The BH weekend got off to a good start with the arrival of more new stash on Saturday morning, my May's Monthly Clubs from Jayne's Attic:
So what did we get up to over the weekend then? Well, the short version is: a wander down the local High Street to post a couple of packages, do a little shopping and have dinner at the Il Sorriso cafe, followed by a couple of house jobs on Saturday; dinner out at a local garden centre with some plant buying (flowers and veggies) after, then a look round a couple of local garages at cars, then potting up the plants in the evening on Sunday; a quieter day Monday, as I was feeling very arthritic and had to take pain killers, so I finished the making up on a stitched piece - DH mowed the lawn and did a few other jobs in the garden. After such lovely weather and so much time spent in the garden the brown recycling bin is well and truly full, so it's a good job it's emptied this week! Unfortunately, despite all the attention it received, the garden still looks like there's a triffid or two out there. :0)
The Monthly Challenge piece, the Caron Keeper, I stitched last month has safely arrived in it's new home with Helen, so I can now post some pics. Here's a view of the front: The fabric was an unlabelled piece from my stash (28ct, I think, and a sort of mix between milk chocolate and milky coffee - difficult to describe) and the thread is Carrie's Creations Polar Bear. The edges are decorated with cream Mill Hill beads and I made a little hanging loop from the same beads too.
The back view:
I added a little "Made with Love" charm close to the hanging loop but you can't quite see it in the pic - I'm still learning as I go along with this digicam/photography lark. Each time I picked this piece up I kept thinking of Helen, so knew I had to send it to her. I was very nervous about it though, I must say, and am so happy she likes it. :0)
The stitched piece I finished on Monday is all wrapped, packaged and addressed ready for a trip to the Post Office, to be sent to its new home. I'm very nervous about this one too as it's the first time I've used the sewing machine to finish a piece - me and sewing machines don't get on that well! I'll post a pic when I know it's arrived.
The JA/S&S Forum is still not recognising me as a member so it's full-on cold turkey here at the moment and it's not nice. :0( I miss reading the news and seeing all the pics of the beautiful pieces everyone has been stitching. Those Yahoo forums just aren't the same, so I hope the technical glitch is fixed soon because I'm really missing everybody. :0(
Stitching wise: I've been working on Night Watchman since finishing the gift piece but I'll leave an update pic for another time. It just doesn't seem to grow very fast.
I've managed to get behind with Blog reading and commenting again, with being out-and-about so much, so hope to have a catch up in the next couple of days.
Thanks again for taking the time to visit - hope you're all having a good week. :0)