Saturday, 29 December 2007
Been over to see Shiona again today and thankfully she is a lot brighter, far from being herself again but loads better than when we saw her Friday.
Oscar has had the same thing and when we went over yesterday he just lay on my knee, not his usually talkative and bouncy self at all. However I have spoken to him on the phone today and though he still sounds poorly that is more than he would have done yesterday.
Right I am off to make a start on Holland. Not sure whether it will be done before the new year but I do hope so.
Thursday, 27 December 2007
I liked the space I had with the last one, but my rota etc was at the bottom under all my posts and I hated that. Also over Christmas I couldn't add any of the little seasonal bits that I normally put in my sidebar.
If you do have any problems leaving messages or clicking on things then please feel free to email me and let me know and I will try and find something that does work.
Friday, 21 December 2007
Thursday, 20 December 2007
It was a nightmare I just couldnt get things to look right. In the end I found this little robin on a spade picture - far to long but I didnt need to have all the spade. I found a holly frame which I adapted to fit both sides. The little spikey border was in my easy cross border file and to fill in the gap I just did a double herringbone stitch as there was already a single herringbone in the chart so I thought it would blend in.
It then had to be stitched. The second bit of luck was that Mr Frog stayed well away but I did seem to keep getting knots in my threads (not something I normally have a problem with) but I guess when you are getting in a panic you maybe stitch differently. I eventually finished it at about 1.40 am. I just dropped it on the floor and crawled up to my bed. This morning I have added my name and the date and framed it so its now already for when she arrives about lunch time.
It was difficult getting a picture indoors the flash just diminished everything. So off I went to try my hand outside, in the freezing cold and still in my dressing gown but alas the morning is so dark and grey here that the flash was still going so in the end I tried taking a few at an angle. The results were not brilliant but this I think is the best of them. Would I have gone to this amount of trouble for anyone else but my darling daughter - lol I doubt it.
Ps I couldnt find a picture the right size to fit in the little box which I had left so I ended up doing the little choir boy 1 over 1 aghhh!!!!
Tuesday, 18 December 2007
I have been meaning to post it and just needed a break from stitching so thought while I took my break I would do it while I was thinking about it.
The second one is my daughters Christmas sampler. The little box on the right I have left blank at the moment as I dont like the picture that goes in there very much so once I have finished the other stitching I will try and find something else that will fit in there.
It is a shame you cannot see the sparkle in this one. The red on the tree is done in metallic and also the red bits in the wreath. The tall half cross stitches are done in silver ribbon and there is a metalic silvery blue thread for the bs bits in the snowflakes, so it looks quite pretty in real life.
I think I am just over half way now so I am hoping it will be finished within the next couple of days. I would like to get the main stitching done today and then be able to just add the beads and that tomorrow but I will have to see as unfortunately I do have other things I have to do today besides stitching. lol life does get in the way.
Thank you for the lovely comments especially about the post on my Dad, you all say such lovely things.
Monday, 17 December 2007
Sunday, 16 December 2007
I do have a chart which I am following rather loosely lol and I am quite pleased with the progress so far.
Hope to do some more today though I really must write my Christmas cards today or people will be getting them early for next year instead of late for this lol.
Once again I say thank you to all you wonderful people who take time to read my little blog and even more so to the ones who are kind enough to leave comments. I really cannot tell you how much these are appreciated.
Thursday, 13 December 2007
I have just finished stitching the new name and date and I am going to give it a wash before restringing it and getting it back in the frame. We are going to their house for supper on Saturday so I want it ready to take with me.
Last night we went to see Oscar in his school play. It was called The Christmas Dream, and was a new slant on the nativity as two children sat before the Christmas tree wondering what it had been like when baby Jesus was born, they then fell asleep and dreamt they were there. It was very good especially as they were only 5 and 6 year olds. Oscar was a narrator and stood at the side of the stage telling the story as it unfolded. Oh dear another proud Granny moment lol.
I am still doing stitching on Charlotte and will have to get round to another picture of her, though I have had a busy few days and so not much stitching. Today I have no where to go and no one to see and though I do have things that must be done (still two cards need making and most of the rest still waiting to be written) and could do with doing some of the rude HW word, I am going to find a bit of "Me" space and stitch for an hour or two.
Thank you for the lovely comments on Charlotte and Queen of the Needle, and thank you once again for visiting and taking the time to read my blog.
