Monday, 29 July 2013

52 Weeks - 52 Things Week 4 plus Stitching Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

Well this year has been pretty awful so far and this week we had yet more sad news. Our six year old cat Daisy has cancer and sadly we had to have her put to sleep on Sunday. I will so miss my lovely vocal kitty and her coming to sit on me to lick my skin. RIP Daisy.

My Mum and her dog Nipper have come up to stay with us for the next fortnight and today is my Mum's 70th birthday, yesterday we went out for a meal to celebrate.

The photo below is me with Nipper


52 WEEKS - 52 THINGS WEEK 4

BOOKS

No books purchased (4/52)

I have continued to listen to Outlander audio book and am nearly finished about 10% to go.

I have continued reading The Summer Queen and Cherry Cakes and Ginger Beer and started reading Virgin Widow by Anne O'Brien as my bath read. I have had this book since it was published a couple of years ago but have put off reading it as I was really unfamiliar with that part of UK history. It is about Anne Neville the daughter of the Earl of Warwick and wife to Richard III. Having been watching the TV serialisation of Philippa Gregory's The White Queen and also watching the documentary of the same name I wanted to read a different fictional view of this historical person. So far I am loving it.

I have not read any more of The Light Between Oceans as The Summer Queen is a library loan and is due back this week, so I will return to the M. L. Steadman book once I have finished reading the book about Eleanor of Aquitaine.

I have continued with my daily reading from The Bible (4/52)

FILMS/TV/RADIO/SOCIAL MEDIA
 
This week has been a total wipe out for all my challenges. Will try better in the coming week.

CRAFTS

I still have not  bought any stash (4/52)
No magazines purchased (4/52)

I have not managed any Granny Squares this week although I have done a couple of rounds on my lap blanket, but not enough for a photo to show any difference from the last update.

My stitching update will be at the end of this post.

FOOD/COOKERY

My Vegetarian day was Friday (3/52)

I did not do a new recipe this week. 

GARDENING

Nothing done in the garden over the last week.

HEALTH

No Chocolate eaten (4/52)
10,000 Steps walked 5 out of 7 days (4/52)
8 Glasses of water drank each day (4/52)

FINANCE

Only £2 added this week, total now £40
Shrapnel added = 18 pence, total now £3.45

OTHER

Still not bitten my nails (4/52)
Continued journaling each day (4/52)
De cluttered bedroom
Keep Loubie's Lot up to date - well this is the weekly posting (4/52)

STITCHING UPDATE

Well I have struggled a bit this week with doing any stitching. Once I have had the time to actually do any I have felt too tired to bother. That said I did manage to make a start on the latest FWC Card Exchange card, this time the theme was cute so I am working on this cat card, and will get it completed in the coming week.  My progress to date

I also made myself sit down and do three hours work on the Polstitches Pixie SAL. So here is Pansy as of yesterday, still got quite a bit to do, but I will keep plodding away at here until she is done.





Well that's it for this time

bye for now

Lisa




Monday, 22 July 2013

52 Weeks - 52 Things Week 3 plus Stitching Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

This week I went back to my Mum's on the Isle of Wight with my family and dog for a short break and also to scatter my Dad's ashes.

This will be a photo heavy post as I want to include some photo's of my time away. I will then move on to the challenges and stitching update.

We had a pleasant journey down from Gloucestershire and in an air conditioned car did not realise how warm it was outside. As we arrived too early to get the ferry we had booked on we had to go and park up in the nearby park to the ferry terminal. We got out and the heat really hit us it was 31.7 centigrade.

Tom and Hannah enjoying an Ice Cream in the first photo and Simon given Lily a little to help her cool down.
Simon and Hannah enjoying  pint on the boat with Lily
Just a photo of a nice boat we passed on our way to the Isle of Wight
And the sight that I am nearly home. It is apparently the largest Union Flag in the world, not sure if that is true or not, but it is big.


So whilst at home I went swimming in the sea for the first time in at least 13 years. Now I will be honest it was cold at first, but I took about 20 minutes getting used to it and finally got my shoulders under.


Tom just sat quietly, me drying off and then Tom finally going for a swim.

Whilst on the beach I did my usual thing of collecting beach/sea glass, shells and interesting bits and pieces. I found a lucky stone that is one where the sea has made a hole through it. Below is my little bag of beach treasure.


