Saturday 23 January 2010

WIPs and a HD

Well I have been stitching this week which makes a change as just lately Ihaven't had the time to do much. I guess the reasonis because I have not been so well and have been resting at night: I was off work Friday too but didn't get a lot of stitching done as my head hurt too much.

Anyway here's my first WIP - Travelling Stitcher - I am in the Travelling Stitcher SAL run by Chris It is running just in January but I'm not sure I will be finished in time.

The next WIP is my Fa La La by Little House Needleworks - this is for another SAL, this one is being run by Vonna. I am doing it over one and am enjoying it although it's not growing very fast LOL.

and finally my Happy Dance - I have finished another ornament for my Symmetry - although I have not finished it off. I am still deciding how to finish them all off so they are just stitched at the moment. I am also using these ornaments to take part in Yoyo's Christmas Design SAL. This is another design from a free booklet that came with the World of Cross Stitching magazine. The designer is Lesley Tearne and it should be stitched in metallic thread but I changed it to white and green and used some red 26ct (?) count fabric I had in my stash. There is enough fabric left to do another one.

I have been working on St George for the 2010 Weekly SAL but I forgot to take a photo today so I will have to add it next time.

Non-stitching news - Ruby is having one of her nights tonight and is being a little nusiance, hopefully she will be better tomorrow. I cannot seem to get her sorted, one day she is fine, the next she is terrible. I am trying some calming tablets from the pet shop but all though she is good to start with after a few days she goes manic. Her natural food is helping but if I can't sort out her moods I will have to see the vet. DH gets very cross with her at times.

Myself I have had the school cold for a few days; headaches and sore throat and it's affected my MS a bit as my legs have felt stiff and not very responsive. I took Friday off to rest and it does seem to have helped my legs as they don't feel any worse. Hopefully tomorrow they will be improving. Because colds affect the nervous systems they always make something else go wrong; and it's impossible to say which bit hee hee.

And finally a bit from the kids :)

DS and hid band Under 63 have four gigs coming up. If you want to hear their songs click the link - I would suggest listening to Pirate's Life, as it's the best tune and cleanest words LOL.

DD is dancing at the Royal Albert Hall in May. This is the team photo for the event - DD is on the right, next to the lad at the back. She is the tallest girl in the troop.

and finally this is my nephew's animation for his University course in Swansea.

Thanks for reading my rambles and sharing my WIPs and HD, and of course the kids  :)

Friday 15 January 2010

Round Robin and SALs

Tomorrow is the first posting day for the Round Robin I've organised on Stitch and Stash. I have decided to to another table topper and have chosen to use Lizzie Kate's seasons designs. I have marked out where the designs need to go and plotted it out on the computer to show how it will look finished.

I am sending to Dusty in USA each time - we've decided to use international recorded so they should getthere inone piece. It will be September by the time the Robins are back home.

I have started stitching my Fa La La for the Little House Needleworks SAL I am doing it over one which is a bit fiddly at night. I have just started the snowy base but it will have to wait a while as I have other stitching to do.

I need to get working on the Travelling Stitcher SAL as it's supposed to be finished this month and I haven't even started.

And today is the January update for the TUSAL - here's my jar.

I am loving my iPod touch - it means that every day I can pop online to check my favourite sites. It's really good for making notes, I now have a cleaning rota, a menu, a stitching log and a blog log.

Well best get back to my Travelling Stitcher, thanks for readingmy news, happy stitching everyone.

Thursday 7 January 2010

Snow Day x 2

Well we had the white stuff arrive Tuesday evening and school has been closed for two days - not sure about tomorrow yet either as the boiler isn't working properly. So I have been at home entertaining Ruby and DD who is also off as her school is closed.

I took some photos yesterday of the garden and Ruby playing - it's just as thick today.

and this is her enjoying her disc when we got home today from our walk- it's plastic disc which we fill with cream cheese and her homemade biscuits. She spends ages licking and playing with it to get the food out.

Yesterday I sorted out the Stitch and Stash Round Robin. There are six of us taking part; Dusty, Lynn, Jaclyn, Chris, Tina and me. I'm waiting for my charts to arrive but I did overlock my fabric so at least that's ready. I just need to mark out once the charts are here and I can be sure of the design sizes.

I did some laminating and then guilotining for school, it took ages but I'm very pleased with the resource. It is to help students learn compound and complex sentences in a visual way rather then just reading or writing about them.

And last night I finished the stitching on my second ornament for this year's tree - Symmetry. I do like it but I am not going to do any more in the metalic thread, it takes too long and is so annoying becuase the thread breaks or twists too much. I am going to use the same booklet (freebie from WOCS) but I will be changing the thread to DMC. DS has just got back from town with the felt I wanted so if I get time today I might finish them off :)

 My plans today are to do some work for school, play with Ruby, stitch (hopefully my Fa La La), and maybe do a bit of cooking. I hope everyone is warm and safe, happy stitching.

Sunday 3 January 2010

Stitching - hurrah

Well I think 2010 will be good if the last few weeks is anything to go by. We have changed Ruby's food to only natural ingredients so I cook meat and two veg for her every day BUT she is so much better and most evenings now settles down for a long sleep by 'mum'. She now comes to us for fuss and although she still barks a little it is nothing to like the first few months. All this means I CAN STITCH :) :) :)

I have just updated the 2010 Weekly SAL with my work on St George (Julie - I'm still working on it). It's a lovely SAL with loads of beautiful work - quite enabling so I better be careful.

Unfortunately the frog visited today too so although I have done all the red on the left I actually did it twice LOL. I hope he carries on with his own stitching and leaves mine alone in future.

I had a fantastic moment on Saturday. I have also joined the Little House Ornies SAL which is to stitch the ornaments from Little House Needleworks as they are released each month. I have ordered mine with Down Sunshine Lane and they post them out each month from US. The first ornament was Fa La La and it was released in November 2009. I watched the SAL blog with envy as everyone stitched theirs but mine didn't arrive - well Saturday it did, hurrah. I now have my copy and can get stitching. Well done Postie - 21st November to 2nd January - not so long long really, just a year apart LOL.

Back to work tomorrow - I've had a brilliant festive season, we've spent time with family and friends, been on a coupleof breat days out and had some quiet time at home.

Happy stitching to you all - I hope you have many HDs in 2010.

Friday 1 January 2010

2010 is here :)

Happy New Year to you all - I hope 2010 will be a great year for everyone.

I have started an additional blog for my Symmetry ornaments for this year's tree at church -I wanted to keep the ornaments I do and others that are donated ina separate section so they can be appreciated all year round.

I have cleared out my TUSAL 2009 jar and emptied it ready for TUSAL 2010 - and there are now some orts in it from my ornament stitching. It's a beautiful bon bon jar I found in a charity shop in Wales,hopefully this year I can fill it LOL.

Look who came visiting early this morning - he has not been around for a long time - what a lovely start to 2010.

Happy stitching in 2010