Saturday, 17 January 2015

Where's My Snow! Lol!

Hello from a rather chilly England! No snow where I live unfortunately but other parts of the country have it. I'm still hoping that we'll get some soon. It's going to be very cold over the next few days so you never know what might happen.  This time two years ago we had lots of  snow. I remember it well as two years ago on 14th my Dad passed away. I still miss him so much. Life has not been the same since.

Anyway let's talk about stitching as that is what you're here for. Barb and I started our second SAL and have now had 2 Fridays stitching on Country cottage Needleworks Angels from the Classic Ornament Collection.  I noticed last night that I'd made a mistake on the vine under the angels which means that my middle angel is higher than it should be but I'm not frogging anything! It will stay as it is as it's not too bad! This is stitched using the recommended fabric and threads as when I signed up for the auto I chose to get the fabric and hand dyes needed. Mainly because I liked the red used on this one!  I plan on finishing it the way Vonna did so I bought the ribbons in Harrogate.

My robin has been getting a little more attention so it's growing slowly but surely. Lisa is stitching up a storm on the piece she's stitching with me and it looks amazing!

Speaking of Lisa it was her birthday yesterday and this is what I stitched for her.

Shakespeare' s Peddler Jenny Bean's Pin Tuffet

40 count Sand linen


Birthday gift for Lisa.

I am very happy to say that Lisa loves it . I am disappointed in my finishing as there is still red showing on the tin lid . I didn't get the top glued in the right place. One day I will get this right.

After several weeks on hold while I tried to get other stitching out of the way I have finally picked up August's Poppy again. I have loved getting back to this as it's so pretty. Hopefully I'll get another good evening on it tomorrow but Abi has got me addicted to Dragons Rise of Berk game and I have to keep checking my progress!

A little more progress on Spell of the Moon with Barb now. I ran out of CC Black Coffee so asked Karla at The Patchwork Rabbit to add one to my next ornament auto and guess what?! I had a skein in my stash! I didn't like to ask her not to bother and I'm sure, when it arrives, that it'll get used at some point!  

As I'd finished the February cottage last week I started the March one on Tuesday. This is another one that has such pretty colours in it.

Frosty Forest is going quite well. 

Finally a little more progress on my SAL with Chris. She has finished hers and I'm excited to see how she finishes it off. I am slow on it now as  Barb and I have started our SALs and I've gone back to August's Poppy so I just stitch on it on a Thursday evening now but I've had a birthday gift to stitch as well.

Speaking of  birthdays it is with great regret that I'm going to have to cut down on the amount of birthday gifts I send out. I have thought long and hard about it and have realised that I can no longer do so many due to postage costs etc. I will still be sending some but just not as many.

Oooh I almost forgot! CCN Needlework Shop is ready for display! Just have to do The Tearoom next. I think they will hang on my landing.

Apologies for so many photos. I may have a change of the way I work my rotation once Frosty Forest and the Garden Journal are finished so that I'm not stitching on so many. I will see how I feel :).

Great news for Jess this week as on Wednesday she received a phone call from The Card Factory to go for an interview on Thursday. She must have made a good impression during her time there as a temp as she starts next week on a permanent contract. It's a minimum of 8 hours a week. She is really pleased and so are we. 

That's all my news for  now. I've been steadily catching up on blogs but still have a few I haven't visited yet but rest assured I'll be there eventually!

Take care everyone and stay warm.

With much love

Sally xxxx


Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Wonderful post with beautiful stitching, Sally! {{Hugs}} for you right now missing your Dad. Certain times of the year are harder, I know. So excited for Jess! I'll bet you are all thrilled. Hope you get your snow soon!


Petites xxx et Cie said...

Nice progress! Love too much Shakespeare's Peddler Jenny Bean's Pin Tuffet... lucky friend!

WendyCarole said...

I love frosty forest.

We have had snow on and off all day. It will be lethal if it freezes tonight.

butterfly said...

Lovely stitching on all , love the round box and the Christmas heart so pretty .
You have worked on so many beautiful designs , love every thing that you stitched. Stay warm.

Catherine said...

Love seeing your progress!! The Jenny Bean finish looks perfectly perfect to me! Made with love and that is what counts! Good news for Jess!

Ali said...

Lovely pics and congratulations on your daughters job and even better a permanent contract! Ali x

Linda said...

Lovely post as always Sally. I so enjoy reading your posts every week. Your stitching is amazing and you always get so much done on them.


