Weekend update

Lots of pictures to share with you again this weekend, so apologies for the long post. I really must try harder to find some time to blog during the week but that’s far easier to say than actually do!

One thing I haven’t got any progress pictures of this week is my craft room. Phill has been very busy at work, and is also suffering with man flu at the moment so my room looks exactly the same this weekend as it did last weekend. But, his work has been rather quiet in the last few months, so I really don’t mind one bit, I would much rather him be working somewhere else and getting paid LOL.

From Tuesday evening, Carriage House Samplings SAL night. I am really loving this design, so much so that once I have stitched Molly I intend on stitching the other girls in the series.

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From Wednesday evening, The Sampler Girl SAL night. Again, loving this design and it was very hard not to carry on stitching for the rest of the week. The first thing I will do next Wednesday is stitch some legs on that poor sheep!

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The rest of the week has been spent stitching on the February Challenge from Needlecraft Haven forum, which I can’t share with you until reveal day at the end of the month, and working on Ribbon Sampler. This picture really shows up the colours well

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My lunchtime ornament is coming along nicely, but silly me left it at work so I can’t share a picture with you at the moment.

Hard to resist

If there’s one thing I find it hard to resist as a stitcher, it’s a Stitch A Long.  Even when I wasn’t stitching during the second half of last year just reading about a SAL on someones blog would send me running to my stash searching through threads and fabrics.  Claire, in particular, had many SALs last year that tempted me, but I managed to resist joining in as I knew that my stitching mojo had not fully returned and so I would end up with yet another unfinished WIP.  There is one SAL she is planning for later in the year that I do intend to join, for this design…

There’s just something about those cute little sheep, especially the black one LOL

However, I saw a recent thread on Needlecraft Haven about a Carriage House Samplings SAL which I found extremely hard to resist.  I have had  a CHS chart in my stash that I really do want to stitch, so I’ve signed up for the SAL which starts on 1st February.  This is the design I have in mind…

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The SAL is fairly relaxed, we can stitch on our chosen design whenever we feel like and post a progress picture in the last week of the month.  I plan on spending one evening a week stitching on Molly and the rest of the time working on Celtic Garden Mandala.

I’ve also decided that this year I want to stitch some Christmas ornaments, so have been browsing through all of my JCS Ornament Editions and have made a list of the ones that I fancy stitching.   I’ve kitted up a couple to take to work with me so I can stitch on them during my lunch hour.  If things go to plan I should be able to stitch two a month – we’ll see how that pans out!

Unfortunately I don’t have a progress pic for you today, even though I have been working on Celtic Garden all week as the battery in my camera died before I could take a decent picture.  I’ll take one tomorrow evening.

This week we have Phill’s mum staying with us for a few days while she has her central heating boiler replaced, so I’m not sure how much stitching I will get done, but hopefully during the time she is here I can persuade her to give me sewing machine lessons as she used to work as a seamstress for many years making clothes, upholstery and all sorts.  I’m sure she won’t take too much persuading LOL