Monday, September 27, 2004

Where does the time go ?

I was sure it wasn't that long since I last posted but apparently it is. Not a long changing around here. Work is still busy and annoying the heck out of me. I've applied for a couple of job still in the same line of work but completely different type of work. I don't know how I'll get on with them, I just know that I need to leave my current job before it completely hacks me off.
The other main hassle at present is the flat saga. The flat is still not ready. The builder wrote to me last week and told me that it still had no power but it might be sorted by today. They forgot that this weekend was a holiday weekend and everything is shut today around here so no news today. Hopefully I will hear something tomorrow. Basically they are going to give less than 14 days notice till completion so once I hear, it will be busy, busy around here.

Stitching wise I have finished Mini mystery F and a couple of other things. Pictures of them all are in my webshots album. So I am now down to 25 WIPs plus one RR. I've got a new RR to start with some friends that I have stitched with already plus I have finally succumbed to the Ornament RR with a round starting in November.

Back to work tomorrow. I'm not really looking forward to it. An ex student that I mentored has started work in my ward and he is one of the most annoying men I have ever met. He doesn't seem to realise that he doesn't know everything. Perhaps he has changed in the year since I last worked with him but I'm not entirely convinced. I shall try to smile sweetly and ignore him.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Life, the universe and everything

A mostly good week so far. The best bit being Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy being on the radio again. I have been waiting for this for so long. I really enjoy all of Douglas Adams's work and Hitchhiker's guide is my favourite. Just the theme tune sets me off. I think I may start reading it again. I also saw some pictures of the movie in a magazine this week and Martin Freeman really looked the part. I think he can pull it off. Now if they would just get the Red dwarf movie filmed, life would be sorted.
The second best thing that happened this week is that my kit for Mini mystery G arrived along with the beads for Taj Mahal. I finished Mini F last week and I can't wait for G. The materials are gorgeous. I'm trying to decide which Chatelaines I want to do next year. I like the look of Mystery 8 but I'm put off by the big size of it. I also fancy doing Celtic quilt and Christmas mystery 2. I'm going to make a final decision once I have been to the Chatelaine workshop in October.
The third best thing was having a $40 silkweavers gift certificate to spend from my lovely secret stitcher Kathy (aka Amber moon fairy). She really spoiled me all through the exchange. I ended up getting a load of small cuts plus a piece of seaside sparkle opalescent linen.
Sadly my stitching bits and bobs order seems to have gone wandering. Hopefully it will turn up eventually.
Back to work tomorrow.

Stitching blogger's QOTW

Been very busy at work and home hence the absence of posts.
First off, the Stitching blogger's QOTW
If you could design your dream needlework/cross stitch shop, what would it be like?
My dream shop would have a wall of fibres, silks and cottons in all sorts of colours. I would then have a rack with lots of fabrics especially overdyes with a daylight light so you can see the colours properly. In one corner I'd have a couple of comfy chairs with a large book case beside it with all the charts so you can take your time looking at them. I would have a room in the back for workshops and stitching clubs. I would have lots of models on the walls and a display of buttons and charms. It would have lots of TWs and Chatelaines and Mirabilas.

Monday, September 13, 2004

Still on holiday

My two weeks off seems to be eternal. Because of the way my shift rota works out, the two weeks I have taken off actually ends up being three weeks. I go back to work on Thursday night although I am going into work for a while tomorrow for a leaving tea. One of the night shift nursing auxillaries is retiring after more than 20 years working for the NHS. I'm really going to miss her as she and I seem to be on the same wavelength about a lot of things. I have to go tomorrow and buy the leaving present which will be a gold watch I think and some flowers too. Plus I promised to get a cake.
On Wednesday, I'm going to a local nursing careers fair. I'm not really that happy with my job at the moment. The management seem to be utterly disinterested in the staff and I don't see it getting better. Plus there is the fact that I don't want to stay a ward nurse forever and the time seems right just now.
Stitching wise I have been stitching away on Emerald mermaid and a Country companions Christmas design.

Stitching blogger's QOTW

Do you stitch small projects one at a time that you can finish quickly, have numerous large projects going at once that you rotate,
or both? How does your current system work for you and have you thought about changing it?

