Saturday, 31 July 2010


I can;t believe it is 21 years since we became parents for the first time.  Our darling son Craig Ian Main was born at 7.59pm on Monday 31st July 1989. Please join with us on wishing him a Happy 21st. Hugs Lainey & Ian.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Hello again!

Only stitching I have done this week was to finish off this lovely Noel freebie design. As usual my blogger doesn;t show the true colours. The fabric is a mid chocolatey brown and the threads are a wine and beige colour. I am so behind on my stitching this month that I forgot about my monthly SAL I am doing with my dear friend Elaine. It was my turn to choose this months chart and with only 7 days left I haven;t found one yet. I think I may be spending some time in the naughty chair
Thank you so much to the lovely Michelle who responded to my plea to trade for some fabric. She totally spoiled me with a lovely bundle of fabric in exhange for the cute snowman beaded kit. Please check the other kits in my last post and my stash blog to see if I can entice anyone else to trade with me. Laineys Stash Room
Thank you also to everyone on wishing me well with my employment situation. For those who don;t know I work from home as a Registered Childminder. Sadly on Wednesday Conor who has been with me for four years will be leaving. I will then only have two year old Leon in my care but he is supposed to be going soon as well.  I guess it;s the way of the world just now and I do fear there will be much more unemployment to come for many in the near future.
I'm not quite sure how much stitching and computer time I will have in the next week. My baby boy Craig turns 21 next Saturday and I am spending most of my free time trying to put together a photograph album for him as well as trying to arrange a family party. I expect my withdrawal symptoms to kick in Enjoy the rest of your week-end. Hugs!

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Stitching/Fabric plea/Gardening!

My postie brought me a lovely treat this week when I received this darling little bag that I was thrilled to win in Nia's recent give-away. It will be just perfect to carry my stitching projects in when I go out, so much prettier than the plastic bag I use just now.

I haven;t had a lot of stitching time this week but I decided to put my BBD piece aside and start on my Christmas projects. The Snowman is by the Prairie Schooler. The original chart doesn;t have a nose but I am going to add one and I think I might use beads for the snow-flakes on and around the tree. The second piece is a freebie at Des Couleours Points that I am hoping to finish up this afternoon. 
Okay I am gonna have a pity-party I am needing some 28,32 count evenweave (white,cream,light colours) but as it is looking more and more like I am going to be unemployed soon I can;t afford to spend any more money buying new stash. So, I have some kits here that I am hoping someone may be willing to trade for some fabric. Also as I am sure you will understand due to the postage rates I can only trade at present with anyone in the UK or Europe. Fingers crossed there is someone who can play at my

This design is called Winter Cheer and is a Hardanger piece which measures 9" x 9". Now I can;t explain why the fabric is missing as I don;t do hardanger but the pack contains the threads and chart.

Hopefully there is a Rugby fan out there who may want this one. It is by DMC and the design measures 9" x 7".

This pretty pillow is by a company called CeWeC. The fabric included is a cream colour and the threads are all full skeins of Anchor. There are no size details I can find but I think the fabric is 20 count and the design measures 14" x 15".

A cute little Snowman beaded kit. Sorry no details as it is all in French.


Lastly a lovely Tatty Teddy baby kit. Finished design is just a little over 6" x 6".

Even though the weather hasn;t been great this week a few more plants in my garden are blooming. The red Lillies are just gorgeous and are the ones I have used in my blog header picture. Well I am tempted to just sit here and read some blogs but I do need to go stitch if I want to finish my ornie. Hope everyone is having a great week-end. Hugs!

Friday, 9 July 2010

Nothing much happening.

Nothing much happening here really it has been a quiet week for me. I've only been working three mornings so I have had quite a lot of time to stitch. I am nearly finished an exchange piece and have made quite a bit of progress on Willow House by BBD.

I am looking forward to going through my charts and books this week to select which Christmas designs I will be stitching this year. Christmas is my favourite theme to stitch, especially snowmen, I could quite easily stitch nothing else. This year I decided I would be good for the first half of the year I wouldn;t do any Christmas themed stitching. Now, I can;t wait to get started.

Patti is having a surprise give-away. Please pop over and enter It is fun to read what everyones dream gift would be.

I have no great plans for the week-end. I am looking forward to watching the British Grand Prix (Go Jenson!) and the Final of the World Cup (Go Holland!) while I stitch, stitch, stitch. Hugs!

Sunday, 4 July 2010



To all my dear American friends, hope you and your family are having a wonderful day.