Thursday, 22 January 2015

When I retired, I wanted........

The scent from these hyacinths is so strong I have had to put them in our conservatory.. But aren't they magnificent!
A present from my DD for my birthday which was before Christmas. I put them outside until after Christmas, so they have lasted a long time.
Not a wonderful photograph as these orchids are on the landing windowsill which seems to suit them.
When I was asked what I wanted to do when I retired many years ago I said... 'Grow orchids and keep bees.' I  haven't managed the bees but my orchids flower for months on end.
These are several years old. I feed them once a month and only give them a table spoon of water once a week. I love them, they always look so sophisticated and elegant to me.
Of course it never occurred to me that I would do so much craft stuff as well.. do you know 'Retirement' is not bad, in fact it is wonderful!
What did you want to do when you retired and have you been able to fulfil your dreams?  I 'd love to know..


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Progress and YOTA

I am very pleased with my progress of my new start and have spent all this last week just stitching this.
It is so pretty and as it grows I love it more and more!
 But it is this WIP that I am going to use for YOTA Year of the acronym is a plan to finish off WIPs.
 And the quilt that I am sewing is this tulip design, which  I will sew at my sewing class and for a week of evenings too.

I intend to rotate these three WIPs, I want to work on each one for a week of evenings and see how I go.
Of course things happen and maybe I won't be able to, but my intentions are to stitch and sew each evening.. although I do have my Italian evening class one evening and also that has an afternoon taken up with home work.. yes home work. But the classes are not cheap and I would like to be able to make myself understood when we holiday there, so no point doing the class if I don't make the effort at home.
So what are you doing? I have been reading blogs and I did note not so many stitchers are having a new start for the first 15 days of January.. but lots else going on.
I have so many charts I need to be more focused and try to get them done.
So ...a presto and ciao!


Friday, 9 January 2015

New cross stitch for a new year

I saw this chart and loved it right away so bought it back in November 2014.  Yes it was just pages from a magazine but it was only pennies.... I have all the threads bar two and 32c linen so I have started it already... only a few stitches. With these horrible winter days I can sit and stitch happily in the warm.

Yeh... happy days stitching away and looking out at the blustery wet weather.. but not as bad as Maine where today the news said it could be as low as -35 C brrrrrr.
And Scotland where they have very high gusts of wind, so our water logged lawn is nothing in comparison.

Roll on spring.. we do have one snowdrop in flower and lots more to come, as I bought 500 in the green last year. Just the thought of them all in flower makes my heart sing!

Hope it's not too cold where you are or indeed too hot as S. Australia has 45C and the threat of fires.. here in the East of England we are blessed with not too harsh winters and lovely sunny dry summers..
Happy days and happy stitching all.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

I feel so proud...

In 2014 I quilted, cross stitched, knitted and crocheted.  Quilting included three double bed sized quilts. I am improving each time I sew a new project and am happy with hand sewing or machining. As well as all these I managed to read 90 books and of course grew my veggies and tomatoes,  so a busy year.  I didn't achieve my dream weight but I am 10 pounds less than I was this time last year, so this year I am trying 100% to lose this weight!
DH is helping and so far for the last 6 days I have walked 20 mins or more. It's not hard to do, so it's a habit I want to get into to!!

Happy New Year to all my followers and indeed to all the super peeps out there in the blogging world.
May 2015 be Happy, Healthy and Blessed for you all.


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Happy Christmas All

   Hope everyone has a very Happy Christmas and that you are able to share this holy time with your family and friends..
Chris x


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