>A Near Disaster Averted, for A Happy Dance

>OK another finish, yes I didn’t exactly stick to the chart as i thought it had enough on it and i didn’t want to overdo it and yes it is a week late as my wedding anniversary was last monday but i did it, nearly had to throw it out as i scorched it when i was ironing it, I couldn’t believe it the first time i scorch something ironing, and its it a crappy shirt that i wanted to throw out, no its the bleeding wedding sampler that took me nearly 18 months to complete, but after a tip from a friend i finally got it out. You can see it a bit but only from the back.

Now i really want to start HAED’s Dreaming On The Farm but i have so much to do, but i think i should stitch what i want to at that moment, so with that i decided to actually sort out my threads, I had boxes filled with threads for different pieces but i didn’t want to have to order more, so i sorted them all out yesterday while trying to watch Ugly Betty ( hubby kept turning it over to some war film that he had seen 20 times before- so there was a battle of wills in our house yesterday)

and i couldn’t believe how many duplicates of threads i have i mean how many bobbins of one colour do i need?
So the good news is that i don’t need any threads for DOTF, woop woop!

>Happy Dance Time


OK finally its happy dance time, and i am SO glad i have finished this one, after two full on weeks of backstitching i got it done!
Now since i am on a roll finishing off things i started two years ago,  so i have restarted (again ) the wedding sampler. I spent all weekend finishing off the stitching so yes, i have some more backstitching to do , lovely!
Hoping it wont take me as long to get this one backstitched and beaded up as i didnt realise i had so many unfinis

>How Many Times Have You Re-Started Something

>OK I have stitching to show, i have been reading peoples blogs on  my ipod as my computer died a death ( ie the kids put all their crap on it and made it run slowwww) but now i have my own, yes own, not kids allowed to touch laptop, hubby can though so not all good news, though i gave him a stern talking to. No going on dodgy websites AT ALL!!! yes and the finger came out pointing too, so its offical i have turned into my mum lol.

Anyway back to stitching, after some nagging from my hubby i have finished another page of Bothy threads Cut Thru Gypsy Wagon, 4 down 2 to go, then the dreaded backstitch and theres a LOT!

And i have done some more of my wedding sampler, not much but since i have changed using the metallics thread to satin threads for the names i will fly through them this week, and will be starting the dreaded back stitch soon on this one too, at least HAED dont have back stitch in them…
and finally I really wanted to finish page one of Paradisal Bird, but alas no joy as everytime i picked it up the kids started playing up, hubby needed something you know how it goes, anyway this week is the Freebie SK SAL on the HAED Bulletin Board and i have restarted this piece 5 times!!!!!
First  attempt28ct 2 x 2 (cross stitch) – too gappy, the white showed through
Second attempt 20ct 2 x 1 ( cross stitch) – this was the other way around, too bulky and looked really scrunched up.
Third attempt 28 ct 1 x1 ( tent stitch) – too gappy again maybe i needed  to use two threads
Fourth attempt 28ct 2 x 1 (tent stitch)  yuck tent stitch, says it all really hated it, great for fast stitching but looking close up didnt look nice, so at least i now know that i prefer cross to tent
Fifth attempt 28ct 1 x 1 ( cross stitch) yes finally , why didnt i do this from the start i could have finished this one twice over the amount ot restarting i have done on this piece.

>Spending, Stitching and a Surprising Return

>OK i have been too busy to blog, i started to stitch some more of my wedding sampler.

I bought two more charts ( well i couldnt help myself,) and yes more boobs, another one that my mum will frown on, but even my youngest loves this one, she says it reminds her of Avatar, and a butterfly fairy, which i love her eyes.

I also started on Alena Lazareva’s Mermaid, not much to see really but i am liking stitching on 25ct, and can you believe there is other 2500 stitches here, after a week. not a great progress but its a start.

And finally I had a lovely surprise I got my Gypsy wagon back!

A woman discovered it in her caravan when she went off at Christmas so she went to the last caravan site she was at and the site owner still had my address on file and remembered me- probably with all the moaning i did at him. So here it is, a little dirty but nothing that wont wash out.

I am now going to decide what i am going to stitch for the remainder of this week , carry on with mermaid or have a new start and rotate my work on a weekly basis.

