And finally, a blast from the past, I was cleaning out the craft room when I stumbled across this piece of stitching, this is the oldest piece of stitching I have done, I must have been about 7 when I did this, originally he had googly eyes but i guess they had fallen off, I replaced his eyes with paper ones and put him in a keyring :)
Firstly the sampler I stitched for my boss' little boy was completed on time and went down a treat, Thomas was thrilled with it apparently, so that's another happy customer :)
I went to Wales for a week with my family at the end of June, we stayed in the Breacon Beacons area, there are so many crafty/stitchy shops in Wales!! It seems like every town we visited had at least one craft shop! I even found Oliver Twist threads for sale in Hay-on-Wye!
Pictured here are a few of the bits and pieces that found their way into my stash. I also found a lovely needle shop selling back issues of Q&E magazine for 50p each so needless to say I filled a few gaps in my collection!
Obviously no holiday in Wales is complete without a trip to The Nimble Thimble, here I am outside, and yes before anybody asks, I did treat myself to a few bits and pieces as shown in the photo.
Shockingly even with all my stash buying I did actually manage to do some stitching on my holiday. I made a little progress on a bentley bear freebie kit, started a swallow freebie from cross stitcher (seemed appropriate at the time, we had them flying round the cottage we were staying in) started a tatty teddy design for a friend's birthday in July (still not finished now but she changed her mind about the design so I'll finish it at some point for myself) and started (and finished!) a keyring kit of a sheep which I also bought because it seemed appropriate, we were surrounded by them!!
When we got back from our holiday I found myself very glad that I'd bought the new country companions birth sampler as one of the girls at work was delighted to find out she's expecting! I had to laugh when she told me as she'd been joking around with me a few weeks before asking if I'd stitch a picture for her when she had a baby...I don't think either of us expected it to be that quickly! Luckily the baby isn't due until January so that gives me some time to do some stitching for me and finish a few UFO's before I get started with that one!
Since coming home I have managed to finish a few things. I finished 'I stitch therefore I stash' about a week ago now, I decided against the french knots as am framing it under glass without a mount and I wouldn't want them to look squashed.
Since finishing I stitch, I have been working on Water Games and I am finally past the halfway point. I won't be stitching on any other project until this is finished now, I refuse to let it hit the 3 year mark!
Also found this little guy floating around the bottom of my project bag, seeing as he only needed his hat and backstitch doing I finished him off over the weekend, took about an hour max.
This weekend was also a pretty good stashy weekend, found 5 kits in the boot sale and approximately 330+ anchor/dmc threads for less than £45, topped off by the 57 back issues of crossstitcher, card shop & WOXS magazine i picked up last week for just £1.50!
Ok well I think thats everything I have been up to for the last 3 months, thank you very much for reading if you didn't give up by now! Sorry its such a long post but I hope you enjoyed it. See you all on Sunday for another Water Games update & Happy Stitching!
x Fiona x