Saturday, 9 January 2010

Yoo Hoo!!

Anybody home, it's just me...Chrissie. I haveAlign Rightn't been around much of late and so I do hope you had a lovely Christmas, a Happy New Year and that 2010 brings you Good Health and Happiness and of course some time to stitch:))

So what has been happening with my stitching over the last couple of months?? Hhhmmm, I can assure you I have been stitching although the last project of my 2009 SAL with Sandra still remains unfinished. Well, not entirely unfinished, the stitching is done it is just awaiting the 'putting together ' part. I can, with Sandra's permission, show you her finished version though so here is her Blackbird Designs ~ Flowers For Sarah

You can see more photos of it by clicking here. It's lovely Sandra and I hope mine looks as good.

2010 brings a new SAL for us and this year Diane, a longtime friend of Sandra's who I met back in October when Sandra visited, will be joining us. This year our project is Primitive Traditions ~ Abigail Colby ~ Workbasket and Accessories

We have all made a start but with not much having been stitched at this stage I will leave photos for a later date. For now though, here is a photo of my bits and pieces all ready to go.... gorgeous Belle Soie silks, 40ct linen, and William Morris fabric for lining and backings plus the Nantucket basket . The coffee mug is a special William Morris one which was a gift from Sandra for both Diane and me (Sandra has one as well) so we can all have our cup of coffee whilst we stitch-along in different parts of the world. We each also have one of the boxes to keep our project in which was a gift from Diane and the diary is for keeping a track of how many hours we work on the project. Watch this space for future updates.

I am actually doing two SAL's at present. The other is with my dear friend Mary and is the beautiful Blessings Sampler from Wild Heart Designs. Both of us are changing colours to suit and here is my progress to date ....

I just love this sampler and the sentiment is particularly lovely.
Mary has just started a new blog and you can drop in to see her progress at her blog " Meakly Mine".

I have seen lots of snow photos on blogs and with very bad weather conditions in some parts of the world I thought I would show you a photo of my shadow Ben, which I took just before as he had a short wander around the garden in temperatures in the 30's (Celsius that is) He wanted to get back inside to the air conditioning quite quickly!! Hope the cold weather isn't affecting you too badly and you are able to stay warm, safe and cosy.

"What.... you aren't expecting me to chase that ball in these temperatures are you"??

"No way Mum !!Let's go back inside!!"

"Good idea Ben, let's go back inside and I might just sit and do a little bit of stitching for a while"!!

So until next time ~ Happy Stitching!!

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather".
~John Ruskin


  1. Wish I knew what little black speck was on Sarah, I thought I might have left in a bit of basting thread, but it's not there now. I've been using my coffee mug whilst working on Abigail and also my Blue Wren mug thank you.

  2. Beautiful work and what a great idea :-)
    And a handsome guy :-)
    I want that the 30 Celsius :-)

  3. Nice to see you in the blogging world again, Chrissie. Happy New Year and wishing you lots of lovely stitching moments in 2010.

    Sandra's Flowers For Sarah looks so well finished - its' really lovely! Looking forward to seeing yours.

    This hot weather is stopping me from wanting to stitch lately. Tomorrow it's going to be 43 here! Glad I'll be at work in the airconditioning. :)

    Ben's got the idea. I don't blame him for wanting to go back inside. Animanls always know best.

  4. Sorry, that should be animals. Must be the heat!

  5. Welcome back Chrissie and Ben - good to see your Blessings. Mary

  6. Oh it's so nice to see a post from you! I don't blame Ben for wanting to go back inside, LOL.

    Sandra's piece is gorgeous, can't wait to see your finish too. Love your stitchalong projects.

  7. Happy New Year to you too Chrissie. I wish I could join you in your SAL but I am so overcommitted it just isn't true or else I would have asked Sandra as I would love to do Abigail Colby.
    Patti xxx

  8. I don't like playing outside when it's too warm either!

  9. Happy New Year Chrissie.

    Flowers for Sarah is a beautiful piece and I look forward to seeing yours all finsihed.

    Oh and Blessings is wonderful. You have so many great WIP for 2010.

  10. Welcome back, Chrissie and Ben! I love Sandra's BBD--it's gorgeous! I am SO going to enjoy watching you all work on Abigail. Love the sampler!

  11. Hi Chrissie! Happy New Year to you & Ben. It's nice to see you again.

    I see lots of lovely stitching already. Sandra's finish is lovely. I'm sure you will all have lots to show and tell this year.

    I like that quote by Ruskin.

  12. Lovely stitching as always.
    Yes its hot, hot, hot down here too and my blogging has been spasmodic.
    Happy New Year!

  13. Hi Chrissie & Ben
    Happy New Year! Your cross stitch projects are gorgeous Chrissie. Beautiful designs & colours.

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  15. The sampler is lovely and the verse so endearing.
    30C you say... that is a long way off for us here in Canada, but it appears Ben is not too impressed by it.
    He's a handsome fellow big and muscular as my Duchess was... they are fantastic dogs.

  16. Happy New Year Chrissie.
    Your sampler is beautiful as are the words.
    Sandra's FFS is gorgeous and I've also been admiring the pictures of her start on Abigial.
    I am looking forward to watching your progress on Abigail in the coming months.

  17. Wishing you a Valentine's Day filled with sunshine and love and the tender sound of a voice that gives you comfort.

  18. i just finish the blackbird, yours is very nice !