Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Inching towards the century!

Seems as if I have been close to the milestone of 100 posts for a while......still in the "nervous nineties" for the cricket fans out there! .......I have been a bit "under the weather" this past week....I was feeling a "bit tired" and ended up having a few days off work - a virus apparently...which has left me feeling yucky and tired and not much like doing anything at all!

Yesterday was the first day for ages that I went the whole day without a nanna nap!....back to work today and managed to last the whole day!!........The Prince had a day off and was home to receive this................


.................my SSCS parcel! I think I will be handing this little puppy over to the Prince for safekeeping until Christmas!! No way it will stay intact otherwise! So "thank you" in advance to my Secret Santa!!..............

Ages ago I put my name down for a Tea Cosy class at the Patchwork Apple........Saturday was the day.....my dear friend Cheryl (no blog) was going to come with me ....we were looking forward to some serious lunching, shopping and stitching......I woke up feeling "not too bad" and decided I would go along for a little while at least.....then came a phone call from Cheryl telling me she had been struck down by the same mystery ailment that I have.....and wouldn't be coming......So off I went and lasted a little while at the class.......enough time to do a little shopping (the Prince reads my blog!)....and have some afternoon tea......


.....those cupcakes again....this time filled with passion fruit and cream....well the ones I saw the other girls eating were!!!.

...we had the choice of two patterns for the tea cosies...one was Jane's design (seen above with the yo yo's) and one was Janelle Wind's pattern....French Kiss.... I decided on this one and used similar fabrics as well..............I have changed it a little bit - I didn't add the rick rack between the frills and used rick rack as ties instead of ribbon......I finished this on Sunday between naps!!


.......and I even mastered the frills with the minimum of fuss................................! I think the Prince may be right though....I need a bigger teapot!!

I received a call from Cheryl late yesterday to tell me that not only was she still under the weather with the lurgy but......she had had a fall and broken her wrist......so no stitching for her for a while...if you are reading this Cheryl I hope you are on the mend soon!!


While I was in the sewing room I decided that a few projects that were almost finished should be finished!.....so this was the result.................12 Red Robins........from Cinderberry Stitches.....(this was a pattern I was lucky enough to win on Natalie's blog...the stitchery has been finished for a while and I was waiting to find just the right fabric to finish it off....and I found it on Saturday at Jane's..........the original pattern calls for framing but I chose to put borders on instead....)
I had also started a Christmas stocking stitchery at the Cyber Stitching day..........again...almost finished.............................! It's amazing how little time it takes to put the finishing touches to these projects....why is it that they sit there for so long in that "almost finished" state??
...........another stitchery just waiting for a backing........................which it now has.........................! (This is a Rosalie Quinlan pattern - Heart of Christmas which included three designs)


These finishes didn't require too much energy and the sense of achievement actually made me feel better!! Yesterday I woke up feeling full of energy (which lasted about two hours!!) so got a little bit done around the house.....had a nap and then decided to try this pattern - Scappy Sack from This & That......this is the front..................

.......and the back ...................


...the pattern has a flower and leaves appliqued on the front but I chose not to put them on this version...............

On Friday the mailman delivered the first block in the Wool Garden BOM I am doing with Karen.........


(Another pattern to indulge my wool addiction!) If you get a chance have a look at Karens shop.......I spend quite a bit of time there!

I think that about does it from me this time........I am still taking it slowly.....and am feeling better each day.

The Prince has taken my Secret Santa parcel and hidden it........so no chance that I will be opening it before Christmas!.........I must admit though....I love surprises and don't poke/prod or shake presents to find out what they are.......I remember searching for Christmas presents once when I was a child ......... and the absolute devastation I felt on finding my present....it was a doll and to this day I won't look for presents or try and find out what they are!

'Til next time........................Lorraine

23 comments:

Kris Meares - Tag Along Teddies said...

