Wednesday, 23 June 2010


 A very colourful happy dance - Mexican Gecko - a definite colour overload!  I need to wash and press this one as I do not work on a frame or hoop and it's a little taut so fingers crossed that the colours don't bleed - can you imagine! I did stitch it all in DMC threads so it should be okay.

Mexican Gecko stitched on 28count white evenweave in suggested DMC threads

It's been a funny couple of weeks . . . the calendar was pretty empty at the start but suddenly seemed to fill up!  As the weather was poor last week the decorator's were unable to work on their outside jobs and came here to decorate my kitchen and utility room.  I'm really pleased with the results as we have been living with pink plastered walls since the new kitchen was installed some time ago and the door frame and skirting boards were still in bare wood ~ now we have soft cream walls and white woodwork and the kitchen is lovely and bright.  I have several completed cross stitches that can now have their finishing touches and be displayed (more on them next time).

Our new oak dining room furniture was delivered at the end of last week and I'm thrilled with this too ~ this room was decorated some time ago and has also been waiting for the finishing touches and this is a W.I.P. which I know will look lovely when finished, it's called Man's Best Friend and is a complete kit by Dimensions:

This design uses lots of thread colours which are combined and also uses different numbers of strands throughout to create depth and colour shading (too much concentration  needed!) ~ I think this is probably the reason it may have been hidden for some time but now it has a reason to be finished so I hope I can get in to it again?

Last Sunday was Father's Day so we visited our respective Dads on the Saturday so the kiddies could spoil their Dad rotten here on Sunday.  Twin I helped out in the garden with weeding and mowing, Twin II was on 'unlimited cups of tea' rota and cooked the BBQ in the evening and DD gave him a lovely manicure and pedicure.  I have a very happy DD at the moment as today is her last day of exams, she has sat her German exam this morning and has a Graphics exam this afternoon and to celebrate the end of 12 years of studying a fellow friend is having a celebration BBQ afterwards.

In case none of you have heard (LOL) it's the World Cup at the moment (ughhhh!)  Having grown up with a sport-mad Dad and two brothers I'm not the keenest of fans of sport so have paid little attention to it so far but with England playing this afternoon and 3 more sport-mad men in this house, I'm told they need a very good win so I may have to suffer it, actually I don't mind Wimbledon but as I see it if I'm sitting down relaxing to watch TV then I can be cross-stitching and for me the two don't go very well together!

I'm squeezing in a small Lizzie*Kate at the moment ~ Stitching Forever ~ another one that will hang in the newly decorated Utility Room, I have also ordered Forever Friends Washing Day kit and the Postie has just arrived WITHOUT IT! (don't you just hate it when you think something should arrive and then nothing?)

Have a good week everybody, we have gorgeous sunshine here at the moment, very unusual for Wimbledon fortnight but I'm not complaining!



Anonymous said...

Your finish is beautiful- so fun and bright! I admire your work on the Dimentions piece. I don't think I have the patience for one of those, but the end result is so fantastic!

The World Cup is the bane of my existence right now. After living overseas for three years, my husband got totally addicted to football, and now the WC is being recorded on our tv around the clock so that I can't watch anything else! I have to say though that I have enjoyed watching the US play. It made me sad that they were robbed of the goal the other day. They play again this afternoon, so hopefully the refs will be fair this time.

Have a great day!

Lesleyanne said...

Your finish is gorgeous. I look forward to seeing your Dimensions piece grow. I keep taking refuge in the Dining Room to watch Wimbledon and leave my DH and 2DS in the front room to watch the WC.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Great finish - the colors are so fun! Good luck on the old man and the dog piece (I've already forgotten what it was called)! That is way beyond my patience level but what you've gotten done so far, is excellent!

Pumpkin said...

Horray! I'm doing a HD for you :o) Lovely finish.

Boy, I really like that Dimensions kit. I never knew they used different amounts of strands. I bet it will be stunning when done.

Isn't it nice when you're living in a bright happy space? I bet your stitching pieces will look lovely everywhere :o)

We're not big 'football' fans but DH and I always seem to watch FIFA. I don't have a favorite team but it's easy to stitch to. LOL!

Deb said...

Your finish is great! Those colors are so much fun to look at - you shouldn't have any problem washing it. Ad your other piece is looking wonderful as well - such rich colors. And soccer has invaded our house too - DS just can't get enough of it!

Cath said...

Lovely finish , and I really like your Dimesions piece too .
LK is one of my faves too . ;-)

Myra said...

What a happy, vibrant finish. You just have to smile when you see all those colors. I love the man's best friend piece, so sweet.

Annette said...

What lovely finish and a great starts you become...

Carol said...

What a fun finish! And I love the saying on the little Lizzie Kate, too. Can't wait to see your finish :)

Michelle May said...

A very fun finish and some gorgeous starts! I can't wait to see them all done.
Hugs to sweet Buttons for me!

Sally said...

Wow what an amazing finish!! Love all those colours.

Your Man's Best Friend WIP is lovely and I love your start on the LK.

Barb said...

Wow Jane that turned out well , happy dancing with you. Oh I do like the mans best friend. I think from what Ican see its a yellow lab not a retreiver like Ollie. I bought mil a dimensions kit for christmas and one of the colours was missing. As they are not named I cannot get a replacement I have written to the company but no answer. It was £40 or thereabouts so I am not best pleased, put me off dimensions collections.
look forward to seeing the lk one progress.Hugs to you and Buttons

Justflo said...

Great finish love the colours. Hope the wash went OK. Like your new one.

Hazel said...

What lovely wips and a gorgeous finish! Love your blog ;) x

Ma Teakettle said...

Hi Jane :)

Thank you for your visit and so very kind comment, I am still blushing and made my day! Now, let's talk about how amazing your blog is! Your posts are awesome, and your stitching WIPs are beyond gorgeous, the colors in your finish made me drool :) I am so pleased to "meet" you and look forward to visiting your blog daily as I am now a follower. To new friends...."cheers"

Hugs :)

Cheryl said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog which has led me to yours! Lovely to find another UK blog :)
We did see the Harry Potter world and its fab! We were there before the "official" opening so it was nice and quiet. All the shops are so great and it looks amazing. Unfortunately we got to the front of the queue for the ride and it broke down so we never got on!! Disappointing after a long wait. My brother-in-law went single rider and got on though and he wasnt that impressed with it.
We're definitely missing Florida!