Wednesday, 30 January 2008
For the above reason I didnt get a lot done on Queen this week so Sally is well in front of me again. I like what I have done though and it is such a pretty project that it would be hard not to enjoy it. However I hope I get on better next week as I was really looking forward to stitching the Bunny Rabbits.
With regards to the EMS 2008 Challenge I have been playing and making little blocks of colour that I thought might look right. No 1 is the original one I wanted to use. 2 is CC Dusky Rose, 3 is SSS Organic Raspberry, 4 is SSS Rose Hip, 5 is DF Impulse, 6 is SSS Fruit Punch and 7 is SSS Organic Strawberry. At the moment I am drawn between No 2 and No 7 though 2 is a little on the dark side and 7 a little on the light side lol. The others dont seem to have any variation in them and I might as well use a DMC thread which would work out cheaper if I am going to use a flat colour. I really wanted some variation and the last one seems to have the most. I might try and stitch one of the leaves in this at the weekend and then make up my mind. Might even stitch a leave in each of them so I can compare. I hate it when I have my mind set on a colour but cant seem to find it. My ideal would be a mixture of the top two which are both the sort of dusky colour I was after in the first place. Watch this space lol I could change my mind completely.
Tonight I have been working on my UFO and have nearly finished the E, again I had hoped to have far more done. I might take it over to Mums tomorrow and do a wee bit while I am there, though usually she has something lined up for me lol.
Thank you all so much for visiting your comments keep me going. Bless you all and happy stitching.
Sunday, 27 January 2008
Not sure what I am going to stitch this evening but I think I have sorted out what thread I am going to get now to do this one in so thats something.
Oh well life will throw these little spanners in the works lol.
Hope you are all having much more luck with your stitching weekend.
Saturday, 26 January 2008
I have chosen that one as it has crystals on it (so needs some care with the mounting) but it is quite a small one so hopefully wont cost too much.
Thursday, 24 January 2008
Off to Mums now and will be back with Barnabee tonight.
Jane if you are reading this - I havent posted your fabric yet as I am hoping that I will get Barnabee finished this week and be able to pop the charts in with your fabric.
Happy stitching everyone, and thanks for visiting.
Wednesday, 23 January 2008
Here is a picture of the progress on Queen of the Needle so far. Don't think I have quite caught Sally up but we are about even at the moment. Hope to do better next week. As Sally said in her blog, this is so pretty and the colours are just lovely.
Well I think I had better get my coffee finished and go and sort out Garden Alphabet ready for todays UFO.
Hope you are all having a good stitching day.
A LITTLE BIT MORE
oops I forgot the MeMe thing again. I was tagged by Cathy to write 7 things about myself.
1. I am now a retired lady and beginning to wonder where I found the time to ever go to work.
2. Everyone thinks I am very organised and I truely do try to be but the truth is though I do try hard I dont really succeed - if you saw my den at the moment, with draws open and stash all over the place you would know just what I mean.
3. I am basically a very private person and though I do try to share things on my blog I am inclined to stick to my stitching and not write too much about my humdrum life.
4. Next year my darling hubby and I will be celebrating our Ruby Wedding Anniversary.
5. Although not in the least sporty since passing 50 I have tried Paragliding and also a couple of years back Abseiled down the Newton Tower at Trent University raising quite a bit of money for the Institute for the Blind.
6. When I am on my own at home or in the car I sing at the top of my voice along with the radio. I do this when I am on my own because I am completely tone deaf and my voice is dreadful but if I could have had any talent I wanted I would have loved a nice singing voice as I love to sing.
7. Though I have always been called Helen (my second name) my first name is actually Margaret.
I am now supposed to tag 7 more people but as I know from the blogs I have read that many of you have been tagged recently I will just leave it up to you. If you would like to add 7 things about yourself to you blog then consider yourself tagged by me lol.
Monday, 21 January 2008
Off to Sew & So to order my threads and boxes and thought it would be a good idea to order the last two of the International Hearts that I wanted (my daughter is paying for one of them for me - lovely girl). Also I had written to them at the weekend to ask if they would be stocking the new Lavender and Lace design. I fell in love with Isabella's Garden when I saw a picture of it on someone elses blog, and Keith said he would buy it for me. Anyway Sew & So have these charts on order and are expecting them in soon, so told me what to do if I wanted to pre order it, so of course that had to be added too. So all in all I have had a really good stashing day but as we are out tonight there will be no stitching at this house until tomorrow. Tomorrow is definitely catch up night for my Queen of the Needle SAL with Sally now. Lol Sally you will definitely get ahead of me this week, hope you have had a good stitching day on it.
I have also learnt how to put a signature in my blog - found out all on my own without asking for help so I am feeling quite proud of myself.
Also Cathy has nominated me for a MeMe thing where I have to tell you 7 things about myself. I am thinking lol and promise I will do this in the next few days Cathy.
Sunday, 20 January 2008
I loved every minute on this. There are two all cross stitch version also, but I chose the speciality stitch version. I am stitching it on a 32ct evenweave in a pale cream shade. I have used mainly dinky-dyes silks but the blue one is a Caron Waterlily. I have not added beads yet as I prefer to leave them to the end, and also I am not quite decided which colour I want to use yet. I only spent a couple of evenings on this one - no day time stitching with Oscar to play with, so I am really please at how quickly it stitched up.
