Thursday, February 08, 2007

Yikes, Thursday again

By having Monday and Tuesday off from work this week, Thursday sure has rolled around fast and with the amount of work I've got to get through by Friday, the weekend will be here before I know it. February is always a pretty full on month as I have lots, and I mean lots, of submissions to send away to potential funders as well updating all our policies and procedures, quality plan, business plan, etc, etc. Such fun :)

I decided to restart my 2006 rotation plan at the start of this week, that is, big projects Monday to Wednesday, Stitching Leporello on Thursdays, and smaller projects for the rest of the week. So out of the depths of my stitching basket came poor Titania, which I started way back in June last year. I did spend a few hours on her over my Christmas break but now its time to get serious and made some decent progress on her, especially if I want to have her finished and framed in time for my stitching group's yearly exhibition in May. This is where I was at on Tuesday afternoon, she's being stitched on 32ct Pipi belfast from Countrystitch, one of my favourites in the Kiwi Illusions range.

I finished my 3 day stint on her last night so will have another progress pic up tomorrow. She now has a face and some of her left wing stitched.

Because it was a public holiday Tuesday, Glenn and I had Zoe to stay with us on Monday night. She is such a pleasure to be around, my little sweetie pea (thats my nickname for her). We took her to a local fair on Tuesday where Glenn fed her up on candy floss, chocolate, a bbq sausage and chocolate. He's such a softie when it comes to Zoe, lol. Yesterday Zoe started her new school year, she is now in Year 2, and oh my goodness, in a few weeks she turns 6, where have the years gone?

I had a lovely email from Helen yesterday to let me know that the SBEBB Valentine's exchange I sent had arrived safely to the UK. Now that was fast as I only posted it out on Thursday last week. Because I'd stitched for Helen in an exchange at the end of last year I'd found out she is a Shepherd's Bush fan, so when I received her name I knew that I had to stitch this Heart treat bag for her. It was alot of fun making it up, and I had a hard time letting this go in the mail. I'm so glad you liked it Helen :)

Heart Treat Bag - Shepherds Bush

and the other goodies I sent, including one of my favourite types of chocolate bars, to answer a few questions left on my post from the other day ( thanks so so much, by the way, for all your kind words):

Dot, the little Snowman is from Lizzie Kate's 12 Blessings of Christmas series. I'm stitching them with some kiwi stitching friends this year. They can be stitched either into individual ornaments or as one piece, using a free border which you can find here, which is what I'm intending to do. Each little chart comes with its own charm.

Margie, I didn't follow any pattern to make the flange pillows but will put together some instructions for you if you are interested. There may be a site out there with instructions, does anyone know of one?

quiltorstitch, yes, I did make the little tassels on the LHN pillows. Not my favourite of things to make, lol. I followed the instructions on the Indigo Rose's the Beecharmer pattern but this site has some easy to follow pictures.

Finally for today, its time to start up again the needleroll stitchalong from 2006. This weekend I'll be working on my choice for February, the Sweetheart Roll by the Sweetheart Tree. If you'd like to join me, please leave me a note and I'll post a list of all participants on here over the weekend so we can check out one another's progress. For those who are new to my blog, a group of us last year stitched a needleroll design of our own choice on the 2nd weekend of the month. We stitch as much as we like on the design and then share pics in our own blogs after the weekend. Becky has invited me to run a needleroll sal on Friends Gather BB so I'll get that up and running soon too.

well, I'd better get a move on and head off to work, hope your week has been going well. Take care xx


Anonymous said...

Titania looks so pretty on that fabric!

Lovely exchange for Helen - I was admiring it on her blog earlier :) Enjoy the rest of your week!

stitcherw said...

Titania will be lovely, I'll look forward to seeing your progress on her. What a fun exchange package you sent. Your bag was very pretty, I like the soft colors you chose. Glad you had such a good time with Zoe, it is amazing how quickly they grow.

BeckySC said...

Oh my !! Titania is looking absolutely gorgoeus! Gosh, you are making me want to start mine!

I LOVE the exchange for Helen :) It's very lovely :)

Thanks for taking the NR forum :) I appreciate it very much :)

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

Titania looks fantastic! I love the fabbie you picked for her.

Carol said...

Hi Katrina - what a treat to see Titania again tonight! She will grow quickly now that she is in your rotation again! And, that Heart Treat Bag - far too cute! I see you sent me an email - will get back to you right away on that! Thanks :-)

Sharon said...

Katrina, you will finish Titania before you know it. Zoe looks wonderful! I hope you don't mind me asking-but do you and Glen plan on having any children?

I love the bag you sent to Helen-it's beautiful.

Karoline said...

Gorgeous exchange Katrina, congratulations.

I'll be joining you on the needleroll SAL, I'll be getting Lori Birminghams My Hearts Content out and getting it finished.

bunnyhead said...

I love your treat bag and you Titania looks great! All those gorgeous colors! Your little one is adorable--- Happy Birthday to her! :)

lena-lou said...

What a nice 'pink' is going to be stunning I love the fabric she is on.
I'm pleased you both enjoy being with your niece, mine only have one Aunt & Uncle who are really interested in spending any time them.
Lastly but no means least I love the SB bag you have made for me in the valentine exchange, I keep admiring it as it is so nice and so nicely done by you. Thank you so much again :-)))

Eclecticmk - Margie said...

Thanks Katrina! I went through my stuff and found some instructions for flange pillows - now just to do it! :-) You Titania is lovely!

Meari said...

Zoe is such a cutie! Your exchange package looks great. Love the bag you made. Titania is coming along nicely. :)

Michelle said...

Titania is looking gorgeous! And you heart bag is so cute. I love it - what a great exchange for Helen!

Myrna said...

Hi Katrina...

I'm going to try the needleroll thing again. I would like to finish up my SB Easter Roll... or start one by the Sweetheart Tree called Wildflowers Needle Roll. I'll see which one calls to me on Saturday!


Susan said...

Your sweet bag is gorgeous, and the fabric swatches are cute!

tkdchick said...

Tatiana looks lovely! Your treat bag looks great!

Yuko said...

Hi from Japan!
Your works are really really wonderful!! especially finishing works are very beautiful!
I'm so happy to find out your blog and am really excited now!
You are definitely became my favourite stitcher!
I'm one of you fan!!
I will come here to see your works everyday! :D
I had blogger blog before but now I'm posting articles here

Stitchie Kiwi said...

Lovely finishes and WIPS ... I loved the LHN finishes the other day too.

I'm a needle-roller this weekend - I'm stitching Cherry Parker's Paua ... it's in my bag right now, but I've actually had to work tonight, not stitch!

Zoe sure is growing up fast :)

Wendy said...

What a lovely treat bag for Helen! I'm always so amazed at the wonderful exchanges you are involved with. I'll look forwards to a progress pic of Titania. I've had her in my stash for a loooong while.

Stitch or no stitch said...

Titania looks lovely and what a good idea to stitch in 3-day stints on a project like this. That way you really see your progress each week.
Zoe looks like such a dear and I can well imagine you have fun times with her.
What a pretty exchange for Helen - you are so talented.

Goldie said...

Titania looks fantastic! I LOVE how your treat bag turned out! Very lovely exchange!

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