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Hi my name is Louise (Lou) and I am a craftaholic. I am in my mid twenties and live in wonderful Scotland. My addictions are jewelry making and cross stitching, I do knit and love to try other things, but these are the two that have stuck. I have been stitching ever since i can remember, but only started stitching properly when i was pregnant with my first daughter. I manage to get my fix in between looking after my two angels and hubby.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

I haven't vanished...

I have been busy busy busy, decorating, gardening and more gardening. Not the fun type of gardening where you are just pulling out a few rogue weeds, oh no... My front garden isn't very big but you can tell that when the last lady who lived in the the house planted it, it looked stunning. When we moved in though it was obvious that she was unable to tend to it. There was a good variety of shrubs and rose bushes ect and I was hoping to salvage at least some of them but they were all too overgrown so they all had to come out. Boy was that hard work, it took me two days of cutting hacking and digging to get everything out that I did. I have blisters, cuts, scratches and masses of insect bites all aver my hands and arms. My hands are so swollen that I have had to take off my wedding ring until the swelling goes down.
I am going to take the rest of the week off from gardening and hopefully concentrate on the inside of the house. I don't know if I will get anything done tonight my hands are that sore, I cant even hold a needle to do any stitching lol... I think I may have to soak my hands in some icy water today and get stuck into decorating tonight.

I do have an update on my sister angels project. I'm finding this one slow going and I'm not the fastest stitcher as it is so this is definitely going to take a few years to get finished but I still love it. I am going to take a break from this project and work on a few smaller projects.

Anyway, here is a pic of the angels so far...



I am tempted to substitute the krenik threads and use white instead for the wings, not that the kreniks dont add anything extra to the project, I just feel that I need to do something that will speed the process off stitching up a bit lol... The next time I pic this project up I'm going to frog the Kreniks I have used so far and use DMC B5200 to see how it looks.

Hopefully I will have another blog update soon, untill then

Hugs and happy crafting

Lou xx

11 comments:

Buy Design said...

Poor hands. What you want is some gardeners soap. It is made by my friend Claire at Barony Crafts. It's wonderful stuff and has pumice in it which is a lot nicer than using a scrubbing brush and gets all the bits out that get stuck in gardening hands. Smells nice too. I have some in Buy Design and Barony Crafts also do online sales.
Fiona

5footrunt said...

Sorry to hear about your hands. Hope they get the rest they need. Your stitching is lovely. Progress is progress no matter how slow. If you enjoy it then keep doing it.

Kelly said...

Sorry to hear about your hands. Your stitching is really lovely.

ange said...

your stitching looks lovely!

Robyn in Oz said...

What ate your gardening gloves? At least try to use a barrier cream before attacking the garden next time, so no more sore hands.
Stitching looks good, sure the two angels resemble your two angels!

Carolyn NC said...

Sounds like you've been busy - hope your hands heal quickly. Great progress on you Angel!

Stitchnpat said...

The Sisters are darling...The face is very cute and looks so real. This will be a beautiful piece when you are through. I think your B5200 would work. Good luck and sorry your hands are so sore. Are you wearing gloves?? Just think how good those veggies will taste.

Marjorie said...

You've certainly been busy! That's rough work you're doing. Take it slow and take good care of those hands. Those are stitchin' hands! Your stitchery is beautiful.

Nancy said...

Sounds like the shrubs needed to go, so good you got it done this year and now will look good for the next growing season. The Angels piece looks great! Have you tried Petite treasure braid, instead of the Kreinik? You might want some sparkle and I think it's easier to work with.

Shelley - ILCS said...

Hope your hands are healing and the gardening is coming along well. Your angel is beautiful!

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