Saturday, October 29, 2005

Ooh the pretty lights

As an animal lover, home owner and someone who is enamoured by my country's natural beauty this time of year is not my favourite... fireworks time. In New Zealand any person (sane or otherwise) over the age of 14 can buy fireworks for a period of 10 days leading up to Guy Fawke's night on the 5th of November. It's a scarey prospect. I hope one day sales to the general public will be banned, and only public displays like the spectacular one I saw tonight will be allowed. The best bit about tonight's display is I didn't even have to leave home, living on a hill meant I could see it from our dining room.

I've now decided on my Xmas present from my other half.... (drum roll please).... I chose ..... a scanner/printer/copier. No, Stitching Bits & Bobs haven't expanded their stock range - but with all my indecision I decided to go for my other idea and we found just the perfect one today. I already have two printers, it was the scanner part of it I wanted - but they just don't seem to make plain old scanners anymore! I also love old family photos, and want to scan the ones I have and do things with them... be it turn them into cross stitch patterns, make copies, blow them up, scrapbook them etc without having to harm the original. Roll on Christmas.

I started a new cross stitch last night, despite the fact I have several others on the go. It's just a little All Our Yesterdays freebie that came with Cross Stitcher recently... it's such a lovely change stitching on white after the time I've been spending stitching Tiger Reflection on black. It's so much easier on the eye and more relaxing. I think when it is finished I will send it to my Great Aunt in England - she always appreciates stitched items, and she has had a rough time of it lately with the deaths of two friends who she had known for over 60 years. My Great Aunt drove ambulances for the Air Force in World War II, and made many friends during this time who are friends to this day. Pretty phenomonal.

I don't know if summer has well and truly arrived, but tonight after we had been for a swim we BBQ'd a couple of steaks and then had strawberries (yum!) and ice cream for dessert. It sure seems summery!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Please do!

... make suggestions Christine. I have buyers-block, and suddenly all the cross stitching items I want when I am restraining have disappeared. At least I have some time as the sale is on until after the weekend.

It's been a glorious day here today, so OH and I braved the chilly depths of our pool to find out it was quite a lovely temperature after the initial shock. It's always cold getting in, even in the middle of summer. The cats have all had a swim since we bought this house (a year ago in December), it pleases me that they fell in of their own accord and got out of their own accord. I always had a fear that it might not turn out that way.

Tonight I am going to surf Stitching Bits & Bobs some more for my Xmas pressies, and carry on with Tiger Reflection. A little frog came to visit the tiger last night... I think I was laughing too hard and distracted at the movie White Chicks. So I have some unpicking to do. Ho hum!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Nice one honeybuns...

The other day my OH asked me what I wanted for Xmas, and pleaded 'make it easy for me'. I just happened to notice yesterday that there is a 25% sale on at Stitching Bits and Bobs until 1 November... whatever shall I order? :-)

I am beavering away on the background of Tiger Reflection, but shall wait a while before sharing another pic. I just love how this one is coming to life, the colours are fantastic and the shading is phenomonal... sometimes I feel like giving it a pat on the nose it's so realistic looking!

I'm beginning to think that a rotation might be right for me, and might put one into place soon so that I can get Lady Leona and Lily of the Valley moving again. I usually finish the things I start... eventually! :-)

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Tiger Reflection WIP Update

I haven't managed much stitching this week, although when I compare the photos it has come along more than I realised. I have completed the tiger face, so there is now only the foliage, reflection and backstitching to do. This weekend is a long weekend, and so far the weather is rather on the wintery side - so a great weekend for stitching.

They say that the weather always improves after Labour weekend, so here's hoping. We are going ahead with our planned BBQ tonight no matter what the weather does!

My sister came over this week and helped me out with my iPod. We downloaded the newest software and reset my iPod to it's factory settings. I usually consider myself pretty computer savvy, but just lately I'm beginning to think that technology is moving faster than I can keep up. Maybe I should stick to cross stitch! :-)

Friday, October 14, 2005

Tiger Reflection again

I'm still highly enthusiastic about Tiger Reflection and it is growing each day. Thank you for all your comments, they are much appreciated. For those that haven't seen this Dimensions kit before, here is a pic of how it will look when finished -

I decided to go for a walk at lunchtime, and ended up in the usual place. I came away with the August issue of Cross Stitch Crazy. I'm not a great fan of this magazine, but I just can't resist Humphrey's Corner charts. This month is Humphrey amongst the Forget-Me-Nots... very cute. (I tried uploading a pic of the magazine cover, but we've just changed ISP and things aren't happening as they should. I see another change in ISP coming very soon!)

I'm glad it is the weekend, and that the weather is supposed to be nice. I think we'll probably work on the garden down the side of our house... we're pulling up a path to make way for a new one - gravel and pavers. The one that was there was more like rocks and ugly old round pavers. It will be nice to be able to walk up this side of the house and not cringe at the ugliness of it. I hope to get some stitching in too, and get some more Christmas presents bought. Fortunately, my OH hates Christmas shopping and likes to get it out of the way early!

Hope to have another Tiger Reflection progress pic with lots more progress soon.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Tiger WIP II

I have been beavering away on Tiger Reflection, and am finding it hard to put down. The frog came for a visit not once but twice, but I haven't let that deter me. I'm so impressed with how it is looking that I think my next project will be DMC's Tiger on a Rock.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Tiger Reflection WIP

Here is a WIP photo of Tiger Reflection (by Dimensions). It may look like flames at the moment, but it is actually a rather striking looking tiger drinking at the waters edge. My camera is awful on the close ups, so sorry it is blurry. I'm going to spend more time on it tonight, so hopefully I'll have more progress to share later in the week.