Saturday 7 November 2009

HD - my new design is finished :)

I've finished my new design - it's a whitework candle ornie:) Margaret from CrissXStitches in Wales asked if I could teach whitework (last year I taught hardanger for one of her workshop days), so I have designed this candle ornie. I wasn't ready to take it to Wales last week so I'm posting it to her this week - I hope she likes it and asks me to teach again. I've decided to call it 'Elegant in White'.

It's been a busy week at school - I don't think there will be any changes to my wages until next year, phew. Every Friday someone brings in goodies to make lunchtime exciting. I was one of the three down for this week so I made Lemon Drizzle Cake, it disappeared amazingly fast so I guess they liked it :)

I'm hoping to get stitching today on my first ornie for Little House Needleworks Monthly Ornament SAL. We have a choice of ornaments to stitch from previous copies of Just Cross Stitch Christmas issues so I'm looking forward to a cuppa and a browse this afternoon, ready to stitch tonight when watching Strictly. It's live from Blackpool tonight :) Philippa danced at the Tower Ballroom when she was 6 in a national team competition for ballroom dancing - her team came second.

I am doing ok-ish with my Slimming World diet - I lost twopounds last week which was good considering I did not stick to it too well when in Wales. This week I'm again ok-ish as in the day I'm really good but Ido struggle at night especially when DH suggests going out. Last night we went to TGI Friday's which was fabulous and I did have a salmon salad. Welldone I hear you say mmmmmmm what about the Mudslide cocktail though - Bailey's, Kahula, vodka, ice-cream and chocolate.......hanging my head now, it looks terrible written down but oh it did taste good :)

It was Bonfire Night on Thursday but as our garden is a bit smalland Ruby barks at any bang we haven't had any fireworks. Instead I bought the kids (19 and 15) some sparklers to have with their boy/girl friends. I think the photos show that you're never too old for a sparkler.

Michael (DS), Amii (DSGF), Kieran (DDBF) and Philippa (DD)
Michael, Amii and Kieran

Kieran and Philippa

I think they are off to the civic display tonight. We're staying in to watch Strictly,stitch and enjoy lamb shankfor dinner, yum yum.
Have a great weekend everyone:)


Sally said...

Your candle ornie is beautiful Clare:)

Looks like you all had a good time on bonfire night:)

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely candle ornie. Have fun stitching your LHN ornie. Look forward to seeing it.

Jan said...

Lovely whitework - you're so clever . Not really into strictly so it's xfactor for us. Love TGI usually have the JB prawns

Yoyo said...

Oh my 'Elegant' turned so beautiful, congratulations! I be happy to take that class.

jane said...

Your new design is lovely Clare - whitework is my favourite type of stitching !

Lainey said...

Beautiful new design Clare! Strictly was great tonight, I don;t think he is good enough to win it but I love Chris and Ola.

Denise said...

Your elegant white design will be
greatly received!
Please tell the significance of Bonfire Night...!

Clare-Aimetu said...

Bonfire Night in Uk is 5th November. About 400 years ago (I think)a chap named Guy Fawkes tried to blow up our Houses of Parliment by putting gunpowder in the cellars. He was caught, hung,drawn and quartered, after being tortured to find out who else had been involved (nice time to live LOL). Anyway we let off fireworks and have bonfires (usually just big civic ones now although when I was little everyone had a small bonfire in their gardens) to celebrate the fact he failed. We make effigies of Guy using old clothes stuffed with straw or paper and burn it on the top.

After all my explaining I've found a great web site LOL

Hope all that helps :)

Julie said...

Love the candle whitework, this is what i was going to do with the monthly challenge this time, they'll all think i nicked your idea!!

Great pics of the kids, i'm a strictly fan too, DH has to endure it LOL

ooo that cocktail sounds a bit naughty but nice

Christine said...

Your whitework candle wrap is beautiful, "elegant" is the perfect name for it.
Thought Strictly was really good this week.

Kathy said...

Your whitework candle wrap is beautiful.

Thank you for your comment on my blog. I look forward to seeing which LHN ornament you stitch. I have finished one but can't show it yet. it is an exchange.

Stitchabilities said...

Oh that candle wrap is pretty!

Karan said...

The candle wrap is a stunner Clare - you're bound to be asked back. :0)
You get ups & downs in the weight loss battle & the occasional treat helps keep you sane. You'll get there. :0)
Great pics of the "kids". :0)