Monday, 10 December 2007
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Recently Barratt Homes launched a competition for schools. The children had to draw a Christmas card and the prize was to be £500 worth of art and craft things for the school.
Tonight my very excited little grandson Oscar has phoned me to tell me that out of all the schools in Derbyshire he has won first prize for his school. The school phoned his parents to ask permission for the local paper to visit the school tomorrow to take pictures and have told them that there will also be a prize for Oscar though they dont know at the moment what that is to be.
A proud granny will be scanning and posting the article when it is in the paper so watch for more lol.
Tuesday, 4 December 2007
The colours really do look lovely.
Took Mum shopping today and then went to have a look at the Christmas display at one of the local garden centres but it was really disappointing this year. They hardly had anything there and what they had was overpriced rubbish. We are going to the rival garden centre on Thursday so I am hoping that will be a bit better.
Tomorrow I have to go to the bank - with my passport - would you believe that when I went in to put a cheque in yesterday they said that my account was now "out of date" and they would transfer it to a new account for me. OK I thought thats OK but the stupid rules wont let them just do that I have to go in with proof of who I am to do it. What is more annoying as that account is no longer running they had to confiscate my book so I have no choice but to do as they wish if I want to get hold of MY MONEY. I felt like saying well just close the ****** account and I will go elsewhere but they are all the same and I would have had as much if not more palaver.
Not long back we wanted to open a new bond for Oscar and we had to get his birth certificate from my son and dil. As I pointed out to the dear lady who did this for us - any man (or woman) in the country can walk into a register office and say he wants to register the birth of a child they ask for the date of birth, the name and where the child was born, they ask for no proof whatsoever, so how the hell is a birth certificate proof on anything.
Oh dear I think I am turning into a Grumpy Old Lady lol but these people do seem to have a real knack for bringing out the worst in folks.
On that I am going back to stitch - another christmas card lol so that will cheer me up again.
Monday, 3 December 2007
The chart was Emie Bishop's 2001 Angel. The dress should be stitched as one piece with a small hole where the head fits but I stitched the back and the front seperately altered the hole to make a neckline and then stitched it across the shoulders. Also although the wing were very pretty hardanger I had to back them with some "iron on" stiffner stuff which has spoilt the effect a little. The little doll cost me £2 from Asda. Overall however, I am quite pleased with the effect and will take her with me when I go to Mums tomorrow.
Today was SAL Monday but I wanted to make a start on a couple of special cards I have to stitch (I know I'm a bit late but better late than never lol). Anyway I got one done this afternoon and I have made a start on Queen of the Needle tonight. It is lovely to be using some colour on it at last. I havent got a lot done but I am pleased with what I have and will try and take a picture tomorrow. I wonder if Sally has carried on with the colour or done the 2nd Corner. It is lovely to have someone to stitch with and fun to compare what we have done each week so BIG THANK YOU SALLY.
Terri and I have decided that next year we are going to make an early start on stitched cards and on the first Sunday of each month we are going to stitch one in our own little SAL - if anyone fancies joining then please do.
Its been a horrid day today the rain has hammered down and its been so cold. By three o'clock I needed to put the lights on it was like night time. Then some silly woman on the weather said its quite mild at the moment - where do these people get there forcasts, I sometimes wonder if they are in the same country.
Oh well thats my little moan for the day lol so on that note I will say goodnight and wend my weary way to bed.
Thanks for all your comments they really are so much appreciated.
Friday, 30 November 2007
Another new thing for me is I scanned the stitching rather than take a picture. I remarked to Sally that hers showed up better than mine and though I had tried I could not get a clear photo. She told me that she nearly always scans hers so I had a go and I must admit I am pleased with the results, so thanks for the tip Sally.
I am now back to my Christmas stitching which is not a secret as its for my Mum and she doesnt read my blog. It is a hardanger angel ornament which I am really enjoying. The only problem at the moment is having enough time to stitch as with trying to organise Christmas shopping etc.
I have already received two cards and gifts and I havent even thought that far ahead yet lol. Maybe we will get the Christmas things out the loft this weekend and then i will feel more in the Christmas mood.
