Friday, July 29, 2016

To Thine own Self be True?

Well well well!!! It didn't quite work out doing a once a month post since the last time I posted was April. I'm very sorry if anyone has been worried or anxious about my whereabouts. Life took a twist and a very unexpected turn and it has made me re-think a lot of things. 

The first thing to happen was my friend sadly passed away. She was only 44 years old and left behind a husband and 3 children. She had been a sufferer of MS for a number of years but things took a turn in February when she was diagnosed with a rare but life-threatening disease called PML. It was the only case in the north west of England it was so rare. Anyway she lost her fight on 13th June and the worst thing for me was not being able to see her to say goodbye. I wasn't able to put things right where there was wrong. I wasn't able to reconcile with her to say sorry for the wrongs done by me and forgive for the wrongs done by her. It has made me think a lot about the people in my life and those who are no longer in my life. It has made me think of all my regrets and time lost. It has also challenged my faith and where I have walked in the flesh and not in the Spirit for so long. Would I be ready to go and meet Jesus if my time was up today? Time we can never get back. 

RIP Karen

And this brings me to my title, To Thine Own Self Be True. I guess this blog has always been my creative blog where I have showcased my handiwork over the years and I have deliberately left out anything to do with my faith generally speaking as I felt it might offend someone or cause division, or create a nasty feeling. However, as the years are ticking away, I feel more than ever that I have to be true to who I am and  if people don't like it then that is their concern and not mine. We preach this quote time and time again about being true to yourself, about being who you are and yet, here am I hiding my little light under a great, big bushel! 

So I want to unashamedly come out of the closet and say today that I am a follower of Jesus. I do believe he died for my sins and I do believe there is only one way to God and that is through faith in his Son. It's not by works so no -one can boast and there will be eternal punishment for those who reject God's free gift in this lifetime. Some of these things are difficult to say and I know that I will be pitied or laughed to scorn but even so.... I do believe the days are at hand and the true church needs to be called back to repentance and do the things Jesus told us to do which is to go and preach the gospel to the whole world. The church has been sailing for too long on the Love Boat and need to get back to its mission of reaching the lost. I'm not going to be using this blog as a preach-box but if anyone would like to know more about my faith then please get in touch via email. I'm happy to chat. And for those that do need a wake up call.......

So, where does that leave me? Am I still crafting, stitching, crocheting? Yes. But I think I need to spend less time on it than I actually do. Will I still post up my crafty bits and bobs? Yes of course! In fact, we have just spent the better half of this morning putting up my samplers after decorating. I am pretty pleased with how they all look. It is a very large wall. There is the option of going up the stairs but I don't really want to do that due to health and safety!

I have also had a new start - a LK one. Picture isn't great but you can get the idea:

But mostly I have been working on some commission work I have been doing for some cross stitch magazines. This has been fun but time consuming. 

I had a sort through of some wool: from this:

to this - a little colour play:

And there have been lots of inspiring posts but there are too many wonderful things to make and not enough time in the world!

I have been away, out and about and generally pottering.

 I have work to prep for for when I go back to school and a house to tidy and kids to entertain. So much going on. I hope that helps a little by way of letting you know where I have been and what I have been up to. I will try my best to do a more recent post with updates instead of leaving it so long. 


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Once a month....

It appears my postings are rapidly becoming monthly postings which, I suppose, is better than no postings at all! Life is full and busy and I am quite content with that. I do my best to fit in stitching where I can and so I am pleased to announce two finishes this week! 

The first is My Sheep Hear My Voice by LHN stitched in the given threads on Lambswool linen. 

This was a delight to stitch and it only took me about a week to complete it. I actually enjoyed the Lambswool linen too as much as I have moaned in the past about Permin fabrics being too scratchy. I guess I will stitch on anything. 

Last night I had a very happy celebration as I finally put in the last stitch of Quaker Christmas by Bygone Stitches. This was one of my new year Crazies from 2012! I hadn't stitched on this in such a long time so I started back on it last year and it really came together quite quickly once I set my mind to it. I used Threadworx thread in Wine Castle Red and a green one which i can't remember the name of. The gold is the called for one Olde Gold I think. The fabric is 36ct Vintage Light Exampler by LL which has a gorgeous orangy hue to it. 

So what to stitch next????? I could start something new as I have kitted up a whole load of charts using fabric from my stash. Or, I could be very good and get on with some long outstanding wips. I think I would like to finish the Moira Blackburn one and the Multiplication sampler I started as another Crazy 2012. I will let you know. Happy stitching all. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to you all. This has been a real time of focus for me as I have been so ill recently but I do seem to be on the mend now. I have downloaded a new app on my phone called Abide which is a prayer app. I can really recommend it to those who feel burdened and unable to pray. I think it is wonderful and you can stream the prayers so that you can listen for a long time. I have been feeling out of sorts spiritually for a while and this app has really helped me refocus. Easter time is a good time  to reflect too on the goodness of God and the love of the Holy Spirit. 

I finished this Victorian Motto kit in a day or two. So quick to finish. I have a few others to do in my stash. It's not a great photo as the design is very long. I need to get a load of finishes framed!

I wanted to show you an update of Quaker Christmas as well as I am busy trying to get this old wip finished off. I am really pleased with how it is turning out. The red looks stunning against the fabric which looks slightly darker irl. The fabric is LL Vintage light exempler. Threads are Threadwork threads.

And I just can't resist taking snaps of this little cutie. 

