Friday, 31 October 2008
It has little extra 'wings' which pull out at either side of the top, to create extra surfaces. There are three drawers and a small cupboard at the bottom.
That box down there on the floor is my foot stool. LOL My legs are too short to reach the floor when I sit in Grandads chair. That little Dresden quilt just stops any draft getting around my back.
As you can see I have a Lowrey work stand and a daylight lamp with a magnifier. I pop my chart onto a magnetic board on a book rest. I use a photo copy of the original chart and use a high lighter pen to mark my progress.
That little heater on the wall there is never switched on. We have a little portable heater which we use if I'm in there, but Hunney doesn't bother, he says he doesn't feel the cold.
As promised yesterday, I took a picture of my cross stitch progress.
Not as much as I would have liked, I ended up doing other things and getting a bit side tracked, but the Clematis has grown a little. Hopefully I'll get that flower finished today, we'll see.
Maybe I need to create myself a nice play list on the Big Puter again. I may add Yulia Townsend and perhaps some Hayley Westenra or Karen Matheson to my Enya play list, just for a bit of variety.
1) Beautiful voices.
2) Another day off.
3) A morning kiss from Hunney.
Thursday, 30 October 2008
I live up north and although I had my camera with me all day never actually got a chance to take a photo.
The snow was not so low down up north, but the tops certainly had a good covering.
Sometimes it amazes people how different the two ends of this island can be. We're known as the sunny north up here in Ramsey and typically we will have better weather that the south. I remember going out one day to visit with one of my sisters who lives in the south, here in Ramsey it was Beautiful, beaming sunshine and not a vesper of a breeze. 30 miles away in Port Erin there was quite a strong cold wind blowing, I had to borrow a cardigan from Kirsty cause I was cold.
I've known Hunney come home from work in Douglas, which is only 16 miles away and complain of a dull wet day, awful weather, but we in Ramsey had lovely sunshine. See, sometimes it pays to be up North.
I sat with Hunney in the study last night and did a little cross stitch, I think I'll be doing more today so I'll take a picture tomorrow.
1) The snow is gone.
2) Two days off.
3) My beautiful Island home.
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
She has also show cased some wonderfully artistic wall hangings made by other contributors. There is lots to keep me inspired, though I think I'm better off just going with the basics for now. She did suggest starting with a simple pin cushion.
1) All your comments and advice on my butterflies.
Monday, 27 October 2008
Saturday, 25 October 2008
I had forgotten how much of this I had done before putting it away. Which led to the question when does a WIP become a UFO? Was it a UFO while it was lying in the drawer? Or was it still a WIP as I hadn't really forgotten about it and did intend to revisit it?
Here's how the Endangered Babies looked when I packaged them up and put them away. Not the greatest photo but you can see how close I am to finishing. I'll get back to them one day.
Then I stitched some more, while it went around again, and again.
I got myself into a nice little mood and finished Santa just in time to go to work.
Like the Village he has his own iron work which was provided in the kit. He's a Christmas gift for someone.
I have another of these Santa's to stitch which will also be a gift.
I did take a photo of the endangered babies before putting them away and also prepared another larger project for work, I took a picture of that too, but I saved those for another day.
Before you ask..... Enya, it was two entire Enya albums playing along while I stitched away, she really is very good company. I often find I get into a stitchy groove when Enya is playing.
1) A finish!!
2) Good Music.
3) High praise at work. :-))
And because I can!!
4) My weekend off! (But on call)
Thursday, 23 October 2008
It's almost ten years since I was in Dublin, and that was only for an afternoon. For Hunney it's much longer and he too was passing through but he had been partaking in the local brew and remembers virtually nothing!
Now for the part the kids mustn't see! Poor Santa, he's headless!
He needs only his head, the gold metallic thread to finish off his robe and skates, and then his back stitching, a couple more nights in the study should see this fellow finished.
He's gotten so squished and crushed I had to bring him downstairs to press him before I could take his photo today.
I was thinking out loud as I was sewing away at Santa last night and I think Hunney agrees that it would be best if I put the Endangered Babies away for a while, I really have no urge to work on them. So this morning I'll have some time away from my needle and play about in my cross stitch stash, I'm sure there will be something that talks to me, and if there isn't.....I've got more quick little Christmas kits to stitch, and I must see about Hunneys Christmas card. I'll take a picture of the babies before they go away.
1) Hot morning tea! Always!!
3) A late shift at work.
I've used a smaller blade template to make butterfly wings. What do you think? I started out with the one on the right, but wasn't sure about it, so waited for Hunney to get home and give an opinion.
