Friday, December 2, 2016

Spoiled Again!

I've been unusually lucky the last couple of months with giveaways. Back in October, Riona who blogs as Oubliette was hosting a giveaway of 10 Halloween charts and I won. Well the charts have arrived and look what I got!

Five charts here - and I want to do them all. But there was so much more.

Two charts in this picture.

Love the different finishes.

I've seen this one stitched on a couple of blogs and I love it. This may be my first stitch.

But then look at all these wonderful Celtic patterns - how do I choose?

And this one made me smile. I want to stitch him, but definitely not buy from him!

Thank you SO much Riona! I'm just thrilled and quite happy about falling over to the dark side.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WIP Wednesday 30 November 2016 - And Some Bits

It is the last day of November, already! Do you all get the impression that time just goes too fast for me? This post is fairly picture heavy.

I did get in some craft time and Retirement went from here

to here.

I'm very pleased her tools are not hovering in midair any more. Hopefully this week the basket will get a bottom.

The rug went from here

to here sorta. When I put the rug on the freezer (the only thing big enough to spread it out on) for the picture, Snowy immediately hopped off the cat tower and laid down on all the softness.

After several attempts to move him (he can jump back up faster than I can take a picture), I simply waited him out.

The last snowman is done! I have 3 and about 2/3 rows of the blue background and 5 rows of the red and white border to be finished.

I also received an envelope from Rosey who blogs as Ishkabibble with the patterns I had won in a giveaway. This is what I was lucky enough to receive.

My very first Prairie Schooler patterns! Anyone giving odds on the chances they will be stitched by next Christmas??

And you must be careful what you say to friends. My craft partner Cynthia posted on her FB page a notice for a one evening pottery painting workshop. I casually mentioned it looked like an interesting way to spend an evening and the next thing I knew, I was signed up. We had a choice of painting a yarn bowl or a mug and I chose a yarn bowl. Now, please understand, I can't draw on a flat piece of paper, never mind something 3 dimensional, so I just played with colour. It really was a fun evening and this is what I ended up with after the instructor took all the pieces to be glazed and fired.

Definitely not great art but it will be really useful.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

WIP Wednesday 23 November 2016

And it's another Wednesday and time to review what's been done.

Again, the rug got most of my attention, going from here

 to here

with a softness check when I took the picture. I think it passed as Yoda took a lengthy nap before I was able to put it away.

Retirement went from here

to here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WIP Wednesday 16 November 2016

Well, I'm pushing on with the rug, It's gone from here

to here.

And while Retirement has gotten less attention, I haven't completely ignored her - had to move the hoop. She's gone from here

to here.

She now has 2 legs to stand on and a couple more bees buzzing around.

So, all in all a good week!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

WIP Wednesday 9 November 2016

And here we go with another Wednesday report. My rug got most of the attention this week and went from here

to here.

I'm a couple of rows passed halfway.

Retirement didn't get completely neglected. She went from here

to here.

It's nice to see her boot attached to her leg - and know she does have a second leg!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

WIP Wednesday 2 November 2016

Welcome to November! Somebody flipped a switch yesterday and we went from unseasonably warm temperatures and sun to cold wind, black skies and cold rain. Fall in Prince Rupert is back to normal, darn it.

Had a pretty good craft week. Retirement Means went from here

to here.

The rug didn't get quite as much time, but still went from here

to here.

How about you, has it been a good week?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Early Christmas!

When I moved to Prince Rupert 3 decades ago (did I just type that?) there was a store called Grand Trunk Hobbies that I frequented A LOT. The couple who owned it, Laura and Dave were lovely people and kept a really wonderful cross stitch section of the store (Laura's hobby). Fast forward 10 years and they are closing shop. Fast forward again to yesterday. I get a call from Laura saying she can't stitch any more because of her eyes and would I be interested in the bits and pieces of cross stitch stuff she has left. I say yes and shortly after they arrive. WELL! This is what the 2 of them call "bits and pieces".

3 binders of cross stitch patterns and a large roll of vinyl weave.

A large tote with towels and cooler cup.

DMC and Bangor thread books.

Hoops, stretcher bars, tubes of fabric and at least 8 full floss boxes, bobbinated and labelled.

Not to mention some charts that hadn't made it into the binders and a few small kits.

I'm still sitting here in shock and with no idea why they would think of me after all this time. Can you yell SPOILED?