Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Firstly I did manage to do The Monthly Challenge at Jaynes Attic. This is a little freebie called Love by Debbie Draper. It was stitched on an oddment of fabric (probably 28 count antique white) using Carries Creations "Shadow". I was really pleased with how this thread stitched up, though I was not so thrilled with my finishing - the little bow is supposed to hide the fact that I just could not seem to get the hook to hang from the corner. I did that corner about three times and each time it looked fine until I hung it when it suddenly seemed to have slid round the corner. This one is destined for a charity stall that is being held to raise funds for the home where my friend Terri's (no blog) MIL stays. I am not sure if I will get next months challenge done or not with so little stitching time at the moment, but if I do it will probably be heading the same way.
Over the weekend I managed to stitch a wee bit on EMS Rose Sampler though this is not the whole of the August section it has cut a good swath into it and I do not feel so behind now.
Last night I made a bit more progress on ISD, but though I now have my wonderful Ott-Lite which makes everything so clear and once again allows evening stitching, I am just so exhausted by nightfall I am only fit to crawl into bed lol.
I am loving having Oscar, we have walked to town along the canal, we have been to the park and today we are off out either to Calke Abbey or to Sudbury Museum of Childhood. He is good company, full of fun and so well behaved and well mannered he is a pleasure to have. My big worry is though that a little boy of six should not be walking sedately beside his Granny everyday but should be running wild with other little boys of six. Unfortunately we do not have other children in his age bracket living close to us. He also has very few children in the area he lives and as he travels out of area to school this seems to isolate him into the company of adults for most of the time. I have seen him in the school environment where he is popular and just as full of fun and life as he should be and I do feel he is missing such a lot. Oh well guess life doesnt give you everything and I so enjoy having him.
I have had several requests recently to become friends on Facebook. Please do not think I am ignoring you. A while back someone sent me an invite to join Facebook and I registered - thats as far as I got and I now cannot remember how to get in or what my password was and I have not had the time to go looking,
Thank you to all who visit, to all who comment and to all those I have received awards from in the last week. I listed the first two I got, but I cannot keep listing them or my blog will be quite boring, though I am very very flattered that so many of you think I am worth an award so many thanks.
may your frogs stay in their ponds
Wednesday, 23 July 2008
I have been asked about the Ott-lite. When I ordered from the USA I thought it would be relatively easy to get an adaptor that would plug in here and then allow me to plug the US fitting into that. How wrong I was. I can get ones for plugging into the US system - even Asda (Wallmart) sell them but they are for UK people who will be wanting to use them while they are on holiday in the US. What do US citizens do if they come here on holiday???? May be I would get them in the tourist areas like London, Stratford etc but Long Eaton has obviously never had a visiting American lol. So my US Ott-lite is still sitting in its little box waiting for an adaptor. However as I was really quite upset about not being able to find an adaptor my DH decided that I should have ordered from the UK in the first place and went ahead and ordered one. Actually the one he ordered is brilliant it has a flexible neck (same as on the magnifier) where as the one from the US is more ridgid. I am not sure what I will do yet, if I can find an adaptor I may well keep the other too as it is a lot lighter and would be ideal for taking with me when I travel. So my great saving didnt turn out as I hoped.
This week I have been awarded two . One was awarded by Tammie and one from Elisa.
I am supposed to award 5 people and here are the 5 I have chosen.
Erica - at Bits of My Own
Brigitte - At Brigittes Place
Chiloe - Chiloe's Corner
Cyn - at Cyn Stitches
Lisa - Lisa's Stitching Addiction
I do not think there will be much stitching done for the next few weeks as school broke up today and Oz will be staying with Granny & Grandpa on and off for most of the holidays. He will be arriving shortly so I am now off to get ready for his arrival.
may your frogs stay in their ponds (and may mine stay there too)
Saturday, 19 July 2008
Wednesday and Thursday Mum had the decorators in so I fetched her over to my house in the morning and had to run her all the way home again in the evenings. I managed a little stitching but not much.
Monday, 14 July 2008
We got home about half past six yesterday and I think the stitching break had done me the world of good. I was just bursting to stitch and out came UFO. I got the wee bee (he has lovely twinkley wings its such a shame you cant see them) and the bird done AND I stitched two Ivy leaves, so Julie and Karen should be pleased. As for Mr Stick well I think he can forgive a lot of sins for that.