Whilst at my Mum's because of the heat and having the windows open there were an array of moths in the house. The one below I believe is a Common Emerald Moth, but to see them green is quite unusual as apparently the colour fades quickly.
We went down to Cowes Seafront as usual when we come home

Me looking ginormous with Tom and Hannah

Our main reason for coming home was to go and scatter my Dad's ashes which we did on Sunday at a place known as Gypsies Hollow near Calbourne. Below are photos of the view from the Top of the Hollow and then us actually in the hollow.

It was a fitting last resting place for my Dad and he certainly had the last laugh as it was quite a hike up to it. Thankfully my cousin had a 4x4 and was able to drive the more elderly members of the party up.

Sunday was my last day on the Island for this visit and in the evening we went to the Cricket Club to play bingo. I won a line and a house. My winnings total was £10.50 I seem to be lucky here as that is twice this year I have gone to play bingo and won. The photo below is of me and Tom my son at the bingo club.


52 WEEKS - 52 THINGS WEEK 3

BOOKS

I still have not purchased any new books (3/52)

As I was on holiday I did not take my library book The Summer Queen which I started last week, I took my Kindle instead and started reading The Light Between Oceans by M L Steadman. I managed to get about a 1/3rd of the way through this as I was quite tired by bedtime which is when I was reading it and only managed a chapter most nights. So far it is very good.

I have continued reading from The Bible every day (3/52)

FILMS/TV/RADIO/SOCIAL MEDIA

We went and watched the Disney animated film (1/12) Monsters University. I really enjoyed it. I thought it very clever how they covered all the social groupings that seem to be present at University. In fact we all enjoyed it which is a rarity these days.

On Sunday I watched no TV (1/52) listened to no radio (1/52) and did not go on Social Media (3/52)

I did not manage to listen to a spoken word radio programme other than the local Radio Solent morning show and I did not listen to any classical music either. On the days when I was on Social Media I did not limit it to 1hr a day.

CRAFTS

I still have not purchased any new stash (3/52)
I have not purchased any magazines, although my husband did buy me one. However, I did not ask for it and therefore as far as I am concerned I have kept my part of this challenge. That said it was gratefully received (3/52)
I crocheted 3 granny squares - photo below  in stitching update.

FOOD AND GARDENING

As I was on holiday neither of these challenges took place.

HEALTH

Still not eaten chocolate - 21 days (3/52)
Did my 10,000 steps on at least 5 days (3/52)
Continued to drink 8 glasses of water per day (3/52)
Go Swimming at least once per month (1/12) see photo above

FINANCE

I have added £10 in £2 coins this week so the total saved is now £38
Shrapnel added was £1.84 with the help of my daughter giving me her spare change. So total shrapnel now saved is £3.27

OTHER

Still not bitten my nails (3/52)
I have continued to journal each day (3/52)
And I have continued to keep Loubie's Lot up to date (3/52)

STITCHING UPDATE

I did three Granny Squares this week


I finished my July's ornament for the Ornament SAL 2013. The link for the freebie chart is in my last post.

For the rest of my time away I worked on another freebie design from Le Chalet des Perelles which can be found here Love is in the Air, I stitched it on Gingerbread 28ct Opal Cashel Linen from Sparklies

Well that is it for this time

Bye for now

Lisa





Monday, 15 July 2013

52 Weeks - 52 Things Week 2 plus Stitching Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

Summer has finally arrived big time here in the UK so before I do an update here are a few photos of some of things that have suddenly gone crazy in my garden.

 I have never seen the blooms so big as this on this plant and we have had it for about 10 years
The Cherry Tree is absolutely smothered in cherries this year. Normally we see a few ripening up but by the time we go to pick them the birds have had them. This year both my husband and daughter have been able to pick and eat them and still plenty left to feed the birds :-)
And I know these are weeds but the daisies are very pretty.

Well I have just done my second week and here is how I got on.

52 WEEKS - 52 THINGS

BOOKS

I still have not purchased any books everything that I have read has been from either bookcase, kindle or library. (2/52) I have started to read the fiction book The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick. This is the first of a trilogy of books about Eleanor of Aquitaine (or Alienor) as she is known in this book.

