Sunday, April 10, 2011

Reward equals Progress (well, some!)

Olga
Plum Street Samplers

Being thoroughly sick of the moving in process and muttering dark thoughts I decided on Friday that I had to stitch (and continue getting the house straight, sigh). The plan was to work through a room, putting away and generally organising and then sit down to stitch for 15 (timed) minutes ~ I have to say the plan went well and upstairs, apart from the WT's office, is looking pretty good. AND Olga received quite a bit of attention and now the dear thing has a backside, if that isn't too indelicate a statement. A couple of threads have gone AWOL so won't get as much done until they come to light again.

The WT and I had a wonderful time last weekend amidst the chaos in the shape of visitors!  Three pals from Friendly_Stitchers, Ally, Karen and Mouse came to visit.  Stitching, cups of tea, wine, stitching, cups of tea, wine, stitching and lots of chat.  You get the idea!  Probably the first time that Karen has visited anywhere that her bed hadn't yet been delivered from the shop!  It made it, fortunately, during the afternoon.  At dinner in the evening we were joined by the WT and Bill, a work colleague, who held up pretty well in the fast and varied conversations, even though he's from Pittsburgh. lol!  The house was very quiet when the girls left on Sunday ~ come again soon, won't you?

Pilar in Spain is having a giveaway here for the second anniversary of her blog. To enter you need to leave a comment on her post; announce the draw on your own blog and leave an email address. International participants are accepted and you have until April 30 to enter. This is the beautiful piece that she has stitched, it is designed by Isabel Vautier.

Pilar's beautiful giveaway for her 2nd anniversary!
The WT, bless him, is in seventh heaven right now.  I finally allowed him to buy a flat screen TV!  According to him he's been wanting one for the last five years, which I think is a slight exaggeration but as I told him yesterday it was a good thing we didn't buy one in the US.  Must say it is an amazing picture, Songs of Praise is on right now, with the very endearing choirs competing in the Choir of the Year finals.

Tomorrow the bookcases from the flat will be delivered to the house so then you'll be able to see the sewing room in all its wonderfully organised glory, I know, you can't wait!  We've bought a couple of transformers so we can use some of our American appliances but I must say I am a bit nervous about switching on my sewing machine!

Today is the Second Treasure's birthday and we had a nice conversation between Cheshire and Washington, DC.  Nip over to the photoblog and you can see her for yourself!  We were living in Darlington when that photograph was taken., seems so long ago and so much has happened and so many miles have been covered since then!

Well, enough chatting, it's already Sunday evening and the weekend has disappeared into memory and it's going to rain tomorrow according to the weather peeps.  Looking forward to seeing my sister and brother in law though, which will be fun.

If you are reading this, don't go without leaving a comment, please, I love to hear from you!  Thank you to all who have done just that, you are much appreciated!  As the airlines say......we know you have choices!

17 comments:

  1. oooo stitching done and progress on the house, you have been busy :) hope the threads turn up :) and oooo when can I come again ??? t.t.f.n love mouse xxx

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  2. Already planning my wardrobe for the next visit - now what shall I bring to stitch??? Had a fab time and can't wait to do it again. Look after my horses for me. Hugs, Ally xxx

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  3. Lovely work on Olga! I stitched her for Halloween and have already kitted up her companion, Boris. Can't wait to see your sewing room. I am sure you will be in heaven once you have everything all sorted out. Now if only I could get a stitching room.

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  4. I love that reward system Gillie - I wonder if I can implement it at the office!
    I can't wait to see the sewing room.

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  5. Ah Gillie you are so lucky to have friends to stitch with, I would kill for the opportunity (well not literally :-) Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, well thought out unpacking plan and love Olga.

    LiBBiE in Oz

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  6. Olga is coming along wonderfully! Wish I had stitching friends nearby.. :)

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  7. I like your reward system thinking, i think my clock would have stopped though and the 15 mins would have turned into an hour or more ....

    It's great to meet with stitching friends and have fun, hope it's not too long before you all meet up again

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  8. Lovely stitching Gillie & good plan of action. We've still hot boxes packed after moving nearly 2yrs ago.

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  9. Olga is looking good Gillie. Not sure that sitting for 15 minutes then having to go back to sorting would work for me! Lol!

    Glad you had a great weekend!

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  10. Lovely progress on Olga! I am anxious to stitch that & Boris. Hopefully before autumn rolls around!

    Good luck with the transformers! I live out in the back of beyond as far as getting a variety of things, so the transformers that we got probably weren't up to par for what we needed. I hope yours work out better!

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  11. Hope you have managed to settle in a bit more to your new house now and still getting some stitching done - priorities after all!

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  12. Ah, Gillie...what lovely progress on Olga...I love Plum Street Sampler designs! Moving can be so stressful, I'm glad to hear you are taking stitching breaks, it works for relieving my stress!! I'm really rather jealous of Mouse, Ally, and Karen but I am thankful I have my own group of stitchers nearby that I can spend time with. A rare breed of women we are! Can't wait to see pictures of your sewing room. And now I'm heading over to your photo blog...see you over there! *Hugs*

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  13. Sounds like the gang had lots of fun, Ms WT. Hold your breath and turn her on - it will be fine!

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  14. Great stitching Gillie!! I bet you are finished now! :-)

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  15. Olga is looking beautiful. Hopefully your appliances will survive the change. :)

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  16. memories of a wonderful weekend! xxxx

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  17. I hope you've settled into your new home. Look forward to your sewing room pictures!

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