Friday, December 30, 2005
Speaking of stitching. I managed to get Christmas mystery 1 framed in time for Christmas. I'm hoping to get some more finishing done before I get back to work. I have decided to start something new on the 1st inspite of the huge amount of stuff I have already got in progress. They don't call it guilt free January for nothing.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Thanks to everyone who commented on my Christmas elf fairy. I've posted a few Christmas tree photographs today. Apart from one or tow ornaments which were gifts, all the stuff on my tree is made by me or I have received it in an exchange over the past few years. I've taken part in the TWBB's ornament exchange every year recently so I have quite a few lovely ornaments that I have received from fellow stitchers. So if you've ever sent me an ornament in an exchange, you sould be able to see it.
Not much stitching has been going on around here for the past few weeks. I'm knitting a few gifts this year so they have had to take priority. I've just got one gift to finish and then I'm done. I've also been making lots of Christmas cards which are almost done too. I picked up the frame and mounts that I had made for Christmas mystery 1 today so I'm going to get that stretched and into its frame this week. I have to work on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but after that I'm not back until the 26th so I'm going to be busy. I've got 5 days off over New year and I'm planning a serious stitchathon. In spite of being Scottish, I'm not found of New year so I have no plans at all except stitching
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Most of my stitching time this week has gone to finishing my part of a secret project which is now ready to send to the person who it is for and has no idea it is coming. I can't share a picture for obvious reasons but once it is safely there, then I can share.
I have managed to make time to buy a frame and mount for Christmas elf fairy and you can see the evidence below. I also ordered a frame and mount for Christmas mystery 1 which has been sitting waiting to be framed for the past year. Hopefully it will be in by next weekend and I will have more photos to share.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
The show started on Thursday. It wasn't as busy at the show as previous years and there were definately less cross stitch/needlework exhibitors from previous years. There was much more wool and yarn stalls instead which was good for me as my interest in knitting has grown greatly over the pasy year or so.
One of the big appeals of Harrogate for me is the opportunity to take the short classes that are staged during the show. The classes are on a wide range of techniques and are mostly demos of a technique or a small project of that technique. The first one on Thursday was to make a wire work bracelet.
The idea behind is pretty simple and pretty effective. I've bought some more beads and wire to try and make another.
The second class was with a Royal school of needlework trained embroider called Tracey Franklin. who has written a book about goldwork and also teaches across the UK. Each year, she takes a short class which is a goldwork taster session. I've done quite few of these now but I haven't quite plucked up the courage to stitch a bigger piece yet.
I'm going to gather together the previous ones I've done and try and figure out a way of framing them together. Tracey is a very good and patient teacher and even remembered me from previous years.
On Friday I did 2 more classes. The first one was on making small concertina notebooks using pelmet vilene ( its like Skirtex for the US stitchers). I haven't quite finished mine yet but a picture will follow. The second class of the day was possibly my favourite. It was a class to learn how to make dry needle felt animals. The teacher was a lovely woman called Ewa Kuniczak who is so very enthusatic about the whole technique. My creature decided to be a dog.
The materials for the class are more than enough to make at least a couple more creatures. Ewa was felting a lovely dragon at the show which looked amazing.
After all this other stuff, I've also got a cross stitch HD to share. I finished the Mirabilia Christmas elf fairy kit last night. The kit picture looks so dull compared to the finished item. She's stitched on the recommended fabric.
Monday, November 28, 2005
On Saturday, I got to meet up with a few of the UK based stitchers - Karoline, Scully, Rach, Amanda, Kate and Pat plus Karoline's MIL and Amanda's DH and her two children. It was great to see everyone again. More show stuff to follow as I took a couple of classes and have some finished stuff to share.
When I got back, I had a package waiting for me from Jo with a lovely Christmas ornament from the Stitching Bloggers exchange.
She also sent some chocolate which I've been munching through this evening whilst uploading some photographs.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Sunday, November 06, 2005
As I've been stuck in the house, I've been card making and I have made about 20 or so Christmas cards. I've also knitted 2 scarves for my mum and finished stitching a few things which I can't share just now as they are exchanges or gifts.
