Wednesday, 13 April 2011

A Hannah Milestone

After stitching my little fingers to the bone this last week, I have finally reached a milestone with Hannah. I can now proudly say that the top third is complete. My next goal is to get the part with the house completed, which is going to be a massive chore. All those bricks and mortar stitching can be very boring. I will probably per her aside until after Easter and work on some of my neglected WIPs in the meantime.

Look what arrived this week! I entered a giveaway on Mylene's blog and won this very cute pin pillow. I love the detail of the two coloured beads around the edge and the Easter/Spring themed chicks. Thank you so much Mylene, I really love the pillow and already have it on display ready for Easter.

Thank you for all the great comments and visits to my blog I really do appreciate it. As to my health, I am not feeling too bad, just very tired and I get worn out very easily. I spend quite a bit of time sitting and stitching these days and the house work gets done at whatever pace I can. I only have eight weeks to go now and I tell you I can't wait for it to be over. I just want a little bit of my energy back!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

A Day of Foraging

Last Sunday we took the girls up into the mountains to pick some chestnuts and apples. It was a cool and drizzly day, but we had a wonderful time. Aurelia was so excited to pick the chestnuts up off the ground and was continually on the search for the biggest chestnut she could find. Everyone at the farm knew when she found one as she shouted it out at the top of her lungs.


After a very brief picnic on a cliff top (the weather was closing) we took a trip a little further down the mountains and did some apple and quince picking. The girls really enjoyed picking apples and munching away on them as we walked. I now have lots of yummy cooking apples ready for pie and crumble and quite a few quinces to poach and make into jam.

On the Monday, we took a trip to my LNS and I picked up the new Stacy Nash club exclusive. Our LNS will have four of these exclusive kits throughout the year and the first one is a redwork pinkeep. It is supposed to be stuffed with sawdust and then stained with walnut crystals. Then I just couldn't resist picking up the With My Needle design with the small hornbook. I think these will both be fun projects to stitch up. See the yard sale money did come in handy after all!

I made a new friend through my blog in the last few weeks. Cindy (no blog) contacted me about a chart on my wish list and sent it on to me. Cindy sent me Gingham Dog and Calico Cat by Carriage House Sampling and the chart for the letter E. Thank you so much Cindy, it was very generous of you. I am really happy  to have another stitching friend to exchange emails with.

Hopefully I will have an update on Hannah Lancaster in the next few days. I have made some really great progress on her and will have reached a minor milstone.