I finished reading the Non- Fiction book A Visitors Companion to Tudor England by Suzannah Lipscomb. It was an enjoyable read about Tudor buildings that you can still see either in their entirety or partially and what part they played in Tudor England. I really like her writing style not overly academic so you don't struggle with understanding what you are reading. (1/12)

I am currently listening to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander having purchased the books from Audible.com. These books are lengthy and I am about 70% through book 1.


I have continued to manage to read the Bible every day. (2/52)

TV/FILM/RADIO/SOCIAL MEDIA

Better success here this week.


I watched Angels and Demons a film I have not seen before. I had read the book previously and really enjoyed it. I found the film a bit clunky although toward the end it did improve and for me as good as an actor Tom Hanks is, he isn't Robert Langdon . (1/12)

I listened to the Book at Bedtime The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, as part of my spoken word radio challenge. Not sure if I enjoyed it or not it was a bit weird. This was in 5 parts (2/52)


The programme I watched which I would not normally do was Darcey Bussell Dances Hollywood and it was really good. In this programme Darcey Bussell (ballet dancer) recreated 4 dances from the films of Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse and it showed how she had to unlearn her classical ballet training to be able to do the dances. It was very interesting and I am glad I watched it, which was by chance as I was flicking and it caught my eye. (1/52)

I did not use Social Media on Sunday (2/52), but I did not manage my day free from TV/Radio or listen to a classical music programme and I also did not manage to keep my other social media days to an hour in total.


CRAFTS

Still have not purchased any new stash apart from a couple of replacement threads which was allowed. (2/52)

I have not bought any magazines either  although I was tempted :-) (2/52)

I have completed another 3 Granny squares (2/52) Photo will be in the Stitching update.


FOOD/COOKERY

Vegetarian Day was Friday (2/52)

The new recipe I tried was Lemon Chicken from Nosh for Students by Joy May it was so yummy, I will definitely make it again.  (2/52)


No eating out or takeaways this week (1/52)

Did not manage to stick to meal plan or budget. Meal plan went awry because of the heat so had salad a lot more than usual and budget was over but still under what we had been spending, but I do intend to get that sorted.


GARDEN

I have managed to spend some time in the garden but the heat has been prohibitive for me as too much sun gives me headaches, but I am sure this little bit of summer will not last that long so I am hoping to get back on task.


HEALTH

Still not eaten any chocolate (2/52)
Done my 10,000 steps at least 5 days per week (2/52)
I have drunk my 8 glasses of water each day (2/52)

FINANCE

I added £4 this week so total now £28
Shrapnel is now at £1.43 so 30 p added this week.
and continued with turning things off to save energy (2/52)

OTHER

Continued not biting nails but they don't look much different to the photo I posted last week so I won't do an update pic (2/52)
I have continued to journal everyday (2/52)
And I have continued to keep Loubie's Lot up to date. Two posts this week(2/52)

STITCHING UPDATE

Here is the photo of the 3 granny squares I did this week.


 I also completed the Margaret Sherry Christmas Card below for the FWC Card Exchange this time the theme was Christmas. I love Margaret Sherry designs but loathe the back stitching on Aida. Even with using a sewing needle instead of an embroidery one I still struggled with it. That said I am pleased with the result.



I continued working on the Polstiches Pixie SAL - Pansy. This week was supposed to be the last week working on this project so I have not completed it in the estimated time, but I think most haven't. In fact I have only seen one completion and that stitcher does stitch fast. So I have about 15 hours work left to do. I am aiming to get it completed by Friday 26th July as I am away for a few days next week and will not be taking the project with me.



I have also made a start on this months Christmas Ornie for the 2013 Ornament SAL. Once again it is a Santa, this time a freebie from Sue Hillis Designs - Pirate Santa this is the link Here
 
I have stitched it on a piece of fabric from a Crafty Kitten grab bag (if you are interested this is the link for the website here) using the listed DMC floss


I have not managed any work on my Christmas in July project but intend to make up the missing hours when I return.

That is it for this week.

Bye for now

Lisa



 


Tuesday, 9 July 2013

TUSAL 2013 Report - July

Hi Blogger Friends

Here is my July update of ORT's





Quite a lot of metallic thread this month as I am working on Nora Corbett's Pansy design as part of a SAL.