I can share some pictures of the scarves though
Last night was Guy Fawkes night in the UK which means lots of fireworks. I forgot that the local council uses the playing fields behind my building to have the council run display. The photographs show the view from the window on the landing on my floor of the building. All my windows face the other direction so I stood at the stair landing window to get a good view.
It was pretty close by so it was really noisy but some of the fireworks were very pretty.
Stitching wise, I have stitching quite a few Christmas ornaments. I've also started Chatelaine Japanese garden on black belfast linen. I'll post a progress picture once I've got a bit more to show.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
My mum was really inspired by the knitting stalls and fell in love with two lots of yarn for scarves. So I have just acquired two more knitting projects to do as although she can knit much better than me, she can't knit at all at the moment due to her hand and neck problems. It will be good to make stuff for her as she has made me so many clothes and other stuff over the years and finished off a few projects into cushions for me.
Monday didn't really go too well though. I ended up getting sent home from work as otherwise I would have been sick over the patients, which isn't really what nurses are supposed to do...
I felt better yesterday and even managed to finish off some ornaments for the ornament exchange on the TW BB. I can't share any pictures yet as they need to be a surprise for the receivers. I even managed to sort though some other ornaments that I want to stitch too.
Today I seem have developed the cold from hell. So I have spent most of the day lying on the sofa, watching trashy TV and sleeping. As today is one of my days off for this week, I am not best pleased by this. Also I am supposed to be going to a Wedding fair with my sister, my mum and my sister's future mother in law on Saturday and my sister needs me there to protect her from motherly insanity from both mum and the future MIL, who are both already too overexcited about this wedding. So I need to be better for then or my position as Chief Bridesmaid may be gone due to my sister being driven insane.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
I'm also a lot of parts behind in the Chatelaine mysteries that I'm stitching. I'm only on part 3 of Mystery 8 and I haven't even started Christmas mystery 2. Normally I would feel pressured by this but I've decided that the journey is the important thing rather than the time taken.
I've done a bit of stash aquiring today. Mirabilia have released a Christmas elf kit which was a must have for me. Mirabilia plus Christmas equals my perfect project. Tomorrow I'm off to a local stitching and craft show so I think I might be spending some money. I'm going with my mum who is a dressmaker and machine sewer who loves the look of cross stitch but hasn't got the patience. She's a bit down just now as she has a problem with her right hand which has stopped her doing most things. She's worried that it won't improve soon as she is making all the dresses for my sister's wedding in mid 2007. Worrying enough for me is if things don't improve soon, I will be getting a major crash course in machine sewing. The last time I used a machine was over 10 years ago.
Edited to add Yay this post took without having to switch to Firefox so it would seem that Safari and blogger are starting to get along
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
The best thing that happened this week is that I got the most beautiful gift from Elisabeth as part of the Stitching bloggers exchange.
I am very impressed at Elisabeth's finishing skills. My finishing skills at the moment don't really extend much beyond pillow type ornaments and the odd bellpull.
I updated my webshots album today with a few finishes and some newly framed stuff. My latest finish ( or at least the latest one I can share) is Buddha from a kit by Pinn designs. Its going to be a gift for my parents. Hopefully it will be the last project that I take on as a obligation gift on behalf of some else. Perhaps that will be after I finish the 4 or 5 things I have decided that should stitch for other people that they don't even know about.
Saturday, September 17, 2005
I spent a good part of yesterday stitching on the Buddha that I am stitching for my dad's meditation teacher. Its looking fab but its only about half done and I have only 2 weeks left. Argghh and its stitched in a variety of white, cream and browns. I may go blind stitching it.
For a bit of variety today, I decided to trying and finish off some of the huge pile of finished stuff that I have. I managed to finish off my Halloween exchange piece which I can't share a picture of as yet. I'm really pleased with how it looks. I've going to get it all parcelled up over the weekend and do a big post office run on Monday. I'm going to try out some new finishing ideas over the weekend so hopefully I will have a few pictures to share over the weekend.
