Tuesday, September 27, 2005

JCS Christmas Ornie Mag

Brightneedles 'Welcome' just needs about two birdhouses and then it is done. It is such a pretty design, although I wish I had stitched it on a smaller count. I stitched it on 25 count evenweave and think a more petite version would have been nicer. So I may just stitch it again at some stage.

Thought I'd go for a walk at lunchtime, and of course ended up at the magazine shop. I was thinking that the JCS Christmas Ornament magazine might be in... and luckily enough there it was! I had a quick skim through it when I got back to work (there are some cute kitty ornaments in there), but I am going to spend some time later tonight having a better look.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

All revved up and no place to go...

We are planning an extended trip overseas next year. Part of this trip is going to be a break in the Mediterranean with some of my OH's family. We received some travel brochures from his sister yesterday, and now I'm very excited... but it is still 10 months away. Don't ya hate that!!? :-) (I'm crossing my fingers that we'll all settle on Cyprus).

Cats are so funny sometimes... this morning I heard a yodle and there was Meg sitting at the door with a piece of polystyrene in her mouth. I have no idea where she got it from, but she was obviously keen to show off her 'catch'!

I made great progress on Brightneedle's "Welcome" today while listening to my new James Blunt CD 'Back to Bedlam' (great album BTW). I should be ready to share a HD in a day or two. I could probably finish it tonight if I wasn't here blog-surfing! :-)

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to comment on my blog, I really appreciate it! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

The Tui Tree

Wow, last night when I got home I looked out our lounge window and saw a couple of Tuis in the Kowhai tree. I love New Zealand's native birds so I went closer to the window to watch them, the closer I got the more I counted... there were about 12 in all! I have never seen so many Tuis at once before, so it was really lovely. Meg was up this tree the other day chasing a Kereru (native wood pigeon), it was bigger and far more solid than her so I don't know what she would have done with it had it not flown away!
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I found out the dilemma my bookmark exchange partner had in posting to New Zealand. It was supposed to be a secret exchange and rather than putting your own address on the back, you had to put the exchange organisers address. The organiser was in England and my partner was in Germany, and when she got to the Post Office she found that she wasn't allowed to send the parcel with a return address from a foreign country. For those who participate in secret exchanges, this may be worth bearing in mind. Here is my lovely bookmark with some gorgeous extras my partner threw in. Thank you Karin - I'm thrilled to bits with my parcel and already thinking about what I can stitch on these gorgeous pieces of band. :-)
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I'm making good progress with Welcome, and with my OH busy this weekend on a course I'm hoping to have some 'me' time to finish it off and decide what I'll stitch next.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Bent Creek's Signs of Winter pic

It's a pretty apt picture, considering we are in the grips of a Wintery blast at the moment. How gullible I was to think it was going to be all sunshine and warm breezes until summer arrives. :-)

I have added a link on my sidebar to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. I used to donate annually, but after coming and going overseas a couple of times over the last six years I got out of the habit. After watching a documentary made by Donal MacIntyre of the BBC last week, and being extremely moved by it... I'm going to give up some stash money. I have a gorgeous gorilla cross stitch design in a Gloria & Pat chart book 'Endangered Young 'Uns', which I might just add to my to do list too. Hopefully by having the link on the side it might encourage others to become interested in their plight.

Tess came back from her operation last Thursday all ready and raring to go. I had been looking forward to her being a little subdued for a while, but no such luck. More importantly, it is great for her sake that she's feeling fighting fit and full of kitten exuberance after such a big op.

My first piece of Kiwi Illusions hand dyed fabric arrived late last week from CountryStitch. I am really chuffed, it's such a beautiful colour - it is called Olde English Lavendar. I have no idea what I will stitch on it yet, but it's a good excuse to go stash hunting! And roll on next month for another colour... who knows if I can keep finding things to stitch on the pieces I receive from the Rainbow Club, I might even sign up for more.

