Saturday, 31 March 2007
Just remember tomorrow morning is April Fools time and don't get caught out. Have fun.
Friday, 30 March 2007
Please copy the verse and photo for your blog and carry on the chain of friendship! Leave a comment so we can all follow the chain...
Holding Hands. This picture shows a line of little girls holding hands facing the immensity of ocean waves. Alone they might be washed away, but together they stand strong. Thank you for holding my hand somewhere along the way when I was facing a wave of my own. I hope you will reach for my hand when your own wave threatens.
All of us girls...
Old and young... Near and far...
Hold special memories of good times we've shared.
We've had our share of hard times when our friends were there to make us feel better.
and our dreams...
Let us never break the chain of friends!I am thankful for precious moments... precious memories and precious friends...
Thursday, 29 March 2007
I am hoping to stitch some of The Quiltmaker over the next couple of days and then I am really looking forward to getting to April and doing the next part of Heirloom Christmas.
I have also signed up today with the The Absolute Mystery group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/The_Absolute_Mystery. I have no idea what the mystery will be like but we have to wait for the 1st April to find out. Whatever its like it will have to fit round Heirloom Christmas as that is my main priority for April. Also I am getting nearer and nearer to the end of my rota and really getting exited about starting Barnabee. Sally and Julie both said it was a joy to stitch. All in all as the end of March approaches I feel that I have achieved quite a lot this year. Of course I would love more stitching time but for what I have I feel that I am doing far better than I did last year.
Wednesday, 28 March 2007
Monday, 26 March 2007
Saturday, 24 March 2007
Friday, 23 March 2007
I spend some time with Oscar my four year old grandson, teaching him to stitch this afternoon. We are using plastic canvas and the full six strands of thread and he has a no 22 needle. He got on quite well, he seems fine at coming up from the back of the work but gets very muddled about where to go back in at the front, I was expecting it to be the other way round, lol thats how much Granny knows. As I was trying to teach him to keep his crosses all going the same way it was actually easier to turn his work upside down to make the return journey. We did two rows and then Grandpa came home and he lost interest in stitching lol. Still we hopefully will get another go tomorrow.
Thursday, 22 March 2007
Work on my church window was slow earlier today but late this afternoon my Thread Heaven suddenly disappeared, even though I had used it only minutes earlier lol. I couldnt be bothered to search for it so went and got a piece of wet tissue and ran down the thread as I had heard this method could be used on silk. Wow the improvement was noticable immediately, thread sliding through fabric far easier and not tangling at all. So despite finding my Thread Heaven again this is what I have been using, and I have got on so much quicker. I am hoping to get the large window done tonight.
Also want to thank everyone who leaves messages on my blog. Its nice to know you are reading my blog and I hope enjoying it, and when I have an off day it really bucks me up.
Tuesday, 20 March 2007
I got a fair bit more done and thankfully have almost finished the 823 colour. Feel like I've been stitching in navy forever.
I havent finished my church window yet but I am going to persevere and get it done before I move on to anything else as this will be hardanger church done and another finish, well got to add some bells too as I cannot find any bell charms that are just right.
Tomorrow I am going to be joining Sally in doing Serendipity which is a free design from Papillon Creations. This is in 9 parts but so far we only have 6 parts. I have been wanting to do this for a while, but when I saw Sally was going to stitch it I asked if I might join her, thankfully she said yes. Thanks Sally. Though Sally has already done two parts already, I am hoping just to get one part done each week, still plenty of time with not having all the charts yet anyway. I thought this might just give me the kick in the butt I was needing to get my stitching bug back, that and the fear of Mr Stick if I didn't do my UFO lol. So tomorrow Serendipity and then Thursday I shall return to my church window.
Monday, 19 March 2007
I only had one question and that was from Mo who wanted to know where abouts in Glasgow I lived. It was in Ibrox, almost opposite Bellahouston Park, which I looked over from my bedroom window. I still remember it as my Gran lived there until I was in my teens. When the children were younger I took them to show them where I had lived, and what a shock. What had been a nice area was almost a slum and there was a motorway running right across Paisley Road so there was no way I could get to take them over to the park.
I will hopefully find my stitching bug before tomorrow, ufo day, hopefully it will be the nudge I need to get me back into it.
