TUSAL & competition for fun

It’s that time of the month again….TUSAL. Not much added to my container this month, although I am planning on sitting down with Brambles and the Rose this evening, so I can see a few more strands being added before the night is over!

I have read on a couple of blogs about a fun competition being held by Nicola at Stitching by a Cornish Sea ( a blog well worth a visit for the fabulous pictures of Cornwall as well as for some lovely stitching). The competition is to find the funniest sleeping position, both for animals and humans. I knew that I had a few good snaps of Mia, so decided to have a look for them. However, I came across so many pics of her in strange positions I couldn’t narrow it down so I’ve put together a collection of my favourites. There’s quite a few!!

As you’ll see, Mia loves sleeping on Phill’s part of the desk – the messier the better lol!

On Phill's desk

On Phill's desk

In the fish tank

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Another finish

A busy couple of weeks for me, and for once it doesn’t involve work!  At the start of this year I decided that I really needed to be making more of an effort to do something when I finish work, not just come home and vegetate in front of the TV.  So in the last few weeks I have been for a meal after work twice, have taken my Mum to Bingo once a week (and we’ve even had a couple of small wins) and have been to the cinema three times, which is something I’ve always enjoyed doing but Phill has trouble sitting still for a couple of hours so we rarely go.

I must say that I do feel a lot better in myself for making the effort and plan on adding more activities to my routine as the weeks go on.

The only down side to this is that there has been less stitching time for me, but I do have a small finish to share with you.  I actually finished it on Valentine’s Day, which is quite appropriate because the design is called Hearts in a Square, designed by Claire.  Pop along to her blog for a copy of the chart, and another couple of lovely designs she has created.

I am hoping to use this design as part of a cover for my Kindle – again if you look at Claire’s blog post here you will see the stunning cover Claire’s daughter Lindashee made for her birthday.

Small finish

I have a small finish to share with you this week, it’s ABChat by Jardin Prive. It’s stitched on Oatmeal Belfast linen from The Crafty Kitten using an un-named thread from Hand Dyed Fibers which was part of a grab bag.

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I started stitching this as a way of taking a break from Moonlight Garden when I was too tired to concentrate on the speciality stitches in that design. Trouble is, there were no evenings last week when I felt up to stitching Moonlight Garden, so I finished ABChat a little quicker than anticipated. This means I can now pick another small design as an easy night/lunch hour project and I have chosen Hearts in a Square designed by Claire. If you want a copy of the design drop her an email or comment on her blog and I’m sure she’d be thrilled to send you a copy. You can see a few versions of this design on Claire’s blog. Mine will be brown/red to match the colour scheme in my stitching room.

On 1st February I put Moonlight Garden away and moved on to another of my WIPs. This month is the turn of Brambles and the Rose, by Ink Circles. Here’s a picture of it when I picked it back up.

And here’s how it looks this evening

Four pages completed, another five to go! This is far easier to stitch on than Moonlight Garden so I am hoping to get lots more done this month.

Small change of plan

I’ve realised that as much as I am loving stitching on Moonlight Garden at the moment, there are some evenings when I really should not put needle to thread.  This design is full of speciality stitches, which means that it needs quite a lot of concentration, which is something I haven’t always got much of at the end of a busy day.  This usually means an hour of stitching and another hour un-stitching because of counting errors!

I had received Jardin Prive’s ABChat as a gift from Claire last year, it had been on my wish list for a while, so I’ve decided to stitch on that on the evenings my eyes and brain are not up to the concentration needed for Moonlight.  It’s a small design, so should be finished quite quickly, and shouldn’t distract me from my WIPs too much.  I will carry on with Moonlight Garden on ‘easy’ days and weekends.

ABchat

ABChat - Jardin Prive

Excuse the poor photo, it was taken with my iPhone.  I’m using an unidentified thread from Hand Dyed Fibers on Oatmeal belfast linen from Dawn at The Crafty Kitten.

TUSAL and weekend update

First of all I’d like to share my TUSAL update. There’s quite a bit in there really, considering we’re not even a full month into the year, but I have been having some tangling/knotting issues with the Hand Dyed Fibers I am using for Moonlight Garden. I’ve now found some Thread Heaven so will try using that for a while to see if it helps.

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All of my stitching time since my last post has been spend on Moonlight Garden. I’ve now finished the second page of the chart, two more pages left, although the final page is a little smaller than the rest, so I am more than half way through.

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There was some over one stitching involved in this section, which is always a challenge, but after a few visits from the frog I am happy with the way it looks. Here’s a close up of the over one part

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I have had a lot of trouble this week leaving comments on Blogger blogs for some reason. When I try and leave a comment using my OpenID/Wordpress log in details I keep getting an error message saying that the verification word I have entered isn’t correct. I have resorted to commenting using my Blogger ID so if anyone has a comment from someone they don’t recognise it could well be me. I think the problem is more to do with WordPress/Open ID than it does with Blogger. I do still have a Blogger blog, which I used before moving to WordPress so I’m debating whether to go back to using that. For the time being I will duplicate my blog entries to both, until I decide what to do.

I joined in with the International Stitching Hermit Weekend, so have spent a large part of the day in front of the TV watching Spooks and stitching. I intend to carry on with much the same this evening, although will be watching series 3 of The Wire.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

WIPocalypse update

Even though I had chosen five of my numerous WIPs to be my focus pieces for the time being, only one of them has seen the light of day since the start of the year. I am enjoying stitching on Moonlight Garden so much I think I may end up carrying on until it’s finished. It has the variety of speciality stitches, together with repeat patterns in the borders which make for easier stitching, the best of both worlds!

Here’s where I’m at as of earlier today

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I took this a few hours ago, and since then I have finished off the right hand side outer and inner borders and have started on the next section of stitching under the white lacy effect part. I’m working on page 2 of the design so I’m not far off 50% done.