Monday, 29 July 2013


This week has been flying along. So sit back an relax there's plenty to report, stitching and otherwise.

The weather has still been hot and sunny only a few storms. I think this year us brits can't be moaning we've not had a summer.

Firstly on with the stitching. I've finished a rotation on Sarah Kay.


And now:
Decent progress and its a nice summery picture to have been stitching this last week. I have been enjoying it more than I have on previous rotations so maybe it's grown on me.

This weekend was Sunderland international air show with it being on the doorstep and free...well apart from all the stalls, games, food vans etc,  so it'd be rude not too. It was it's 25th anniversary. I remember going to airshows as a little un, I got Vincent far to excited telling him from the Friday we were going to see the aeroplanes and on Saturday as soon as he was dressed he was at the door asking for the keys, flying didn't start for it until 1pm but the boys really enjoyed it.

Vincent is having a language explosion this last week, full sentences, he's now babbling on about aeroplanes and we went to a museum in Newcastle to see some lifesize inflatable whales, dolphins and sharks. Vincent is big into fish at the moment and now has learnt loads of marine words.... I was so proud when he actually told grandma he saw a whale. It was also the first time Henry has been out of the pram on his reins, he thought he was amazing being a big boy. People aren't kidding when they say they grow so fast.

I had applied to be a stitched for Crossstitchermagazine but I wasn't successful. However the letter they sent with my returned stitching was nice mentioning my neatness in my work.

I also received prize for having my letter printed. How nice was it to receive this in the post...drool. all the most beautiful variegated colours. I do have an idea that they would be perfect for but I am trying to stay focused...yeah right...bets on showing before I crack lol

I got some time when hubby took the boys out to work on my memory angels.
They now are fully stitched and the clothes have been cut out from grandma's clothes. They are just pinned but they look amazing so far.
I have one for me, one for my dad and one for my sister and the red one will be a Christmas one. 
For mine I had been given a little hat grandma had is she used to love wearing the same type of hat all the time so makes a perfect addition for my memory Angel.
 I also realised that the clip on earrings she had loads of make brilliant brooches for them too.

I just need to get some sewing machine time to fix the clothes together and get the wings sorted. Then its just hair and face. They also have hold of items in the book they are from. So I'm thinking a roses for most of them and probably stitch a pillow with Noel on it for the Christmas one...Grandma used to sing that all year long.

So all in all I'm rather pleased with all my stitching progress and non stitching progress too. I've even managed to be collecting plenty on my thimbles. So I've got that blog to be updating too. And on with the next rotation.

Keep Stitching....

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Thimble Fairy flying along

Can't believe how beautiful the weather has been for this long, a proper summer!!!

Plenty of trips to the park, playing in the paddling pool and running round the house in just nappies for my little mischiefs.

I've also managed to get some stitching done in the daylight while hubby has watched the boys.

I've finished the rotation on the thimble fairy. The other night the fractionals fractionation the arms had me in a spin. I think I had to recount and restart about five times. I do have a cold so think the stuffy head wasn't helping I'm not normally too bad with the fractions but just couldn't get into the zone with them.


And now:

Recently I've been working on my designs section by section, finishing an area before moving on. This one I've gone old school back to how I used to. I always tried to stitch the colours that covered the greatest expanse first to get the skeleton of the design in. I think I couldn't wait with this one to get an overall impression of it...and its far from a disappointment. It's just beautiful, delicate and the hand dyed colours are amazing, well worth deviating from my normal prefer DMC.

I'm off to get Sarah Kay out for the rotation on that. And probably see what else I can get some work done on.

Keep stitching...

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Sun and stitching

I've been loving this weather and I've been flying along with stitching time. We've been out at the park and beach nearby. It was glorious yesterday. And my eldest loved collecting rocks and piling them up. I couldn't manage to drag the double buggy very far onto the sand lol so had to make best of the tide line of rocks and drift wood.

I've finished my rotation on motherly devotion.


And now:

I feel like this has flown round. It's starting to get more finished than not. It's an amazing stitch looking forward to getting back round to it again.

Keep stitching...

Monday, 8 July 2013

In the arms of an angel update

It's been fab weather here the last few days. We've had lots of trips to the park and plenty splashing in the paddling pool in the yard.

How cute are the cygnets...five pretty impressive for a city park! And I can't believe how big my boys are getting it's unreal at the minute they are just constantly surprising with what they are doing and coming out with.

I've finished a rotation on In the arms of an Angel. Love this design so much and was took a back when I realised I'd finished my ten hours...I was really into it.


It's certainly coming together nicely. I'm loving the depth. I kept thinking i'd rucked the fabric but it is the drape of the dress lol. The colours are so vibrant too. It is a dream to stitch as well. Sometimes the chart gets you a little cross eyed but only slightly.

On with the next rotation think i can't wait to get back round to this one again.

Keep stitching...