My kit for Chatelaine Japanese Garden arrived today too. I just need to get the black belfast linen and I'm all set for November.
The main distraction this week however has been the new computer. My shiny new Imac arrived on Wednesday and I spent most of the day on Wednesday copying files across to the new computer and trying to get used to the differences between XP and OS X. So far I'm loving it and the transition hasn't been as bad as I thought it might been. So far being the operative word - I'm hoping that saying that doesn't come back to haunt me.
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
I've decided to try and not feel sorry for myself as things are much worse elsewhere in the world and life is otherwise pretty good.
2 good things that happened this week were firstly my cousin Nadine had a baby girl on Tuesday and all is well. The second thing is that today is my birthday. My parents gave me some money which will either go towards some stitching stash or some thing for the new computer. My aunt bought me the DVD of the movie of Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy so I know what I'm doing tomorrow.
Friday, September 02, 2005
To get the holiday off to a good start, I've got a stitching HD to share. Its a sampler designed by Kate who hosted the GTG and surprised us all with the design and the materials to stitch it with.
This weekend. I'm planning to try and get some completed pieces finished off or framed. I have a gift piece in progress for my dad's mediation teacher who is leaving their group to run a group in Edinburgh. I've also picked out 2 designs for the exchanges I'm taking part in as part of the Stitching bloggers exchange board.
On other news, I ordered a new computer yesterday. I'm getting a imac. I've been thinking about getting it for a while but the time is finally right. My current computer is going to be put to good use by my parents. Their computer is about to give up so the timing is good.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Tomorrow is my last day at work for 3 whole weeks. I have taken 2 weeks off work for holidays and with my strange shift patterns, that turns into 3 weeks. So there will a lot of stitching and knitting being done over the next few weeks. I don't have any plans to go away anywhere as yet.
On a non stitching note, my sister has booked her wedding date for 2nd June 2007. I've promised to make the invitations and favours and all that sort of stuff. My mum is making the bride and bridemaids dresses. I'm Chief Bridesmaid so I get to boss the other 3 about. There was only supposed to be 3 of us but one of her friends "invited" herself to be bridesmaid and my sister didn't have the heart to say no. Of coure there will be a wedding sampler. I'm not sure what yet as my sister isn't really a floral type person. I've stitched a Scooby doo design for her which she absolutely loves. I'm not sure that scooby doo is right for a wedding sampler.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Not really sure that I should been spending anything though. I've spent a bit recently on various things including some cotton tape yarn for a jumper and other wool for a couple of different projects. I also went a bit mad last Saturday and bought a load of card making stuff on QVC. I've not been doing much card making of late and I really miss it. Quite a bit of the stuff is for making Christmas cards. I am a big fan of Christmas stuff and a lot of my stitching is Christmas related also. The first thing I ordered arrived yesterday and I'm very impressed at the quality of the card and embellishments I received. Now I just need to find some time to make some cards.
I've decided roughly what I want to stitch for the Stitching blogger's redwork exchange after getting the name of the person I am sending to. This weekend I need to pick up a couple of things so I can get started. I've also signed up for the Halloween exchange. So far I've decide what I'm going to finish the item as but I've not quite narrowed down the exact design.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Stitching wise, I've signed up for a few exchanges on the stitching bloggers exchange board. I used to take part in a lot of exchanges in the past on various yahoogroups that I belonged to and I've organised quite a few too. Lately most of the groups I'm on aren't having exchanges so when I saw the posts for the exchange board, I decided to take the plunge. The first one is the redwork exchange. I have a fairly good idea what I'm going to stitch for it after reading the recipents blog. I've ordered some supplies so once they arrive, I will get started.
I'm off work after Thursday until Tuesday so the plan for the weekend is to stitch, stitch and stitch some more. I also need to sort my stash area as its a bit of a state plus I want to go through my stash and sort some stuff for trading at the UKGTG and possibly to sell some stuff off on ebay. I know I have a few things that I know I won't stitch.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Stitching wise, my progress in July has been fairly non existent due to very little stitching time. I've finished a couple of small christmas cards and another christmas piece. Pictures to follow. The knitting bug has continued to bite. I've knitted a scarf for my sisters birthday and I've also almost finished another knitted bag for my sister.
