Saturday, July 14, 2012
I also ordered this little kit from 123stitch this week to do for another family member for christmas as well to hang in their home.
Jacobs Christmas stocking is going to get a workout this week as well as I havent touched it for a while. Actually I havent touched any stitching for about a week so dont have any updates sorry. I did have a special homecoming today, dads dogs that I have done for him for his 70th birthday next month, dont they look devine (just ignore my arms at the bottom of the picture)
He is going to love it so much, it almost hurts to let it go, but it is going to look perfect in his home.
So finally, I mentioned a couple of months ago that I was on a weight loss mission, well it is going really well. I have lost 8.4kgs in 8 weeks and feel so much happier and healthier already. For those who want to follow my progress I have a facebook page sharing my journey here. You are welcome to join me here if you have facebook, I would love to see you there
Have a lovely weekend everyone, picks to follow in a few days of Jacobs stocking
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
I think she is quite lovely. I love the firey colours of her skirt. The backstitching wont take long but I have never done beading on a cross stitch design before so I am a bit nervous about it.
A short blog this time, as I only updated it a few days ago. Once ladybird is finished I am going to start my christmas stitching, working on Jacobs stocking and also doing a design for my brother and his wife and kids for their home. I will post a pic of the pattern next blog
Have a lovely stitchy week :)
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The last few weeks have been a little crazy but I have managed to get some stitching in. My little man has decided that he only needs to have day sleeps about 3 days a week now so I am missing my stitchy time during the day. I have done some progress on Ladybird, she only has a little bit left on the flowers and leaves on the bottom of the design and then she is ready to backstitch and bead.
I have had some lovely stitchy stuff arrive lately though which is so exciting. First off was the lovely DMC thread that I won off Melanies blog when she had her giveaway. I have never bought any colour variation thread and was so taken with how pretty it was when I received it. Thank you so much Melanie for your lovely giveaway and for including me.
For those of you who have been following my blog for the last few months you would have seen my Dogs that I recently did for my dads 70th birthday coming up in August. Last week I found the cats version as a chart and had to get it for me, I love cats :) So it is in my WIP pile but further down the pile as I have others I need to do first.
Next one that I bought was a double pattern that I have loved for ages called Butterfly Fairies. This has been on my wish list for so long and last week I finally got around to buying it! My love for cats is only superceeded by my love for butterflies! My goal is to do both of these and hang them in my bedroom, but right now they will have to wait as well for more important projects that need to be completed. Here they are, aren't they gorgeous
So, there is all my stitchy news. Sadly I broke my glasses last week (cant even blame it on the 2 year old either, it was all me!!!) and so stitching is having to wait till my new pair arrives this week. Thankfully my lovely optometrist has given me a pair of contacts to use so that I am not completely blind :)
I hope all my stitchy friends are well and happily stitching. Once I get the beading and backstitching done on ladybird I will be starting my christmas stitching for my family, including putting more work into Jacobs christmas stocking. Oh, and there is the new Mira design which is called Dressmakers Daughter which I am going to be stitching for my mum for her 70th birthday next year, yes, she was a dressmaker!!
Ok, big verbal blurb is over, I will leave you all with a couple of photos taken last weekend at our yearly photo shoot that we have done as a family.
