Monday, December 26, 2005

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Tess' first summer...

My wee girl is really suffering in the heat. Here she is trying to find some shade and a cool breeze under the apple tree in the backyard...

I picked up a copy of the December 2005 UK Cross Stitcher magazine today. I was lured by the freebie - a little elephant called Elliot. I'm a sucker for elephants, especially ones as cute as this. I haven't had the chance to read the magazine yet, but with two weeks off I'm sure I'll be able to squeeze it in! :-)

I'm all over the place with my stitching at the moment. I've put down Lily of the Valley and For the Birds, and have made a start on my Ladybug Needleroll. It's looking very pretty already. I'm stitching it in three strands, as two strands didn't give very good coverage on my 25 count fabric. Perhaps my stitching goal for 2006 should be to be more focused, but of course as we all know with this hobby we are absolutely spoilt for choice with charts, fabrics, charms, threads etc - so with even the best of intentions I might not stick to my goal!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Xmas HD

Many thanks to Jennifer at Dragon Dreams for the freebie pattern which was up on her website this weekend. It's a real cutie -

It didn't take long. I started about 10pm on Friday night, then spent a couple of hours finishing it off on Saturday afternoon. I might even have a go at making it into an ornament over the holidays.

I can't wait until Santa delivers my scanner next weekend, it surely has to do better than my camera on the closeups.

I can completely understand that it is hard for people in the Northern Hemisphere to comprehend Christmas in Summer. My OH is from Northern Ireland, and even though he's had Christmas out here many a time (even before he met me) he still finds it strange. I am sure he won't be complaining on the day though, as if it's hot he can open his pressies and then jump in the pool. And of course a cold beer (of which he is very fond) always tastes better on a hot day! :-)

Friday, December 16, 2005

It's a raining frogs...

My stitching hasn't been progressing very well at all lately (hence no blog updates). I couldn't find the mistake in 'For the Birds', so my Mum took it away and managed to locate not one but two frogs!

In the meantime I pulled out Lily of the Valley which hasn't been worked on in quite some time. I decided I'd stitch the year on this sampler as 2005 to encourage me to finish it this year, although as I told OH I'd probably be better off stitching 2010 at the rate I'm frogging right now!

I can't believe that we're only a week away from Christmas now. I'm sooo looking forward to a few weeks off work. I hope I might get a fair bit of stitching done too, although sometimes the hot humid weather (like we are having right now) zaps the stitching bug right out of me.

Here's a photo of my little shadow. I just can't go anywhere without being followed, here she is helping me with my blog surfing (bless her!).

Friday, December 09, 2005

Long before cross stitch....

...I discovered photography (when I was about 8). My favourite place in New Zealand is Fiordland, and I took these photos earlier this year.
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And this is Lake Hawea near Wanaka...
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Hope you enjoyed looking at these photos! :-)

A mysterious frog has come to visit....

I finally started using my new threads last night on 'For the Birds'. I was happily stitching away on the inside border from the bottom to the top, when I realise 'uh-oh' I'm a stitch out. How can that be - when the outside border meets up fine and has the correct spacing between the letters? I can only sum it up as a secret frog! I guess I am going to have to go through the whole thing and find out where I've boo-booed, and compare how much needs unpicking with how easy it will be to redesign the inside border! :-) I have to say I'd much prefer a visit from a Freddo Frog!

Tess has just been rolling around on the floor chasing her tail. It must be the hot, wet, muggy weather we're having sending her berko!

My OH recently told me his work have asked him to redesign their website. I had forgotten that he has created websites before, so I asked him if he could help me spruce up my blog. He tells me it's easy, so here's hoping over the coming months my little space on the web will start to look a little more welcoming.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Pretty ... Pretty Expensive

I took my younger sister to a LNS today to see if there was something she wanted to go with her other Christmas present.  Nothing took her fancy, but look what I found while I was waiting for her to browse...
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Of all the times I've been in this shop (which is, as you can imagine, quite a few times) I never knew they did overdyed threads.  They have Needle Necessities and Caron threads (albeit not a great selection).  I'm not sure if these are the exact Needle Necessities shades I need to finish 'For the Birds' - but they are close enough.  They sure weren't cheap though.  I looked for similar colours in the Caron threads which were a few dollars cheaper, but I was drawn back to these two lovelies!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Rainbow Club

I love getting a piece of fabric in the mail each month from Country Stitch If you are thinking about joining, I can highly recommend it. It's great fun not knowing what beautiful colour will arrive next!

This month I received a piece of 'Ocean Blue' Lugana 32 count, as can be seen in the picture below which I borrowed from the CountryStitch website (my camera didn't do it justice, although in saying that it is still prettier than the picture from the website).

I think I will stitch a seahorse design by Cherry Parker (New Zealand designer) on this fabric.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Another week bites the dust...

Thanks for your get well wishes. I decided a new magazine might make me feel better (ha!) so I purchased this issue of Quick & Easy today. Truthfully, I was lured by the cute farmyard animals by Margaret Sherry. They're way too cute.

Quick and Easy has definitely improved over the years, when I look back at other issues I have from 1998/9.

I'm hoping to get back into my stitching this weekend, although my OH and I are going to help my parents tomorrow with their very large garden and then we are having my SingStar-mad sister over for a session tomorrow night - so I don't know how much stitching I'll get in. Every stitch counts though, I guess!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Unscheduled outage

Sorry for the unscheduled outage folks, I've been unwell.

I haven't stitched on For the Birds (or anything) for about a week and a half. But here's the promised WIP photo...

The camera doesn't do the colours justice, so here's hoping when Santa delivers my scanner I might be able to get a photo which portrays the colours closer to what they really are.

And for anyone wondering about Waxy - little Waxy made it. I released it off our upstairs deck (well away from the kitty-cats and while it was still light) and it made a swift exit. I was very chuffed.

OH went and picked up our tickets for our overseas trip on Monday, way way in advance but at least we have them in our hot little hands. I'm already buying stuff to put away for the trip (summery clothes so far, which might not be available mid-Winter next year).

It's hard to believe that Christmas is just a few weeks away. Just two more gifts to organise and then we're done - after that we'll just be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the festive season.