Saturday, 17 March 2012

Santa's Flight finished

Saturday, 17 March 2012
And only just in time - I finished it up just after 10pm last night and I'm off to the stitching show this morning LOL.  I'm not sure if my framer will take them today or if I'll wait and send all three pieces together when the others are done so I took this pictures in the gloomy light this morning just in case it's the only chance I have:

I'm hoping to get them framed in a similar way to the original model but we'll see how discussions go today.

Another WIP down!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

March WIPocalypse

Thursday, 8 March 2012
Well don't tell anyone but I pretty much threw my rotation out of the window this month in order to focus on Cirque.  There is a reason for this - I'm going to a craft show next Saturday and one of the stands is someone who I want to do some framing for me.  I want her to frame Cirque, Santa's Flight and Witchy Washy so I want to get them in a respectable state so I can discuss the framing with her.

She does have a bricks and mortar shop but it's about 4 hours drive from my house and I go there just once a year on the way up to my weekend away with my stitching friends so if I can organise the framing choices, finish the pieces and then post them to her I can pick up the finished items in June.

Anyway, that's the reason why I've not done much on the Be Attitudes Afghan but I have had some progress (Be Sweet and Be Nice are new progress):

I've also had progress on the first of the three pieces from Santa's Flight:

Plus I did have a new start which is 'Scissors by Any Other Name' from Cat's Whiskers:

And last but not least, here's Cirque:

So hopefully by the time the next WIPocalypse is due Cirque will be a finish as will Santa's Flight...

Sunday, 4 March 2012

This month I have mostly been...

Sunday, 4 March 2012

I've found my inner bookworm again and have been curled up with a book for an awful lot of my spare time, so much so I've managed to read 12 books since the end of Jan!  Admittedly 7 of those were Aunt Dimity books and they're very quick reads, but still, it's brought my total for 2012 up to 17 and we're only just in March.

I've loved the Aunt Dimity series and have now read them all apart from the latest release which arrived here three days ago from Amazon.  I so want to read it but I also want to get other books finished up so I've decided to be good and finish all the books I have already started before I pick it up.  That's 9 books to finish before I treat myself LOL.  I'm sure that horrifies some of you out there but I've always got at least five books on the go at any one time - my reading is totally dictated by my mood.

Of the other books I read there was another Agatha Raisin - again a quick read but I find more than a couple at a time and they become very 'samey' and I don't enjoy them as much so I space them out - and then four very different novels although I think all of them would come under the banner of chick lit. 

Of all of them I think I enjoyed Me Before You the best.  I'd definitely recommend it - I even found myself welling up at the end and that's totally not me!  By the middle of the book it's quite obvious how the end is going to be but it's so well written that it still managed to surprise me.

I've read most of Freya North's previous novels but it's been quite some time since I picked up her work and I did enjoy this one - Love Rules - pretty standard relationship stuff although it does have a thought provoking relationship issue that is a little away from the norm.

Which leaves The London Train and The End of Everything.  Both were good reads, I didn't get distracted and put them down which is always a good sign, but I have to say they weren't novels I would go out of my way to recommend.

The full list with authors is at the bottom of this post.

In other book related news I now have a Kindle.  I used the money my office gave me as a leaving gift because, despite my determination never to have one (I LOVE REAL BOOKS! LOL) I was bowled over when I saw a friends and I immediately saw a use for it which is this: all those 'classics' I've never read or haven't read since school that I'd like to try.  Lots of them are free for the Kindle and others are of minimum cost and I can load them up on the Kindle and dip in when I choose.  There are so many books I have never read that I would like to and this is a way of having them available to me without filling up house space with them.

It also helped that once I got the Kindle I found DH had 2102 ebooks stored on our network that he'd got from a friend for his iPad...

So I'm slowly sorting them out and loading up the Kindle.

I've never read and Agatha Christie novel, or a John Grisham or Ernest Hemmingway.  I've not read Austen, a Bronte sister or Thomas Hardy since school and there are several Dickens novels I'd like to try.  I've never read a Sherlock Holmes novel either.  So many books I need to try but of course with the Kindle I'm in danger of spending more time organising them than actually reading LOL.

If any of you have an recommendations please shout - I picked up the first Aunt Dimity novel thanks to another blog and I'm always on the look out for good reads.

2012 Reads

4th Mar -  Love Rules - Freya North
28th Feb -  Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
23rd Feb - The End of Everything - Megan Abbott
21st Feb - Aunt Dimity Down Under- Nancy Atherton
21st Feb - Aunt Dimity Vampire Hunter- Nancy Atherton
15th Feb - Aunt Dimity Goes West - Nancy Atherton
13th Feb - The London Train - Tessa Hadley
6th Feb - Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea - Nancy Atherton
5th Feb - Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate - M.C. Beaton
3rd Feb - Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin - Nancy Atherton
31st Jan - Aunt Dimity Snowbound - Nancy Atherton
29th Jan - Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday - Nancy Atherton

Previously recorded 2012 reads:

25th Jan - Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came - M.C. Beaton
23rd Jan - Agatha Raisin and the Love from Hell - M.C. Beaton
20th Jan - Starter for Ten by David Nicholls 
7th Jan - Twelve Days of Christmas by Trisha Ashley
6th Jan - The Magic of Christmas by Trisha Ashley

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