At the moment I really need to be kicked up the backside. I've got 4 different things that needed posted off to various people and a mountain of ironing that will over take the house. However all I really want to do is sleep, surf the net and stitching or knit. Still its only 1 month till I have a fortnight off work and only 2 weeks to the UKGTG. I really can't wait, especially for the GTG. I have no stitching friends locally other than my aunt (who I am gradually enabling with lots of different stuff) and its great to talk to other people who get the stitching thing rather than think it strange.
Friday, July 15, 2005
This week, the weather gods got a bit confused and the West of Scotland had temperatures of 80-90 degrees during the day. Not really typically Scottish weather especially when you are a very fair skinned Celt like me. I only have to look at the sun to get sunburn. Added to that is the fact that we don't have air conditioning like those in USA and Canada. Sleeping has been a bit tricky to say the least.
Stitching wise, I haven't done much at all this week. Mostly I've been at work or up visiting my aunt in hospital or sleeping. Added to this is the fact that we changed soap at work a while back and its not agreeing with my hands. The skin on one of my fingers has split at the knuckles and the rest of my hands feel like sandpaper. Not ideal for stitching with silks. I've got an appointment to see someone at the Occupational Health department to sort it out and I've been given some cream until then. Meanwhile I still have to wash my hands 30+ times a day at work and use masses of hand cream.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
The new one has a few more bells and whistles - a camera, bluetooth and WAP. And is easier to use. I did feel a bit patronised by the sales guy. I knew exactly what I wanted and told him that. The salesman seemed surprised that I had heard of bluetooth and knew how to set up a phone. Obviously women can't know these things. The other irritating thing was that he kept going on about their land line phone services inspite of the fact I told him four times that I wasn't interested and not to tell me any more about it.
On another note, the G8 summit is really getting on my nerves. Half the police from the west of Scotland are over in the East dealing with the violent element. I had to phone the local police to have a very suspicious and intoxicated man removed from just outside the ward I work in. The Police were great when they came but they took ages because they are very shorthanded. All their leave is cancelled too. Combined with that is the fact that the Police are advising against travel at all to Edinburgh unless you have to as its bursting at the seams. The ironic thing being that the summit isn't even there, its at Gleneagles in Perthshire. My aunt was supposed to be visiting my other aunt in hospital today but she didn't make it as she has to come through Edinburgh and the traffic and transport is a bit of a nightmare right now. I really, really want things to change during this summit but the nightmare element has arrived on the scene as usual to wreck a good campaign with fanastic aims. I don't know what the violent element hope to achieve but I don't see them influencing George Bush or anyone else by those methods.
Monday, July 04, 2005
Work has been ultra stressful too. I started nights on Thursday and each night was worse than the night before. I've been shouted at, sworn at and had to convince a variety of people that 2am is time when everyone should be asleep (apart from the staff obviously). I also had to deal with a trumatic emergency situation that did not turn out positively and has left all the staff shocked and upset. Still the lovely words of another patient who has said he is coming back to give us presents because of all we did and would give us all a reference, cheered us up and made it easier to carry on.
Stitching time has been sparse over the past few weeks. I'm up to date with 2 of my 3 round robins and I should get the other one sorted soon. I have some other obligation stuff to get finished also. Various wools and patterns to knit are still catching my eye and I'm thinking of knitting a blanket from the new issue of Simply knitting also
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
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After all the talk about knitting on all the BBs lately, I thought I should tackle something more complicated than a scarf. I learnt to knit as a child but was very bad at it and couldn't do purl. There's a new knitting magazine thats been on sale over here (Simply knitting) and it caught my eye when the first issue was published. I finally took the plunge last week and bought some needles and yarn to make this bag and at last my brain seems to get how to knit.