Daniela Bencúrová said...

I admire you Sally! Suddenly embroider so much! I always only one:-)
We have weak winter:-)))

Vickie said...

I am so glad for Jess. :)

Maggee said...

Hooray for Jess on securing a position from her temporary job in the holidays! That is BIG! All of your stitching is fabulous, as always! Hope you get your snow soon! Me--not so much! Hugs!

Margaret said...

Beautiful stitching! Congratulations to Jess -- so happy for her!

Kay said...

Congrats to Jess!! I always like to see how much stitching you get through, and I must admit to not frogging a lot of things as sometimes if you can't tell then I don't care.

Christine said...

Now snow here either Sally, don't want any now either as my frogs have spawned.
Lovely stitching, and your little angel is hovering, which is fine because that's what angels do :)
Congratulatiosn to Jess, that is wonderful news

Clare - Aimetu said...

Beautiful stitching as always and there is certainly no need to frog your angel. I agree about postage costs, they are certainly increasing at a fast rate. It's a shame when it impacts on other things.

Mary Ann said...

I always enjoy seeing your stitching and finishes, Sally! Congratulations to Jess!!

Julie said...

Frosty forest is grieving well.
Congrats to Jess on the job.

Barb said...

Hi there Sally, Wow what a lot you have achieved I love the sal you are doing with Chris very festive. You are a little ahead of me on both our Sals, hope to catch up soon. The gift for Lisa is another special gift for a friend ,I wish I could get the hang of the ribbon finish like you do - I will keep trying .
Hope you get your snow ,it is mighty cold down here today but bright sunshine.Speak soon
Much love Barb x

Anonymous said...

Hello Sally,
Your Angels ornament is coming along nicely. I can't wait to see it completed.

I love your robin the colors are just beautiful.

What a sweet finish for a birthday present. Looks great.

All of your WIP's are coming together.

What an adorable finish on your CCN.

Have a great week!

Justine said...

Beautiful stitching. You've made good progress on so many things! I love the CCN one and the one you are stitching with Chris. Well done to Jess on her new job xx

Hazel said...

Beautiful projects Sally and I love your tin you made for Lisa and I think the finishing is fantastic! Better than I could do. xx

Angela P said...

Congrats to your Daughter on her new job! Love all your projects :)

Jackie said...

Lovely stitching! i stitched the JB pincushion and plan to do the Angels piece too.

Congrats to Jess! I hope she gets all the hours she wants!

Lois said...

We've had no significant snow either Sally although parts of N Ireland have had loads! As always, I love seeing all your WIP's - nice progress on them all! Congrats to Jess on the job - hope she gets lots of hours!

Mii Stitch said...

Great stitching & progress! Your CCN finish is just so sweet & congrats to Jess, what a fantastic news :)

Miamina said...

Gorgeous stitching on so many projects!

Thinking of you at this difficult time of year!

gominam said...

Frosty forest looks so nice, so is the robin, actually, all of them. You've been really busy with stitching! Keep it up.

Ellen said...

Beautiful wips! Love the gift for Lisa!

So excited for Jess, it's great to be on a permanent contract.

I am blogging much less now, have not been updating my blog since last year ha ha! But I am still stitching, hoping for an ornament a month!


Carol said...

So happy for Jess, Sally--what great news :) And such lovely progress on your stitching--such a sweet gift you made for Lisa, too!

Kate said...

Sally I always enjoy your updates, love seeing all your progress. I'm hoping to work on more stitching& quilting projects this year.
Looking forward to seeing how your Christmas SAL turns out.

Michelle said...

Oh my goodness I love love love Beerenherz in Winter its stunning Sally. Well done. Give Jess a hug for me. I for one understand about the birthday gifts - I really cut down on sending christmas gifts last year especially overseas and this year I shall be cutting down on birthdays and christmas also so I understand. Snow forecast here this evening xx

Brigitte said...

Oh, please, Sally, don't apologize for the number of pictures you show in your post. It's so great so see your beautiful stitching and all the finishes you have had.

Andrea said...

Wonderful stitching, love seeing your progress.

I can't commit to birthdays and Christmas so I only gift at Christmas. Besides I'm sure I would forget a birthday!

Hooray for Jess, great news!

Frances N said...

All of your stitching is lovely! I especially like the Jenny Bean!

Pam in IL said...

So much beautiful stitching! I think the angels look great, even with the center one higher than it should be.