Thursday, 30 April 2009

Terry WIP 2

Another update from the sahara stitcher.... well done babe

Latest Finish

Bent Creek on 28ct linen with recommended threads
With thanks to my lovely Tel for having all the bits sent to me xxxx

Monday, 27 April 2009

Brill Post Day

I had two parcels arrive this morning care of my lovely fella. They are little gifts for being so brave (!) over my poorly toe. And they arrived in record time from the people at so thank you to them too.

Here is what came

There is a Bothy threads sewing sampler, Bent Creek God Bless you and all the linen, threads and buttons needed to make it.

And here is my poor toe

Mind you it feels tonnes better since my goodies arrived. Thank you babe. Aren't I a lucky girl?

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Magic Multiplying Money

I have taken on a challenge. The church I attend (St Georges Norton) has a regular shortfall each year in its budget and we need to raise about £8000. There are all sorts of things going on to try to make up the loss and one is the challenge of the talents. Do you remember the parable of the talents? A rich man entrusts his servants with money while he goes away. The first two invest it so when their master returns they have a profit to show him but the last servant buries the money in the ground so all he has is the original amount. Well thats what the plan is.... to give people £20 of the churches money and to see if anyone can turn it into a profit.

I'm obviously thinking along craft lines and making something to sell. I have til Sept 26. But how am I going to get enough made to make a decent return? Any ideas gratefully received.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Tel's WIP

Terry is doing more sewing than me! Friday is a half day for him and he was able to put in a few hours on his cross stitch. Not sure of the name of the kit yet but its by DMC.

So here is his WIP. And I think you'll agree it looks bloomin good for a novice needleman. Before this kit he'd just done a tiny mouseloft kit which is now his scissor keep.

So the message of the day is 'well done babe!'

Thursday, 23 April 2009

I'm depressed

Its official. I'm depressed. And I've been so well for months now. Need to do some sewing to chill out.

Oh and I'm seeing the sore toe doctor today. Way I feel might just tell him to amputate!

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

A quick Hello

Hi Pals in Blogland

Just stopping by to say I have been snowed under with housework in preparation for parents arriving on saturday so have nothing to show or report. Soon as I can pick a needle up I'll be on with a piccie.

Lula x

Monday, 20 April 2009

Sore toe!

I have a poorly toe. No, don't laugh! It REALLY hurts. It was an ingrowing toenail but that was put right but it never got better and is now infected. The doc has given me 2 lots of antibiotic tablets now and some antibiotic cream. And I am waiting to hear from the podiatrist. At least toes aren't required for needlework.

School reopens tomorrow and I get a few hours break every day from the J monster. Much as I love him I am soooo looking forward to that.

Lots of love to Tel who is offically in his new job now. Good luck babe and remember they are lucky to have you.

Sunday, 19 April 2009

WIP & Missing Tel

I feel a bit guilty today because its Sunday and I didn't go to church. J has been such a handful all wee I just couldn't face him misbehaving in front of everyone there so instead of praying I went to the local soft play and did some sewing.

Now J is 4 1/2 sort play is great. He just runs off and plays, returning from time to time to ask for drinks, crisps and anything else he's spotted someone else having and thinks he ought to have too. In between these visits I am free to relax and sew. We arrived early so I was able to nab a sofa, curl up and stitch away.

My current project is an anchor sampler. My dear friend Anne gave me some money for my birthday (way back in March) with instructions to buy something for cross stitch and this is what I chose. This is how it looks after about 6 hours work.
Its a whole 7 days since Terry left on his latest work trip. Seems like forever and I've still got so long to go. So babe this is a message for you.... I miss you and I love you more than ever. Tel has now left Dubai and is on the site in Algeria right in the middle of the Sahara Desert. And he's taken some cross stitch with him so I hope to be posting a pic of his work in a few weeks.

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Finally some stitching

Ah at last. I let J did holes in the garden and while he was busy I did a little bit of cross stitch. I didn't dare do anything big as he could burst in at any moment with dirty hands or worms etc so I did this tiny Mouseloft kit that J himself had bought me for Christmas.

