Sunday, 28 October 2007

Christmas Ornaments

This weekend has not been that successful on the sewing front. I participated in my first Christmas Ornament Stitch-A-Long. I was able to finish one complete ornament, but due to sweaty hands and a bad headache I was not able to do terribly much more.

Here is a photo of the Amish quilt. As you can see, I have made some more progress and it is starting to show it's colours. DH is doing really well and can already notice the difference with how much better he can breathe through his nose, despite it being a little stuffed up, otherwise, there is little else to report.

Hopefully I will get a whole lot more stitching done this week. Fingers crossed!

Friday, 26 October 2007

An Update

Well DH is home from hospital today.He looks like nothing has happened, he just sounds like he has a bad cold. Apart from a little pain, he says he feels quite good. Now I have him home for the next two weeks I have to come up with lunches as well as dinners. I think this will be a great time to try a range of salads. There is a great website, that has a whole load of recipes. So now is the time for me to experiment. I am looking forward to spending the next two weeks with him and I am sure that my daughter will be pleased as well. If he is feeling well enough, perhaps a trip to LNS might be in order.

My sewing has been going slowly, another case of the dreaded sweaty hands. I did manage to get a little done on the Amish quilt. Hopefully they will be dry this weekend as I am doing my first Christmas Ornament Stitch-A-Long.

Thank you to everyone for their wonderful comments, I feel much better today. It turns out the one person I didn't think to ask was my SIL, because I thought she was working. It turns out she was home all day and would have happily taken us to the hospital. Silly me!!! At least I know that there is at least one person whom I can rely on.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

A Depressing Day and a Whinge!

DH is in hospital today getting his nose fixed. He has been having real problems breathing and it causes him to snore badly. He finally decided that he just could not put up with it any longer and his sleeping difficulties.

Unfortunately I don't drive, so he had to rely on my Father to take him to the hospital. I feel a little depressed because he has to be alone for the whole time and I won't see him until tomorrow when he comes home. The annoying thing is that everyone is too busy to take me to the hospital to see him and with a 14 month old it's not easy getting around on public transport, especially when you need to use two bus services and carry a pram.

I very rarely ask for help, but the times I do, everyone seems to be too busy or have more important things to do. This operation has not come as a surprise, we have known since August that it would be today. I don't know, am I being selfish and whinging unnecessarily??

Monday, 22 October 2007

Let's Introduce.....

I decided that today, I would seek out some new blogs and introduce them to everyone. Emily at The Floss Box introduced my blog and I was able to meet some lovely ladies this way. I think now it is my turn to pass on the favour.
All these blogs have some very beautiful work and should not be missed.

Our Red House - A fellow Australian stitcher!
Another Cross Stitch Addict - This blog is full of cross stitch. What a prolific stitcher!
Stitch Or No Stitch - Another very busy stitcher.

A Busy Weekend

We have had such a busy weekend. We attended my cousin's wedding on Saturday. Aurelia was all dressed up and was so cute. I must say, she was very popular with all the relatives and the wait staff at the reception. The wedding was beautiful and held in a lovely old church in Mosman and the reception held at Shores Restaurant by the sea was magnificent. We had such a beautiful meal, where we all had a choice of the selected menu. The wedding cake was a whole lot of little chocolate puddings with soft gooey centres, served with cream and fresh berries. Yum!!

On Sunday, we had a big family picnic by the beach. It was a great opportunity to meet up with relatives from interstate, who had travelled for the wedding. We were also able to introduce Aurelia to the rest of the family that we don't see too often. It was such a pleasant day and Aurelia had such fun. She was so incredibly tired that she slept all the way home and then went to sleep quite early in the evening. So did mummy, while watching the election debate. Hmmm!!!

I have completed my very first pincushion. It's only very tiny, but was fun to do. I decided to do a design in a Halloween theme, even though we don't celebrate Halloween. I have also started a new cross stitch design. It's an Amish quilt design and I love this one because it's geometric and easy to stitch.

The white work is coming along really well. I have found that a lot of the stitches I was afraid to try, have been really quite easy. I am about three-quarters of the way through. Sorry about the blurry image.

Both Beatrice and Claudia have received their Christmas Ornaments. I am really pleased that they both like them. I had so much fun stitching them and hope they both have fun as well. I look forward to seeing some of the finished designs.
Thank you for all your lovely comments. To answer some questions. Leila, I am going to work on the 10 Virgins design first. I think this one is really cute. The rest, you will have to wait until the new year to see my list of projects goals for the year. Cheryl, I love the Prairie Schooler designs as well. I have only recently discovered them, but hope to do a few next year.

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Who makes me Smile?

Well I have to send a big thanks to Jaimie for her You Make Me Smile award. What a lovely thing to do, I feel very privileged. I know that I am going to find this really difficult, because so many people make me smile and if your not mentioned here, you also make me smile too, but here goes.

The rules are you have to pass it on to ten people that make you smile.

