Friday, 16 March 2012

Mad Birds and Winter Houses

I haven't had the inclination to stitch much lately, when i have sat for any amount of time it's been easier to pick up some knitting.  I have got a knitty finish and something new on my needles but i can't share either of those with you at the moment, that will have to wait until after April 3rd.  Why April 3rd,?  Well, something exciting is afoot and I can't tell you just yet :-)

The kitchen re-fit went really well, I made countless trips to the tip that week, sorted, cleaned and swept and finally I have just about put everything where it belongs.  I'm very happy with the work that 's been done.  Many of you left me comments that you liked my old kitchen with it's green units and country look and i started to wonder if I'd made the right colour choice with the new ones, but now that it's all fitted I'm so glad i went for the cream units, they have made the kitchen feel so much lighter, and the whole space is so much more user friendly:-)  I do find the whole process of choosing things so stressful, and with something this expensive you really can't afford to get it wrong.  Now i have to go through the process of choosing wall and floor tiles...more stress, lol
Mark has been away for two weeks straight so as soon as he has a free weekend that will get started.  I don't want to bore you with kitchen photos so i will share some pictures when it's all done.

Back at the beginning of February, before my stitching mojo left me I started Elizabeth Jackson, 
This is my progress. (crappy photo, sorry!)

I changed some of the colours, the basket, wording and some of the birds were a really pale pink which was a bit nothingness, so i changed them for something a bit darker, it's made the birds a bit on the funky side, lol but it's growing on me :-)

Something else I started at the beginning of March was LHN Winter Band Sampler.  This is way smaller that i thought it would be, here's where I'm up to.
(Another crappy photo!)
It looks from the photo that there is a stain on the fabric, there's not, it must be a shadow, oh, and that brown blob is the roof on the house :-)

My plan was to keep this one for a weekend project, but the weather was so lovely last weekend that i spent my time in the garden tidying up and cutting the grass, so i didn't have any stitching time at all.

Thank you for all your visits and comments, they are always appreciated, i even think i have a few more followers since last time which is great, I've noticed that sometimes though i can't always find a link back to a blog from the followers list, so do stop by and say hello :-) 
Right, there is a large glass of red grape juice with my name on it, so cheers, till next time xx


Anonymous said...

Your samplers are always so beautifully stitched.

I liked your kitchen both ways. LOL

Catherine said...

Beautiful stitching! I really like Elizabeth Jackson.

Krista said...

Love your stitching. Elizabeth Jackson is coming along lovely. I have never seen that one before, love all the birds.

Penny said...

Elizabeth Jackson is looking so pretty! Your Winter Band Sampler is looking lovely too!
Can't wait to see your kitchen pictures. :)

Cheryl said...

Really pretty stitching!
I totally go through stitching slumps too. Sometimes for months!
Have a good weekend, its a sunny one here in Scotland

Lynn said...

Elizabeth Jackson is lovely! I don't think I've seen this sampler before and it looks so pretty.
Wonderful progress on the band sampler too.
I hope your mojo returns soon!

Julie said...

Elizabeth Jackson is looking lovely as is the winter band sampler.
Looking forward to seeing your secret knitting project. Hurry up April 3rd lol

Debby said...

Lovely stitching, esspecially elizabeth Jackson!

Greetings from Debby,

Siobhán said...

Lovely stitching! I'm going through a slump myself, too--just don't feel like stitching. Maybe it's the time of year?! Enjoy your weekend! I can't wait to see the kitchen reveal. :)

Mylene said...

Both WIP's are looking lovely!

Haven't touch a needle for weeks now, busy and not much inspiration at all.

Daybake said...

Hello Maggie! I can't wait to see your finished kitchen, looking forward to pictures!

I wanted to let you know I awarded you with the Liebster blog award, all the details are posted on my blog.

Anonymous said...


Just found your blog.

Your WIP's are looking great.

Lovely cat photos too.

I like your green kitchen but cream units sound so light and lovely.

Melanie said...

Looking good!!!!!

I think cream cabinets sounds nice too. (I was one of the ones that liked the green.) My cupboards are pine right now and I'd like to paint them cream one day.

Anonymous said...

Both of your projects are looking lovely, I hope you find your stitching mojo soon.

Brigitte said...

Both your WIPs seem to be fun to stitch.
My computer time last week was also very limited because I had to do so much work in the garden. BUt it looks so great now and all the early flowers are coming out and blooming.

Shelleen said...

They are beautiful.

Nicola said...

I am so pleased that your kitchen is finished, will you be posting some photos?