Our little man
Hubby and I
Bye lovlies :)
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Health wise I had a pretty scary month. I have had a tiny sore on the inside of my nose for about 2 years now which has never healed (sounds gross I know but we are all friends here so let's share!!!). I have never done anything about it as it was so tiny and never bothered me. Anyway last month it grew, very fast and very serverly, to the point that it was tracking up my face. I went to the doctors and he put me on an antibiotic and cream to try and heal it, but it continued to spread. I went back and was given a second lot of cream and pills...still spreading. Another visit to the doctor and a third lot of medication tried. I was given 4 days with this medication and was told if there was no improvment that I would be admitted to hospital and a biopsy taken to analyse it. Needless to say, the next 4 days were incredibly stressfull!!! For the first 2 days nothing changed, day 3 I could breath through my nostril, day 4 I woke up and it was practically gone. All that is left of it now a week later is a scar that I dont think is going to heal but hey, that's what makeup is for huh :)
I also in the last month decided to take control of my health and weight and joined Weight Watchers. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I have a 2 year old son that I want to enjoy spending time with and running with and it is hard to do right now with the size I am. So I bit the bullet and joined and I am LOVING it so much. I am happy, full of energy, and have lost 3.8 kilos in the first 2 weeks. Onward and downward, that's my moto now. My husband actually told me the other day that he is really proud of me for how determined I am and how well I am doing, which is huge for him. He has also lost half a kilo since I started too so my healthy dinners must be rubbing off on him. He came home the other day with Mayonaise on his chin so I asked him where he had been....he confessed he had snuck off to Burger King for a feed.....hahahaha. At least he had it there and didnt bring it home!!!
So anyway, onto stitching over the last month. I havent done a lot, it has been so busy and stressfull but I am happy to say that the skirt on ladybird is finished.
My aim is to get the legs and scarf finished over the weekend, will see how we go. It depends if my 2 boys play the game and give me some quiet mummy time :)
I hope everyones stitching is going well. I have been checking your blogs off and on but have not had a chance to really catch up on them for ages, so that is my mission this afternoon while the little man has a sleep.
Happy stitching :)
Monday, May 7, 2012
Here is the latest on Ladybird Fairy. I have finished the top 2 pages now and have just started the bottom. The top part looks a little weird with no backstitching and I have not done the kreinik or beading either in case my hoop damages it. All that aside I think she is looking lovely and I am excited to see her progress.
Mothers day is coming up this weekend. I know at least one of my stitchy friends has lost their mother in the last year and my thoughts and hugs are with you. This will be my third mothers day and my darling hubby has taken 2 days off at the end of this week to give him a four day weekend and he is taking us to our beach house for a long weekend together. I have wonderful visions of sleeping in, stitching, walking on the beach (fingers crossed for nice weather) and getting spoilt....hehehe. I have managed to get something done for the mothers in my life, my mother and my mother in law. I made a card for each of them, I loved this design so I stitched it twice, one each.
So before I go I thought I would share my little spot of heaven with you, my stitchy corner. I sit in hubbys armchair with my feet up and use Jacobs little sofa beside me to put my stuff on. My light behind me was from hubby and I love it.
And this is what a typical stitchy session looks like for me
Strangely the only time she sits on my lap is when I am stitching.
I hope everyone has a lovely week and gets some stitching done. I shall now head off and stalk your progress :)
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
So onto my weekend stitching for the IHSW. I managed to get some done on ladybird, I did not get to stitch as much as I planned to as we had lots of visitors and other things got in the way. But I did manage to get the wings done on the left side and all the hair done. She is coming along nicely, just the skin and a few ladybirds to do and she is half finished. That is my plan for this week, to get her half finished.
Confession time, I havent done any more work on my SAL this week, I only have a couple of star bursts and then the beading to do. I think I have been putting it off a bit because I have never done beading before on a cross stitch design so I am worried about it. I SHALL work on it this week and post my progress next week on here :)
So that is me all updated. I hope everyones IHSW went well and that you got lots of stitching done. I thought I would share this photo with you, look what just caught my attention in the lounge. She spent the night locked in the garage so I think she is staying close to home now. And I guess she has figured if Jacob is no longer using it she might as well.
