Tuesday 3 February 2009

UFO day

School was closed at lunchtime yesterday and is also closed today so I have been able to get on with some of my stitching/craft jobs. I have also done some h....work and some reading for school so quite a busy day really.

I have only recently joined JA UFO Night and am using it to stitch the Perennial Garden by The Drawn Thread. It's a lovely way to see it grow as I can just about manage to stitch a plant a week. Anyway today I decided to get ahead of the game and have already stitched today's plant "achillea". I am really glad I did it in the day light as there is no cross stitch at all but Lazy Daisy stitching for the leaves and larfe French Knots which have 4 wraps. I love the finish but it took some concentrating to follow the chart/fabric holes and to get the knots to lie right.

Last night I cut out and put together three more decoupage flower designs so this morning I also made them up into cards. I find making these quite therapeutic and just love the finished effect.

I have finally finished reading "Sepulchre" by Kate Mosse and didn't want the book to end. I read her other novel "Labyrinth" last year and kept forgetting to pick up this one. Like my favourite novel "Chocolate" - and "The Lollipop Shoes"which I finished early January - this one is also set in France, namely the Languedoc which is my favourite area. The town and village settings are all places we have been to and as we have great interest in Rennes-le-Chateau, which has links to "The Da Vinci Code", it was easy to feel as if I was actually there and not reading from afar.

I'm now trying "Will" by Christopher Rush, it is written as if it is William Shakespeare's biography. It is not quite my taste, I feel some of the language and graphic detail is just to add sensationalism, but I'll keep going and see how it goes.

I have four small surprise projects I want to do so maybe tonight I can start one of those being as I have done my UFO. This afternoon I am hoping to do some more of the charting for my bookmarks. The charts are looking good so far and I am getting more and more confident with the program (it's Jane Greenoff's) so hopefully they will turn out ok.

I didn't think I had much to share today but I seem to have waffled on a bit, thank you for popping by for a read.


Christine said...

Lovely cards Clare. The ones on the black backgrounds are particularly effective. Nice little clump of achillea on your Drawn Thread too

Jane said...

Love the stitching, so nice to have a variety of stitches. The cards look great too

Julie said...

Gold star for you today, PG looks great!

Love the decoupage cards, they are so effective.

Have you seen the film Chocolate, johnny depp and chocolate in the same film, thats what i call heaven LOL

Daffycat said...

PG looks awesome! It's fun to work interesting stitches!

Lovely greeting cards too.

Stitchingranny said...

Love the flower for your UFO. I found UFO night really helpful though I have been unable to take part for a while due to other commitments. Hopefully after the hols I might find that I can fit it in once again.

Sally said...

Your DT is looking so pretty Clare. Love the cards too.

I really should join UFO night but I can't bring myself to pick up the piece I could do to get finished! LOL!

Brigitte said...

Perennial Garden is such a nice project.

Karan said...

Love PG. Latest flowers look really effective with those lazy daisy leaves. Very pretty cards too. :0)
Labyrinth was my first Book Crossing release - just reminded me to keep an eye open for Sepulchre. LOL

Elisa said...

Lovely cards and your "garden" is looing lovely, so pretty!!