Saturday, May 28, 2005

Kitty capers

If anyone knows how to end the cycle of your cats being picked on by other cats, please share with me! My two cats (who are just over a year old) have been coming home with bites and scratches on a regular basis for quite some time now. We have stopped putting food out during the day when we are at work, which was part of the problem, but they still come home with scratches and bites. Giggsy is the latest victim... fortunately, we've caught all but one bite before it abscessed (that was poor Meg!). I think I should quit my job and stay at home to look after them, but I am sure my OH would never agree! :o) haha

I managed a little progress on Lady Leona this week. I had intended to do some stitching this afternoon after I had done some housework. But one thing led to another and the house ended up being spring cleaned near enough! So tonight I thought I'd catch up on some blog reading and writing while my OH watches the Super 12 rugby final (he thinks I hate rugby season, but I secretly love it because it means more time for stitching!), and then maybe I'll get started on an RR I am participating in. I've had it two weeks and haven't even started looking to see if I have the necessary threads yet. Bad me!

Have you been following the Schappelle Corby case - the Australian lady sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in a Balinese jail? My overwhelming feeling is that she is innocent, and I think most people would agree with that. You would think that surely there must be something more that can be done for her? It hasn't put me off going to Bali, as Bali had already put me off going to Bali!!! It's a place that many people say you either love or you hate - and unfortunately, I wasn't one of the ones who fell in love with it. Ever so fortunately, we missed the Bali bomb by a few weeks - lucky for us or what?

Hope you are enjoying your weekend, I'm off to catch up on some blog reading!

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Cross stitch magazine junkie

No luck tracking down the Cross Stitcher (US magazine) at another shop today. However, I did come out with a copy of the March issue of Cross Stitcher (the UK one). It seems when I'm on a mag mission that I can't come away with nothing!

However, it's another fairly disappointing issue, with not a lot in it taking my fancy. There's nothing worse than feeling like you've wasted good stash money! I might subscribe to Just Cross Stitch and avoid magazine shops in future! I don't even like the new look Stitchers World, it seems different from past issues. Maybe the problem is all me - I've just bought too many magazines and I'm getting fussy!! :0)

Have any other readers of the UK magazines noticed the same penpal advert in the UK magazines over and over and over for at least the past four years? I guess the person is either still looking, or loves having hundreds of people to write to. I used to have penfriends, but these days don't even write to people who I really should (such as friends and family).

I haven't stitched much on Lady Leona this week, but I am off to put in a few stitches before bed.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

I see a purchase coming on...

Day Surrendering to Night by Kustom Krafts...



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It conjures up similar feelings to that of the Heavenly Kiss by Delatour Designs (now out of print I believe) which I bought the pattern for at Olympia in 1999.  My Mum is stitching it up for me.




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Oh how I wish there were more stitching hours in the day!

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Isn't she a little beauty?

We all love stitchy pics, right?  Well here is Lady Leona (from Dimensions) which is my current WIP.  I've really been motoring along on her and she is starting to take shape rather quickly now.  In fact I'm finding her rather hard to put down, which is bad news when I have an RR to do.  :0)  You might think she'd be a bit boring to stitch with all that brown, but if you have considered buying this design you shouldn't be put off - there is lots of tweeding and using different numbers of threads to keep you interested.



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This weekend has been a bit miserable weather-wise so this afternoon I have been putting together a photo album for my OH's nephew who is turning seven next month.  He came out from Northern Ireland in January (where my OH is from) and we toured the South Island and showed him and the rellies around locally too.  As I took well over 500 photos of his time here, I thought that it might make a nice birthday present for him.  He is quite advanced for his age, so we have no doubt that he'll love it and actually appreciate it.  His sense of humour is that of someone much older too.  He put me in my place when he was four years old.  We had flown over to Manchester (from Northern Ireland) for a few days away, and on the way back he bought a toy plane at the airport.  He was pretending to fly it around and I said to him "Hey, there's no pilot flying that plane!" and his retort was "That's because it's a toy plane"!!  What can you say to that?



As I was printing out the photos (it took a few hours) I started tidying up some of my stash - making piles of charts, magazines etc.  Too many times I have wanted to start something quickly and my plans have been grounded because I can't find what I want.  I put all my threads into numerical order and into floss boxes a few months back, so I'm getting organised slowly.  One day I might even get around to selling some of my unwanted stash on Ebay or TradeMe.



I fancied buying a stitching magazine yesterday, so off I trekked during my lunch hour through the rain to my favourite magazine shop to pick up a copy of The Cross Stitcher... but they'd all gone.  I ended up going elsewhere, but they didn't have it either and as it was raining I didn't fancy trekking any further - so I ended up with a copy of The World of Cross Stitching.  It has a really cute Humphrey's Corner design in it - but that is about the height of it.  It's funny how my tastes have changed in recent times, I much prefer the American magazines over the UK ones now.  I never used to even look at the American ones, but now I find the designs more appealing and more varied.



Thanks to those who have taken the time to make a comment on my blog.  It's nice to know that someone out there is having a looksy!



Hope you're having an enjoyable weekend, no matter where in the world you are...



 

Saturday, May 14, 2005

No stitching today...

It was a lovely sunny day today, and even quite warm for the time of year - so we spent the afternoon cleaning our pool and tidying the garden. It was great to get these things out of the way for another week or two, but now I'm too tired to stitch. Ho-hum. Lady Leona will have to wait until tomorrow to be brought a little more to life.

I have managed to accomplish one thing tonight, getting a side panel into my blog. I spent ages trying to find out how to add one to the template. Then it occurred to me that maybe it was the template, so I chose another and bingo! I'm new to blogging, so I guess it will take a while to get my head around these things. Don't be surprised if you decide to revisit my blog occasionally and see wierd stuff!

How stash addicted are you? I was awake at 3am the other morning going through my Stitching Bits and Bobs order in my head, when I realised the cart had said 7 items when I'd wanted 8... so I had to email them the next day and ask them to add the item I must have deleted (and I added another, tee hee). I do have to say it wasn't the reason I was awake (my OH snores and we have two cats who share the bed), but it's kinda crazy to come to the realisation there was something amiss with my order at that time of the morning!

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, May 13, 2005

Testing posting a pic

Here's one of my wee darlings, lets see if it works...




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I'm back...

It has been a couple of months since I created this stitching blog. I think my interest waned when I realised you can't just pick a template and have it look and contain exactly what you want, that you need to put in an effort. :0)

Anyway, stitching-wise I am currently working on Lady Leona by Dimensions. She's now not only got a face and quarter of a head of hair, but a neck too! It's actually stitching up quite quickly. I hope I might get her finished before my Stitching Bits and Bobs order arrives and my new projects spark my interest.

I have ordered -

from The Drawn Thread -
Lily of the Valley (kit)
Alpine Garden (chart pack)
For the Birds (chart pack)
Welcome Spot (chart pack)
Spring Spot (chart pack)
Cat's Meow (chart pack)
The Perennial Border (chart)

from the Prairie Schooler -
Woodland Santas book (thought this might be good for a four person RR)

from the Workbasket -
God's Critters

I can't wait for all my stitchy stash to arrive! The exchange rate is still good and if I'd bought all this stash locally it would have cost me at least twice as much (I checked into it, out of curiosity!).

I am involved in a four person RR at the moment, and have received the next RR for me to stitch on. The theme is International Bears and the two pieces stitched already look super-duper lovely (and the owner has stitched some fantastic borders around the squares) - so I can't wait to add to it.

Happy stitching