Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Stitch From Stash Update: September

Just sneaking in on the very last day of September with my report for this month. It's not looking healthy I'm afraid. I haven't blown the budget, I haven't spent anything this month, but I haven't been able to stitch much either. 
The flat is a more difficult process than I imagined and it has been taking up a lot of my time. I've been working long shifts too and I haven't had the energy to pick up my needle. I'm hoping that I'll be all moved in by the weekend, so I can sort through my stuff and get some new project under way. 

I did manage a little stitching during my weekend in Glastonbury so I do have something to share.

Current WIPs:

My little mouse is all finished, just awaiting his backstitching. I'm on the final few rows of the pudding, and I've also got to stitch the plate it's on. But a finish is in sight! 

That's all from me for now. I hope to be back soon with more stitching and a tour of my new home :)
Best wishes,

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Lisbon 2014

I'm back! Hello friends, I hope your needles have been busy since I've been away. I got back from holiday a couple of weeks ago, but it's been a whirlwind time since then. I've visited my parents in Glastonbury, celebrated my 22nd birthday and found the most adorable flat in all of Southampton. I move in next week and I'm so excited! Currently, all my stuff is sharing space with all of Lawrence's stuff and it's not easy, but at least it's only short term. No stitching update today, I'll be posting my SFS report tomorrow. But I thought I would share a few snaps from our wonderful holiday to Lisbon.

Lisbon is such a beautiful city. There was more graffiti than I was expecting, but I always felt safe with Lawrence by my side. We rented a studio apartment for the week which was modern, clean and ideal for us. 

We did lots of sightseeing, but also took the time for relaxing and long evening meals, talking and drinking and just enjoying being in each other's company :)

We couldn't work out how to buy tickets to ride the trams, but they did add to the atmosphere of the city.

Lawrence outside the Belem Tower.


A typical dinner in Lisbon. We ate lots of good fish and meat, accompanied by fresh vegetables and more than one glass of wine :P This was great for me as you know I don't eat bread or other gluten containing foods. We ate very well all week for reasonable prices. 

I hope you don't mind indulging me in a few holiday pictures. I'm off to work again this afternoon, so I'll post my stitching update when I've got a bit more time. Hope you're all well, best wishes.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Off on an Aeroplane

Hello friends. This week has been very trying. I've had stomach problems since the start of the week, which resulted in me having to take a day off work yesterday to recover. I never have days off and I felt a little bad taking it right before my holiday, but there was nothing else I could do. It was more important to me to get better and enjoy my holiday than struggle through a long shift and feel terrible on the plane. I'm glad to report I'm on the mend now, although still a bit weak from lack of food. But the most important thing is that I feel well enough to travel :)

I have a few stitching things to share before I jet off. First up is Christmas Pudding. Yes, I'm still working on this little guy. I moved onto the mouse for a change of colours and I'll tackle the rest of the pudding at a later date.

It looks like a magical, floating pudding at the moment, I need to add the cake stand too. I'm determined to get this one finished, I do like it enough to keep stitching on it.

Since I got my stash back, I haven't really had the time for a good rummage through, what with work and being poorly. But I did pull out the necessary threads to get this one finished. It's Barnyard by Bent Creek.

I don't know what I'll finish this one up as, I'd like to get a bit more creative with my finishes, now that I have all my kit back.

So that's it from me and I'm officially signing off for a week for my holiday. I'm sure I'll have some snaps to share when I return :) Best wishes to all,

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Lookey Look!

Woohoo! It's here, it's arrived! I am at last reunited with my stash and as you can probably tell, I'm giddy with excitement :D

I can't wait to go stash diving and find new projects. But I've also got my sewing machine and fabric box back, so I'm keen to finish finish some older projects too. I will hopefully have much more to share in September compared to August :)

As much as I would like to play with my sewing stuff all day, I'm working all weekend. Mustn't grumble though, as I've only got a few shifts left before my holiday next weekend. Lawrence and I are jetting off to spend a much needed week of relaxation in Lisbon. We've both been saving for a long time for this holiday and we're both so looking forward to it.

