Thursday, March 05, 2009

Just when you're wanting to stitch...

... then the power goes out! I was cruising along last night, starting work on the pudgie, then all of a sudden - no power! It was just after 7:30pm and I was using my Ott-lite to work with. Well, that put a stop to my stitching. This is where I got to...

The Potting Shed - 4 March 2009

The weather had turned cooler, and there were strong winds late yesterday. The winds may have had something to do with the blackout. After the power went off I was kind of hoping it wasn't going to be for long (so I could get back to my stitching), but I wasn't so lucky. I phoned the power company to check there was a problem in my area and not just at my place, and they said about 140 houses were without power in my area and they were looking into it. They had no idea when it would be back on. Great! What's a girl to do without any power at night time? Takes you back to the olden days. :) After a while of just sitting there, I decided to light a candle, grab a magazine, and read by candlelight. That took up some time, but by 11pm I'd had enough. Still no power, I went to bed. It came back on at 1:30am because my front sensor light went on and woke me up.

So back to my stitching... I wasn't too impressed. I was ready to get a bit done last night. I'll just have to do some more today, won't I?

I love reading all your comments and thank you so much for taking the time to leave them. I'd just like to answer a few of your recent questions. Jean wanted to know whether I would get the mat for Potting Shed. Yes, I would love to. It certainly compliments the design but have not definitely decided on that one. She also wanted to know what a pudgie is. (I forget everyone's not into Shepherd's Bush as much as I am.) It's a term used in Shepherd's Bush designs. They have these little people found in their patterns who are fondly known as Pudgies. The man I'm working on in The Potting Shed at the moment would be classified as one. Chrissie, yes, I am enjoying my leave from work. It's nice to get up of a morning when you want to, not when you have to. :)

In my last post about my stash I forgot to do a link for The Rocking Horse which is where I bought it from. Someone had asked whether it was the one in Michigan. Yes, that's the one. I've ordered from Barb there a few times over the years. They will put on a sale which is usually 20% off but you have to subscribe to their newsletter in order to hear about it. They don't mention the sale on their website at the time and I usually make a note about the discount when I put my order through to them. It's one place I know I can get my Shepherd's Bush items for a reduced price.

Well, I hope that's all questions answered. Just one more thing before I go. Yuko sent me a beautiful award recently. She was so kind to do that and I'm pleased to be able to bring some happiness to her part of the world. It's called the 'Makes My Heart Smile' award. I think I'm supposed to pick 10 blogs that make me smile but I always find it hard to pick some people and not others, so everyone in my blog list gets an award. You all make my heart smile. I think anyone that goes to the effort of doing a blog deserves some sort of award. People's stitching blogs certainly make my heart smile because it's my passion in life and I love to see what other people are doing, whether I comment or not. It's a nice community to be a part of where we can share a common interest. So a big thanks to all of you stitching bloggers out there!

12 comments:

Debs said...

Jane, I can so feel and understand your frustration over losing power. In our little town, we don't even have to have a storm or wind to lose ours. Poof, it just goes off and leaves us all in the dark for as long as they want us in the dark. Loved your stash shopping, you sure got a huge haul. Great shopping. Love your blog and your pictures are wonderful.
hugs
debs

Chrissie said...

That would be so frustrating but hope you are managing to get some stitching time today to make up for it. Imagine what it must have been like back in the days when there was no electricity. I wonder if the women stitched by candlelight. How awful. My poor old eyes would not allow me to do that.
thanks for the award Jane :)

Chrissie

Jurga said...

It's so nice beginning of your new SB project, I love these amazing satin stitches :) Colors are wonderful like always. It gonna be very beautiful work...

Susan said...

Thanks for the heads up on The Rocking Horse - I've never heard of that store before - I'll have to look into it.

I'm sorry the loss of power interrupted stitching on your little pudgie. I'm glad it wasn't a prolonged outage!

Nicole said...

Hi Jane! Sorry about your power loss. What you did get stitched is very pretty though! :)

Deb said...

Boy do I feel your pain about the power. All ready to stitch and then....nothing. You've got some great stash acquisitions (I'm jealous). And the Rocking Horse has a great selection of SBs. I was just there this week (as I live in Michigan), and the whole shop is just full of eye candy! Hope you get some stitching done today!
Deb

Giovanna said...

Ack, isn't that just infuriating? We had an evening just like that last year, I was in a pretty bad mood too.

Your stitching is lovely!

Tammy said...

Oooo, I would hate for the lights to go out on my stitching! Your WIP is looking wonderful and I always look forward to your progress!

Anne said...

Oh Jane it must have been so frustrating to have everything ready to stitch and then... no power pfff... but it already looks great, I love these soft colours, looking forward to seeing your progress pictures!

Melissa said...

Sometimes Life is like that - just when you went to GO! At least you're on leave and will have loads of time to stitch. Will catch up with you via email soon. (Work is nuts, or maybe just the people!)

Bine said...

It is so bad having to struggle with loosing the power.... frustrating.
Since you posted the picture of the purple snowman I can't wait to see it in the OLS. I will purchase that one for sure. The red one is already waiting in my drawer to be stitched and I like the other ones too..... :)

Brigitte said...

It doesn't seem very funny when the powers stays down for so many hours. Just when you have some spare time and want to stitch to your heart's desire. Glad that you got it back during the night.
The Potting Shed looks very nice.