I must apologise...it's been another week since my last update. My only excuse is that I'm feeling hugely stressed out at the moment. In the last week I've suddenly found myself coming under a lot of pressure from my family to travel up to my parent's for Christmas, which would be OK except for the fact that with holiday traffic we could be looking at a 2-3 hour trip each way, and we can't stay over because they will already have a full house. So I'm ending up feeling like the villain of the piece for spoiling their plans (even though they've only just made them) because I don't feel it's fair to make the kids spend half of Christmas Day sitting in the car. It's not even as if we won't see each other over the holiday period because I've said all along we'll go up on Boxing Day (even though the traffic will be just as bad if not worse), but apparently that isn't good enough. Everyone else will be there, even though everyone else either lives locally or is staying over, and I'm a spoilsport for ruining it all.
Add into the mix the million and one things we need to organise for our impending house move, and the fact that it now looks highly unlikely that my Christmas present (Pompeii Garden kit) will arrive in time because they're still awaiting a delivery of NPIs, and post from the USA usually takes over a week, and you might guess I'm feeling pretty crappy and stressy at the moment.
Anyway, enough moaning. To console myself - a new start. I hadn't intended it but I felt I needed it. This is Janlynn's 'Summer Sampler', which I'm going to customise a little to make it more Aussie. I swapped the aida in the kit for a piece of Belfast I dyed myself. It looks a little distorted in the photo because it's still on the Qsnaps and they're pulling it slightly out of shape. I like this series - I also have Spring and Winter samplers, and I'll probably get Autumn in the new year.
I've also been making my Crystal Christmas into a hanging - I stitched this years ago, but when framing money is available I tend to go for pieces that will hang all year instead of seasonal ones so this has languished in a cupboard until now. It isn't quite finished - I'm waiting for Pete to drill some holes in the dowel rod for the cord to go through, and then it won't bunch the fabric up like it is in the picture. I tied it on temporarily just to show you what I've been doing.
Thanks Michelle for the tip re the pics - it's seems to have more or less worked!