Tuesday, January 09, 2007

2007- the year of consumption!

I have decided that this year is going to be the year of consumption. I am terrible for stockpiling things "just in case". I have cupboards full of toiletries, towels, clothes, food etc. either bought so that I don't run out of things, or because they are on sale etc. etc. Notice that I am not even mentioning the "stash" cupboard at this point. So... this year I am going to use what I have, it will hopefully reduce the things I have around the house, and also save money as I don't need to buy things like shampoo and soap. I am also extremely bad for not using things because I either don't want to use them, and spoil them, or the fear that if I do use them, then I won't have it anymore. So, again I need to change my mentality and start to enjoy what I have, and not lock them away in cupboards.
This also relates to my stitching, so my plans for 2007 are to work on my WIP's. I have decided that my schedule will be to work on Chessmates on the appointed 2nd weekend of the month for the SAL challenge on the HAED board. At other weekends I can work on whatever grabs me. During the week, I am going to work on a WIP per month. This month I have chosen to work on Roasting Apples around the Hearth - Beatrix Potter charted by Green Apple. Next month I will choose another, but it will probably be the Michael Powell, Tuscan Gardens 2. This is unless I am quite close to a finish on RAATH, in which case, I might carry on with it into February.
Thanks for all the kind comments from the UK stitchers forum on my last post, it's great to know that there are such a great bunch of people out there!
I have recently been accepted as a member to the forum, but more of that in my next post.
I leave you with a picture of my black cat Litha enjoying snuggles. I have realised that she is hard to photo as, as soon as I get the camera pointed at her, she runs toward me, so I can't "get" her.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

2007 New Year, better Year!!!

Well hi guys, been a way for quite some time now. But I promised Namuelle that I would try again to do this blogging thing, so here goes.
2006 was a royally dreadful year! Well actuallyto be precise it went downhill from October 2005. There was a bried up period around March/April time, when I was happier with the world, and I also discovered the joys of the virtual stitching community, then it hit the fan again from May and been on the slide ever since. This is almost exclusively to do with my employment. To explain, I work from home for a company based in Bolton, and go out to appointments around the country. I am an accountant, and the company I work for service the petroleum and hospitality sector. Around October 2005, we lost a big contract, which meant redundancies. This was a worry as my DH is a full time student having decided to retrain 3 years ago, so I am the only breadwinner in the house. The company also decided to change their service offering whereas before the accounts were processed in the head office, and I went out with the completed accounts to consult on them, we were now to complete the accounts out in the field. Not a problem, because obviously capable of it, but work a little tedious, entering recipts for £1.59 for bread etc, and obviously far more time consuming. My working week started to hit the 50-60 hours mark. Things settled down around March, April, we booked a "big" holiday for us to Rome, normally using our touring caravan because of costs, then wham, more redundancies were announced. Before, I had been told on the quiet that it was ok, I would be safe, but this time not the case, everyone fair game, regardless of client numbers. Once more the uncertainty, but I was ok, being told whilst in Rome, I was texted to be told that I still had a job! But since then we are all under huge pressure to bring in more clients, work stupid hours, and be grateful we still have a job! Some have since jumped ship, giving those left even more to do, but the bottom line is, I don't want to go back to working in an office, and I need my level of salary to keep us. I was convinced the firm would finish at Christmas, but so far not, although I am still on holiday and haven't opened my post, so there could still be a letter in there. But that is how I feel, everyday not knowing how much longer I have a job, but not knowing where to go as an alternative. To cap things off, DH started his teacher training in September, so he had his University course work to do, as well as preparing lesson plans and teaching materials for the school placement etc. , so he couldn't do his normal role of running the house for me as he was leaving at 7.30am, coming home at 4.30pm and then working to 9-10pm every night and at least one day a weekend. Life as we knew it stopped, no food in the fridge, never having time to catch up with talking to each other or doing things in the house. It was a living hell. I am determined that 2007 will not be like this. It was a mere existence. I am not sure quite how it will change but it has to. I am full of positive determination to not work so much, which is really easy to say when I am not doing it, but when I am still sitting at a clients at 7pm, 2 hours from home because they have a problem, will I keep to it?
So there you have it. Truth laid bare.
I am now off to ponder my stitching challenges for 2007. If any of you are still out there reading this I hope this explains in some way my erraticism. Like I say I am deteremined that 2007 will not be a repeat so hang on in there with me if you will, your support is very important to me!
I leave you with a photo of a current WIP. It is a HAED design Chessmates by Stephanie Pui Mon Law, and I have completed 6 pages of the chart, 28000 stitches which is about 16%. I completed this by 30 December to qualify for a half year goal on a BB that I frequent, the HAED BB.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

It's a McKenzie

I've been bought a pressie!!! Got home from work today, and DH had been out and bought me a 1921-1923, (age unknown at moment) Ladies model McKenzie!!! How cool is that. Too excited to blog right now but had to share a photo.
Off to drool again, and stop jumping up and down.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

