Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter & Other Stuff!


I hope you are all having a lovely Easter week-end surrounded by family, friends and a few Easter choccie treats. I can;t quite bring myself too eat my Easter chocolate but more about that later. As you can see the bunnies have been busy. My Mum knitted these cuties too raise funds for her church. The kids big and small loved them, especially when they discovered a cadburys egg inside.
As my regular visitors and friends know I haven;t been around much these days as the priority in the Main Hoose for nearly a year now has been the care of my Mother-in-law. Last week we finally got her moved into a Very Sheltered Housing apartment. For the last two weeks my DH and myself have been painter, decorater, plumber, electrician, carpenter you name it we have had to set up the whole house from scratch. The tips of my fingers have worn away, every bone in my body aches and my brain is totally fried. As the quote says

"I;m so tired, my tired is tired "

Thankfully though the move went smoothly and my Mother-in-law has settled in very well. I hope that her Alzheimeirs doesn;t progress too quickly and she will get the benefit and little by little we will gain more time for our DD, DS and other family member and friends in the days and months ahead.

I have no idea how I managed it but I did find some time in early March before the madness started to stitch. This is my March ornament for my monthly SAL.

I also finished my Happy Mood wip. I started this in April 2010. Sadly the photo doesn;t show the lovely bright colours that I used and the fabric is actually a very pale lemon. I;m hoping to have it finished into a patchwork pillow.

Now get your dancing shoes on girls and join in my highland fling! I am so happy to have finished my Willow House by Blackbird Designs. As you will see I decided to stitch it horizontally rather than vertically. I also changed the colours too the threads I had in my stash and I;m so pleased how it turned it out. I just love the blue house and flower basket though the lazy daisy stitches were a first for me. I started this piece in June 2010 and even though it has taken me so long I have loved every stitch. As this is the year off our Silver Wedding I had planned to put our initials and wedding date but as this part was my final stitches something told me that as the last year had been all about my Mother in law I had to use hers.
I;ve also decided this is not one I will be adding to my finished box as soon as I have the cash I;m going to have it framed.

Apart from my Snowflake Ornament I have no idea what my stitching plans will be for the rest of April. Should I pull out another wip or maybe a new start would be more fun. All being well I will get to play with my stash soon.

Finally my DD Heather bought my this adorable chocolate sheep for Mothers Day. I told her I would keep it until Easter Sunday but oh my I can;t bare to eat Sally and Barb please stop drooling over your keyboard!
I shall hopefully be back with another post before April has come and gone. Take care and I wish you all many happy hours off stitching and crafting, hugs! 


Maggie said...

I hope your MIL settles well into her new place and things settle down for you both.

I love your horizontal adaptation of the Blackbird Design :-) I love anything with houses and alphabets, and that house is cute!
I don't blame you for not wanting to eat your chocolate, he is too cute:-)

Have a good week x

Mouse said...

glad the move went smooth even if you had to dooo so much work before hand ... hoping life settles down better for you and wow well done on the sneaking in a bit here and there stitching ... love how you have adapted the BBD pattern too and yummmmmmmm I can see why you don't want to eat it though love mouse xxxxx

Bronwyn said...

Happy Easter! Love the rabbits and chocolate sheep.

Myra said...

Hugs and Happy Easter! I don't think I could eat that sheepie either - too cute. Your stitches are just wonderful Lainey. Have a great week.

Beth said...

Your mother's bunnies are darling - what a great collection! I like your Happy Mood stitch too and the 'perfect for you' chocolate sheep!

Theresa said...

Those bunnies your mom made are sooooo cute!!!!! And I can see why you can't bare to eat that chocolate ship!!!!

Your finishes are gorgeous!!!! Love the BBD piece!!!!!

Michelle said...

Hi Elaine I am so pleased your MIL is now settled. Oh I so love those bunnies they are too cute.
Lovely finishes my friend well done xx

Clare - Aimetu said...

Those bunnies are adorable, well done Mum, andI love Hppy Mood (one for the staffroom maybe).

How can you even think of eating that sheep? It's lovely.

butterfly said...

