Sunday, 17 February 2013

Productive week

Hi everyone, I hope you are all warm and well.

We had a return of the white stuff again on Wednesday and it snowed all day, but then the rain came along and washed it all away. Now we have lovely sunshine which makes it feel like spring is on its way. The tulips are coming up through the soil, I hope they flower well this year.

I started a little Lizzie Kate stitch last Sunday, Happy Hoppy Easter. This is going to be a surprise gift and it will be made up into a cushion with little pockets on the back to hold small stitching accessories. I will explain more once the gift has been posted out and received!

I had planned to make up Joy another LHN on Wednesday but didn't get round to it so my finishing pile is growing.

This weekend I have made a start on the Round Robin, the designs are so cute and a little different to what I would normally choose to stitch. It will be interesting to see how each of us finishes of the final piece.

I had signed up on the Autoship with Patchwork Rabbit for the LHN Little Sheep Virtues and the first one Hope arrived on Thursday. I just had to start stitching it today and I am using the recommended fabric which is 30 count, probably will save this for the daylight hours!

I spend as much time as I can catching up with lots of your blogs and continually being inspired by all the talented stitchers out there. I have a desire to improve the quality of my work and try new fabrics and new techniques.
In the week I joined the RAK group who always inspire me their talent who then share with others in acts of kindness. I hope I can bring a smile to someone's face by sharing my stitching stash and makes. I am planning to send something off in the near future.

I am always pleased to receive your comments and welcome new followers to my blog, it is nice to know that there are people out there interested in my ramblings.

I hope your week is pleasant, you get to spend some time stitching and you stay safe and warm.

Melanie x

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Busy Week

Well what a busy week it has been.

I worked the early part of the week and had travel disruption on Tuesday due to the bad weather. I was very glad when the snow disappeared and hope it doesn't come back again very soon.

On Wednesday evening I went to see Les Miserables at the cinema with a friend and really enjoyed the film, I have seen it at the theatre and the film was just as good with the same amount of tears! I knew that I needed to go and see it again and on Friday got my wish; it was my day off and after going to see my DS and partner in their new house and a lovely lunch out with my DH we spent the afternoon in the cinema watching Les Miserables all over again. I hope Anne Hathaway does well tonight at the BAFTA'S she deserves to win.

My round robin was posted out on Monday and I received the next one for me to stitch on Friday. There is plenty of time as the next posting date is not till April so I will probably settle down next weekend to start my part of the stitching.

Yesterday I spent the day at the Creative Craft Show in Manchester, replenishing my stash.
Earlier in the week I had watched a recording of Jane Greenoff's show on the Create and Craft channel who had an acronym for describing our stitching stash purchases it was SABLE; stash acquisition beyond life expectancy. I thought this was very appropriate in my case as I have so much stuff however it did not deter me from buying more at the show and I came away with charts, charms, scissors, fabric, aida, linen and a wall hanging with pegs for bobbins. This purchase was not essential but very pretty and will look really nice on my workroom wall.
I made a great effort to buy some charts that were not Winter or Christmas related as I tend to go for those themes before anything else. I got a chart for Easter and a couple related to friends and friendship so have plans for some little stitching smalls in the near future.

Today I have finally finished "Joy" so now have 2 pieces that need making up and finishing. This is planned in for Wednesday on my next day off.

So not much stitching this week but had a fab week; good cry at the pictures, replenishing the stash and postie delivering nice packages what more could a girl want!

Enjoy your week

Melanie x

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Weekend again already!

It doesn't seem a week ago since my last blog, the week seems to go so quickly.

I finished the stitching for the round robin yesterday and it is now all parcelled up ready to be posted tomorrow. I am quite excited at receiving my first one to stitch for someone else.

I have spent most evenings sorting out my threads as part of the workroom reorganisation. I have been winding bobbins and organising by number - not very exciting, and it seems to take forever.
I am sure I will realise the merits of doing it when I am searching for a thread I need to finish off a design. I would rather be stitching with the time taken to organise!!

I am still waiting for the LHN Sheep Virtue to arrive, I have all the threads ready to go as soon as it does. I now plan to finish off "Joy" before I start to stitch anything else and then I have 2 finishes to complete.

I am off to the Creative Craft show in Manchester next Saturday so my next blog may have pictures of my purchases as my stash will need a top up I am sure!

I am also off to the pictures on Wednesday with a friend to see Les Miserables. I have seen it at the theatre and the reviews of the film are all good so looking forward to that.

Enjoy your week whatever you are doing

Melanie x