Sunday, August 28, 2005

Head over heels...

Here's the wee stray who has taken it upon herself to move in with us.  I have completely fallen for her!  (Even if her eyes are too huge for her head!!)

It was just like a summers day here today, so we spent the day out in our backyard.  My OH had a few beers and some wine, and by the end of the afternoon he said we could keep her and was even reeling out names we could call her.  He should get tiddly more often.  :-)

I sent a text to my OH's seven year old nephew in Northern Ireland to see if he can think of a name for her.  He loves cats and will think it is cool that we are asking him for suggestions.  We are quite sure that one of his responses will be 'Blackie'!  LOL. 

I put an ad on a website called Pets on the Net last night, but since we've not had a call from the local vets I don't expect anyone will claim her through that method either.  I don't want to see her go, but if someone does come knocking at the door I wouldn't hesitate to give her back - as someone's heart must be breaking over the loss of this dear wee soul.

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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Kitty is still here...

It spent the night in our bathroom, and hasn't shown much sign of wanting outside today. It just likes to be near you and it is so affectionate. It is even toilet trained... good kitty!

Our cats are a little unhappy about it being here, as you would expect - but they're not really disturbed... unlike my OH (which annoys me as he was the one that let it in the house in the first place).

I made up flyers on Friday to put in letterboxes around the neighbourhood, but my heart sank tonight when my OH said we should distribute them and try and find the owner. I guess I'm already attached to the wee critter. I think we will probably do this tomorrow. I know if one of my cats became lost I would like it returned!! But I will be sad to see it go if someone claims it.

I haven't done anymore stitching since Thursday night, as every time I sit down I have the cat on my lap either sleeping or wanting to smooch! But I am going to do some tonight while my OH watches the rugby. So off I go...

Friday, August 26, 2005


Don't you love how they worm their way into your lives? Tonight little blackie has been fed jellymeat, cat biscuits, steak... not to mention he let himself into the house has explored the lounge and is now shut in our bathroom under the warm towel rail with a nice soft basket and a fleecy rug. He's even had some flea treatment.

My OH is waivering. He likes the little cat and it was his suggestion to put him in the bathroom... but he seems kind of miffy too. I think he is just worried about Meg and Giggsy, but they don't seem to mind too much and appear more curious than anything else. They're asleep on the bed beside me here, so they obviously aren't taking it too badly.

I have made some flyers to pop in letterboxes, and my Mum has reported it to the vets in case anyone is looking for it... but I think now I'll be a little sad if it finds it's way home again.

Of course, there has been no stitching tonight.... BUT.... I did really enjoy my stitching session last night, so I think I can safely say I've found my va va voom again!! :-)

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Mauled by a cat...

We have a little black cat that has just started hanging out in our backyard, and tonight it bit me on the cheek. It wasn't being vicious, it was more like it was on the love drug and totally over-affectionate. It is now sitting at the door squawking to be let in. My OH is getting annoyed with it because it bothers our two cats, but I'm more worried about why it was here this morning at 6.30am and is still here now at 6.30pm. Hope it has a family of it's own to go to.

I went and bought a whole lot of DMC threads and some fabric tonight in order to recapture my stitching va va voom. But wouldn't you know it one of the threads I require for Bent Creek's Signs of Winter apparently does not exist. However, DMC 3720 appears to be a dark grey going by the picture on the chart... so it's no biggy and I plan to get started after dinner.

Yes Karen, I have just tonight joined up to Countrystitch's Rainbow Club. Yay!! So now each month I will be receiving a 50cm by 35cm piece of Kiwi Illusions hand dyed evenweave. It works out cheaper getting the evenweave only option, so that is pleasing too! I can't wait for the first piece to arrive next month.

The September issue of the UK Cross Stitcher mag turned out to be a good one, but I am looking forward to next month's even more... it looks like it is going to be packed full of cute and interesting designs. Roll on next month.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

No stitching progress... my stitching va va voom has disappeared for now. I haven't stitched for two or three weeks now (I sound like an alcoholic)!!

I'm hoping to stop off after work tomorrow and get some fabric and threads I need for Bent Creek's Winter design, in the hope that a quick finish might restore my stitching vitality.

We did do a lot of work to our back garden last weekend, which was very tiring as we were outside most of Saturday and Sunday. We moved 32 bags of bark and hopefully this is going to reclaim our weekends over summer as we won't have to weed the garden much at all now. Yipppeeee. I spent a gardening voucher I received for my birthday at the weekend - I bought two Hebes and a Daphne bush. I have loved Daphne since I was a youngster, the smell is oh so very heavenly... so I am thrilled to have it growing in my garden now.