Right, off to find those ancestors of mine....happy stitching :)
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
So here is the floss box for my kitted Ladybird fairy that I am doing. I will share a pic with you then explain why it is set up the way it is :)
Ok so the DMC floss are organised numerically so they are easy to find in the box. When I take a floss out to use it I turn the one before it on its side so I can find where I need to put the one I am using when I am finished (not too scary so far huh). The highlighter and scissors sit below on the left (it's the only place they will fit). I do stitch in an armchair though with my feet up so when I am stitching I put the highlighter between my leg and the chair leg since I use it all the time. My scissors sit point down in the top right square of my box so that they are easy to grab as well. In this picture I have put all my kreinik in one square since they all fit but if they didnt I would put them into more than one, numerically of course (is it getting scary yet???) The beads go into their own square, I cut the top off them so they will fit in and I put my thread heaven into whatever square is not being used (what I hear you ask...no set square for the thread heaven!!!!!!). My cut off threads go in the bottom square next to my scissors and highlighter and my rubbish goes into the bottom right square.....to keep them apart....SIGH. So there we have it, an explanation of how I kit up. Hehehe. Oh, and I must mention my final little quirk, when I pack up my stitching for the day my chart, my floss box and my WIP all go into a zip lock bag (in that order) but the WIP gets folded nicely and put on the top so I can see it next time I pick it up and get excited/frustrated over how much/little I have done.
So, confession over, do any of you get all super organised about your stitching. I think I do it because with having a 2 year old my stitching time is precious to me, so I dont want to waste valuable time that could be used on stitching trying to find my scissors or floss.
Onto what I have managed to get done in the last week. Ladybird fairy is looking good, she has a bodice now and the top half of her skirt is finished as well. My plan this week and over the upcoming IHSW is to give her a face and some hair. The V8 racing cars are on this weekend here in Hamilton so I am looking forward to settling down in front of TV with my stitching for the weekend watching the racing. I would love to be there but will just have to settle with having to hear it from my house. Anyway, I digress, here she is as of today
My plan this week is also to get the next part of my dream SAL done so I will post my progress on this and Ladybird after my IHSW.
Ok, that should have everyone filled in for now, I hope you are not too shocked by my stitching OCD.....please tell me I am not the only one!!!!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I just love the colours on this design, so bright and firey, she is coming along nicely. I have just put my little man to bed so plan to do some work on her this afternoon while he is napping. I havent touched my dream SAL this week as the last week has been a catch up week and I am up to date with it right now.
Well that catches you up with my stitching for the week. I hope you have all had a lovely stitchy week and got lots done over easter. I look forward to seeing everyones progress.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Firstly I have finished the second week of the SAL tonight. It was only a few hours work but I love the effect of it. Here's an update.
So as well as getting my SAL done tonight I did manage to get a small amount of stitching done on Jacobs stocking, there is a bit more red to it now!!! Still a long way to go but I shall push on with it.
So that was the week that was. I have also kitted up my next project which I am ready to start tomorrow, another Joan Elliott design from Cross Stitch Collection, the first of her garden fairies, Ladybird. I totally fell in love with it when I picked up my magazine this week so am really looking forward to starting her tomorrow.
I hope everyone else has had a lovely stitching week. I am so looking forward to getting into more stitching this week now that I am over my bugs and yuckies......more to follow next week.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
So last night I started week one of the SAL, I kitted everything up and printed the chart out ready to go. I really like the design, Joan Elliotts Dream inspirational word from her Bewitching book.
The writing has a lot of purple and pink in it which are my favourite colours and I love butterflies. So I managed to get week one of the SAL done last night which was stitching all the letters.
I used a very light blue aida for it which is really stepping out of my comfort zone of white or natural coloured!!! I think it looks lovely though
Right, my son is in bed, it is saturday afternoon, I am curled up in the armchair in front of a dvd with my stitching and hubby has said he will make dinner tonight.....BLISS. Have a lovely weekend everyone
Thursday, March 22, 2012
So what next I hear you ask! My first SAL starts in 2 days and I just went and got the fabric today for it, I have all the thread, the chart and the beads so I am ready to go....I might even be sneaky and start tomorrow....hehehe. I was actually very daring with the fabric today, well daring for me. I am a creature of habit when it comes to my stitching, I stitch on 14 count aida in either white or natural/light tan but today I bought a nice piece of pale blue 14 count, yes, couldnt get away from the aida but I thought I might add a bit of colour to the SAL with the light blue colour. I will post a pic once I start.
