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Thursday, 18 March 2010

HOT, COLD, HOT, COLD . . . .

The past few days has had me experiencing extreme hot and freezing cold temperatures and NO before you say it, it's not an age thing!

Monday morning saw our central heating boiler create a mind of its own and when running on timer would not turn off when it should giving us tropical temperatures and having to completely shut it down which then turned the house Siberian!  One minute we were running around the house in next-to-nothing and the next we were all dressed in multiple layers and looking like we had had a bad case of overeating!  A 'friendly'? Engineer came out Tuesday to inspect ..... ordered the necessary part for Wedneday ..... returned Wednesday with the wrong part ..... re-ordered for Thursday which hasn't now arrived and will be back tomorrow - I shall lock the door once he is in the house with the part and hold him ransom until normal service resumes!!!

BUT the good news is to keep warm I decided the only solution was to stitch ... and stitch ... and stitch and as from today Noah's Ark can finally set sail (oh! maybe not, the last thing I want now is flooding).

Noah and Company ~ The Ark ~ HeartStrings, The Artists Collection ~ stitched on Aida Rustico 14count with DMC threads


I am going to turn it into a cushion and have found some Noah's Ark fabric for the backing and ordered some Debbie Mum embellishments to add to the front - a really cute Noah, a whale and of course the white dove.

I've also sorted out another nautical stitch still waiting for the finishing touch . . . .

Bent Creek's Lighthouse Sampler stitched on Lugana 'New Khaki' 28count evenweave with both WDW and GAST

I am now counting down to one of the biggest stitching events in a cross-stitcher's diary here in England ~ The Stitch & Craft Show this coming weekend in London.  It is the one place where many of the exhibitors sell a lot of the American designs and showcase lots of new releases - can't wait, tickets for show and train are both sitting here ready and as long as I've set the Engineer free I'll be there!

HAPPY STITCHING . . . . .


10 comments:

Myra said...

Both pieces look great. Oh, do have fun at the show - I hope you find lots of goodies.

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely stitching. They book look great. Enjoy the show.

Pumpkin said...

Fantastic finishes!!!! I LOVE the Noah's Ark :o) I don't remember seeing that pattern before. That is one of my favorite BC patterns and I just realized that I don't even have it in my stash! Ack! LOL!

Btw, have LOTS of fun at the show :o)

Sarah Lindfield said...

Lovely finishes I especially like the lighthouse. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. I will be following you too, where abouts in W Sussex are you if you would rather email and say here is my email cr4ftym00@btinternet.com

Carol said...

So pretty, Jane! I love, love, love that lighthouse--so pretty. Have a wonderful time at the Stitch & Craft show--lucky you :)

Deb said...

Both pieces look great!! Hope you have a wonderful time this weekend and buy lots of good things!!

Always smiling said...

Hi Jane
Blog hopped from Lesleyanne... and a sister UK stitcher wahoooo!!
Love your Noah Ark, beautifully stitched.
Hope you enjoyed the Stitching show I am off to the NEC next week as there is a Hobby Craft and Sewing and Stitchers show there.. I can feel a hole in my stash that just has to be filled.
I took a look at the Debbie Mumm site saw a Quilting Book I liked and before I knew it, it had popped into my basket from a UK book firm.
Ahhhh that dasterdly paypal has a magnet!!
Happy Stitching
Chris x

Cath said...

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Thanks

Dani - tkdchick said...

Those are great finishes! I especially love the lighthouse!

Siobhan said...

Your stitching is lovely! I love that Noah's Ark!