As per last week's post, I have only been stitching for others this week - Carnation is on hold for the time being, despite my wish to get page 1 finished before Christmas/New Year.
Starting with the closest deadline first, here is my progress on this year's ornament for my eldest niece. I completed the framework first and am now working on the filling in. I hope to be showing you a finish next week, and the start of the ornament for my littlest niece. It's been nice and straightforward, working on this piece in the quiet time between breakfast and setting off for work.
The next deadline coming up is my cousin's baby due at the beginning of January. As you can see, I've opted to work on the elephant next. There has been some frogging on this one and also an annoying tendency to miss the odd stitch and have to go back to it with a fresh piece of thread. Work has been done on this at lunchtimes at work and in the evenings. This will move into my sunrise slot once the girls' ornaments are complete.
Finally, the Beetle. This lost out last week so this week I've finished the pale pink section at the top and added the somewhat wiggly orangey (although it doesn't look it) section. I still need to do the white line up the side, but the top of the orangey bit butts onto the bottom of the front windscreen, so I am getting there slowly. This still needs a lot of work to be done by the end of February, and I also have the Jayne Netley Mayhew piece to start when the fabric gets here, and get finished by the same time as the Beetle. However the JNM piece is smaller and will be more transportable.
Well, that's the stitching sorted. How about life in general? Well, I'm a happy bunny cos I have a job interview at the end of the month for what could possibly be the perfect job, so please keep your fingers crossed for me!
We celebrated Mum's birthday this week. My Dad, my sister and I clubbed together to buy her two vintage dolls houses - one of which I showed here. We also played Pass the Parcel and my sister baked a cake. It was good to spend time together.
I also spent time with my nieces yesterday. My sister was having a weekend away and my BIL was refereeing a football match. The girls and I had a good time on the whole (a bit of poking each other and some tears), and my BIL had cooked sausage casserole for our tea which meant that I didn't have to cook when I got home and could work on the Noah's Ark piece.
Well, I'm going to finish here cos I need to make tomorrow's lunch and I want to get a fairly early night, so I'll see you at the end of the week.