Friday, 25 June 2010

Trying to catch up!

Help! I need a vacation, I feel like that old headless chicken running around the yard. The Farmer really needs to shoot me..lol. Life has just been so hectic lately. I just want to have time to sit down and do nothing, even my stitching has stressed me out this week. One of the teachers from our local primary school who taught Heather when she was 6 is retiring today. Heather decided at the last minute to try and get some of her previous classmates together to sign a card, buy some flowers and surprise the teacher with a visit from some of them this afternoon. Well of course being me I got it into my head that I would just have to stitch a little something. I loved this design when I saw it in this months Cross-stitcher magazine but sadly I gave up stressing myself out last night trying to get it finished on time. I will keep working on it until its complete as I am sure there will be someone who would like it.




Magazine Image

I can now reveal the give-away prize package that I sent to Siobhan. I was very anxious tackling something to send to Siobhan as her finishes are always so stunning.  As my regular visitors know I always get myself in a tizzy when it comes to finishing a stitched piece but even I was pleased with how this one turned out. I reckon I would no longer have the dunces cap, teacher might even give me a silver star...lol.



Stitched Area



Interior



Completed



The other items I included were a little stitching kit I made up with the Dear Friends chart by Elizabeths Designs, scottish thistle pin and cute cow/sheep tea towel, fabric/quilting notebook and a little doggy frame for Duffy, Siobhans adorable doggy. As usual I had wonderful fun putting this all together and it is even more sweet when it is for a friend.



Finally I had to say good-bye to my darling boy this week. I have taken care of four year old Oscar since he was 11 months old and his older brother Jacob for a year and a half before he went to school. It breaks my heart when my little ones have to leave. I bubbled all my way through making up a photo album on Sunday afternoon. I;ve always managed to keep my feelings in check on the last day until everyone leaves but I felt a right fool at nursery school on Wednesday morning when I started sobbing. I know they will keep in touch but I am sooo going to miss my boy. I received these beautiful flowers, wine, chocolates and a lovely card from Oscar and his family. I know it is my job but it is so nice when a parent thanks you and appreciates all you have done in caring for their child.

Heather was amazed at all the lovely comments everyone has left on her prom photographs, she can;t believe that people she doesn;t know would take the time to say such lovely stuff. Hugs and thanks to everyone.
I am going to have a few free days next week so hopefully I will get a chance once again to catch up with all my stitchy friends out there. I so need to catch up on my blog reading and emailing. Hope everyone has a lovely week-end. Hugs!!

28 comments:

Annie said...

That teacher design is adorable. But stitching should be fun, not stressful! Life has enough stresses that you can't avoid without adding more. You are quite right.. some lucky teacher eventually will get that finish.

Gorgeous gift for Siobhan. You did a great job on that bag.

Bette said...

What a lovely bag you made for Siobhan! She will love your special gift for her. And I agree with Annie. Stitching should be fun, not stressful. There are too many other things to get stressed about.

Lesleyanne said...

A lovely gift you sent for Siobhan. I agree with the others, stitching shouldn't be stressful but fun.

Angela P said...

That is one amazing finish you did for Siobhan! I just love it :) The teacher piece is such a wonderful sentiment too, stitching in a short timeline can be stressful for me too.

cuori e perline said...

Hi, Elaine!
your embroidered apple is very nice!
And what can I tell you about the bag ?!
wonderful! I'd like to have a kind of this bag for my shopping.... wow !!!!
Have you a great weekend, dear!
Hug from Italy
Annamaria

too_busy_to_stitch said...

What a lovely teacher piece - shame they didn't give more time for people to finish :( Gold star for finishing I reckon :)

Meadows08 said...

I can sympathize with the headless chicken feeling!! I have my 14 yr old daughter home from school (she only had to write one exam, the smarty-pants!) so she's been keeping me busy running here and there! Today we're staying home!!! Next week my son is off, lucky for me, he's a home body.

I saw on Siobhans blog how much she loved your gorgeous gift! I love how you finished the bag. I'm going to try my hand at one, one of these days!

As for the lovely gift from Oscar's family, if parents have to work it is a blessing to have a loving person like you caring for them.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Dee said...

Have a great weekend and hope you get to slow down a little and take time to stitch.

Your projects are so cute. Love the teacher one.

Natasha said...

What a cute design.. I agree stitching shouls not be stressful Hopefully in the next few weeks you can find some rest and relaxtion.

Your gifts for Siobhan turned out GREAT! I think you did an amazing job on that bag. And how nice to include Duffy. He is a sweet pup :)

Take Care

Annette said...

I love you design for the teacher.. The finish picture from the magazine looks great!! Great gifts for Siobhan. Such a beautfull flowers you got from the family..

Deb said...

I love that design that you made for the teacher. And how you put it together is wonderful. Great gifts for Siobhan. I know that she was thrilled to receive them. And such wonderful flowers you received.

Ingrid said...

Gorgeous gift for Siobhan.The design for the teacher looks great! I love it ...
Have a nice weekend !!

Erna said...

Oh Lainey so sorry to hear about Oscar...I know how much you loved taking care of him and Jacob.....
Love Siobhan 's gift and the gift you're gonna make Heather's teacher
Huggggggs
Er

Missy aka Birdy said...

Such a beautiful bag you made for Siobhan. I love that fact that you finished it with a special touch in the inside too.

hugs
-missy-

Carol said...

You sound like such a special caregiver for little Oscar and his brother, Elaine...They were lucky to have someone like you for those early, formative years. So nice to receive a thank you gift...

You did an amazing job on the gift for Siobhan and the teacher card--I'd say you deserve two gold stars :)

Melanie said...

The teacher's pattern is adorable - I'm more than sure it will come in handy down the road. :)

natalie said...

You put together a mean care package! Wow! Your bag turned out so great (I saw it on Siobhan's page, too). I really like the apple for the teacher- that is a neat idea for next school year.

FIONA said...

Love all your finishes. I particularly like the apple for the teacher! She will really appreciate that gift! Your blog is great - thanks for sharing. Greetings from Down under!! x

Lois said...

What a lovely package of goodies you sent to Siobhan and lovely gifts from Oscar's parents. I hate 'good-byes' so I would have been feeling exactly the same way.

Have a nice weekend and hopefully life will become a little less hectic.

Kellie said...

What a cute bag that you made for Siobhan! I am sure she loved it along with all the other sweet things you sent. Maybe this week will be better for you and not so stressful. You know you are stressed when even you fun hobbies make you feel out of sorts. :)

staci said...

That is a Gorgeous bag you made for Siobhan! What a wonderful prize to receive in the mail!!!

Sally said...

The teacher piece is lovely and I love the bag you made.

Justflo said...

Gorgeous makes and finishes. Hope you have a restful weekend. So you can 'chill-out' stitch not 'stress' stitch.

Mylene said...

Such beautiful gifts you send to Siobhan. I am sure she loves it all.

LOve the teacher design.

Cheryl said...

Just catching up on your blog! Your daughters prom pics are gorgeous. Shes a stunning girl. Didnt realise "prom" was so big now in Scotland. Such glam dresses!

♥ Nia said...

I need a vacation too!! But right now... I need your address :D
Please send me an email to caixinha.pirlimpimpim@gmail.com
Have a great week :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Sorry to hear you couldn't get that little Teacher piece finished up but it is adorable and I love the idea of having kids sign the mat! I know it'll come to good use in the future!

Michelle said...

I love the bag which you made for Siobhan. The teacher piece is lovely!