Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Crafting on hold ...

Well it's time for a quick catch up, I have had a mental busy few weeks with work which has left me precious little time to make anything.  I did book a sneaky day's holiday last week though and spent a fabulous day at Birmingham NEC with my friend Lynda, nattering, shopping and generally putting the world to rights! 

This time I didn't spend a kings ransom and only really bought a few bits, a couple of them are for gifts so I can't show them here, but I did get a nice bargain from the Historical Sampler Company this sweet cross stitch, which was in the sale box:

 Lynda and I were lucky enough to meet the lovely Mandy Shaw of Dandelion Designs and we both pre ordered her new book Stitch at Home which I can't wait to get my hands on.

I have yet another crafty event this weekend in the form of Pins and Needles, at Newcastle Race Course, it's an event that my lovely friend Nic and I never miss.  There will be lots of fab stalls and I think I was a little reserved in Birmingham so that I had enough cash left for Pins & Needles!  
I have fabric in mind and a few gifts... fingers crossed that the crazy grannies with their shopping trolleys, bad attitudes and sharp elbows are going on a different day to me!

In other crafty news more squares have arrived for the blanket swap and I now have quite a little pile gathering up.

The only craft I have been partaking in recently is my stitcheries for my Lynette Anderson Christmas Quilt. I have made a good start on the second big stitchery and only need to complete the border now.

 This is a nice project to pick up and put down when I have the odd 10 mins spare.

 Well, now that my back is no longer sore all day every day (just most days, for a good part of the day) I have started to get the spring cleaning bug.  As I looked around though I realised that it was more than that, spring cleaning just won't cut it, my home needs decorating badly.
I think as I knew I was not able to do it I have chosen not to see it, but it is definitely more shabby than chic at the moment and I am going to put that right soon.
As a consequence my crafting will have to be put on the back burner for a while while I whip this place into shape.  
My beloved, although wonderful in many hundreds of ways, is useless when it comes to decorating and DIY so it's all up to me!  I will use him for any heavy lifting, fetching and carrying and such though, he is good at that.

One of the first things I need to tackle is my kitchen, it just needs a lick of paint and a general clear out and deep clean.  It is so shabby and messy that I can't bear to put photos here just yet, but I will, I must document it for shame's sake.

I'm off to wallow in my squalor :0(

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LaaLaa said...

Oooh, your stitchery block looks fantastic! I might want the kit back, you know. Just after you've finished it ;-). I can't wait for the Mandy Shaw book either. Hopefully it'll arrive in time for our Easter holidays. xxx

Ali said...

Lovin your christmas quilt - soo cute. I am going to Pins & Needles on Saturday - might see you there - lol - I'll be wandering round with a grumpy looking hubby (actually I shouldnt say that he's very patient with me - lol ) - another one here who needs her kitchen doing more cobwebs than I dare count :-( - weather so nice though the money I saved for the kitchen I'm thinking of spending on the garden instead lol xx

Josie-Mary said...

My house is the same! Love all the crafty bits :) x

Bee happy said...

Your christmas picture looks so cute :) at least with Spring being here it should help get the decorating started and finished, later light nights are great for motivation :)

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

LaaLaa said...

Do you want to hire Joe for a while? Reasonable rates apply. Xxx

Anonymous said...

awww just think how nice and fresh everything will be with a lick of paint :-)

Wendy said...

That stitching looks beautiful. Good luck with the decorating!

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

The stitchery block is fabulous, can't wait to see the end result!

I feel for you over the decorating, oddly my husband Tony and my first husband Ian where / are both painters and decorators! Well, they have to earn their keep! ;=D