Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Thanks... and a new blog

Thanks for the interest in the exchanges ladies. I'm already thinking about what to stitch for you all :-) And don't worry, I will 'finish finish' them. lol

Also, my last post has lead to finding a new blogger - Ann in Scotland. It would be great if you could pop on over and say hello. She has some lovely photos of her stitching, jewellery-making and Scotland.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bringing Christmas back ~ Updated

Would anyone be interested in doing any of the following with me -

* cross stitch Christmas ornament swap - CLOSED (I can try and pair up any others who are interested though)
* hand-made Christmas card swap - OPEN
* store-bought Christmas card swap - OPEN

I'm also happy to organise a group exchange if there is enough interest. Just let me know what you are keen for by leaving a comment on this post or by dropping me an email (my email is in my profile).

Once I know if anyone is interested, I'll work out the finer details - but I would think posting would be around early November.

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Thanks for all your comments on my last post.

Many of you asked about my plan of attack. Here is what I have been thinking about -

Step 1 - Don't stress, it is just cross stitch and not crucial to survival :-)
Step 2 - Work out which ones I would really like framed by a professional and start getting them done
Step 3 - Work out which ones DH and I could frame by ourselves (His idea after I showed him the photos. He said I should measure them and then we can start looking for frames)
Step 4 - Work out which of the smaller ones I want to "finish, finish" and start working on them as the mood takes me

Although, I did get a giggle out of Nicky's comment about stitching a few more and going for a century! :-)

That century may be closer than I realise. Since I posted yesterday the number has increased to 88. I finished Mr and Mrs Abbott's Daughters last night, and while I was pulling threads for my next project I found another finish hiding in the recesses of my stitching basket. I suspect there may be one or two others hiding in other places.

Mr and Mrs Abbott's Daughters finished

My next project is Just Nan's Summer Humbug. I definitely intend to make this up as soon as I finish the stitching. Such pretty colours.

Next project - Just Nan Summer Humbug

Hope you are having a lovely weekend wherever in the world you might be.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Woah nelly...

Carol recently wrote on her blog that she has 82 unfinished finishes. This prompted me to get out my unfinished finishes and count them.

I guessed I had around 50, but I was mistaken.... I have 86!!!

I decided I may as well lay them out on my dining table and photograph them since I had them out anyway. Here they are.... it certainly doesn't look like 86 to me.

My unfinished cross stitch finishes

My unfinished cross stitch finishes

Is anyone else brave enough to count and/or photograph their unfinished finishes? If so, let me know and I will come and visit your blog!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Where for art thou Spring?

I haven't seen any signs of spring around these parts yet (like lambs or daffodils), but the weather is certainly milder than it has been and the days are getting noticeably longer. Yay.

But... today is still dull weatherwise, so I thought it was a good opportunity to check in again with a bit more progress on Mr and Mrs Abbott's Daughters.

I looked back to see how many WIP pics I've shown on my blog for this smallish design - phew, this is only the third. I didn't want to highlight too much my slow rate of stitching.

Getting there...

For me, the rest of the weekend will be spent entertaining, going to Zumba and hopefully I might even get Mr & Mrs Abbott's Daughters finished up.

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Saturday, August 07, 2010


My family bought me a sewing machine for my birthday 3 years ago and it is hardly used. This often makes me feel bad, so I bought this book last week with some birthday money from my Mum and Dad. It has a good range of easy to more difficult projects.

So last night DH headed out for a drink, my sister came around with her sewing machine and we made a bird each. (Mine still needs eyes). Far from perfect, but I learnt quite a bit more about my machine through having my sister here (her machine and mine are identical).

A little bird I made from this book I bought with some birthday money... I'll never be a sewer

My sister stayed the night and we searched the internet for something else to make this morning. We came across these little chickens (found here) and after a few glitches managed to get these done this afternoon.

My sister and I made these chickens with our rarely used sewing machines

Another thing I learnt this weekend is that I am a stitcher, and it is unlikely I will ever be a sewer!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Day book journal

I saw Fiona's day book journal on her blog. I really enjoyed reading it and thought I would give it a go myself.

Outside my window ..... it is dark. Living on the outskirts of town, it really is very dark

I am thinking .... about daffodils. Perhaps if I had planted my spring bulbs earlier in the year they might be peeking through the ground by now

I am thankful for ...... discovering Zumba classes. They are so much fun – and what better way to exercise than dancing and laughing your way through it

I am wearing ..... trackpants, a hooded fleece and my favourite moccasin slippers

I am loving …. The heat coming off the fire. It has been a cold winter this year

I am stitching .... Mr and Mrs Abbott’s Daughters by Carriage House Samplings. It is probably about ¾ done

I am hoping .... that I have a loss on the scales at Weight Watchers tomorrow night. Despite the piece of raspberry and white chocolate sponge cake I had on Sunday, it has been a good week

I am drooling over .... my new perfume that my sister gave me for my birthday. Circus by Britney Spears. Mmmm…

I am sorely tempted by ...... Marchioness by Jarden Prive. I don’t need anything more to stitch but it is rather pretty…

I am hearing ...... a war programme on the TV that my husband is watching (Generation Kill)

I am reading ..... blogs, of course!

On my mind .....Babies. Sigh… they are so lovely. Especially my little niece Phoebe!

From my picture journal…. This is our grocery alarm. We know we need to do the shopping when the cats start sitting in the fruit bowl

If anyone else decides to follow Fiona's lead and does the day book journal, let me know and I'll come and visit!