Saturday, 15 March 2014

The Flock progress

Saturday, 15 March 2014
So I've not stitched too much this month so far but this is the progress I had made on The Flock since the beginning of the year...

From this:



To this:


However I'm so useless at getting things posted that I've made more progress than the above picture, the little bird at the bottom is done as is another bird opposite him and more branches and leaves.  I guess I just need to take another picture...

Sunday, 2 March 2014

A Quilt Finish

Sunday, 2 March 2014
A colleague at work's wife recently had a baby, their second miracle child and we wanted to mark the arrival with something special (their first was born just before the school opened).

It was suggested that everyone contribute a square for a quilt - to make it simple I provided everyone with a 7" white square that they had to give back decorated in whatever way they wished.  Some ironed on patches, some appliqued designs, some used fabric paints to draw/write and one got her gran to teach her to cross stitch so she could do her square.

I then took them home, bordered them and made them up into a quilt.  Here's the result...


I also had some lovely fabric in my stash that worked for backing fabric:


All in all I'm pleased.  I'm never that comfortable layering and quilting a large quilt (the blocks on this one ar 10" square) as it's a real battle with my pretty basic Brother machine but it's the thought that counts and I know that they're going to love the finished result.

We should be getting a visit from Hayden and his parents tomorrow on his 2 week birthday so it's finished in the nick of time.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

March Goals

Saturday, 1 March 2014
1.  Make at least one blind for the house

2.  Make at least one cushion cover for the house

3.  Make some bunting for Lia's room

4.  Blog more

5. Take pics of my WIPs and finishes in order to have something to write for goal 4.

6. Read at least 5 books

7. Make an effort to journal more

8. Work on at least 2 WIPs

9. Have a stitchy finish this month

10. Get some pictures/photos on the walls of the new house which are depressingly bare and bland.

Friday, 28 February 2014

February Review

Friday, 28 February 2014

So my goals for Feb were:

1. Finish tidying and organising the craft room - I made a good go at this although I'm sure it's always going to be a WIP but at least there is a semblance of organisation now.

2. Get the christmas decorations into the loft (which requires DH to put down some loft boards first) - done!

3. Likewise get the suitcases into the loft which will free up cupboard space - done!

4. Make a baby quilt for a work colleague (this is a must, rather than a want) - done!

5. Make at least one blind for the house - fail

6. Make at least one cushion cover for the house - fail

7. Start my journal - done but not convincingly

8. Empty at least four more boxes from the move - done!

9. Stitch on two wips - done!

10. Kit up some stitchy ornaments  - half done.  I went through my ornament mags and identified those I want to do but I haven't kitted anything up yet.

So I...

Stitched on:

New Starts:
Spooky Stitches Bag

WIPs:
The Flock
Birdz and Bugz

I Finished:
Spooky Stitches Bag

Books Read:
Shadowing the Sun - Lily Dunn
The Long Way Home - Audrey Howard
Fablehaven Books 1-5 - Brandon Mull
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn
The Wish List - Jane Costello
The State We're In - Adele Parks
One Hundred Names - Cecelia Ahern
The Italian Affair - Susan Lewis

All in all not a bad month.  I read 12 books!  Seriously.  12!  I'm happy with my stitching progress but annoyed I didn't get any proper sewing done.  In my defence the end of the month has snuck up on me due to Feb being so short.  I intend to do much better in March.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

February Goals

Saturday, 1 February 2014
So it's month 2 of 2014 and I have plans.  January was super-busy and we barely had enough time to keep up with the day-to-day let alone to add in extras.  Hopefully February will be the opposite as we have very little planned and therefore time to get on with things.  My list of 'want to get dones' is as follows:

1. Finish tidying and organising the craft room.

2. Get the christmas decorations into the loft (which requires DH to put down some loft boards first)

3. Likewise get the suitcases into the loft which will free up cupboard space.

4. Make a baby quilt for a work colleague (this is a must, rather than a want).

5. Make at least one blind for the house

6. Make at least one cushion cover for the house

7. Start my journal

8. Empty at least four more boxes from the move

9. Stitch on two wips

10. Kit up some stitchy ornaments

Friday, 31 January 2014

January Review

Friday, 31 January 2014
So it's the end of January and I'm still here, just a bit quieter than the beginning of the month as work has been busy.  I have been managing some stitching though and even had a new start which I need to get a picture of to post.  It's Owl Fun by Bothy Threads.

Something I have managed to do quite a bit of this month is read - I've finished 8 books!

WIPs stitched on:
Needlecase
The Flock

New starts:
Owl Fun - Bothy Threads

Books read:
Alice Bliss - Laura Harrington
West End Girls - Jenny Colgan
Sheltering Rain - Jojo Moyes
The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion
The Alchemists Daughter - Katherine McMahon
The Red House - Mark Haddon
Here's Looking at You - Mhairi McFarlane
Tideline - Penny Hancock



Monday, 13 January 2014

I'm loving Shelfari!

Monday, 13 January 2014
Thanks Kaisievic!

I can now tell you that other than the current book I am reading I have 111 books in my to read pile.  So less than I thought (I did get through quite a few towards the end of last year).

I'm hoping I can reduce that by half during this year although I've learned from past experience not to put any trust in life working out how I want it LOL.
 

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