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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

TUSAL & New Finishes....

Hello... I'm back... and late again!  TUSAL posts were due last week but... unfortunately I was not a very well bunny last week and the thought of doing anything on a computer was way beyond me! (I did stitch though!!)

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Have you ever noticed how chronic fatigue can be so debilitating at times?  (After seeing my specialist a couple of weeks ago I can now add Fibromyalgia to my RA, low iron and menopause issues - great just what I want one more chronic fatigue problem!!) 

Last week was not a good week for me... I left work early on Monday as I thought I had a migraine starting... but it was much more than that in the end!! I needed to take Tuesday and Wednesday off work and barely managed to drag myself out of bed on Thursday and Friday to go to work... (you must be sick when your boss tells you that you look terrible!) but Friday afternoon saw me visit the doctor and one iron infusion later I am slowly getting back to normal - even though my normal is not that fantastic at the best of times!!!  Saturday and Sunday was spent veggie out on the couch again with my stitching as I could not do much more than that and today is the first day in over a week that I have started to feel better... Being a couch potato is not good for the size of my backside.... but great for my stitching!! :o)

But enough complaining.. you didn't come to visit my blog to hear me complain - you came to see some stitching so that let's get the show on the road!!

TUSAL / ORT Report & Stitching Updates:

So first up... one very late TUSAL photo....

I know a bit of a lazy TUSAL photo this month!!  I decided that I had better empty the small tin of ORT's and couldn't get up the energy to take a photo so I decided to take a progress shot of my new start and the ORT's together!!

The new start is "Queen Anne's Lace" by Nora Corbett.  This was a "free" design that was published in the Just Cross Stitch magazine (April 2016 issue).  I started stitching this on 3rd or 4th April and this where I was when I took the photo on Saturday afternoon.

I haven't done much more as I spent the last couple of nights stitching on a card for my sister who is celebrating the big "50" on 25th April!

While I am showing one Nora Corbett... how about I show you an update on another Nora Corbett design...

I last showed you "Prancer" back in December 2015.... when he looked like this:

He now looks like this:

I have been stitching on "Prancer" over the last couple of weeks as one of the Nora Corbett FB groups has been doing a couple of SAL's and you know me with SAL's... I just have to give them a go!!! Once I have finished the Kreinik on the bottom my next step is the Whisper thread for his tail... I have never used that thread so I have been putting it off!!! Then it will be onto the border and bling - and with a little bit of luck he may be a finish in May!!

I have 2 new finishes to show you!!

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First up is my Halloween Ornie SAL Blog design - the theme was "Ghosts".  So here is my Blue Ribbon Designs "Ghost".

I continued on with my Blue Ribbon Designs stitching and stitched another small (insert quick) design from the Halloween Portraits" by Blue Ribbon Designs.  This one took me the better part of Tuesday afternoon/evening last week when I was at home feeling sick and miserable!

I do think that he is a funny looking ghost... but a ghost he is!  The bottom on the ghost is confusing me as he looks like he has way too many feet... or is that supposed to be a flowing ghostly robe??

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My second finish last week was the April choice for the Christmas Ornie SAL Blog - theme for April was Ornaments/Decorations.

As soon as this month's choice came up on the stitching plan I knew exactly what I wanted to stitch... I found this design in the Cross Stitch Crazy magazine last year but wasn't sure what to stitch them on (perforated paper, plastic canvas or fabric) - I ended up choosing plastic canvas and once I have stitched a couple more of them I will cut them out and make them into felt backed ornies.

The Christmas Bauble is designed by Jody Rice from Satsuma Street.  Love the colours!  The pink/purple colour is just so lovely...  This is the first time I have stitched anything from Jody/Satusma Street.... Another lovely easy quick stitch!

So that's it for now... all up to date once again.  Next scheduled posting date is Friday when it will be GG update time again!

So til then, happy stitching!
Hugs xx


  1. Noni,sorry that you have not been feeling well. I hope you recover soon. I'm not feeling the best myself and took a day off work last Thursday. However, we always have our stitching to look fwd to on such days. Congrats on the finishes and good progress on NC projects.

