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Friday, 18 July 2014

HAED Sale !

Heaven and Earth have a 50% off sale at the moment.

I decided to take advantage and treat myself. Haven't bought any charts from them for over a year as the styles they were producing weren't to my taste , but a few of the newer lovelies have caught my eye .

 These pretties have come to be stored and eventually stitched ,lol .




The bottom one has been on my wish list for longer than the others ,and there are plenty left on it , I aim to live for a very long time ,lol.
 Cath x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Lots to catch up on.

Wow , time is certainly flying by this year .

Firstly ,welcome to my new followers , it is great to see you here  ,especially when I am posting a bit sporadically at best ,lol.

Lots going off at the moment , end of school year always leaves me with very little time to myself . Two separate sports days , celebration assemblies (two again) , trips , school fairs and other things all conspire to take my time away . Not that I am complaining too much , it is a joy to be able to share these things with my kids , especially the assemblies as pretty much every year , one or both of them receive at least one award. I am very proud of their efforts at school .

Anyway , on to other things. you may know that I organised a birthday thread exchange to start this year . It started out great, and on the whole has run pretty well with a few hiccups .
 Mary Jane has no blog , so I said I'd post her pics on here .



Thanks for the photos Mary Jane .x

  Lonneke unfortunately had a couple of her beautiful cards go missing in the post , so she was a superstar and sent out replacements. A big Thanks Lonneke . The only fly in the ointment has been that Bernadett has not been sending . Sharon and Mary Jane have only just received from her ,and their birthdays are March and April and everyone else who has had birthdays since then have not received . I have tried many times to get in touch with Bernadett to no avail . To say I am disappointed is a huge understatement , but I will leave it at that .

 On to stitching , I have been still stitching squares for Love Quilts UK . I have enjoyed every single stitch . I am working on one at the moment and have three more sign ups to do . After that , I think I will be taking a bit of a break as I am getting a strong urge to do my own stuff .

  Love this Lion , I nicknamed him Jon Bon because of his lovely mane.
 SuperMan for a super young man .

 At the moment I am working on a Formula 1 car , which is a huge stitch . 120 x 100 and it is all stitched . I really want to get it done asap but with all the school events , it  is probably going to take a while . I will show a pic next time , which will hopefully not be as long ,lol.

  I have other bits and bobs to catch up on , so will be back soon.
Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath x






Thursday, 12 June 2014

Hello again .

Wow, I can't believe it's nearly the middle of June already. soon be time for the summer holidays and bored children ,lol.

 So ,what have I been up to ?

 Well, just coming to the end of a ten day course of penicillin for tonsillitis. No sore throat, croaky voice or cough , just swollen manky tonsils and swollen glands. To be honest , apart from the swelling going down a bit , not much has changed. The boy had it too and we went to the docs together , not that we got to see a doctor , you get to see a nurse if you're lucky. Anyway , he is also nearly at the end of his meds and thankfully is much improved. Two days off school is more than enough for me ,lol.  Got the girl at home today with tummy ache, though I think the main problem is tiredness as she seems unable to get to sleep before 10pm at the moment.

 Anyways , on to stitching stuff .
 Lots of new LQ squares have been produced, I am loving doing them at the moment.

 Mr P. for a named quilt .
 Lots of Witzys . (any child)


 Cute li'l owl
 Butterfly

 At the moment I am working on a lion for a named quilt and have three others signed up for so planning lots of stitchy time before the summer holidays which will curtail it somewhat while I spend time doing things with the kids. Both of which have taken a fresh interest in stitching , which is lovely. My daughter can read a chart so can be left to get on with it for a bit, but the boy need lots of help , so my time is limited. Hopefully we will have some nice days out to look forward to ,too.
 Hope everyone is well .

Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath

Monday, 2 June 2014

If you need a smile.

 I went to the cash machine yesterday , and was most pleasantly surprised when this popped out.

 Kind of made my day .x
Cath

Friday, 23 May 2014

Christmas in July !

Exchange anyone ?


 Ok , I'm opening up  a Christmas in July exchange for bloggers and those known in the blogging world.

The idea is to stitch , make up and send a Christmas ornament(or similar) to your partner. Extras are optional .

 Sign up will be open until the 30th May and I will try and send details out as soon as possible afterwards.
Last posting date will be 14th July so hopefully everyone will receive their package before the end of the month .

If you want to join in , please e-mail me (in my profile) with your name ,address and any preference on theme , ie , religious , santas etc to give your partner an idea .

Catch you later ,
 Cath

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Lots of squares.

Hi everyone ,
 sorry for the absence. School holidays tend to leave little time for other things. Looking around , it seems I am not alone in losing a little of my blogging mojo either. Let's hope it all comes back soon.

 I have been quite a busy bunny since my last post.
 Rapunzel was finished .

 Before back stitch
 and after. what a difference it makes.
 Over the Easter weekend we spent a couple of days in Somerset with a friend of hubbys'. They had a lot to catch up on , and also wanted to get a quick ASL game in , so I took my stitching and almost finished this  lovely. The last stitches were put in at home .

 Then I went on to this pretty butterfly .
 And then Wallaroo , I nick-named him Arnie , lol



 Finally , finished just Sunday night ,a Cyberman . This was a lovely chart to stitch. The design is from The World in Stitches. Colleen sells on etsy and e-bay and her charts are fantastic. Love this one .

