Saturday, April 04, 2009

Where has the time gone!!

I can not believe how long it's been since my last post! Both me and my computer have been very poorly. I started to become unwell some weeks before Christmas and became worse at the start of the New Year. Then just into the New Year and only two days after DH Colin left to go back to work overseas for another 6 weeks, my lovely Sony Vaio went down with hardware failure. It was only 6 months out of warranty and Sony were quoting an arm and a leg to take it in for repair, almost as much as it would be to buy a new computer, which is what we ended up doing. I'm now on a new 24" iMac. I'm loving it and having fun finding my way around the new OS as I have only ever used Microsoft before.

I'm not fully 100% yet and still having to pop back to see the doctor from time to time, but I am now having more days where I feel so much more like myself. Colin has been back home for his time off and last Monday left to go back to work again for another 6 weeks. I am getting excited about my stitching again which I've not felt much like doing while I've been unwell. Recently I finished 3 ornaments from the chart Peace, Love, Joy by Renato Parolin an Italian designer. They still need making up but you can see a picture of the chart here. I've also noticed since finishing them that Amy (DSL) now stocks them. I have quite a few pieces I finished last year which I never got around to making up, which I'm looking forward to doing and hope to show soon. I have one small finish that I can share for now though, which I made for my Mum. She should have had it along with her present for Mother's Day but I never even managed that in time and only made it up a couple of days ago.



The design is a freebie by Ariane Jean Pierre which I have stitched on 32ct Antique White Belfast Linen with Polstitches Romance Dragon Floss. For the tassels I used DMC 3836.

Thank you for popping by and I hope to be back again soon. :o)

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30 comments:

Daffycat said...

Welcome back Carol! You have been missed. Sorry to hear you've been unwell, I hope your feeling better soon. ***hugs***

mollycaff said...

Welcome back Carol, I'm sorry to hear you've been unwell and hope you feel 100% very soon. I look forward to seeing your finishes soon. x

Susimac said...

Welcome back Carol, sorry to hear that you haven't been well, I have missed your blog and beautiful stitching and finishing.

Hope that you are much better now and things go well.

((HUGS))

hazel said...

So pleased you are back Carol and do hope you stay well now. I love the little gift you made for your Mum. Have a nice Easter.
Hugs,
Hazel (UK)

Carol R said...

Welcome back Carol - you have been truly missed! I hope you will soon be 100% and will treat us to some of your gorgeous stitching/finishing.

And you have joined the wonderful world of Macs! If you need any help with anything - just shout! You will never go back to a pc - Macs rule!

Cute cherub pillow with beautiful tassels.

shakatak66 said...

Welcome back! Glad to hear you're starting to feel better. Your little freebie cushion is gorgeous - those have to be the most perfect wee tassels I've ever seen! :D

Shannon said...

Welcome Back Carol ! You were missed. I hope you're feeling better each day. Your finish is beautiful. As always your eye for colour and finishing is spot on.

Kim B said...

I hope you are feeling 100% very soon! Your finish is gorgeous! And we use Macs at our house. I think the OS is fantastic!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Dear Carol, Love your little cherub. The other pieces, "Peace...etc." are just gorgeous, too. I can't wait to see your other things finished! And, you well as can be!! :)
Hugs, Deb

Sally said...

Good to see you back Carol. I hope you'll be feeling fully well again soon.

Your cherub finish is absolutely beautiful:)

Karan said...

Good to see you posting again - hope you start to feel 100% very soon. Beautiful finish - love the colours & finish. :0)

Moreen said...

This is beautiful.
Thank you Carol.

Patti said...

Welcome back Carol. I'm so glad to see you posting again. Glad you are better and I know you will really love your Mac. When I got mine my dh said I would hate it as I had always had a PC but I wouldn't have a PC again now if somebody paid me to... well maybe if they paid me enough but I still couldn't give up my Mac. Have you bought any of the programs yet for it? My new Mac came with iLife but I bought iWorks and it is great. Let me know if you need any help with it. Lots of Love Patti xxx

lena-lou said...

What a shame to read you have been poorly, I am glad to hear things are improving for you now. Long may it continue!

Congrats on now owning a mac, my laptop is a mac and I LOVE it :)

Your gift to your Mum is excellent those tassels are amazing.

Looking forward to when you can post again, in the meantime take care xx

Julie said...

Nice to see you Carol, hope you continue to improve.

This is a super little cushion, and so prefectly stitched and finished.

Jeanne - WillowTreeStitcher said...

So glad you are back Carol - I kept checking your blog every now and then. We missed you. Sorry to hear you haven't been well but hope you are back to your old self again soon! We are looking forward to more of your lovely finishes and congrats on the cushion for your mum, I'm sure she will love it.

Sherry said...

Great to see you back and blogging! Do you like the Mac? We are considering getting one. I am looking at the mini. DH is looking at a laptop.

Jayne said...

You will love your imac we have an imac my hubby will not have IBM's in the house, mac'sare alot more resistant to viruses.

Irene said...

Hope your feeling better. The cherub pillow is adorable. Looking forward to seeing how you finish off Peace, Love and Joy.

Jan said...

What a lovely blog and such beautiful finishes! I will be returning, just stumbled upon you this morning!!

argone said...

I really love the way you attach your tassels to the cushion's corners ... do you think you could explain how you do it please ?
thanks !

argone
leblogdargone at yahoo dot fr

Nelapx said...

Felices pascuas Carol

Olenka's Stitches said...

Welcome back Carol! Glad you are feeling much better now.I am looking forward to seeing your pretty stiching again. The cherub pillow is just gorgeous!
Happy Easter and take care,
Olga

Lisa said...

welcome back Carol, sorry to hear you've been unwell, I hope you're feeling a little better now.
I love your little cherub finish. those tassels are perfect
well done

Coisitas Giras said...

Hello Carol

I love your work and I loved this little pillow with such a beautiful angel!
Would you mind telling where can I get these freebies.
Sorry, I never heard of Ariane...

Kisses from Portugal

coisitasgiras@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hi Carol! I am searching for this pattern. I can't find it anywhere. I am on a deadline. I am trying to find it for a quilt we are putting together for a lady on our board that just found out she has cancer. Please help. Thanks! Crystal xaviersmommie00@Gmail.com

Lynn B said...

Hi Carol,

I love this little pillow, I am trying to find the link to the pattern, please could you let me know where you got it from, I have searched but without success?

Lynn B

Mary said...

Carol, I really like your little pillow with the fairy on it. I have searched for this free chart, but have been unable to find it. Would you please share the site where the chart is located.

Mary

Deborah said...

Hi Carol. I am just getting back into stitching. What a difference from "then to now". Wow. The internet opens a whole new world.

You have some lovely items. What an inspiration. I am wondering if you can tell me how to go about getting the French Angel pattern. I went to the freebie website but can't find a link. Can you help? Its so beautiful (can't promise mine would be as lovely -- but I'll try!)

Thanks so much. Debbie

Carol said...

Hi Deborah, I hope you get to see this. Would you like to contact me, my email address is in my profile. :o)

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