Bye for now

Lisa

Monday, 8 July 2013

52 Weeks - 52 Things Week 1 plus Stitching Update

Hi Blogger Friends

Well I am now one week into my challenge. So some things I have been successful at and other things not so. So here is my update.

52 WEEKS - 52 THINGS

BOOKS

Firstly I did not purchase any books this week. All that comes below is from library loans etc (1/52)

From the 6 challenges here I am currently reading two Non-Fiction books which are:

A Visitors Companion to Tudor England by Suzannah Lipscomb (which I will finish in this coming week as it is due back at library)

Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer by Jane Brocket, which is in essence a cookery book, in that it features recipes from children's literature over a period of approximately 100 years 1860 - 1960. I am really enjoying this one.

I listened to one audio book The Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer so that is (1/12) in my challenges done.

I have also read each day from  The Bible which was my final book challenge. I am using the Alpha NIV Bible in a Year. I don't really understand half of what I have read, but I have read it (1/52).

TV/FILM/RADIO/SOCIAL MEDIA

From this set of challenges I managed to listen to 1 spoken word radio programme which was the Wimbledon Men's Semi Final and it was an interesting experience listening to a sport and not actually watching it. (1/52)

I also managed one day without social media (1/52)

But most of the other challenges under this heading I failed at, the second semi final on Friday meant I did not manage to steer clear of TV for the whole day, it was about 8.30 in the evening when I finally gave in and turned the TV on - never mind!!

CRAFTS

I did not purchase any cross stitch stash this week (1/52).
I did 3 Granny Squares, photos will be in my stitchy update at the end of this post (1/52).
And I did not buy any magazines (1/52).

FOOD/COOKING

My Vegetarian day was Wednesday  (1/52)and on this day I also made a recipe new to me (1/52). Hannah (my Veggie daughter ) and I had Broccoli with Penne Pasta in a lemon and stock sauce. It was quite nice and I will probably cook it again.

I did not however manage to stick to meal plan or my budget, but I still spent a lot less than I do in a normal week. This is something to work on but I will get there.

GARDEN

I did do a lot more gardening than I normally do but have realised that my challenge will fail as I will not be spending an hour everyday in the garden. Some tasks take longer but my general fitness needs to improve for me to achieve this and currently the heat has been a problem at the latter part of week one. Still I do intend to do some gardening every day and that will be achievable.

HEALTH

On Monday I went and did my first monthly weight and body fat measurement at Boots (1/12)
I have had not had any 114g Galaxy Chocolate in fact I have had no chocolate at all (1/52)
I did manage my 10,000 steps a day (1/52) and on one day I did 18,000 steps so quite pleased with that.
I did manage to drink my 8 glasses of water each day (1/52)

FINANCE

I have saved all £2 coins and my husband decided he would contribute any he has in in pockets as well so total in my Cow moneybox so far £24
My shrapnel total so far is £1.13
and I have managed to turn off lights not use tumble dryer unnecessarily etc.(1/52)

OTHER

From my final list of challenges this is what I achieved
I have not bitten my nails (1/52)

I have started Journaling and bought myself a lovely A5 ish in size Moleskine black journal and I am using the 365 Journal Writing Ideas by Rossi Fox to help me with prompts, so it isn't all got up did this did that sort of thing. I am really enjoying it so far and have in fact done my first bit of creative writing since leaving school. Now admittedly it wasn't very good but I did it (1/52)


And finally for the challenges section of this post Keep Loubie's Lot up to date which I am doing now (1/52).

STITCHING UPDATE

 As I mentioned it in the above my first photo is of my 3 Granny Squares I did this week.

So to cross stitching. I continued working on the Polstitches Pixie SAL - Pansy and did 7 hours taking my total time to 32 hrs
and as it is July I have been doing Christmas in July working on 6 Fat Men by Lizzie Kate the first photo is my starting point as it is yet another of my UFO's
and below is my progress after 2.5 hrs

Bye for Now

Lisa




Monday, 1 July 2013

52 Weeks - 52 Things Plus a Stitching Update

Hi Blogger Friends

I think this idea was originally part of something called the Happiness Project and since discovering it and googling I have found lots of different people doing a version of this, and in fact there is a book coming out in August by two ladies who did it for a year. However I  found this on the Kincavel Korner that is written by my stitchy friend and designer Lady Kell and it is from her blog posts that I have devised my own 52 things. I did ask her if she minded if I borrowed some of her ideas  which she said was ok.

