Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Rites Of Spring!

Although we are well into our autumn here I have finished Rites Of Spring by Blackbird Designs that I was stitching with Kajsa. I am quite pleased with how this one has turned out and will make another lovely addition to my planned sampler wall. I have already kitted up my next project of Margaret Pence, but want to finish stitching on Margaret's RR before I start.

Design: Loose Feathers Pattern 30 - Rites Of Spring
Designer: Blackbird Designs
Fabric: 30ct R & R Reproductions linen - Irish Creme
Thread: Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Arts

I also stitched the following design for my friend Sandra. Sandra has become a good friend and I thought it would be nice to send her a little pinkeep as a thank you.

Design: Savior Faire
Designer: Blackbird Designs
Fabric: 32ct Sew It All linen - Green Cloud
Thread: DMC, Weeks Dye Works and Gentle Arts
Finish: Pinkeep

I suppose I should show you my progress on my other pieces as well. I have stitched quite a considerable amount on Hannah Lancaster, but I have put her aside for a while because I stitched almost the whole Easter weekend on her.

Here is my Blackbird Designs Mystery Sampler Part One. I think I should be able to get this one finished this weekend if I work hard enough.

Last weekend I pulled out some wool and decided to crochet Amelie a winter hat. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out, although my flower on the side is a little bit odd looking. It looks a little like someone pulled some of the petals off.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

I Need A Rest (Warning: Picture Heavy Post!!!)

I hope you all had a great Easter weekend. What a busy Easter weekend we have had. On Thursday my parents, DH and I took the children to The Sydney Royal Easter Show. It was a really long day, but I think they both enjoyed it. First order of the day was the Farmyard Nursery where the kids had a little fun. Aurelia loved feeding all the animals, but Amelie was quite frightened. The sheep and goats travelled around in this huge herd and ran at anyone who had food. She tried to climb up onto my head several times when the group came near us.

As you can see from the picture, quite an intimidating bunch when your so small. Next up we had a good look around the art, craft and cooking sections. The cakes were still being judged when we went through, so I didn't really get a good look at them. The craft work was beautiful and first off is a photo of the winning piece on linen 28ct and above.

I think my favourite exhibit in the show is the district exhibit in the food pavilion. Here districts showcase their produce in a beautiful display. I think my favorite is the one with the cows.

Finally here is a photo of Aurelia with my DH on the giant slide. When she got off she told me that she held daddy's hand because he was very scared and she looked after him so he felt better, how cute!

On Easter Sunday, we started the day off on a bad note. Amelie fell on the coffee table and bit almost all the way through her lip. As it was early (daylight savings had just finished) and Easter sunday, no doctor's surgeries were open, so we had to take her to the ER. They were very nice about it and quite quick to see her (about 2 hours). The plastic surgeon took a look and said she only needed a little glue to hold the cut together and she shouldn't have too much of a scar. By lunch time she was really happy, but trying for little sympathy from everyone. Amelie was wandering around my Mum's place after lunch pointing to her lip, pulling puppy-dog eyes and whimpering 'ow'. Talk about hamming it up!! Sunday turned out to be a lovely day having lunch with my parents, grandmother, brother and sister in-law and her parents.

Monday my DH and I spent the whole morning making a really yummy lunch, showcasing beautiful new season vegetables and a roast turkey. I had visited the Farmer's Markets on Saturday morning and picked up the freshest organic vegetables I have ever seen. I even roasted new season pears and apples and they were to die for. We have so many leftovers, but at least I don't have to cook for the next few days.

Despite how busy a weekend I had, I did manage to get some serious stitching in, but that's for another post.