What a Wednesday

I have been working from home again today. It's been great as I haven't had a lot to do. I had a very leisurely get up and breakfast. Made a few phonecalls and sent a few emails. Managed to sort out my old files that needed to be sent to office for archiving, and even managed to get to the gym. That's what I call a good day! Much better than sitting on the motorway for 4 hours! It's still pretty hot here. I do like it because we get to eat outside, and just be in the garden, which is nice.
On the stitching front I am frantically trying to finish page 1 of Chessmates. Still not seeing anything in the picture, but the colours are nice. It just seems such a long way off finishing. I am really tempted to start another one, because they are so nice, but the thought that it would mean an even longer time before a finish is putting me off.
Here's the link for Linda Ravenscroft's Marked One, what do you think? Can you see my temptation?
Also just seen A Perfect Sphere and rather like that one too!
There's no hope!
Stitch or no Stitch asked how many WIP's I have at the moment. I have updated my side bar for the latest, and that is was I have at the moment. I must admit though that I have only listed the cross stitch ones, and not included my canvaswork or quilting!
DH is beavering away on the garden still. Hoping to have a patio by the end of summer.
Going away to sit down and stitch some more.
Will post a WIP when I have finished page 1 of Chessmates.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Roasting Apples

Here is a WIP of my Roasting Apples around the Hearth. It is a Beatrix Potter design charted by Green Apple. I started this just before Christmas last year, didn't do much on it, then got bored of it. Picked it up a couple of weeks ago now as I am stitching it on a hoop, so it's easy to do in the garden. Also took it to Stanford Hall on Sunday where it got wet!
Really hot again today! Signed up a couple of new clients, so not a too bad day.
Still battling with my "to do" list. I have so much stuff to do, and I feel guilty about not doing it, and stitching instead. Thought that if I tried to break it down into manageable goals I would feel better about it, which has worked in part, but still makes for a busy week, and not enough stitching time.
Went to LNS yesterday for some more needles. The ones I bought a couple of weeks ago are sharp in the eye, and snag the threads. I bought a packet of "Piecemakers". They were £2.50 for six needles. That's about $4.50. Very expensive. We were talking about jobs you could do where you could stitch at work, yet get paid. Decided a night shift at a call centre would do the trick. Not sure how well it pay's though.
Have a serious stash buying yearn at minute. Really fancy Mirabilia's new one White Christmas, and also two HAED by Linda Ravenscroft have caught my eye, Marked One and Dark Eyes.
Off to wrestle with conscious and "to do" list

Sunday, July 23, 2006

What a washout!

Today was Founders Day at Stanford Hall, a Vintage Motorcycle Club annual event. Decided to go in the car, and not on the bike due to carrying stuff. Very overcast when we left, so had to pack for every eventuality, rain coat and sun hat! Yesterday was quite warm, but rained quite a lot in the afternoon and evening, so was hoping today would be nice! No chance. Still overcast when we got there. Wandered round the auto jumble. I was then "parked" by the arena so that DH could have a good dig around with rusty bits of metal. Got my stitching out, amid funny looks, and it was quite pleasant until it decided to rain. So chart and fabric got damp, as did I. Rain stopped stitching, so I sat in chair, and got rained on, DH meanwhile blissfully still digging around in jumble.
Nearly got bought a present. DH spotted 1918 Sparkbrook motorcycle which he quite fancied for me, but it had sold when he went back. Never mind, obviously not meant to be. What I really want is a ladies model, late teen's early twenties bike, but they are very rare. I spotted one in an auction catalogue a couple of weeks ago, and expressed an interest. When DH looked at website to get the reserve price it was £10,000. LOL, I've always had expensive tastes, and didn't even have to see it to decide it was nice and expensive.

Friday, July 21, 2006

TGI Friday!

What a week, it's been hot and busy. I prepared my "to do" list for the week on Sunday, and haven't done too bad on it. Failed on the eat a piece of fruit a day one however. On the up side, been to the gym twice, and had duty visiting twice, so not as much time for stitching as would have liked, but done my necessities.
It was DH's mum's birthday today, so we took round a present tonight, bought her brushes and canvases as she is an artist. DH's brother and sister in law also were there. Left later than planned, but then did actually go to the gym, so feel quite superior.
Litha is becoming quite the huntress! Brought us three "presents" yesterday. She is definitely challenging Marlon for his crown.
Off to plan the weekend. There is a vintage bike club do on Sunday at Stanford Hall called "Founders Day". So will be going to that. Hope it stays nice so that I can take stitching.
Will leave you with one of my Rome piccies. We spent quite a lot of time by the Trevi Fountain as there was a good pizza take-out, and ice cream parlour close by, so that was our lunch stop.