Sunday, 19 June 2011

The clouds have gathered but the Sun will shine again!

We are having our fair share off lifes challenges just now. Three family members with cancer, MIL with dementia and other family members are going for hospital tests this week too. I don;t want to get into anymore detail as I don;t want to frighten off people reading my blog. I just wanted to let you know why I haven;t been around as much and I also want to thank my friends out there who have given me love and support. My stitching and stitching friends are helping to keep me sane right now. Here are some stitchy and other up-dates on what I have been doing.

I finally made my April SAL piece into this little pillow. Mays piece has been stitched but hard to believe when you see my new button collection I don;t have the two tiny spider and ghost buttons to finish it off. If anyone can help me out I will send something in return. June;s ornie is also halloween themed but I haven;t had time to start it yet.   

My current stitching project is Here I Am by SamSarah Designs. My Mum asked me to stitch a Birthday gift for twin girls. I've decided to do this one twice, different coloured threads on each of them. Another awful picture. The large heart and swirls are stitched with sparkly krenik threads. I will hopefully get a better picture when they are both completely finished. 

Last week my DD H and myself had a baking day. We both made the tray-bakes, H made the chocolate cake I made the bran loaf and button cake. It must have tasted okay as there is not a crumb left. If anyone would like the recipes for anything just drop me an email.

My stitching Sister Elaine surprised me with this wonderful package off goodies. While chatting recently I told her I needed some small baggies to put my hand-dyed threads in ( I was expecting a few she sent me and I;ve been nagging her for ages to make me another piece of dyed fabric. How fab are these? As usual the photo doesn;t show the true colours, they are a beautiful pale blue and pale green. The blue one is screaming Snowman and I can really see some Sheep grazing on the green. Elaine also kept asking me what kind of buttons I needed. It;s raining! All shapes, sizes , colours I just had to take a picture to show how many buttons came out of that one bag. Here in the UK I can pay £4/$8  for a little piece of card with six buttons attached. This huge bag cost $6 I was My DH like Elaine is a huge Green Bay Packers fun and he was over the moon when she sent him a cap from this years Super Bowl win. 

Isn;t this Heilan Cow just darling! Sweet Sarah kindly sent me this card and fabric as a thank-you for borrowing one of my Lizzie Kate charts. We both have a bit of a Moo thing going

My dear friend Michelle RAK'd me with this wonderful package off fabric. So many pretty colours and just perfect for Ornies. Aren;t stitchy friends just the best.

I;m still plodding along with Willow House. My windows and roof are now done so the house is complete. I;ve also added some visitors too my tree. I have quite a few pieces I need to stitch in July so it;s back to the WIP pile just now.

I hope everyone has a good week. I;m looking forward to watching Andy Murray at Wimbeldon and getting some time to chill out and stitch. Hugs!