Monday, August 31, 2015

The End of the Summer...

I can't believe how quickly these last few weeks have flown and tomorrow I will be starting back at work! I thought I would do a quick update before I go back as it will be a busy term and not sure when I will get time to blog again. It has been a quiet summer and I have enjoyed the slow pace of it. We haven't done a tremendous amount and I have spent a lot of time at home, taking things easy and catching up on stitchy projects and stitchy gossip. It has been good to get time to read some of your blogs and be inspired.

August Goals

I did okay on these goals.

I completed two CCN ornies:

Christmas Birdhouse

Merry Merry

I completed and finished my Peace Design from My Big Toe

Stitched using Victorian Motto Threads on 28 Cream Cashel linen

I completed page 4 on Moira Blackburn's Three Things Sampler. I am over half way through this design now. Feeling very happy about this sampler. I am loving working on it. It is easy peasy and I love the colours.

The only one I didn't stitch was the Travelling Stitcher pattern, Love is Best. I will make that a priority next month. I thought I had seen this pattern before and I was right! It is already in my stash! I think I might have even stitched it before as a giveaway so I might do it again and do another giveaway.

September Goals
  1. Stich Fa La La CCN ornie
  2. Stitch Love is Best Lizzie Kate
  3. Choose ornies for xmas exchange and prep
  4. Just Nan Nan's Garden - As I am stitching this for my mum I am going to SAL with Tracy as she is doing something for her mum as well. I need to try to do a band a week. 
Had a bit of a splurge this month as well as I have decided to stitch a couple of Mirabilias. I went off them for quite a while but seeing Lynn's Mermaid at the Nimble Thimble meetup inspired me to start another, I had a mad time going on to look at hand dyed fabrics to go with the designs. I finally boiled it down to two designs: Fairy Moon and Lady of the Mist. I have gone with Crafty Kitten fabric.

Fairy Moon

Ocean Ridge Cashel Opalescent

Lady of the Mist

Aurora Murano evenweave.

I have ordered the beads for Fairy Moon and need to do a thread inventory and will be starting her first. It may take a few weeks for the fabric to get here anyway. 

I have added a few more hexagons to my blanket too and it is looking good. I do like the colours I have chosen very much. This is going to be a slow project I think which will last me through the Autumn and Winter. Which reminds me.... I am happy that the weather is starting to cool off now. I'm really not a Summer person. I love the start of Autumn and hunkering down, putting the fire on and cosying up with a blanket project. Roll on cool weather. I notice the heather has started blooming on the hills. Here are some snaps of a beautiful place we go to. It is near Hathersage in the Peak District. Love the purple. 

Right well that's it from me folks. Hopefully I will be back soon. Happy stitching and crafting. 



Shirlee said...

Congratulations on reaching your goals for August. I am sure you will reach them for September as well : ) Love the photos of the heather. Best of luck going back to work!

Vickie said...

Oh success! Peace is lovely. Three Things is spectacular!
What lovely hills. And pictures of the kids.
I hope this school year is a great success.

Margaret said...

You've done a lot of good stitching this summer! I hope the school year is good for you and your kids too. It's always good to have the lazy days of summer, sad to see them end.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Great finishes and you will so enjoy at the holidays. The last days of summer are the best

Cindy's Stitching said...

Some really pretty pieces. The purple fields amazing. Good luck with school season.

Cindy's Stitching said...

Great stitching.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Lovely stitching and pretty finishes! Good luck with the coming year and the busy-ness that comes with it!

Etta said...

Your work is beautiful!

Christine said...

Well done on your stitching finishes and good luck with your September goals

Brigitte said...

You were doing great on your August goals finishing so many designs. The ornaments are lovely and so is the Peace piece. Isn't Moira Blackburn's sampler great to stitch? I enjoyed stitching it so much some years ago, one of my favourite projects.

You chose two great Mirabilias for your future stitching.

Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures from the Peak District.

Gabi said...

Both of your ornies are beautiful. So is the rest of your stitching.

Carol said...

Oh, what gorgeous fields--such a peaceful looking place to visit! And your ornaments are darling, Hazel... Wishing you a wonderful school year in every way :)

Julie said...

Hope your return to school went well and you have a love autumn term filled with good times to relax as well as the work stuff. Nice stitching and new stuff you'll be doing.

Jackie's Stitches said...

You've been productive! Congrats on your finishes! Three Things is also looking good. I have it in my stash/one day list.

Hoping you have a great beginning of the school year!

Annette-California said...

Big Congrats on your finishes! Peace is so beautiful! WOW Three Things is gorgeous!
You did accomplished a lot this summer! Your 2 new charts you selected are stunning. I love them both. Have a great & FUN time for the new school term.
love Annette