Saturday, January 31, 2009

Competiton closing

Just a quick post, to say my competition will close at the end of today, so if you want to enter please leave a message on that post. Or if you want to change your guess, just leave a message on that post.

Can you believe it's February tomorrow! There's not been much stitching happening here in the last few days, I've just been so tired.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Valentine Exchange received

This morning the postman delivered a package. And here's the photo, a lovely Valentine exchange from Gwen. Thank you Gwen I love it. It's a scissor fob with Four Little Hearts design by Indigo Rose, and in my favourite pink and green too. And Gwen included Mill Hill beads, fabric and DMC thread. I'm going to hang this fob in my bedroom.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

SWAK update

Sealed with a Kiss
Blue Ribbon Designs

Just a quick update photo for you. I'm still loving this, and have plans to get it framed - something I rarely do. I had a new start last night, but I can't show you it yet, it's a secret, but I'll tell you it's Valentine related.

I need to go and get the ironing done now, and then I'm going out to a Charity Bingo, so there'll be no stitching for me tonight. I'll look forward to tomorrow night though, when I plan to finish my needle roll.

Monday, January 26, 2009

JN Sunday update

Band 2 and half of Band 3 now completed. I did have a visit from the frogs, but I a loving the colours of this one. Tonight I'll be stitching on this months needle roll, well I'm hoping to finish it, I only need to put the lace on, sew on some beads and a charm, and stitch it together, which I will do by hand. I already know which needle roll I will do for next month, and it may be linked to Valentines Day. I'm in the mood for some more hearts.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

More UFO stitching

TW - Noah's Ark

More UFO stitching with Let's Stitch Friday night SAT. I intended stitching another pair of animals, and started on the next square, but I was too tired for that over one stitching. So I added more of the border, see my post from last weekend to see the progress.

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. And I forget to tell you in my last post that I had my first finish of the year. I can't show you what it is yet, as it's travelling a long way. It was for a Valentine Exchange, so I'll be able to show you when it reaches it's destination.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Another birthday gift

Last night a neighbour came knocking with a box from the US for me. I was excited, as this year I joined the Stitching Bloggers Birthday Club, organised by Edgar, and this was my present. Sorry about the photo quality, but I did take them in the shadows of the electric light last night. As you can see I now have a small Scrap booking album, with stitched insert, together with scrap booking adhesive, pens and scraps (100 sheets of card to use when scrap booking). I did have a go at scrap booking once about 3 years ago, at a local shop that had not been open long, and I made a sheet for their wall - the shop has since closed down. My present was from Margaret, and she also sent me notelets, magnetic memo pad, and memo pad with pen, all by Laura Ashley.
Margaret tells me she was making me a pinkeep, but had a disaster, so had to turn to Plan B. Thank you Margaret, I think a scrap booking album was a unique idea.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Birthday Gift and an Award

Today is my birthday, so Happy Birthday to me. And just look at the wonderful gift I received from Sally. I just love it. This design was on my wishlist, and it was only Friday that Sally was asking me when my birthday was. I usually keep quiet about it. Little did I know she was already stitcing away! Not only did Sally stitch the pinkeep/scissor keep, she also included the scissors, and they are beautiful. It's funny, but it was only Friday we had a conversation about scissors, I think I'm becoming a collector. I'm just in the middle of ordering some Gingher's. I'm orderin my self stash - a present to me. I won't say how old I am, but I am now starting the countdown to the big one - five oh, oh no. I'm not sure how I became this age, I'm only 20 in my head! Apologies for the poor quality pictures, and I have no idea why the photo of the back (below) appears pink. Taken within a minute of each other, same place, same lighting - who knows?.

And now for an award. I was given this by Dawn, and I was thrilled, so as part of this I need to list my top 5 addictions, and also give the award to 5 bloggers-which is always the hardest part. I just love so many blogs, but I will choose 5, but please don't be disappointed if you're not on there, it doesn't mean that I don't love your blog any less.

My 5 addictions are:

1. My children - I love them to pieces
2. Chocolate - I could live on it
3. Stitching - I could stitch all day
4. The Internet - I could browse all day
5. Shopping - for stash - is there any other shopping?

5 awards to

Carol S

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Just Nan Sunday - update

This is my progress pic for tonight's stitching, this means Band 1 is now completed, not sure how many there are altogether.

I've also stitched an exchange piece this weekend, so hope to get that made up tomorrow night, and ready for mailing.

And for those that wondered - I made it to Sally's on Friday afternoon, and we had a nice stitching chat.

Oh, and nearly forgot, there's still time to enter my blog competition, and have something made for you, by me, see my post on 11th of this month - you need to leave a comment on that post to enter, or if you have my email address you can email me your guess.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

UFO stitching and a Christmas Exchange

Last night was my UFO stitch night, and I got another pair of animals done - the pigs. This is the second time I'd stitched these, the first time had to be frogged, and after that this piece became a UFO. Here's the before pic, for those who wanted to see the full thing.

And here is the after pic, I also back stitched the horns on the Big Horn Sheep.