Claudia at Me, My Bubble and my Stitching
Beatrice at Stitching With A View
Karen at Little Cat Blogs
Anita at Anita's Stitching
Lelia at Stitches of Life
Joanne at Aussie Stitcher
Barbara at The Sanguine Stitcher
Sandra at Sampler Lovers Blog

I think this is a great way on introducing all these wonderful peoples blogs. These lovely ladies are all doing some beautiful work and I would like to thank you all for sharing them with us.

I would also like to share the beautiful designs that I recently purchased, I am particularly pleased with the Toccata Number Two purchase as this is one from my wish list.

A Diminutive Dutch Sampler - Barrick Samplers
1797 Ship Sampler - Carriage House Samplings
Ten Virgins - Barrick Samplers
The Dreaming - Dinky Dyes
Southern Stars - Dinky Dyes
2005 Santa - Prairie Schooler
Toccata Number Two - The Drawn Thread

Finally, a thank you for all your lovely comments regarding Aurelia's haircut and thanks for the suggestions for combating the sweaty hands. I have almost completed the fall pincushion and the white work project is coming along nicely. I will update those with pictures soon.
PS. I just realised that I have 11 people. I am so bad that I can't count. But I am breaking the rules and having 11 people. My blog, my rules....hehehe!

Monday, 15 October 2007

Time for an update!

This week Aurelia had her first hair cut. Apart from looking around and not being able to keep still, she was really good for the hairdresser. They even gave her a cute little finish to her hair. We also went out for a beautiful Yum Cha lunch. Aurelia really enjoyed this, polishing off two steamed dim sims, a rice noodle cake and three-quarters of a mango custard. We think she must have hollow legs??? Mind you, she wasn't really interested in dinner that night.

On the sewing front, I have had horribly sweating hands (eeww! TMI) and have not been able to touch my sewing for most of the week. I am very unhappy about this, but there is nothing I can do about it. We had a little cooler weather on Saturday, so I was able to finish a few bits which I am going to make into small pincushions.

I thought it was time to share my immense stash that I recently purchased on ebay. I know that I am a believer in supporting your LNS, but believe me, now I have heaps more that I need to purchase from the LNS as most of the designs require specialty thread.

PS. There are some more photos to come of all the patterns I purchased as well.

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

I have a winner!!

Thank you all for the lovely comments, the white work is starting to look much better the bigger it gets. I am pleased to say that I have the final lucky person to receive the ten Christmas ornament patterns. Beatrice is that lucky person. I am posting them off to you today. Please take the time to visit my lucky people's blogs, they are all doing some beautiful and inspiring work.

Monday, 8 October 2007

Pattern Giveaway

Well, the second person to receive the Christmas ornament patterns has been selected. Claudia will receive ten patterns soon. I have posted them today!

I haven't had much response for the last ten patterns, so the first person to email me with their details will receive the last ten patterns.

Thank you Barbara for you suggestion for the white work project, pulling the linen tight in the frame does help a lot. I think what Kajsa said was correct that the linen makes it all look uneven. I should have tried the evenweave, but i didn't have any and was not patient enough to wait to buy some.

Sunday, 7 October 2007

Sew on and sew on.......

I have started the Teresa Wentzler beginners white work project, but with mixed results. I am using some 28 count cashel linen, but the stitches are looking a little uneven. I think that has to do with the unevenness of the linen. I have been very careful not to pull to tightly with the stitches, but they still look pulled. Oh well, it is my first attempt at white work, so I really can't complain.

I have also managed to finish some of my outstanding work. The first was a Beatrix Potter design that I was supposed to get finished before "The Chicken" was born and the other design is a Christmas wreath. Only a few more outstanding designs to go.

Here is a cute picture of Aurelia. You spend so much money on toys and what do they want to play with?????

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

A Long Weekend

We had such an excellent long weekend. We all went for a visit to the zoo. This was Aurelia's first visit to the zoo and she just didn't know where to look. She just sat and stared at all the animals with great fascination. Finally it all became just too much and she fell asleep after lunch. Thankfully she woke up again just as we were about to leave, so she was able to see the lions, tigers and elephants. Her favorites! Obviously we couldn't leave empty handed, the lucky girl left with a stuffed elephant, tiger and red panda.

Yesterday we took a trip up into the Blue Mountains to visit a lovely place called Mount Hay. It was quite a long drive out there on a rough dirt track, but well worth the visit. The scenery is spectacular and gives a different perspective to the Blue Mountains. Unfortunately is was so windy that we were unable to go for a walk. The wind was so strong that the car was rocking back and forth and my dear husband was blown off his feet by a strong gust :) LOL. The bush was beautiful as there were plenty of native plants in flower and the bush seems to be recovering quite well from last years bushfires.

It's now time to get back to the stitching and begin the next project!!

PS. The poll has now closed, so thank you for voting. It seems that most of you have somewhere between two and five cross-stitch projects going at once, and two brave people who have ten or more. How do they manage to juggle all of those?