Hopefully I'll be back for a bit of show and tell soon. I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. Best wishes,

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Stitch from Stash Update: August

Hello friends! As we know, it's been a slow stitching month for me. I've been finding more joy in books rather than needle and thread recently, which is fine, but I am truly missing getting stuck into a good project. I haven't spent any money this month, even though we were given a bonus to use. However, I can see an order to Sew and So in the near future, I need some new starts! 

So onto the stitching. I suppose both of these count as WIPs, even though I've stitched as much as I can on Barnyard. My main stitching supplies (including my sewing machine) arrive on Friday and I cannot wait to go stash diving :)

Current projects:

Here's where I'm up to on Barnyard. Silly me for not packing white thread! Of all the colours to forget, honestly :P I'm missing the filling in on the barn, and the tree is missing its trunk, but I'm sure I will get it finished by next month.

And I have done a little bit more on Christmas Pudding since my last update too. I love it enough to want to finish it, but I'm only working on it on my days off when I have the patience for it :) I will be delighted when the actual pudding is finished and I can move on to the cute mouse.

That's all from me today. I'm currently looking for a more permanent place to live in Southampton. I'm currently living in a shared house but I'm branching out and looking for my own one-bed place. It's very exciting! My job is going well too, I'm still enjoying the work, it changes on a day-to-day basis. Still, there's nothing like a day off is there :)
 Best wishes to all.

Monday, 18 August 2014

A Well-Timed Gift

Hello everyone, thank you all for the lovely comments on my last post. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has grown disheartened with a project. I'm sure it will get finished eventually, I'm just not feeling it at the moment.
One thing that did raise my stitchy spirits was this gorgeous parcel from Jacquie, from My Journey. I've only recently started following her lovely blog and was overjoyed to win her giveaway! Look at the goodies that she kindly sent :)

All of the gifts were beautifully wrapped in pretty pink paper. 

How lovely are those gift tags? I can't wait to get the rest of my stitching stuff back so I can make use of the trims. I'm also the proud owner of a Smiles pin cushion :)

Jacquie also included some Madeira threads and some aida squares, so I can get stitching on some card designs straight away.

Jacquie, I can't thank you enough for this wonderful parcel. Just as I thought my stitching mojo had been left behind in Winchester, you reminded me how much I love stitching and craft. Thank you! 
I hope you all have a wonderful week, best wishes.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Stormy Weather Equals Stitching Time

Hello friends, I hope you're all keeping warm and dry. These storms are awful aren't they? I've managed to dodge the worst bits, but I did have to walk to work in the rain at the weekend, not fun. 

I didn't have a lot to share with you when I first thought about writing a post. I will admit, I have fallen out of love with this little Christmas design. I still think it's cute, but the scattered stitches of similar colours are driving me mad. I will get it finished eventually, but it wasn't helping me to relax after a long day at work. Here's an update to share anyways . . .

I became so disenchanted with this piece, that I decided to move on to a different design. This is my new start, Barnyard by Bent Creek, a gift from Elisa a while back. It's a simple design, I pulled out my own thread choices from my Anchor box and got stuck in. I must say, I'm truly enjoying stitching this one, it's coming together quite quickly.

I think another reason I lost my stitching mojo for a bit was because I didn't have all of my stitching essentials with me. I went to grab my scissors to cut some fabric for Barnyard, before realising I didn't pack them! But this won't be the case for much longer. My parents are visiting at the end of the month and offered to bring some of my stuff down with them. This will make it easier for when I eventually move out into a more permanent residence. I am going to send them a list, and my stitching chest and sewing machine are going to be high up on that list! I'm missing my machine more than I thought I would, it's such a handy thing to have around. Hopefully we won't be apart for much longer :)

I hope you've all had a wonderful start to the week, despite the changeable weather :)
Best wishes,