Monday, 26 July 2010

A Long Overdue Post (And a Future Give Away)

I didn't intend to leave it so long between posts but sometimes there are not enough hours in the day, or any progress to show ;-) But I'm back with finishes and progress and a bit of catching up.
We had a lovely time in Halkidiki, the tan has faded and it is all but a distant memory now (even the sunshine as we have none of that here at the moment!) but, it was very relaxing and i managed to do nothing much but sit by the pool and read, getting up for the occasional dip in the pool to cool off - just what holidays are made for really :-)
Everything felt a bit 'flat' when we came back, even though we were only gone for a week, getting back into some sort of routine was hard, it took a while for me to pick my stitching up again at night and at work i was finding myself resenting being there. Anyway, all that's passed, my mood has lifted and I'm stitching again and, i have proof!

LHN The Merry Skater
LHN The Merry Skater
Isn't she cute? I had done the stitching on this before we went away but finished it off into a little hanging ornie when we came home.

Next up is something that had been thrown into a corner to await reverse stitching after my inability to follow a chart.

Rubie Owl


The offending part (on the left) re-stitched, and I've finished stitching all those leaves on the tree, even though i think they have left me with a permanent twitch and the paranoia that i may have left one out or miss counted and they are all off. Please, please do me a favour and keep me in ignorant bliss if you spy a mistake, because i ain't ripping anymore out!, lol.

Here's the whole wrinkled thing so far


I'm now at the mindless filling in stage, but after all the mishaps with this chart i care not a jot and shall happily, mindlessly fill in! (note, i did not say mindlessly stitch, as that's what got me in trouble last time, that and concentrating on Without a Trace instead of what i should have been doing!)

Right, that's me just about caught up, but just before i go the last bit of my title -The Give Away will be the Rubie Owl chart when I've finished with it, so stay tuned and hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll post it up.

Thanks for visiting me and have a fantastic week whatever you are up to :-) x


Loraine said...

Your vacation sounds wonderful! I so need one of those right now.
I love your LHN skater. It turned out so cute. Seeing these darling patterns done up, really makes one want to run down to the Local Needlework store, and spend some money. I'm resisting for the moment, but I'm sure I'll cave soon! LOL
I love your Rubie Owl, and would love to be in the giveaway. Do you ship to the US?
Thanks for the wonderful post!

Lainey said...

Glad you had such a lovely holiday.
The Skater ornie looks gorgeous. Sorry Rubie has been a pain, it is such a beautiful piece.

staci said...

Congrats on the gorgeous ornament finish! Beautiful stitching on RO, that's too bad about the frogs~~hopefully they've moved on ;)

Tammy said...

Your Rubie's Owl is beautiful, and the ornament is perfect!

Melanie said...

I love that tree all stitched up. It's just beautiful. I could see the owl on his own too in a little pillow or something, he is just so durn cute.

Roberta said...

Hi Maggie, glad you had a wonderful vacation and was finally able toget back to stitching and some normalcy in your life.

Ruby Owl is really quite lovely, the colors are great.

The skater is cute, I need to get her stitched up!!

Have a pleasant week --- Roberta

Virpi said...

With mistakes or not your stitching looks fabulous!

Jan said...

Aww Maggee, you are priceless!! And you take amazingly beautiful pictures...of course I do believe with my heart that great pictures become that, due to whom is taking the pictures...BUT just in case, maybe the camera might have a bit to do with it, can I ask what kind you have, pretty please???

Love your ornament finish and Rubie Owl is looking AMAZING no matter how many mistakes there may or may not be! PLEASE continue with her and I will applaud your fini soon!

Meadows08 said...

I love how you finish your LHN monthly ornaments! And your Hampton Court pictures are fabulous too.

Katrina said...

Love the ornament and Rubie is coming along nicely :-).

Anonymous said...

Cute finish and your stitching looks fine to me!

doris said...

Sounds like your getaway was perfect. The more perfect it is, the harder it is to come home.

Rubie Owl is looking wonderful.

Cindy F. said...

Your vacation sounds heavenly:) I know you hated returning to!

The ornie is just so darn cute!! Beautifully finished!
and you've made amazing progress on your Rubie Owl piece! Wow! That's a lot of leaves!!

Mylene said...

Good to hear you had a wonderful vacation.

I love that LHN design, you finished it perfectly!

Nancy said...

I love the Merry Skater pattern, don't you? Your ornament is just beautiful!

Nice progress on Rubie Owl. I really like the tree. It's an awful feeling when you have to stitch in reverse!

Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday!

Sharon said...

Beautiful ornament!

Julie said...

Adorable ornament.

Reverse stitching is the worst, always puts me in bad mood for days LOL

Gald you had a nice relaxing holiday

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

Pretty, pretty finished ornament :)
And I love Rubie too :)

Lynn said...

Merry Skater turned out great. I'm waiting for my chart for this one to arrive.
Rubie Owl is also lovely. Can't wait to see more of this one.

Karan said...

Glad you had such a lovely relaxing time. Those post holiday blues are a real bummer - had some of that myself.
Love the cute ornie & RO is looking great. Hope the twitching stops soon. LOL :0)

Justflo said...

Lovely stitching and finish. Good to hear you had a great holiday. Post holiday syndrome is a bit of a blues maker, never mind focus on the next hol!

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri ~ Boog) said...

Glad your holiday was so wonderful and I agree, it's always so hard to get back "to it".

Love your LHN ornie finish; it's very sweet and you did a great job, Maggie!

Rubie Owl is coming along nicely and it looks perfect to me!

Brigitte said...

Your holidays must have been wonderful. And even though they are over you'll keep some great memories.
The little skater is a great finish, I love this design very much, maybe because she looks so funny.
Ruby Owl is wonderful, just my colours.

Raven/Missy said...

Your ornie looks fantastic, well done!

I love the Ruby sampler, it is beautiful.

Heidi said...

Good to hear that you had an enjoyable vacation! I bet your kitties missed you though. And now you are back home and thinking Christmas once again. :-) The ornament is fabulous. You are going to have the best dressed tree this year. Rubie Owl is looking great. There are no mistakes, just stitches that make our projects

Hugs from Holland ~

Sherry said...

Rubie Owl looks wonderful! I have this chart in my stash and keep pulling it out debating on whether to start it or not!

Veerle said...

Hi! I love your ornament! How did you attach the border?