Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Kathy's New Home


I do hope Kathy (Kathys Sit & Stitch) will like her new home. She wanted it to be close to water - a stream was the best I could do, and she wanted a blue front door - well that was easy enough lol. I have also tried to add quite a few nice bright flowers as I know Kathy likes bright colours, but I have avoided pink (she is not a pink lady).

I had several applicants for the bank job (sounds like im into crime) but Angela was the first to apply and so her name is now on the bank. I have also recruited a School Mistress for our village school and Rach (a real life school marm from the Crafty Natter group I belong too) will be in charge of our local children - all very well behaved ones I can assure you.

The Hair and Hat shop is still up for auction but I am hoping my friend Beatrice (Stitching with a View) will agree to take that on as I do think of it as her shop.

Also there are still one or two cottages up for lease.

I am not sure which direction I am going in next. I guess I should return to the middle and finish this side before moving round the corner, but we will have to see - a bit of me wants to go round the corner lol.

Well as you can see I have been stitching on The Village but this is not a kitted up project - just a choose the colours as I go along type thing. I have all my boxes of DMC at the side of me and pick and choose as I go but that is quite a distracting thing to do in the evening when I am watching tv and the lack of daylight also means I am not always sure about the colours. For this reason I have been working it in tandem with ISD which being all the same colour is easy and relaxing for the evening time. So here is the progress on ISD this week - two little hearts, an orchid motif, the round motif (under the R), two tall flowers and the flower and ribbon motif. I am really pleased with how this has gone.
I rather enjoyed having the two projects in tandem. One in my den for daytime and one by the sofa for evening stitching, so I am going to continue with that starting tomorrow. This time I will be doing Water Tiger in my den and something of my choice downstairs. The first thing of my choice I have chosen is Jasmine.
and this is where I left her in January. Eyeless and chinless but about half way through so hopefully by the time you see her again she will have lips and eye and chin and her earring finished. If I am really good and the sparkly thread does not give too many hassles then she may have a necklace too but we shall see. I do not like setting targets as if I do not reach them I get disappointed with myself and then start to lose the bug.


I have recently been given a couple of awards but you have not seen them in my blog. I do not want to hurt anyones feelings but whilst awards are meant to be fun and not to be taken seriously there are people who get hurt because someone they thought of as a friend has not passed an award to them. I find it very difficult to choose blogs to give awards too. I have over a hundred blogs in my reader and they are all for different reasons ones I enjoy, how can I choose who to pass these on too. I find I am skitting through looking for people who have not got one and trying to name them so that they do not feel left out. I blog for the same reason I stitch - because I enjoy it and not for any accolade. So please do not send me awards as I find it difficult to turn them down without risking hurting the person who chose me and I just cannot choose five from all the wonderful people who visit me and who I visit. I am sure I am not on my own here - lol maybe we could do with one of those little button things - you know the one that says "I am not obliged to blog" or something.

Thank you for taking the time to read my posts and thanks for all the very much appreciated comments.

may your frogs stay in their ponds


Julie said...

Great progress on the village and ISD.

Sally said...

Nice progress Helen. The village is looking gorgeous.

Beatrice said...

Helen.. tell me about the Hair and Hat shop it sounds like fun.
I would be happy to take that on !!!
Your cottage for Kathy is wonderful!
I'm with you on the time spent on blogs I love them all, and can never pick a best....
This is fun not a job!
Let me know about the Hair and Hat shop.

Kathy A. said...

Oh Helen - thank you so much for the lovely little cottage by the stream. I LOVE IT and all the little friends who have stopped by - squirrel, duck etc. It makes me feel very happy to know I have a home in your neighborhood.
I think the Hair and Hat Shoppe is perfect for Beatrice. After all, she has been a barber for over 40 years!!!! I am sure she will want to live in your neighborhood too.
Your sampler is looking great too. I love that red.
As for pink, I just finished up granting a wish for a pink pillow LOL!!!!

Ann T said...

Both are looking great Helen, you have made brilliant progress on your village, it might not take as long as you think!

Christine said...

Your village looks idyllic Helen. Great progress on ISD too

Maddy*Moo said...

What an idyllic little village lol. Is there a clothes shop? lol I am a fashion student after all lol.

Rachael said...

Great progress on all, They are all stunning!!

Karen said...

Your village looks great , its going to be the sort of place we all dream about living in
your other wip's are coming along so well, I am struggling to stitch right now I look at it and thats as far as I get

Angela said...

Your village looks wonderful! Great work on your other WIP's too!

~Tammy said...

I left a commnent on my blog for you.

~Tammy said...

I've left you a comment/reward on my blog.

It's funny, about these rewards. I'm the same way about them too. I like them yes, but feel so bad if I were to make someone feel left out. I find the same thing with followers. Some people with go on and on about how many followers they have, that too me feels like a high school popularity contest.

Natasha said...

wow the village is looking fantastic.. I love the little cottage by the stream. I would live there :)

Edna Melo said...

Hi Helen!
Grandes trabalhos você esta fazendo!
Gosto também das cores que estão perfeitas!
Parabéns! Você é muito talentosa.

Mylene said...

The village is looking wonderful and great progress on both your wip's.
I do feel the same way with the awards, received a few lately and haven't place it on my blog as i follow and admire lots of blogs so i can't list just a few.

Brigitte said...

Your Village gets more and more attractive and I'm sure you have more people wanting to rent a house or a shop than houses, lol. It's one of the villages you sometimes see in old English movies and where you'd like to move immediately.
Great progress pictures of your other WIPs. You've really stitched some lately ...

Karan said...

Great progress on the village & ISD & nice to see the flapper again. :0)
Totally understand your take on awards - I always find it so hard choosing, then have a guilt trip about all the lovely folks I've missed out.