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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Still here

and pootling along .
  Done a bit of stitching ,
Love Quilts square for Donna
 Love Quilts square , any child . Hearts is a very popular theme for girls , so I'm sure this will be put to good use .
 Doggy for my boy .

I am currently working on Cinderella. Hoping to have her finished by the weekend, but we will see. Progress is slow at the moment. My ankle and knee are playing up , so very achy and uncomfortable at the moment. Plus , on a downer as hubby came home at lunch time yesterday . He has been made redundant , so everything is up in the air yet again. So , not much done yesterday and today was spent going to the job centre , what a waste of time that was and sorting out a few bits. 
 Fingers crossed for something to be sorted soon .

Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Wye is no more !


If you remember a while back , I posted here  about Wye Needlecraft packing up shop and leaving Bakewell . After a bit of searching I discovered that they had moved to Mansfield , which was a hurrah for me as I can get there by bus .
 I said I would check out the new shop and post a review , but sadly that didn't happen . I did manage to fit in a quick visit , but the shop seemed unfinished , and to be honest I wasn't very impressed.
 To be fair , I thought I would give them another try later and then post a review.
 I went over a couple of weeks before Christmas , and found the shop closed. At 11 ish on a Tuesday morning. I did find that a bit odd to say the least , but sometimes things happen beyond the control of us mere humans , so no worries ,will try again next time .
 Sadly, it is not to be . I received an e-mail from Wye last night stating that they have decided to become an on-line store only.
 Now , I will be totally honest , I have always found them to be on the expensive side , and of recent years , the stock has been reduced to far less choice than I remember from when I first went in there , but it is nice to have a bricks and mortar shop to go to. Whilst shopping on-line is infinitely cheaper nowadays , sometimes you just want to browse and rummage and feel the silks and fabric.
 I am now pretty much limited to Hobbycraft when it comes to craft shopping, so it looks like more on-line stashing for me , and more than likely not from Wye , as I am fairly sure I will find better prices elsewhere.
 Still , -tis a sad day .

Cath


Friday, 6 February 2015

Fed up

Hi everyone , I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself at the moment.
 My ankle is improving , but slowly . still swollen and bruised and still painful , but I can get around . Some days are worse than others.
 Hubby had Monday-Wednesday off last week to ease the pressure, went to work late on Thursday so he could take the kids to school first. He got sent home from work because of the snow and got back in time to collect the kids from school at lunch time, then they had a snow day on Friday .
 Since the weekend , both kids and myself have started/had the rotten cold that is going round.
Snow showers and ice have made it very slippy and I will admit to being scared to go out in case I fall and hurt my ankle again .
 That said , I have made the school run every day except Wednesday when both kids and I were feeling too rotten to bother ,
  I am really ready for Winter to do one now , and usually I don't mind the cold weather .

 Have managed to get some stitching in . I decided to just rummage through my charts and find things that I would like to stitch . Here's what I came up with .

 Any child squares for Love Quilts .

 This was going to be an LQ square too , but my Daughter has claimed it . Not just that , but Son-shine wants one too , so I will be stitching another one but in a different colour .
 Hubby and Son went to a war games convention on Sunday and Daughter wanted to make something. I was thinking an owl or something small ,but she wanted to make a snake .
  We went through the fabric stash and she chose some that she liked . I drew a quick pattern and we cut out two pieces . I can't use the sewing machine properly with my dicky ankle , so did a bit with the opposite one and showed my girl how to use it and she did the rest .
  Have to say , I was very impressed as she did what she was told and did it very well .
  Here's what we came up with .


Now, she want to go on the sewing machine at every chance ,lol, but I have said we will wait until half term and do something then .

Hope everyone is well , We are still in the middle of a cold snap with threatened wintry showers and/or heavy frost . Not nice .

 Incidentally , I am having a small problem with the comments. Not all of them are going through to my e-mail , so if I haven't replied to your comment it's either because of that or because some people still have their profile set to no reply..

Take care, 
Cath



Friday, 23 January 2015

OWWWWWWW!

I slipped on the ice on my way home from school this morning. Heard a snapping noise that could have come from my ankle or wrist , wasn't sure which at the time . Rolled over, checked the wrist which seemed ok, on to the ankle , not so good.
 Why is it that there is never anyone around when you need help ?
Struggled home ,thankfully not too far , and phoned hubby who came home from work and took me to hospital .
 Three hours of waiting and two X-rays showed no obvious fractures, but lots of soft tissue damage , a very bad sprain which feels like a whole lot more.
 Quite a lot of pain and discomfort , which I've been told will in all likelihood be worse tomorrow.
I've been told to rest with it elevated most of the time , but walk around for short periods every hour or so. I really know about it when I sit back down.
 Making good use of a walking stick and going upstairs backwards as it hurts less ? Go figure .

  Anyway , the swelling has gone down a little now  .
Having to fight with the cat for the pouffe ,lol . Still , it could have been a lot worse ,looking on the bright side , if it's not hurting too much , I should get plenty of stitching in .

  So ,take care out there when it's icy guys , it happens when you're least expecting it.

Cath

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

A mixed bag

Well ,we are getting some very mixed weather at the moment. The other day we had hail/ice which covered everything .

 Straight after this , the sun came out and there was glorious rainbow.

Today we have snow , not as much as last time , though it is still trying . The day is very grey. Had a very disappointed hubby and kids this morning when they realised there was not enough to stop them going to work and school .
 I'm lucky to have my Christmas pressies to keep me warm . My lovely mittens .
 Hand knitted socks.
 And snuggly scarf . This pic was taken in the last lot of snow .
Latest finish .
 This is for my daughter and will be made into a cushion cover .