And here is an exchange I received before Christmas. I took part in the Christmas bag exchange on Judy O'dell's board. As it was organised late, it was decided to not do an ornament exchange as there wasn't a lot of time for stitching if people were already tied in to other exchanges. And Judy gave us an incentive to join in, there would be a $75 drawing for the completed exchanges. The idea was to give a bag and gifts. There were some really lovely bags, but look what I got. I received a Nantucket basket, complete with kit to stitch the top with my initials, and there was a Charles craft mini stocking, some Sky blue linen, Waterlillies thread, 2 skeins of Ecru DMC, a cute Mill Hill reindeer magnet, a couple of tuck pillows, a mini Christmas ornament kit, and a Mill Hill Silk angel kit. I just love the basket, and have already stitched the top. I'll show you it when it's finished and stuck on the basket. The instructions also include how to make a bag lining, so I'm hoping to do that too.

Here's a pic of the goodies I sent to Becky, I originally planned to make a bag, but time was not on my side, so I bought a green velvet one, with bells on it, silver lace, and a silver rope with tassels. I was late posting too, but it made it there on Christmas Eve - phew. I made a scissor fob using some beads I bought from the NEC, or was it the Knitting and Stitching Show. I did do some beading last month, and made some ear-rings. I'll have to get you some pics.

Friday, January 16, 2009

JN Sunday and WIP's

Here's my progress pic from Sunday. I've only worked on this one once before, back in October, and then I completed the white on the right. I was not keen on this, I think it was the stitching of DMC#8 on the linen, it makes it fluff, and not so neat, but now I'm passed that I love the colours. I can't wait for Sunday to work on it again.

And here's my progress on SWAK, I've stitched lots more squares, and now need to fill them in. The last square I filled in needs to be frogged, and that's why I went back to the outline. Easy stitching when you're watching the telly.

And here's SB Garden Roll, I've nearly finished this one, just need to stitch the lace on, and some more beads, and the sun charm of course.

It's 7.40 am, and it's time to head off to the supermarket for the weekly shop. This afternoon I'm going to visit Sally. The last time we planned this, my car wouldn't start, and once before I didn't get there due to car problems, so fingers crossed.

Thanks to everyone who's entered my competition, and if you haven't please join in, there's plenty of time left - see post below.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Blog competition and New WIP's

Here's my blog competition, and I hope you will all join in. This maybe a little different to other blog competitions, and it will be a long time before you receive you prize, but it is just for fun, and I really do hope you will all join in. So, what do you have to do, well all you have to do is guess - How many things I will finish this year? That is right up to midnight on 31.12.09.
I have no idea, but I hope your guesses will give me some encouragement. A finish will be something I stitched in previous years, and make into something (just framing it won't count-unless I make the frame myself), it could be something I complete the stitching on this year, and may have started this year or previously. Or something else I make and complete (not stitched). I hope that makes it clear. All you have to do is leave a comment on this posting. Entry closes on 31 January 2009. I will list entries on the side of this blog. The prize will be - something I stitch just for you. Any questions - just shout. (Carol, Pam, Jackie - you can all join in too - you know who you are!)

Now, here's some stitching to show, my New Years Eve start - as I don't go out on New Years Eve, I like to have a new stitchy start, although it nearly didn't happen this time, as I'd been at work in the day, and had a headache, but I forced myself to get some material out and cut it, and that was after 9pm, so a bit of a late start, but I'm loving it. It's called Sealed with a Kiss, and is by Blue Ribbon Designs, I bought the pattern in 2006, and have been wanting to start it for a while. I'm using 40ct white linen, and loving stitching on this fabric, and I'm using the recommended threads. When I started I was thinking I'd do 10 squares a week, but I couldn't put it down. There's 100 squares altogether.

Next up, is Shepherds Bush Garden Roll. Sally and I have decided to do a needle roll a month, so this is my first one. I was going to do the Millenium Roll this month, but when I went to get it out the stash, this one shouted the loudest. I suppose I'm dreaming of Summer. As the temperature soared upwards to -2 yesterday! Although today we now have 9 degrees, and expect some rain, which will be a change. Anyway, I started this one last night.

Friday night was Becky's SAT, I joined the Let's Stitch blog when Becky set it up, with the idea of digging out some old UFO's. I don't think I've blogged my progress on them on my blog, but I will try from now on. I did give the last few Fridays a miss though. So this UFO is Teresa Wentzler's Noah's Ark, and was started many years ago, but I have made good progress by joining in the SAT. As you can see, I completed another square, although I need to back stitch it yet. If you're not familiar with this, there are 22 squares surrounding the ark, and they all contain pairs of animal's stitched over 1.



I'm also hoping to return to my Just Nan Sunday's, maybe I'm turning into a rotation stitcher? That's it for now, but I still have some Christmas stuff to share, so hope to be back with those soon. I'm off to get the JN out.

Friday, January 09, 2009


Just a quick post to wish you all a Happy New Year. I've not really been on the PC much, and I have loads of photo's to share, but just need to get them organised, uploaded etc. Hope you all had a nice relaxing Christmas.

I going to hold a little blog competition, and the prize will be something made by me. So please come back soon to check out what it is.