The other project I need to work on is Jacobs stocking for christmas. I started this last year and I have a goal to get it finished for him for this christmas. Truth is I have not touched it at all this year so I need to get onto it. Here is where it is at, I have half finished it. I love the design but do struggle with doing it on 16 count instead of my normal 14...I shall perservere though
Hope everyone is having a lovely stitchy week, I am enjoying catching up on everyones blogs as well, thanks everyone
Monday, March 19, 2012
I just took part in my first IHSW this past weekend, for those of you who have not heard of this before, it is on Random Ramblings. I have seen a lot of my blogger friends Hermit and stitch every month so thought this month I would join up and see how much I get done. So here was my picture of my dogs before I started on friday night. Not sure why they look so brown but hey, it gives you an idea of where I was up to.
I managed to get the white dog finished, the white and brown dog both backstitched and quite a bit of the background done and also started the final dog.....yes, I am up to the last boy!!! My goal was to have this design finished by the 24th March as I am starting a SAL on the 25th March so I am well on track to get this finished with only one more dog and a bit of background to go. I am so glad that I chose to do the backstitch as I went on this design as the backstitch has been a real headache....I would have been mighty upset if I had left it all till last!!! So that is how my IHSW went, how did everyone elses go????
I had a lovely treat from my stitchy friend Margaret this week who sent me a message to let me know that she had selected me as one of her blogger friends to receive the Liebster blog award. Thank you so much for thinking of me Margaret and sending me this award. Margarets blog is awesome, she has become a good facebook/pen friend who loves HAED and has recently gone on a mission to aquire as many Miras and Lavender and Lace patterns as she can!!!!
Liebster is a german word meaning favourite, dearest or beloved. The Liebster is awarded by bloggers to other new bloggers who have fewer than 200 followers, to help spread the word about their blogs and to help them gain wider recognition.
The Liebster award comes with four conditions that each recipient must satisfy when accepting.
1. Choose 5 up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers to award the Liebster to
2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.
3. Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blog so they know about the award.
4. Share 5 random facts about yourself that people dont know about you.
So, my list of recipients is as follows
1. Kathy she does some beautiful work, love her blog
2. demeter83 Absolutely stunning work and a beautiful blog
3. Rowyn A fellow kiwi stitcher, I love how much detail she puts into her blog
4. Thoeria Gorgeous work and lovely blog
5. Danielle A beautiful blog, love all the updates.
I must say that there are two blogs that I totally love and would so want to give the award to, if only they weren't so popular!! I still want to give them a mention
Katrina I love your blog, such gorgeous updates and yes, again a fellow kiwi
The Manbroider My dear friend who is an amazing stitcher and proves that men can cross stitch too!!!
And finally, the 5 random things about me
1. I am dreadfully claustrophobic, I cant even sleep in the bottom bunk on a set of bunk beds!!
2. I am addicted to reality TV, especially cooking shows. I love to cook but cannot bake to save myself. Last week I made my first ever batch of cupcakes which actually turned out pretty well, as you can see below.
3. My hubby and I first met in 1993 but he does not remember us meeting. We then did not meet up again for another 9 years!
4. My father taught me to fly light aircraft when I was 5 years old.
5. Although everyone considers me to be a girly girl my favourite sport is car racing, especially V8s and stock cars. My dream is to one day drive a stock car in a demolition derby and crash the heck out of it.