>Restart on Wedding Sampler and New Start on HAED

>Yet again i have been neglecting my blog, but i have been ill all Christmas, which is typical work all year and the when your on holiday your ill ( yes OK i do get 11 weeks off a year- but think about it when your child is driving you up the wall think about us that work in schools that over 100 children that can drive you up the wall, we really do need the holidays else we would crack up lol)

So stitching has been on the slow side.
I worked on the wedding sampler this christmas, and yes i wasn’t happy with it, so i restarted it on some 28ct lugana, which i am so happy i did, and i have been stitching the wedding in it, but i used metallic thread 1×1 (2×1 would have been a nightmare to stitch as metallics is not my favourite thing to stitch with) if it worked out or if i should have stuck with the lace design that is stated in the chart,  I will find out when i backstitch it.

And finally….. this week we have had to shut the school as we had 2ft of snow and when that was clean all we was left with was a sheet of ice, yes the parents all complain, but when there child falls and breaks something they would complain even more, you just cant win.  which meant that i have been able to stitch more than normal!

So i started the freebie SAL that i joined on the HAED BB, and this is how far i have got with Mermaid of the Deep, she is stitched 2×1 on 20ct Aida, but she has now been put away till next month, where hopefully she will have some eyes next time.
Back to work today so no stitching , life is hard lol

Oh Happy New Year too!

>Santa Finish and Mistake with Wedding Sampler

>My santa is finished and hung up in the kitchen, but you can see closely that there has been some colour in the fabric, my daughter wanted to surprise me and put it up on my wall but when she ironed it the red run, i have washed it but you can still see it a bit, i don’t know what happened but its on the wall anyway.

I have also been gridding my wedding sampler which is going to be my next project, and i have noticed that i have made some right cock ups!
So do i just carry on, frog it all or just start on a fresh piece of evenweave. I knew i wasn’t happy with it but didn’t know why, so i am pissed off with it, but i am determined that i am going to get it finished before i start my HAED and i am itching to start it so the sooner i finish the wedding sampler the sooner i can start my mermaid.

And finally i mentioned the idea of using hubby’s fishing line for gridding and he muttered something like over his dead body and bloody typical as he was leaving the room, so didn’t think that went down well, but after using the sulky threads i am really glad i tried it.  i got it from local sewing shop as it is a sewing machine thread but i also saw some on eBay, well i am now going to decide what to do about this wedding sampler

>Not Much To Show


Hardly done any stitching, been busy decorating and working when i do get home, do the whole running a house bit i am too knackered to pick a needle up. The weeks holiday we has was harder work than it was at home, with everything that was going off. I did do a bit on the wedding sampler, and it is so much easier with the needle organiser. I also bought another chart, yes another, when i said i wouldnt be i saw it and thought that is our house perfectly.

Its Waxing Moons, Welcome To The Nuthouse we have finally got our hall decorated so will be puttiing that up where people will see it when they come in, just a different take to the Welcome door mat that everyone used to have when i was little. I hoping to get this finished this week if my sewing machine that i ordered last week doesnt turn up (long story but i wont spend so much money on something on the net again)

>So What Do You Think So Far?


This is the first picture of my wedding sampler, i am disappointed that i haven’t had time to stitch more, if i am to stick to my rotation i have to put this away now and start on the next, but i am having far too much fun stitching it.

I do need a bigger hoop though, i could do with trying another method, i have ordered three different sizes from Stitcher but they wont be here till next week, the one i am using at the moment is far too small and i keep getting the thread stuck in the aida.

Will be a lot easier and quicker to stitch though when i get the bigger hoops.

i am really impressed with the design so far!!!

>New Charts On The Way!!


I haven’t got much stitching done this week, all of my 3 kids have been ill, one after the other, when i tried to pick up the stitching all i got was ‘MUM!!!, so i gave up in the end. The bathroom is taking shape though.

I also won the Gypsy Wagon chart from bothy threads on ebay there was no aida with it so i bought some hand dyed from Polstitches, i got aida, but now i am wishing i bought it on evenweave, but never mind, next time i will buy some evenweave next time and they have the opalescent back in stock, ( I love sparkly everything would be stitched on this if i could)

And Finally!!!

Wendy at Enchanted Needle has designed me a wedding sampler for me. I told her everything i liked and wanted on it and she has come up with it excatly as i wanted!! If i could have designed it myself that is how i would have done it!! So I am so excited about it coming that i cant wait to start it, also Wendy asked me if i wouldn’t mind if she put it on her website, so my wedding sampler will be on there soon!!

Bang goes my new years resolutions, about not starting another project until the one i am one is finished, so I will now be on a rota, one week on each project, thats if i cant stop stitching my sampler, now wheres my opalescent evenweave, perfect lol!