Hello and welcome to everyone, I only hope your weekend has been as lovely as mine. The sun has shone and its been lovely and warm for the bank holiday weekend. Also my monthly stitching group met at my house on Saturday, so I had a lovely day with wonderful friends. To finish off in the evening my hubby and I went for a meal with a couple of the other girls and their hubbys it was a good evening, lots of laughs and excellent company. Sunday morning we all met for coffee before Jan and Mike had to return to Andover.
Warm sunshine, lots of naughty food and excellent company - now thats what I call a lovely weekend.
My garden has enjoyed the warmer weather too and is beginning to look nice with the Wisteria starting at last to make its way along the house and the Lilac Tree in full bloom and wafting its perfume round the garden. I have taken a couple of pics for you to see - though as with my stitching pictures I am not a photographer of any skill but I think they turned out ok.
Now to the important stuff - stitching. I worked on my Hardanger house over the last week and though progress is not major, as there is a lot of speciality stitches in this piece which I am slow at, I am pleased with what I achieved. I love doing speciality stitches and love the effects they create. As I almost always do I am tweeking this to suit me lol. Although you have the choice of doing an Everyday House or a Christmas House the only difference the designer makes between the two is on the inside. On the outside of the house there is supposed to be garlands along the fence and a wreath on the front door and I am missing these out as I feel they look christmassy. I have also realised that I may have to make up my own design for the inside of the house as the inner layer is supposed to be stitched on 36 count and I am not at all sure that my eyes (even with the aid of my magnifiers) would be able to cope with anything that fine. I have a feeling I may have some 36 count in my stash and if so I will give it a go - but wont hold my breath as I cannot see the point in struggling and therefore not enjoying my stitching. Anyway in case you missed it here is a picture from an earlier post when I fished it out my wip box. And (bad grammer to start a sentance with and but I cannot think of anything else to start with) here is how it looked this morning when it was light enough to take a picture of it.
I tried taking a close up but it just looked a blur. The little knobs on the top of the fencing are in queen stitch, the steps are in a mixture of long arm crosses and four sided back stitch, and the entrance posts are in twill stitch, the effect is really pretty and I do wish I could show you more clearly. My hubby is off doing the garden at Mums house as we want it to look nice when prospective buyers turn up, but when he gets home I will see if its possible for him to get a close up for you.
Cards are supposed to now be going on a seperate page and you will notice at the top of the post, there is a tag for home and a tag for cards. There is only one problem with this, I managed to do the page and put in a couple of photos but I am at the moment completely at a loss as to how to make a new post on that page. I used to be very good with technology but alas the older I get the worse I get at figuring things like this out lol, or it's maybe just that technology is getting more complicated. Hubby will help in most cases but when I ask him about this he just replies that he knows nothing about blogs - or probably just doesnt want to know about them lol.
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Mylene asked if I could take the verification thing off my comments page. I am really sorry Mylene but I didnt even know there was one on it and I have no idea how to remove it.
Chris asked about the designer or the Fairies. I have replied to your email regarding this Chris.
Thanks for all the lovely comments though unfortunately no-one knew what to do about the highlighting and I have no idea if it will happen again (as it didn't show until I actually post and though I went back to see what was wrong there is nothing on the original to show any highlighting). All I can do is apologise if this post is also highlighted - its that technology thing again lol.
Back to fairies tonight so until I see you all again, please take care and if you need a hug then consider it sent.
Love to all
May your frogs stay in their ponds.