely finishes Sally and welcome to your sweet new family member Meeko! Such a neat name.

Ellen said...

Wow, so many beautiful finishes! I am doing the Think Positive SAL too, love it!

Love Meeko, he is cute!


Christine said...

Fabulous finishes there Sally. The little hamster is very sweet

Barb said...

Hi there Sally,
super duper stitching ,and oh Meeko is so sweet. Lovely post and thanks for sharing it all with us. I have a lady on Think Positive now she has her umbrella , and I have just looked up to see it is raining so she will need it. lol.
Take care and we will speak soon.

Julie said...

Sweet new addition to the family, they are such fun to watch.
Lots of lovely stitching, you've been busy, lovely gift for Laineys birthday.

ricketyjo said...

Lovely stitching, all your finishes are beautiful!

Emma/Itzy said...

lots of stitching progress, well done! Your robin looks wonderful, as do all the projects.

I am the same, I really need to stop buying so much stuff and actually get to stitching them, I am only going to buy thread and fabric and actually get some of these charts in my stash stitched...I still have over two months where I can spend though :D lol.

Your new addition is so sweet! :)

Anne said...

The pumpkins for Cathey was so wonderful to see on everyone's blogs. I'm blown away too. Such lovely stitching you have been doing Sally. I love the HAED progress and makes me think of putting a couple of stitches on mine! Hello Meeko! He is a little cutie pie1

Shebafudge said...

Gosh! What a lot of beautiful stitching. All your finishes are lovely and you have great projects on the go. I really like the colour of your fence in your Positive Thinking SAL. I am enjoying stitching that one :)

Myra said...

You have been busy and it is all so pretty. Such a sweet gift you made for Lainey. Meeko is a real cutie!

Lesleyanne said...

Welcome to Meeko. Such a cutie. Beautiful finishes Sally. Your wips are coming along gorgeously.

Mouse said...

awwwww meeko is adorable and is a real sweetie for the camera ... stitching is gorgeous as ever and love the wee giftie for Lainey and you do know that the best laid plans of mouse's and Sally's don't go to plan
have a wonderful stitchy week :) love mouse xxxxx

Karoline said...

Gorgeous finishes, congratulations

Your other projects are looking lovely, great progress

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Well dear Sally, you always have so much stitching to show, I don't know on which to comment first! LOL! I certainly adore your Sheep series finish and new start! And Bo Peep is cute as a button, well done there! Your HAED...looking stunning as well! But the stealer of the show this week is certainly Meiko! How cute!

Catherine said...

What a perfect sheepy gift for Lainey!! All of your stitches are lovely. What a sweet little furbaby...

Carol said...

So good to get caught up on all of your beautiful stitching projects, Sally--you sure have been busy! And what a sweet new family member--I'm sure Abi is just thrilled with little Meeko :)

Andrea said...

A lovely gift for Lainey. Beautiful finishes. You have some great progress on your WIPS too.

Thanks for the notification on the new CCN series!! Naturally I had to join!!

Love the new member. So cute.