Saturday, April 12, 2014

Catching up

I recently finished up part four of the Frosty Forest series. As usual, I can't wait for the next part to arrive. It should arrive this coming week.



I decided to put some stitches into a couple of my WIPs, rather than starting something new. So out came Growing Like a Tree (a Moira Blackburn sampler). I can see an end in sight with this one.



I've also been working on Freelove Hazard by the Scarlet Letter. The main part is finished and I'm working on the border. The border is quite intensive as it is all stitched over one.



I've had a few comments about achieving quite a bit of stitching while having a small baby to look after. I basically only get a few hours in the evening to stitch. It's how I wind down after busy days looking after Annabelle and working (I currently do 10 hours a week from home for my employer). I try and fit as much as possible into my days while my little one sleeps.

Speaking of my little one, in a few days time she'll be 9 months old. She is such a joy, so happy and laid back. Always laughing and already showing a love of animals.



And speaking of time flying, would you believe that my niece Phoebe turns 5 years old on Monday and starts school the same day! She is such a crack up. She came to my house for lunch the other week and I couldn't find my make up bag for her to play with, so she only had some lipstick on. A few minutes after applying it she says 'It's going to be a bad day' then she paused for a bit... 'without any mascara'. lol



I'm currently enjoying following the Royal Tour of New Zealand via the news and internet. Prince William and Catherine are here with baby George. They passed by the end of our street the other day, but Annabelle needed a nap and by the time she woke up they had already passed. That was a shame, I would love to have been able to tell Annabelle in years to come that we had given them a wave. There are other opportunities to see them, but I don't like the thought of taking Annabelle out into huge crowds and in the miserable weather we're having. I saw Prince Charles and Camilla in 2012, and as a child I saw Princess Diana (a fleeting glimpse as she passed by). Maybe sometime in the future we'll get an opportunity.

Hope you have a great stitchy weekend!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

What I've been stitching lately

I have been keeping up with the Frosty Forest series, managing to get each one finished before the next arrives. I will stitch the buttons on at the very end. I'm not sure that I'll like the buttons on the finished piece, but I decided to get them anyway.



Last year I was lucky enough to win Midnight Ride by Blackbird Designs and the threads to stitch it from the lovely Melissa. It is a striking design, especially with that pop of orange. I think I will finish this simply with a black round embroidery hoop (unless I can find a round box at the craft store). Thanks again Melissa!



I currently have two projects on the go. First up is French Country Baby Carriage (which I've posted about before). I just have to personalise it with the details of Annabelle's birth.



Next up is Just Nan's Little Snow (which finishes up as an owl ornament). I was quite enjoying this piece until last night, when my eyes decided that they just couldn't distinguish between the fabric and thread anymore. The colours are quite muted. I think I'll have to finish it off during daylight hours.



Hopefully I'll be back soon with a couple of finishes.


Monday, February 03, 2014

Giveaway winner and TUSAL

Hi everyone

Earlier today I had my trusty assistant draw the winner of the 500 posts giveaway. My assistant was happy to grab the bowl and delve right in there. Annabelle ended up grabbing a number of names, but the last name stuck in her hand (after slumping to the right since she hasn't mastered sitting up yet) was Kiwi Rach.



Congrats and thanks to everyone for taking part. Please email me your snail mail address when you get a chance Rach. In the meantime I'll work on your prize.

I also nearly forgot to do my TUSAL update, so I had my assistant do the modelling for that too. (Yikes, I didn't expect her to pick up the bowl!). In here are the ORTS for the Frosty Forest series, the French Baby Carriage by JBW Designs and for Midnight Ride by Blackbird Designs which I have recently started.



If you want to join in the TUSAL details can be found here and here

Have a great week!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Snowy Deer and Sunny Deer

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by recently (through the Grow Your Blog party, regular readers and to those who may have just surfed on in). If you are looking for my Grow Your Blog post, you can find it here.

We have been away up north for a few days, but before we left I finished up Snowy Deer (and corrected the face on the raccoon). I can't wait for the next instalment.



While we were away we visited a farm/petting zoo, where we met Snowy Deer's cousin Sunny Deer. Isn't it gorgeous?



It was a very hot day, but luckily there was plenty of shade on offer for both the animals and ourselves. Annabelle was a bit too young to enjoy it, but our 12 year old niece and I certainly did.

We took a nice drive part way up Mt Taranaki. You can walk to the top if you don't mind a strenuous 8-10 hour climb. Even though the temperature was in the mid 20s (Celsius) where we were, the sign said it was -8 degrees Celsius at the summit. I was content admiring the summit from below.



Anyway, the real point of this post was to remind you that my giveaway will be drawn on Monday 3 February. If you'd like to throw your name in the hat please comment on this post here. Everyone is welcome to enter.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog

Hi everyone

This year I decided to take part in the Grow Your Blog event. So for those that have stopped by as part of this event - welcome! And to those who have visited before - welcome back! (To find out more about the GYB event, you can click on the icon below).

2 Bags Full

My name is Rowyn and this is me...



I started blogging in 2005 to record my cross stitch finishes and connect with other stitchers. I've made lots of stitching friends along the way and participated in stitching round robins, stitchalongs and exchanges. It has been a lot of fun.