Hope you have a very restful and blessed Easter whatever you do. 


Wednesday, March 09, 2016

A Quick Update...

I have really not been very well this year at all. From the first Jan I have been hit with viral infections. No sooner as I have got over one then another comes smack, bang along and floors me. I decided to try extra vitamins and echinacea to see if this would boost my immune system. I will let you know how I get on with them. 

Well I do have another finish to share. Sorry for the crude photo. Just too tired to do any of this blogging and photography malarky. Please forgive me.

Robin's Song
Stitched on white jobelan and using called for hand dyeds.

Winter finally arrived here in our neck of the woods. With it came a snow day off school - I was off anyway due to being ill but the kid enjoyed it!

Just so pretty! It has mostly melted away now. It was a great excuse to hunker down and do some stitching. 

So, that's three of my Crazy January starts finished. I am working on a second block of Christmas at HRH but it does seem to take ages on 40ct. 

Keep warm and I will update you soon. 


Sunday, February 14, 2016

What I've been up to...

....which is not very much except lots of stitching!

First up, I finished Their Song by Blackbird Designs. This has been in my "to do" stash for far too long. I used a mix of DMC and the called for hand dyeds. I really like the way it has turned out and looking forward to getting it framed to add to my wall samplers.

I also finished the first block on Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. I am using DMCs for this and stitching it on Newcastle Sand which looks good. I am quite pleased with the result so far. Now I have the first block finished on Shores and Christmas I really need to get started on the other blocks!

I caved and bought some new stash. I have been wanting this little kit for ages for my bathroom so finally bought it and some fabric which, well, you know, fabric right?

And finally, this is where I am up to on Robin's Song by LHN. I am using the called for hand dyeds on this and it is turning out quite nicely. The fabric is some white jobelan which I really do enjoy stitching on. I don't know why I don't do more on it. So I have nearly finished this first section and looking forward to the next bit. 

Just for fun, I thought I'd post a snap of some brownies I made. I got the recipe off a pupil at school who regularly makes them for the staff. It is my first time making brownies and they were not bad for a first. However, I do think hers are much, much nicer.

Lastly, here's a picture of my cute cats having a cheeky snuggle. They are so fab!

Happy stitching all. I am hoping to get a lot done this week as it is half term but you know how that story goes!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

A crochety post

So I started this blanket in December and it hasn't taken me long to finish at all. The design is the Sunny Stripes blanket from Attic24 and I used the same colourway and patterning that Lucy has used - only because I just couldn't be bothered to think about it and wanted something easy to do. So here it is in its finished state. I finally did the edging today and am pretty pleased with how it came out. 

Ta -Daaaa! It's very long!

And bright....

The edging worked perfectly...

Lovely folded too!

And on a whim, I decided to buy some more wool as Stylecraft have introduced some new colours including the lovely Duck Egg blue shade. I was inspired by Annie's Place by some of her pretty blankets in pastel shades. 

Sorry the pictures are a little blurry - probably because I have enlarged them but hopefully you can see the shades. I have included the new mustard shade to pop every now and then and the Boysenberry one which is the dark purply pink shade. 

I wanted to shout a huge THANK YOU to my dear blogger friend Vonna for sending me a lovely big piece of Weaver's Cloth to do some punchneedle on. It is very difficult to find this fabric over here in the UK and the last punchneedle I did was a little kit that came with the fabric inside. What with the new release of Punchneedle and Primitive Stitcher magazine which my lovely friend Sue over at Peakside Needleworks has managed to get in her online shop, I have been seriously drooling over all the lovely designs I want to punch. Now I can! Thanks Vonna so much. You are so very kind. Now, where is my punchneedle??
All the best to you all. Hope you are having a peaceful January. I have been hit with a little ill health but am okay. 
Stay warm. 

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Crazy 7 update....

How are you all stitchers and crafters? Well my Crazy 7 challenge actually became Crazy 8! No - not the Crazy 8 card game but actually 8 Crazy New Starts! I enjoyed every single one and developed a case of startitis!

So without further ado, here are my starts.... and would you believe I actually have a finish too. Thank you to the girlies on our group Skype chat that continually encourage and enable. Thanks to Lesley, Sue, Tracy and Tina (no blog).

Day 4

Their Song
Blackbird Designs

I really didn't get a lot done on this as wasn't feeling great that day but it is a start!

Day 5

Mill Hill
Joy to the World Button and Bead kit

Fun to work on this! Enjoyed the cheerful primary colours. 

Day 6

Ink Circles

This is using Olde Willow Stitchery threads and they are lovely to work with. Very subtle pastel variations. 

Day 7

Kathy Barrick
And Heaven and Nature Sing

The fabric arrived just in time yay!!!! It is Polstitches Heirloom using DMCs. Love it. 

And Day 8!

Carriage House Samplings
Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow.

I couldn't resist this. My fabric came (40ct Newcastle Sand) and I had the threads and just had to start it. Love it. Love the colours and the design. Everything. 

And I have a finish.... 

Can you guess which one of my Crazies I finished?

Ta... Daaaaa....

Yes it is the Sampler Girl Moon Shell Sampler! Did you guess correctly? It is not a great pic as it is so large but you get the idea. 

So who actually did the Crazy 7 challenge? Did you manage to start all of them? Did you resist starting more? Well I am a little stitched out after last week so I am returning to crochet for a little bit just till I get this stripe blanket complete. Pics to come soon. 

Okay, happy stitching or crocheting or crafting to you this week and I will see you all soon.