Thursday, 22 April 2010

~ Anybody seen my Blogging Mojo?? ~

Yes, it has been a while since I dropped in to say hi  hasn't it.  Time flies.  To be truthful though - I really lost my blogging mojo somewhere along the way.  I hope I can find it again as it is always so lovely to keep in touch with fellow stitchers via our blogs.   Sometimes though, other things become a priority.  I have been stitching all  the while but haven't had a finish as such to show this year.
I've been doing two different SAL's this year with my friends Sandra, Diane and Mary and admit to being way behind with both!!

With Mary, who earlier this year started her own lovely blog Meakly Mine  I am stitching the Blessings Sampler by Wild-Heart designs.  It is a gorgeous sampler with a beautiful sentiment about being a Grandmother. Mary has finished hers which you can see on her blog whilst mine sits in my stitching bag waiting to be picked up to be finished.  I am on the last band though and here is a picture of it so far.

I haven't actually forgotten that flower at the top but decided on changing the colour and still have to adjust that row.  Actually, there has been quite a lot of adjustments with this one as I have changed most of the colours and messed around a lot with it. I am looking forward to finishing it and having it framed though as I really like it.

Sandra, Diane and I have been stitching Abigail Colby's Workbasket this year which for me is a big one.  I am clearly a slow stitcher as some of the motifs on the basket top I am about to show you took me 10 hours to finish!!

Yes, that is 10 hours just for one motif!! I have also finished the scissor fob and Cartouche for inside the basket which if you are interested in seeing are in my album. There are quite a few accessories that go inside the basket so at my rate of stitching I can see this project continuing for a long time yet. I had chosen a beautiful William Morris fabric to line my basket but since stitching this much I have decided the lining might look better in a less fussy design. However, I still have a way to go before I need to decide. I am enjoying this project which is stitched on 40ct Sand linen with lovely Belle Soie silk thread.

I recently had a lovely day out with Diane, the other friend who is stitching Abigail Colby (lovingly re-named Abby) with Sandra and me, whilst she was holidaying in my neck of the woods. We did the stitching shops, had a show and tell of our two 'Abbys' and enjoyed a lovely lunch. Diane is much further ahead with hers as well and it was interesting to see her version which is very different to mine as she is using different threads and a larger count linen. It is looking beautiful.

I couldn't finish this post without showing you a photo of my beautiful boy shadow - Ben.  He turned 5 year old earlier this month and I just took this photo of him enjoying the Autumn sunshine coming in through the door whilst 'meditating' on his old bean bag bed.  He actually gathers the bean bag up between his front paws and sucks on it kind of like a baby with a comforter blankie.  I always say he is meditating when he does it as he will lie there for quite sometime almost in a little trance like state.  I think it looks very cute and often wonder if it stems back to his puppyhood when he suckled from his mother.  I wish I knew :))

Well, that's about it from me for now.  Hope you are all well out there in blogland and happy stitching!!

"An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language."
  ~Martin Buber


  1. Glad you are blogging again Chrissie. Perhaps you should finish Blessings and forget about Abby for a while, then you will feel a bit less anxious about having both projects on the go.

  2. I have missed you Chrissie - it's so nice to see you back. Blessings is nearly there - that last band is the easiest of them all. Abigail is looking lovely - I hadn't realised you were doing it on 40 ct. I must try that someday.

  3. I was so happy to see your blog pop up on the top of my list. I have missed hearing from you and about Ben. Welcome back - I hope you won't stay away so long next time but I do understand how you sometimes have to take a break. Your WIPS and your almost finish are so pretty! I love the Grandmother Sampler and you're almost finished; Yeah!!! The Abbie sampler is so pretty - love the color! Like you, I'm a pretty slow stitcher and trust me, I can easily see one of those motifs taking me 10 hours or more. I've only had one finish this year as well.......
    Welcome back!!!!

  4. It's so nice to see a post from you! Love your Abby piece, it's going to be gorgeous.

    Ben is such a sweetie! Love that picture of him.

  5. What a sweet boy!

    What beautiful pieces!

  6. Welcome back. It's always good to see how everything is going! :)

  7. I've missed seeing your posts, Chrissie! I am glad that all is okay and that you just needed a break. Beautiful WIPs and stitching, as always! And of course, your blog dog is just too cute. :)

    Have a great weekend!

  8. I finally signed up for a google account which will let me leave comments on blogs that I read..I don't have a blog of my own. I enjoy reading your blog, Chrissie...seeing the projects that you are working on/finished and seeing pictures of Ben. We just lost our Rosie, a golden, to cancer in Dec. and I do miss her so. Thanks for taking the time to share your stitching life with us.

  9. Good to see you back Chrissie, both your wips are looking gorgeous

  10. Love the story re: Ben's pic! He is beautiful!!
    Also LOVE the band sampler with all those gorgeous colors!! Good job selecting those!
    10 hours on a motif...I understand. They don't stitch!

    I lost my blogging mojo for months and just a couple of days ago I thought I might be ready to jump back in...slowly:)
    Glad you're back too! Beautiful stitching:)