A beautiful sunny day here today, so lovely for October and here i am sitting inside at the computer, but i don't mind, it'll be nice to finally get a blog post done to show you what i've been doing recently. Life here has been busy this week.
DH is still struggling with his cold and is settled under his new granny lap blanket that i finished for him during the week watching the Grand Prix. He's spent a bit of time there this week during the evenings and has had the comfortability tester (Midge)on his lap to check it out too.
It also passed the snuggle test with a certain little lady and her toys too when they visited.
Last weekend was the offical opening of the Autumn Exchange at Needlecraft Haven. I stitched for Kate this time and made her a needleroll using the Fall Fobs chart from Heart in Hand.
Unfortunately the postal service didn't play nicely and mine arrived late, but it was well worth the wait. Dusty made me this stunning little pocket that houses the beautiful scissors and needle threader on ribbons. Thank you so much Dusty, it's beautiful and i love it.
Last Sunday was also the reveal for the monthly challenge stitched piece at NH too. The chart chosen this time was Guardians of the Sea by The Little Stitcher.
My finish was due to a friends young man being cross that the bathroom door lock had been taken off due to an unfortunate accident with the youngest member of the house playing at locking themselves inside. Auntie Julie to the rescue and with me stitching it twice, he can now put this on the door when he goes in to show that the room is is use and hopefully harmony at home is restored for mum and dad lol.
August and Septembers ornaments that i showed you before i went on holiday are now made up. I'm really pleased this year, i have only missed 1 month so have a lovely collection to give as little gifts to family and friends. I love this monthly ornament SAL as i dont have to rush to stitch some at the end of the year.
I've also joined Barb and the Wednesday ladies in their weekly SAL. It's aptly called "The Little House in the Country with the Sampler Girl" as you can choose a design by Little House Needleworks, County Cottage Needleworks or The Sampler Girl to stitch on.
I chose Daisy Lane Cottage by LHN and Barb is also doing this design. 3 Wednesdays i've spent on this one and here's how it's looking.
Never one to miss and opportunity to stitch with friends - yes i know i really need to stop signing up to things and make some progress on my Shores of Hawk Run Hollow that hasn't been out for a while - but this one i really couldn't resist.
Rachael has organised a round robin with speciality stitches. Only a small design, a bookmark size or slighty larger no bigger than band sampler size and we have to add 3 bands to each persons project.
I looked through a lot of magazines and charts that contain speciality stitches and came up with this. The fabric is 28ct and from a Polstitches grab bag that Tina gifted me, no idea of the colour but it was the perfect size for this project.
Band 1 with the bees is part of a design from Just Cross Stitch magazine April 2005 and is called Lake Julia's Bees by Wendy Mosbacher. The bead flowers were added to set the band width. Band 2 is double herringbone and Band 3 is a brick satin stitch horizontally instead of vertically. I've called it English Summer Garden and am really looking forward to seeing what the ladies add to my floral border, any colour, any design, go for it girls!
The first posting has taken place and i received Rachael's last week. She's chosen a citrus theme for her bookmark and enclosed the threads she would like used on it. I added my 3 bands this morning. Band 1 is foursided stitch with smyrna crosses inside. Band 2 are rhodes stitches and Band 3 is eyelets over 8.
Time to go and see if DH is still awake and put the kettle on i think.
Take care, see you soon.