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I've finished Chatelaine Christmas which isn't a really logical finish whilst the UK is going through a heat wave but at least it will be finished for this Christmas. Its been a fairly jinxed project. I started it originally on what was supposed to be 32 ct Lambswool linen but after stitching it for a few hours, I realised that it wasn't 32ct and was probably 36 ct or something. So I restarted on 32ct Belfast linen and all went well until I finished the stitching on the tree and started on the box around the Christmas ribbon. I had a moment of misreading and instead of going down 3 centimetres, I went down 3 inches and I didn't realise until the box stitching was finished. I've decided I am not changing though. The other annoyance was beading the garlands. The red mill hill beads that are suggested have central holes that are too big and let the gold beads slip inside them. Luckily I had some 7/0 red beads that were suitable so thank goodness I have a bit of a stash of beads now.
Not much happening around here apart from this afternoon when there seemed to be someone important being driven down the street. I'm guessing because I couldn't see who was in the car but the 4 police motorcycle outriders and 2 police cars accompanying the car suggested that it might be someone important.
Friday, June 17, 2005
I've not been doing a great deal this past week. Tuesday my dad and I put up some shelves in my spare room and I spent Tuesday night arranging stuff on them. The spare room is really a spare room/stitching room and its looking pretty good. I've got a few more framed cross stitch pictures to put up and some stitching books to get from my parents house still but its nearly organised. This weekend I'm going to try and get the bathroom painted and go around patching up the bits that are needing done elsewhere in the flat.
The thing I am most looking forward to this weekend is the final episode of Doctor Who. I have really loved watching it since it came back. Christopher Ecclestone has been fabulous in the part and I will miss him in it when hes gone but David Tennant is from here in Paisley and that will be very cool. He's also a fab actor and rather attractive. Last weeks reality TV theme episode was the best especially the Trinny and Susannah bit with Captain Jack. The DVD box set is definately going on my wish list.
Stitching wise I have almost finished Chatelaine Christmas. I've made a mistake though and instead of a 3cm gap between the tree and the ribbon section, there is a 2 inch gap. I got my inches and centimetres mixed up. I'm not frogging it though as it looks okay. My fairy roses chart and the 3 dimples charts I ordered, have arrived and I've started Fairy roses on a piece of SMF dyed blue metallic lugana that I bought on ebay. I'm hoping to finish Christmas tonight or tomorrow so I'm off to stitch now.
Friday, June 10, 2005
Mystery 7 finished
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Mystery 7 is done. I finished it earlier in the week but I've only just got around to posting a picture. I struggled stitching it for quite a while as I really lost interest after part 2. Now its finished, I'm pretty happy with it. I need to find the right bell pull hanger which might take a while.
Recently I've also been trying to do some finishing off as the pile of stitched stuff waiting to be framed or finished was getting huge. The mini mysteries have now been turned into bell pulls and hanging on some of my doors in the flat. I've also finished off a pile of Christmas ornaments, some of which had been waiting for 2 years. I had a bit of a stitching slump last month and finishing off the ornaments has really helped to get my stitching juices flowing again.
This month aim is to finish at least 2 more WIPs. As well as mystery 7, I've finished a Winnie the pooh cover kit from a magazine. Chatelaine Christmas is probably near to finishing and I have another couple of things that if I don't let myself get distracted, I might finish this month. I've got lots of stitching time because of my holidays which should mean a few more finishes. However I've ordered the new Nora Corbett/Mirabilia chart Fairy Roses and its on its way. I think I might have to start it once it gets here...
Monday, June 06, 2005
Stitching wise, I'm almost done with Mystery 7. I think I will finish tonight. Last month I did the finishing for a load of ornaments. I stll need to get some photographs of them. I also stitched and framed some of the country companions cover kits from the recent stitching magazines. I had previously searched for some cheap frames for these cover kits design without success. Finally I was in Ikea about 2 weeks ago and they have frames that are £2 for a pack of two which fit perfectly. They only sell them in dark blue and white but fortunately that suited me.
I'm away to try and finish mystery 7 now. The chatelaine WIPs are a bit out of control at present so I need to get some of them done.
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
The last couple of weeks has been pretty busy. Work has been horribly busy with patients that shouldn't have been in my ward but because of bed shortages elsewhere, we have been left to deal with it...
