Sunday, December 30, 2007
This year has been full of changes and has brought me to a rather comtempaltive mood as we face another year. Age is really just a year tally, but it brings with it strange thoughts and the need for projects that stretch and challenge. Quite what these will be is in the lap of the Gods, but I feel the need to be bolder, and more focused, to plan and think ahead, not one of my strong points...
as the New Year comes a creepin' my thoughts turn to my Mum, who would have celebrated her birthday on New Year's Eve, forever the optomist, like her I will look for the "silver lining" while cloud watching.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
She used to make the most delicious Trifle, and I make it every "holiday", and yet there is always that question, its good, but not quite like Mum's. Likewise her Potato and Onion Pie.
Has anyone else come across this - or is it me!
Please forgive the first photograph, and don't try and strain your neck looking at it, but it is a small tote I have made for my God-daughter for christmas. I was quite impressed with the finish, that I have another in construction,.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 03, 2007
Today I celebrate my 50th birthday - and so far it is going with a swing, flowers, gifts and visits from friends wishing me well. I even had the sweetest compliment from a 9 year old telling me I didn't look that old!
This evening we will cut cake and open a bottle of bubbly.
Does this mean I have to be sensible now?
Friday, September 21, 2007
Here she is in all her glory, she was completed last Sunday, but have only just managed to download a picture - our computer has been unco-operative this week. A lovely stitch, now to frame her and find a space on my wall.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
This week I have been busy...
further progress on Sally...
And finished this biscornu and scissor fob from a design by Alchemy Stitchcraft.
All in all a good stitching week.
Friday, July 13, 2007
The kids think I've been a bit slow on the uptake lately - they weren't wrong!
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I realise that we need rain, for our gardens, rivers, etc. but I do think that maybe we have had enough. 4 days is really quite sufficient, thank you - time to turn the clouds off, and let us see well at least a foot or two of blue sky - please!
Having said that, there have been some wonderful "greys".
Sunday, April 15, 2007
This is Bookshelf by LHN.
I put the last few stitches in it this afternoon.
The photo doesn't quite do the finished item justice, the colours are much brighter.
It has been a treat to stitch, and using small lengths of the metallic thread certainly helped with smooth stitching.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I am now the proud owner of a Toyota SL3314 overlocker. A welcome addition to my sewing family. As with all new "toys" I thought I ought to test its' capabilities...so this is what I made this weekend. The PJ bottoms are certainly on the generous side, (and no I don't need them to be THAT roomy) but they will be just the thing for warm nights! The material I have had since the dawn of time, I think it once belonged to a great Aunt!
Monday, April 02, 2007
I remember the first timeI ever made anything was way way back when I was 5 or 6, I cut out and stitched a dress for my doll. I do believe that the whole thing fell apart.
Over the years, and especially during my teenage phase I made just about everything I wore - I left home and studied Dressmaking at City and Guilds level, continuing all the while to make the majority of my wardrobe.
When I had my daughter and our family circumstances altered dramatically I found myself with less and less time to "sew". Sadly over the last 12 years, I have only made a handful of garments for myself, my DD and DS.
The sewing machine was out to repair yet another bust pocket, and the muse struck, so with a piece of silk I have had in my stash for at least 20 years (I know I bought it when studying for my C & G) I have rediscovered my dressmaking mojo!
I did find that the pattern required some alteration - gone are the days when there was little alteration required - and it has taken me very nearly a week to get to this stage, when previously I would have had it licked in a day, but the satisfaction that I now feel is reward in itself. Here's to future projects.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
This is my ornament for March. A Mill Hill kit called Angel. Was very quick to stitch, but I did need a good light for bead colour selection!
DS suggested that it looks like an angelic Kenny from South Park.
That boy has no soul. (But he could be right)
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Secondly, the repairs done to the roof just after Christmas failed the Pennine wind test, and we were left with another hole!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thankfully the builders have been, and have made repairs again. I hope this time that the tiles stay put, because I can see me loosing the plot completely, should high winds return and we loose any more.
In the circumstances, I felt justified in being extremly weak willed and eating chocolate -I'd given up for lent!
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
We have weathered a snow fall this week, not enough for a snowball fight - but sufficient for a picturesque covering.
Hikers is starting to come together, working on this once a week is working for me, maybe I should revue my rotation from 10 hours to weekdays. The change may be beneficial.
Bookshelf progress was slow as I ran out of DMC thread - this is now resolved and I look forward to making progress again this week. I did run the iron over my work prior to taking a photo, I think the result gives a better impression of this work in hand.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
This is the progress so far on LHN Bookshelf. A very clever birthday choice from Nicola, combining my two loves of reading and stitching... I am having trouble with stitching the gold thread on the book spines, maybe I should try a shorter thread length, any tips would be welcome.
Reading Ya Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells
Watching Torchwood - again!!!!!!!!!!
Monday, January 01, 2007
I am busy making a "to do " list from the stach of WIPs I have in my house...and also a list of promise for me projects.
Happy New Year