Wednesday, 30 May 2012

New shoes

DSCF0468 A couple of months ago Logan needed to have his feet measured to see if he needed new shoes - Colette was most surprised that he had gone up 1 1/2 shoes sizes in just a couple of months.  He had his feet measured at Clark's shoe shop and they took his photo as part of their First Steps childrens club but for some reason in the photo his face appears blue.  Colette thought he looked like a Smurf!  I offered to buy him his new shoes and he loved the fact that they had flashing lights every step he took.

I've been watching the French Open most of this afternoon as I had little energy to do much else when I got home from work and it was far too hot to go out and cut the grass (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it).  This evening I really should try and get some cards made - my brain has finally come up with an idea for the Jingle Belles challenge - it's only taken nearly two weeks.  It's my father-in-laws birthday tomorrow, I've already made his card but just have to put an insert into it so that's another small job for this evening.

During one of my blog hopping sessions I came across a link to a Hardanger SAL - I've never tried Hardanger before so can anyone advise me how difficult/easy it is?  The SAL doesn't start until 2013 so I've got some time to get some practise in should I decide to join in with it.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Fat Man SAL

DSCF0467 I had to drop my car off to be serviced yesterday but thankfully I was able to use DH's car so that I could meet up with my friend Jill for coffee and catching up with each others news.  I then spent a few hours stitching on the Fat Man SAL and have made reasonable progress on the third block.  I did have to do some ironing and preparing the evening meal as well as collecting DH from work and then my car back from it's service.

Well my leave is now over so it's back into work again today - 11.30 start so I have a couple of hours before I need to set off.  I popped in last Friday just to check the rosters and I was supposed to be working a 5 - 15.30 tomorrow but that has now changed to just a 5 - 12 which is better.  We have also lost a member of staff so there will no doubt be other changes over the coming weeks - just when I thought my hours might finally get reduced it would appear not!  I do have a long weekend to look forward to but I will be working the Jubilee bank holiday on the Tuesday of next week.

May is almost over so I will be reviewing how my May targets went and posting updated photos of all my stitching projects and then deciding what I would like to get done in June.  How can we be almost half way through a year already?

Sunday, 27 May 2012

We’re good together

 Yesterday I had great fun with the ladies at the Exeter Scrapaholics group and I even managed to complete 2 LO's which is about normal for me.  We also enjoyed a Jubilee lunch where everyone brought along some food to share - there were so many cakes though it was unbelievable!
DSCF0465This is one LO I did yesterday finally adding a few bits to it this morning.  This photo was taken using the self timer on my camera when we went out for the day on our anniversary back at the end of April. I try to do one LO of where we've been for each month of the year.  I still have the March LO to do, photos were printed out to do yesterday but the papers in this kit just cried out to be used with this photo.  If I try really hard I might just get the March one done this week.  I also managed to do another page for Logan's album which I will share later in the week.

DS1 and family were in a minor car crash today, thankfully they are all okay but I think the car is probably going to be a write off.  Everyone was checked over by the paramedics and given the all clear.  When the police did a check on DS1 they had him down on the records as AWOL from the Army - bearing in mind he has been out of the forces for five years now their records are just a little inaccurate - he had to get his dicharge documents to prove that he wasn't AWOL otherwise he'd have been arrested over that.

I'm having my car serviced tomorrow so won't be going far which will give me plenty of time to stitch on my Fat Man SAL instead!

Friday, 25 May 2012

Mojo Monday Challenge #242

Yesterday evening while Ian was out I decided to have a go at the Mojo Monday challenge, I've always enjoyed working with their sketches before and this weeks was no exception.  The card was made entirely from pieces from my scraps box and embellishments from previous Artful Delights kits.  The sentiment is from a Unity stamp set.
Today I am having my hair cut and coloured, DH kindly pointed out last week that he could see some grey hairs which I knew existed but had been trying to ignore!  After that I am going up to see my friend Lisa and staying the night before going to the Exeter crop tomorrow.  I've printed out photos, packed a load of papers, ribbon, punches, etc so hopefully I can get some LO's completed and ready to share with you over the weekend.

