28 Nov. 2010

Competition for the Least Number of Posts Per Year!!!!

See the Title!!!  Do you think that I would win if anyone was to hold a competition for this?  (Hangs head in shame).  Even if I don't post to my blog I do read yours and of course I do stitch.  And I even finish things.....occasionally LOL. Thanks for all of your wonderful comments and for not giving up on me.

This is My Needle's Work by LHN, it was a fun stitch and when I actually stitched on it, it seemed to go fairly quickly.  I am so glad that my job is not 'putting things straight by 'sight'', I would be in serious trouble if this picture was anything to go by ROFL.  I stitched this on 32ct cream linen with the called for threads, Crescent Colours using 2 threads over 2.

When I finished My Needle's Work I decided that it would be a good idea to have something small on the go, rather that feeling overwhelmed with all of my wips (which are mostly baps), so that I can actually finish something. So I started Travelling Stitcher by LHN also (I have lots and lots of Diane's designs). I try to stitch on this for one night every week or so. I don't do a strict rotation as rotations and I just do not mix!  This is being stitched on 32ct cream linen using the called for CC threads 2 over 2.

This one is by Fouroaks Designs and is called A Love Song.  I love this one, and I don't have too much to do. It is being stitched on 32ct antique white linen using Vicki's premium silk in the color Garnet, using one thread over 2.
 Here is a close up of the border detail.  I think that is has taken me nearly as long to do the border as it has to do the inner parts.  When this one is finished I will choose another from my list of wips.
And here of course is HAED Faery Tales (click on the link to see what the final design looks like). I am stitching this one on 25ct white evenweave using DMC threads one strand over one.  I have completed 23 of 60 full and partial pages. 
Now for some news.  As per normal we have been busy, busy, busy.  Four of us are all one year older, the most significant one being Luke turning 16.  He can now get his permit to learn how to drive a car. Scary? You betcha! We have down loaded the book that he needs to read but he hasn't done any yet, his birthday was only four days ago.
We have had some good no, great news and some not so good news.  First the good; very close friends of ours had been trying for a baby for a number of years.  Including numerous failed attempts at IVF. D (female of the couple) sent me an SMS to wish Luke a happy birthday and informed me that she and her DH are 15 weeks pregnant.  I had to read her message three times for it to register.  We are just so pleased for them, they will truly make wonderful parents and fully deserve to have a family of their own.  You know, they always send our kids Christmas presents every year, and now we can do it in return. Yeah!!!  We think so highly of them that they are to become the legal guardians of our kids if anything should ever happen to DH and I.

Now for the not so good news (sorry). Another very close friend who I have known for thirty years, her DH has been diagnosed as having colon cancer.  He is only 42.  He had all of his bowel and 5cm of his small intestine removed during surgery.  His cancer is at stage 3. He had lost a lot of weight when I saw them about a month ago. But since he has started chemo and is feeling much better, more energy and an increased appetite and has even gained some of his weight back.  His prognosis is not all that good but they are both incredibly positive and he is determined to beat it.  He is even thinking of going back to work on shorter hours and lighter duties.  Could you please keep them in your thoughts.  My FIL has also been diagnosed as having prostate cancer.  Even though this news is also terrible, the doctors think that it has been caught early enough and that with minimal treatment he shall continue to be amongst us for many years to come.

Sorry to end on a downer.  If I don't manage to get back here before Christmas, I would like to sincerely wish you and your families all the very best for the coming festive season and a safe and prosperous New Year.


Kathy A. said...

Your stitching is all so beautiful. I especially admire "Love Song". I think it and the color you have chosen are wonderful.
A mix of good and bad news. Learning to deal is always tough. Hang in there girl.
Wishing you wonderful holidays.

Cheryl said...

Sorry to hear your bad news. Thats awful.
Your stitching is beautiful. Ive been rubbish at blog posting this year too...

Gina E. said...

Joanne, you should be entering your finished projects in local shows - they would win prizes way over mine! Thanks for your comments BTW.
Sorry to hear your sad news...cancer is the pits...

Lynn said...

Your WIP are lovely! I find Fairy Tales is just amazing!!
Receiving bad news such as this is always difficult, even more so when it comes around the holidays. I'll keep your FIL and your friend in my prayers.
When God closes one door though he always opens another as in the case of your friend who is sharing her great joy. I'll keep her in my prayers as well, that her pregnancy progresses well.

Pumpkin said...

Good to see you posting ;o) Your LHN finish is adorable! I love this design.

WOW! What an incredible sampler. You are SO close to being done and I bet you can't wait ;o)

Your HAED is just stunning and I can't believe that you're not even half way done. I thought for sure you were by looking at it.

I'm very happy to hear about your friends. My SIL was going through the same thing and now they are pregnant :o)

I'm very sad to hear about your other news :o( It's hard to see the ones we love go through something like this. ((((HUGS))))

Marita said...

The ups and downs of life.

Congrats to your friend who is pregnant and I'm very sorry about your friend who is sick :(

Your stitching looks amazing. I'm falling in love with the Fairy Tale stitchery.

vEr0n!c@ said...

Congratulations on finishing My Needle's Work. It's such a cute design. A Love song is gorgeous! I really like the color you're using for it.

Karoline said...

Congratulations on finishing My Needles work, that and your wips look lovely

Siobhan said...

Oh, I am so sorry about your FIL and your friend! I will keep them both in my prayers. We lost a family friend to colon cancer; he left behind three young children and a devoted wife. It was so sad. I'll also be praying for your friends, that the pregnancy goes smoothly!

Love the stitching! Congrats on the finish.

Dani - tkdchick said...

LOL I do think you would come in close to the top for that award!

Your stitching is looking fantastic! I do always keep soemthing small on the go.

That's great news for your friends about the baby and sad news for your other friend. That's just the way life is, its how we deal with the good and bad things in life who really make us who we are.

Mrs Dibble said...

I am so glad that people still stitch samplers - I have always loved them and the emphasis now seems to be on fantasy pictures (which don't get me wrong are gorgeous) - I am doing one myself but the next project is going to be a sampler - traditional as all get out with our names and dates the whole lot - you have inspired me Aussie Stitcher

An Aussie girl who loves to cross stitch