Saturday, 31 May 2008

May Stitching and June Goals

Saturday, 31 May 2008
May Roundup

May Stitching Goals
1. Work on Cirque des Cercles - no
2. Work on Grandma's Thread Minder - no
3. Work on Red Thread - no
4. Start Lavender Hearts (5 finishes start) - no
5. Start and Finish my Monthly small start (probably Bent Creek's Snowman) - Done
6. Work on Sleigh Ride - no

I guess one out of six is not too bad right?

Stitching New Starts:
Secret Sampler Project
Happy Haunting

Stitching Finishes:
Bent Creek - Tiny Snowman
Finish finished Eliza Jane's Needlekeep

Books Read
Still Summer - Jacquelyn Mitchard
The Game - Diana Wynne Jones
The Reluctant Dragon - Kenneth Grahame
The Hostile Hospital - Lemony Snicket
The Carniverous Carnival - Lemony Snicket

May Quilting Goals
1. Finish a Christmas panel - no
2. Start a new quilt top - no
3. Work on Monkey Button's Quilt - no

Other Crafts
Simply Pooped Out and Jingle Your Own Darn Bells made

June Goals

June Stitching Goals
1. Work on Lavender Hearts
2. Finish Secret Sampler
3. Stitch what I feel like but focus on reducing my WIP pile

June Quilting Goals
1. Work on a quilt top
2. Make a bag
3. Make a Melly and Me animal

Current Stitching WIP List
1. Stitchy Kitty - Snowman Trio
2. Stitchin'Spirations - Getting Lost in a Blackwork Maze
3. Bothy Threads - Row of Christmas Fairies
4. Dimensions - Sleigh Ride
5. Ink Circles - Cirque de Cercles
6. Michael Powell - Cottage Garden 2
7. Be Attitudes Afghan
8. Santa's Journey Afghan
9. The Cat's Whiskers - Birds of a Feather Dilly Bag
10. The Cat's Whiskers - Grandma's Thread Minder
11. Bent Creek - The Big Zipper
12. Bent Creek - Red Threads
13. Midsummer Night Designs - Heaven's Above
14. Teresa Wentzler - Tradewinds
15. Dragon Dreams - Dragon Virtues Afghan*
16. Brightneedle - Garden Party
17. DMC - Wild Ones Alphabet
18. Michael Powell - Handmade Houses 4
19. Bothy Threads - Cut Thru Fairy Hill
20. Millhouse Designs - Charlie is Born
21. Dracolair - Dawn Awakening
22. Bent Creek - Snapperville Series
23. Long Dog - St Germain
24. Noah's Sub
25. Just Nan - Four Wishes
26. Coeur de Brodeuse
27. Spring Lineup - The Trilogy
28. Shepherd's Bush - Red Santa
29. Victoria Sampler - Lavender Hearts
30. Shepherd's Bush - Happy Haunting
31. Secret Sampler

Thursday, 29 May 2008

A Cute Pic

Thursday, 29 May 2008
DH just emailed this - he took a lot of pics of Lia and Neh-No on his mobile while we were away and this one is the pair of them enjoying the in-flight entertainment.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Don't you just hate it

Tuesday, 20 May 2008
When you have some news that's not actually your news but isn't a secret either yet you can't say just in case people who should be told by the ones whose news it actually is before you announce it on a public blog read it here first?

I sure do...

Back to Reality

So we're back to the normality of work and nursery. Lia had a bit of an issue adjusting back to nursery after the spoiling she received whilst in Greece but after a week back she's much better. She's also in the process of moving rooms which is unsettling even when you've not been out for three weeks.

I can't believe that she'll be three in a couple of weeks! I'll have to get some birthday pics as it's been a while since I posted any. She's getting very grown up now and is a right little scallywag. LOL.

I'm currently trying desperately to get the Gardener to confirm when he's going to come. He's proving impossible to get hold of on the phone and we've left message after message for him to contact us, the last one saying that if we don't hear from him this week we'll go elsewhere. Not that there's anywhere else to go as we had a hard enough time getting anyone to come and quote for the job. We've decided at that if he doesn't contact us we'll do the work ourselves - it'll take a lot longer but we'll save around half the cost. I'm not sure DH is that confident about doing the work but he's been reading up on what needs to be done and I'm sure we'll be fine.

The main problem is that one of us has to be with Lia which means the other is working alone. We're stupidly busy for the whole of June so the work will have to be done in July - I'm hoping that for at least one weekend my parents will come and babysit so we can both get on with the clearing up and tree stump removal. I guess when it's all done we'll have the satisfaction of knowing we did it all but I'd much rather pay someone else!

Crafting wise I don't think I'm going to manage any of my goals this month. Between being in Greece for the first week of the month, a couple of weekends away and a secret project that has to be done for a couple of weeks time I don't have any spare time to get on with anything.

This weekend is a Bank Holiday here and we have to work hard to get the garden in a fit state for visitors as the following weekend we're having a BBQ to celebrate Lia's third birthday (the first time we'll celebrate it at home). Much weed removal, painting and lawnmowing is required just to get it in some kind of order.

I hope to get some crafting done as well but I'm not in despair as it's only two and a half weeks till I have a whole four days away with friends where I can stitch without interruptions. We're off on our annual trip to Derbyshire where no husbands and no children are allowed. We get to knit, stitch, quilt, whatever takes our fancy and Kate from Sparklies will be holding a dyeing class again too (BTW Sparklies has a fabric naming competition on right now - go have a look!)

I'll admit that I didn't get much stitching done last year (mainly due to laughing way too much) but this year I intend to do little else but sit and stitch.

I'll be sure and get some pics this weekend to make my next post a bit more interesting...

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