Monday, 26 October 2009

Where does the time go?

Everyday has been so busy for me, I wake up, feed the kids, tidy their mess and before I know it, it's lunch time. So I feed the kids, tidy their mess and then it's time for preparing dinner. I feed the kids, tidy their mess, shower them and put them to bed. (Do you see a pattern!) This leaves me with so little stitching time. I usually stitch in the evening before bed, so I have only an hour or so at the moment.

We have also been having the brick dividing wall between our kitchen and lounge room rendered. The guys did a fantastic job and considering the floor was carpeted on the lounge room side, they hardly left a mark on the floor. What has been left is right next to the wall and will be easily vacuumed up once the wall has dried enough for the vacuum nozzle to touch the wall. Our house renovations are coming to an end, our ensuite should be done early next year, which will leave us with a little painting and then the new timber floors go down.

So this is all I have achieved recently. I have completed stitching my section of Deb's Emblem Of Love RR. She has chosen the loveliest pink linen and beautiful silks.

I also stitched this little piece for Terry for the Hooked On Exchanging Halloween exchange. It's a little portion of the Prairie Schooler Design "When Witches Go Riding". I have finished it into a long hanging pillow with a beaded border. I have to apologise to Terry as a few days after I posted the exchange, I realised I forgot to backstitch the pumpkin's teeth and the cat's whiskers. I still think it looks good though.

Design: When Witches Go Riding Book No. 148 (Top border portion only)
Designer: The Prairie Schooler
Fabric: 32ct Belfast linen - sand
Thread: DMC
Finish: Beaded hanging pillow

We had a very busy weekend this weekend past. On Saturday we had a look at some timber floors and decking. The prices vary incredibly, so we are now awaiting someone to come and measure everything up for us and give us a quote. We had to drive all the way into the city, so we thought it was a great opportunity to have an impromptu picnic by the water. A little fish and chips and a rug and we had two very happy girls.

On Sunday we celebrated my Dad's birthday by having a family Yum Cha lunch. We had a great time and as you can see by the photos, Amelie thought it was fantastic. She had a try of almost everything and enjoyed it all. While we were dining, a thunderstorm blew over and we had to try and make our way through the Sydney streets with a pram, one umbrella and torrential rain. My DH and I were soaked and not too happy, the girls, who were on the pram and under the umbrella thought it was the best time ever. I suppose that's kids for you.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Very unfortunate!

I saw this meme on Monique's blog and thought it might be a little bit of fun. Type your first name preceded by the word “unfortunately” into Google and see what comes up.

Here is a few of my favourite. Unfortunately Suzanne:
  1. starved to death living in the tree
  2. has had a calling of the conscience and she's come to look for Barsom in the forest
  3. researched this was almost certainly meant seriously as a training flick for the wives of America
  4. needs a man who wants her AND her offspring
  5. repeatedly exhibits arrogance and pride, naively believing that her position is above others
  6. friends and family were often anxious about inviting her to meals
  7. the usual comment is, "you look different"
  8. is already dating burly, Crazy Joe Davola
  9. became pregnant as a teen and ended up marrying her baby's father
  10. didn't get to benefit from any of it, which is too bad

I think the last one sums up the whole experience!!

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Halloween Exchange

Yesterday morning, bright and early mind you, the postman delivered a parcel containing a Halloween exchange. Ellen sent me the most wonderful exchange package for the Hooked On Exchanging Halloween exchange. She stitched the cutest ornament and included some wonderful goodies. The design is by The Prairie Schooler and comes from last years JCS Halloween issue.

Aurelia was most fascinated that Ellen had sent "her" some lovely things, now who's exchange is it I ask. The trick or treat bag and the wooden Halloween ornament are now hanging in her room, but at least I managed to keep the stitched ornament. Thank you Ellen for making this such a fun and wonderful exchange.

I am involved in several other exchanges and Aurelia is already talking about the "things" she will keep for her own room. Talk about bossy!!

Last week I was very fortunate to have a happy dance. Not a stitching happy dance, but I think maybe even better. For the first time since Amelie was born, my ironing baskets are empty. Just before Amelie's party I decided to make one last go at getting it done and after many hours of ironing it's finished, but it all starts again this week. I have promised myself that I won't let it get that way ever again. Let's see how I go!

Monday, 12 October 2009

One Year Celebration!

Yesterday we celebrated Amelie's first birthday. It was a fantastic day, although a little cold and wet. I spent the whole morning cooking and we had a wonderful buffet lunch, yummy desserts and a great cake (which I didn't make this time). We had thirty one people at the party and everyone seemed to leave pretty happy. As usual Amelie was spoiled rotten with lots of gifts from everyone. She was so incredibly tired by the end of the day, she slept through the night for the very first time ever. I only wish she would keep it up for good, but I know that tonight will be back to two or three wake ups through the night.

I have been stitching a little, mostly on exchanges, but with all the party organisation going on, I just haven't had a lot of time.