Thursday, 19 July 2012

All my news - stitchy and non stitchy!

OK first off, a little warning!  Most of this page is a 'proud mum' post.  If you want to read the little cross stitch news scroll down.  There is a line of stars and cross stitch is below this.

On Wednesday and Thursday last week, Luke had his year 6 school production. This year it was The Lion King. Luke had the part of the shamen/magician/witch doctor character and was brilliant, a real superstar. I made his costume for him working off a picture of the musical. I would say it was one of the best shows that I have ever watched. I can't wait to get the DVD of it so that we can see it again.

Sadly we could only see the Wednesday showing of Luke's show as on Thursday  Rachael was participating in the high school Summer Concert. It was basically an opportunity to showcase the school musical talent. Rachael played 3 pieces on the recorder - solo! I was so proud of her as she was so nervous and you could see her hands shaking as she was playing but she still did it.

Luke had his football presentation last Friday and although he didn't win any of the major trophies they got a nice one for being part of the team. The coach gave each lad a lovely speech about their talents which was nice to hear. Rachael found the whole evening incredibly boring though but she got through it!

On Monday it was Rachael's turn for her school awards evening. The trophies are give out for achievement in each subject and for attitude to learning as well. Rachael won the RE trophy for attitude to learning and the MFL (modern foreign languages - or French as we knew it by when I was at school!) for achievement.

The final awards thing we had to go to was for Rachael's Girl's Brigade. There were only a few trophies and it was over with fairly quickly. Rachael won the Inspection Trophy this year, only dropping 2 inspection points over the whole year. She was not amused when I compared this to a racehorse winning the best turned out prize...I wonder why?

My gorgeous son on his last day at primary school. Look at the state of that shirt...I'll never get that permenant marker  They were given a lovely year book each and a pen and pencil set by the school. I was quite surprised at how emotional it was for him, usually Luke is not one for getting overly emotional.

Ok onto cross stitch news.

There is a reason that I have been so quiet. 3 weeks ago Luke asked me to stitch a present for his class teacher for leaving. I was less than impressed as I had asked him a while ago if he wanted me to stitch something and he had said no. The design we settled on was Sheena Rogers Football Crazy so I have had a frantic few weeks getting it stitched up. I finished stitching on Monday evening and then made it up into a little wall hanging. I am so impressed with myself as it is the first time I have used my sewing machine to make something up and it looked brilliant even if I do say so myself.

I have also received the Travelling Pattern and am just waiting for the threads to arrive to get it stitched. It should be a quick stitch I think looking at it.  It is a cute design and I am thinking of finishing it as a little needlebook.

I have also ordered the threads I will use for Abi Gurden's Confetti of Hardanger SAL - because I need something else to  And of course I had to make it worth the while of doing the order!  I have chosen to do it on a lilac/lavender fabric with DMC 208, 210 and 211 perle threads.  I am really looking forward to starting on it.

I am currently working on part 2 of Around the World.  So far all I have done is the cross stitch outline so I won't bore you with a picture.  I really, really need to get a move on with this as part 4 was released recently. I am already getting nervous about the cutting, I know it will be fine but it's just the thought of it!

I think this post is more than long enough for now so if you have made it all the way to the bottom well done!  I am way behind on blog reading but as it is the last day of work for 6 weeks (yay!) I will be catching up on all the blogs I have missed.


Rhona said...

No wonder you're a proud Mum....well done to the kids!
Love your stitching too, especially as you had to do it quickly. Looks great as a wall hanging.

Anonymous said...


Just found your lovely blog.
You are right to be proud - well done to your children. Love the face paint
for the Lion king.

Your stitching looks great and I like the way you've finished it off.

Cathy Pavlovich said...

Congratulations to your kids on their accomplishments! Your stitching project turned out great. What a wonderful gift!

The Embroiderer said...
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The Embroiderer said...

What an excellent finish to the football design. It looks terrific, well done.
The Embroiderer (aka Sheena Rogers!)

Brigitte said...

Well done to your children. They have achieved very well and that's always a reason for being proud.
A lovely teacher's gift you made!

Mangogirl said...

Lovely stitching I hate rush jobs they seem to have less love sometimes.