I do have bits and bobs to show you as I have had some purchases and I have not told you about a couple of gifts I had for my birthday and would hate anyone to think they had not been mentioned. So shall I start with gifts .
This was a birthday gift from my birthday twin Angela , we both try and find something Jane Austen related and this year we both sent each other the same thing , Yes I did say she was my birthday twin, I loved it all of course , in fact I almost ordered 2 so I could have one, unbeknown to me that she had bought me the mug and coaster as well . She also told me a little news and I know she will not mind me sharing her sister Rula is hopefully going to appear on Pointless the quiz game ,she also loves Jane Austen ,filming takes place next week. I do hope she makes it. The bookmark you can see is snugly fitted into my latest read.
There is nothing like a good read and a cup of tea to accompany it. I also bought the next book which follows on from this I think.
Staying on the subject of books , I am a sucker for a nice cover and saw this one and thought hmmm I like the look of that,does anyone else sometimes judge a book by its cover.
There are a few things I would like to stitch in it . So now onto stitching from Clare I received a voucher for Sew and So ,which I will use when they reopen. Thanks Clare so sweet of you , hmm I think it may go toward some fabric. My dear mil gave me a cheque , in one of her lucid moments she remembered my birthday and so I was able to buy some embroidery fabric ,yes I am going to be doing some embroidery ,just don't ask when lol.
I have plans. Mother in law has been very poorly and it has and still is to some extent,been a very worrying time ,she is now out of hospital and respite but despite wanting to be in her own home is not being very cooperative with the carers going in. We wait and see.
A few finishes to show you ,friends from Needlecraft Haven will have seen these as they are January and February finishes.
January Christine gave us this chart to make into something. I decided to use the chart to do the front and back of an ornament.
Front /back whichever .
Back /Front whichever. I really enjoyed this one ,Then last Sunday was reveal day for February ,which I managed to finish on Sunday. Another monthly challenge piece chosen by Christine. I think she has kept me sane the last couple of months doing these. Along with Sally SAL.we do.
I made this into a little bag to hold Christmas foliage ,it has a plastic pot inside to hold water ,I thought I had taken one with the foliage in it but do not seem to have saved it. Oh well,you get the idea. Over at Needlecraft Haven there is so much going on ,come and join us you will be glad you did. On Wednesdays I open the parlour and we stitch on Little House needlework charts and Country Cottage charts. Hence it is named the little house in the country ,sal in the parlour night. I recently had a finish ,By the light of the Moon.
Last week I started Welcome Spring a gift from Carin.
Which I might add I hope is just around the corner. Another night I stitch with Miss Julie and here is progress made over one on my Prairie Santa.
Next on to Sallys sal nights . Mondays in February saw a finish of the Gold Crown by Rosewood Manor in the Christmas ornament edition of JCS,2014.
We have an exhibition this year in June and this year the theme is Royalty, I thought I would kill 2 birds with one stone.It really sparkles . I think I may have to look for other charts I can use on that theme ,Any ideas would be welcome. Maybe Queen Bee. So I have another christmas ornament to stitch with Sally starting next Monday. We are also stitching a sheepy design on Fridays , Sally altered Miss Violets dress to a darker violet ,and I am beginning to wish I had too as it looks a bit wishy washy. I will persevere though. Not much has been done on her yet , I think hospital and home visiting ,also giving Mums house a thorough clean has taken its toll on my stitching time.
I did do a little blackwork on Sunday evening and finished another block.Only another 125 to go lol.
Sorry it is a bit blurred ,I will have to have more lessons. The block done was the one on the right.It tried my patience just a little as I just could not fathom our where I was. So onto number 8 which I hope to show you next time.I cannot remember if I showed you the Be an Elf design I stitched for January with Sally from the JCS Christmas 2014. Over one it is a small one.
I think that is all I have to share with you today, oh forgot to say we had a visit from Oakley the other evening here he is at 10 weeks old weighing in at 19 lbs.
I think someone was rather taken with him, Or maybe it was 2 someones ,Ollie was not impressed. On that note I will wish you all a happy eventful week , If I get back to you again this month ,I will try, otherwise keep well and for all who are catching the dreaded winter cold , get better soon. I just hope for a stressful free month ,