Thursday, 11 September 2014

Before I go ....

.... on holiday I thought I better do a quick catch up blog. My stitching has not been happening as Philly is home from her summer working in Cyprus and we've been busy busy busy.

We had another quick trip to the caravan as we had to have a replacement boiler so needed to check it was ok and of course pay the fitter. We came home a new route - via the Horseshoe Pass and Llangollen - the scenery was stunning.

Horseshoe Pass
Oh no not those two again !
You can see the road round the bend and
cutting through the other side

Llangollen Bridge

The River Dee
LLangollen steam railway
I've also been doing a bit of baking - a courgette cake, a coconut cake, a Guinness cake for Michael and everyone working on getting the new bar open (hopefully this weekend) and a Schokogugelhopf for Philly coming home.

Coconut Cakes
Courgette Cake

 The only stitching I have to show is the Monthly Christmas Challenge for August - a cute snowman from Wollen Sails

August ornament
I still have the Autumn exchange for Needlecraft Haven to stitch, this month's challenge, October's The Drawn Thread, Santa's Village and of course so many other lovely projects I've seen. I will be taking stitching on holiday and hopefully will get quite a bit finished. sleep - have you read the book by S J Watson? We went to see the film yesterday (it was my birthday so a nice treat to go with Nick and Philly, Michael was working) - as in most cases I prefer the book but the film was good and did differ slightly but did not take away from the story. I also listened to it on Radio 4 Extra's Book at Beachtime, half an hour a day at anytime using the radio iplayer.

Well that's my quick catch up - I had a lovely birthday yesterday but packing calls. Thank you for reading my news, please leave a comment as they are lovely to read. Holiday news in a few weeks :)

Monday, 25 August 2014

Stitch from Stash for August

I can't believe I haven't blogged for a month - I seem to be slowing down in many things; stitching, reading and blogging. We've had quite a sad time too as two weeks ago we lost our lovely Ruby, I haven't felt like doing much at all. I have added bits of news to my Aimetu blog and hopefully my mojo all round will return soon.

Anyway here is my report for August - I actually spent some money this month on gifts, exchanges and a little stash replacement.

  • the Drawn Thread - September
  • CCN - North Pole Post Office
  • Disney (kit)
  • Dusty's RR chart provided
  • Biscornu chart, free online
  • Monthly Christmas Challenge - Little Snowman by Wool n Sails
  • 28ct white
  • 14ct white
  • DMC colours as required for charts
  • Backing board for Eeyore
  • Buttons for Holiday exchange
  • Stuffing for Holiday exchange
  • Fabric for Monthly Challenge
  • Cording for Monthly Challenge

Additions to Stash

10 DMC skeins to replenish stash
Frame for Eeyore
Chart and speciality thread for Holiday exchange
Two CCN Santa Village charts (already promised to purchase from a friend)

 Total spend £27.56

I can't share all my work as the Holiday Exchange has not yet arrived with my partner and the monthly challenge reveal is at the end of the month. Whilst I have purchased Eeyore's frame I have yet to assemble it so again no photo and I have not yet finished September - The Drawn Thread. It looks like I need a little kick start this week as there does seem to be a lot needing my attention.

Here are the items I can share:

August - The Drawn Thread
assembled after the close of last month's SFS
North Pole Post Office - CCN
Eeyore - to be framed
July Monthly Challenge
gallery opened after close of last months SFS
Dusty's Welcome RR - Needlecraft Haven
I stitched the right side of the alphabet and
the bottom panel

Please send positive thoughts my way so I can get stitching, reading and blogging again - thank you for calling by today x x

Monday, 28 July 2014

Stitch from Stash July

I'm still not back up to speed with my stitching, or my reading and definitely my blogging. I really can't say why, time just seems to be disappearing through my fingers.

It's been a good month for my Stitch from Stash challenge though, little stitching means little spending hee hee

Here's my report:

  • Home gift  (free online chart)
  • Disney kit 
  • The Drawn Thread - September (previously purchased)
  • CCN North Pole Post Office (previously purchased) 
  • 14ct white
  • 28ct country blush
  • DMC colours as required for charts
  • photo frame (found in attic)
  • Christmas fabric
  • cording
Additions to Stash

And here are my photos:

This was for our son who moved into his first
flat - it was a free online chart.
North Pole Post Office
my progress so far on my next piece
on my tablecloth
The Drawn Thread - September
Hopefully I'll have this finished in time
I also finished the Monthly Christmas Challenge on Needlecraft Haven but I can't share a photo yet, and I am stitching a gift which again I can't share until it's given.

