Monday, May 30, 2011

My Earth progress

I'm quite pleased with the amount I got done this weekend on My Earth.
I'm hoping that next weekend I'll get the top arch finished and reach the halfway point, fingers crossed I'll be done with this one by the end of June

Saturday, May 28, 2011


I thought it was would be a good idea to show you my pitiful progress on My Earth from last weekend before I show you this weekend's in a day or two!
I didn't get much done as I spent most of the weekend at DBF's 

I got into working on my UFO this week and put a couple of hours in on it 

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Not the edible kind so really good for the waist line :)

Last week at the beading group I belong to one of the girls was showing a few others how to make beaded doughnuts but not knowing it was going to happen I wasn't prepared for it :( 
I took notes and then came home and made one, then another, then got a little obsessed with making them!
Some didn't work out at all so I now know that certain sizes/shapes of bead don't work and but I have found a way to use up those odd small amounts of beads.

The 3 across the bottom are made with cubes (outside ones), the centre one is crystals and they all use seed beads.

Of course Rosie had to come and have a look at what I was doing so I took the chance to get a pic

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I like my postman

Over the last couple of weeks my postman has brought me some lovely goodies but I've been really, really slow in sharing at least the first one.

I joined a RAK group/exchange over at Needlecraft Haven recently. The idea is that you send at least one person in your group a RAK each month for the next 3 months.

Shelia sent the first lot of goodies, the card is hand painted silk and much brighter IRL and I'm already thinking what I can use the threads and bell pull ends for.

Lisa sent these beauties over the weekend.  Those frames are actually cards for you to put your stitching/ photo/whatever in and although I've been stitching for donkey's years now I've yet to try Carries Thread so I'm looking forward to that.

And lastly as you know I take part in a weekly UFO stitching session that Julie runs on Needlecraft Haven.
A couple of weeks ago she ran a little competition for those that posted a pic of their progress and it happened to be the first week I'd worked on mine for a while!
Julie wrote the names on pieces of paper and gave them to Mr Moe to play with and the that he played with most won and that was me :)
So Mrs Tape Measure came to live with me over the weekend and so far she's taken up residence on the computer desk but she may move home to my beading area in the next day or two.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


It's been a while since I last shared some progress pics so here you go.

Basket of Apples (TW Monday project)

Caleb's birth sampler (Weekly UFO project)

 And LHN Bookshelf which you haven't seen before cause it's a newish start but I had a good reason for it.  It's this years entry in the Cheshire Show next month

Friday, May 20, 2011

New Start

I turned a year older on Monday so that meant my annual treat to myself of a new start :)
This year I went with Winter Wingding from  Blue Ribbon Designs 

This is after a mere 10 hours so I think I stand a good chance of finishing it by the end of the year (plus I loved every stitch)

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Back in Feb I was lucky enough to win a giveaway hosted by Sara of Just Another Flamingo On The Lawn (love her blog name)
A week or so ago I came home to a card off the Post Office telling me I wasn't home when they tried to deliver a parcel.  It took me a few more days to get down to pick it up and even more days to get my butt into gear and post about (bad girl)

The goodies.  I'm really looking forward to stitching the Ink Circle design and the fabric is a perfect colour for me Sara really couldn't of picked a better extra than the Sunflower seed pot.

The stitched part is far to gorgeous to not share a better pic with you.
Sara tells me it's a variation of Dinky Dyes Butterfly Garden (No Mum you can't steal it) but the pic really doesn't do it justice.

Monday, May 16, 2011

New weekend project & stash

I had a whole post ready to go and scheduled asking you all which project you thought I should aim to finish next on the weekends but then blogger decided to play silly buggers and it never appeared :(  In the end I went with my gut and pulled out one that didn't have a start date for which means it was before 2004!
The one I went with is SB's My Earth.

As it started out

And after a couple of hours (I had a busy weekend and hardly touched a needle)

One of the things that kept me busy this weekend was a bead fair on Sunday.

I got myself a few new patterns, 2 pen blanks to have a go at, the wooden body for either another Bert or the St Nick in the pic, yet another reel of black thread for my beaded CdC and a little wooden snowman that I have no idea what to do with but couldn't leave him there.

And all the lovely beads that came home with me, well almost I forgot to put the ones for Nick in the pic :(
Most are to fill in gaps in my Delica collection but some are for the Peacock box pattern Mel gave me for my Birthday today.

Thank you for all your comments on Celtic Banner and to answer a couple of questions........
Erin, Ann and Denise all asked how I was going to finish it.  Well I'm not sure yet, part of me thinks framing would be better but very expensive and heavy to hang and part thinks a bellpull would work better but I'm not confident enough with my machine to do that yet so for now it's in the drawer :)
Denise also asked about the measurements so I got my tape measure out and it's 6 3/4" wide and 46 1/2" long on 28 count.

Monday, May 09, 2011


One of the posts I'm behind on is the latest round of the UFO RR I'm in.

Enchanted Geisha as she arrived (well almost I'd put a few stitches in when I remembered to take a pic)

As she left me

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Woo Hoo Major Happy Dance time

Celtic Banner is finished.
I'm really over the moon to have it done at last, it's only taken about 8 - 9 years!!

Please excuse the wrinkles I couldn't wait to share it and had to drag DBF and Mel outside to hold it for me

And a few closer pics

Now I need to decide what's next

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Oh dear!!!

Last Tuesday while out running a few errands I was rear ended at a junction :(
I'm ok but my car isn't even though it was only at about 10mph at most but it was a huge van that did the damage 

That's one heck of a cracked bumper

I didn't realise until later in the day when I to show DBF the damage that he'd pushed in the panel under the light pod

And on Wednesday morning when I went to empty the boot ready for it being picked up I saw this.
That gap runs all the way to the stud in the centre getting narrower all the way

And that gap shouldn't be there either

There also a tiny crack in the centre of the bumper and a couple of cosmetic things inside the boot on the lining.

I'm still waiting to hear when I'll get mine back but until then I get to drive round in a red one of these 

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

TUSAL time

I've added orts from Sunflower, Mary Wigham, Celtic Banner, Caleb's birth Sampler, Stitchy Kitty ornament, Celtic Griffin, UFO RR, the little lace mat I did and several colours of KO thread & Fireline from beading projects.

And this is the last time you'll get an update on Celtic Banner, next time you see it you'll need your dancing shoes :)

Sunday, May 01, 2011

April progress & May goals

For April I said
UFO RR  Done but mailed later than planned
Stitch at least one ornament  Done
Finish Sunflower Charms  Done  
Keep on working on Celtic Banner and hopefully finish it  I'm almost there :)
Keep on working on my UFO  No, kinda dropped the ball with it :(

For May I'd like to
Finish Celtic Banner
Stitch an ornament
Decide on my Birthday start 

In April I stitched for exactly 87 hours, I was very surprised by that!!  I had 1 new start and 4 finishes :) plus I stitched every day apart from yesterday.

It's been a bit of a bad week and I'm behind with posts so bear with me while I catch up over the next few days

Current PHD's = 38