Monday, June 22, 2015


It was a busy weekend, but I did get in a few hours of stitching. Here's where the stitching started

and here's where I was by Sunday night.

Not a lot of the background stitching left in this section, so hopefully that will get finished in the next session.

Now to go blog hopping and see what everyone else has been up to.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WIP Wednesday 17 June 2015

I'm starting to feel a little like I'm getting somewhere with this wedding sampler. Here's where I left off last week.

And here's where I stopped last night.

I need to get the background stitches in around the bird's tail, then I can back stitch the bird. (Have no idea where the blue tinge in the picture came from!)

And finally there is one little corner where the stitching is done and just beads to go.

The flower! There will be beads at the end of the long stitches and the satin stitches.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

TUSAL June 2015

It's the new moon, so time to post pictures of thread ends. What? And why? Well, go over to DaffyCat's blog and find out why a lot of people are showing off bits of thread and floss.

Here's this month's ORTs.

I'm still working away at my stop and start stitching, so not a lot of ends again.

And here are my all my year's ORTs, so far.

See you all at the next new moon!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Not A Good Thursday

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I have a part time job - I man the desk (or is that woman the desk, to be horribly PC, which I'm not) at a workout business called Sisters - women only obviously. I quite enjoy it except for the fact that we open at 6 a.m., so I have to be up at 4 to be there by 5:45 so I can have everything ready when the first ladies arrive at 6. And yes, there really are women  - a lot of them - that show up that early to work out!

Not being a true morning person (my opinion is that if we were a truly civilised society, nothing would start before 10) I'm not at my best these mornings, so you can imagine my reaction when I arrived and found this:

Have no idea exactly how it was broken as there was no rock or brick or anything else on the inside - just a large amount of shattered glass everywhere.

I didn't think to take a picture before I had cleaned up most of it - was over the whole bench, the floor and even the treadmills which are behind me as I take this picture.

So, even before I was dealing with clients, I had to phone the R.C.M.P. (who think there may have been a fight and somebody got thrown against the window, HARD), text my boss who was out of town and talk to the insurance,company where I found out the window isn't covered under our insurance because we don't own the building, so that meant tracking down the landlord. He didn't show up until 3 p.m., then the glass company arrived about 20 minutes later, just as I was leaving.

It was a cold, rainy, miserable day and I almost froze as I sat there for those 9 hours - thank goodness for electric blankets and cats that like to snuggle when I got home. I was NOT a happy camper. On the plus side, the clients rather liked all that fresh, wet air that was blowing in - nobody needed the fans on, which is something they always ask for as they get too hot while exercising. Got to be a silver lining, right?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WIP Wednesday 10 June 2015

Got in a few good hours on the Wedding Sampler this week. This is where I left it a week ago.

And this is where I left it last night.

And you're probably going "Okay, you filled in the rest of the heart but that took hours?". Nope, that wasn't the time eater. Here's a close up of the corner.

Can you see them? All those honeycomb looking stitches around the flower and the head of the bird? They cover the entire background of the sampler except for the alphabet and personalisation boxes. It's ecru thread on ivory fabric and there is a LOT of counting so it's slow going.

However, I will take a slight break from that and do the back stitching on the flower, then finish the honeycomb around the bird so I can back stitch that. It's all progress, right?

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WIP Wednesday 3 June 205

Got a few more stitches in the Wedding Sampler. This is where I was last Wednesday.

This is where I am today.

Slowly, slowly, but it's coming.