Thursday, 22 March 2012

100 Posts.. March TUSAL.. and... A Page Finish!!

I made 100 posts! Crikey when I started this blog even to get to 50 was hard! But here I am, posting my 100th. And what a post it will be!

First off my TUSAL report. My ORT jar is filling up nicely with Avarice thread. The colours are lovely, lots of creams, browns and green tones, with some burgundy thrown in. Not a great pic i'm afraid, under electric lighting, but I wanted to wait till I had finished my page before taking it so it had as many in as possible.

Now for a report on Avarice.

Whoopee I finished page 4! It was such hard slog at times, very much a confetti page. However I gritted my teeth and made myself finish it. This piece will become a vendetta I think! I have barely put it down lately. Stitching times are a bit more seeing as the house is now mostly sorted and life is starting to settle down somewhat.

A close up piccy:

I am still working it on the hoop. There are no metallics at all. The illusion of sparkle comes from the lighter floss combination of shades, Looks good, no?

A full picture:

Ahh there she is.

I have one page and a column on page 6 to go and then the top row is complete.

I would normally put this in rotation now and get out another WIP but seeing as I haven't run out of steam just yet then I will be continuing this for the time being.

When I do finally put her down I have a QS to start for my Sis' birthday. It's the Wizard of Oz one on the HAED site. I looked for a design that would mean something to her, and it just so happens that the Wizard of Oz is her fave film. Some picking and selecting and shortlisting and that's the one she chose for me to do for her.

Wonder how much of Avarice I can get done for the WIPocalypse???

Til next time..


Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A Liebster Blog Award!

Woo hoo! I got an award!

Thanks so much to Thea at Gizzimomo's Stitchy Place!!

There are conditions attached to this award, so here is the text I copied from Thea with my blogs added to the end:

Liebster is a German word meaning favourite, dearest or beloved. The Liebster Blog Award is awarded by bloggers to other new bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers, to help spread the word about their blogs and to help them gain wider recognition.

The Liebster award comes with four conditions that each recipient must satisfy when accepting.
1. Choose 5 up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers to award the Liebster to.

2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

3. Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blog so they know about the award.

4. Share 5 random facts about yourself that people don't know about you.

Here are the five people and blogs that I've chosen to share this award with.....

1. Christine at SilverSands Blog  She makes the most fabulous bears. I would love to be able to do this! So envious of her skill.

2. IrishCream over here at StitchyFingers blog Her words make me smile :) And I LOVE that pic of her gorgeous ring!

3. The Manbroider He has a FLYING needle! I love watching his pieces appear! (I may have broken the rule on this one... he has a few more than 200 followers....)

4. The lovely Kaye at KittenStitching Not only stitching, but some lovely recipes and other bits too.. 

And finally 

5. Marianela at her blog here  Her wonderful stitching HAED is a joy to see.

Gosh that was hard! 

Now 5 random facts about me.....

1. I am OBSESSED with all things Titanic/ No, not from the movie, I am talking from when I was a little girl and the wreck was discovered.

2. I am a redhead although I try hard a) not to be! and b) to cover the grey...

3. I really, really hate Marmalade... 

4. I have lived in 4 houses in the last 15 years since I have been married

5. My TV of choice: any medical drama. I am a sucker. although I am incredibly squeamish and spend more time behind a cushion than watching! 

So there you have it. I have an award :) 

Til next time 


Tuesday, 20 March 2012

IHSW March!

Yes I actually managed to put in some stitching!! Yay me!

I had a good weekend actually - it was Mothering Sunday here in the UK so I decided to get my chores out of the way ASAP so I could indulge in my stitching!

I continued Avarice page 5 and here is how she looks now.

Not too far away from the end of the page., Just some confetti to go. I have a couple of hours today as I got extra chores done yesterday so once again I can sit and stitch :D

Other news - Thanks all so much for your comments on my last post and the sympathy messages. Losing Sinead was incredibly hard, I was affected more deeply than I thought I would be.

Last year we knew that she didn't have many more years in her and we decided then that we would adopt a retired racing greyhound. So thats what we have done. Tony has joined our family and he will be joined soon by Chloe. Both ex racing dogs, Tony is 7 and Chloe 2 1/2. Both spayed/neutered, they are proving to be a hit with the children and the neighbours! Truly gorgeous dogs they are.... here is Tony doing what he does best - he sleeps for up to 18 hours a day... and this is his favourite place.

He looks very happy dosen't he?

Till next time


Friday, 9 March 2012

WIPocalypse March report and a sad update

Good things first :)

I picked up Avarice again, and worked some more on page 5. Hope to have page 5 done by the end of next week if I can get in the stitching I want. Double Ice Hockey this weekend or it would have been sooner!

Here she is:

Holding off on a full pic just yet. I want to get across the top before another big one :)

Next up on the WIP list was Eeyore:

Getting some of Roo in now. Been a nice stitch so far - shame the photo is a bit rubbish <glares at camera>

So that's me WIPocalypse stuff done :D

On to some sad news.

This week we said goodbye to our faithful family dog Sinead.
It looks like she had liver and spleen cancer hence why she was so thin at the end not absorbing her nutrients from her food properly.

She was 13 1/2

Here is a pic of her in happier times - enjoying a play in the snow.

RIP girl xx

Until next time - with news of a new family friend.