Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Its been a while!

I sure have missed blogland so much this last while and here's hoping to getting caught up on some reading of my favourite blogs.

I'm feeling a tad fragile or traumatised today-I had my interview yesterday for the Research Nurse post (that's why I've been absent!)and not having had an interview for 14yrs combined with having been on a career break......well, I'll spare the details, suffice to say, everytime I think of it, I CRINGE!! I promised my self, when it was over yesterday, I was going to stitch all evening-not a chance, the embarressment must have been too much and I was laid up with a bad headache:(
Anyway, I haven't heard anything yet and life must move along:))

Obviously I haven't got much sewing done but I'll share a few pics since last on here.

I did take a day a few weeks back in the dye pots and for those not interested in seeing one pic after the other of wool, I am trying to amalgamate the pics-lets see if it works!

The colours haven't come out the best, but at least you see the textures.

Now to more fun stuff-I was trying to do a little reading the other morning when I got the most delightful surprise in the post- what perfect timing to lift my spirits!
My good friend Tanya sent me some lovely gifties all deliciously wrapped in star tissue paper. Just have a peek at her lovely handwork in the pillows and card.

Thanks again Tanya-I so love everything and you are one talented girl! I had admired Tanya's cute little snowman pillow in red on her blog and now I have one:)) The other little snowman cross stitch pillow, plays a little tune -how fun is that! I had to take the pic as soon as they came because I knew those chocolate kisses weren't going to last too long! Now I am itching to get started on the lovely punchneedle kit.

Now do you want to see what a copycat I am?? I noticed the lovely Belen (Simply Patchwork blog) kept her stitching on a lovely little table (what a great idea Belen) and it reminded me of a little tray stand I had in the attic (not as nice as Belens) but functional. So while the kitchen bench lay cluttered with dirty dishes this morning, I was balancing in the attic digging for this......

If you don't know Belen, she is from Spain and has an online shop for things that those of us who don't live in the States, have difficulty getting the hold of.
Here is a little purchase I got recently from her-some fabric inch tape and some weeks dye works wools (

Friday, 7 January 2011

Itchin to stitch!

I'm so glad I didn't make any new year resolutions-I'd be totally disillusioned by now at my failure so early in the year. A sure resolution would have been- not to start any new projects until I had at least some of my multitude of UFO's completed! But guess resolutions...... a new project guilt!????? Not so sure about the last bit!lol!

All over the holidays I kept stopping by this kit I bought in PG last summer-just look at all the little packages of wool yumminess, calling for my attention (I assume they had it as a BOM once upon a time) all wool applique unto PG's beautiful muted plaids/homespun etc.

Anyway, as soon as the decorations were put away I gave myself a lovely prolonged day and got to cutting, cutting, cutting! This is what I have appliqued so far using a combination of blanket stitch and primitive whip stitch. They are not positioned properly as I still have a number still to do, but it gives an idea-didn't want to bore you with a pic of every one!lol!

This is the actual pattern, though I think PG's choice of fabrics are more prim in real life.

I'm thinking this year (not a resolution) of trying to get a few quilts made. Last year I seemed to make smaller projects and I think I only made one quilt, but we shall see how time permits and what BIG temptations are out there by way of patterns/kits from all those talented designers!

Trust your year has got off to a good start and I am looking forward to reading more of all those inspiring blogs that are out there.

Thanks so much for stopping by-I really appreciate you popping in to my little world:)

Shazy x