I also made up a cover for my frame , which turned out OK .

I will be making some more of these to sell for LQUK ,so if anyone is interested ,let me know.

Right now, I am stitching Mr Potato Head , but Rosita will be coming out for some attention later in the week.

If you haven't already , please could you click on the link and vote for LQUK to win some funds.
Thank you.

https://www.directdebit.co.uk/DirectDebitPromotions/BigBreak2014/Pages/CauseDetail.aspx?CauseId=642


Cath

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Big PLEASE.

Hi everyone , I will be around soon with a stitchy post , but right now I would like to ask a favour .

 You will know from my posts that I stitch squares for Love Quilts UK.

This month , LQUK is in with a chance to win £2000 in the Direct Debit draw .  Please , please , please could you pop along and vote for them .  It is free to vote online , but you have to be logged in via FB , Twitter or Google, that's all , it only takes a few seconds , but it will mean a world of difference to the making up and sending of gorgeous quilts to poorly kids .

https://www.directdebit.co.uk/DirectDebitPromotions/BigBreak2014/Pages/CauseDetail.aspx?CauseId=642

 Thanks you
Cath

Friday, 11 April 2014

Time Flies

Whether you're having fun or not ,lol .

 I can't believe that it has been a month since my last post. One of those times with not a lot to say I guess.
I have been stitching , but not a lot . Time has seemed to have been in short supply lately.

 I have made a little progress on Rosita , wish it was more , but there you go .
 The only other project I have been working on is this .
It is a square for LQUK, but as the chart is fairly large , it is on 16ct aida instead of the usual 14ct , and it is taking an age to get done . I am thinking about another 1500 stitches then all the back stitch. Hopefully this week or next will see it finished so I can get on to other things.

 I have also been taking some time to try and organise my stash. At the moment this involves lots of looking through old magazines and removing usable charts .Hopefully this will create more space to enable me to organise everything else , but it all takes time.
 I also got very engrossed in a set of books ,so didn't stitch for over a week while I ploughed through them ,lol.

 Well, that's all for now , the kids are on Easter holiday from school , so a second visit to the library this afternoon , for Easter craft. Swimming lesson and ice skating party tomorrow, who knows what Sunday will bring.

 A quick aside , Thread Bear did indeed refund the postage from my order .

 Thanks for dropping by ,
 Take care ,
 Cath x

Monday, 3 March 2014

A tale of two thread orders .

Most of my stash is bought using money that I get for my birthday or for Christmas .
   Last year , I bought a couple of LK charts that I wanted to kit up , so I checked out a few ONS' to find out the best prices of the threads (GAST AND WDW) . It turned out that two different stores were cheapest for the threads ,so I ordered one from one store and the other from the other. Even with two lots of postage , it was more economical.
 The GAST I ordered from the Patchwork Rabbit. Very fast turnaround , no problems at all and I was very happy.
 I placed both orders on the same date , 27th December last year. Within a week I had received the GAST .

The WDW I ordered from Thread Bear. Now, I have ordered from them before and always been totally happy.I knew that the store had been taken over by new people, but as the website and everything had stayed the same , I assumed that the service would be the same.

WRONG!

I placed my order on the 27th , got a confirmation back straight away which said (as usual) that they would be in touch in a couple of days to let me know what was what. I know that they don't carry everything in stock so I might have to wait , but as nothing was desperate , it wasn't a problem. By 5th Jan , I still hadn't heard anything so sent an e-mail to check if there was a problem.
 Got an e-mail back on the 7th stating that as it said on their site they had been off for Christmas until the 4th. OK, they would have to order a lot of the threads , but had a few in stock if I wanted them sent out straight away.
 I got right back to them and asked how long it would take for the threads to come. Two days later , they reply that it takes 10-15 working days.
 So , I replied that it was OK to wait and send all together.

Fast forward to 18th Feb, still not heard anything and I was going to give them until the end of that week and tell them not to bother.
 On the 20th , I got an e-mail to say it was being sent out that day . I had to e-mail back and ask what the postage cost would be as their site adds a huge charge on , but they do not take the money until the order is processed and then just add what the postage costs.
 The reply said £3.50 , which I thought was a bit much , but wait and see.
Two days later the envelope arrives and the postage cost was 90p .

 Unimpressed does not even begin to cover it. I sent an e-mail asking how they justified it and to be fair , I got a reply very quickly saying that they had charged as a package when it actually got through as a large envelope. I know the post is tricky to calculate now , but they didn't then go back and sort it out.
 They have agreed to refund all the postage , so just got to wait and check if that has been sorted.

 The whole thing has left a bad taste , and really put a downer on a stash acquisition ,which should be a fun thing, right ?
 In fact , until today I haven't even looked at the threads ,at the time ,I just stuffed them back in the envelope in case I decided to send them back and tell them to stuff it.

 So , they have lost a customer. Even if they are cheaper than anywhere else , I will not use them again.

Anyway , here are the threads .

Just hope it doesn't put a downer on using them.

 My latest finishes for LQUK


 And a couple of scarves I made over the weekend.

In other news , the bully has been at it again , but had a go at my daughter this time , so I had to have a word with a teacher , again. Getting pretty fed up of it now.
 A lovely day today , dry and sunny . Let's hope it stays that way .
 Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath