Saturday, 21 November 2015

A 21st Birthday and Some Stitching!

Oh dear I seem to have neglected my poor little blog for a couple of weeks! So much for blogging once a week! I've been having a bit of a busy time of it preparing for this event!

Yes my youngest baby, Abigail, turned 21 last Monday! I seriously do not know where all those years have gone but she has grown into a beautiful, caring young woman who I am so proud of. Here are just a few photos.

So at this time of the month I would normally be doing a Stitch from Stash post but, sadly, Mel has had to step down from doing this. However I will still be keeping on with it myself for the rest of the year and also next year. So here is my report.

Carried fwd:£92.94

Spent: £25 ( last Shepherd's Fold )

Earned : £24

Balance carried fwd: £116.94

Onto my stitching now. Not a lot of stitching has been done this week as we went out for a meal at the local Italian / Mexican restaurant on Monday evening to celebrate Abi's birthday then on Thursday evening as an extra treat we went to Sheffield Arena to see Disney on Ice which was amazing!

Barb and I started our next Country Cottage Needleworks ornament which is Fa La La. This is my progress so far. I love this one so much as it has sheep on it of course!

I joined Mani Di Donna's Christmas contest on Facebook a while ago and have finally made a start on it. I'm stitching it on 40 count fabric using Carrie's Creations and DMC Variations. I need to get a move on as we have to have them all finished and made up by the 15th December!

Another one I have to get a move on with is my December Cottage! I do love how this one looks but December is my favourite month of the year!

I added just a few more stitches to Evergreen Lane. This house is huge so it'll take a while!

Of course no post is complete without my gorgeous robin! I'm making even better progress on him since I've stitching two evenings on him. He'll be coming out tonight and tomorrow night then I can get my 100 stitches in for the challenge on the HAED Facebook group. I have done far more than the 400 already needed already but the more I do the faster I can get him on my wall!

That is all for now. I'm going to catch up on a bit of blog reading now as I am way behind yet again!

Take care everyone and stay warm. We are having our first cold spell but no snow yet! Some parts of the country have it and, as always, I am disappointed that we don't lol!

With much love

Sally xxxx

Friday, 6 November 2015

Book Signing and Stitching!

As I mentioned in my last post Abi and I were going to our first book signing on Saturday. We were both nervous as we've never been to one before but when we got chatting to the author she was nervous as we were! Lol! I had seen her first book in WH Smith in Hull, not bought it then wished I had when I couldn't find it anywhere else. One day when we were in again we saw signed copies so bought one each. I read it pretty soon after and was totally hooked and thought I'd have to wait ages for the next book in the series. I was delighted when I read it was going to be the end of October. I was also excited to see she was doing a book signing.

So here is Abi and I with CL Coffey who is a local Hull author. I have a stupid look on my face as I was fed up of waiting for DH to take the photo with Abi's phone! Lol! 

And here is my book signed :)

Onto my stitching now. I have had two finishes and three new starts although I can only show one finish and two new starts. You will have to wait to see the others!

My new start was the next Anniversaries of the Heart which is Evergreen Lane. I managed to get a lot of the green bit of the border done. I am looking forward to getting on with this as it is so pretty.

New start no. 2 is my last cottage. Yay! I have loved stitching these but I am so ready to stitch something different! This is the December one. I'm not sure what I'll stitch after this but I have plenty of Little House and Country Cottage charts in my stash!

My finish is part 2 of the Shepherd's Bush Shepherd's Fold. I love these Fold pieces so much. I still need to get some fabric for my box! 

Shepherd's Bush Shepherd's Fold My Home Fob

As kitted.

I'll get it made up over the next few days hopefully.

Barb and I are, hopefully, going to get this ornament finished this evening then we can start Fa Lal La next week ( sheep!). Not many to go on these then we'll be starting ornaments from the JCS Christmas mags.

Finally my lovely little robin. I managed to get about 450 stitches done for the challenge so I was happy. Of course the more I do the nearer I am to a finish!

Not long now to Chris and I starting our December SAL. We have chosen LHN The Florist from the Hometown Holiday series. We have also chosen our December SAL for 2016! It's a new Country Cottage Needleworks one but I can't remember the name of it. Merry Christmas My Deer I think. 

That is all my news for this time. Hope you are all stitching, knitting or whatever craft you do, up a storm!

Until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxx