A couple of years ago my dad was diagnosed with diabetes, so each Christmas and Birthday have given us a dilemma...what to get him. At Christmas Steve and I arranged with the kids to buy an empty basket and fill it up with diabetes foods, shower gels, dvd and a small bottle of whiskey slipped in. So, why do I get the ideas late into the day, leaving me with little time of the perfect present for him, that is sugar free, not tasteless and not the usual presents we seem to purchase because we cannot think of anything else.
My brainwave was to complete one of my work in progress, which had been tucked away for 4 years, 3 labrador puppies chewing an old boot.....on the Thursday before Father’s Day.
|What the end result was going to be|
|and how much had been stitched so far|
Sunday, I did eventually get on with the cross stitch, albeit towards the end of the day when I felt I would be able to concentrate. I felt guilty when I just gave my dad a card, saying that his present would be with him later and regretted going out the previous night.
After stitching from Monday, today, I finally managed to complete all the stitching and backstitch at 4 pm, and whilst Steve cooked dinner, I cut my template out and started stitching on the machine. 9 pm tonight I was able to take the finished article down to him as my parents are going away tomorrow for the weekend and he loves it.
|The end result|
|I am so glad with the final piece!!!|
So, now I have 5 months to plan for his birthday and 6 months for Christmas.....although, what’s the betting that I yet again leave it until the last minute!!!!!!
As for my other work in progress, that has taken a back seat, although we are going away again in the motorhome on Saturday, for a week’s holiday (free holiday I won) it will be coming with me and whilst the kids are at school during the day I will be relaxing and stitching.