Time to paint the toenails!


The beach huts are well and truly completed! The little seagull has his legs, the birds are in the sky and the pink and yellow beach hut no longer look like they have been on a boil wash! I have decided that since this is done now, it gives me license to be particularly summery (hence the painting of the toenails ready for sandals). I cant wait to get this mounted, framed and up on the bathroom wall so I can have a bit of sunshine everytime Im in the bath 🙂 I am also ecstatic to say that my new toy has arrived! After visiting my Dad, stepmum and sisters yesterday, I am now the proud owner of a brand spanking new sewing machine!! eeeeeeee! is the only way to express how happy I am about this. I cannot go into my living room because it is boxed in there looking at me and I have to wait for mister to get home to help me unbox and set it up. I am itching to get started already and will have to try and brush up on my machine skills before I do. There may not be enough hours in the day to achieve this though… 🙂

waiting for the tide to come in…


All thats left of the cross stitching now is the sea! Normally Im not a fan of the sea part but Im actually really looking forward to doing it now, probably because its so close to the finishing line. Im hoping that the backstitch will give the yellow beach hut some definition. Ive told myself that that one will be the best purely because its yellow and anything yellow makes me grin (Ahem,  apart from wasps…). So for the rest of the day and evening I will endeavour to feel the spray of the sea and hopefully a little backstitch too. My that will be fun… 😉


she sells sea shells on the sea shore…


I have now discovered that to avoid getting tongue twisted saying that phrase, just type it. Its far easier and nobody gets embarrassed! Back to focus, last night I managed to finish what I hope will be the last of the sand. It is obviously an important element of the design, I just don’t enjoy stitching that bit. I think its how monotonous it is with samey colours, even it being yellow (which is my favourite colour) doesnt bring enthusiasm. I think the main reason for this is that Im chomping at the bit to get on with the next beach hut, them being the best bit. So a big yay! from me and onwards to the next ice cream house… 🙂


cause there aint no cure for the summertime blues…


Thanks Eddie Cochran for that enlightening lyric, but apparently there is a cure for summertime blues. Or at least, springtime ones. I have been busily stitching the bothy threads beach hut design amidst other projects and this is the latest update. I always do the backstitch at the end of all the cross stitching so this is why there is not a lot of definition. I must admit, despite initially finding the multicoloured thread partially stitched for the sea a bit of a waste of time, I can now see the reason it is used. These are two of six huts I believe so a way to go yet. I will contact the estate of Mr Cochran and explain how misleading his song is in the meantime 😉