Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Stitching/Mothers Day/Blog Awards!

I finished my March SAL piece from Whispered by the Wind.  This was a cute little design to stitch.  I can't wait to see what design Elaine chooses for April.   I have also finished off my two gift pieces that I was working on.   Can any of the uk ladies who read my blog suggest anywhere here that I can buy tiny buttons.  I need some red, white and blue stars.  I've tried ebay, debbie cripps etc but no luck so far.

We celebrated Mothers Day here on Sunday.  I got these two beautiful cards, darling little chocolate moo cow and money for my new stash which arrived today.  I bought some "Dye is Cast" threads,  I know that they are now discontinued but I can;t afford to buy my favourite GAST, Weeks and Vikki Clayton silks so I had to look in the uk for an alternative and I found these on sale for £1.14 each.  I've never used them before but they look pretty enough threads and at this price I will be saving up for some more.  My fabric I also got on sale at Cross-stitch Direct, the colours are Bay Leaf, Coffee and Lavender.  I can;t wait to find the perfect chart to stitch on them now.

I am so thrilled as Kellie and Sarah have both given me a Blog Award.  Thank you so much girls, I really do appreciate it you both including me in your list. I am now supposed to list 10 little known or unique facts about myself.   I haven't lead a very intersting life so I will say here are 10 boring facts about myself...lol.
  1. I have only been cross-stitching for ten years.   I spotted a little teddy bear kit while out doing my weekly shopping in the local supermarket.  I knew no one who stitched and had never seen or heard of cross-stitching before.  The following week I discovered Cross-stitching magazines in my local newsagent, bought one and I have been hooked ever since.
  2. When I am not cross-stitching I like to read.   I enjoy Biographys, Thrillers, Crime and Romance.
  3. Our family are "trekkies".  I watch all the different series and movies but my favourite is Star Trek Voyager. Both my hubby and son are the real fanatics they have been to many conventions and met a lot of the stars and my loft is full of a large collection of toys, memorabilia etc. When we were dating my hubby wouldn't take me out on Thursday nights because Star Trek was on...lol.
  4. I am a member of the http://www.nts.org.uk/Home/ National Trust for Scotland.  During the Spring, Summer and Autumn months I love to visit all the Historic Buildings and Gardens in Scotland.
  5. I love American tv , I watch all the CSI's, Criminal Minds,Criminal Intent, Law&Order etc.  I'm addicted to re-runs of Friends and my favourite comedy just now is The Big Bang Theory.
  6. I have an interest in Geneology and last year I traced my Paternal Grandfathers family back to Ireland in the 1600's and my Maternal Grandfathers family to Ayrshire in the 1700's.   My maiden name is Burns so I was hoping that I might have been related to the famous scots poet Robert Burns but sadly no.  My relatives were all miners,maids and estate workers.
  7. I joined a Highland Dance school when I was about 7 years old and over the years gained many medals and trophies.  Typical teenager I gave it up when I was 15 as it just won;t cool at that age.  My daughter has attended the same school since she was 4 years old, she does tap, jazz and modern.  My dance teacher still owns the school and teaches Heather who is now 17.
  8. My hero is my grandmother.  She will be 94 years old this year.   When she was born she was less than 2.lbs in weight and they put her in a shoe box and laid her buy the coal fire expecting her to die.   She was widowed in her early thirtys and took many menial jobs to raise her three children.  Last year she went into a nursing home, it breaks my heart as she now has dementia and no longer remembers who we are.
  9. I met my husband Ian on a blind date at a superbowl party.  He is the love of my life and we will be together 23 years in September.
  10. Now my other husband or no maybe toyboy..I wish...Michael Buble.  I am one of his biggest fans I just adore him and his music.  I have been to see him twice, it should have been four times but twice in the past five years I was ill and not able to go.  I can't wait until he comes back next  year.
Well there you have it, boring but true.  I now need too choose 10 blogs to pass this on too.  There are so many I love out there so this is not going to be easy.   I am not quite sure who has already been selected from other blogs, but here goes.