Hey Lorraine! Sorry to hear you've been feeling icky - never fun, especially when you have a list of things you want to get done. Looks like you've achieved a bit, though with your finishes - well done! Oh - you're much more controlled than I am - my curiosity niggles and I snoop! GB keeps reminding me what curiosity did to the cat, but I can't help it - I need to know! Tee! Hee! Hee! Have fun stitching and hope you recover fully from your lurgy soon. Bear Hugs! KRIS

Narelle said...

How delish do those cupcakes look!
Love the teapot cosy and all your finishes.
Time for a pat on the back.

Niki :-) said...

You are invited to 'the last push' quiltathon! post the link on your site and of course pictures of your quilt progress Dec 13th!. Hope you will join all of us! http://www.justusquilters.blogspot.com
Niki in AZ
Just Us Quilters

loulee1 said...

For someone who has not been well, you have been very productive. Isn't it good to get a lot of finishing off done and one or two quick projects help too.

Stina said...

Glad to hear that you have gained some energy to make some finishes...and Im amazed ... you have done well... and thanks for showing some pictures from your "teaparty" class...love the cozys...hmm..this is something i really need to do for my teapot...maybe I can redo it someway... :o)

Chookyblue...... said...

wow lots of great sewing.........can't wait til you hit 100.........

Amanda said...

These Lurgies are making the rounds at the moment I am still deciding if I am going to work today....for someone who has been sick you sure have been busy it makes me feel tired just looking at all your finished stuff. I am way behind and haven't even started teachers pressies.

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Sherri said...

I love your stitcheries and your bag! You have been really busy!

Pat said...

So glad to hear that you are on the mend. You have been very busy. Love your new pattern.

Kris said...

Sorry to hear you were sick. Hope you are all better now! Looking forward to your hundredth post (get out of those nervous nineties woman! Dangerous territory.) Love all your finishes. Some truely beautiful work has been going on at your place despite the lurgy! Hope this week is a great one for you!

The Patchwork Apple- Jane said...

You've done so well and to be crook @ the same time!
Well done to finish your tea cosy, we had a lovely day. I even have the yo-yo bug again. Not sure what to do with all the ones I'm making... not sure if I need to do ANOTHER tea cosy?

Gail said...

hope you feel better soon.....love what you have been doing and that wool BOM is gorgeous!!

Maree said...

HI Lorraine..Sorry to hear you haven't been well thought you had been a bit quiet..Great to see all your projects getting done and I DO love those Tea Cosies they are too Cute....Nice BOM there looks like your planning 2009 as well..Take care
cheers

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Oh Loz ...sorry to hear you have not been the best...but you have been busy, all your projects look so good, no doubt about it you are a talented little soul....keep safe..

Sheryl said...

Hi Lorraine, glad to hear your feeling better, all those lovely finished projects they look great, love the tea-cosies and the bag and the stocking, you have been busy... can't wait to see whats in your SS parcel, good girl for not peeking.

Angels Come to Play said...

Hey Loz. Just think what you would be able to produce when your are well. I am totally impressed with the volume and your work is stunning.
Curiosity may have killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back. I have changed my sign in so you should now be able to respond...if you want to.
Cheers Shelley

Renee said...

You have done so much! Your 12 red robins look great - I just love that stitchery

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG I dont know where to begin. You've been busy. I love your Cinderberry stitchery, your tea cozy is to die for, love the stocking.
Sorry to hear about your friend. How awful. I dont think I've ever broken a bone. Better not say that too loud huh??

Kellie said...

Oh Lorraine what beautiful things! And I love Nana naps! Such an indulgance!

Wendy said...

I'm glad to hear you are feeling better, those little naps are the best thing. Nice job on the finishes, I love the stitching projects. I'm also working on Karen's wool quilt, it's going to be a fun ride.

Lissa Jane said...

Oh this is my first visit here, and I just love everything you have made or are making! I love those tea cosy's..
Aren't nanna naps the best? even when you aren't a nanna (like me?) you can still enjoy them!

take care and hope you are feeling better real soon..


Lissa

Julia said...

Hi Lorraine, this is my first visit here, and I just love everything you have made or are making!
Hope your feeling better now, all those lovely finished projects they look great, love the yo-yo teacosy..