Elaine hope you get a little rest now your MIL is in her new place.
Love all your stitching it looks beautiful.
Wow that choc sheep is just beautiful how yummy.

Lesleyanne said...

Happy Easter Lainey. I am so pleased you managed to find somewhere for your MIL. I hope life settles down a little for you now. Your stitching is gorgeous and as for your chocolate sheep I am not surprised you can't bear to it lol.

Chris said...

Hi Lainey!
I love the little bunnies your Mother made. They make me smile.
I am glad that your MIL is moved and settled and I hope that she finds much joy in her new home.
Your stitching looks great. I love the way you made the BBD design your own. You are very talented.
Have a great week!

Sally said...

I'm so glad you've finally got your MIL settled into her new home. I do hope things settle down for you now and you can find some time for yourself.

Love your stitching especially your BBD piece. It is gorgeous.

Too late!!! I've drooled! I'm not surprised you can't bear to eat him. He is adorable!

pam said...

Glad the move is done. Hopefully you can normalize a bit now. Lovely finish on willow house.

Cath said...

Brilliant stitching . I'm glad you finally got your MIL settled , Hope she enjoys her new place and you finally get some time to relax.
Take care .XXX

Shebafudge said...

I hope your MiL settles in well and that it gives you all a much needed break. I know from personal experience how hard caring for someone with Alzheimer's is.

Beautiful stitching and congratulations on happy dancing. I think I prefer your version to how it 'should' be stitched.

Happy stitching!

Annette said...

Ow my dear, I'm so glad your MIl finally moved... Now she and the whole family can enjoy life again... and al the fun things about visiting her.. not taking care a whole.. because after a year that is so heard... you all have done it with many love .. but this is better for everyone..

3 finishes... great job!!!

Love that chocolate cow... also my keyboard is wet.. I love chocolate!!

Patty C. said...

The bunnies are too cute ;)

Carol said...

Such adorable bunnies you mom knitted, Lainey!! And your stitching is so pretty, too... hope your Easter was special :)

Catherine said...

So good to see a post Lainey! Continued prayers headed your way. I know it hasn't been easy in recent months, hopefully this new transition will bring you some peace of mind and a chance to breathe again.
Love the bunnies and all of your stitches. The BBD finish is lovely and a wonderful tribute for your MIL.
And oh my! That chocolate is too cute! I can see where it would be hard to eat!

Barb said...

Hey Lainey I do not blame you at all for not eating sheepie , I have one that Ella GD bought me last year and it is still sitting on the shelf.
Hope you can settle now into some sort of normality, it must be so hard for you all.
The stitching is gorgeous.
Take care sweetie.

Anne said...

Those little crocheted bunnies hanging out together are a blast!! I've never heard of that quote but it's perfect for when you feel like you have no energy to even go to bed. I'm so sorry to hear your MIL has Alzheimers. I know how it is to have a loved one (my Grandpa) suffer from the disease. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family.

Lovely stitching and a great big Happy Dance for finishing your BBD!!!That flower basket is so cheery!!

Anonymous said...

So sad to hear about your MIL, I hope she settles well.
Love your little army of bunnies, so cute.

What a brilliant Easter present the cow is, not surprised you can't bear to eat him.

Anonymous said...

Meant to say also that your stitching is beautiful!

Carin said...

I'm glad the move went well !!
I love the stitching you have done and that chocolate sheep is so lovely.

♥ Nia said...

Hope you had a lovely Easter with your family! :D
hugs to you sweet Lainey!!

Edit said...

So glad that finally things seems to get solved and your mother in law has settled in well in her new home.

Those bunnies knitted by your mum are absolutely adorable, no wonder they were popular. Love your finishes too. And that chocolate sheep... too cute to be eaten :)

Melissa said...

Hi Elaine - I'm a new follower :)

Love your stitching. So lovely!

And that chocolate sheep is something else!!!! haha so cute :)

Happy Stitching

Anonymous said...

hi lainey
just stopping by
have not been looking at stitchy blogs in forever
but had to peruse a few today
love your bb design finish
wishing you and yours all the best