Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Production Line

My stitching mojo seems to be back with a bang - I'm rather amazed at what I've achieved over the last 10 days! As the nausea lifted and the desire to stitch returned, I promised myself that I wasn't going to push myself too hard, just make a point of enjoying the stitching.

I seem to have stretched that promise a bit more than I expected with 3 Shepherd's Bush finishes in the last 10 days!

First up is my Family Sampler, although I've realised that I can't finish it completely before June as it includes the initials of my family!

Shepherd's Bush Family Sampler

(Not ironed as it is just being folded up and packed away again until the summer!)

Next, while I was waiting for a stash order to arrive, comes Sweet Pea which I also have the Jill Rensel mat for.

Sweet Pea

Then, as Sweet Pea didn't fill all the waiting time, I started Quaker Heart which I finished last night. Much as I do like the others, I really love this one. And, at this point in time, the words really appeal to me.

Shepherd's Bush Quaker Heart

I'm still waiting for some floss to arrive, so it's on to something different tonight, but not another SB piece!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

First finish of the year

And here it is, Medley by Carol Tinson of Heirloom Embroideries! It was started on Christmas Eve and finished on 2 January.


It had been in my stash for a while and I'm glad I finally got round to stitching it. I found stitching the border a bit tedious, but enjoyed stitching the inner motifs. The only difficulty I have with it now is that I find the colours very cold!


After my finish, I drifted a bit, not sure what I felt like stitching next. However on Friday, after admiring Karen's Holly and Ivy Sampler, and having drooled over someone's Quaker Heart (oops - just can't remember where I saw it now, I know it was in a blog header - gorgeous too!), I was in the mood for some Shepherd's Bush stitching. So, over the weekend, I rediscovered my SB Family Sampler! I haven't stitched on it since early last year, but am quite enjoying it so far. Most of the motifs are complete, and for now I'm working my way round the border.

Monday, January 04, 2010


Well, that’s just what happens sometimes when life catches you out. And I was certainly caught out big time in the middle of November! At the end of October I has a tummy bug which seemed to take it’s time clearing up. By mid November, I was still feeling a bit rough and combined with one or two other things, planned to visit my doctor to get things sorted out. I just had one thing I needed to check before I saw the doctor.

And that was the point when, to my (and my DH’s) enormous shock, I discovered that I’m pregnant. It’s completely unplanned and unexpected. I would have thought that my body would have struggled to achieve this considering my age and the contraceptives! Whoever it was that said that it’s practically impossible to get pregnant after the age of 40 had obviously never met me. So I’m now at 16 weeks and baby’s due 21 June.

I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about having another child. Until now, I had no plans to do that at all. While, in theory, I’m quite happy to be pregnant, I think I’m just very unsure about how this one will fit in to my family. Long term, we’ll all adjust and we’ll be fine. But in the short term, I’m just rather unsure about it all.

So there I was, mid November, suffering from constant nausea that completely turned me off many things including stitching and any other crafty activity, and blogging too. Fortunately, the nausea started to clear around mid December so it didn’t spoil Christmas. But I’m not completely back to normal yet, and not overly enthused by stitching, although I have completed my first stitchy finish for the year!

And I do know that I certainly don’t want to stop blogging, although for now, I may be a very intermittent blogger.

And a really should say a huge thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments on my Bluebird box, even though the thought of the box still makes me want to throw up!