I've just got back from taking the dog for a walk, called in on my parents and took mum round on the walk with me to - gives her a break from my dad's  moaning. It's blissfully hot out there again.   Just enjoying a nice cup of tea and a piece of birthday cake leftover from Wednesday - yum.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend - off to catch up on some blogs now before I go out.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

A little later than planned

 I forgot to take a photo of my Fat Man SAL on Tuesday but here is my progress a couple of days later than planned.  I managed to get the second chart completed and was going to make a start on the third chart Monday evening but didn't have the required thread for the border and wasn't going to risk putting the rest of the stitching in the wrong place.  The last thing I want to do is a load of frogging next Monday!  So I will be placing an order with The Patchwork Rabbit today and hopefully it should be with me by Monday - generally I get it the next day as their service is so good (providing Royal Mail play along too.)
We've been really lucky with the weather this week and have made the most of the sunshine.  Today we looked after Logan for a few hours while DD had a couple of routine checks at the doctors surgery.  We decided to take Logan and Max to Devonport Park and guess who got to play along with Logan too.
Initially I went down the slide with Logan as I thought it was too big for him, but it didn't phase him at all and was too quick for me and was at the top of the slide and ready to go on his own - he loved it.  He really has no fear at the moment - which can be a bit worrying at times.  At the top of the slide, one, two, three - GO!
The slide bends in the middle so while he started going down on his bottom by the time he reached the end of the slide he was almost on his front and just stopping before the edge.
Grandchildren are so much fun at the moment and it allows you to be a child all over again - even if it does seem more tiring.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Jingle Belles–Embossing challenge

 Something other than stitching to share with you today.  I finally got round to making the cards for the Jingle Belles challenge which was from two weeks ago.  I am hoping that I will actually get the current Jingle Belles challenge completed this week and entered on time!
The last challenge was to use embossing on your design which could either be dry embossing or heat embossing.  I decided to use a die cut to cut out some trees and then ran them through my Cuttlebug using a spotty embossing folder.  I also stamped up a scrap of white cardstock with Versamark ink and then used a pearl embossing powder and heat set with my heat tool.  I used a couple of Martha Stewart punches to cut out some snowflakes.  The sentiment is from an SU Hostess set and I've added some grey Bakers twine to ground the tree.

Today is my birthday and I have been very lucky and received lots of lovely handmade cards from friends and also some lovely gifts from both family and friends.  My MIL bought me a galvanised watering can which I have wanted for sometime - I know not the most exciting present but it will make watering the garden especially seedlings far easier (once I really get into the gardening lark).  There is a story attached to this present in as much as the in laws asked Ian what they could get me.  He suggested the watering can with a rose so on Sunday MIL and youngest son when to the garden centre to look for one and came back and said to Ian that they couldn't find one with a rose on - they had thought he meant it was decorated with roses and not the rose spray head!  Apparently yesterday Ian took MIL up the garden centre again to get the required item after chuckling to himself quite a bit.

We've been out for a lovely walk around Kit Hill this morning with Max and had lunch at the lovely cafe at the bottom of the hill.  We also called in at the Kelly Bray craft shop as on Saturday I managed to pick up two packets of needles the same size.  They swapped them without any trouble and I also picked up a lovely lighthouse stamp from the Michael Powell range of stamps that DoCrafts have brought out.  Not sure what the rest of the day holds but it's been lovely so far. I hope you are all having a good day whatever you maybe doing today.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Christmas Mystery SAL

 For those eagle eyed blog followers you would have noticed the Christmas Mystery SAL Logo on the right side of my blog.  As my sewing schedule for May was going along quite nicely I decided to allow myself yet another stitching distraction and I am so glad I did.  Below is a photo of Part 1 of the Christmas Mystery SAL that  is being run by Manuela from The Shop around the Corner.  It's in three parts being released every 45 days, more details can be found by clicking on the logo.  The sample that came with the chart was stitched in a variegated shade of red but I decided that I would like to stitch the different elements in individual colours.  I used DMC threads and mushroom evenweave fabric from my stash.  I blended two different shades for each of the coloured elements which doesn't really show up in the photo.  The whole project only took me a couple of evenings and an hour or so before going into work last week and really was a pleasure to stitch.  I'm already looking forward to the next project.
This morning I received this lovely package which I had ordered from Knowledge and Needles a Canadian company.  They took less than a week to arrive and the service and communication from Ann was fantastic - it's somewhere I will certainly be ordering from again.  What I like about Knowledge and Needles other than the great service is the fact they have a lot of charts that I haven't seen from UK suppliers and I like to try something a little different to the normal style that is so abundant in the UK.  I bought three charts from them and Ann included some cute little Prairie Schooler charts in with the package which I thought was just a wonderful added extra.
We have been busy in the garden (well for us we have) there is as always still a lot for us to get done but we are hoping this year we can finally get some money together and make a start on the huge task ahead.  Last year the money we would have saved went towards our daughters wedding which was worth every penny and then the money at the beginning of the year got used to pay for a new central heating system.  Thankfully it seems we can finally start putting some towards the garden.  We know what we want to do which is always a good thing but it is going to take us a while to put those plans into action.  Firstly we need to finish off putting up the fencing which was started some time ago and then get it all painted and then we can work towards the next area which will be a decked seating area and a garden shed at the bottom of the garden and then we'll work our way up the garden.  Perhaps I should start a journal of our mammoth garden challenge to motivate us to get it completed.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Where did the last week go?

