Monday, January 23, 2012


 I worked on 3 projects  and didn't get as much stitching time in as I would have liked.

HM - Just a touch more blue
Rochelle page 5 © HAED
Winter Whites © LHN
Weekly wrap up of stitching
2 New Starts
0 Finishes
Hours stitched

Hope everyone has a wonderful stitchy week.

Annette B

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday where has the week gone

I can't believe we are on the down side of this week.  Where did it go to.

Firstly last week's Stitching wrap up.
1 Finish and 1 Start.
Total hrs stitched for the week: 12.10hrs

This is the January Cottage  © CCN that I started last week.  I am waiting for the colour for the roof to arrive, hopefully today.

January Cottage © Country Cottage Needlework
Also this week I started a new one.  I am not saying what the pattern is called just that the initials are HM and it is from Cross Stitch Gold.

HM © Jane Netley Mayhew - Cross Stitch Gold
The next 10 rows and you will be able to guess it easily.  Till next time have many great stitchy days.    

Annette B

Friday, January 13, 2012

A couple of Finishes

I have no idea where time goes to.  One minute it is Sunday the start of a new week and the next it is Friday.  Had a busy week with my SIL staying over the week-end and she headed back home with her beautiful grandchild on Tuesday.

I love tennis season as it is a good excuse to sit and stitch............LOL

First finish is Sentimental Xmas Trio.  Now I just have to hang them on the wall.

Sentimental Xmas Trio - Jenny Reynolds

Handmade Vol 29 No 8
Time:  7.45 hrs

I also finished stitching Wisdom © LHN.  I love how this turned out and now I just need to cover the back with felt and do a hanger for it.  This has been my first LHN for 2012.

Widsom © LHN
Threads: Crescent
Fabric: Lt Mocha 28ct
Time 12.25 hrs

So please stay warm of cool depending on where you live in this world.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Old Blue Jeans

I loved stitching this block.  It tooke me back to my youth when life was fancy free and we had not a care in the world.  The pace of life was definitely slower and then there were the days at the beach working on a tan.   I remember my first pair of jeans with flared bottoms, a matching denim jacket and a checked red shirt.............the height of fashion............LOL.
Old Blue Jeans - Some Kind of Wonderful
Block 4 © Annie Downes

Monday, January 2, 2012

First FInishes

I love these designs by Jenny Reynolds of  Elefantz There are 3 designs but I have run out of the staples that I am using to staple the fabric onto the back of the artist canvas.  These designs were in the Christmas Issue of Handmade Vol 29 No 8.   I am so pleased with how they turned out and they are too nice just to bring out at Christmas time so I am going to hang them in my craft room all year round.
Sentimental Xmas Duo © Jenny Reyonald

 Handmade Vol 29 No 8

I like the idea of the artist's canvases and I am going to try and mount a cross stitch on them and just see how it turns out.

I do hope everyone is enjoying their time off and getting lots of stitching done. As the holidays season finishes and the reality of the New Year set in I hope and pray that you will all be safe.

Annette B

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year

Where did 2011 go and why does time have to go so fast - or am I just getting older. 

As I look back over the past year it was one that I do not want to repeat.  At one stage I was so sick, they told me I had pulmonary fibrosis and had 5 years to live. I put my life in the hands of our dear Saviour and friend and after lots of tests the decision was reversed to one of bronchiectasis, while not life threatening is serious.  A simple cold turns into something major.  They are not happy with my lungs at this stage and are considering putting me in hospital to have antibotics given to me in a drip.

I have so many things to be thankful for,  my Daughter and her fiance arrived home safely and how wonderful it is to have her living close again. I have a family that love me so much.  I also have a church family who are caring I am so blessed in many ways.

This year our church is doing a daily Bible programme and also reading the book called The Desire of Ages,  which is about the life of Christ.  It is one of my favourite books besides the Bible.

So from my house to your have a Blessed New Year.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Getting around....

I am just getting around to updating from the International Hermits week-end.  Things have been rather hectic around here.  DH's brother (who is mentally handicapped and suffers severe epilepsy) had a fall and broke his neck.  They won't operate to put a metal halo because if he has another fall, it will sever his spinal cord.  The sad thing is that he can't understand what is going on.  Some days he knows who we are and others he doesn't. He just want's to go home.

I did have a finish though.
Elizabeth McGuire © LHN (Dear Diary Series)
 28 count natural linen
DMC threads
Hours: 15.20
This one has been a UFO for toooooo long.  So will try and finish it off in 2012.  I have also kitted up my projects for the New Year.  Can't wait to start them now.

Sweet Nectar © Dimensions
Hope everyone is up todate with their Christmas preparationgs - I know I'm not.

Annette B

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Hot off the press is Block 3 of Some Kind of Wonderful.  I love how this turned and I just adore the colours.  I have started stitching Block 4.
Cup of Tea © Annie Downes (Some Kind of Wonderful)
Here are a few of my Snowmen that I collect. I don't quite know why I luv Snowmen but I just do.
Meeting of Snowmen

Have a wonderful week what is left of it
. Annette B

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rites of Spring Finished

This will possibly be my last finish for the year.  I love the soft palette of colours.  I was a little  disappointed that there wasn't a full alphabet to personalise it.  I was lucky that 2 of the letters were in my initials.

Rites of Spring © Blackbird Designs
Fabric: 30 count Angel Hair
Threads: Gentle Arts and Weeks Dye Works
Hours: 27 hours

I also worked on Elizabeth McGuire © LHN and maybe I will finish this before the end of the year.  I am really enjoying stitching on this piece.

Snowman Kisses © CherryWood Designs is such a fun stitch and it stitches up fast.

My new designed added to my rotation in Sweet Nectar that I have been trying to finish for about 2 years or even more.  It is really beautiful and I am over the 1/2 way mark.

Annette B

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

All Thumbs

Have you ever had a stitching day where you had two thumbs? Well yesterday was that day.

I worked on Some Kind of Wonderful Cup of Tea Block and kept sewing the background fabric together and then there was the needle threading - all day long I had trouble threading the needle.

 Then there was the reverse stitch which happened quite a lot yesterday.  Somehow I think I should have quit for the day - but like a devoted needleworker I took the good with the bad and carried  on regardless.

This is some of what I worked on last week. My rotation for 2012 has already been changed.  I am now going to work for 10 hrs on a project and then move on.  I realised that some weeks will be busier than others so to give every piece a fair chance this is what I will try.

Snowman Kissess © CherryWood Designs
Elizabeth McGuire © LHN
 I have been wanting a little outdoor setting to put in the courtyard outside our bedroom so that I can sit and do my Bible study in the morning and then sit and stitch throughout the day.  We found one that was perfect and at an even better price then we expected.  I have been looking forward to using this so much BUT guess what,  the weather has been abysmal and is set to continue on like this for the rest of the week.
 Where did Summer go,  it is too cold to sit outside as well as overcast and rainy and looking at the weather map this morning it looks like we are going to get more rain in a short while.

May you day be filled with laughter and peace. 
Annette B


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