Friday, March 06, 2009

I'm back!

Don't faint in surprise! It's been a while hasn't it? Due to one thing and another I haven't had the heart to blog for quite a long time. Things are more settled now though, so hopefully I'm back!

In brief, the lovely job I had in Cambridge is no more. The office closed 10 days ago and I'm coming to terms with working from home. We were told just before Christmas (so a rather miserable and frugal holiday period) and it's obviously a worry financially. So far, I'm getting enough freelance work, but the only people I've spoken to in the last 10 days are Martin and our neighbour, so I need to start a craft group or something! It was a lovely job, with ups and downs of course, but about as good as you can get and I've been fairly depressed about it all.

Anyway, every cloud has a silver lining, and the fact that staff were treated pretty badly means I feel completely not guilty about using the last of the office's paper to print out stitching charts. This was a load of paper to carry home on the last day!

(Did you spot the cat on the roof outside!)

On to stitching photos. I've been too low to stitch as much lately, but I do have some finishes. I'll share them gradually over the next few days. Today you get a long overdue photo of a little finish for Joan's LHN RR. Joan has a gorgeous RR and her theme was needlework, so I stitched the Necessities Sampler for her. I'm afraid I didn't iron it before it went off, but here it is.

And here was the whole thing - isn't it great? I love the reels of thread round the sides.

I also received my own LHN RR back in the post. This round robin has been a bit of a trial I'm afraid. One of the stitchers had some major problems and not one single round reached me in time. In fact we thought three or four were lost for good as she stopped communicating. It made it all quite stressful and not what I hoped for! My RR is looking lovely though, so a big thank you to the ladies who did stitch on it.

There's one square unstitched from our problem person, so I'm not sure what to do about that yet.

That's the stitchy photos for today - more soon! I'll leave you with a photo of the lovely charm pack Karen sent me for my birthday. Thank you so much Karen!


  1. Anonymous6:56 am

    Lovely to see you back blogging Nicki :)

    Joan's RR looks great and yours is just beautiful! I'm sorry you had so many problems with it, but it's really pretty and very well balanced. I'm sure you'll come up with something wonderful to finish it off!

  2. Big big BIG hugs! (I've missed you!)

  3. Sorry to hear you have had problems with the RR, but yours has come back looking lovely

  4. Your RR looks lovely - I can't wait to see what you do to the last block.

  5. Thank you for posting the RR's. I am a good friend of Joan's and we haven't seen hers for awhile. The square you stitched on it is beautiful. Your RR is beautiful too! What fun. I bet you are glad to get it back. If you are looking for someone to stitch that last square--I would be willing too.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your job. I think the stitching charts on office paper is more than fair...

    The RRs are beautiful. Your's turned out lovely despite the empty square. I bet you could find a volunteer to stitch it for you!

  7. Hugs about the job news. I hope you are feeling better soon.

  8. Aw, I'm so sorry. DH lost his job too. If you need another stitcher for your RR, I'd be happy to help. I don't have any charts in that style, though, so you could pick out something for me to stitch. As you know, I'm a fast stitcher. ;-)


  9. It's lovely to see a post from you! I'm so sorry about the work situation, but that's wonderful that you're getting freelance work.

    Both RR's are gorgeous!!!

  10. Sorry to hear of your work situation, but oh so glad to see a post from you :)

    If you need a stitcher for your RR, I would love to stitch on it for you if you want :) Just let me know!

  11. I'm sorry to hear about your job, hopefully something will come up soon :)

    The round robins look beautiful!

  12. NIkki,congratulations on getting your RR back - it's beautiful and so is the one you worked on for your friend. I have been in problem RR's too and have vowed 'no more' for me. I'd rather do SAL's and things like that. I am sorry about your job - so many of us are facing job loss/changes in these challenging times. I am sending good wishes to you that things work out alright.

  13. Your RR is one of the prettiest I've ever seen, honestly. Really, really beautiful!
    I'm sorry about the RR. The Hello Neighbor one that I was in everyone got theirs back except me :(
    Mine is lost in the postal system. I'll never do another...ever.
    I'm sorry to hear of the loss of your job, and I know it has to be very upsetting. But my Mama always says, "When God closes a door he leaves a window open" so maybe this window will lead you to something spectacular beyond your wildest dreams. That's my hope for you!

  14. Missed you Nicki!

    What a fabulous pile of printing (I have a matching pile here, I just printed off some big HAEDs last night - such fun).

    Your LHN RR looks lovely, I'm so sorry to hear you've had problems with the group. And the stitching for Joan's is lovely.

  15. Welcome back! Your LHN RR turned out wonderfully!!

    Sorry to hear about your job...I hope that something ideal comes up for you. :)

  16. Your RR is gorgeous! I'm going to have to start my own LHN RR. Thanks for the inspiration.

    If you are looking fir someone to stitch the remaining block for you, I would love to do it!

    I'm sorry about the job loss so close to the holidays. I hope something shows up soon. {{{hugs}}}

  17. Hello there lovely Nikki, So sorry the job situation has changed and I hope working from home proves financially viable , it is a bit lonely being at home though, at least some days I feel it is !! I LOVE your RR it will be so gorgeous but such a shame it had it problems along the way .

    Take care and I am hoping to see you again soon

  18. Sorry to hear about your job. LOL at using the last of the offices paper to print out charts... revenge is sweet!

    The RRs are beautiful. They are good fun when everyone meets their committment, but so often people let other people down which is a shame.

  19. I would love to stitch your missing block!! I've never done a round robin and I'd love to try!

  20. Yes, that's a great way to even things up a bit, printing out a few ( ;) ) charts on office supplies before leaving. Seriously, though, I am so sorry that you've got worries and sadness going on due to work and finances. It's not fun, as I know.

    I see you've already gotten lots of offers to stitch that last square, but I want to volunteer, too. It would be an honor. :D

    Take care. Feel free to email me anytime to talk!

  21. I'm glad to see you blogging again Nikki I always love seeing your needlework.

    The work situation sucks, especially finding out just before Christmas. Good on you for getting all the printing done before you left. I'm worried about work too and having hobbies like reading and cross stitch does lift my mood.

  22. Good to see you back and I echo the others who said your RR looks wonderful. I do hope things will improve for you soon.

  23. It's great o see you post again, and what a beautiful show! Judging from those two RRs, you lot have been creating a set of heirlooms, despite the drop-out (which I'm sure you'll be able to replace somehow). Congrats to all of you!

    So sorry to read about your job - I hope your work at home will make up for it.

  24. It's lovely to see you back Nicki. Sorry to hear about your job though. I hope the working from home goes well.

    Both RR's are gorgeous.

  25. The LHN RRs look great, both of them. I'm sorry to hear that you and the others were having problems with them.
    Sorry to hear about your job situation. But it's good to see that you are back to stitching and to the stitching world. Creating a craft group sounds really good ...

  26. Both RR's look wonderful and it is so great that you got yours back.