Monday, 14 April 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Last week was a very busy week yet again...

The week involved a lot of driving for work, as I had sessions to deliver in Fleetwood, Blackpool, Preston, Leyland, Lancaster and Carlisle!  I was exhausted by the end of the week.

This resulted in little stitching time:

"Mermaids of the Deep Blue" by Mirabilia
I did manage to get some stitching time in - mainly on Saturday!  This week's stitching piece is "Santa's Journey Afghan" by Margaret Sherry.  This is how it looks before I stitch on it:

This was an unfinished Round Robin, set up through a Facebook group.  However, lots of the Afghans went missing in the post (resulting in the RR being cancelled), so I sent my own piece (which had a lot more stitching completed on it) to someone who had lost two pieces, and I kept this one... It would be nice to actually finish it, even though I've stitched most of the squares on other people's afghans!

It was my son's (middle child) 23rd birthday yesterday (Sunday).  He spent it doing what he always does - playing on his PC, but we did manage to get him to visit his grandma with us.  He didn't want to go out for tea, or anything else...

The Couch to 5K programme is still going well.  I'm now running for 3 minutes without stopping!  Considering I haven't run since I was at school (except for running for the bus...), I think I'm doing well.

We have booked a 3 night trip to Rome in the summer!  It is one of the places we have always wanted to go to, but have never been, so we booked a self-catering apartment near the Vatican, and have still to book flights - and it looks like the flights will cost us more than the apartment!  We are taking our youngest child, Sammy, with us, and 'cheap' flights that get us to Rome around lunchtime cost between £150 and £200 each!!!

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Where has the time gone..?

I have not managed to do any stitching at all this week!  The time seems to have flown by, and all I seem to have done is work and run...

I am now on week 2 of the Couch to 5K programme, and this involves running for 90 seconds and walking for 2 minutes for a total of 20 minutes (so 6 repetitions).  I managed it quite well yesterday (Saturday) on the first day of the week, so we'll see how the week progresses.

My friend and I went to see the Manic Street Preachers in concert during the week.  They played the Manchester Apollo, which is a fantastic venue as far as the acoustics go - the band sounded great!  We have seen them at various venues, including the O2 in London, but the Apollo is the best by far - the audience is nowhere near as large, but the sound is phenomenal!  Needless to say, I came out of the concert with very little voice left, after all the singing I had done...

I opened my Exchange piece from the Needlecraft Haven at the beginning of the week, and received this from Kate:

'Hello Spring' by Lizzie*Kate

The back of 'Hello Spring'

As I know my partner, Dusty, has received and opened her piece, I can now post a picture of my stitched piece - 'Bloom' by Lizzie*Kate:

The rotation piece I will be stitching on for the next week (hopefully!) is 'Mermaids of the Deep Blue' by Mirabilia.  This is how it looks before I start stitching on it:

Happy Stitching!