Sunday, 29 January 2012

Sooner than expected

I didn't think that I'd be putting the post up as soon as I have, but I've managed to finish the second page after a surprisingly productive day yesterday. I'm quite excited because when I start the next page I'll start to stitch Lancelot & Guinevere, which is quite exciting.
The problem I'm having now is that as I've finished my page, as per my new rotation plans it's time to move on to another project, and I can't decide what to work on next.
Happy Stitching!

Saturday, 28 January 2012

I love Lance & Gwen

Progress is slow, but I'm getting there. I've finished all the white (woohoo) and am now finishing up the wall. I was hoping to get this finished before the end of January, but I don't quite think that's going to happen, although I don't think that it'll be too far off. And there's a football match that Ben wants to watch this afternoon, so that'll give me a bit of stitching time anyway. I keep looking at the wall thinking that it doesn't quite look right, there's a slight curve in it that looks odd, but I keep referring back to Selina's original art work and the curve is in there as well. It's one of those one where I think that a couple of other pages will make it look a bit more settled.

Monday, 23 January 2012

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend and World Book Night!

Did everyone had a good International Hermit and Stitch Weekend? I didn't get as much done as I meant to, but I still got a fairly decent amount done, more that I expected to so that's okay. It was a pretty busy weekend, so I can live with it. And I managed to get some more white done, which is in itself an achievement, because it's evil and I hate it. Excuse the bad picture by the way, I got a new computer this weekend (so happy, it actually works, I've started being able to comment on peoples blogs again), but I don't yet have picture editing software to trim my pictures like I normally do.

For the Brits, has anyone heard of World Book Night? Part of it is that you can volunteer to be a book giver (there are 24 different books to choose between) and give out 10 books to random people to encourage them to read.
This year World Book Night hasn't yet reached it's target number of givers, so if you fancy signing up then why not give it a go. World Book Night Giver I actually can't remember which book I've signed up for, it was either Small Island, Good Omens or Remains of the Day, I think it was Small Island by Andrea Levy (an absolutely brilliant book by the way). I've also convinced my other half to sign up, he's a chiropractor so he's going to give them out to patients if he gets it, which I think is cool.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Back in Love with Lance & Gwen

Again, the title says it all, I'm loving working on this again, even if there is a lot of white on white at the moment... grrrr!
However, I'm loving the little flast of green which is some leaves outside the window.
So I've mostly finished the arches now, and am back to working on the wall, and am continuing to fill in my windows, white joy that it is.
It's International Hermit and Stitch this weekend, so I'm hoping to get some work done, although I'm not sure how much time I'll get.
Happy stitching everyone.

Monday, 16 January 2012

I passed my driving test!

That is literally all I'm posting to say, but I'm quite excited about it, so it gets a mid week post all to itself! I really didn't think I was going to, so much so that when the examiner told her I had I answered her with one word, but I screetched it at the poor lass and all I said was 'WHAT?' My instructor had to get out of the car so that she could laugh!

I'm also developing a bit of a Joan Elliott addiction, but been into town to buy Cross Stitch Gold because I wanted the 'At the Stroke of Midnight' Chart that was in that, and there are another two in that series. And I've just discovered that Blue Geisha and Summer Geisha are both much more vibrant than I thought they were when stitched. Oh bother!

Anyway, I'm off to celebrate with some stitching.

Don't forget International Hermit and Stitch this weekend! Head on over to Random Ramblings if you want to sign up!

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Starting to come together

It's starting to come together and look like the two pages are actually related in someway, which is nice. Although I'm not sure about one of the patches of white, now that I look at this picture I can't quite work out why it's there. But if I look at the full picture it does kinda make sense, it just looks odd at the moment. It's been another surprisingly productive week actually, even though it's included white on white (which I'm trying to do a bit at a time, if I did it all at once I think I'd go crazy). Hope I can keep this kind of productivity up, it's quite nice actually being able to see progress happening.
Ben's out this evening so I'm thinking that I'm going to have a dvd and stitching evening. Hope everyone else is having a good weekend.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Latest acquisitions (A Little Picture Heavy)

I've had a couple of requests from my last post to give in and show my new HAED charts, so here goes. I'd like to point out that I didn't buy all of these at once, these are my last three sets of buys, all in the sale, but I haven't shown any of my new ones recently, so I'm just showing you everything new.
Rachel Anderson - Ruby

Marta Dahlig - Light

Marta Dahlig - Love (really reminds me of Miss Havisham)

Rachel Anderson - Emerald

Selina Fenech - Nephalina

Linda Tso - Ice Winds 2

Selina Fenech - Bewitched (want to do all three of thses)

Selina Fenech - Mab
 There's a bit of a theme, lots of Selina Fenech (love her work), and I've recently become quite obsessed with Marta Dahlig's designs! Also very fond of Rachel Anderson's birthstone fairies. Anyway, there are all the latest acquisitions, now do me a favour, don't tell Ben!

Saturday, 7 January 2012

The Return of Lancelot and Guinevere

I'm so happy to see the return of Lancelot and Guinevere. I am completely back in love with it. I ought to point out that at no point did I fall out with this piece, I just had other projects that I had to/wanted to work on, but now that I'm in the New Year I've got nothing that I need to work on, I'm completely allowed to work on what I want, so I went back to the long neglected Lancelot and Guinevere.
I've had a quite productive week actually, which is partially assisted by the fact that I thought I was ushering on Thursday, got to the theatre to find that I'd got my week wrong and it's next Thursday I'm ushering instead, so I suddenly had a free evening. I've managed to get a lot more done than I normally would I think, although I am aware that it still doesn't look like much. It is and will be a window, and there will be some little flowery bits when I get that far, but I haven't started stitching those yet.
I've decided that I'm actually going to change my rotation plans slightly this year (although you know my rotation plans never last for long anyway). My plan is that I'm now going to work a page at a time instead of a week at a time. I'll work on a project until I finish a page and then work on another project until I finish a page and so on and so forth. I don't think it'll achieve me actually stitching any faster, but I think it'll give me more of a sense of achievement because I'll see page finishes more often and actually get to see the progress. That's the plan anyway, it might not work like that.
And the Heaven and Earth Design sales were very dangerous for me, I'm not even admitting to what I got, that's how bad it was!
Hope everyone who celebrates is had a brilliant Christmas and New Year, we were really busy, I went back to work for a break! Hope everyone is good. Happy Stitching!