 I can't believe it's almost a week since I last blogged - not sure where the last week has gone.  Apart from the weekend most of it was spent working.  I did manage to get some stitching done during the week on various projects and yesterday I was able to put in a couple of hours stitching on the Fat Man SAL before having to go into work.  I also managed to get an hours worth of stitching done later in the evening when I went round my friend Moya's for a crafting get together. 

I had hoped to get the second chart finished but I think I spent most of the evening unpicking some of the scarf as I kept miscounting!  Still it's coming along and I am sure I will be able to make a start on chart three next Monday. 

This morning I was up fairly early and managed to get a lemon cake in the oven and my pile of ironing from the weekend done by 9.30 so pleased to get those two jobs out of the way.  It left me about an hour to put some more stitches into the four horses before going into work today.
The weekend flew by all I can really remember is spending Saturday catching up on cleaning and doing the washing.  I also managed to get the rest of the borders weeded out in the back garden and getting a few stitches in four horses.  Sunday we had a visit from DS1 and family in the morning and then in the afternoon I had to go and get some food shopping - complaints from the two men in the house that there was hardly anything to eat.  We were treated to a gorgeous Sunday roast at our daughters which was cooked by her husband Tim and a fantastic job he did of it too.  We've been invited again this Sunday - roast beef to look forward to this time.
I've got three more late shifts at work this week so not sure if any crafting will get done - there are a ton of challenges I would like to take part in but not sure if I will succeed or not.  Still Friday will be my last day before I can look forward to a nice nine day break from work - fingers crossed the weather will be kind to us and we can get out and about for day trips and some jobs that need doing in the garden.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Fat Man SAL update

 A day later than I planned to post but here is the update on my Fat Man SAL.  I have now completed one of the charts and I was also able to add some more stitches to the second snowmans hat.  This is a really fun stitch and I really look forward to Mondays and working on it each week and seeing how other people who are also in the SAL are doing.
I'm halfway through a week of 10 1/2 hour shifts that start at 5am each morning.  Today ended up being 11 1/2 hours as I had to enter the stock count.

When I got home from work yesterday it was nice enough for me to be able to get out and give the lawn another cut, I even managed to weed one side of the garden before my back decided it had enough for one day.  In the evening I finished stitching the 2nd Prairie Schooler Santa - just need to make them both up into ornaments now.

It's been a miserable day weatherwise today so there was no way I was going to weed the other side of the garden.  Fingers crossed I can do that tomorrow.

Apart from a little blog hopping I have no other plans for this evening other than an early night.

Monday, 7 May 2012

A day out with Thomas

and Logan!  We had Logan to sleep overnight on Friday and on the Saturday we took him up to Buckfastleigh as they had a weekend of Thomas the Tank Engine and friends.

Not sure who was more excited Logan or us.  We got there just after 9.30 and climbed aboard the 10.00 steam train and travelled down to Totnes.  Below is the engine that took us down.

While we were at Totnes we called into the Rare Breed centre and Logan was happy to feed the goats, stroke the hedgehog and guinea pigs - he even got to give the squirrels some monkey nuts.


There was so much to do including looking at one of the smaller trains going around on the tracks set up specially for the day - here you can see both Logan and Ian watching them go round.  They did re-enactments of the Thomas stories, shuttles up and down short sections of the track, face painting - it really was great value for money and all three of us thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
We took loads more photos so I will hopefully try and do a mini album of them at some stage.  We left just after two and within seconds of putting Logan in his car seat he was fast asleep - a busy time for a little lad.

Yesterday Ian and myself took Max for a lovely walk, again starting at Yelverton and walking along Route 27 to Bedford Bridge and then we were able to walk even further along the route as the new bridge through Grenofen had been opened since we last went out there.  They'd built the new foot bridge where the old railway viaduct would have been, although the original viaduct would have been higher up.  After crossing the new footbridge we carried on to Grenofen railway tunnel a bit of a muddy entrance but the tunnel had been gravelled so we were able to walk thorugh although there was plenty of water dripping down followed by a muddy exit.  Sadly we were only able to walk a little further along the route before having to turn back and retrace our steps.  There is still a lot more work to be done to this route which I believe has got funding so it will be good to see how it progresses over the coming months maybe years.  We rewarded ourselves with a delicious cream tea at the Dartmoor diner on our way back home.

