Saturday, 14 April 2018

How to be a domestic goddess...

or at least have a go!!!

I am having a little time out this weekend but because I am Coeliac it means I need to think about my food to go...

A two day salad of prawns, cheese and crispy skin salmon with all the trimmings...

Gluten Free Chocolate Orange Cupcakes, one box for retreat...

and two smaller boxes for hubby and work colleagues...

Just because my arm is in plaster doesn't mean I can't do their baking... however, the fracture clinic may not agree with that statement after seeing the amount of swelling and having to split the cast and then bandage.  It's now back in the sling and not doing anything but what it should be - resting!!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

A little bit delicate...

Thank you for the good wishes about my arm.

It has come to my attention that there is a problem with the comments on my blog even though I have checked everything and can't seem to find any reason why it is so.  I have checked the settings and I am on blogger and not google so I am not sure what needs to change for everybody to leave their comments.  

Please be aware that I am a little delicate at the moment and finding it very frustrating not being able to go at the speed I usually go.  Hopefully the next seven weeks will fly in and I can get back to cooking, baking, stitching and creating.

Take care blogging buds and happy creating :)

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Fed up and FNWF ...

Well it wasn't for the lack of trying.

I couldn't stitch, I tried and it just made my hand very painful and swollen.  

I am totally fed up - can't do anything, not even cut my own food!!!

Sorry for not being able to join you on Friday, I did try.

It is slow going typing so I will be looking at all the FNWF posts and will comment but it will take a bit of time.  I was hoping because it was the left it would be ok, but I have even had to cancel my RSN class which I am not happy about either.  I seem to take two steps forward and six back.  Hope you all had a good weekend and got plenty done.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Just a little thank you...

Just a short post to say thank you to Radka for helping me sort my blog out.  I have sorted the no reply status - it only took three hours lol but I got there in the end.  I have also edited my profile and now everything seems to be working swimmingly.

Also thank you to all my blogging buddies for all the good wishes coming my way.  I will still be stitching on Friday and know that you all give me a wonderful pick-me-up when not feeling too great from the pain.  See you Friday stitchers :)

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

I knew exercise wasn't good for you...

We went for a six mile walk with the dogs on Easter Sunday and I managed to fall.

Yes, Borge laughed his head off, couldn't stop in fact.  I got home covered in mud, scratches, bruises and in pain.  Fast forward 24 hours and a swollen hand, hubby took me to A & E and it turned out I had broken my hand, it's a bit of a mess, all colours of the rainbow, they couldn't cast it immediately because of the swelling so it's been done today into a nice navy blue colour, that matches most of what I wear.  It's there for four weeks until a change and then another two weeks.  The hospital staff were brilliant, did everything really quickly as it is pretty painful.  No driving, no lifting, don't get it wet.  Ah well, I knew exercise wasn't good for you ;)

Monday, 2 April 2018

OPAM March 2018

My one project a month was literally that for March unfortunately, just one finish and that was the smocked and embroidered dress.

I have plenty of projects on the go and would like to think that at the end of April there will be quite a long finish list.

I am back at the Royal School of Needlework next week after an eight month health break.  It will be class number 8 - my final one - for the Certificate in Crewel Work (Jacobean Embroidery).  I will need a couple of extra classes I think to get the mounting work done and then it's off for marking.  My paperwork is in order with all my original pencil drawings and designs and all the colour charts.  After that I will start the Certificate in Silk Shading.

Hope everyone had a lovely Easter weekend and got chance to spend time doing what they like most :)

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Inspirations Gillian Hare progress...

I know I have been absent for a couple of days but I have a good excuse :)

Monday's stitching...

Tuesday's stitching...

Wednesday's stitching...

I have put some more shading stitches in at the side but it still needs a few more to make the 'line' disappear.

It's been a busy week, hospital and doctor's for various members of the family.

I got a surprise last week, I have been asked to teach hand embroidery workshops and where in the past I have felt 'no, that's not for me, I'm not that good', this time I agreed.  I have taught before, a while ago, so I have a little experience.  I have a couple of months to work out my teaching plans and kits and then it's off we go.  I am using it as a new start and began by getting a new haircut, not showing it yet as I am still getting used to it.  I had long hair and went for the total change - yep - I got it all chopped off, seven inches of hair fell to the floor - what have I done!!!

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Friday Night Stitch In... Gillian Hare Project from Inspirations

I joined lots of other like-minded stitchers last night for our Friday Night Stitch In and decided to work on my Gillian project from the Inspirations magazine...

I think I got about four rows added which doesn't seem alot but it takes time.  I also wasn't happy with the colour they chose as the lighter green as it seemed almost neon so unpicked quite alot of work.  I am working it now in what I think is a more blendable shade of green.  All of the hare shading is complete and I am desperate to get on with the embroidery and goldwork - I will get there eventually.

More stitching to be done over the weekend I hope.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Needle Needs Necessaire Stand & Millenium Frames...

Here she is, my new toy...

The Needle Needs Necessaire Stand and I absolutely love it.  The base of the stand has two sturdy legs that fit under your chair.  The arms can be lowered to fit whatever height you feel comfortable to stitch at.  The wooden arms can also be rested on the arms of your chair which is useful if you are using one of the wider millenium frames for a large project.

The stand holds numerous types of frames but mine came with two lots of the millenium frames and I also already have a couple that have pieces of work on waiting for my retreat next month.

This is how the frames sit on the stand.  The frame above is the smallest millenium frame which is ideal for completing the smaller Sherpherd's Bush Samplers.  The linen is placed on the rollers and tucked in with the supplied card, slide the rods along which is very easy to do, then just twist the side bars until the linen is taught and drum tight.

One size of side bar along with two sizes of the roller bars.  The workmanship is excellent on these products and they are a pleasure to use.

Full instructions supplied with a picture one behind this one and the supplied 'tucking in' card for your linen.

There is a long waiting list for the stands and frames as they are such good quality but I was able to find one secondhand on the preloved website and the lady turned out to be a fellow stitcher from the Royal School of Needlework at Durham.

I am so pleased with it as it means that I can comfortably sit and stitch in the living room and not take up alot of room plus moving the frames is easy to do if you need to check stitching or take a break.

I might be using this tonight for the Friday Night stitching unless I decide to do a little quilting.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Baking Day...

Baking day today even though I am recovering from a lousy cold.

Fruit scones x 12, cheese scones x 9, carrot cake cupcakes x 24,

Double chocolate brownies x 12, Carrot cake mini loaves x 4, and lastly Lemon Drizzle loaves x 2.

All gluten free and all delicious.  Tomato and Basil soup for tea with guest.

We did all our cleaning and laundry today and got the car mot'd.  Tomorrow is a day off for me.  No housework, no car,  no cooking, no visitors, just the whole day for stitching which I am delighted about.

I will show off my new toy tomorrow.