Wednesday, 7 August 2013

apps and downs

This week we've had ups and downs, so plenty to update you on.

I've downloaded an app for my phone, cross stitch thread companion.

It keeps track of all the threads in your stash. I've been working on adding the stats into it. I've done the threads I have in the thread box, in the box for In the arms of an angel and a bag I'd got from the charity shop that had yet to be put away. But there are threads all over the place in packed up ready to start etc. So to have a list to check on my phone will be so handy to just check that instead of digging out all the places the threads are. maybe saves buying too many doubles which I have done before.
The beginning of the week was great we had a trip to an aquarium, Vinnie's mad about fish so thought it was awesome and Henry enjoyed it so much he thought it was worth missing his usual nap for.
The rotation this time has been a struggle towards the end. We've had several bad nights first with Vincent vomiting everywhere, followed by Henry cutting a new tooth and then him and hubby coming down with the vomiting bug. So I'm tired to say the least and my eyes are super tired the last couple of hours have been tough to squeeze out. Fingers crossed I'm not next though.
Here it was before:
And now:

 Not far off having the skirt finished apart from the beading and metallics.

Grampsy came to visit with another box of stuff sorted from Grandma's stash. I got a massive bag of clothes to upcycle seen as I've been making the memory angels. Which I have since found out my cousin's wife is expecting so I think I might see if I can make a blanket out of some of the knitwear. Stretching my skills to stitch with knit but will be worth it if I can pull it off.

There's a tin of buttons and beads, motifs, blank aperture cards, loads of charts cut from magazines etc, scissors, fabric, kits in various stages, needles, graph paper (which I was just thinking I needed to pick some up) and some stitched items like the sunflower pin cushion I made and the Christmas decoration next to it.

There was also these wooden Christmas stencils I remember from being a little girl. There was also about four of these aprons that she has made must have been for gifts or a church fair.

 This stuff my mam had put aside from grandma's stash thinking that the boys would be able to get some use out of soon. There's alsorts like, corrigated paper, gum paper, feathers, glitter, stencils etc. I'm sure they'll come in handy as they get older. Vinnie is starting to get interested he likes to get me to draw him pictures to scribble on top of. Funny because I remember Grandma used to draw princesses and the like like for me to colour in. I found this ages after we'd been drawing when I was clearing the table for tea.

 How funny is that I've drawn a croc and it looks like my tot has added in his dinner. I thought it was funny anyway.

I thought I would also share these pics. My mother in law has recently redecorated the whole living room and has displayed the bulldogs I have stiched for her together. They look amazing displayed like that

These are on the other wall, the helter skelter on the right is my work. The other two are cross stitch her friend had done for her. Interesting to see work displayed and nice to know the hard work has been appreciated.

My highlight of the week though was going to see the strongman. We always watch giants live and world's strongest man at Christmas time when it's on. So hubby got tickets to see it as they came nearby this year. Was a great day even if we both got horribly sunburnt. Dunno there's just something about watch big men lifting really heavy stuff ;)

Keep stitching....


  1. It does sound like you had a rollercoaster of a week but you still made lots of stitchy progress and it looks great.

  2. Thanks for the heads up about the App - cross stitch thread companion. Just downloaded it to my phone. one more project for me to work on!
    Happy Stitching