Monday, October 29, 2007

Dreaming Mermaid and rotation update

Gosh isn't time flying by!! Tomorrow I will be 29 weeks pregnant! As I am having a c section at 39 weeks this means I have 10 weeks to countdown. That is if I don't go earlier. But at the most I have ten weeks left. My bump is getting bigger by the day and is definitely football shaped all at the front this time. I keep thinking I should post a pic of me and bump so I can have something to remember. We have nearly finished decorating Lily's room now and her new furniture comes on Thurday so we can move her in and start on the baby's room. We have ordered the pram and carseat (a huge expense) and I have started getting some bits and pieces together for the hospital. So exciting. Good news is that dh is back from touring now (he had to come home early) so it's really wonderful to have him back home and around me to help as I have been really tired.

Stitch wise, today I have just finished making up my Harvest Exchange for the SBEBB and will be sending that off in the next couple of days. I enjoyed working on it and really hope my partner like it. Will post pics when it arrives at its destination.

Dreaming Mermaid page 5 is finally complete YaY!!! I am wel into page 6 now but all I have left is half pages to do. No more full pages!! So here's my progress so far.
October update

I really want to work exclusively on this for a bit as it's my goal to complete it before the end of the year and I have three and a half pages left to do in only a couple of months so I really need to get cracking on it if I want to meet this goal. Also, it is for Lily and it would be nice to get it finished before the new arrival comes.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and are enjoying your stitching. I will stick to my routine of reading and commenting on blogs on Tuesday. I like to fit it in as they are so inspiring to me and I keep getting lots of new ideas. Take care all. xx

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Rotation update

Okay the Rotation trial went so so.
Twilight Shimmer - done
Blog reading - done
Harvest exchange - finished stitching but didn't make up
Patchwork - did a little bit
Dreaming Mermaid - No something came up
Pif - started one but hardly done anything on it - just too tired
Polar Santa - am doing it now

I think next week I will stick to Dreaming Mermaid all week as I really am behind on it and need to get it finished by the end of the year. I will blog again on Tuesday/ Wednesday. DD off school this week so will be extra tired.
Happy stitching.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Redwork exchange recieved and Twilight Shimmer update

Well here is my October SAL update on Twilight Shimmer. Not a huge amount done but it was a lot of confetti stitching on the face which needed to be done and I did a big chunk on her shoulder/arm. Sorry its a bit blurred.
October SAL progress

And look at this gorgeous redwork exchange I got from Cari today. Rework exchange from Cari
Back of the pincushion

She stitched this beautiful pincushion on 32 count over 1!! She also sent me 25 skeins of dmc and this lovely pair of gingham scissors in "ashley". I have been longing for a pair of these for a while now but we can't get them over here I don't think. So thank you so much Cari. They are all gorgeous!

Sticking with my weeks rotation I am going to be reading all the blogs and commenting tonight and getting up to scratch with them all. Can't wait to see what you've all been stitching. Have a good stitching week. xx

Sunday, October 14, 2007


Okay just a quick one. I have decided to try and do a rotation just for this week and see how I get on with it. I'm not really very disciplined whne it comes to my hobby but I have so many projects on the go now and some are getting severely neglected. So if it works and I feel I have accomplished everything then I might try it again for next week. Here goes:

Monday - Twilight Shimmer (as part of the monthly SAL)
Tuesday - Blogging night (a whole night dedicated to commenting and I'll stick up update on Twilight Shimmer)
Wednesday - Harvest exchange (finish sewing and finish if time)
Thursday - Patchwork
Friday - Dreaming Mermaid
Saturday - PIF/gift for someone on the list or for the cross stitcher's lottery
Sunday - Polar Santa - not seen the light of day for a good while.

I am getting quite heavy and tired now with only 3 months till the big day and most of my internet time is being taken up with researching prams/pushchairs, hospital lists etc so you'll all have to excuse me if you don't see me around so much. Just know I am still here, probably spending most of my time decorating and sleeping. Bear with me. I just wanted to say that because I hate it when people just disappear from blogs and never say anything and you worry about what might have happened to them.
Love and hugs

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Redwork exchange recieved

Redwork Exchange for Linda
This is the front. I used a Papillon Creations freebie on 32 count evenweave.

Back with Linda's initial
The Back showing "L" initial taken from the Repertiore des frises book.

Inside showing pockets and scissor fob and gifties
Here's the book open showing pockets and all the extras I sent. It also shows the tiny scissor keep I made using 40 count Sheeps straw linen from R&R reproductions. I also sent Linda some fabric too but I didn't photograph it. You can see her blog here. I am quite please with the way it turned out. I hand stitched it up and did it as neatly as I could.

What with all the postage strikes in the UK it's hard waiting to receive stuff in the post. Hopefully I'll get something next week.
In regards to the CDC I have decided to unpick the metallics and you'll just have to wait and see what I do with it next but just to say that's something else I am still waiting for in the post.

Have a good stitchy weekend.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

October goals

Well I did okay with september goals in that I did get a huge chunk of Dreaming Mermaid done although I did not resist the temptation not to start cdc before finishing the page on DM! So here is a bit of what I have done on CDC. This is on 32 count mulberry linen using Thread Gatherer's Spring Frocks and I have used some kreinik 192 to do the main circles but not sure I like it so might unpick it and do a different metallic. Any suggestions are welcome.
Just a start Sept 07

So October goals as follows:

1. Finish DM page 5 and start page 6.
2. Work on Twilight Shimmer for the HAED SAL.
3. Complete Harvest exchange for SBEBB and send off.
4. Work on CDC and find nice metallic that works well for the main circles.
5. Complete 2 motifs on Patchwork.
That should do the trick!

In terms of other news, DH is now in Australia with Hard Fi and will not return till the 10th October - away again! Also I am trying to start getting things organised for the new arrival as I have done nothing as yet. Starting to look at prams and also getting a few bits and pieces for the hospital bag. I know it's early but I like to be prepared. Can't do any decorating till DH gets back but will start to look around for some furniture. Lily needs new furniture and we need a cot and a wardrobe for baby + bedding.

Okay off to do some serious stitching and start meeting those goals. Hope you are all well and have a good stitching week.