And here is a pic of yours truely with that crazy spaniel

Friday, 17 April 2009

`orrible day

Its been one of those days... You know, when you start out full of optimism. I was determined to accomplish something today. I even agreed to make porridge for J, when I usually refuse because he doesn't eat it.

The weather was grim. Drizzly and grey looking but I wrapped up J and shoved the spaniel in the car and drove to the common for a walk. J was bribed to behave by the promise of a torch when we reached Tesco.

Tesco was full of people in their own world who crashed their trolleys into me. J kept running away while I searched for the afore mentioned torch. And I started to realise that maybe today wasn't going to go quite as planned.

We survived the shopping trip and I even remembered to send dad's birthday cards, bravely allowing J to accompany me to the postbox wearing his rollerskates.

Then it was time to go to the cinema. My friend Lisa (hi Lis!) had kindly invited J and I to join her and kids to watch Marley and Me. J has never been to the cinema but recently missed a class trip there so I'd been meaning to take him. We began with lots of explaining about keeping still and quiet and needing to leave if he couldn't. I paid £8 to get me and J in, another £2 for popcorn and we were set.

The first bad move was sitting in the front row. This was mainly due to J being too short to see if further back but it did leave a tempting 12ft or so or empty space in front of us. That was the setting for 30 min of rolling round, chatting, playing and generally not sitting still and quietly. I felt all the eyes behind me boring into me, the mother who could not control her child. The woman who had spawned that monster that was ruining the film for everyone else. Hissing threats to make J sit down was not working so finally I gave in and took him out.

J is going through this phase at the moment where he throws huge tantrums, refuses to move, hits out, all sorts of dreadful things. I'm trying to be sympathetic cos he hates it when his daddy is away (and I do - love you Tel xxx) but its driving me up the wall. His behaviour didn't improve much when I met my friend Anne and her grandson for tea. And then yet another tantrum before bed. I feel worn out.

And what was missing from my awfull day? Sewing!! The thing I need to do to relax and yet again my needle lies idle. To compensate I've just blown $20 on some Lizzie*kate stuff from the US. When you can't sew, shop!

Oh well.... maybe tomorrow will be better x

Thursday, 16 April 2009

needle and thread withdrawal symptoms

Its the Easter holidays and with Terry away (miss you babe) it's just me and J here at home. My awake time is spent amusing and tidying up after J, squeezing in meagre bits of housework and chatting to my beloved. There is no time over for a bit of cross stitch. As if to rub my nose in it, my parcel of fabric and threads needed to make the new Brenda Keyes sampler 'over the hills and far away' turned up. And all I could do was stroke it.....

In true british style it rained today and I was struck by a rare brainwave. I could kill two birds with one stone. I could take my little monkey to the soft play centre for rowdy climbing jumping and sliding and while he did all that I could sit quietly in a corner with a steaming cup of hot chocolate and my sewing.

Sadly when I arrived it seemed everyone else in the universe had had similar ideas and in order to avoid standing I had to squeeze myself into an inch or two of seat and position my legs so my feet couldn't rest on the ground. I had to cling on to my seat edge in order to stay on and so didn't even get to open my work bag.

Oh well.... maybe tomorrow I'll find a sewing window....

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Happy Birthday Ruth!

Its only two months late xxxx

Cross stitch on plastic canvas

A Few Bits by Me

I'm going to have a go at popping a couple of pics on here of some of this years latest little makes. Nothing fancy.... just a bit of fun.

Of course I've never added a pic before so you may not be able to see anything at all. But here goes...

I have a little cross stitch card for Annie Hankin, a lady who goes to St Georges Church and very kindly knitted me two beautiful scarves.

And a little handbag mirror again in cross stitch for my lovely friend Ann as a little extra pressie for her birthday.

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

ARHHH!!! kids

why do they chose the worst possible moment to misbehave? I've spent the past 12 hours entertaining, feeding, cleaning up after and now its bedtime and I want my bit of peace. Am I the worst mum ever??

Welcome to my blog!


I'm Lucy and I'm a new blogger. I've set up my blog to keep track of my crafty creations and to keep in touch with my darling Tel who works away from home.