Tomorrow is Queen of the Needle again and I am going to try and get some of this stitched in the morning as we are going out tomorrow evening.
I am thinking of moving Tuesday lol - not the day but the stitching for that day. It is UFO day and as I usually go to Mums on a Tuesday and I am always wacked when I get back I just dont seem to be making the progress I had hoped for. I am therefore going to just do whatever is in my rota, or any finishing up bits etc on Tuesday evenings and do my UFO on Wednesday - I probably need to put in an application to Mr Stick, done in black ink and with triplicate copies but I am sure he wont mine (he has got a soft side Im sure).
Main plans for next week is to try and finish Barnabee I have got over half of this times done so I think I should manage it.
Hope you have all had a nice weekend. We have had rain but not constant and nowhere near as heavy as it was last week, and the puddles seem to have sank into the ground over the weekend.
Thursday, 17 January 2008
Tuesday, 15 January 2008
I had a mail from Yvonne at Papillon last weekend. She told me that her newsletter mailing list is now so big that she will have to send the newsletters out over 4 days this time (her server will not allow her to send them all out at the same time). She was hoping to have the first batch out today. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us this year. I do know that the piece she has done for us will be in 12 installments and that is all I know - ooh all excited with the anticipation of it.
I have my UFO out ready to do today, though I will be at Mums for much of the day so I was hoping that it will go well tonight and I will get plenty done this week. I would love to finish the D and complete the C this week but I somehow cannot see that happening as I have quite a lot still to do on the D so I guess I will be happy if I can do that and get some more of the border done. All those vine leaves round the border do become a bit of a bore lol.
Thanks to all of you for the lovely comments on chickadee. You are all so kind and say such lovely things.
Monday, 14 January 2008
Saturday, 12 January 2008
Wednesday, 9 January 2008
Monday, 7 January 2008
Tomorrow I start my UFO SAL with Julie and Mr Stick at the Stitch and Stash forum on Jaynes Attic. I will be working on EMS Garden Alphabet which was basically a free alphabet a few years back. When the alphabet was complete Ellen gave a guide to the layout and a border and a few other bits to complete it. I added some bits of my own to the chart and I think its a lovely one but its just so big and it sort of got cast to one side as I didn't feel I was getting anywhere with it. The most annoying thing about it was that I had managed to get hold of a fire screen in a charity shop for something like £20.00 and I had arranged this so that it would fit the firescreen. Now hopefully the threat of Mr Stick will keep me at it and though I do not anticipate getting it finished this year I do feel that it will become a finish one of these fine days.
The other think I forgot to tell you about is I have also joined the Monthly Challenge again at the Stitch and Stash forum and we are doing a freebie called Eliza's Pyn Pillow. Everyone will do it in their own colour scheme and finish as they will and its all a big secret until we have the reveal at the end of the month. The only downside to this one is its one over one which my poor eyes cannot cope with for very long but I keep doing a little and hopefully I will get there and have it finished in time.
Thanks again for visiting my blog and ploughing through my endless ramblings. Your comments are much appreciated and your encouragement is I am sure why I achieved as much as I did last year.
Sunday, 6 January 2008
Wednesday, 2 January 2008
2007 was good on the stitching front for me and had lots of finishers, 12 of them quite big ones so at an average of one per month I am quite pleased with that and hope I can do as well in the comming 12 months.
I am sticking to my rota but I am just going to do it Wednesday to Saturday. The first Sunday of each month Terri, AnnT, AnnP and I are going to be doing a Christmas Card Sal, we know it wont take care of all our cards but hopefully it will spread them through the year and not mean such a rush at Christmas. We shall each choose our own designs but just stitching them on the same day will give us incentive. If anyone wants to join us they will be very welcome. The other Sundays I am going to just stitch anything i feel like, it could be something out my rota but is more likely to be a smaller thing that I think I can do over a couple of Sundays or even just in a day. Monday I am keeping as SAL day, at the moment that is Queen of the Needle with Sally, but I want to do the EMS SAL and also hope to do the Papillon SAL though I am trying to keep an open mind on that one until I see the first part. I so enjoyed stitching Serendipity last year and am trying not to get too excited about this one coming out in case I dont like the look of it lol.
Tuesday is going to be UFO night, I am not sure when this starts back but would imagine it will be next week (Julie if you and Mr Stick are reading this may you can confirm for me). Anyway I am going to make a start next Tuesday whatever and I am going to try and get the Garden Alphabet stitched. This is a massive one and I am not anticipating getting it done within the year but it would be a real achievement if could. I think I have done three letters so far but there is the border and all the other little bits and bobs as well as the remaining letters to do. There is a picture of this in my Tuesday Sal link.
I have had lots of lovely charts for Christmas and I am hoping to get some of these stitched this year too so I am really looking forward to the extra time, I hope I am going to get now Christmas is over, stitching this year.
Thank you to you all for taking the time to read my blog, even if you dont leave a comment it is still nice to know you visit.
OOP'S I ALMOST FORGOT
Here is a picture of Queen of the Needle todate, though I didnt get much done over Christmas and new year, I am looking forward to being able to do more in the future.