So everyone, that is me and that is my update from the last couple of week, thanks for hanging in there through this blog, long as it was. Looking forward to hearing everyones updates :)
Friday, March 9, 2012
Monday, March 5, 2012
We are so blessed to have him in our lives. After 6 years of infertility and struggling to have a child of our own we finally went down the avenue of adoption and our scrummy little man is our blessing from that. We were told we had been chosen as his parents when he was 3 weeks old and got to bring him home at 5 weeks old. I have always felt in my heart that he is my child in every sense of the word, but there is a piece of me that acknowledges the huge sacrifice that his birth parents (especially his mother) made so that our family could be so blessed. We are in contact with his birth parents and see them about 3 times a year for a catch up. I know that his birth mother still struggles with the decision that she made to give him up, even though she knows it was the best thing for him and that she struggles to look after herself day by day without adding a child into the mix. I feel a very special bond with his birth mum and I have wanted for so long to do something for her to let her know how much her sacrifice has meant to me as a mother. This week I found exactly what I have been looking for on 123stitch and bought it straight away to do for her. I plan to stitch it twice, one for her to give to her for christmas and one for my son to hang in his room with a photo of him with both of his "mums". I hope they both treasure it.
The poem on it reads
"Once there were two women who never knew each other
One you do not remember, the other you call Mother.
Two different lives shaped to make yours one.
One became your guiding star, the other became your sun
The first gave you life and the second taught you to live it
The first gave you the need for love, the second was there to give it
One gave you a nationality and the other gave you a name
One gave you the seed of talent, the other gave you aim.
One gave you emotion, the other calmed your fears
One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears
One gave you up, it was all that she could do
The other prayed for a child and God lead her straight to you
And now you ask me through your tears
The age old question through the years
Heredity or environment-which are you the product of
Neither my darling, neither, just two different kinds of love"
I havent got a lot of stitching done this week, managed to get the backstitching done on the right hand side of dog 4 and dog 5 has legs and a scarf now. I have set myself the goal to have his design finished by 22nd March so that I can start the SAL, it might take a few hours of evening stitching but I should get it done :)
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
This week I found Joans Blue Geisha and tried to order it from Polstitches but it is out of stock. I have it in my cart at 123stitch along with some beads that I need so will probably buy it today. I have another one of her geishas and so they will look really good side by side.
I have signed up for my first SAL which starts around the end of March. I signed up to it through one of the facebook cross stitching groups that I am in. I am quite excited about it actually as I have bever done a SAL before. We are doing one of the Joan Elliott inspiration words from her Bewitching book, I think it is Dream that we are doing, which I am really happy about as it is the one with the butterflies, and I LOVE butterflies. That is what the beads from 123 are for, they are part of the supplies needed for the SAL. Once I start I will be able to show my week by week progress.
So anyway this week hubby says to me "Remember, my dad turns 80 this year, what are you going to do him for his birthday???" I think he has been watching me do the boys for dads 70th and thought he better get his request in for the FIL before I get too many projects on the go!!!! So I have found the design that I was going to do for his mum and have all the cottons for this one, just need the fabric. Once I finish the boys I will have to make a start on it. Thankfully his birthday is not until October!!! So here is the pattern
Well I think this catches me up with everything that I have been up to this week. I hope everyone is having a wonderful stitching week, cant wait to see all your progress :)
Monday, February 20, 2012
The only action on the green that day were the ducks. 2 days later we stopped by again and what do you know....
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Hi there, I know it has been forever since I have posted in here but here I am with an update on what I have been stitching since I was last here. I put my stitching down for about 6 months and just enjoyed being a mum, with all that brings. Needless to say with an active 2 year old I didnt have any energy at the end of the day to stitch or even function! I picked up my stitching again in December and managed to get this owl design done for mum, called Outrageous Owls. Mum loves owls and I loved the colours on this one so I think she is will love it. I havent decided if I am giving it to her for mothers day in May, her birthday in October or Christmas yet, but I will get it framed.
I am also working on a design for dad called Magnificent Seven for his 70th birthday in August. He adores his dog and also loves cowboys and cowboy hats so this is right up his alley. I am hoping to get this one framed in plenty of time too, I have only been working on it for about 4 days but it is coming along nicely.