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Sunday, 4 March 2012

The beginning of March Madness

Cross stitching

I haven't had the opportunity to post for the past couple of weeks.  Life has been hectic to say the least.  Stitching wise I have continued and succeeded to complete my step-daughter's legs and am almost at the start of the Christmas tree in the corner.  As I usually like to sign my end results by stitching my initials and the date of completion I will be leaving the bottom corner free until the end.  I also couldn't belive the amount of confetti stitches needed for Natalie's legs.  I did get rather worried when shades of blues and purples were called for until I had fully completed them.

Mother's Day and a new crafting idea

This month also sees Mother's Day over here in England and I have started on making a cushion for my mum in cross stitch and backstitch.  This is also something I have been talking to Steve about, making little individual celebratory cushions with a view to selling them at craft fayres, especially whilst I am currently job hunting and have time on my hands.  At the moment, I only have the heart to cross stitch, however I am contemplating doing the heart with beads.  Any comments towards my cushion idea will be appreciated.

My new toy

Steve treated me yesterday to a new sewing machine whilst we were out clothes shopping for us and the kids.  We went into Norwich for the day and went to Hobbycraft (  Whilst my stitching friends have places such as JoAnnes in USA we do not have that over here.  I have to admit I do love that place and there are crafting ideas from model planes, trains and cars etc, art work, candy making, cooking, scrap books, cross stitch, tapestry etc, and could have spent a fortune in there but stopped short of seed beads and the sewing machine  luckily the cashier took pity on me and gave me a flyer to use for 10% off on my next purchase telling me to fill it in quick and she could use it there and then.  I now just have to find some time to have a play and get used to the machine and see what stitches I can do.....57 apparently.  

Other things done this month have seen me complete the second day of my Young People, Drugs and Alcohol course.  It did end rather abruptly through as we were evacuated from the building with a suspected gas leak.  Fortunately we had all received our training certificates and I was able to get home in time to meet Steve at the stables with our daughter for her horse riding lesson.  I am still applying for jobs at the moment but due to budget cuts over here there are no social work vacancies around at this moment in time.  Hopefully something will change.

Check this out

My step-daughter has started updating her blog.   You can check out some of the wonderful art and creative designs she has fantastically done  on  After taking time off from her blog she has started to update it with some of her art and stitching which gives us both the chance of keeping updated with each others work.  I also have the pleasure of some of Nat's artwork at our home as shown below and one of her wonderful mice which she has created individually along with her range of rabbits however the qualilty of the photos does not do justice to her art work.

Soon be time to hit the road again

Next month also sees us getting ready to go away in our motorhome, especially for Easter.  Last year we took the kids touring for the six week summer holiday and travelled to the counties of Somerset and Devon in the west country before heading back this way to Norfolk then down to Kent before stopping off in Essex and Norfolk again.  The kids loved the freedom, along with our dog, Evie and cannot wait until we are away on our travels again.  Only thing is I will be restricted on how much stitching I will be able to take away with me, however once again all the extra exercise will help me to lose more weight again.

Well thats about it at the moment, hope you enjoyed reading my blog and any comments will be appreciated!!