Thursday, 6 November 2008

Owl Be Seeing You....

in my dreams at this rate. Yes, Night Watchman had another outing for UFO Night, as well as the other couple of nights stitching already done on him, so I've been seeing a lot of him lately. I'm enjoying watching this develop, so wanted to keep going with it and reach the small goal of filling in the background up to the owl. Goal achieved:

This bit of the background has been easy to do, with it having blocks of colour, so was just what I needed - something that doesn't need too much concentrating on, as I'm not doing very well at the concentrating bit this week. Yes, sleep deprived zombie mode is kicking in - that's combined with PMT brainlessness/clumsiness so I'm a total hazard and feel like I should have a Government Health Warning slapped on me at the minute. I'm avoiding handling sharp implements, apart from stitching needles, as much as possible...... but those needles are getting me big time though, so I'm starting to feel a bit like an over-used pincushion! Shame DH doesn't have a spare diabetic testing kit here, as I could have checked my blood sugar levels nearly every day this week. LOL

Last night was the exception to that, as I couldn't settle to stitching - not helped at all by the Bonfire Night fireworks. Why do folks insist on getting the noisy ones that sound like a bomb has just gone off? Even the lousy weather didn't put them off! I jumped so often it just wasn't funny, so deemed it safer not to pick up a needle and add to the pincushion feeling in my fingers. Instead I buried my head in the Barbara Erskine book I'm currently reading: Daughters of Fire. Wow, is this book so me! Spooky happenings based around a current day female archaeologist, a long dead Celtic Queen and a cursed brooch - so many things in it that interest me it's getting hard to put it down. A big thank you to the girls over at The Reading Corner blog for recommending BE - I am definitely going to be keeping my eyes open for more of her books. :0)

I had a good post day yesterday, with the arrival of the outstanding charts from my last Thread Bear order - they'd been waiting for them to arrive from America. I can only share one though, as the others are intended as gifts.

Unfortunately not in time for me to get it done this year but there's always next Samhain. :0)

Yesterday I spent a little time surfing ONS sites. I've dug out a couple of Victoria Sampler charts from my stash that I'd like to stitch soon and went looking for thread packs for them. As well as ordering one from Sew & So I've also ordered from a place that's new to me called Cross Stitch Stuff. Whilst there I spotted they also do the pack for Birds of a Feather, the chart that was in the October issue of The Gift of Stitching online magazine, so ordered that as well. More good post days due. :0)

There was one big event this week I have to share. On Tuesday I met a fellow stitching blogger, Maxine, for the first time. She lives locally, just down the road a ways, around a ten minute walk from my house. Maxine was kind enough to come here - although her house is only a ten minute walk away it's in the opposite direction to the High Street, so beyond my comfort zone at the moment......... but I so hope to work up to that walk soon. :0)
I admit to having been seriously nervous, as I am so out of practice with this visiting business, but that was soon forgotten when we got to talking cross stitch and I got to see her beautiful stitching. All her pieces are gorgeous but the absolute highlights for me were her Paradigm Lost in a VC HDF silk in a blue/green colour and Mirabilia's Rose of Sharon, stitched over 1 and converted to a red colourway - both jaw-droppingly stunning. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and hope that we have another meet-up soon. :0)

Tonight DS is having a rare night in, so we are having a chill out: a take-out curry for tea, my treat, and watching a DVD. Not sure which one it'll be yet but there's plenty to choose from. We love sci-fi/fantasy stuff, which DH isn't so keen on, so we may opt for something in that line, as it's not often we get to indulge in it. It's also Sea Stars SAL night, so I hope to get more done on that, too.

Many thanks for all the kind comments - each one is greatly appreciated and means a great deal to me. Best wishes to all. :0)


Christine said...

Nightwatchman still looks like a trachea and a pair of lungs to me ;D
I'm sure it will be MUCH more owly once he's filled in a bit more.
Enjoy your curry night

Miss 376 said...

You've made so much progress this week. Well done. I can't wait for the owl to get his face now

jane said...

Nice site Karan - I haven't seen that one before. Lots of lovely goodies but I managed to

Karen said...

Nightwatchman is coming along well
how mice to meet a fellow stitcher , it will give you something to work up to in the spring maybe you could walk to her by then for a visit
LOL that book spooked me

Mylene said...

Very good progress, Karan.

Sally said...

Lovely to see the outline of the owl. Can't wait to see him developing more:)

Thanks for the link to the site. I had someone email me asking where I'd bought my Quaker Christmas as she couldn't find a UK stockist and lo and beholf it's on that site so have emailed her:)

Angela said...

Sounds like you had a nice time with Maxine, lets hope your up to the walk soon.

Clare - Aimetu said...

I'm so pleased to hear you had a liitle meet up at your house, it certainly is great news.

I love reading your blog and all the news - thanks for sharing.

Julie said...

Nightwatchman looks great, good progress.
How lovely to have a stitching friend local to you, i can see lots more chats over tea and bikkies LOL
All the BE books i've read so far will appeal to you Karan ... it sure does cut into the stitching time though!!!

Stitchingranny said...

I can really see big big progress this week on NW Karan. I am looking forward to seeing the little chappie himself come to life.

Sounds like you had a nice day with Maxine, isnt it lovely when you meet someone and can talk non-stop stitching without feeling that you could be boring them lol.

oooh im being nosey again now so what are "the couple of VS charts" that might be appearing?

Dani - tkdchick said...

That owl is going to be gorgeous!