As far as Honeysuckle Courtyard goes, I will play around with the suggestions people gave and see which looks good. Don't be surprised to see some mock ups and a poll here! Now you know why I am NOT a designer...lol.
So on to progress with stitching. First up is Horse Racing which is a John Clayton design. It now has approximately 1200 stitches of DMC471 with a lot more still to go. Once that is done though I will be nearly a third of the way through the design I think and at least whilst it is like this there is quick progress. The fabric is a Silkweaver but I can't remember which one. It is a really old one so the fabric is lovely to stitch on unlike their newer fabrics.
I decided that as I had managed to finish a few things recently, that it was time for a new start. Rachael saw this stitched on a blog as I was reading one day and really liked it. As it had been sat in my stash for around 7-8 years I decided to make a start last week when Colin took the children out for the day. It is the first time in my life that I ever wished Henry VIII had been skinny!
I had originally started The Great Escape by Abi Gurden when it was first released but only got to part 3 before getting stuck on a particular stitch and putting it away. When the Olympics were on I decided to have another read of the instruction and have a go. Bizarrely I could do the stitch quite easily and then I have whizzed through the rest of it. I just have some moths, stars and the moon to add to it but I am so pleased with how it is looking.
Now the reason I had to get The Great Escape finished is because Abi had released the first part of her new SAL. It is called Confetti of Hardanger and is really pretty. These are the threads I am thinking of using but the colours here aren't great. The fabric is Lavender (not sure whose) and there are some DMC perles 211, 208 and 554. The loose skein is Threadworx 81125.
I have also been working on Cinderella but haven't taken a photo yet of her. The colours are gorgeous though and the fabric is wonderful to stitch on. It is a Polstitches jobelan and is so soft and lovely to work with.
I am also working on part 2 of Around the World. I had started that already but really hated the way my Mordvinian Star stitch looked. I have redone it and am much more pleased with it. Part 5 is already out so I had really better get a move on.
With the children being off school, we have been doing various things. Yesterday we did some T shirt painting, which they really enjoyed despite the pens not working well. I emailed sewandso about them and they refunded my money which I was really surprised about as I had ordered the pens over a month ago. Fantastic customer service! We have also been to Etherow Country Park for a walk round the lake and through the woods which was fun. I took them bowling the other day and actually beat them in both games - without bumpers....woohooo!
Luke has been badgering me to play Donkey Kong on the Wii with him so I have played that a few times, or should I say that he has played and I have just lost all the lives. Funny that, I've just realised that he hasn't asked me to join in the last few day...hmmmm....I wonder why that could be.
I think that's enough news for today....don't want to send you to sleep.
By the way does anyone have any idea as to why my visitor counter is just showing a number 1 instead of an actual visitor from each country count? It's been doing it for a week or more and I don't know why. I have tried taking it off and putting it back again but it makes no difference. It is starting to annoy me!!!