My system is kind of a mixture of both. I have quite few large and small porjects that I rotate through in a haphazard way but I also stitch quite a few small things that I start and finish straight away. I find it means that I stitch more. I have thought about having a more rigid rotation but my stitching time isn't particularly predictable and varies a lot from week to week.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Stitching blogger's QOTW

How do you explain cross stitch to non-cross stitching people? Do they get it or do they say “Oh, right.. you do knitting then (or sewing, or needlepoint)"?

I forgot to answer this earlier. I generally explain that its a type of sewing which you make up a picture from little crossed stitches. It also depends on who is asking. If, for instance, it is drunk men on the train from London to Glasgow, I tend to ignore them and hope they go away lol.
Some people get it and I've shown a couple of people how to stitch. I also have shown a lady on the Aberdeen to Glasgow train how to start a thread without using a knot.

A good day

Still on holiday here so I've been having a fairly relaxing day. Today is also my birthday, though it is now almost over for another year.
My dad took me out for lunch to a restaurant in the next town to us, where I grew up. The restaurant is fairly new although it is in the former premises of a favourite restaurant of the past. It is also next to my former high school, which I am glad to say has finally ditched the horrid brown uniform that I had to wear in favour of black.
Anyway we had some crab cakes to start with and then I had some lovely Scottish salmon with lemon and lime butter. Dad had some chicken in pepperly sauce. All in all it was fairly good though I still greatly prefer Chinese food to everything else.
I spent the afternoon going around carpet and flooring shops. I've been trying to decide what kind of flooring I want in the flat for ages. I like carpet but there is little choice available. So I've decided to go for laminate flooring in the hall and living room with carpet in the bedroom for cosiness and tiles in the bathroom and kitchen. This may all change again.

Stitching wise, I've been working on Taj Mahal garden from Chatelaine. I only joined this one after part 5 came out so I'm way behind and okay with it. All the progress pictures tempted me into it. I'm using the silks except for the NPI ones and I can't say I see a difference with DMC. Other than that, I am think about what I would like to stitch next year Chatelaine wise. I decided not to sign up for Mermaid treasure box as I felt I had enough to do just now. I'm tempted by Mystery 8 but the size of the parts that the folks doing mystery 6 are stitching is putting me off. I wasn't sure about Christmas mystery 2 but I'm definately in on that one and Mini H. Celtic quilt is starting to look tempting but I need to think about it all lot more. I want to stitch more mirabilias and TW. Anything Chatelaine related seems to suck up most of my stitching time. The possiblity of Vicki Clayton silk substitutions is definately going to make the financial side of things much more appealing.

Saturday, September 04, 2004

First HD for September

Footballer ed
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I finished this wee hedgehog design on Wednesday. He's stitched on 32 c Lugana in a shade called Luna from Sugar maple fabrics. The chart was in one of the UK magazines. As with all UK magazines, it was suggest that you stitch the design on aida but I have a growing stash of small pieces of Sugar maple fabric pieces and this design looked like a sky coloured shade would suit it.

Today I've been stitching on Emerald Mermaid by Mirabilia. She is stitching up really fast and I hope to finish her before I go back to work on the 16th.

August stitching report and September plans

San man frosty
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Crystal snowflake
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These are my last two finished projects for August. I didn't manage to get as much stitching done as I'd hoped. Work and home stuff seemed to suck up all my time.

In August I had planned to
1. Stitch part 8 of Christmas mystery - I did this and even finished part 9
2. Stitch Mini mystery F part 2 - done
3. Stitch Mystery 7 part 2 - not even a stitch done of it
4. Finish one of my smaller WIPs - done (Country companions Christmas sweater
5. Stitch 2 christmas ornaments - done
6. Sort out stash - nope

So I did not too badly 4 out of 6. Considering how busy the month seemed to be, I'm amazed.

For September the plan is
1. Finish Jungle babies sampler
2. Finish Just Nan Barnabee's quest
3. Finish Emerald mermaid
4. Stitch some ornaments for the TWBB COE
5. Stitch parts 2 & 3 of Mystery 7
6. Start Mirabilia Royal Holiday

We shall see how that goes....

Some Chatelaine progress

Some progress to share on Christmas mystery and Mini mystery F now I have finally had some stitching time to stitch on them

Christmas mystery part 9 done
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Mini mystery F
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