Hubby took advantage of the cooler weekend weather and ripped out our old rotten wooden arbour that held up my lovely thornless rose Zephirine Drouhin. The flowers have a beautiful scent just like turkish delight. He made a new wooden arbour from scratch and laid a new slabbed area underneath to house my latest purchase of a lovely bistro table and chairs.
With the recent sun we've got some nice bright and colourful flowers emerging
Outside looks summery, but if you came to visit me and saw my stitching area inside you would be forgiven for thinking i was about to put the Christmas decorations up and you've missed the second half of the year. All my stitching these past few days has been Christmasy things!
Stocking-a-long Friday and a bit more progress on Nativity Stocking
May's ornament was stitched, but it just didn't get made up in time, i got that sorted this weekend. I chose Maisons Rouges by Cathy Roy from Le Chalet des Perelles blog. There were 2 free designs to choose from in December 2012, i love the little reindeer so decided to do this one first. I'll maybe do the other later in the year, perhaps in a different colour?
The ornament for June came from Just Cross Stitch ornament edition 2012. This time it was the lovely one by Judith Tuttle from Twisted Oaks that caught my eye. The Little House Mouse is such a cutie and i'm pleased with how he turned out.
I was thinking as i was putting these ornaments together yesterday in my conservatory watching hubby hard at work in the garden....... I wonder how many stitchers get stressed with all the things they have commited themselves to do thinking they have plenty of time and then deadlines loom close. I'm in a bookmark exchange that needs to be posted out really soon. I knew about it at the stitchers meet up back in April and i have been putting off starting it to do other things and now the deadlines near it's got to be done .....NOW.
Do you find you have such good intentions and sign up to lots of different things? What's on your regular stitching list that you've said you will do?
For me, i have :-
Wednesdays SAL with the parlour ladies at NH - a design by LHN, CCN or TSG - I'm doing the CCN Santa Village each week during 2013 (although i have been doing more than 1 night a week on them)
Fridays - stocking-a-long - Nativity Stocking
Christmas Ornament SAL - 5 have been done this year, so i've missed one month
Monthly challenge free design at NH - Not compulsory and i have missed a few...sorry Christine
Now i have typed out the list, it doesn't look much obligation stitching does it so why have i not had a finish with Shores yet this year?
Maybe the new 'sitting in area' in the garden will get lots of use for a stitcher. Or, as DH said when he was putting his tools away yesterday and i was outside with a book in the late evening sunlight trying out the new chair....... maybe it will be used by a book reader instead....... mmm yes, now he's mentioned it, i guess that could be where my valuable stitching time goes to since the Book Borrowers started!
I'm looking forward to reading what things you have signed up for at various blogs, forums etc and how you manage to plan your stitching each month.