Saturday, May 31, 2008
The fabric isn't as dark as the pic shows but that's what you get for taking a pic in the evening when it's cloudy out. Left to do is the rest of the arm rolls, drawer front, parasol, seat cushion & seat base. I have to have it done by June 15th at the very latest but with any luck it'll be done by next weekend when I go away for a stitching weekend in Derbyshire with several other UK stitchers
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
I'd seen the box as we left but they told me it was framing supplies for my Dad, my parents can be very sneaky at times
Then this morning the postman brought a padded envelope for me from Sharon who's my Floss mom. She not only sent me the chart for Peacock Tapestry but the floss for it and the silk's for Just Nan's Peacock CypherI'm totally bowled over by her wonderful gift and feel honoured to have her as a friend
Sunday, May 25, 2008
I know that Caleb is almost 2 months old now and that alot of stitchers would of handed it over within days of his arrival but not me, I like to be different and Heather knows that I'll finish it and hand it over at my own pace.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Not the most exciting of things to look at but it's really fun to stitch
It's My Stash is Bigger than your Stash from Forever in my Heart, I'm using the called for Crescent Colours and cream Murano.
This morning I've done my weekly hour on my UFO for the SAL and with luck I'll finish it next month, it'll be nice to clear a UFO off my WIP list and I already know which one I'll work on next. Now I'm off to finish the stitching on my Fantasy exchange project
Monday, May 19, 2008
I had to talk nicely to this guy to get him to turn his head
Meerkats, the outdoor group
And this is Pete the resident Peacock, you never know where you'll find him as he's the only one allowed to roam free. We found him in with some chickens and I had to talk nicely to him as well to get him to display his tail
Friday, May 16, 2008
It's been a nice quiet day with nothing exciting happening. I started my Birthday present to myself this morning and have worked on it when I've been home today, been to town and done my food shop, had phone calls off family wishing my Happy Birthday and Mum managed to sing it without laughing this year (she rings us all up and sings first thing in the morning but normally doesn't get more than half way through before she starts laughing) and I've now got an oven full of cherry scones ready for the WI coffee morning tomorrow.
I'll post a pic of my start when there's something a little more interesting than a lilac G to look at at
Thursday, May 15, 2008
1) Go to Wikipedia
2) In the search box, type your birth month and day but not the year.
3) List three events that happened on your birthday
4) List two important birthdays and one death
5) One holiday or observance (if any)
1568 - Mary Queen of Scots flees to England.
1920 - In Rome, Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc as a saint.
2006 - A large earthquake (7.4 on the Richter scale) occurs near New Zealand
1905 - Henry Fonda, American actor
1969 - David Boreanaz, American actor (can't think of anyone better to share a birthday with!)
1990 - Jim Henson, American puppeteer
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I didn't take many pics in the house partly because some of the rooms were dark (for good reason, one in particular has a 300 year old black silk coat in it) and partly because it was so busy
This is a Roman chair that was dug up in the grounds when they were putting in a new drainage channel
The State bedroom, the wedding dress is the one worn by a member of the family who married in 2000, I overheard someone say it's by Vera Wong but how true that is I have no idea
The alter in the family Chapel
The Bluebell wood, it's almost the end of the season for them now
A bluebell :)
Monday, May 12, 2008
Topic of the Week May 5, 2008: How did you choose the name for your blog? Is there a special reason behind it? Please share.
When I started this blog way back in 2003 I called it Diary of a Domestic Engineer simply because at the time that's what I was, a full time Mum and housewife (A title I've always hated, I didn't marry the house!).
When I revived it last year there had been some major changes in my life, I'd seperated from my H and was now my Mum's Carer as well as being the family member that was most able and available when my Gran needed help so a new name was needed and after some debate and suggestions from friends Caring Stitcher was born
Those that know me well will think nothing of my being up at this time of day instead of tucked up in bed fast asleep but for once my bed is calling and has been for the last hour or so now shame I can't answer it's call until the cake has cooled down enough for me to take it out of the tin. The purpose of said cake is the same as it was a couple of weeks ago a Cheshire Show committe meeting and while this one has turned out better I doubt very much that's it's going to be up to WI show standards, still it keeps my famliy happy as they all get a chunk of it to munch on afterwards (I'm not a big cake eater and would never get through it on my own, heck the one I won yesterday is half the size and Mum's already had a chunk of it)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
And 10 hours later he can still only fly in circles but at least most of his cookie jar is done now
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I'm still a little off colour today, my head no longer hurts but I feel sick whenever I move so I've spent most of the day stitching and watching Heroes (the upside is I've done my hours on Cookie Dragon for this month in 2 days!)
So to Saturday, first off we went into Conwy to visit the jewellers so that Mel and I could pick out a piece of Colgau gold Jewellery. Almost as soon as we were all out of the car Mel decided to go up in the world and stand on the wall so being the mean Mother that I am I took a pic of her :)
After a wander round a few shops and lunch in Anna's Tea room we headed back to the car and Mel kindly went up on the wall to take this for me
Next up was a ride on the Chair-o-planes, see the guy on the ride? I've got no idea what his name is but he remembered us from Malpas steam fair last Sept (prob. cause Mel and I spent a fair bit of time on the Carousel)
No trip to Llandudno is complete without a walk to the end of the pier browsing in all the little huts along the way selling alsorts of stuff, my personal favourite one is about half way up and everything they sell is connected to Wales in some and a huge amount of the stock has the Welsh Dragon on it.
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
It's stunning and like me it's her first attempt at making a flatfold but you wouldn't think it to look at it.
I've not been very well the last couple of days and I'm still off colour today but this has cheered me up no end, Thank you Kell. Mine will be going in the post today, once it arrives at it's new home I'll share
Friday, May 02, 2008
She was here to find out if she'd won her wedding at a local posh place, the local paper ran a competition to win a wedding for 100 people with everything included so she entered.
She didn't win but while she was here she caught up with a couple of friends and I got to babysit while she went to find out if they'd won which for me was the highlight
Thursday, May 01, 2008
For April I said
UFORR Done but I mailed a day or two late
Make progress on Birth Sampler Not much but any progress is good progress
Stick to UFO SAL I missed one week
Make progress on Birth Sampler
Stick to UFO SAL
No new starts other than my Birthday one and an exchange I'm signed up for
As much progress as poss on the Garden chair
Overall I had a really good month, I stitched for 102 hours and 18 mins which is way more than I thought it'd be
I had 3 new starts - Exchange piece, The Peacock and the Garden Chair
And 2 finishes - Be a Dragon and the exchange piece (I'll be posting a pic of that once it reaches it's new home)