Monday, 1 March 2010

Update, Reveal and an Unveiling

Another Sunday has gone by, more stitching done and another update posted on the 2010 Weekly SAL Blog.... so yes, that means yet another pic of Mother Earth to show:

This time I finished the bottom corner, to the right of the tree trunk, which means a whole page has been completed. Yay! I also made a start on infilling the background above the area where the stray thread is attached. I'm afraid it's going to be nothing but background infill of those trees for a while yet, so brace yourselves. LOL DH worked a second night shift last night (Sunday) so I've since got even more of it stitched.... those after 2am bedtimes are starting to get to me though. Thank goodness he doesn't have to work nights regular.... I think it would probably finish me off. Probably DH too. LOL

It was Reveal Day for the February Monthly Challenge over at JA/S&S Forum on Sunday too, so I can now show you what I stitched and finished for that:

Designer: Primitive Betty's
Design: Valentine, internet freebie
Fabric: 28ct evenweave, unknown make
Threads: DMC 310; 326 - stitched 1 over 1
Finish: Valentine's Day card

I turned the finished piece into a card for my DH and he seemed to like it. I love to see the varied finishes for the same design and if you would also like to you can see everyone's pieces here. Some more finishing ideas to pinch for future reference. LOL ;0)

With DH working nights there hasn't been a great lot of anything been done here, apart from my usual jobs. We did go out on the Great Car Hunt again and more makes of car have been crossed off my list, leaving a very small list of ones that I do like and would feel happy to drive. Nothing has really taken my fancy yet.... but there are a few more weekends to go before the scrappage scheme ends, so there's time yet. :0)

Nothing more done to the Craft Room.......... but I thought, as I don't want anyone to start foaming at the mouth in frustration (yes, you Barb ROFL), I'd finally stop the suspense and show a few pics of where things are at at the moment. This is a view of the finished laminate flooring and the rug I scored at our local market:

Then this is the view of the corner where the computer table is. This is where it will be staying, as it will allow me to nosey out of the window at the world going by. ;0) You can also see the new nets and one of the curtains, complete with tie-back:

It was a bright day, so it made taking pics of the window a  real pain - that was the best one I got. Here's a better view of the computer table, in situ:

Ignore the bits in the bottom left corner... DH hadn't tidied his tools and things away at this point.... and I was too impatient to wait anymore to take the pics. LOL The two small shelves to the left and in the middle of the desk both slide out. I now have to find a comfortable seat to go in there, instead of the one I'm currently using - DH thinks the castors on a proper computer chair will damage the laminate, so we're on the look out for a rotating chair on legs, iykwim.

Here's a view of the pieces I currently have sat on the windowsill, with a better view of the pattern on the nets:

The little stand up picture was something I spotted at one of the local garden centres and thought it was perfect for my room and DH did too, as he bought it for me. In case you can't make it out, the saying is: Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away. :0)  And the Healing Crystal Angel that my DSis gave me for Christmas is temporarily homed there - much nicer to be watching over things from there, than cooped up in a box. :0)

There's still quite a bit to get organised yet but hopefully things will start to get back on track with it by the weekend... providing DH is back to normal working hours now, which depends on how things are going on the steelworks. Fingers crossed for problem free normality! LOL

Tomorrow I have an acupuncture treatment booked and then have my Development Circle in the evening. On Wednesday the plan is to go over to spend a few days at my DSis's again, as she is off work on a week's holiday, then be back some time over the weekend.... depending on when the chauffeur (DH) is available. Hopefully there'll be some stitchy updates to share when I'm back again.

And finally... the weather, although cold, was at least a little sunny and dry so I managed to spend a little time out in my garden today, pottering around. I can't tell you how good that felt! I thought I'd leave you with a couple of signs of Spring that I spotted whilst out there:

The little square of garden by the front door where those bright crocii bloom every year. So far the birds are leaving them alone. Then the dainty little snowdrops that are blooming in the back garden, close to the sun lounge wall.

Many thanks for taking the time to visit and for your kind comments. Hope you all had a gentle start to the week and are enjoying your own pretty signs of Spring. :0)


Miss 376 said...

Lovely to see the crocuses in flower. congratulations on completing the first page, here's to the second page

jane said...

ME is coming on well , congratulations on finishing a page!
Your challenge piece is very nice - that is a lovely card.
I like the way your craft room is coming along - the colour scheme makes it look very tranquil, I get a real feeling of peace just looking at the photos. Enjoy your break with your sister, hope you get some nice weather to enjoy.

Christine said...

Your Craft room looks fabulous! Isn't it wonderful to start seeing signs of spring at last?

Barb said...

Oh that room is just such a lovely colour "the floor is fantastic" (well had to say that didnt I) . Nice computer desk too,I will stop nagging now for a while lol.The rug really matches well,what a find.
Progress on ME again! I expect those dark trees will seem never ending but you said that if I remember rightly about the nightwatchman tree,where is he by the way is he twit-twooing in your new room.

Julie said...

Lovely valentine card for DH.

Your new room looks very relaxing and inviting, i can see you spending lots of time in there.

Enjoy your visit with DSis, hope you both have fun!

Tina said...

Well done on your progress Karan,love ME
Dead jealous of your craftroom

Sally said...

Wow you are really moving along with ME and I love the card for your DH.

Your craft room looks lovely.

Siobhan said...

Lovely progress on your stitching! Your craft room is so wonderful, you must be thrilled to be able to move into it!

DUSTY said...

Karan, your craft room is lovely. I love anything in shades of purples. The floor turned out wonderful. It is so nice to see signs of spring. I don't think we will ever see it here. sigh !!! It is still cold here. My Crocus haven't even started to poke their heads out of the ground yet. Soon I hope. All of your stitching looks wonderful. Your finish for the Challenge turned out great/ BTW I think your little window sill angel is cute.

Vinniey said...

Beautiful card you have made for your DH, so sweet and lovely! Purple is my favorite color. I love your craft room! Very cozy! :)

Mylene said...

The Valentines card looks lovely!
I was on the lookout for flowers today during our walk but haven't spotted any, it was sunny but pretty windy and cold!