I have been thinking of Cathey (aka Pumpkin) and her loved ones a lot this week. I was genuinely saddened to learn of her passing. We shared a few emails back and forwards over the years (about breast cancer and more recently our babies). She was funny and sweet. I, like many others, will miss her presence in blogland but will not forget her.
I was browsing through Pinterest over the weekend, and came across this pumpkin freebie. It seemed very apt to stitch in memory of Cathey. I will finish it as a fob. You can find the chart here
Giggsy's memorial sampler has grown a little. I manage an hour or two most evenings once Annabelle has gone to sleep. Usually she falls asleep around 7pm and she can often sleep for 10 or 11 hours. Such a change from when she first came home - where we had to wake her up every 3 hours to feed her in order for her to gain weight.
As mentioned in my last post I was delighted to win one of Melissa's blogaversary giveaways, and even more delighted when DH came walking in with it yesterday. That was very speedy! Thank you again Melissa. :-)
I'll finish up with a photo of Annabelle, who is now 3 months old. Time flies!
Thanks for all the comments you left on my last post. I am still very sad about the loss of Giggsy two weeks on, so your kind thoughts are much appreciated.
For a long time I have liked Pineberry Lane's Beloved Companion Memorial sampler. I knew I would stitch it one day for one of my kitty crew, but I seriously didn't think it would be anytime soon.
I managed to get a bit of time on it today while the baby was napping, and along came Meg (Giggsy's sister) and rubbed her head all over Giggsy's sampler. :-) I didn't mind a bit since it was for her brother.
Anyway, here is where I am at -
Annabelle is doing great. She has been smiling lots lately, and on Sunday she smiled at me without me having to prompt her. That was a great moment! She has been away on her first holiday (to New Plymouth to see family) and has grown 5 centimetres in 3 weeks. Yikes! My sister crocheted Annabelle the gorgeous 1920s style hat in this photo (my sister has only taught herself to crochet and managed to produce this!).
I received an email from Melissa at Words and Blooms today to let me know that I had won one of her blogaversary giveaways. Thank you Melissa. It really made my day. If you haven't discovered her blog already, there is lots of sampler and kitty eye candy so go check it out!
Spring, my favourite time of year! We've had quite a mild winter, but it doesn't diminish how lovely it is to see Spring blossoming around the place.
I have managed a few stitches here and there, and actually have a small spring themed finish. It is 'Springtime Happy Dance' by Widgets & Wool Primitves. Love those bunnies.
Unfortunately, I recently had to rehome one of my bunnies. I firmly believe that pets are for life, but Charlie and my other bunny Cola had a bit of a dust up. Fortunately no blood was shed, but I didn't want to risk it any further. So Charlie has found a nice new home at my Mum's house (so at least I still get to see him and know he'll be well looked after). :-)
Annabelle is now seven weeks old, and looking gorgeous in the beautiful knitted jersey Nicola sent. Thanks again Nicola! :-)
It is definitely harder to find time to do small things these days, but today I have managed to give my cross stitches a quick once over with the iron so I can share them here.
First up is Sailing Mice by Margaret Sherry. I have long loved these little mice and having a baby seemed like the perfect excuse to stitch them. This design is destined for the wall of Annabelle's room. I had been going to frame it while I was on leave awaiting her arrival, but as mentioned in my last post she turned out to be an early bird (just like her Mum and Dad - DH and I are always early for everything - even when we try not to be, lol).
I also finished up LHN's Old Nantucket a while back. I love the colours in this one and the fabric (WDW Cocoa). This was such a pleasurable stitch (you can tell I enjoyed it, because I don't often finish large designs within a year!).
I was making some great progress on my Scarlet Letter piece - Freelove Hazard. That's come to a bit of a halt, but I hope to get back to it soon.
Annabelle has been inundated with love, kindness and gifts from all around the world in the five and a half weeks since she arrived. Last week a squishy package turned up in the letterbox all the way from Cornwall! The lovely and generous Nicola sent Annabelle this beautiful jersey and a card featuring Poppy and Blue! :-) I can't wait until Annabelle is big enough to fit it. Thank you again Nicola for this gorgeous gift!
Annabelle is starting to stir, so I'd better make tracks. Thanks for reading!
I have some stitching finishes to share, but I will save those for another post and show you my most recent creation...
Our girl wasn't due until 8 August, but surprised us by arriving three and a half weeks early. I had only finished up at work on 12 July, and things started happening the very next morning. At that stage DH and I had no idea how close we were to meeting our daughter. :-) Although she caught us a bit off guard, we are delighted she is here!
We were finally allowed home from hopsital on the Thursday (which was also my birthday) - and there was a gift waiting for Annabelle from our good friend Kathy. Get a look at these handmade bibs and burp cloths. Aren't they amazing?
I have to confess that I still haven't had the heart to get them dirty yet, and visitors are blown away that someone was so kind to hand make these beautiful gifts. Thanks again Kathy! xx
I hope to be back soon to show you my stitching finishes.
I am currently stitching a very cute design for my baby, which I hope to finish and share very soon. In my last post I mentioned I'd had some flutterings which I thought might be the baby kicking - now I am in no doubt. DH has had his hand kicked too, which he thought was pretty cool.
I am currently on leave from work and we have just come back from four days up north in Taranaki visiting family. One of the nights we spent away was in a small township called Mokau, and this is the view from the deck of the bach we stayed at - in the distance is Mt Taranaki. Like with all good trips away, it was over too soon!
Hopefully I'll get some time with the rest of my leave from work to do some stitching.
It has been a while since I last blogged, so here I am with an update!
First up some new Just Nan bunny stash arrived recently. I wasted no time ordering them after nearly missing out on the limited edition Christmas mouse at the end of last year. lol.
I also got two small WIPs finished up recently. First up is the stitchery I had started over Christmas. (You wouldn't believe it, but I did actually iron it before taking the photo)! I quite enjoyed the process, but it will definitely take more practice to round corners nicely.
The other design is Lil' Jack and the Kitty from Bent Creek. Even my DH commented what a cool piece this was. I have to say it was the worst kit I have ever used though, as it was seriously short on thread (which wouldn't have been too much of a problem usually, but it was DMC Pearl Cotton 5 which I don't usually stitch with). It would put me off buying Bent Creek kits in future.
I participated in the Hop into Spring exchange recently, and can't wait to show you what was sent and received. Thank you to my mystery stitcher - what a super package. :-) I can't wait to find out who you are to thank you properly.
I am sorry if you have sent me an email in the last four months and haven't received a reply. I had to create a Gmail address to sign up to Nicola's Scarlet Letter blog last year, and it seems all emails started getting sent to that address instead of my main email. I will be checking both in future! :-)
Baby update - everything has been going really well. The only problem I have right now is staying awake in the evenings :-) (hence the lack of blogging and stitching). At the beginning of February I had a midwife appointment and heard the baby's heartbeat for the first time. That was very cool and special! I think I may have felt the baby move a few times, but I am not entirely sure. The baby also has a room full of 'stuff' (clothes, toys etc) already - and DH and I have hardly bought a thing! I haven't managed to stitch anything for the baby yet, but I have some time off coming up and the Easter break so maybe I'll get some stitching for the little one done then.