I just have to pass on a recommendation. You remember I was waiting for a new 17" Q Snap frame from Lekker threads. Well after 3 months and without so much as an email to tell me anything my account was recredited with the money. So one afternoon I placed an order with a firm I found called Stitchdirect. About half an hour after the confirmation email I got another saying the order was despatched and imagine my amazement when it was through the door first thing the next morning. I was really pleased to at last get my big Q Snap frame. At the moment I have Ink Circles on it but it is really for Taj.
Speaking of Lekker I was told that the shop was closing and now I hear its reopening - did she not do that last Christmas too. Well here is one person who will not be using her again whether she reopens or not.
Just a quick note on health. I am fine again now I just seem to have odd days when things play up but I have wonderful and strong medication to get me out of pain fairly quickly so it doesnt last. But a big thank you to all the wonderful people who either posted comments on here or emailed me sending good wishes and hugs, you are all wonderful.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
I know there is no way I am going to get Heirloom Christmas done in time so rather than try rushing it and spoiling it I have put it on one side and will have another go after Christmas (sorry Jane).
I was going to make up for no pictures by showing you one of those that just come out at Christmas but I am on Keiths computer and my pictures are on mine so I cant even do that.
Will hopefully post again either Wednesday night or Thursday morning with an update on my Queen of the Needle SAL, but I am looking forward to seeing how Sally got on with hers this week.
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
Thursday, 1 November 2007
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Next in the rota is Hardanger House but first I really must do some on my Heirloom Christmas, what with hospital and then last weekend we had Oscar so I have two weekends to catch up on. Not sure that I will get that much done anyway as we really must get sorted out with what we want to pack etc this weekend.
Talking of holiday and stitching I had fully intended to take Ink Circles with me but it is really rather big to just get out and stitch on a coach or plane so I have decided that the new ones Jasmine and Amber are coming with me. They are only about
7 x 10 at the most so a much easier size to deal with. I have sorted out the fabric (aida was supplied and I hate aida) and I now have to sort out my conversion charts as the threads supplied are anchor and I really much prefer DMC. I do wish they had been available as just charts, is it only me that ends up re kitting kits lol?????
Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Also on the good side I ordered Amber and Jasmine yesterday from Choices Embroidery and was thrilled when they popped through the door this morning. They had emailed to say the order would be dispatched within the next couple of days but with free delivery on UK orders I expected them to be sent 2nd class and so was not expecting them to arrive until next week. Here is a pic though it really does not show them at their best and I would not have ordered them if I had not seen them at the recent Harrogate show. Just goes to show that its not only us who do not get the best from a photograph.
As I am having to use Keiths computer my time on here is quite limited so I am trying to visit other blogs but it is taking a while to get through them all so if I have not left you a comment recently I do apologise and will hope to be back to normal soon.
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
I had some lovely flowers from the girls at work today which was a nice suprise and really brightened my day.
I wanted to post a picture of Secret Garden but this is not letting me add one, umm will I ever get a blog that works for me as well as you lol.
I will have another try tomorrow but it certainly will not play tonight.
Monday, 15 October 2007
I have changed the blog template and it seems to be working now. I dont like this one but until I have the energy to sort out something else it will just have to do.
The painkillers I am taking are making me very sleepy and that is making it difficult to concentrate on stitching so I have moved on from Secret Garden. I didnt do badly but not as much as I would like done. Will try and post a pic tomorrow. Now on to the next in the rota which is Fairies at the Bottom of my Garden and as its just plain cross stitch it doesnt need too much concentration so I will stick with that until I have my pills sorted to a level where they are keeping me out of pain but not causing me to fall asleep all the time.
Thank you to all those who let me know that the link was not working for them and to those who it did work for and were kind enough to leave comments.
Sunday, 7 October 2007
I started Heirloom Christmas as a SAL with Elaine, but unfortunately she had to drop out and I have been ploughing on alone since then. Now however I have company once again and it has really spurred me one. I am finishing with Jane as a weekend SAL. We had agreed to do one line each weekend but we had both done row 27 on Saturday and agreed to go on and do row 28 as we were both enjoying it so much. Thank you Jane, you have given me the encouragement I was beginning to lack and I have really enjoyed stitching this weekend. Back to my rota tomorrow and it will be the turn on Loopylou's "Secret Garden". After my initial problems with this one I am looking forward to getting back to it now.