Cyn asked a while back if she could see a bigger picture and not just the letter I was working on,
so here it is just for you Cyn.
On a completely different thread I went to meet Coll this morning of CollsCreations and we got on so well I ended up staying for lunch. She is coming to me next month and I am really looking forward to meeting her again. It was lovely to meet someone who was on the same wavelengh and we talked stitch, stitch and more stitch all the way which was lovely. We also did a lot of laughing and I always think that is a good thing and I am sure we are on our way to becoming firm friends in time.
may your frogs stay in their ponds
Friday, 11 July 2008
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
A very unimaginative title but my head is just not in gear this morning.
Here is the picture of yesterdays work on I Still Do. I was really pleased as I completed the initial and got the little motif done, also just a little bit more of the fuchsians (well thats what they look like to me lol). It may not be a lot of progress but I was happy with what I got done in the time I had. I am looking forward to getting my OTT light which will hopefully allow me to stitch more at night which is usually when I get the most time to sit down and stitch. I have so missed having a good stitching lamp.
I am now off to the dentist - ugh, but first I wanted to thank you all for the really lovely comments you left regarding Cottage Dreams.
Friday, 4 July 2008
I had all the correct threads for this but did make one change. The pale rose called for was a Pearsall silk. I had this and did the first inner flower with it but frogged it as I neither liked the way it looked or handled when using it. I felt as though it both looked and felt like a rayon thread. Although it is called silk I am wondering if it is one of the "Art Silk", like rajmahal. Don't get me wrong I have no objection to rayon threads and have used them several times in cross stitch projects to highlights in hair etc but if I am doing a project that uses silk then that is what I look forward to using. Anyway I replaced it with a Caron Waterlily that was almost identical in colour, though the Caron has a little shading in it and the Pearsall was a solid colour.
Wednesday, 2 July 2008
Secondly do you like the little basket that they are resting on. That was my 99p from a charity shop bargain I found last week. It will just be right for displaying my needlerolls - ok so I haven't stitched any yet but the basket is incentive LOL.
Thirdly I have ordered my OTT- Lite. How daft is this - I have ordered it from the USA. Now I know about global warming and buying things as locally as possible to save on fuel from long distance transportation. But I also know that the economy is getting tighter and my pennies need to be watched far more carefully in this day and age. Most places I looking in the UK wanted 49.99 plus p&p in fact the cheapest I found it for was 49.98 (wow a whole penny savings). So I went to look on ebay thinking I may get a second hand one. Much to my suprise I found an E-Shop in the USA selling it for $36.99 (about £18.50) so I wrote to them to ask what it would cost to ship to England - well almost as much as the light $31.95(with an apology and explanation about the weight of this lamp) so I thought well for that money just forget the global warning (sorry) and order it, and that is what I did. So I am a soon to be (fingers crossed) Ott-Lite owner for the total price of 34.53 which is over £15 saving on the lamp and that is without taking into consideration what I would have been charged for postage probably making it nearer to £60 than £50. I think you can safely say I am a happy bunny.
I have been stitching and have stitched the monthly challenge, though its not made up yet. I am also trying to stitch a couple of pressies so I cannot tell you about them yet either. Best of all on the stitching front I am enjoying Cottage Dreams. I have done all the kloister blocks and I am now on to the pretty bits.
Several people have asked about the floss I am using for I Still Do - it is Carries Creations Thread "Hearts on Fire" very passionate sounding for my anniversary sampler don't you think.
Julie - I promise at least one ivy leaf this weekend lol.
Karen - How many Ivy leaves indeed, I think I could die from the shock if I counted them so I have no intentions of doing so.
Cynthia - I will keep adding little drips to my ocean but as for the HAED being done for next year even at my most positive that is well beyong reality. I have worked out (notice what a brilliant mathematician I am LOL) that as I have 12 items in my rota if I spend a week on each of them then they will appear about once every three months. At the rate I am stitching I think it will take at least 10 years to do the HAED.
I hope I have replied to everyone who has asked a question. I know Karan I didn't reply to you but I cannot tell you how I get on with my light until it arrives.
I seem to have had quite a few new visitors recently (or at least new comment leavers) and I would like to say Welcome to my little nook. It is always fun to get new people visiting but the best bit is when they leave a comment for me I get to visit them too.
Thanks once again to everyone who visits and to all the lovely people who take the time to leave me a comment.
may your frogs stay in their ponds.