Today Ian was out for the day but I have had the company of David and family.  Elisha and Connor were happy playing in the sandpit for a while before Vicky took them over to the park for a while.  They also tried to help David and Bryan with cleaning the cars.

I have managed to get some stitching done today although not as much as I had hoped as I didn't know I would be having visitors.  I will post an updated photo of the Fat Man SAL tomorrow.

I hope everyone has had a lovely bank holiday weekend for those in the UK and a great weekend for everyone else around the world. 

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Jingle Belles challenge

 Although I'm too late to post my cards to the Jingle Belles challenge this fortnight I did at least manage to get the challenge completed and so I've got another six Christmas cards ready for this year.  The challenge was to re-use, re-cycle, etc.
I received this package a while ago which contained a lovely cross stitch kit and I kept the packaging knowing that I could use it some time, well the time came with the Jingle Belles challenge.  I've used the tissue paper as a layer on my card and the raffia ribbon that it was tied up with to put through the tag.
The papers are from an Anna Griffin Christmas paper pad - totally gorgeous and very traditional.  The cardstock is SU's Ruby Red (retired) and I think Always Artichoke.  The green cardstock I embossed with an embossing folder and the red cardstock I used a Marianne die.  All the edges were distressed and inked up using a TH ink pad and the stamped image is from a retired SU set called Old Fashioned Christmas (one of my favourites still).  The sentiment is a Kanban one and I've stamped this onto a frame which is a Sizzlets die from SU.

The new Jingle Belles challenge comes out tomorrow, hopefully I will get that one completed way before the deadline this time.

I've now got four days off from work so hopefully I will get plenty of time to enjoy the bank holiday weekend.  We are having Logan overnight tomorrow and taking him to Buckfastleigh on Saturday where they are having a Thomas the Tank engine weekend.  At the moment he is mad on trains so we are hoping he will really enjoy it - I know we will enjoy having him to ourselves for 24 hours.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Fat Man SAL and other stitching updates

My attempt at getting value for money and ordering the 2 strands of Whitewash thread(which was nearer to ecru than white) meant that I ended up ordering some of the 6 strand instead but it didn’t arrive in time for the Fat Man SAL on Monday. This meant I had to move onto another part of the project instead. I did make good progress late Monday afternoon after getting home from work and am really pleased with how it’s coming along. Just keeping my fingers crossed I counted down enough threads and have put it in the right place! The second lot of Whitewash arrived yesterday and will match the original colour on this project so I am hoping that next Monday may see both sections finished.


Other stitching updates include finally getting some stitches put into the bear sampler again – the bear now has a head, just a small amount of backstitching to do on this when a few stitches of the background have been stitched either side of the head.

Four horses of apocalypse was worked on during the month but I didn’t get the page completed as I would have liked.

This could have been due to the fact I made a start on stitching some Christmas ornaments. This is the first one in the LHN Christmas ornaments for 2012. I’ve managed to complete about a third of this one I think – I already have the next two charts so need to get a move on to catch up with these.


Finally another couple of ornaments worked on from Prairie Schooler – this is a set of 8 so I’m almost a quarter of the way through stitching these little Santas and then just need to turn them into ornaments. These are nice and easy to work on in the evenings as they only use two colours.


So my May stitching goals are

Finish page of Four Horses of Apocalypse

Work on right side of bear sampler hoping to get the banner at the top completed too.

Complete LHN ornament – made up as an ornament

Complete Prairie Schooler Santas shown and made into ornaments

Complete two Fat Man Sal charts

LK March and April charts

Let’s see how much I can complete this month. I have the bank holiday off from work and also a week off at the end of May which is a bonus but there are also lots of other crafting projects I need to try and work on this month too.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Oh so beautiful–thank you.

What a lovely surprise to open this gorgeous card when I got home from a long day at work.  Thank you so much Chanelle for this beautiful wedding anniversary card, the photo probably doesn’t really do it the justice it really deserves.  There are just so many amazing details and we love it  - thank you.
I’ve had two long 10 1/2 hour days at work both of them starting at 5am so this is only a short post.  I have stitching updates which I will post tomorrow and hopefully I will also have some other crafting projects to share during the week.