Friday, 16 March 2007
I have not been idle though as I thought that while the stitch bug had deserted me (not for long I hope) I would tackle another job I have been promising to do for the last 12 months. First I listed my hardanger and speciality stitch charts and kits. Then I listed all my cross stitch charts and kits. It has certainly convinced me that I should not be thinking of buying any more charts for a very long time lol. The next job I have made a good start on but will probably remain an ongoing job for a very long time. I have set up a data base and I am slowly going through each cross stitch magazine I have listing all the charts, there designers, where they are in the mag, the size, what stitches they use and if beads/charms are used. I have then added a keyword section where i can note if they are suitable for card, quilt square, sampler etc and things they contain like snowman, flower, animals, scene, nostalgia etc etc. The idea is that when it is complete (lol if ever) instead of searching every magazine I own to find a chart i was sure I had seen, I will be able to type in a keyword or words and will get a list of the relevant charts. I will also know exactly which magazine they are in and even which page they are on. Some years ago I actually saw a package you could buy and type all these sort of details into and it was an astronomical cost for what it was, after all you had to do all the work inputting the information. I am just using plain old Access but I am sure it will do the same job.
Wednesday, 14 March 2007
I do seem to have got quite a bit done though so I am quite pleased.
Also I have been tagged by Claire today.
I have to tell you 5 things about myself, then you can ask questions of which I must answer 5 of them here in my blog, and then I have to tag 5 more people.
Firstly 5 things about me...
1. Although I have always been called Helen it is really my middle name, my first name being Margaret.
2. My Dad was a Scot and I lived in Glasgow until I was 4 years old. I was born prematurely in Derby while my Mum was down visiting her family and was 6 weeks old when we went back to Scotland.
3. I used to be a Guide leader
4. I would love to be able to sing. I love singing but am told that I am tone deaf and cannot hold a tune lol.
5. I am not in the least athletic so I am very proud of the fact that a couple of years ago I raised nearly £300 for the blind by abseiling down the Newton Tower at Trent University.
The five people I am going to tag are, Julie, Jane F, Edda, Mo and Chris.
I will look forward to your questions lol.
Monday, 12 March 2007
Friday, 9 March 2007
Last night we had a visit from my son and dil and a very subdued Oscar. He had been riding on a scooter at school when he had an accident and hit his eye against the handlebars. Ouch poor wee mite I felt so sorry for him, but I am sure he would have been the hero of the playground when he got to school today. If the picture taken last night is anything to go by he will have a real shiner to boast about today.
Tomorrow will see "Fairies At the Bottom of My Garden" come out of the box. Thank goodness this is a fun and relaxing one to stitch, so frog take note and please keep away for the next few days.
Wednesday, 7 March 2007
This afternoon I got back home after working this morning and shopping with my Mum this afternoon to find Mr Postie had bought my stash from the USA. I ordered from Needlecraft Corner on Julie's advise and they were really helpful. Must admit I was a little nervous about this order as I have never ordered from abroad before but if my first experience is anything to go by I won't hesitate again.
I got the rest of the threads I needed for Taj Mahal and the charms for Barnabee. The arrival of the charms means that Barnabee is all kitted up now (well have to find the fabric but I have plenty of that in stock).
I have been drooling over the beautiful Caron threads I am sure you will admit the colours are just gorgeous.
Just have to get the beads for Taj from the European Cross Stitch site now and that will be all kitted up to.
Monday, 5 March 2007
The weather has been wet, wet and more wet and we even have frogs in the front garden now. My water feature is still in its casing waiting for the rain to stop long enough to get the pathing etc sorted out and the wiring put in (probably in the reverse order) but nature has given me a different kind of water feature and my so called garden is just a lake at the moment. So it has been grey skies both inside and out for me over the last two days.
Tomorrow is UFO day, is it my imagination or is Julie speeding up the week so that it comes round quicker than normal. Oh well guess it will just help me finish my Celtic Spring quicker.
Sunday, 4 March 2007
I have just finished Spring on my Just Nan "4 Wishes" Sampler. Maybe because I havent been too well recently or what I don't know but this has been a pig and I have spent as much time frogging as I have stitching. The results are lovely though but I am quite happy to put it away for this time.
Now to Dimensions "Gracious Era". I love the picture but hate stitching this one but will try and stick with it for a couple of days.
On the bright side I got my kit up a freebie from Polly on Friday. She had sent me "Waiting for Spring" by Elizabeth designs and had also enclosed a chart for a bookmark she though I might like. Its lovely and its called Fluttering Sampler bookmark by Stitching The Night Away. I also got some linen threads, some Dragon floss and some lovely evenweave fabric. Thanks Polly.