He was trying very hard not to hurt my feelings, so I figure that's not good, so I played about and came up with the one on the left. Hunney says that one looks like a moth!! Well that will do me. Of course they will look different once I have appliqued them all down and added antenna.
Staying with the recurring theme of all the same but different, they are all blue, they all have a navy blue body, but have different wings, in blue!
I'm still stuck for a name for this quilt, I wanted to reflect that the original nine fans came from Karen, but I keep on coming back to 'All the Same but Different' . Any suggestions?
Time to go make dinner. I think I'll be cross stitching tonight.
1) I'm feeling much better.
2) A warm office to work in.
3) A ride home, no bus.
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
But first up, Loulees progress. All of my fan flower petals got sewn on yesterday and the first of the centres. I've come to the conclusion that I need a lot more practice at applique before I attempt needle turn circles! LOL I ended up doing something akin to a Suffolk puff and turned it over so the flat side was uppermost. I like it.
Only six more of these to go.
Next up is my Santa, I sat upstairs these last two evenings in the study with Hunney and did a little stitching, I'm nearly finished with the red on this fellow. I really am enjoying doing these little christmas designs, they are so quick.
And now Moya. Little Lala needed a new bag to keep her tutu and shoes in for ballet, so with the panels she had left over from the ballet quilt marathon Moya has put a bag together for her, here it is just needing some cord. I think she's planning to do it back pack style with the cord going to both sides and shoulders.
Moya has also been busy with Halloween charms making bags for her three to collect goodies in.
They also just need handles.
Well thats our progress, now our news. Moya doesn't like the job she has over the road from my home, so she has quit and will be working as a temp for a time while she looks for something else. It's only been a couple of weeks but already I miss the days we sat here together chatting and stitching and inspiring one another.
My head cold is clearing up, maybe I'll be back at work tomorrow. I just have a nasty tickly cough now. Last night after I'd had enough of cross stitching I sat and did a little research on Cathedral Window quilts, I've really enjoyed doing the applique and having work in hand and feel that I might like to have a go at a little Cathedral quilt. I found a nice method that is folded, and sewn part by machine and part by hand. Now I just have to find my way back to it, so I can give credit where it's due! Today though, I'm going to finish my fan flowers and get on with my butterfly corner stones.
1) A clear head.
2) Time with loved ones.
3) The first cuppa of the day.
Monday, 20 October 2008
There are eight flowers in all, two per side.
I plan to add butterflies to the corner stones, I've been trying to figure out how to adapt the Dresden/fan design to make butterflies, I think I've got it sorted now, but I'll want to play about a bit before I go for real.
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Here's a pic of Santa.
And here is pics of the fan quilt.
Look, it's waving to us!
A better look at the quilting.
Each fan is quilted slightly differently.
Thats me, I'm outta here.
1) Kay is cooking dinner.
2) A snuggly cardigan.
3) £4 win on a lottery scratch card! Yippie!
Friday, 17 October 2008
She found that belt in the charity shop too, and I have no idea why she insists on wearing her jeans under such a pretty dress.
Well her box arrived yesterday and I'm happy to say she seemed delighted.
Here's a quick peep at what the box contained.
A teeny tiny hand made pin cushion.
Some purchased items, a magnetic Manx teddy bear souvenir, some pearl headed pins and some Leonard Cheshire post cards, (Well I do work for them). A hand made pear and of course the hand made bag that started it all.
Yesterday I had a 5am start, a 06.20 check in at the airport and training all day across the water at our North West regional office in Warrington. I got home at about 7pm.
Today was supposed to be my day off, but I went to do my office work, cause I couldn't do it yesterday. Tomorrow I'll finally get one day off! Yippie. Moya is coming for lunch, she has gone back to working during daylight hours, now that Lauren has started school. So we just get to meet up occasionally in her lunch hour. Her office is right across the street from my apartment! Cool or what? I don't know if she will have anything to show or not.
I did manage to do some stitching over the weekend, but I'll save pics of that for another day. No sewing this weekend, I'll be working, what a surprise!
Time to go.
1) Being able to give.
2) A safe trip yesterday
3) Another qualification.
Wednesday, 8 October 2008
Yesterday was supposed to be my day off, but I spent over 4 hours at work, at both ends of the day! And the time in between was spent studying, for work! Today is a late shift, usually I'd get a few hours of something in before starting at 3pm, but not today, more study! Maybe once I get next weeks course out of the way I'll be able to get back to some me stuff and start enjoying my days off again.
1) The rain stopped
2) Supportive colleagues
3) Sweet Cranberry tea.