Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve

Annabelle is tucked up in bed, and I'm about to get my stitching out. Ohh, the excitement of New Year's Eve. lol. But before I do any stitching I thought I would do a blog post to show you my finished Sew Advent SAL. I really love how it turned out. I think I have some bell pull ends in my stash drawers, so might have a go at finishing it that way.

As mentioned in an earlier post we had a few days away up north at beautiful Mt Maunganui. We mostly spent our time walking around the mountain and relaxing by the beach and in the apartment. Annabelle still needed her routine of feeding, naps and an early bedtime, so it was a refreshing change of holiday pace for us.

I had some other nice scenery pics I was going to share with you, but can't find them at the moment (Santa came early and I got a Samsung Galaxy S4 for Christmas. I have taken over 1000 photos already, but I'm still trying to get a handle on the automatic back ups and the phone sending them off to Dropbox etc. I guess I'll be back when I've located them!).

I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year's Eve! Happy new year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

One more sleep and one more installment of Carol's Sew Advent SAL to go! I've changed the band that says 'Advent' to 'Annabelle' to mark her first Christmas.

Here she is the other day showing off her new skill of holding her head up.

We are very excited about her first Christmas, even though she'll not know what all the extra commotion is about! Santa has some great pressies lined up for her.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

More progress

My lovely daughter has decided to have a mammoth afternoon nap (that is what I thought motherhood would be about, filling in time with hobbies and things while the baby napped. Boy did I get a reality check when Annabelle came long. LOL), so I am using it to catch up blogging about the rest of my stitching progress.

Here is Giggsy's memorial sampler (Giggsy was our cat who passed away in September). It has a frog in it (the word Joy is a row or two out). I didn't think it was too noticeable until I photographed it - so out it will come and be restitched.

I have the Forget Me Not Sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread on the go too. Such a pretty stitch.

Really disappointed this year that I couldn't find ornaments I was enthusiastic about to stitch for my niece Phoebe and Annabelle. So it is an Old World Santa by Prairie Schooler for my niece Phoebe's Christmas ornament and my Sew Advent piece is going to be personalised to recognise Annabelle's first Christmas.

The other Christmas piece I stitched recently is Stella by Luli, which I found by way of Pinterest. You can find the freebie here. As I was finding the link to share I realised why I was not that enthused with it when I had finished, the photo on the website doesn't match the colours called for in the chart (the deer is stitched in cream on the website, but the chart calls for 3787 which is the browny colour). Too much haste and not enough thinking on my part!

Well, that's me all caught up with two months of stitching progress. If Annabelle decides to take a good nap again tomorrow, I might be back with some photos of our recent trip away up north (as I know many of you enjoy some New Zealand scenery photos).

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Wow, it has been two months since my last post and Christmas is a week away. How time flies!

Is anyone else stitching Carol's Sew Advent SAL? Here is my progress. I am always a day behind due to the time difference and only having stitching time in the evenings. Tonight I'll stitch Day 17, and just before bedtime Day 18 will appear in my email inbox. It is working up to be a lovely piece.

I will soon be starting another regular stitch - Country Cottage Needlworks 'Frosty Forest' series. The first instalment arrived this week.

Since I last posted I have finished Giggsy's memorial sampler and two small Christmas pieces. I will share those in another post.

Annabelle is now 5 months old! She is starting to hold her own head up, and rolled onto her side last week. She has an amazing smile that makes her whole face light up, giggles at herself in the mirror and is starting to do big belly laughs. She has been on three trips away since she was born and has turned out to be a great little traveller. Being a Mum is hard work though as I am sure many of you know! :-)

If I don't manage to make another post before the 25th, I wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas and festive season!

P.S. - I'm not quite sure why the photos in this post appear so small. I can't seem to make them bigger, and even clicking on them doesn't help. (Shrug! Technology, grr)