Sunday, 25 May 2008

Animals, Wiggles and More!

What a busy week we have had. On Tuesday we had a beautiful day at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Aurelia's playgroup organised a day at the park, so the children could see some of our native animals. Aurelia was able to pat a koala, kangaroo, wallaby and emu. She chased the wallaby around the place giving it kisses and cuddles as she went along. She wanted to get close to an Emu and feed it and when she bent over next to it, it pecked her on the ear. She thought it was really funny and now when you ask her what the Emu did to her ear, she makes the motion of a kiss. How cute!

Friday saw us visit a Wiggles concert, which Aurelia just loved. She stood on her chair dancing and motioning to the music. Although, by the last 15 minutes, she was more interested in the chair and the patterns on the carpet.

This week I also received my eBay parcel with all the charts I purchased. This is what was in it: Elizabeth's Designs Climbing Rose Cottage and Garden Samplers, Hilldside Samplings Earth Laughs Sampler and House Samplings and finally, Bightneedle's Eliza Jane's Needlekeep and Scissor Flat and Folk Alphabet Sampler. I also purchased a few more charts, but they are for exchanges and blogaversary gifts, so they must be kept secret.

This week I finally finished the Blue Ribbon Designs Christmas ornament I started last year. The stitching was basically finished, except the backstitch border and so I just completed the finish.

Design: A Christmas Wish of Health and Happiness (freebie found here)
Designer: Blue Ribbon Designs
Thread: Gentle Arts Sampler Threads
Fabric: 28ct Cashel Linen from Zweigart - Antique Ivory
Finish: Pillow Ornament

I was also able to make a really good start to the Bent Creek Red Thread design for my SAL. I am only five months behind, lol, but I have completed the square outlines for each of the five months plus June and have almost completed the snowman for January. Now I need to put this aside for a little while so that I can complete my squares for Fair and Square Round #7 and the square for the next round in the LHN RR. Oh, yes, that reminds me, I have also posted off the package for my Stitching Bloggers Birthday Club.

Monday, 19 May 2008

A cold weekend!

This has been a busy week for me with my stitching. I have completely caught up with my 12 Blessings of Christmas. I have finished the border and the writing at the bottom is a third completed. Here is a photo of the overall design and my May square as well.

I finished my last pendibulle finally and here it is. It's stitched on Aida, which I absolutely hate working with, but I have so much of it, I have to find something to do with it all. If anyone really loves working on Aida, I am more than willing to make an exchange for other fabric, threads or patterns, just contact me via the email link on my blog.

Designer: My Aunt's Attic (freebie found here)
Thread: DMC Colour Variations 4210
Fabric: 14ct cream Aida
Finish: Pendibulle

We took a trip down to the Wombeyan Caves on Sunday. It's a lovely drive there, about 3 hours. When we got there though, the caves were closed because someone had become lost and then trapped in one of the caves and there was a major rescue taking place. This was disappointing, especially since we had travelled so far. However, we found a place to stop for some tea and biscuits and a chance for Aurelia to run around and ride her tricycle. Then we decided to travel even further south to Goulburn, where we found a beautiful park to have our lunch and great playground for Aurelia to play in. It was so incredibly cold though and felt like a winter's day and not an Autumn day. The temperature was only 10C (50F), but with the wind chill, the temperature was only 2C (35F). Luckily we came well prepared with beanies and winter jackets and Aurelia's winter helmet (see previous post) kept her little head nice and warm. After a nice long break we made the 3 hour journey home and Aurelia kept herself well amused and didn't complain at all.

Today I have put an order into Stitching Bits and Bobs for a whole lot of charts from Elizabeth Designs, Prairie Schooler and Little House Needleworks. I also have purchased a large number of charts from eBay. They were all great bargains, so I just couldn't resist. I will post some photos of my stash as soon as the packages arrive.

Monday, 12 May 2008

Weekend Wedding

This weekend my brother Mark was married to the beautiful Larissa. The wedding was on Saturday, which was a perfectly glorious autumn day. The wedding went off without a hitch and we had a fantastic reception at a local hotel resort. I had the honour of doing one of the readings and my husband Tim was the best man.

Aurelia behaved herself quite well, but was a little restless as you would expect from an almost two year old. She made best friends with the flower girl and the two of them were inseparable for the rest of the evening. Somehow she managed to stay awake until 10pm with no afternoon nap. All night she wanted to dance and crawl around under the bridal table. Needless to say that her lovely dress is now a wonderful shade of brown and the knees of her tights, almost black with dirt.

We stayed overnight in the hotel, so I spent a lovely Mother's Day morning having a yummy buffet breakfast with my daughter and husband. We went to my Mother's place for lunch where we spent the day with my Aunt's, Uncles and Cousins, some of whom had come from interstate for the wedding. It was great for Aurelia to spend time with some of her relatives she dosn't often see.

Otherwise, this has been a busy week for me. I have finally caught up with my stitching on the 12 Blessings of Christmas. I have completed my March and April squares and am currently completing my May square. I have also done a little more of the border and some of the writing.

I have signed up for the next round of Fair and Square and a Little House Needlework exchange on Hooked on Exchanging, so this next month should be a very busy, stitchy month.

Monday, 5 May 2008

Round One of LHN RR Completed

I have been very busy completing Nicki's RR square for the LHN RR. Nicki has asked for a garden theme, so I designed a garden that I wish I could grow for her. I love sunflowers, but have nowhere to grow them at home and I have a slight obsession about stitching sheep at the moment (even though I don't have many sheep designs).

I used the LHN charts Gourmet Garden, City Stitcher*Country Stitcher and Willow Tree Inn and used DMC threads as per the charts.

This week I have time to catch up on my many WIP's, as well as attending many preparations for my brother's wedding on Saturday. We are staying overnight at the hotel where their reception is, so I get to spend a very lazy and easy Mother's Day morning having a sumptuous breakfast. Yeah!! However, when taking a one year old with you for the whole day and staying overnight, I am sure that it's going to take twice as long to pack her stuff as it takes to pack mine.

I am planning to make a floss ring tag and have purchased all the materials except the floss ring. I spent most of yesterday driving around town looking for these rings, but everyone just looked at me like I was talking nonsense. Does anyone know where I can purchase them from? I have looked at a few on-line craft stores and have not been able to find any there either.

Thank you to everyone for their lovely comments about my anniversary. We had a lovely dinner together at home that evening and my husband worked from home that day. As to how I am feeling, I am over my morning sickness completely and I am slowly getting back all my energy.

The biscornu I stitched, I found to be relatively easy to put together. The first few corners were a little difficult, but after I did a few, I found them easier to turn. The only real challenge was sewing the bead into the middle on the front and back, I had real difficulty ending the thread off and hiding it successfully. I used a really great tutorial at Annette's Acre, where she made it really easy to follow and understand.

Thursday, 1 May 2008

Happy Anniversary!!

Today, my wonderful husband Tim and I have been married for nine years. It sounds like a long time, but feels like only yesterday. We may be a little older and a little fatter, but we are still just as in love as the day we married. Tim is my best friend and a fantastic father. So here’s to you Tim, I love you more than ever.