  1. Erna
  2. Annette
  3. Sally
  4. Shari
  5. Bette
  6. Tanya
  7. Cath
  8. Michelle
  9. Lesleyanne
  10. Corinna
That was really difficult, there are so many wonderful blogs that I visit and leave comments on that I would like to have added to my list but I could only choose ten.   I'm sure you will enjoy visiting these great blogs.  For those that are listed here are the rules if you would like to accept the award.
  1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
  2. Paste the award on your blog.
  3. Link to the person who nominated you.
  4. Tell 10 interesting things about yourself.
  5. Nominate 10 blogs and post their link.
Congratulations to anyone who accepts the award.  I look forward to visiting your blog and learning something new all about you and hopefully discovering even more new blogs to read.

Well this has to be the longest post I have ever done, so I am off to get a cuppa and make dinner.  Hugs!


Kay said...

Love your stitched piece - really cute! You did a great job with your 10 facts - not boring at all!

Shari said...

your finished piece turned out so cute!!!!! Congrats!!!!
I LOVE all the stash you got for Mother's Day....and by the way, hope it was a great day.....I wasn't on the computer at all that day!!!
thanks for the blog award. I have to figure out how to do that, as I need to put it on mine.....

corinna said...

i just mailed you the charts,
had i known you needed buttons i would have
included some.....
thanks for the blog award.
i do not know that i do not think i can choose who to pass it on to.
i would want to give it to all of them.
you are sweet.
if no one finds your buttons,
then give me a shout.
happy mothers day.
great stitches.

staci said...

Your stitched piece is darling. You received some wonderful new stash that I'm sure you'll enjoy using! Congrats on your award too :)

Theresa said...

I love your stitched piece, it's gorgeous :D Was going to suggest a scrapbooking shop for buttons but had a quick Google and came up with these for you if you still need some.


Stitchingranny said...

I have some very tiny buttons, round, stars and flower shaped, which i use a lot both in stitching and card making and I just get them from market stalls, you know the sort that sell buttons and ribbons etc and they usually have a box or two with little packets of tiny buttons and beads and other stitching embellishments.

Cath said...

I love your SAL piece , and have saved the chart in my never ending to do file lol.

Thank you so much for giving me the award. I am honoured and very excited as it's my first one . Can't wait to put it on my blog.
Take care. XXX

♥ Nia said...

Really cute design =)

Stitchingranny said...

In reply to the comment on my blog Elaine - yes its the same lady and she is lovely.

Bette said...

Thanks so much for the blog award, Lainey. As soon as I figure out how to do it, I'll get my blog entry up. Love your new Mother's Day stash. And I learned we have a lot in common from your list of 10 things.

♥ Nia said...

Hi!! Thank you for your visit too :)
I'm a new follower, I'll be visiting you more often ;)
Have a great wednesday!

Annie said...

Love the color changes you made on the SAL piece. I've seen that design and just never realized how cute it would be stitched up.

Deb said...

Your March piece is adorable. And I know what you mean about coming up with things about yourself. We always find ourselves boring, but others don't seem to. Love reading about you and now feel that I know you a little bit better!

Barb said...

Love your March piece, dont know if Gregory Knopp can help you they do a fantastic range of buttons.wwww.gregory-knopp.co.uk I think thats right but google it. Hope it helps.

Carol said...

Loved reading your post. Very interesting. Your March piece is pretty.

Siobhan said...

I enjoyed reading about you, Lainey! Very interesting. I must check out that Big Bang Theory. I know we started recording it but never watched it. We're HUGE Criminal Minds fans, love Law & Order, The Good Wife, etc.

Beautiful finish, too!

Sally said...

Love your pretty finish!

Thank you so much for the award and congratulations on yours :)

Kellie said...

Happy late Mother's Day, Lainey. :) I love your finish and all your unique facts about yourself. I LOVE Big Bang Theory. (knock, knock) Penny? (knock, knock) Penny? Sheldon cracks me up!

Have a great week!

Raggedy Ann said...

There is a sunshine award waiting for you on my blog!

Carol said...

What a pretty finish, Lainey! Lovely colors...

I've enjoyed reading your interesting facts--they are not boring at all! I think to ourselves, our lives might seem boring, but to others we seem very interesting :)

Cath said...

I've just been given the Sunshine blogger award , so would like to pass it on to you.
Please drop by and collect . XXX

Tanyastitches said...

I am so sorry for not reading this sooner, thank you so much for the award, my first ever.
As you have seen I have been busy getting guinea pigs sorted LOL
Your March SAL looks fab.

Mylene said...

Your march piece looks lovely. Congrats on the award and i enjoyed reading your info, thanks for sharing.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your finish is lovely!