Monday, February 26, 2007

Love 'em (don't eat 'em!)

Whales that is!

Wow, what an amazing weekend away for OH's birthday. We were lucky enough to see two Sperm Whales on the Kaikoura coast. I managed only one half-reasonable photo of the whales... they call this whale 'Noodle'.



We also saw plenty of seals, some in the water and some at colonies along the coast. As well as a big pod of dolphins playing and leaping out of the water (but too far away to see well).



I'm going to look into a similar whale/dolphin watching tours for our Australia trip in August.

I managed a little stitching on the Long Dog mystery sampler over the weekend.



And let us not talk about my disappointment with 'The Looking Glass' (stash shop) in Picton, where NO money was spent. Perhaps I've been spoilt with internet shopping since I was last down that way!?

Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Back next week

I finished Part One of the Long Dog Mystery Sampler last night, and I'm now moving along nicely with Part Two. Yay! I laughed at Karen's comment about how she thought my progress was parts one and two (I sure wish it was). It is a big design at 150 stitches wide by 260 tall. It's a shame in a way it's not divided into smaller monthly installments. I know I'll fall behind sooner or later, and the mystery will be lost. LOL.

That's it from me until early next week...



Photo courtesy of
Whale Watch Kaikoura

Monday, February 19, 2007

Long Dog Week 4 update

Not much progress since the last update, but I'm almost done with part one...



Thanks for all your comments on my biscornu :0) I forgot to mention in my biscornu post where I obtained the finishing instructions. I found them at Own Two Hands and Annette's Acre. The instructions were very clear and straightforward!

Hope everyone is having a great start to the week. Take care!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

First ever Biscornu finish

I've wanted to join the Biscornu Brigade for quite some time... and now I've done it.





The design is a freebie from this German website. I actually saw this design used as a Biscornu on someone else's blog - but I haven't been able to find that blog again. Thanks anyway to whoever it was, for inspiring me to give it a go! :0) It's not perfect, but I hope to make more and improve!

Hope you're all having a good week.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Aliens have landed...

... oh no, it's only Tess - small head and huge eyes! She was probably looking so forlorn because summer finally arrived this week, and boy it's been hot!



So, we've been spending plenty of time in here -



- and progress here, has not been as fast as it could be...



Although, I'm nearly done with part one. Yay. :0)

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Long Dog Mystery Sampler - Week 2

I am so loving stitching this...

[click the photo for a clearer view]


I have a four day weekend, so I'll definitely be using the time to carry on with this, especially now part two is out. I knew I'd never have part 1 done before part 2 came out (only having started it two weeks ago) but I'm really pleased with my progress and motivation so far.

Tomorrow I'm heading out with my older sister to a local scrapbooking shop, to an information afternoon about some upcoming classes they are holding. I'm really in two minds about the whole thing, especially now I'm so engrossed in the Long Dog sampler!