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Carole's WIPs

by Carole » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:20 pm

My last thread hasn't been updated for well over a year so I thought, New year = new thread and here it is :D

I seem to be back in the habit of stitching again so will hopefully have lots of excuses to spend a bit of time here again after a wee absence.

I've just finished stitching this, which I loved doing with all the pretty colours. It's A whole lotta latte by Dimensions.

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I ran out of a couple of the thread colours near the end but Dimensions were excellent and posted out more thread really quickly.

I've just started Crazy cat lady, which I thought was quite appropriate for me to do. This is what it'll look like when finished.

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Isn't it perfect for me?

I still have just the three helpers.

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Last time I posted, Rosie was still a kitten and quite small. She's been growing nicely and I'm pretty sure she's going to overtake Frodo in the size department, if she hasn't already. It's a bit hard to tell as she has so much floof :wub:
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Re: Carole's WIPs

by mags » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:24 pm

Hi Carole, I have been missing a bit too. Love the Latte stitch and look forward to seeing your very appropriate cat lady stitch. Gorgeous photo of your cats too. :D
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Re: Carole's WIPs

by richardandtracy » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:18 pm

Oh those gorgeous cats. I love Frodo, he looks so mischievous, and Rosie so aloof.

The cat lady one.. Promise never to get that bad! At our last house the previous owner had been a cat lady, passing away in her 90's owning 13 cats. The house was absolutely eyewatering in the intensity of the cat smell when we first looked at it. We were given the keys by the estate agent as they didn't want to go in. When we opened the front door, we recoiled at the stench, and left the place airing for 5 mins before going in. We later found the oven warming drawer was 3" deep in mouse droppings. The cats were so over fed they never caught a single mouse.
Sorry, I digress. It should be lovely.

As for the other, latte is not my cup of tea. It's well stitched though, and well finished.

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Re: Carole's WIPs

by poppy » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:49 pm

A whole lotta latte is very colourful, a joy to look at!
The cat lady kit will be fun to stitch. As for your 3 helpers, they are beautiful and so different too.

Richard, I was cringing as I read about your account of what state you found the house in. I am surprised you bought it! It must have taken some time to make it sweet smelling again.
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Re: Carole's WIPs

by richardandtracy » Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:48 am

Poppy,

Some houses have a welcoming feel. That one did, which is why we took it on. There was a vast amount of work. The old lady's dad had been the developer of the street and lived in it. She took it over and married the boy next door. When we bought it in 1992 we were the third owners since 1898. The most recent improvement were the 6 electric light bulbs and one socket dating to 1936. The bathroom had a bath and a cold tap, nothing else. The toilet was outside. The roof had a hole in it and wet rot creeping over the adjacent walls.
But it felt welcoming.
So, I did most of the work, and we did it up as we could afford it. The winter before the heating went in, one day I registered -6C in the warmest room. Despite 4 fires going full blast.

Oh we also inherited cat number 13, because he was too wild to be caught. Eventually he turned into a little sweetie.

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by Mabel Figworthy » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:23 am

The lattes are so cheerful! The cat lady is just perfect (or should that be purrfect?) and what a gorgeous pic of your three helpers!
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Re: Carole's WIPs

by daisymay » Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:53 am

Love yours cats Carol & also Richard & Tracy's history of cat & house. Most we've had at one time is 4 but just got Jet now. You always know when a home is right for you when you get that warm feeling.. You did have a lot to contend with to start with though. (Sorry just seen you just sign Richard :oops: )

Really love the colours in latte one & the cat lady I looked at a few months back Look forward to seeing you stitch it. Should be fun watching to see what is coming up next as you stitch. Hope you have fun doing it. Will be awesome when finished I should think.
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by poppy » Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:06 am

Thanks Richard, it is very interesting to read. I am sure that you learned a lot about how to work in all kind of trades, while restoring the house and also ,acquiring some muscle strength! I remember having ice on our windows (inside) in our first place

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richardandtracy wrote:Oh we also inherited cat number 13, because he was too wild to be caught. Eventually he turned into a little sweetie.


Carole, we do love cats! :D
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by rcperryls » Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:57 pm

:wave: :wave: :wave: So good to see you again! and the kitties! Love latte (to drink as well as to see it being stitched) and think Crazy Cat Lady will be loads of fun (and not so sure she's crazy :roll: ). Looking forward to your updates.

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Re: Carole's WIPs

by wendywombat » Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:15 pm

poppy wrote:A whole lotta latte is very colourful, a joy to look at!
The cat lady kit will be fun to stitch. As for your 3 helpers, they are beautiful and so different too.

Richard, I was cringing as I read about your account of what state you found the house in. I am surprised you bought it! It must have taken some time to make it sweet smelling again.



My dad's house smelt like that and he didn't have cats!!!!!! :gurn: :gurn: :smelly:

I like the heap of cups and the Cat Lady made me smile.
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by Lulu22 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:30 pm

Super finish on a whole lotta latte :whoop: I love your photo and your next project can't wait to see your updates :)
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Re: Carole's WIPs

by Carole » Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:52 pm

richardandtracy wrote:Oh those gorgeous cats. I love Frodo, he looks so mischievous, and Rosie so aloof.

The cat lady one.. Promise never to get that bad!

Richard.


We'll be sticking at three. I was very tempted to get one more last year, but there's no room for another litter tray or the extra food dish so we had to be sensible :neutral:
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by Squirrel » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:58 am

Well Done on finishing the Latte one so beautifully, its gorgeous and such lovely colours.

As for the cat lady one, I looked at it some years ago but decided not to buy it so I look forward very much to watching you stitch it. :)
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by Catz » Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:31 pm

Love the coffee pic. The crazy cat lady looks like our house with our 8 cats, and I do have one who sits on my shoulders some time when I am stitching.
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by sina28 » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:53 am

Well done, stitching on this dark fabric was not easy for sure.

Your new cat pic is so cool, I'm looking forward to seeing it coming along.

Your cats are all gorgeous!
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Re: Carole's WIPs

by Carole » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:34 pm

I'm cracking on with Crazy Cat Lady and have made a decent start on it. I'm doing the backstitch as I go along, as there's tons of it :shock:

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by wendywombat » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:36 pm

I do like this design! :dance: Good idea to do the Back stitching as you go! :D
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by rcperryls » Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:10 pm

wendywombat wrote:I do like this design! :dance: Good idea to do the Back stitching as you go! :D


I do too! I think I recognize Laverne in a few of those designs! :lol:

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Re: Carole's WIPs

by mags » Fri Feb 16, 2018 6:51 pm

This must be a very fun stitch. :D
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by Lulu22 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:28 pm

I can see why you are doing the back stitch as you go you've done loads already :shock:

It looks like a lot of fun to stitch and its a lovely design :applesauce:
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