Thank you to all those who visit my blog and I do apologise to those who have been unable to leave comments since I moved to my new blog. I really have no idea what the problem is as some people have managed it and others havent. Having said that I have twice today been unable to post comments in blogs so maybe it is a general blogger problem. I do hope so and hope it will be sorted soon as I so love reading what you have to say.
Chiloe, I left messages on your blog hopefully answering the question you asked. If it was not clear please email me (link in my sidebar) and I will try to explain more fully.
Thursday, 4 October 2007
I have put Gracious Era away tonight but for once I really feel pleased with how I got on with this. I decided to scan and enlarge the part of the chart I was working on. Although I have an enlarged photocopy of this chart the symbols are not always easy to read and when they are you cannot always tell what colour they are supposed to be without constantly referring to the main chart which gets confusing at times - well it doesnt take an awful lot to confuse me at the best of times lol. I have just been working on the sky as I really feel that once I have the sky done the rest of it will be so much easier - or at least so much more interesting. Its a bit confetti like and so I am pleased that i have filled in all the gaps and got quite a bit more done besides.
I have a couple of bits I want to get out of the way tomorrow and I might actually make a start on my Heirloom Christmas weekend SAL tomorrow night as we have friends coming on Saturday night and we are expecting company on Sunday for tea so that will knock a whole load of stitching time out of my weekend. The next section has a lot of drawn thread work and re-weaving in it and Im very slow at that anyway.
Its been lovely and sunny here today and I took Mum out for an hour this afternoon. She is quite fascinated by the fact that she can actually see detail on things with the cataract gone from her left eye. Its very bloodshot at the moment and looks more painful than she says it feels but its so good to have her seeing things again. I think once the other one is done too it will really give her a new lease on life as she will be able to stitch and sew and paint again, things shes not done for a good few years now as her sight slowly seemed to get worse.
If you have tried to comment and been unable to leave a message then please email and let me know as I do not know how many people are having a problem with my new blog, and I will so miss all your lovely comments.
Wednesday, 3 October 2007
So I hope you like the new look blog. The picture is of the Baga river in Goa and is taken from a little riverside cafe that we often visit in the evenings when we are there. Our apartment is just a little further up the river from where this was taken and is just soooooo peaceful. I hope when my DH retires we will be spending a lot more time there during the winter - away from the cold, cold weather which I hate. Lol you will notice that we always have our holidays during the winter as I love my garden and like to be here when the weather is warm and I can be pottering around outside - OK so this year things went wrong and only the ducks were happy pottering about outside, but then this year was an exception I hope.
I might change the actual template again Im not sure but now I know how to do it I can play to my hearts content, though really I know I should be stitching lol.
On the stitching front I got line 26 of Heirloom Christmas done and I have done quite a bit on Gracious Era, mainly boring old sky but will try and stick with it for a couple of days and then start on Secret Garden after the weekend. I tried scanning part of the Dimensions chart and it has certainly come up better than the enlarged photo copy so this might make life a little easier and I might actually get a bit more done each time this one comes round in the rota.
Thank you to everyone for all the lovely comments you have left recently on both my finishes and my wip updates they really are appreciated.
Tuesday, 2 October 2007
Tomorrow I am going to try and do row 26 of Heirloom Christmas so I am at the same starting point as Jane when we start on Saturday to do our weekend SAL. Once I have done that I shall move back to my rota and the next one is Gracious Era - ugh, not that I mind the design but its a Dimensions and I do find the charts so difficult to read so I never end up doing very much on it. Still as I always say a little is that much less to stitch next time lol.
Sorry this is so short but I really am wacked and its midnight already.
Saturday, 29 September 2007
Thursday, 27 September 2007
The photo doesnt really do it justice and it looks lovely now its done. I hated stitching it and would never have finished if it hadnt been for joining the UFO SAL, on the Jaynes Attic Forum. Thanks to Julie and her friend Mr Stick I didnt dare not stitch lol.
I am bowing out of the UFO group for a while but will be back with them in the new year to do EMS Garden Alphabet.
I want to concentrate on my rota for a bit and also I have a new SAL coming up when I return from holiday as I am going to be doing Queen of the Needle along with Sally.
Tonight I have made a start on number one in my rota which is Just Nans, 4 Wishes and hope to be able to post a pic in a few days.
Thank you to all the lovely people who visit and comment on my blog, its nice to know I am not just talking to myself for a change lol.