I'm on the lookout for the JCS Xmas 2005 Ornie mag. It isn't in the shops I frequent yet... but I did come away with a copy of Cross Stitcher (UK) the September 2005 issue today(I love this airfreight business). Haven't looked at it yet mind you, must have a quick flick before bed. Must find those pesky cats first and bring them in for the night.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Eye spy with my little eye....

Something seasonal which begins with JCS!!

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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Small stash enhancement

I was out looking for some gifts for my partner in a birthday exchange today. I couldn't find anything to fit the bill... but I did pick up this Gloria and Pat book for a 1/3 off the price for myself.

I am thinking of joining up to Countrystitch's Rainbow Club, getting a piece of Kiwi Illusions hand-dyed fabric (probably the 50cm by 35cm) once a month. If you join before the end of August there are a few extra benefits, so I'm seriously thinking about this. I think I would go for an evenweave only option though, as I'm not too keen on linen (although, this may have something to do with needing glasses... tee hee hee).

I'm looking forward to the weekend. We have nothing planned, unlike last weekend where we had all that cleaning up of our garden to do and visitors who stayed overnight. There is a SingStar evening planned on Saturday, but it's not at our place so if we're feeling raucous we might just pop along.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Dreaming of stitching...

I was dreaming I was in a shop looking at cross stitch patterns when the alarm went off this morning. And dreaming of stitching is all I've managed lately! I seem to have my stitching lull back again. Asides from being busy I think I need to put some organisation into my hobby - like kitting up the charts I want to stitch, so that when I feel the urge to start something new I can just do it. Rather than going through my threads and realising I don't have this one and that one... I'm always missing several which tends to kill the enthusiasm.

Yesterday I felt like a fix, so I went out and bought a copy of The World of Cross Stitching (the July issue). There's is a rather pretty fairy alphabet in this issue if you're a fairy-lover or know someone who is.

Right, I might go and pick up my stitching and see if I can get motivated again.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

He wasn't joking...

We are currently having a new fence built around our backyard. When my OH picked me up last night he said the backyard looked like a bomb had gone off in it. I didn't realise how much he WASN'T joking!!
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Still, it is already looking sooo much better so it is worth the mess (guess what we're doing this weekend? Yep, hiring a skip to get rid of it all! What fun that'll be!)
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I couldn't resist these additions to my mag collection this week. There are some beautiful designs in all of them. I am particularly taken with the badger design in Quick & Easy, it's gorgeous! I think Quick & Easy has improved greatly as a magazine from when I first purchased it back in about 1998 when I was in the UK.
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I'm currently working on a small badger design which only involves DMC 310, it's a real cutie and was actually in one of my older additions of Q&E. Will share a pic when done.

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Pigggss in spaccccccccccccccccce

Well not quite, but I was really chuffed to see the space shuttle fly over tonight. I was lucky it was so bright, because the information I had for locating it in the sky was completely incorrect! But anyway, I got my thrills and that's the main thing. As promised, here's a photo of my Lily of the Valley progress. I was horrified to read the instructions for adding the ribbon. It involves cutting the fabric!! What a scarey notion.
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I also forgot to mention that last Sunday I stitched this bookmark for a bookmark exchange I am involved in. It was a freebie blackwork pattern from Dumani Designs, (however I recently tried locating the website and it is now gone which is a shame). Anyway, black would be too boring for this project so I used a hand-dyed thread sent to me last year in another exchange.
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Today has been a glorious mid-winter day, we had clear blue skies and 16 degrees Celsius. Fantastic! :-)

Friday, August 05, 2005

Spring is springing...

It's great seeing spring flowers starting to bloom, and over the last couple of nights I have noticed that it is staying lighter longer. It makes me feel great! Roll on summer.

I haven't been online too much this week. The cheek of my OH using his laptop to do his business studies course. :-) He's having a night off tonight, so I'm blog surfing while I can.

I have been stitching away on Lily of the Valley this week and I am nearing the bottom, there are still plenty of french knots and beads to be done after that though. It would be a really quick stitch if I had the time to devote to it, but there's always something that puts a spanner in the works. Last night it was Giggsy wanting a warm lap to sit on!

They're very controlling of us, our cats. Meg knows how to get us out of bed in the morning, she gets under it and scratches away until we get fed up with it and get out of bed. I was really annoyed with her the other morning, and when I finally managed to catch up with her she looked so cute sitting there that all was immediately forgiven.

Because we've had some lovely clear days lately it has made it great for star-gazing. I said to my OH last night that I would love to see the space shuttle fly over, then on the news tonight they showed it going over (blast!)... but it's going to be visible again tomorrow night. So I might just get my chance. Yippeee. One of my little dreams is to see the Earth from outer space, but you'd never get me on a space shuttle! I like my feet firmly on the ground.

I'll share a photo of Lily of the Valley over the next couple of days, but for now I feel like browsing for stash! Have a great weekend.