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Monday, 29 August 2011

Another week off work...

Wow, it's ages since I last posted. No proper reason, just life taking up all my time. I had last week off work, but this time I didn't go away ;) Eddy and I spent most of the time gardening, or catching up on TV that we'd recorded while on our travels. While watching the telly I've been either stitching on Peacock Firescreen, or knitting. No pic of the knitting yet as I've still to finish the back of the cardigan, but this is where I've got to with Peacock Firescreen:



Before I was on holiday I'd been focusing on the Classic Pooh Birth Sampler for Helene and Guy's new baby daughter, Holly. We went for a picnic with them yesterday (yes, in true British Bank Holiday weekend style it did rain - we ate between two heavy showers), and we finally met Holly for the first time - she's now 10 weeks old and is lovely. Anyway, I've finished the XS, just the BS to do - hopefully it'll be done and framed for her Christening:



When we bought our house four years ago we had HUGE plans for the garden. One of the first was to shape the lawn into two halves with an archway between. We sorted the narrow section last year; this week we finally shaped the far end of the lawn, and started the heavy digging (we have rock-solid clay, for the most part). All of the digging takes a long time, but the soil is so much easier to work in the areas we have dug over so far, so it is worth the effort. Once we've finished digging the area over and planted it up a bit more I'll post some photos. It feels wonderful to see the 'master plan' coming together, slowly and surely!

Sadly my plan to work on my quilt this last week totally failed. Maybe next time I get a few days free I'll take over the living room and get the borders sorted...

5 comments:

Blu Stitcher said...

Both projects are so pretty, I love Winnie the Poo and I can't wait to see more on the Peacock

KarenV said...

Nice progress on your WIPs, Jo.

You were asking about how I get a curved finish so symmetrical - well, I get DH to scan the stitched piece and then use CorelDraw to draw a template around it, so that it's accurate. It's a lot easier than trying to draw freehand ;)

KarenV said...

Sorry, me again - the Peacock piece is Peacock Repose by The Workbasket. It's a freebie (which I no longer have) but it's not available on their website.

Sara said...

Your projects are lovely, I especially like the Winnie the Pooh piece. Thanks for sharing pictures of your travels, looks like you've been a busy lady.

Giovanna said...

Great stitching! That peacock is just spectacular.