Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Sunday, 23 November 2008
This is my Gail Bussi sampler which I stitched in the early summer. Gail is one of my very favourite designers because her colours are lovely, the designs are adorable - this one says "The Road to a Friend's House ..... Is Paved with Happy Thoughts".
This is my Woodland Sampler which is designed by Caroline Vincent. I bought her book at the Olympia Stitch and Craft Show 2007 (i.e. last year) and bought all the threads and aida at the show as they were cheaper, even more so than buying on the internet! The sampler took me a couple of months, it was very addictive - it uses a lot of 3-colour combinations (using 3 colour threads on the needle), which makes for really sumptuous textures and gives the animals a realistic look. Some of Caroline's other designs are just amazing - I have bought the threads for a couple of other pieces which I will start in the New Year after finishing my current piece.
Saturday, 22 November 2008
Monday, 17 November 2008
Gracias Nela, ahora puedo seguir tu blog, estupendo!!!! Thank you Nela, its fantastic I have now found the link on your blog, so you are now on my list of "Blogs I follow". I hope that more people will visit me and I will be sure to add more people to my list!
Sunday, 16 November 2008
(Above) Nice! Some quick easy make book marks for Christmas stocking fillers. And hoorah, they aren't on a Christmas theme - let's face it, who wants to be using a book mark with Santa and penguins when sitting in the garden in the hot summer sunshine. Hey, I live in hope that we will get a hot summer in UK, but I always was a dreamer LOL ;-D
(Above) ... and finally, here is a really lovely Traditional Sampler for Christmas. I don't suppose I could stitch it in time for this Christmas, but will keep the pattern for next year. But, in the meantime, that lovely little snowman at the bottom would be ideal for a quick-make special Christmas card!
Here is a novel idea - a Christmas eco-friendly reusable shopping bag (we call it a 'Bag for Life' in England). Isn't it so bright and cheerful? It certainly cheers up a dull, grey day! You'd just never believe what it has been made from ..... look below for the answer
Did you guess??? Well, the bag has been made from melted down recycled PET bottles i.e. plastic bottles such as those used for soft drinks - squash, Coke etc. Isnt that an amaaaaazing use of packaging!
Saturday, 15 November 2008
Thursday, 13 November 2008
I didn't mention in my previous post that I started a couple of evening classes at my local Adult Education Centre. On Tuesdays I attend a Psychology class - I can tell you it is absolutely fascinating!! We have been learning about Attachment - from infants into adulthood - for the past 5 weeks. Last week we did Research Methods to train us in how to carry out interviews, design questionnaires and analyse data. Next week, we will move on to Memory (Short term and Long term) as well as Eye Witness Accounts - how accurately (or not!) people remember things that they only see very briefly. On Wednesdays I am doing Maths Plus which is basic principles of Mathematics and Statistics - something I was very weak on at school. The teacher is wonderful, very patient and excellent at explaining things! So I am enjoying a completely different type of learning nowadays, not so much pressure with exams, dissertations etc. Just for the joy of learning new things.
Thank you, to my dear friend Angel San for posting a comment to me. Yes, I am definitely suffering from lack of sunshine. Without a doubt, today must have been the most dull, grey day of the autumn, not a single glimmer of sunshine at all. Guess what, San, I have treated myself to a Daylight Lamp, so now I will be able to try stitching some evenings, like you :-) Although, saying that, I am so tired by the time I get home from work, I don't always have energy to start stitching my project. I have not made much progress on it since posting the photo, but I hope that tomorrow and over the weekend will be more productive. I am eager to start stitching the border with all those adorable animals. San, please could you say to your Mom that I will respond to her lovely email about Squirrels over the weekend.
Well, that's my bit of news for today. I will hopefully be able to post something of a crafty-theme over the weekend. Also I have been collecting some discount vouchers that Hobbycraft seem to put into every magazine for £3 off every £15 - hey, that's 20% off, if I have my maths correct :-) So I am hoping to get down to the Greenford Branch, sometime before 14th Dec (when the vouchers expire).
Enjoy the rest of your day!
Saturday, 8 November 2008
For many months I have been planning to get back blogging again, and things seem to have distracted me from doing so. I have really missed keeping in contact with the many crafting friends I have made over the internet. So, to give me some motivation, I decided to set up this brand new Blog and I am now determined to get back into the routine of posting, because it is a lot of fun! I need a new battery for my digital camera as my current one is 'on its last legs' (i.e. nearly beyond use!), then I will be able to take some piccies of my latest craft efforts to show you on this blog.
For those who remember me (and I hope there are a few familiar old friends, as well as newcomers, who will visit my blog!), I was in the middle of doing my Masters dissertation when I was last 'in the blogging habit'. I completed those studies and the photo at the top of this Posting, was taken at my Graduation ceremony in July this year.
My current project which is very much "Work in Progress" is a Moira Blackburn Sampler. The photo below has been taken from MB's official website, so you can see the finished design. As you will see, the border is very busy with lots of woodland creatures, including Squirrels (of course!), birds, rabbits and insects. I am really enjoying stitching it as there are no half-stitches or backstitching - so very relaxing! Also the colours are lovely, natural and rustic.
So far, I have nearly completed the bottom part, which you will see from the photo below includes the hillside field with sheep grazing, one of the trees and the bottom borderline. I hope that tomorrow (Sunday) will be a nice quiet day so that I can make some progress on it, as I am looking forward to the interesting part which is the side-border!Well, that is all for my first blog - I will dig out a few photos of a couple of nice projects I completed over the summer, when the light was good and the evenings were longer. Its 5pm here in England, and already dark, although we did enjoy some nice sunshine earlier today.