I go back to work tomorrow for 3 shifts and then I have 2 weeks of holidays which will be sheer bliss. I plan to spend the time organising the flat amongst other things.
This weekend, there's going to be a massive party at my parents. My dad is sixty on Thursday and we are having a party for around 30-40 (or more) relatives at my parents fairly small house. It should be an interesting day as I haven't seen some of my relatives for a while.
I had a bit of image change today. I had shoulder length hair this morning when I left the house. By this afternoon, I had my hair cropped very short. Its a bit of a change but I have had my hair this sort before and I think it looks better. At least the little bit of grey hair I have doesn't look as obvious.
Saturday, April 16, 2005
Who should I vote for?
Your expected outcome:Labour
Your actual outcome:
|Liberal Democrat 62|
|UK Independence Party -41|
You should vote: Liberal Democrat
The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.
Take the test at Who Should You Vote For
It wasn't quite accurate as I have decide that I'm going to vote Labour. I do agree with quite a few of the policies of the Liberal Democrats but on balance I find I agree with more Labour policies. I could never see myself voting Conservative ever unless they change pretty much every policy that they have.
Monday, April 11, 2005
At the start of March I had 26 WIPs/UFOs plus 2 Round robins in progress. I felt like I got quite a lot of stitching time in March. I had a week off work so that helped.
March starts were
Tom mouse butterfly chase (country companions design)
Mini mystery H tryout
ornament 3 for Ornament RR group 8
TW you were hatched
Michael Powell Venice Windows 2
March finishes were
Tom mouse butterfly chase
Mini mystery H
Mini mystery H tryout
Legends of the Spellcasters
Ornament 3 for Ornament RR
TW You were hatched
So I ended the month with 25 WIPs/UFOs plus 2 Round robins.
My aims for April are to
start and finish ornament 4 for the Ornament RR
finish Mystery 7
get organised for the UK RR I'm joining that mails out at the end of the month
finish at least one other project.
I would like to end the month with 24 or less WIPs/UFOs. My kit for Chatelaine Eqyptian garden is on its way and I know I won't be able to resist starting it when it arrives (hopefully tomorrow)
Anyway as of the 1st of January 2005 I had the following projects started
TW The Storyteller
TW The Ministrel
TW Paisley Corner
Legends of the Spellcastes
Mirabilia Autumn Queen
Mirabilia Emerald Mermaid
Dimples Le Epoch Nouveau
Chatelaine Taj Mahal garden
Chatelaine Mystery 7
Chatelaine Christmas (aka Weinachten)
Country companions bag
Pinn Chinese Goddess of Mercy
JN Barnabee's quest
LK Needle Nick
Jungle babies pillowcase
Jungle babies birth sampler
LK Love keeps us warm
Merry stitches stocking
Newton's law The future's so bright
WB Yeats Verse
LK Official Snow guide
3 Round robins (Wee beasties, RR 25.2, Ornament Group 8)
In total that makes 25 WIPs/UFOs plus 3 RRs. The main aim this year is to get the amount of WIPs/UFOs to below 20 by the end of the year. I'd like to finish Taj Mahal garden, the Storyteller, Autumn Queen and Le Epoch Nouveau. I would also like to finish 4 mirabilias and stitch 6 country companions designs. I would also like to have more finishes than last year (I had 65 last year).
In January I started Mystery 8 and Mini mystery H. I started and finished one ornament for the ornament RR and started a second on. I also started Dimples Viceroy butterfly for Carleen's Dimples RR. So I ended the month with 27 WIPs/UFOs plus 3 RRs. Not a good start.
February was better. I started 4 things: a Dragonfly scissor fob by CJ Lucas designs, Dimples Californian ladybug (for Caroline's Dimples RR), Mill hill holly feather tree ornament and a springtime pooh cover kit. The finishing rate was better: Dimples Viceroy butterfly and Californian lady bug were both finished (completing my involvement in the Wee Beasties RR). I also finished the Dragonfly scissorfob, the holly feather tree ornament and the Ornament RR piece that I started in January. Two other WIPs bit the dust - Mirabilia Emerald mermaid and the WB yeats verse. So I ended February with 26 WIPs/UFOs plus 2 RRs.
