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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Framed!

So last week saw me getting two of my pieces back from the framers, though I wasn't expecting them to be ready until this week at least , it was a happy surprise.
 I am very happy with how they turned out.
  Close up of the frame .
  This one was quite hard to get a good picture of. The mount is actually a dark blue/grey .

 Love them both. Got to start saving up for the next ones now . It may take a while .

 The Young Voices concert was amazing, much better than I had expected . Laura Wright sang a couple of songs . She has a beautiful voice . I could have sat and listened to her all night. We were also entertained by  The Beatbox Collective in between the schools singing , and Urban Strides ,a street dancing group were there too. Fantastic !

 Thanks for dropping by ,
Cath

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Frosty mornings

I love a good frosty morning. I would much rather it be very cold than it be wet . You can wrap up warm , but staying dry on the school run is virtually impossible.
 Anyway, frosty mornings are even better when welcomed with a sky like this.
  The pictures do not even begin to do it justice , and it got even better .
  Sometimes ,we need a little reminder of why it's good to be here .
  My latest stitchy finish , completed this afternoon.
 I'm quite happy with the way it turned out.
  Busy day tomorrow, and exciting. Once the shopping is done , I'm off to the framers to pick up two of my stitched finishes , then later we are off to Sheffield arena to the Young Voices concert , as my Daughter is singing with our school. All good stuff.
Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Moving forwards.

 A reasonable start to the year with both reading and crafting.
 I have just finished my fourth book of the year so far ,and had two more stitching finishes .

These are both Love Quilts squares , I have a couple more to get done then it will be finishing those UFOs so I can have new starts Yay !.
 
 Had to do some colour juggling with this one as I wanted the wings to be mirrored and they aren't on the chart. I have stitched this one before. Still love it .
 This one was the cause of more frogs than I would like . I felt like I unpicked more than I stitched ,so was very glad to have it done.

No stitching today as it has been a busy chore day , but hopefully back to it tomorrow.

Thanks for dropping by .
Cath

Monday, 4 January 2016

Shock , Horror !!!

I forgot to post my projects for last year ,lol.

 Never mind we are still only very early in the New Year.
So in 2015 , I finished 42 cross stitch projects , 25 of those were Love Quilts squares and 4 were for another quilt that is to be made for a music cradle at a respite centre. I also spent most of November working on my current HAED , so not too shabby.

 Books wise, I only read 70 last year . This is lower than the year before and way down on previous years. I kind of lost my way with reading towards the end of the year and couldn't decide what I wanted to read so ended up with nothing. Anyway , hoping to at least equal that this year , but it would be nice to improve.
 Already made a start with my first book finish .
 My lovely nephew bought me this and two other books for Christmas . Have to say , it is quite bizarre , but still an enjoyable read .

  Also had a couple of stitching finishes.
Started this New Years Eve , it's a cover kit from World of Cross Stitching mag. Hubby will be receiving this tomorrow as we will have been together twenty years (makes me feel old).
 We have had some pretty tough times over those twenty years , but got through it together, and I wouldn't change what we've got. We have two amazing kids and are very happy together .

 And I finished my Daughters' tiger . Love it now it's done , but it did get me down a bit at times.
 Have to say I was spurred on a little by the arrival of this:

Now I can kit up my next two HAED starts. Very excited , but still determined to finish those UFOs first. I think I will be eagerly stitching on them very soon so I can get to the next ones ,lol.
 Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath



Friday, 1 January 2016

Ringing the changes.


  Hope everyone had a good Christmas . Ours was lovely . We had the day at home and visited family before hand as hubby was back to work Boxing Day . It does feel like Christmas was cut short and I am ready to tale down the decs , but will leave it until next week when the kids are back at school .
  The kids best Christmas presents were Minecraft for the X-box, google game play cards so they could put Minecraft on their tablets , and slush cups ,lol.