We're at home this month, with just a few trips to the caravan at the weekends so I am hoping I will have a far more productive month stitching wise.

Thanks for calling by my blog - I'll try to be around blogland a little more this month too.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Returning to rotation

Finally I am back on track with my rotation - various reasons including holidays and parties but I am stitching to my rotation plan:

I finished a little gift for our son in his new flat, I wanted to stitch something but nothing girlie - I found this online and it's perfect He gave quite a chuckle when he opened it.

New home gift for our son
Monday I finished Gillie's Round Robin - part of the Welcome RR with Needlecraft Haven. I've posted it off and have received Dusty's which is the final RR for me to stitch on.

Gillie's RR - Jardin Prive design

Tuesday I did a very small bit on my September Drawn Thread as I had hurt my ankle and felt a little out of sorts. It's all ok now but I just didn't feel like doing much.

Wednesday was stitching night in the Parlour on Needlecraft Haven and I started a new house on my CCN Santa's Village table cloth - North Pole Post Office. It's stitched over one so doesn't look much but this little bit took all evening.

North Pole Post Office
Yesterday and this morning I have worked on a gift for some very good friends - I'll share it once it's done.

I just managed to finish the June Monthly Christmas Challenge in time for the reveal - the design for June was Coroncina Noel" by Luli

I used the background fabric for the backing

Today I have been sorting out the wine for the next round of tasting in the Scout 100 Challenge - it's Europe this time but not France as that has a tasting of it's own in September.

Last Friday was our 25th Anniversary party, we've had some lovely cards, thank you everyone. I bought some lovely ribbon yesterday that has silver hearts on and says 'All my love' which I've used to bundle them up - we still have the family ones out. We had a super evening meeting friends and family, some of whom we had not seen for over 15 years.

My dress - we borrowed a friends
dressmakers dummy to put it on
Back detail - I designed the dress
and had it made professionally
Close up of the neck, my veil and my necklace which
Nick bought me (with matching earrings)

Our friend Niki made a replica of
our wedding cake
My original bouquet of silk flowers

Replicating a wedding
day pose 25 years later.
Our Just Giving page is over £500 - thank you so much to all our friends. We can't believe we have doubled our target, it's a lovely amount to give to Pancreatic Cancer UK. You can read our story here

Thank you for popping by to read my latest news - fingers crossed my rotation will be on track next week too.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Superb exchanges

The end of June brought Opening Day for two exchanges on Needlecraft Haven. The Meet Up exchange was from the spring get together in Nuneaton earlier this year.

At the Meet Up everyone who wanted to join the exchange completed a little card with details of their favourite summer places, colours and treats. The cards were put in blank envelopes. Whoever's card you picked was your partner and the exchange gift was a coaster with the theme based on the details in the card.

I had Lindsay as my partner, her favourite summer places were the beach and visiting English gardens so I chose a Just Nan design that I thought looked like the layout of a formal garden. Lindsay's favourite colour is purple so I slightly changed the original colour scheme to match. I used a picture of a beach for the backing.

Coaster for Lindsay
Coaster back
When the card is put in the envelopes everyone is given a number which they write on the top corner, this is so when the envelopes are picked it's easy to see if you've picked your own without opening. Julie noticed that I knew she had selected my card and as Angi had selected Gill's (who is her close friend) they did a secret swap so Angi stitched for me hee hee. She sent a beautiful rose design along with a little tea bag but Ruby decided to steal that before it got anywhere near the kitchen !
Beautiful rose coaster from Angi
The other Needlecraft Haven exchange was the second part of the Four Season's Exchange - summer. This time I organised exchanges in actual pairs which we haven't done for a while. Chris was my partner and I know she loves gardening so I chose this basket of flowers for a coaster - although a small design it was quite complex to stitch, lots of single stitches but I loved stitching it and seeing the flowers come together.

Summer exchange for Chris
 Unfortunately one of the ladies on NH is unwell at the moment so I stitched the exchange piece for her partner - it was a quick stitch but I'm please with how it turned out.

Additional Summer Exchange piece
I received a beautiful pillow from Chris - I think it will be living at the caravan although it looks great at home too. Chris knows I love France so she changed the wording Summer Time to L'heure d'ete - what a lovely lady :)
Beautiful pillow from Chris
 We received another beautiful gift this week - Julie sent a gorgeous cross stitch picture for our 25th Anniversary. I'll be taking it to our party tomorrow night to put on the table with a few other things (I'm also taking my wedding dress but I'll be blogging that next time)
Hubby & I went to London and Paris to celebrate - you can read about our travels on my other blog Aimetu's - if you do pop by please leave a comment as it will add to our keepsakes.
Anniversary gift from Julie
My garden is looking ok but many of my flowers wilted whilst we were away - although DS & DD were home I think they thought the other would do the watering. Things are slowly returning and there are some lovely blooms although I do need more flowering plats as our garden always looks so green.
Fushia - it was tiny last year so hopefully will
fill the pot next
Climbing clematis - I love this colour
Hubby has a lily out in his pond
Thanks for calling by Aimetu's Stitching, your comments are always appreciated :)

Friday, 20 June 2014

Stitch from Stash for June

I'm posting a little early this month as we're on holiday now - this afternoon we are off to London for a few days then Sunday we're off to Paris to celebrate our Silver Wedding (Tuesday) I have made a special travel wallet for our travel - you can read about it in my last post

So here's this month's Stitch from Stash (not much as I've been busy with other things)

  • Monthly Challenge
  • Summer exchange (Donna Cooler Cross Stitch Designs)
  • Gillie's RR  
  • 28ct antique cream
  • 28ct ecru
  • DMC colours as required for charts

  • Metal hearts (Travel wallet)
  • Christmas fabric (monthly exchange)
  • item for summer exchange (£1.69)

Additions to Stash

So I spent the grand total of £1.69 which was not actually stash but a finishing item for an exchange.

I finished both my June and July Drawn Thread pieces - June is on the mantle and July is ready now for when we get back. I can't share the exchanges and I have nothing else completely finished - I hope next month I'll have lots more to share.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Finished in time ... just

I had an idea a while back to make a travel wallet for when Hubby and I travel by train. We have a large plastic folder for our holidays by car as there are so many documents to take (ferry, hotels, gite, insurance, breakdown) but by train there is just travel and hotel information.

We are off to London on Friday for a couple of nights and then Paris for a few more. It is a special holiday as its or 25th Wedding Anniversary next Tuesday and we will be in Paris to celebrate ( a bonus of me leaving work as I would not have been able to have to actual day off)

Anyway I have finished my travel wallet today - I had the idea from my friend Mary who stitched me a project case for an exchange one autumn. She kindly sent me the instructions which helped although my wallet is slightly different. I did a bit at a time over three days as I have been quite worried if it would work. Today I have finished it and I love it :)

Front of my travel wallet
Back of wallet
Inside of my wallet with our Eurostar documents
tucked safely inside.
We are very excited about going away - me more than Hubby I think - and just after we're back we're having a small get together for family and a few friends. Unfortunately just 8 months after our wedding we lost Hubby's Dad to pancreatic cancer - he was just 55.

To mark our anniversary we're fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer in his memory - and help our future generations - our just giving page is

There's a few old photos on there too :) I still have my dress, flowers and veil. They will be out at the party with our album - I'm sure we'll all have a chuckle at the 1980's fashions :)

I haven't done any shareable stitching but I have been creative. Over the last few months I have begun wine making again and now have a demijohn of dandelion wine steadily clearing and rhubarb wine still bubbling away.

Rhubarb wine & Dandelion wine

Yesterday I collected a bucket full of elderflowers - some to make cordial and some to make wine. The cordial is done; I've made a large bottle for us, a smaller one for my Mum and frozen the rest.

The wine is now fermenting in a bucket until we return from France but here are the flowers in the saucepan with lemons. The kitchen smelt wonderful.

Elderflowers in the pot
That's about all my news for now - pre warning of a large blog when we're back with maybe a few photos haha

Thanks for calling by - happy blogging to you all