Sunday, 29 May 2011

Ready For A Change

Its been almost a month since my last post and I haven't really got a lot to show. I have been working on I Still Do but not so much as I have had two small gifts to make too. Hopefully I will be able to show you them soon but as they are both for people who probably read my blog (well one certainly does, not saying who but the one who usually leaves the cheeky comments), then I cannot show them yet. With regard to ISD I am over half done the 2nd of the larger motifs, and will try to plow on until that is done. edit - Oh dear I should that written plough but too much Farm Town must be rubbing off on me and I am using American spellings lol. However I am feeling ready for a change now and having recently seen Kathy's stitching on Fairies At The Bottom Of My Garden, I have a yen to get mine out and do some more on that. Lisa asked what thread I was using for this - its Carrie's Creations, Hearts on Fire which I thought very appropriate. The chart is actually meant to be stitched in a variety of different reds but I just fancied doing it in the one varied colour. Anyway here is how it looked when I took a piccie this afternoon.

The other thing that keeps me busy and out of mischief nowdays is card making. I spend hours designing what to do on the computer before actually printing out bits and bobs I need to actually make the cards. Mostly I use bought card stock though I do print off my own card stock at times too. I know this is supposed to be a stitching blog but card making is just as much my hobby so I thought I would show you half a dozen of those I have made recently but if you don't want to see anymore in the future let me know or I may bore you to death with them as I certainly produce a lot more finished cards than I do finished peices of stitching.

Thank you for the wishes for my health which I am glad to report is continuing to improve. I started driving again and this weekend was our stitching group meet up, to which was my furthest drive so far. Only about a 30 - 40 min drive away to Wendy's house but it felt like a real achievement. As usual we had a lovely day, made even better by the fact that Rachael had bought her daughter Lucy who was celebrating her 11th birthday so we got cakes too. I think she enjoyed her day with the adults too.

Today we took our Grandson to Alvaston park. Its years since I have visited this park and its well worth checking out if you live in the area. Lots of ducks to feed on the lake (and we hadn't thought to take anything to feed them), and lots of ducklings too. A nice new cafe opened there a few weeks ago, nice and clean and not too badly priced for meals and snacks though we only had a drink today. Best of all there is an Addizone there, which is designed for over 12,s though there were a few like Oz who were under this age range, and a few like us right at the other end of the scale, all having fun checking out the outdoor gym - and its free too.

I think thats all I have to tell you for now. Thanks to all those who are kind enough to have left comments.

Hugs to all,

May your frogs stay in their ponds.

ps Oh I forgot to say thank you to Sally for sending me the link to the signatures, I will check that site out Sally, thanks. xx


Rachael xxx said...

Lucy and I had a great day also, Lucy loved her card as it is the first one with her name on. I loved my card too :0)
Oh I haven't been to Alvaston Park since I was a kid may have to take mine if this rain let's up!!

Kathy A. said...

Oh what beautiful stitches.
I am happy to hear that you are thinking of bringing Fairies out again.
Ann has finished hers and my aim is to have mine finished this summer. Every time I pick it up I love each little fairy as they appear.
Your cards are lovely. I took up a new hobby but mine is quilting lol.

Christine said...

ISD is gorgeous! Great cards too

Karan said...

ISD is fabulous Helen & your cards are beautiful. Glad you're starting to reclaim your life back now - a sure sign of recovery. :0)

Lisa said...

ISD is looking gorgeous Helen, but I can undertand you getting a bit burnt out on it, I definitely couldn't stitch solely on one project anymore.
I love the cards you've made, you're very talented!

Beatrice said...

Wow the colour is soooo pretty and vivid.
The cards are stunning..what a nice hobby for certainly do a good job!