   I got no stitchy stash for Christmas , but I got money so will put that towards crafty stuff. Hoping to get one of my finishes framed with some of the money, I have been doing more charity stitching than anything else for the last few years and I got to thinking that maybe it's because I have finishes lying around and at least my squares are used and appreciated. Bearing this in mind,  my plan for this year is to do more personal stitching. I don't do resolutions , but I do have "plans" ,lol. I will still stitch for Love Quilts , but will be working on a lot more of my own projects.

 So , no new year start for me , instead I plan on finishing. I have two small (but big) projects on the go .
 This one is for my daughter.
 and this one is a LQ a/c square.

Both were started in October , but put away while I did the HAED challenge in November.
 I also have my two OFOs,
 Christmas Recipe
 and Three Little Maids
I will finish these early this year , as I want some new starts and I've promised myself no new starts until these are finished.
 And there is Rosita to work on .

  Some of my Christmas money is already gone as I placed an order for fabric and threads to kit up these .
 Play With Me
 and TT A Pale Comparison.

Other than LQ squares , these will be my first new starts this year . Can't wait .

 Picked this up from a charity shop on Tuesday when I took the kids out to spend their money and book tokens. I think I have it , but not sure and can't find it , so also plan to sort out my stash this year ,lol .
  Last years' orts, all squished in the jar
 and spread out a bit.
 And my new ort jar all ready to be filled through out the year .

Thanks for dropping by , and a Happy New Year to you all.
Cath




Thursday, 24 December 2015

Seasons' Greetings

Just want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas , hope you have a lovely time with family and friends .
 Got the grocery shopping done early Tuesday morning, all gifts are wrapped ,all veggies prepped for tomorrow. All that is left to do is enjoy my take-away tonight and try and get the kids to actually sleep. Yeah , good luck with that one ,lol.
Still windy and very wet here , so no white Christmas for us , but hopefully a good one nonetheless.
  Take care
Cath

Saturday, 19 December 2015

What did I do ?

 Noticed I have lost six followers since this morning , wow , I must have been a very bad blogger.

  No stitching to show , been very busy wrapping and stuff , but want to leave you with a lovely pic of the beautiful sunrise from the other day .
Cath

Sunday, 13 December 2015

No stitching

Been very busy , so no stitching to show this time round . Lots of shopping and sorting (though a lot of it has been done on-line this year), organising and running around.
 Thanks to my lovely daughter , over the last week I have made nine scarves in four days. I love it when she has these bright ideas for presents ,lol.
    The pink and black ones are for my daughters' teacher and TA respectively , the two purple ones are for two of her friends .
  For two more friends
 For sons' teacher and TA
 And of course ,while I was making them , my daughter herself had to get in on the act.
   These ones were fab to make and only took about an hour , the others took longer.

I will be glad to get back to my stitching as soon as I can , though not sure when that will be , lots more going off in the coming week, and next week will be even busier.
Thanks for checking in ,
Cath

Sunday, 29 November 2015

The End

So , yesterday we had to post our final picture for the HAED challenge of at least 100 stitches a week for four weeks.
 This is the pic I posted on there :
 however , I managed to get some stitches in yesterday , bad weather halts play when you don't have a car ,lol . And ,as I started on the Sunday , it seemed fair to carry on yesterday . Even taking those stitches out though , I still got way over 100 stitches in last week . So , this is where I stand now
 and this is where I started before the challenge began .
 I am pretty chuffed with the progress. Rosita will be going away for a short while now as I kind of want to get a couple of UFO's finished up before the end of the year. Then , I am probably going to have a new HAED start next year , I have a couple in mind , but we will see. Next year I want to do more personal stitching. I do love doing the Love Quilts squares , but I have so much stash I really must make use of some of it.

 Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Give Thanks

 To all my US friends and anyone else who celebrates , Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving .

 I am thankful for :   A roof over our heads
                                 Food in our cupboards   and
                                 Love in our hearts .
Cath