Starts, Finishes and Crazy’s

Good morning bloggers !

Happy New Year to any that I may have missed. If you read my earlier knitting post you’ll know I had a wonderfully quiet and simple Christmas and if not..well you know now how my Xmas went lol. The start to my New Year unfortunately could not be said.
Grab a cup of your favourite beverage and settle in for the catch up !

New Years Day dawned bright and sunny and we were off to my Mum and Dad’s for lunch but that soon turned into a trip to the out of hours doctors and then onto A & E for my Mum who suddenly felt unwell. Thankfully after a 6 hour wait we were seen by the dr who was happy enough for me to take her home. It seems its part of the terrible flu she has picked up so she is back to her own doctor for the third time with it.

I left you all before Xmas with the Nursery Rhyme series being stitched for the younger children, well I got the two boys finished and framed and although I got Elizabeth’s started before Xmas I was unable to finish it in time for it to go under the tree, I was able to pick her up something to unwrap on Xmas so I suppose she got the best of both as her picture is now complete lol.

Here are the pieces finished and framed.

Benjamin’s Little Boy Blue

Ruairi’s Jack and Jill

Elizabeth’s Little Miss Muffet
CCN Nursery Rhymes

Yesterday was Benjamin’s 3rd Birthday so I started CCN’s Cowboy Dreams for him for his birthday on St. Stephens Day and finished and framed it the Friday before New Years (when I stay off the computer its amazing how much I get done! lol)….
He is a massive Thomas the Tank Engine fan and he wanted a blue train cake for his birthday so I did my best lol…here are some pics of his picture and his cake enjoy…

CCN’s Cowboy Dreams

Close up of Cowboy Dreams
Blue Train Birthday Cake

The Birthday Boy Benjamin with his cake

As you all know I’m doing the CJC 2012 and so had to start my 15 starts well as you can imagine with the drama of New Years Day and I didn’t get home from the hospital with my mum till near 2am there was no starting anything for me on Jan 1st so yesterday I had a catch up with two projects…they were only very small starts but I figured at least now I’m up to date and can carry on now, plus the project I had planned for Jan 1st is one I’m coming back to after the first 15 days….

Pics of the oh so small starts…
Jan 1st is CCN’s English garden…I know it doesn’t look like it now lol

CCN English Garden

Jan 2nd is a WIP, its Mrs Darcy’s Sampler by The Sampler Girl- are you surprised considering my love of all things Pride and Prejudice and Jane Austen 🙂
Mrs Darcy before day’s two small contribution…

Mrs Darcy’s Sampler at the start of the night

Mrs Darcy’s Sampler at the end of the night

I have no particular rotation as to what I stitch in my crazy challenge, I’m just going to my box that holds the folders and choosing what takes my fancy, for these first 15 days that’s what will work best for me, afterwards the projects will need to be done according as the birthdays come up as the challenge is full of birthday pieces.

I will be back daily to update on the rest of the challenge pieces, there will also be an update for my reading challenge of reading 40 books this year, I’m starting with a book recommended by my friend Vickie.
I also will be back with my personal challenge of knitting a dishcloth a week and will have an update on that with a pattern link for anyone who’s interested.

 I leave you now with a picture of my baby Elizabeth, she got a kitchen from Santa which she is getting great enjoyment out of but she also got great enjoyment out of the box…. take a look and see 🙂 If you have reached this far thank you so much for sticking to the end of what was a long post.

My baby Elizabeth, trying out her box lol

Happy Stitching,

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18 Responses to Starts, Finishes and Crazy’s

  1. Vonna says:

    What darling babies you have :)Both are just sweet little cherubs!I love the nursery rhymes and the Cowboy dreams is darling too!

  2. Oh Ruth, I do hope your Mum is on the mend. Just look at little Benjamin beside that great cake you baked and decorated for him! Elizabeth is just beautiful! Your stitching looks fab. So glad you got those presents done. I was wondering if you had maybe forgot about the books! 😉 You have big plans for yourself Ruth! Good for you! 🙂

  3. Lucie says:

    Oh hun, they all look fab :)I hope your mum is on the mend now – it must have been worrying for you all.I look forward to seeing the progress on all of your crazies 🙂

  4. pam says:

    What lovely little ones you have. Not sure how you can find time to stitch with small children but the starts are looking nice.

  5. Mouse says:

    awwww the wee one's are lovely, really cheeky grins .. think the cake went down very well 🙂 well done on the starts and hope your mum starts to feel better soon too :)love mouse xxxxx

  6. Melissa says:

    I hope your mom is feeling better!Great job on the nursery rhymes. I am also a big Pride and Prejudice fan, so I can't wait to see more of Mrs Darcy's sampler 🙂

  7. Hely says:

    Well done with the starts 🙂 The cake looks awesome! Haha I can imagine kids having fun with boxes, I was just the same when I was little, boxes were exciting little houses! 😉

  8. Thoeria says:

    Oh Ruth, Elizabeth is just gorgeous! How she has grown :)Sorry to hear about your Mom – I admit that when you first mentioned A&E I didn't understand what it was – reading your post now I understand! I do hope she's feeling better!Benjamin looks right chuffed with his cake! Did he help bake it :)And your Nursery rhymes are lovely! I have Boy Blue too – seeing it all done up makes me think that maybe I should add it to my crazies :)Looking forward to watching your starts (which already look good) grow!

  9. What alot you haven done! Don't know how you get so much done with the little ones there! Who are very sweet by the way! They look like they keep you hopping! Can't wait to see more of your Crazies!Melissa J.

  10. Gillie says:

    Hugs to your Mum, hope things are improving. Love the Nursery Rhymes. Amazing how we buy these gifts and they like the box just as well!

  11. Tricia says:

    Oh Ruth I too hope your mum is getting better, As for your stitching all looks fab as always and benjamin looks so proud beside his fab cake xx

  12. SoCal Debbie says:

    It's wonderful that you finished all 3 nursery rhymes for your children! Your daughter is adorable in her Christmas box! LOL

  13. I am so glad that I came across you blog. I am looking forward to following your posts. I remember making a Thomas The Tank cake for my son many moons ago. Yours is much better than mine.Your needlework is beautiful.

  14. Linda says:

    Hi Ruth. You just amaze me at how much you get done with 7 children. They must all be angels. I love the pics you did the little ones (I have all the charts, but haven't stitched them). The cake is just adorable as are the kids. Looking forward to starting Robin Hood with you on Thursday.Linda

  15. Ruth, your nursery rhyme series turned out lovely for the kids. They may be small starts but they are starts none the less!

  16. Colleen says:

    Beautiful babies you have, Ruth. Love their pictures. Super design of Thomas Tank Engine Cake…Love the framing & your finishes. You have been one very busy girl!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Your kids are adorable and lovely stitching for your kids.Marl

  18. deb says:

    Always love your blog updates! Beautiful projects. Great job on the train cake! It is wonderful. Deb

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