my new Tuesday UFO Night piece, Carol Tinson's Heirloom Embroideries Limited Edition Valentine design Love Is You. I last picked this up in February, so it's not my longest term UFO, but it was the one that shouted the loudest last night! LOL
Where I left off in February:
This is how it looks after a bit of attention last night:
It's stitched 1 over 1 (main reason it fell by the wayside - hard on my eyes before I got the clip-on magnifier) and is stitched on Permin 28ct Lambswool linen, using Victoria Clayton silk: Heart Wood (border, heart and diamond shape in capital L) and Kaalund silk: Poinsettia (everything else). Just another three or four UFO Night sessions should see this one finished........ another reason for choosing it, as it would be nice to get another piece finished and out of the way. :0)
Sunday was Reveal Day for the JA/S&S Monthly Challenge pieces. I haven't posted pics of my piece yet because: 1) I'm still finishing it and 2) when it is finished it's going to a new home and I don't want to spoil the surprise. No 2 has resulted in No 1, namely: because it's going to a new home I want it to be a really nice finish and that's been making me dither over choosing what to do. I am my own worst enemy sometimes! LOL
I have had a look at the album of all the girls' finishes and they are gorgeous! The variety of threads, fabrics, colours and finishes is always amazing and there are also plenty of "Now why didn't I think of that?" and "I'm definitely pinching that idea!" moments. I must say that, though I really liked all of the finishes, this month Terri's little banner really stole my heart, as it was both an unusual finish and just so pretty.
Many thanks for all the kind comments on my last post, they've really been appreciated. Monday was the first anniversary of my Dad's passing, so DH booked the day off and we went over to Doncaster for the day. After picking up my DSis we visited Rosehill to lay some flowers - of course it rained while we were there but stopped later in the afternoon. We spent some time in the garden then, doing a little weeding and planting up some pots with a couple of flowering bushes, setting some marigold seeds in a trough type planter and also planting two hanging baskets with strawberry plants - her first try at growing fruit, so fingers crossed they do OK. Dad would have approved - he did love his garden. :0)
I've wanted to spend some time out in my own garden since then but it seems to have done nothing but rain so far this week. OK, slight exaggeration - there have been some breaks in it - but everything is so wet and soggy out there it's making it impossible to do anything without getting wet through and/or muddy, so it's no fun. Guess I'll just have to stay in and stitch instead then! ;0)
A few bright spots today though: a pinkie from Jayne, containing the next batch of L*K Double Flips, arrived this morning. Yay! Then Kate from Thread Bear rang: the order I made back on the 17th has been awaiting delivery of two of the charts I'd ordered - unfortunately there's going to be a delay on them, due to waiting for them to be shipped from overseas, so in the meantime the rest of my order is being sent on. That means I'll be able to finish the middle heart motif on the For Amanda SAL when it gets here, as well as being able to get some birthday pressies organised. Double Yay!
Oh, and CRAM rang yesterday to say that my new PC tower was ready and DH popped there in his dinner hour today and picked it up. He's going to gradually transfer everything over for me from tonight so, hopefully, it'll all be done and ready to rock and roll by the weekend. Triple Yay! LOL
Right, if I'm ever going to finish the Challenge piece and send it off to it's new home I'd better go and get on with it!
Thanks again for all your kind wishes. I hope you are all having a good week. :0)