It has been a rather chilly past week here in the UK but it is so much better than the mild, rainy weather we have had. I have been so fed up of that and it looks like we're going to be returning to that at the weekend. Yuck! Unfortunately we didn't get any snow here on the coast where as other areas of the country did and I was very disappointed!
So, as the title of my post suggests, I have had my first two finishes of 2016. The first one was started last year but nevertheless it is still a finish this year.
Shepherd's Bush Shepherd's Fold Goodness and Grace ( as kitted)
I forgot to add the buttons but I'll do that and show it again once I've got it all made up. I am enjoying these fold pieces and am so glad I finally decided to sign up. I'll be starting Cherish Life tomorrow :)
Barb, Chris and I started our JCS ornaments SAL and I finished mine on Monday. Barb thought that mine was Legacy Designs Give Love For Christmas but it isn't! It is......
The Snowflower Diaries Pure Love
40 count sand linen
DMC & GAST.
Mistakes were made! I forgot I was using GAST for the leaves and stems so some of them are stitched with DMC! Duh!! Anyway they look OK so I am not ripping it out. I have decided on my February ornament but it's a secret so Barb can guess what it is but I will say it's from the 2015 mag again. Barb I think yours might be Little House Needleworks Snowy Days.
Last weekend I wanted to get plenty done on my lovely Robin but I just wasn't feeling it somehow and didn't get as much as I would have liked done. I'm hoping to make better progress as I'd love it finished for 10th February as that would have been my Dad's 87th birthday and 3 years since I started this piece.
Wednesdays are parlour nights although I didn't sign in last week so I must remember this week. I'm making slow but steady progress on CCN Countdown to Christmas. I'm enjoying this one and it's a nice easy one to do.
Last week I decided that I really needed to make the effort and get my Anniversaries of the Heart piece out again. I made a start on Evergreen Lane a bit ago then put it away but now it is back out again and I will, hopefully, stick with it until the whole piece is complete.
The Heaven and Earth Designs group on Facebook is running another challenge and this time it is 100 stitches a week over 10 weeks but they have to be done in 10 x 10 blocks diagonally. At first I wasn't going to join but then I thought if I get Mini Jolly Old Fellow out it'll get a little done on him and depending on what the rest of the challenges are over the year I can maybe get a couple of pages finished! So on Sunday for a couple of hours I stitched on him and got 400 stitches done. It was easy because there are only a few colour changes in the background!
This Friday Barb and I will be getting on with our sheep SAL and we are starting Sweet Violet by With Thy Needle and Thread. I have sorted my fabric so just need to do my threads then I'll be ready to go. I think I'll be using a mixture of the recommended threads and DMC as I know I only have a few of the recommended ones.
I am so sorry that I haven't visited your blogs yet but every time I think I'll do that something comes up and I don't get there. So, fingers crossed, I might just get to a few this afternoon once I've exercised.
Thank you visiting me and for all your lovely comments and I will, hopefully, be popping by to visit you later today :) Thank you for your good wishes for Abi.
Until next time.
With much love.