  2. Sorry to hear you've not been feeling well lately, Noni, and especially that you have Fibromyalgia! I hope you feel a bit better! You have done really well with your stitching, and especially Prancer, he's very pretty! Well done on your two finishes!
    Barbara xx

  3. Hope you are feeling better soon. Love your beautiful stitching. Congrats on the finishes.

  4. Hope you're feeling better. At least we have our stitching to cheer us up :)

  5. I hope you have a better week this week and lovely stitching!

  6. Get well soon , love all your stitching .

  7. I am so sorry to read of your pain Noni. I hope it eases up soon. Congrats on the cute finishes and nice progress on the others.


  8. Beautiful stitching and two great finishes! Hope you're feeling more like yourself soon.

  9. Sorry to hear that you have been so unwell. The menopause keeps looming here and then going away again!
    At least you got plenty of stitching done, Prancer is looking amazing and I'm sure you can get a finish for next month.

  10. Sorry you aren't well. Great job on the finishes and Prancer.

  11. I hope you get better soon! Your stitching looks great I love prancer!

  12. I'm so sorry you're having such a bad time - a hope you get some relief soon. Your stitching looks terrific - fingers crossed for Prancer.

  13. Hope you feel better soon. Congrats on the finishes and great progress on your stitching!! Prancer looks pretty:)

  14. Get well soon Noni,I hope your flare up does not linger.
    Prancer is looking beautiful,lovely other stitching too.

  15. So sorry to read that you didn't feel well last week and over the weekend. I just do hope that you are slowly feeling somewhat better. I know that it takes a while to feel better when you have fibromyalgia. So, get well as fast as possible.

    Two nice little finishes that you show here. And what a great new start, a Nora Corbett design, how great. seeing this means that I have to buy that JCS issue as well (although I didn't want to buy new magazines any longer, big sigh). Thanks for enabling, lol.
    And oh my, you were stitching up a storm on Prancer. How great he already looks! Great job, Leonie.

  16. Lovely stitching and finishes Noni. Prancer is looking especially dapper! Sorry to hear about your pains. My sister has Fibromyalgia so I understand how debilitating it can be at times. You just have to stay positive to push through. Stitching will definitely help on your more painful days. :)

  17. O no, I hope you get to feeling better! I like to be a couch potato sometimes but it makes me feel guilty about all the other stuff I don't have done haha. Congrats on your little finishes and I think they are little tatters floating in the wind on the ghost! Although I do like the idea of a many-legged ghost too haha.

  18. Hopefully you are feeling better now! The little bright sight is the stitching you managed to do!Great progress!

  19. Lovely stitching on Prancer. I hope you feel better now.

  20. Your doing so much!!
    Working, your house, your hubby, stitching, many different blogpost.. many blogpost!!
    But your doing so great!!
    Lovely job on it

  21. or did my comment go?..testing...

  22. Ok, I just wrote a big comment and it went away.. don't know where! The previous message was just to test if I could post or not.. So, writing again :p

    Look at the bright side: you get to enjoy your needles and threads and also relax a bit more :) Your whole body will appreciate that, so will your mind ;) Just listen to your body, if it's telling you to rest, just go with the flow.. better days will come next ;) I'm here wishing those days will come for you soon :) Meanwhile, great progress on your stitching :D
    sweet hugs my friend! Feel better soon!! xoxo

  23. I hope you are feeling much better this week. My DH has fibromyalgia and well as his arthritis so I have first hand knowledge of the pain and associated problems. {{{hugs}}}
    Wonderful stitching you have been able to do.

  24. Noni, Prancer is looking so fabulous - I love him - I think that I have a similar Nora Corbett WIP/UFO lying around somewhere _ maybe in a different hatbox? lol! Great ORTs and I hope that you are feeling better very soon. hugs, Kaye xoxox

  25. The Santas reindeer Prancer looks lovely ,well done ! I saw many "Prancers" when travelled up in the North!

  26. Prancer looks fantastic, on that fabric... perfect! Well done. xxx


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