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Friday, 27 November 2009

Christmas is coming!

My plan at the beginning of 2009 to stitch one ornament a month is still on target. A lovely collection ready to wrap for family and friends are already completed and now i will add Loopylou Designs 'Christmas Joy' from JCS ornament 2007 for the month of November. In the magazine it's stitched white on white, but i decided to go with the more traditional festive colours for mine.

My ornament in the exchange at Stitch & Stash has been sent and i have received mine from my partner (its wonderful and i say a big thank you, you know who you are), unfortunately i can't reveal this till everyone has received theirs so as not to spoil the guessing of who sent to who for those still to receive. There are differing opinions on revealing exchanges:- A)show a pic and say who as soon as you receive, or B)wait till a reveal date and post pics all at once on the forum so all is revealed together - which do you prefer?

I hope all my friends over the pond had a lovely Thanksgiving with their loved ones and are not suffering from too much overeating today!

I've been thinking of Karan today as she underwent her surgery, i hope all went well and she is soon back with us in blogland feeling much better.

Have a good weekend whatever your plans

Monday, 23 November 2009

A gift in the post...

Something very nice was delivered today, it sure did brighten a very dull, wet and dreary Monday.

Barb has sent me this lovely parcel, look at the cute little card, he's a knitted dog, how cute is that! There was a lovely message in the card, also telling me that the design on the larger cushion is by 'The Spinsterhood' and the smaller one is a Blackbird Designs, this one is full of lavender - my favourite and it smells heavenly, its stitched on her favourtie Sassys fabric called Dusk.

Barb has recently joined blogland and set up a blog for herself after lots of badgering by other bloggers (yes Karan thats you), if you've not visited yet, why not pop over and say hi, i know she would appreciate your visit.

Thanks again Barb xx

Sunday, 22 November 2009

A wet and windy Sunday

Lots of horrid weather this week, high winds and heavy rains, but no where near as bad as some areas of the UK. I've done a little stitching, some knitting and made up the monthly challenge ready for reveal next weekend. These are another pair of socks for DH. The monthly ornament is stitched but i still need to make that up before i show you and my friends birthday gift is almost ready to be made up too.

DH is feeling much better but still not 100% and DD is now 12 weeks into her bad throat and cough, she's back off to the Dr this week after finishing her antibiotics and still no improvement. I'm still germ free, so i'll send you all a {big hug}

Happy stitching and knitting

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Unclean! Unclean!

Our front door should look like this to warn visitors to enter at their peril as we have the 'lurgy' at our house, thats what they did in 1665 in Eyam, Derbyshire to stop the spread of germs to other villagers.

Poor DH not satisfied with having tonsillitus thought he would like to have a very bad case of D & V this weekend. I can honestly say that in the 25 years i have known him i have never seen him so bad with a stomach bug. I have no stitching updates to show you today as i have been playing nursey and taking care of him and washing and disinfecting the bathroom to within an inch of its life. He seems much improved today and his asthma seems to have settled again, so life can return to relative normality again .... normal whats that!! LOL

Hope you had a better weekend than we did!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

***Happy Dancing***

Back in December last year i was invited to join the Needleprint Beatrix Potter Quaker SAL blog. I put the first stitch into mine on 15th Jan. Membership grew fast on the blog as ladies showed updates on their own blogs and we soon had the maximum 100 stitchers. With all good intentions of finishing this by the end of this year and thinking yeah right in your dreams... I HAVE!!

There are such a lot of different wonderful variations and all so lovely, its been great to watch them all grow over the year, and see 7 finishes to far. Mine is stitched on 25ct laguna in potato using Carries Creations - Wedgewood and Bordeaux.

Thanks to you all for your encouragement over the year with this, my first large Quaker project.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Remembrance Day

In Flanders field the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
~~By Major John McCrae, May 1915.~~


I'm pleased to report that DH's test results showed no sign of H1N1, although he was quite poorly with whatever it was. He is now much improved and went back to work late last week. DS and i seem to have escaped the germs, fingers crossed it stays that way as i know lots of people who are unwell right now.

Stitching news - Christmas Wishes by Linda Bodkin of Loopylou Designs is finished, i decided against the doves eyes in the bottom hardanger panel as i prefer it without. The threads of this one are different to those the charts asks for too although they are basically the same colours. I also finished the final part of the hardanger bookmark from Clare Aimetu

Beatrix also has a motif added but as there is only one more to add till its completed i'll save that for the happy dance!

Just Nans Lady Scarlet has also grown and there are 4 more bands added. Its such a lovely one to stitch, hopefully i'll be on target for a finish in 2009 if i can get part 2 done this month but its that time of the year again when we are all busy with secret projects that can't be shown as we are secretly sending goodies off to santa for friends and family.

I hope you have all had some productive stitching time and the bugs and germs are keeping well away from you. Thanks for visiting.