Sunday, 30 August 2009

I have absolutely no idea why this photo is on it's side. I have uploaded it several times with different rotations but it still it comes up on its side!!

The full verse will read:
I hope that my child looking back on today
Remembers a mother who had time to play
Children grow up whilst your not looking
There'll be years ahead for cleaning and cooking
So quiet down cobwebs; dust go to sleep
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.

The photo above is the start of sunflower fairy - yes I know I was supposed to finish My Child first but it was calling my name too loudly!! The one below is of the floss toss to choose the fabric. It's quite peachy looking and made me think of a background of blurry flowers for her.

And finally, this is Luke playing for his football team in a tournament. He only signed on for them recently. His enthusiasm is greater than his talent but he started 4 of the games today and came on as substitute for another one.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Lost kitten

We found a little lost kitten last Sunday, or rather it found us. The poor mite wandered into our back garden during the afternoon. It poured down all afternoon with it just sat under our car to keep dry. We all hummed and haaed as to what to do with it - obviously we were hoping that it would toddle off home again. Unfortunately it sat there and sat there. Eventually we decided to pop it in the shed. We can't have it in the house because we already have three cats and we didn't want to upset the balance. We found an old box and some jumpers and towels to make a bed up for it and got some food and water. He was quite happy to spend most of his time in the shed although he had open access to the outside. We didn't close the door completely. He settled down immediately and was quite happy there. The kids are absolutely besotted with him. Rachael gave him a really good brush through and cuddled him to bits. I have never seen a cat or kitten so friendly and so obviously craving human company. You only have to look at him and he starts to purr.

On Monday we put up posters and made some flyers. We took them all round the houses (in the pouring rain!) We rang all the rescue shelters, police station, vets etc and no-one has reported him as missing. One of the rescue shelters wanted £20 to take him in! Finally today, a lovely lady from the RSPCA came to the house and she has taken him. She thinks there will be no trouble in rehoming him as he is so friendly. The fact that he is so good with the children will stand him in good stead and he has such a loveable face too! I am so glad that he will be going to a good home in the next couple of weeks. Rachael was a little disappointed that he was gone when she got home from her sleepover but both the kids are glad he will get rehomed.

On a stitching front, I am working on a very old WIP/UFO. It is called My Child and has a lovely verse that for some bizarre reason makes me cry every time I read it in full. I wanted to put a piccie up of it but Colin has got the camera at the moment. I have completed the border and am about half way through the verse. Hopefully I will have it finished in the next week, but I need to get my assignment done too so may not! It's so gorgeous though, I have been wondering how it ever became a WIP in the first place!

Thursday, 20 August 2009

First Prize

We got a letter from the Garden Competition organisers today. Colin has won first prize in the Best Patio/Yard competition. We get to go to a presentation ceremony on 10th September to collect the prize. I am not sure what it is but when he won second prize 2 years ago, he got £50. The children were really excited and want to know if they can be in any photos that are taken. It's nice to get some good news for a change!!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Sunflower Fairy

My Valdani threads arrived today. They are gorgeous colours and I can't wait to start Sunflower Fairy. I did a floss toss this morning to decide on a fabric and I think I will problably go with Day Dream from The Blended Needle which is an orangy pinky colour. I can't find where I put the camera at the moment to put a piccie up but as soon as I do, I will!!

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Our Garden

I thought I would show a few pics of some of the flowers in our garden at the moment. Colin got some amazing shots with a wasp in them.
The rose above is my second favourite in the garden. I think it is named Nouveau or something similar to that. This is the second time it has flowered this year.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I spent most of Sunday cutting and sewing the border for this and it is now finished and hanging in our lounge. It looks so much better in real life than this photo but unfortunately it is miserable and gloomy again today and I can't get a decent picture of it.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Stitching mojo may have returned

Well I finally picked up a needle and thread on Monday night. After contemplating a new start and then deciding I had quite enough WIP's as it was, I decided to do the last part of How Does Your Garden Grow? This was really quick to do. I stitched it all in one evening and then beaded it Tuesday morning. Now I have a problem - it needed washing and off course needs ironing. The trouble is I used invisible thread to attach the beads and if I iron it I suspect the beads will all drop off! Any ideas what I can do??

After finishing that, I decided to finish off June Zooms as there wasn't a lot to do on it. That got finished Tuesday too.
On Wednesday I finished January Snows and started March Blows, which I finished today. Finally, more than 5 years after it was started, the whole series is finally stitched!!

I contemplated a new start and even picked out a chart and found the fabric for it. Unfortuantely I can't find where on earth I put the threads for it!