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Last night I had my parents and one of my aunts over for a meal. It was a pretty good evening. Today I've been stitching away on Taj mahal garden and watching lots of TV.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Legends of the spellcasters
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I'm finally starting to feel better although the coughing is still there and I sound like I have been smoking lots of cigarettes. Back to work Wednesday night, what deep joy.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Finally though I am starting to stop coughing and I can get some stuff down around the house before I am back at work on Wednesday.
One of the things I found to cheer me up today was buying the new issue of SFX magazine and finding pictures from the Hitchhikers movie along with links to trailers. I have had my doubts about the adaptation and some of the cast but the trailers look very cool. I've even changed my computer wallpaper to a picture of Marvin. After many years of trying to persuade my dad to read the Hitchhikers books, I've persuaded him to read them and he is really enjoying them (as I thought he would).
My sister has set the date for her wedding. Much against many predictions by mum and myself, she has gone for 2nd June 2007. It happens to be my dads birthday too so that's good too. I've committed myself to making all the stationery including the invites and favours so that gives me plently time..
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Stitching wise I did well this month. I finished 7 things and only started 3. Of the three starts, two are already done and one will be done this week.
Dimples Viceroy butterfly
Dimples Californian lady bug
Dragon fly scissor fob by CJ Lucas
An ornament RR project (I can't say what it is just in case)
Mill hill Holly feather tree ornament
Mirabilia Emerald Mermaid
A WB Yeats verse that I charted myself
I'm rather pleased with this progress. I was hoping to finish Legends of the Spellcasters but it wasn't to be.
For this coming month I would like to
Catch up with Mystery 8 ( I'm still stitching part 1)
Complete 2 of my WIPs/UFOs
Do the finishing for 2 ornaments
I would specificially like to finish Legends of the spell casters and Mini mystery H. I'm going to go bell pull hardware shopping at the weekend show as I've decided that I would like to finish the mini mysteries as individual bell pulls and hang them on the room doors in the flat.
A further thing I need to do this month is go to my parents' house and decide what framed stitching is staying with them and what is coming to me. They really apppreciate my stitching so I know it is going to be in good hands. They have already asked if they can keep two of my completed Shepherds bush samplers as they want to hang them in their bedroom. Strangely they have moved into my old bedroom already and redecorated it to make it their bedroom. Both the samplers they picked will look perfect.
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
The stash room organisation has begun. I bought some drawer units during the Ikea trip and I've put all my kits, WIPs, fabric and so on in them. It was a little scary to see it all but it definately got me stitching more. I'm in a finish it mood at the moment and hopefully I should have Emerald mermaid finished this weekend and may be Legends of the spellcasters. I have a Nashville order on its way plus some silks so the postman is eagerly awaited everyday.
I had some happy family news on Monday - my sister got engaged to her boyfriend. She's asked me to be a bridesmaid when the wedding happens in a year or so. I think we are all going out for a family meal this weekend to celebrate.
To answer Faith's question Paisley is in the West of Scotland. Its about 10 miles from Glasgow near the River Clyde. Greenock is about 20 minutes down the motorway. The main claim to fame for Paisley is that it is the home of the Paisley Pattern. Where I stay in Paisley is close to the Anchor mills where they used to make Anchor threads so its an appropriate town for a stitcher. Its just a pity we don't have an LNS.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Basically what happened was that I moved into my new flat then the telephone company decided that they were very hopeless and I couldn't get a phone line from them for 2 months. I would have been quicker learning how to connect the cables myself.
Anyway I now have a phone line and 1mb broadband which is very lovely and fast. So hopefully I will be posting more here.
At the moment I'm trying to get organised. I'm lucky enough that I have a spare bedroom which I am planning to have a sofabed in but mostly to use as a stash/sewing room. I'm looking around for storage ideas at the moment and so tomorrow I am planning a trip to the hell that is Ikea. I feel like I have been living in furniture shops for the past two months and if I never have to assemble flat pack furniture from barely understandable instructions with holes that don't line up, it will be brilliant.