Monday, 28 September 2009

Dust, Dust Everywhere!

This last week has not been a good week for us. The two girls and myself have all suffered the effects of a very nasty stomach flu that has been going around. We are all better now, but I tell you it really knocked me flat for a few days.

As the title of this post suggests, it's been very dusty around here this week. Not from renovations and not from a lack of house cleaning (although we won't discuss this topic). We have had some very unusual weather conditions, which has meant that red dust has blown from halfway across the country, leaving a red film over everything. Last Wednesday morning, this is the scene we woke up to.

I was able to clean most of the dust off the timber blinds and windowsills until we had another dust storm on Saturday morning. Not as bad as the last one, but enough to leave more dust around the place. Looks like a very busy week of cleaning and dusting!

During the week I also received my Friends Through Thread exchange from Nancy. She made this beautiful pinkeep/scissor & needle holder and a little bag that it can slide into. It's very cute! Nancy also spoiled me with all those other wonderful goodies. Thank you Nancy, this was a wonderful exchange and I really love the whole package you put together.

PS. If you remember I had a problem with a few pairs of Scissoroo scissors rusting? Well I contacted the company that they are made for and distributes them. They sent new ones out and even sent a prepaid envelope for me to send the rusty ones back. Now how's that for service!

Thursday, 17 September 2009

For The Love Of Needlework Exchange

I heard from Becky this morning that she received the needlebook I stitched her for the Love Of Needlework needlebook exchange through the Friends Through Threads blog. I love this form of finishing and it's a real lot of fun. I used the same principle as the stitcher's book, but stitched a few less pages for the different needle gauges. This time, to stiffen the pages, I used extra stiff interfacing which I ironed onto one side of the batting. It gave the book the strength to stand up, but made it easy enough to insert the needles into each page.

Design: Black Needles (freebie found here)
Marie Auriau (Ravenelle)

Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - White
Thread: DMC
Finish: Needlebook

Monday, 14 September 2009

The New Laundry

What a busy week it has been, stitching, washing, ironing and cleaning. With the laundry having been completed, I had to catch up on two weeks of washing and ironing (well the washing has been, the ironing is a work in progress). All the renovations have put so much dust around the house and it took some time to clean it all away.

I am so pleased with my new laundry, it's so much bigger and brighter, the photos don't do it justice as they were taken on a dark gloomy morning. The painting has not been finished as we are still waiting for the render to dry.

I have finished stitching Lisa's RR and it was a lot of fun. For those who were interested, it's the River Fish Sampler from the magazine Cross Quick Dec/Jan 1989. I stitched the three top most fish.

I have also finished stitching the first section of my Emblem Of Love RR. I have decided to stitch the multicolour version using Gentle Art Sampler Threads, DMC and Olde Willow Stitchery. I have left off the dedication and the date and will fill them in when it's complete. I am not quite sure what I will do with each of these parts yet.

I also completed and posted a small gift for Cathy. Cathy sent me a button to finish my baby sampler a year ago and shame on me, it's taken this long to get a thank you to her. I stitched this little scissor fob over one for her, but what a challenge to finish it. Once I had stitched the little pillow together, I had an interesting time turning it the right way round. I am really pleased how it turned out though.

Design: Floral Bookmark (freebie)
Designer: The Prairie Schooler
Fabric: 28ct Cashel Linen - White
Thread: DMC
Finish: Scissor Fob

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

We have a winner!

Sorry I am late in announcing the giveaway winner, I am drowning in a sea of laundry. The laundry has been completed and there is more washing than I have ever seen before to get done. I can only manage three loads a day as there is no more room on the washing line for more than that. Tomorrow should see the end of it though.

After using a random generator, the winner of the giveaway is PeggyLee:

"Peggy Lee said...
Hope you had a wonderful birthday. I love reading your blog.
Thank you for sharing your talent. I would love to be included in your
Thank you to everyone who entered in my giveaway. I will have plenty of photos to show shortly of my stitching and my laundry.