Wednesday, 28 March 2012

So Out of Sorts (But some nice things to share too)

I feel so out of sorts i could fall out with myself!
(Or pick an argument with my own finger nail, as my mum used to say)
I've been plagued with a recurring migraine this week and I'm not sleeping at all well.  Waking every few hours, put that all together and throw hot flushes into the mix and you will understand 
why i feel so blah.
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Before i started to feel too blah, this past weekend was the Hobby Crafts show at the NEC in Birmingham, I had a lovely day wandering around by myself while DH was at home latexing the kitchen floor.  (i've learned to keep out of the way when things like that are happening else i get dragged in to 'lend a hand' :-)

There was a display of some of the Downton Abbey costumes
Bet you recognise some of these





Aren't they gorgeous?
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Plenty of stands to buy new stash :-)
Michael Powell stand

Not something i would personally stitch but i love the cars and VW's

Jane Greenoff stand

And again

I did buy a Jane Greenoff kit and she served me her very self, lol

The stand below is always very popular, i bought from them last year, they sell a lot of American designs.  Shame they done have an online store, although I think they do mail order.

Some lovely yarn stalls

These knitted bags really caught my eye, but at £93 for the large kit, a little expensive (although it is alpaca), so that's ok ;-)
Don't you just love that huge button?

And how about these needles, now they would get the job done pretty quick I think :-)


I don't know if you will be able to read the text, basically it's about a knitting census, what a great idea!

And here is the wall with some of the squares knitted



I've yet to take photos of the goodies i bought, so I'll share those next time.  
I did get this offer of 2 Prima magazines and goodies


When I opened the bag there was a box of Menopace tablets - just what i need, lol


Until next time x

Friday, 16 March 2012

Mad Birds and Winter Houses

I haven't had the inclination to stitch much lately, when i have sat for any amount of time it's been easier to pick up some knitting.  I have got a knitty finish and something new on my needles but i can't share either of those with you at the moment, that will have to wait until after April 3rd.  Why April 3rd,?  Well, something exciting is afoot and I can't tell you just yet :-)

The kitchen re-fit went really well, I made countless trips to the tip that week, sorted, cleaned and swept and finally I have just about put everything where it belongs.  I'm very happy with the work that 's been done.  Many of you left me comments that you liked my old kitchen with it's green units and country look and i started to wonder if I'd made the right colour choice with the new ones, but now that it's all fitted I'm so glad i went for the cream units, they have made the kitchen feel so much lighter, and the whole space is so much more user friendly:-)  I do find the whole process of choosing things so stressful, and with something this expensive you really can't afford to get it wrong.  Now i have to go through the process of choosing wall and floor tiles...more stress, lol
Mark has been away for two weeks straight so as soon as he has a free weekend that will get started.  I don't want to bore you with kitchen photos so i will share some pictures when it's all done.

Back at the beginning of February, before my stitching mojo left me I started Elizabeth Jackson, 
This is my progress. (crappy photo, sorry!)



I changed some of the colours, the basket, wording and some of the birds were a really pale pink which was a bit nothingness, so i changed them for something a bit darker, it's made the birds a bit on the funky side, lol but it's growing on me :-)

Something else I started at the beginning of March was LHN Winter Band Sampler.  This is way smaller that i thought it would be, here's where I'm up to.
(Another crappy photo!)
It looks from the photo that there is a stain on the fabric, there's not, it must be a shadow, oh, and that brown blob is the roof on the house :-)

My plan was to keep this one for a weekend project, but the weather was so lovely last weekend that i spent my time in the garden tidying up and cutting the grass, so i didn't have any stitching time at all.


Thank you for all your visits and comments, they are always appreciated, i even think i have a few more followers since last time which is great, I've noticed that sometimes though i can't always find a link back to a blog from the followers list, so do stop by and say hello :-) 
Right, there is a large glass of red grape juice with my name on it, so cheers, till next time xx