And these are the butterflies I have been working on for another charity group. They will be put together with other stitched squares and made into comfort pillows.
 These are a few waiting for their bodies , I will do them all together.
I am planning a bit of a stitchy day today as I didn't get any done on Monday or Tuesday. Monday was busy tidying and clearing out and yesterday I was in school until lunch time listening to the kids read. It was kind of unplanned , I just offered to help sort out a problem which got solved anyway so then kind of got volunteered to do reading. I always said I wouldn't go into a class that one of my kids was in , but my sons' teacher is struggling to fit everything in and only has a couple of part time TA's she also has quite a few children that require extra attention.
  First time went ok , so I will see how it goes.

Still snowing a little , and I am meant to be having an extra school run today as DD is supposed to be staying for Handball club , so we shall see.
 Take care everyone ,
 Cath



Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Catching up

Well time is flying already.
 We have just had a flurry of snow , but everywhere is very wet so it hasn't stayed. Kids will be disappointed ,but I'm quite pleased as I have to go shopping tonight ,lol.

 A little bit of stitching has been going on .
I have completed two squares for LQUK


Good news is that three of my any child squares are going onto quilts in the near future.

 Now started another dragonfly , this time to make into a cushion cover for my daughter. Only a little bit done yesterday , so no pics as yet. I've also been stitching small butterflies for another charity group , but no pics of them either . will show next time .
 I am warm and snug at the moment  ,wearing my hand knitted socks that I got for Christmas. Also got a pair of hand knitted mittens so I am very blessed .

 Sharon , Donna and I are just about to start our Sister Stitcher exchange year , looking forward to that .
Thanks for dropping by , I will be back soon .

Cath









Thursday, 1 January 2015

And then it was gone .

Went to bed last night with the world still white with ice and snow. what a change when I got up this morning .
   Warmer weather and rain had taken most of the snow away . The rest has gone this afternoon. We now have wind and rain . Lovely !
 
 I didn't quite get my last finish of 2014. The last of the back stitch on this was put in this morning , so an early finish for this year .
   And here is my orts for 2014 . Hoping to have a new container for this year , but my son needs to eat more snowies ,lol .

So ,a quick round up of 2014 , I had 44 finishes , and most of them were squares for LQUK , I stitched 34 squares , 16 sign ups and 18 any child(spare) squares.

 Book wise , I read 85 last year  ,which is down on the last two years , but I did stitch more , so not too bad .

 For this year , my aims are to do more personal stitching, I love doing LQ squares , but have promised to stitch more for my kids , and I would like to get more done on my HAEDs and other projects . Reading wise , I'd like to equal or improve on this years numbers .
 However , I have another plan for this year which could have quite an impact on both of these aims , so we will have to wait and see. I will share more later when hopefully things will start to happen .

 So , I'd like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year , and as someone very special said , may your smiles change the world , but the world not change your smiles .

Cath










Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Nearly New Year

Hi everyone ,hope you all had a great Christmas. We ended up having our dinner late due to waiting around for other people , so I got a bit fed up , but otherwise it was good.
 The kids received some lovely gifts (so did I) and had a lovely time.
Both kids had new scooters so we went out Boxing Day afternoon for them to have fun . Just in time as later we got a heap of snow ,which is still here and looks like staying for a while as it is very frozen now .
 Both kids have had great fun sledging , they have been wanting snow for a long time .

 A couple of crafty finishes before the year ends .
 I did manage to complete the two scarves , which were given as gifts. Have not heard from the recipient yet , but hopefully they are liked.

 My latest stitchy finish . I have started another one in the series , and am hoping to get it completed before the end of the year , but no guarantees .
  See how deep the snow is ! Luckily I had gotten myself some wellies and the kids new snow boots just a couple of weeks ago . Boy am I pleased about that .
  Sledging fun . This is the only view you will get of my kids until they are much older. I am OTT about internet security things when it comes to my babies.
  Pretty views.
 Ice crystals on the snow.


 So , stay safe if you are out and about in these conditions , our roads are terrible, I am fairly sure that not one little bit of grit/salt has been put down since we had the snow . Hubby is taking me shopping tonight , I don't drive much now with only having the one car , so am not as confident as I used to be .

  I will be back soon with a re-cap of the year and hopes for the next one .

 Take care ,
 Cath

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Merry Christmas

I would like to wish everyone a Very Happy Christmas .
    Hope you get all that you wish for.
 I just want to have a happy time with my family
.

Take care , and see you after the man in the red suit has been .

Cath

Friday, 19 December 2014

Almost ready

for Christmas .
 Bought the last to be bought gifts yesterday . Hubby has graciously nominated me to make two scarves for Monday , so going to have  busy weekend .
 We finally got he tree up last night and it is fully laden with "stuff" thanks to the kids ,lol.
Now, I have have lots and lots of wrapping to do. A quick tidy up this afternoon as we have people coming over this evening , should be fun .

 A little bit of stitching has been done . Love quilts any child squares.

  Not sure if this will end up a LQ square or if I will do something with it myself .
    There is a set of ten charts and I kind of fancy doing them all and maybe attempting a lap quilt , but we will see. I am enjoying the very little stitching time I'm getting at the moment .


Hope everyone is well and safe and looking forward to the festive season.

Take care ,
 Cath