Wednesday, 3 October 2012

WOYWW #174 - A Stitch In Time Saves Nine

Even though I managed to miss last week’s round of desk hopping I’m still in denial that Wednesday’s here again and it’s time to let you glympse what’s on my table curtsey of Julia, our leader over at The Stamping Ground.

And despite being AWOL for two weeks I still don’t have very much to show you really.
It’s been a bit of a messy week with lots of odd jobs being done, including the paper work for my dreaded tax return which for once I’m getting it done early instead of the last minute rush I usually end up having.

So anyway, here’s my table as it was at 11 o’clock this morning.

As you can see, I have the sewing machine out again and am just stitching the sides of some of the little Advent Calendar pillows so they don’t fray.

I’ve been spending a lot of time working on it because I’m very conscious that I only have about seven weeks to get it all finished and to its new home but I think I’m on track. I just have seven motifs and seven dates to stitch, and then all the making up to do, so fingers crossed it all goes to plan.

Just behind my machine you can see the fabric that I brought on ebay for the quilt backing that the little pillows hang on. I’m just waiting for the wadding to arrive and then come the very scary bit for me because as I’ve said before, I’m useless at machining. I just keep telling myself that it’s just straight stitching, take my time and it will all be alright but the little scardy cat inside me keeps saying, but what if I mess it up………only time will tell!

I’ve done some more of my own personal Christmas cards over the last couple of weeks too and they are all sealed in their envelopes with stamps on ready to post when the time comes but silly me forgot to take photos of them so I can’t show you…………what am I like!

You can see evidence of some of the coloured images still sitting at the back of my desk though and there still lots more stamped and ready to colour when I get a minute.

Well, that’s about it for another week and I have a few things going on before I see you next time.
The first is the family get together for my brothers birthday and retirement on Saturday, which I’m looking forward to and then next Tuesday is the dreaded hospital appointment when I find out if I have the hereditary gene that caused my cousins stroke last December.
Can’t say I’m looking forward to that one at all.

Lastly, I have a couple of photos to share with you that were taken from my kitchen window of my bird feeder.

Seven little Gold Finches enjoying a meal of Sunflower hearts.

I do love to stand and watch the birds feeding and at one point there were nine of them on there, as well as two Blue Tits on the peanuts and a little Robin on the tray at the bottom.
The Squirrel was about too but he’s just a pain in the bum because he keeps digging holes in the grass to bury the nuts and when he’s not doing that he’s nicking the stones from the tops of my pots.

Well, that really is it.
Don’t forget to visit Julia’s and add your name to Mr. Linky.

Happy Crafting!




Annie said...

What a lovely post Sue. Your cross stitching is really lovely. I hope all goes well at the hospital on Tuesday...will keep everything crossed for you.
A x #2

Angie said...

Oh I totally understand your fear! I have yet in this lifetime been able to master a single straight stitch! One would think it would be easy but the very second that I think oh I've got this erg! not so much lol! I wish you all the luck in the world on those! Oh and your goldfinches are much bigger than mine here in the states!

Angie #91

lisa said...

What a lovely post, Sue, so full of beautiful things. Your advent stitching is coming along beautifully and I like the fabric you've got for them.
I can't believe you are so organised with your Xmas cards, sealed and stamped too. Wow, that's impressive.
Have fun with your family and I'll keep everything crossed for your dreaded appointment next week.
What a lovely garden you have too, with goldfinches, now I am envious. We've tried to attract them but no luck but we gets lots of blue tits, when the cats allow!!!!
Hugs Lisax #40

Twiglet said...

Fab post Sue. Your birdy view is much like mine - squirrels and all!! Your cross stitch project is coming along brilliantly. I am sure you will be fine with the machine stitching. x Jo

JoZart said...

Great pics of your cross stitching and love all the birdy ones too as we watch and feed our winged friends..... but...
Ah ha! I have a dastardly spray to deter the squiggles from doing their all. It's chilli based and they hate it but the birds are ok with it! Get it from any garden centre!
Wish you could be nearer and get to Port Sunny too. Carol and Fred always stay over with us so I can't even invite you.
Love Jo x

fairy thoughts said...

Hi sue
You know what they say, if you want a job doing ask a busy person... and you certainly are. I'm sure you will get it all done on time. Fab pictures of the gold finches, even my handyman was impressed and he is a dedicated non blogger.
thanks for sharing
janet #9

Lunch Lady Jan said...

So much to comment on in your post!!
Firstly, love the cross stitching and hooray that you've got your machine out! Of course you can do straight stitching - I'm sending positive stitch vibes your way! The fabrics are gorgeous, by the way :)
Secondly, the Goldfinches are so pretty - just reward for you putting the food out!
And finally, try not to worry too much, it's likely that you may not have the gene...the anticipation is always dreadful with something like that. Sending hugs your way...
LLJ #1 xx

Helen said...

Hi Sue I think I should take a leaf out of your book and get that tax return in! You are truly organised to actually have Xmas cards ready to post! Your beautiful project will be ready on time - you can see the love you are putting into it. Than you for sharing the photos of the birds - you reminded me of my Father-in-law he used to sit and watch the goldfinches eating just outside the front room window. Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 65

Angie said...

That shot of the Gold Finches was amazing.I love all your cross sttiching for the advent piece really are busy at the moment. I hope you have a fun time at the weekend with your brother xx#38

trisha too said...

Sue, those little advent calendar pillows are adorable--I look forward to seeing the completed project!

#101 this week

okienurse said...

Very nice! Your cross stitch pillows are awesome! Love the pictures of the birds! You are the third person that is having squirrel problems this week. Have a great week. Vickie #22

MiniOwner said...

I so enjoyed reading your post, Sue. You little cushions are a work of art and what a lovely view from your window. Sorry to be visiting so late.
Sue x (MiniOwner #147)

BJ said...

Nice to see someone else with their sewing maching out. So much x-stitch work there and super backing fabrics - I'm almost getting into the spirit of Christmas - BJ#6