Friday, 31 October 2014

Trick or Treat

No stitching done yesterday as I was busy making witches hats for my work colleagues and grandchildren. There are lots of tutorials on You Tube for these and they are very quick and simple to make.  I have just normal treats for our neighbourhood trick or treaters.
Today I have spent in the company of my daughter and granddaughter , Logan was feeling poorly so stayed behind with his dad.  We also popped round to see our two other grandchildren with their treats.  Max has been greeting the trick or treaters this evening which he enjoys, but unfortunately every now and then there are fireworks going off which he most certainly does not like.  Sadly the fireworks no doubt will be upsetting him for a few more weeks yet.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Monday, Tuesday progress

I was working late on Monday evening but did make a start on the top border.
Tuesday evening I had to take mum shopping so limited time again on the stitching front but I did work out where the name had to go and made a start on adding that as well as doing some more of the border.  Slowly but surely it’s getting done.


Sunday, 26 October 2014

Just the top border to go

The last bauble was finished today along with the final little star which now leaves me just the border and name.  There is also some decorative back stitching to be added to completely finish it off but I am so pleased with the weekends progress and just hope I can continue the momentum throughout the coming week.
I had a good excuse to just stitch this afternoon as Andy Murray was playing in the Valencia final – what a fantastic match to watch.  How they maintain the standard of tennis they do is quite amazing.  Those that know me know that I am very much an avid fan of Andy Murray and was so pleased he won which has given him the chance to qualify for the end of year tournament – something I don’t think many people would have thought possible just a few short weeks ago.  It will be interesting to see where he ends up in the ATP ranking come the end of the year.  C’mon Andy!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

A productive day

This morning I traded my old Dyson vacuum cleaner in for a more up to date model.  Tesco’s are giving up to £100 trade in regardless of the condition of yours.  I managed to get £80 for my vacuum cleaner which must be at least 15 years old if not older in exchange for one of their newer models.  What a difference the new one has made.

DS2 and I have also been busy picking up plants to add some colour through the winter months and Spring bulbs too.  DH cut back the mass of Michaelmas daisies that we had in one corner of the front garden last week and DS2 had previously chopped down the fir tree that had taken over the space and was making it difficult to park in the drive.  So today DS2 managed to dig up the roots, take out masses of the daisies which we are transferring to the other side of the garden and split up the Agapanthus.  It then just left me to put in the plants we had bought – while it looks a lot tidier than before I still think some more plants are required to fill in some of that open space – any useful suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I’ve also manage to put in some more stitches to the stocking.  Today has seen the addition of the the final parcel – the little red one and the start of the final bauble.  I hope to get that bauble finished and put in one more star tomorrow which will only leave the top border and the name.
I forget to say we also called in Hobbycraft today to pick up some threads I needed to complete the stocking and I am pleased to say I resisted all temptation to add to my other crafting stash.

Now I think its’ time to sit down and catch up on some of the TV programmes I have recorded while enjoying a glass of chilled rose wine.  Enjoy your evening where ever and whatever you are doing.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Yesterday and Today

Just a short time spent on the stocking yesterday evening but I did make a start on another bauble.
Another late night at work this week – I don’t normally work on a Friday but I was asked to do a swap.  I have managed some more stitching this evening and have finished the bauble I started last night.  I’m still hoping that I might just get this finished by the end of October.  Fingers crossed I can get some decent stitching time in over the weekend.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Pom Pom complete

It was too late to post this last night but I was able to fill in the pom pom on the penguins hat.  I had to work until 8.15 in the evening yesterday so only got to spend a little time stitching with my friends so didn’t get chance to start the bauble above his head.  Another late night at work today but it’s my intention to get the first few stitches into the bauble this evening.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

This evenings progress

I have completed another bauble – well apart from some gold backstitching which I will do when all the main stitching is complete.  Fingers crossed tomorrow I will try and get the pom pom on the penguins hat finished as it is only one colour to be filled in so no counting.  This is just as well as I will be crafting with my friends tomorrow and my concentration skills are not always that great when I’m stitching with others!  I’m also hoping that by trying to post an updated picture every day might just help with the final push to get this completed asap.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Quick stitching update

I was able to get a fair amount of stitching done in the evenings while we had our little break away (which already seems a distant memory) and I have finally got round to picking it up again this evening.  Just two small baubles, a small parcel, a star and the name border to go.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

CAS(E) this sketch #94

Another Christmas card made, this time using the sketch from the CAS(E) this sketch challenge.  I’ve used one of the Sheena Douglas embossing folders to create the patterned background.  One of my favourite SU stamp sets Mosaic Madness which I have stamped out nine times and used gold embossing powder.  These were then punched out using the co-coordinating  punch.  The sentiment came from SU and is a freebie at the moment with a qualifying order.  Is my cardmaking Mojo finally coming back  - I certainly hope so as I still have lots of Christmas cards to make so i am hoping to keep on finding inspiring blog challenges to keep the momentum going.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Paperbabe Stamps Challenge #4–Sketch challenge

The sun is shining brightly in my garden so it felt a bit strange taking a photo of my Christmas card.  The card was made for this weeks Paperbabes sketch challenge.  I’m very pleased as I have made this card using scraps from my stash – I am trying very hard not to buy anymore papers as I have more than enough to make Christmas cards with for quite a few years.  Unfortunately I don’t have the same resolve as far as stamps are concerned and I have used the Bottle Brush Tree stamp set from Paperbabes to make the card with.  I love how you can stamp the tree and then add all the other elements in whatever colours you wish.  I have decided to go with traditional reds. greens and golds for my card.
September went by in a whirl, hopefully October will be a little more sedate for me.  Having said that I have a scrapbooking retreat to look forward to this weekend and no surprises when I say I haven’t even printed out any photos yet.  When I get back from the retreat we are having a few days away in a holiday cottage in Dorset – hopefully the weather will remain dry and we can get out and about for nice walks with Max.  I have couple of workshops to go to at Scrapbook Magic to see what mischief I can get up to there. 

Dad has a hospital appointment this month when his health situation will be reviewed – I’m not holding out much hope that we will be any further forward as he is still being cared for twice a week by the district nurses for an ongoing problem and we were told they wouldn’t be able to operate until that had cleared up.  Hey ho!