Tuesday, 24 April 2012

April Update

You wouldn't have thought the holidays would be such a busy time, but it has for me. So many things have kept me away from the blogging world and I hope I can say now that I'm back properly.
I even got behind with my Birthday Stitch Surprise deadlines. Thankfully, Catherine was very understanding and so kind. I really hope she enjoys her parcel!
Stitching has been a real comfort to me recently, as I know it is for so many stitchers. It was the anniversary of my grandmother's passing and that's always a difficult time. The time I spent at home was twinged with sadness, but I did have a lovely weekend in the company of my family. I also had to sort through my room in preparation for The Big Move. I unearthed some stitching goodies that I'd forgotten about, so that put a smile on my face.  I'm back at Winchester now and revelling in my independence. I don't have any formal lessons for another couple of weeks but I'm still managing to find plenty of work to do!
Here's my stitching update. I managed to get Blastoise finished! I want to finish him in the exact same way I finished Charizard, we'll see how that goes.

I was itching to start a new project as soon as the final stitches in Blastoise were put in place. A dive into my stash brought out this lovely Heart in Hand design, Autumn Bird. I've already completed Christmas Bird, and I think I have one more lurking about somewhere. Here's where I'm up to so far . . .

I'm using a couple of WDW threads in this design, namely Sweet Potato for the pumpkin. It's just the perfect colour!

And in other news, I retrieved my wicker basket from home and decided to bring it back to Winchester with me. It's going to house the cross stitch pieces I finally get round to finishing properly. Also in the picture is the plague I got from Portobello market recently. I love the retro design.

I hope you are all well. I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone's blogs and see what has been stitching :)
Best wishes,

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Mouse said...

oooo well done on the stitching front and finding goodies is fun too :) love the wicker basket ....
love mouse xxxx
ps need a snail mail address for you with the move :)

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely stitching. The wicker basket is gorgeous.

Deborah said...

Very cute designs. Lovely basket.

Lynn said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you enjoyed your visit home. Your Autumn bird is an adorable project! I have the Valentine and St. Patrick's day birds in this series. Your wicker basket will be a wonderful way to showcase all your smalls finishes.

lesli said...

Welcome back! We missed you! :)
So happy you were able to spend time with your family during the difficult time.

Blastoise looks fantastc! Do you have another Pokemon lined up to work on?

I always love those Heart in Hand birds....I've thought about trying to collect them all...but then I glance at the stash I already have and I sigh.

demeter83 said...

Your projects look grogeous, and I love the idea of having a basket to store everything in

Sarah said...

Lovely stitching and your basket looks great. Sad to hear you've been having a difficult time lately, at least you got to spend it with your family.

Carol said...

Your finish is great, Bekca, and I love the Heart in Hand bird. Those long spindly legs always make me smile :)

Catherine said...

I bet your boyfriend is happy for your finish! Wonder which character he'll request next!
Love your new start ~ very cute!
Perfect use for your basket too. I love using baskets for my stitchy things.
My parcel arrived and I love everything!! Thanks Bekca!!