New Year Card

I had a lovely surprise in the post from Claire – one of her beautiful New Year cards.  Here’s a picture of the cards she made, the one she sent to me is the bottom left in pink/green.  I borrowed the photo from Claire’s blog as hers is far better than the one I took, it’s so gloomy here this evening I just can’t get anything to look good.

I haven’t got a lot to show stitching wise unfortunately.  On Friday morning I was stretching to reach something from a shelf in the kitchen, a sneeze appeared from absolutely nowhere and I felt something “go” in my back.  I’m not sure what I did but for a few minutes it was absolute agony, I almost fainted, felt like I was going to throw up and got so hot that I had to take my blouse of and stand with the back door open to cool off!  It’s been a bit sore all weekend and whilst I’ve been okay sitting at my desk messing around on my computer I haven’t been able to get very comfortable to stitch.

I did manage to get a couple more rows of Carol Singers stitched though and it’s looking great, if I do say so myself LOL.  As with the last rows, I still have to add the beads.

Instead of stitching I’ve spent the weekend setting up my new computer.  After years and years of being a Windows user both at home and at work I have decided to make the switch over to a Mac.  Thanks to a very welcome tax refund from the Inland Revenue I was able to collect my new iMac on Friday and I have to say that I’m only sorry I never made the switch earlier.    It’s so quick, easy to use and after just a couple of days I have it set up exactly the way I like it and I’ve had no problems in converting over to the new Operating System.  I’ve even managed to network mine and Phill’s computers so we can see each other’s files.  I still have lots to keep me busy, as I am going through the thousands of pictures I have stored on my external hard drive to make sure they are properly labelled and to delete the really bad ones.

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Back to reality

Having last worked on 23rd December tomorrow is the day I return to work.  I am absolutely dreading it.  When I have a few days off I realise how much I dislike my job and how unhappy it makes me.  Maybe one of my resolutions this year should be do so something about that 😉

I’ve certainly made the most of my final day off to get lots of stitching done.  Here’s my progress so far on Carol Singers Sampler.

The chart is split into 22 rows, some involving just one row of speciality stitches, others involving quite a lot of cross stitch/speciality stitches.  Row 1 is Santa/reindeers and the houses.  I still have to attach the beads to the tree in the middle, but I think I will leave the beading until last.  I’ve started row 2, which is the white stitching underneath, but had to stop as my eyes were getting slightly blurry lol.

One other photo I’ve got for you is my Totally Useless SAL final photo of the year.  I must admit I was a little slack in posting updates throughout last year but I will try and do better this year.

As you can see from the background I’ve been sorting out my DMC over the last week or so, I used to have a complete set, plus a lot of extras, but I’ve borrowed colours here and there and not put them back so I decided to put them all in order, and replace any missing colours.    I found a great seller on Ebay who sells them far cheaper than anywhere else I have found, and they sell in batches of 10, 20, 50 etc.  I ended up getting 50 skeins, the missing colours I needed, plus a few extra black, white, 3865 (which seems to be a very popular colour).   I still have a few skeins to wind on to bobbins to complete my set but it’s good to know that if I fancy stitching something small I’ve got everything I need to start.  I store my DMC in a tool box from B&Q and it holds a complete set with room to spare!