Wednesday, November 23, 2005

There's snow on them there hills...

We've had such a mild winter, and some really warm dry weather lately - so it was a bit of a surprise when a southerly blew in on Monday and deposited some snow on the Tararuas!

About 15 minutes ago we had just finished our dinner and there was a thump on one of the lounge windows. If we hadn't seen a few feathers slowly wafting down I don't think we'd have realised what had happened. I went outside to locate the wee beastie, and there was a little Waxeye lying on his back between some bricks. It's still alive at the moment, so I've put it in a box in the dark and quiet of the bedroom. I do hope it recovers, of all the casualties we've had lately none have made it. Fingers crossed!

Speaking of birds, I have just the border to do on the Drawn Threads 'For the Birds'. It's looking really lovely so far. Will share a WIP or HD photo at the weekend.

I didn't get any stitching in last night, as we were shouted out for a meal and to see John Cleese (of Monty Python fame) by OH's boss as a Christmas treat. He's touring here in NZ at the moment. It was a great show and I laughed so hard at times my eyes watered!

So tonight I'll hopefully catch up on some blogs (I've not been online for a few days), get a few stitches in and with any luck release the little Waxeye before it gets dark.

Friday, November 18, 2005

It's Friday again!

Here's a pic of Tess with her tongue out. When she's relaxed and happy she likes to let it all hang out! :-)
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Here's some additions to my magazine collection which I bought yesterday. There isn't much in this issue of Cross Stitcher that appeals to me, but it is a wonderful issue of Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch and Beading. It has a lovely frog design, some very cute Kewpie dolls (I remember having a Kewpie doll when I was young!) and a whole lot more.
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We booked our tickets for our trip today and now have an intinerary (yay!). It always feels more real when you've paid and have an itinerary in your hot little hands. Still 8 months to go mind you! We decided we'd stop over in Singapore for two nights. We went there a few years ago on our way back from the UK, and loved it. Natty - Jems is the only one I know of in Canterbury too. I should have worded it better, as I probably got you all excited over nothing! :-) Have a great stitchy weekend everyone.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

For the Birds WIP

Thanks for all the comments on my Tiger Reflection HD.  I do plan to get him framed at some stage Jenna, along with all my other many completed cross stitches.  My Mum, and even my OH, often tell me it is a waste having them sitting in a drawer unseen.  I do hope to get a sewing machine in the future, so that I can learn to finish stitched pieces off in different ways.

I did end up starting on For the Birds last night.  Not a great pic, for some reason when I shrink the photos they make the fabric look checkered!?  The fabric is "Kiwi" 28 count Jazlyn from CountryStitch, and is far nicer in 'real life'.
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Jo asked where I'm going when I go overseas next year. First stop on the itinerary is England, then on to Northern Ireland (where OH is from) and we are having a week in Cyprus with OH's family. We're still deciding whether we should stop over somewhere, or whether we should just use the time to spend with family and friends. One thing is for certain, I already have a couple of stitching shops in Canterbury and Ballymena on my personal itinerary. Tee hee.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Missed out by a cat's whisker...

I was determined to get Tiger Reflection finished before the end of the weekend, and spent some of Saturday and most of Sunday working on it. I just had a few whiskers to do come bedtime on Sunday night, but by that stage I was a bit fed up with it. So it took me about 10 minutes last night to put the final stitches in... and here it is...

After my HD I started the Woodland Santas by the Prairie Schooler, but one over one isn't for me. The concentration was intense, and it was making me squint! I think I would soon fall out of love with it!! I could fit it on the material doing over two, but it wouldn't leave much room for framing or whatever. So tonight I am probably going to start the Drawn Threads 'For the Birds' on the Kiwi Illusions fabric 'Kiwi', and get another larger piece for the Woodland Santas.

I've been reading everyone's 2006 stitching goals. I was thinking about my own stitching goals for next year, and they are simple - stitch whatever takes my fancy and enjoy doing it. Next year we are going overseas for six weeks, so I imagine as the excitement mounts my stitching may suffer in the months leading up to it (and may suffer afterwards as the post-holiday blues set in!).

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Thanks for your comments

on Tiger Reflection. Your comments are always much appreciated.

I picked up this book on Hardanger in a sale today. I've been intrigued by Hardanger for a few years now, so now I've got some instructions I will be able to give it a whirl.

Now I just need to find another coupon so I can get 25% off the 'The New Anchor Book of Pulled Thread Embroidery Stitches', which is another in the series.

I also picked up a DVD in the sale - 'The Terminal' with Tom Hanks. It was cheap as it was, but with 25% off that too it was a steal. I love a bargain!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Tiger WIP

Not the best pic, but thought I'd share my progress on Tiger Reflection.  I thought this would be a quick stitch, but I guess there is still a lot of stitching in a 5" by 7" design.  I'm going to see if I can get it finished by the end of the weekend (if not sooner!), hence this short post.  :-)
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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Tell them to fly on by...

... the birds that is. Another casualty today, sadly this one didn't make it and died in my hands. It was especially upsetting because it was bleeding badly and I was home on my own and didn't know what on earth to do for it. So much for being prepared after the last time.

On to cheerier topics... later in the day my Mum and I went tootling around the shops. I bought a couple of lovely Pellegoniums (sp?) - flowering plants - for my pots. I'm trying to create a cottage look on our patio, with lots of colour. I'm slowly getting there and it's starting to look rather nice - everything seems to be so lush at the moment (I even have strawberries growing on my ornamental strawberry plant).

We then took a run into Wellington and I picked up the two threads I didn't have for the Ladybug Needleroll (I don't think I've ever had all the threads needed to complete a design, I always need to go out and buy at least a couple), as well as some fabric and an additional box to keep my threads in. I now have two projects kitted and ready to go - Ladybug Needleroll and Woodland Santas. I hope I won't be too tempted to start either of these before Tiger Reflection is finished, although I am already thinking about it :0). And yes ladies, Ladybug Needleroll is indeed a Lorri Birmingham design.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Small HD and some S.E.X.

Here's the wee All Our Yesterday's freebie which I finished this week. I'm back working on Tiger Reflection now.

Today I was at one of the LNS and came across this lovely little chart for a needleroll. I would love to make things out of my stitched pieces (other than cards and framed pics), so this is hopefully the start of a new dimension to my stitching (all going well of course). Both my sisters and my Mum have sewing machines... so maybe they can teach me a thing or two.

This Ladybug Needleroll comes with a sweet wee ladybug charm and four buttons.

I also got my latest piece of Rainbow Club fabric - Kiwi. It is lovely, and I already know what I plan to stitch on it... Woodland Santas by Prairie Schooler. OH worked out for me that I should get them all on my fabric with loads of room to spare (I don't trust my maths!) - so I took my chart to work today to make a working copy. I bought all the threads I need to stitch these four smallish designs a few months back, so I can start anytime. I must finish Tiger Reflection first though, I don't want to gather too many WIPS/UFOS.

Oh yes, the chart suggests stitching them over one - is this wise, or will it drive me around the bend? Would love to hear advice from anyone who has stitched pieces over one.

I've also had two New Zealand craft catalogues in the post, one yesterday and one today. I was most thrilled to see one of them as I have requested to be put on their mailing list numerous times over the last few years and this is the first time I've had one. In the past I've always looked at my Mums - I don't know if I have mentioned it before, but she is a keen cross stitcher too and loves stitching large pieces. It is lucky she has this hobby as soon she is going into hospital for an operation on both of her feet, and it is going to take her a few months to recover. Just as well it wasn't her hands, eh? :-)

I'm off to water the garden now, it's been so warm and dry lately that I've been watering regularly. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend ahead.