As I stated in my previous post I have decided to go back to weekly posting for the time being mainly because doing a monthly post takes up a lot of time in one go.
So this is what I have been up to over the last week
On the 1st I started working on my final pin cushion in the series June designed by Sheena Rogers for Cross Stitch Collection magazine. I worked on it for just over 5 hrs over 5 days in the week and below is where I got to come the 7th
I also started work on my Whine and Wip project, which is the Stitch Maynia (Facebook Group) monthly SAL. Below is my starting point and where I got to after 3.5 hrs stitching (I am doing 30 minutes a day for this SAL)
I also made a start on the Summer Sampler by Janlynn. Below is what the overall design looks like and where I got to after 3.5 hrs. This project like the Spring Sampler I will do 46 hrs of stitching over the three months of Summer 1st June - 31st August, which equates to 30 minutes a day.
I am a little unhappy with this kit in that the fabric supplied does not have much of a border around the design area just under 2 inches. I may have to hem some fabric to the four sides for framing. I do believe sufficient fabric should be supplied, kits are not that cheap and yet they seem to be cutting corners on this one which is a shame as it is a lovely design. Also I do not want to swap the fabric out as I have used the kit fabric for the Spring design and want all four to be consistent.
I also spent a couple of days working on the Three Things Sampler by Bothy Threads - a kit I purchased from Polstitches so that I could choose which fabric I wanted to use and the design is originally by Moira Blackburn (who I believe has now retired).
I made a start on my Prairie Schooler Alphabet Letter F, I have spent 2 hours over 2 days so far on it and here is where I got to.
Finally stitching wise as mentioned last week I made a start on Enchanted Aurora by Joan Elliott, this is going to be my focus project until September and with a bit of luck I may get her completed.
Reading wise I have been listening to the 4th book in the Phryne Fisher mysteries by Kerry Greenwood - Death at Victoria Dock. As I have said before they are an enjoyable quick listen. I have also been listening to a YA book the first in the Raven Cycle - The Raven Boys and so far I am enjoying this too. Actual reading wise I have continued my reading of Jane Eyre I only read about 20-25 pages in a sitting and not every day so I may not complete it in June but will continue with it until it is finished. I had forgotten what an easy and enjoyable read it is. I have also started on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, plus listening to the audio at the same time. I have just started a book called Eden Gardens by Louise Brown set in India, starting in 1934. I am only a few pages in so cannot yet say if it is good or not but what I have read so far I have liked and I am also reading The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie. This is a joy it is so like the TV adaptations probably closer to the Joan Hickson Marple than the Geraldine McEwan one but its a good read and quite short the whole book is only 160 pages I have the facsimile edition and below is a rather hideous photo of me in bed getting ready to read. The glasses are not my actual prescription glasses just a pair of 2.5 readers which I normally use for needlework but are great at bedtime giving me that little bit of extra magnification for tired eyes.
So that's it for this weeks post. I think doing them weekly is a lot less stressful so will continue with this for the time being, and I think I have had a fairly productive week.
Bye for now