Over the years I've also shared photos of my much loved furry family members (past and present). I particularly love cats and bunnies. We currently have three cats (Petal, Meg and Tess) and two bunnies (Millie and Cola). The bunnies have all been rescue bunnies, and Petal is a rescued cat (Petal has some severe facial injuries/disfigurement inflicted by her previous owner. She has a safe and loving forever home now though!).



I live in a beautiful country and love sharing photos of New Zealand. We actually have some future trips planned, so there will be new photos in the nearish future.



I love my garden, but right now it's not looking so great (it has looked pretty lovely in years gone by). We are going to completely makeover the back garden (dig it up, change the shape of the garden beds and replant it). I'm looking forward to this, although I think it will require some serious planning this time. If you have any hints or tips on where to begin when planning a garden, feel free to leave a comment and/or email me.



I'm also Mummy to six month old Annabelle. She is a placid, happy baby. When she smiles at me or laughs it always melts my heart (sometimes it can even bring a tear to my eye!). Here she is pulling at the frills on her onesie and rolling around having a great old time. It is fair to say that her Daddy and I are very smitten with her.



So that is a bit about me and my blog.

If you want to follow my blog, the Followers button is on the sidebar (I've moved it up to the top so you can easily find it). I'm also on Flickr, Pinterest and Instagram - the links can also be found in my sidebar. My email address is in my profile if you want to contact me. Or you can simply leave me a comment to let me know you were here and I'll return the favour and come and visit your blog.

Thanks for visiting! I look forward to finding new blogs to follow and making more blogging friends. And to those blogging friends who I already know - thanks as always for reading and your lovely comments xx

Friday, January 24, 2014

New blogger

It would be great if you could pop on over and give Lynda a warm welcome to blogging.

You can find her blog here - Purple Pixie Dust

Thanks! :-)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

500th post giveaway

I noticed last night in my blogger dashboard that I have made 499 posts to this blog since I started in 2005. So here is post 500!

I think 500 posts is worthy of a giveaway. If you would like your name thrown into the hat (it doesn't matter where in the world you are), please leave a comment on this post. I will tailor the prize to suit the winner. I will get Annabelle to pull the winners name from a bowl on Monday 3 February (NZ time).

Here's a little progress on Snowy Deer. So far it's shaping up to be a cute forest!





Wednesday, January 15, 2014

This and That

I finished up the first block of the Frosty Forest series last night. Although, I think my raccoon looks like he is stuck in the headlights of an oncoming car. I wasn't sure how many times to wrap my thread around my needle. The chart recommends stitching the French knots in one strand of thread and the gap seemed sooo large that I went around six times! I definitely overdid it, so will correct that later.

Snowy Deer arrived in the mail today, so how is that for great timing - I can just keep on stitching.



Last night I made a start on French Country Baby Carriage by JBW Designs. I am stitching it using Crescent Colours 'Clay Pot'. It will be personalised for Annabelle, who is six months old today (since I never got around to stitching her a birth sampler - although I have finally seen one I very much like!).



Here she is about 11 days old. Looking back at photos she was so very tiny (a month early and some other small problems), but she is such a happy, smiley, placid, funny little girl who has grown so much that we can happily forget all of lifes less shiney moments encountered along the way.



We finally found a suitable friend for my bunny Cola. Meet Millie. Oh boy she is cute.



It is quite hard finding companions for rabbits. I like my rabbits to be around the same size in case of any dust ups, and most of them have very strong/dominant personalities (even though we like to think of them as sweet and fluffy). However, so far so good with Cola and Millie so hopefully they will keep each other company for a good many years.

Have any of my readers suffered from ovarian cysts? I ended up at A&E on Saturday morning after being struck by a sudden and intense pain. I nearly blacked out during this odd episode and they think it was possibly an ovarian cyst that ruptured. I have never had anything like it before. The Doctor says I may never have one ever again, and that would be fine with me! I was also very lucky that my DH was home and that I was able to get Annabelle back in her cot safely before my head went fuzzy. I'll eventually receive an appointment for an ultrasound to check things out (although I think that will be closing the barn gate after the horse has bolted).

I hope you are all having a great week and getting lots of stitching in.



Thursday, January 09, 2014

Frosty Forest

Here is my progress on Raccoon Cabin, the first in the Frosty Forest series by Country Cottage Needleworks. I am very much enjoying this, and can't wait to see it grow in the coming months.



Annabelle will be six months old next week. The time has gone so fast! Here is my current favourite photo of her. It was actually taken at the supermarket last weekend! :-)



I hope all my friends in the northern hemisphere are managing to stay warm and safe while you experience that crazy polar vortex.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Forget Me Not

I stayed up late last night and finished up my Forget Me Not Sampler by With Thy Needle & Thread. It is such a pretty design (the photo doesn't do it justice, as it is a dull day here today).



I chose not to dye my fabric, as the colours looked really nice against the cream fabric. Plus you really never know what colour/shade you are going to get when you dye your own.

Next up for me is the Frosty Forest series. I'm hoping to get Raccoon Cabin stitched up before Snowy Deer arrives in the mail.

It's just a quick post from me today - so have a great weekend!