Saturday, January 24, 2009

Woodland Santa

I was going through my stash and magazines and nothing was calling to me for January, for the 2009 Christmas Challenge. So I went into my.... brace yourselves people... WIP/UFO basket for the second time this year, and pulled out Woodland Santa by The Prairie Schooler.



He is being stitched on 32 count Hokey Pokey Lugana by CountryStitch. I do wonder if the fabric count is labelled incorrectly though, as I had to stitch it in one strand because two was far too thick.

I don't know if I will finish it before the end of January, things are busy right now with the wedding just four weeks away, our house on the market, the breathless cat (who I can't find to give her, her tablet) and life in general. I'll give it my best shot though. I have some nice fabric that I was sent in an exchange which I think I will use to finish this into a small cushion (now that my sewing machine is a little less scarey to me, lol).

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Five addictions and a cat with asthma

I have been tagged by Tanya to list five addictions.

1. cats... I love all cats. My own cats, neighbourhood cats, animal rescue cats, manky cats, feral cats, big cats, wild cats... life would be no fun without them. I have three, and if it weren't for the vet bills I would without a doubt have more

2. collecting vintage postcards (mostly of people, but also of places in England I have been to)

3. cross stitch, and collecting cross stitch stash (sshh, don't tell the husband-to-be but I ordered some more today)... you wouldn't have guessed that was one of my addictions, would you?

4. taking photographs - this addiction started young (I was probably about 8). I frame scenes in my mind, and I start getting antsy if I see a photo opportunity but there is nowhere to stop and take a photo!

5. England - I can't get enough of it. My Dad, sister and I might be visiting later this year - and it is mine and OH's dream to retire to an English country cottage

This time I'll tag -

Jayne
CarolR
Sam
Hazel
Dianne

Did you know that cats can get asthma? Today my cat Tess was diagnosed with it.

Yesterday she was wretching a lot and we thought it might be a furball, but her breathing was very noisy (I was indoors and could hear her breathing and she outside a few metres away). So off to the vets she went this afternoon and the diagnosis was made. She's on a course of steroids, and we will always have to keep them handy in case it flares up.

Of course we feel bad now - we used to sometimes hear her heavy breathing and think how cute the snuffly noises were when she was sleeping. It was probably the asthma!

Here's an old photo of my girl...



Hang in there folks, it's nearly Friday!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Damask Roses WIP

I worked on Damask Roses last week, and have some noticeable progress.



It's good to have such a relaxing hobby, as last week was eventful for all the wrong reasons!

I have an exchange I have been putting off finishing because it requires me getting the sewing machine out. Today is our regional anniversary day, and OH is out making changes at his shop, so I might just pull it out and get it finished up. Wish me luck!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Another finish

Last night I finished up on CarolR's Quaker Friendship RR. The fabric and thread were great to work with.



Aww, thanks Daniela for the blog award. I don't usually pass them on because there are so many wonderful blogs out there that I don't want anyone to feel left out. But this time I will play along and pass the award to the following lovely ladies -



1. Kathy
2. Judy
3. CindyF
4. Margaret
5. Tanya

I'm off to pull my threads so I can start back on Damask Roses. Hope you have a good week.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Genealogical shenanigans

My wedding sampler is now done. Yay! It was a fun stitch. The chart is all packaged, stamped and ready to be sent off to Jayne. I'll look forward to seeing hers finished later in the year too.



Here is a (terrible) photo of Autumn Splendour, which I also finished earlier in the week. This chart is off in the mail to Tanya.



Kathy and Beatrice invited me to join the Mirabilia SAL. I thought it would spur me on to finish Damask Roses which I started in 2006. I shouldn't need spurring on, it is such a beautiful design. I don't remember the last time I stitched on her, so I am quite excited to be getting back to it.



We were recently tracked down by some relations (some from England and some from New Zealand), and last night they came for a visit. I am very interested in my genealogy, so it was great fun.



They picked the hottest day to come for a visit too, it reached about 32 degrees Celsius yesterday. I like it warm, but not that warm!

Yay, it's the weekend. Enjoy yours!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

A stitcher's dream

I walked into a stitcher's dream today. I went to visit my parents, and we were chatting away when my Mum says "Did your sister tell you about the cross stitch stuff? There are three bags full of it, and you can have your pick".

Say what??!!

And it wasn't three bags of rubbish either, there were some top notch kits and charts in the bags.

I chose four kits - a Moira Blackburn sampler, Mirabilia's Rose of Sharon, a native American Indian kit and a wolf design which OH liked.



I especially like the Moira Blackburn sampler, so here's a closeup photo.



I believe the lady is someone my sister knows who is getting married, and was having a clear out. Wow, a big thank you to whoever she is - it was so much fun looking through and choosing what I would like! (And not having to wake up from the dream... lol).

The winner of the Autumn Splendor chart is Tanya of The Scarlett House. If you would like to email me your address I'll get it into the post for you soon (I should have it finished tonight).



Hope you are all having a great weekend, and for those who are back at work tomorrow... I can commiserate. :-)

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Home again...

I hope your new year has got off to a good start. 2009 is going great, we just had three days away in Taranaki and had a wonderful time.

Here is a wee glimpse at what we got upto -


I also found some pretty shoes for my wedding, and I wasn't even intending to look - so I am really happy! :-)

I will do the drawing for the chart tomorrow, to give any latecomers a chance to put their names in the hat.