Most people I think start this in January, but I do not want to wait until 2014 so I am beginning mine today the 1st July 2013 and it will end on the 30th June 2014 - 52 weeks.

1st July 2013 - 30th June 2014

BOOKS

1. Read 52 Fiction Books (No Purchasing, so from Library, Bookcase or Kindle)
2. 6 Classic Novels (can be part of 1.)
3. 10 Kindle Freebies (can be part of 1.)
4. 12 Non Fiction Books (in addition to 1.)
5. 12 Unabridged Audio Books (in addition to 1.)
6. Read the Bible

TV/FILM/RADIO/SOCIAL MEDIA

7. Watch 12 Films I have never seen before
8. Watch 12 Disney or similar animated films
9. Listen to at least 1 Spoken Word radio programme per week
10. Listen to 1 classical radio programme per week
11. Watch 1 TV programme that I would not normally choose to view
12. 1 Day per week free of TV and Radio
13. 1 Day per week free of Social Media e.g Facebook
14. No more than 1 hr per day spent on Social media on the remaining 6 days

CRAFTS

15. No Cross Stitch Stash adding - can only buy replacement threads for projects already started or gifts received for Christmas/Birthday
16. Complete 13 UFO's in 52 Weeks
17. Sell or Donate to Charity stash I will not use
18. No Magazine purchasing other than the 2 I already receive through subscription
19. Complete Crochet Lap Blanket
20. Do at least 2 Granny Square per week
21.Knit a complete cat blanket for Battersea
22. Do at least 3 charity cross stitch projects in 52 weeks
23. Plan and design a cross stitch sampler for me
24. Try and learn to become proficient at another craft not already  listed

FOOD/COOKING

25. One Vegetarian Day per week
26. One New Recipe per week
27. Try a new food to me once a month
28. Stick to a meal plan each week
29. Stick to a set grocery budget £125 per week for a family of four adults
30. No more than 1 take away and 1 eating out per month (apart from if we are on holiday)

GARDEN

31. Spend at least 1hr per day in garden tidying sorting etc during good weather and 1/2 an hour per day during the winter months
32. Grow something from scratch

HEALTH

33. Weigh myself in Boots once a month to get a body fat measurement
34. Give up eating 114g Galaxy Chocolate (this has to be specific as it is the only chocolate bars that I eat)
35. 10,000 steps per day at least 5 days per week
36. Drink 8 glasses of water per day or 2 litres
37. Do part of the 5 Valleys Walk in September
38. Go Swimming at least once a month and buy a new swimsuit that has bust support !!!

FINANCE

39. Save £2 coins
40. Empty Shrapnel from purse once a week
41. Turn off lights, power points, tumble dry only when necessary, to reduce our energy bills

OTHER

42. Learn to feel confident driving Simon's car at least once a week
43. Stop Biting Nails and once grown get a manicure
44. Go to Gloucester or Cheltenham at least once a month on the bus
45. Learn Shorthand
46. Improve Handwriting
47. Have a go at Journaling
48. Get a Part time Job
49. Declutter - follow the principle of one thing in, one thing out
50. Visit 12 Places I have not been to before
51. Do some Voluntary Work
52. Keep Loubie's Lot blog up to date, at least once a week

For each challenge I complete will add £5 to my money box :-)

STITCHING UPDATE

Below is this weeks progress on the Polstitches Pixie SAL - Pansy. I did the 6 hr requirement for this week all in one day. I must be mad, but I have now done a total of 25 hrs on this project and I love how she is coming along.


On Friday I found a lovely free chart via Pinterest from  The Snowflower Diaries
called You Are So Loved. On Saturday evening at 5.30pm I sat down and started stitching it and by 9.30pm I had finished it. I used 28ct Polstitches Peaches and Cream Jobelan and Carrie's Creations threads : - Cajun Coffee, Caribou Hyde, Gold, Moonshadow, Toasted Marshmallow, Teal Mist and Desert Bloom. Below is the result
I have also done another Granny Square using Stylecraft DK yarn and a couple of rounds on my Crochet Lap Blanket using Sirdar Crofter DK.

Bye for now

Lisa
 

11th December 2017

Hi Blogger Friends, As always thank you for those that took the time to read and or comment on last weeks posting. This is what I have b...