Sunday, 7 April 2013

Of Pink Houses and Christmas Stockings

It looks as though the end of Winter may be in sight at last, this past week we have seen more of the sun with some lovely sunny days, still cold but at least it's brighter.
It's back to work for me tomorrow morning, I've had a lovely week off, I went out one day with Jenny and Oliver, we did lunch (and cake) in Bridgenorth, apart from that I've just been catching up on jobs and pottering around the house and just enjoying some home time.
A new start made it onto the Q snaps this week.  I've had this chart since Christmas, I loved it from the first time I saw it and have been itching to start, I could resist no longer :-) 

Baby It's Cold Outside - Heartstring Samplery
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I know, I know, another Christmas / Winter theme, what can I say, I'm just loving working on Christmasy themes :-)
By the way, that's not a stain on the fabric, I coffee dyed it before I started, in fact I stitched the words and decided that the colour still wasn't right, so twice more it went into more coffee and then the oven until I was satisfied - I took a risk that the brown thread wouldn't run (and that I would burn it)...thankfully I was lucky on both counts and I'm happy with how it looks now.

Don't you just love that house?
Mmmm, the colour of the fabric looks different on this photo, the first photo is the more true colour.
Friday night is stocking SAL night, this is my progress on Oliver's stocking.

 I worked on this an extra day this week too as I missed the previous Friday because of our weekend away.  It was hard to put away this time, I was really enjoying all that red!

In-between the stocking and the pink house building I've finished my April AND my May ornament for the Christmas Ornament SAL, how organised am I lol. Just have to finishes them into ornaments this week ready to show you next week, well, the April one anyway, the May finish will have to stay hidden for a few more weeks :-)

Until next time, have a great week x


Lesleyanne said...

Great new start. Love the colours. Lovely progress on your stocking. Look forward to seeing your ornaments. Glad yuo had a good week off.

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri Malinovich) said...

Beautiful progress on both pieces! You did a great job on your fabric! It has just the right amount of vintageyness (my made up word!). I love working on things with red in 'em, too!

butterfly said...

So happy you enjoyed your week off,
Your stitching looks lovely love the house and the stocking one is beautiful, hugs.

Christina said...

Both lovely projects Maggie. Can I ask what fabric you're using for Oliver's stocking? I'd like to get 2.stockings stitched before Christmas!

Julie said...

Sounds like you had a lovely week off work Maggie.

The stocking is look superb, i do like the SB designs and it was a hard choice between the one i am doing and a SB one.

Your new start looks pretty, well done of the coffee dyeing.

Hope all goes well with your returnt to work this week .... dont work too hard!!

Katrina said...

Sweet Christmas pieces!!!!!!! Yay on coffee dyeing too.

Melanie said...

I love coffee dyed fabric. Think it came out great! I always have to do it twice too because it's always dries so much lighter than you think. Happy stitching with it! :)

Emma/Itzy said...

such beautiful stitching, well done :)

cucki said...

such sweet stitching..
love and hugs x

Anonymous said...

It is never too early for Christmas!

I love those SB Stockings. All of them are beautiful. I know Oliver's Mom will treasure his.

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Unknown said...

Great progress on both of your pieces. I enjoy stitching Christmas themed projects all year round.

Sally said...

I love both your Christmas pieces!

Catherine said...

Beautiful projects!

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Anne said...

Beautiful progress Maggie! I love Baby It's Cold Outside! I have yet to stitch a Heartstring Samplery design...but I should! Good to hear that winter is finally going away!


Lynn said...

I'm so glad that you started stitching this one. It's so much fun! I enjoyed every stitch of mine. I love your dye job on the fabric. It's perfect!

Sharon said...

Beautiful stitching and progress!