I'm off to work on Brightneedle's 'Welcome'. Will post a pic when done.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Thanks for the offer AnneS

...I'm popping Tess on a plane to Melbourne tomorrow, so she will be with you shortly. Tess is driving us all nuts - she is wanton you could say, so she's off to the vets on Thursday to calm her down. :-) For her own safety she's been locked indoors today and will be tomorrow too. But hey, it's probably not half as frustrating for us as it is for her! :-(

Has anyone out there tried to post to New Zealand lately? I'm in a bookmark exchange, and I've been advised that the person who is posting to me had difficulty at the Post Office because of a change of postage legislation for New Zealand. Thought the politicians would be too busy with the upcoming election to be worried about changing the postage legislation for stitching exchanges. :-)

I have finished Bent Creek's Signs of Winter, and will post a photo soon. I think I might stitch Brightneedle's 'Welcome' next, it was one of the first charts I bought from Stitching Bits and Bobs last year. I just feel like I want some quick finishes at the moment, I then might set about trying to find a better shade of brown to finish off Lady Leona. She's become a psychological hump, which I just can't get over! One day I'll just probably take the 'head staggers' and get on with it.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Quilt Project

I have signed up to stitch a square for the Hurricane Katrina Quilt Project. If you are interested, all the info and guidelines you need can be found here
Thanks for sharing this on your blog Karen.

I'm a bit annoyed today, my OH's brother has a new girlfriend who we have met once. Apparently next time she meets me she is going to give me tips on how to deal with my OH. WTF!!? It is another beautiful sunny day here today, so I am going to try and forget such a DUMB comment and maybe even take my stitching outside for a while.

Thanks for all your comments on Tess, and her new name. She's out enjoying the sunshine today and following Meg and Giggsy around. You can see she wants to be friends. The ice is proving harder to break with Meg though, Meg is obviously top cat around this patch. :-)

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend, wherever in the world you might be.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Yay, the weekend is here!

We finally gave the wee kitty a name. I love period dramas, so she has been named Tess after Thomas Hardy's 'Tess of the D'Ubervilles'. She was a bit of a stray too, so it is rather fitting.
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In between being mauled by the very affectionate Tess and chasing her around when she is doing what kittens do, I've managed a little stitching. Here is Bent Creek's Signs of Winter so far...
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I am disappointed with the chart. It is a small chart and has two fairly major errors. There is one symbol missing from the key, and they have given an incorrect number for another thread. DMC 3720 does not exist, and I believe it should be DMC 3750 (in case anyone else is contemplating stitching this chart using DMC threads). But hey, when you think of everything else going on in the world right now it is nothing.

Friday, September 02, 2005

My girl has changed so much...

over the course of the week.  When she first arrived I noticed that she wasn't very playful, liked to be near me all the time and showed no interest in going outside.  But over the last two or three days she has started acting like a kitten... which is wonderful for her and awful for us (we were pleased when our two grew out of the mischievious kitten stage)!  I think maybe she was recovering from being starving and lost in the first few days, but with some TLC she has regained her strength and vitality.  Yay for her!!

Tonight she (and I say 'she' because we still can't think what to call her, all suggestions welcome!) was being a little naughty, I chased her around to try and pick her up and put her in her room for some time out.  She went into the kitchen and lay on her back (which seems to be her submissive pose - I've noticed this when Meg is about) and I was just about to pick her up and she cried out several times like I was hurting her.  I hadn't even touched her at that stage!?  I think that wherever she has come from may not have been a very happy home, so I made sure I gave her lots of cuddles and a game.  I'm glad she found us and let herself in.

There have been a few high profile animal cruelty cases in the news lately, some too gruesome to mention - but one did have a happy ending.  Some gallah (and that's putting it politely) stole a Kiwi, yes our native endangered national treasure, from a bird park in Queenstown this week.  Can you believe it?  I was shocked and outraged that anyone had the stupidity and gumption to do such a thing.  Fortunately, our little feathered friend was found a day or so after it was stolen hiding in some bushes nearby.  There are some morons about.

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I've managed some stitching this week, and am not too far off finishing Bent Creek's Signs of Winter.  I'll share a pic once done.  Today I bought a copy of Quick and Easy.  I was hanging out for this one as it has an All Our Yesterdays chart in it.  There's a couple of things in it I might stitch at some stage, but for now it is mostly pandering to the new arrival's needs and wants and squeezing in stitching when I can.

Have a great weekend!