Wednesday, December 21, 2005
I picked up a copy of the December 2005 UK Cross Stitcher magazine today. I was lured by the freebie - a little elephant called Elliot. I'm a sucker for elephants, especially ones as cute as this. I haven't had the chance to read the magazine yet, but with two weeks off I'm sure I'll be able to squeeze it in! :-)
I'm all over the place with my stitching at the moment. I've put down Lily of the Valley and For the Birds, and have made a start on my Ladybug Needleroll. It's looking very pretty already. I'm stitching it in three strands, as two strands didn't give very good coverage on my 25 count fabric. Perhaps my stitching goal for 2006 should be to be more focused, but of course as we all know with this hobby we are absolutely spoilt for choice with charts, fabrics, charms, threads etc - so with even the best of intentions I might not stick to my goal!
Sunday, December 18, 2005
It didn't take long. I started about 10pm on Friday night, then spent a couple of hours finishing it off on Saturday afternoon. I might even have a go at making it into an ornament over the holidays.
I can't wait until Santa delivers my scanner next weekend, it surely has to do better than my camera on the closeups.
I can completely understand that it is hard for people in the Northern Hemisphere to comprehend Christmas in Summer. My OH is from Northern Ireland, and even though he's had Christmas out here many a time (even before he met me) he still finds it strange. I am sure he won't be complaining on the day though, as if it's hot he can open his pressies and then jump in the pool. And of course a cold beer (of which he is very fond) always tastes better on a hot day! :-)
Friday, December 16, 2005
In the meantime I pulled out Lily of the Valley which hasn't been worked on in quite some time. I decided I'd stitch the year on this sampler as 2005 to encourage me to finish it this year, although as I told OH I'd probably be better off stitching 2010 at the rate I'm frogging right now!
I can't believe that we're only a week away from Christmas now. I'm sooo looking forward to a few weeks off work. I hope I might get a fair bit of stitching done too, although sometimes the hot humid weather (like we are having right now) zaps the stitching bug right out of me.
Here's a photo of my little shadow. I just can't go anywhere without being followed, here she is helping me with my blog surfing (bless her!).
Friday, December 09, 2005
Tess has just been rolling around on the floor chasing her tail. It must be the hot, wet, muggy weather we're having sending her berko!
My OH recently told me his work have asked him to redesign their website. I had forgotten that he has created websites before, so I asked him if he could help me spruce up my blog. He tells me it's easy, so here's hoping over the coming months my little space on the web will start to look a little more welcoming.
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
I took my younger sister to a LNS today to see if there was something she wanted to go with her other Christmas present. Nothing took her fancy, but look what I found while I was waiting for her to browse...
Of all the times I've been in this shop (which is, as you can imagine, quite a few times) I never knew they did overdyed threads. They have Needle Necessities and Caron threads (albeit not a great selection). I'm not sure if these are the exact Needle Necessities shades I need to finish 'For the Birds' - but they are close enough. They sure weren't cheap though. I looked for similar colours in the Caron threads which were a few dollars cheaper, but I was drawn back to these two lovelies!
Monday, December 05, 2005
This month I received a piece of 'Ocean Blue' Lugana 32 count, as can be seen in the picture below which I borrowed from the CountryStitch website (my camera didn't do it justice, although in saying that it is still prettier than the picture from the website).
I think I will stitch a seahorse design by Cherry Parker (New Zealand designer) on this fabric.
Friday, December 02, 2005
Quick and Easy has definitely improved over the years, when I look back at other issues I have from 1998/9.
I'm hoping to get back into my stitching this weekend, although my OH and I are going to help my parents tomorrow with their very large garden and then we are having my SingStar-mad sister over for a session tomorrow night - so I don't know how much stitching I'll get in. Every stitch counts though, I guess!
Thursday, December 01, 2005
I haven't stitched on For the Birds (or anything) for about a week and a half. But here's the promised WIP photo...
The camera doesn't do the colours justice, so here's hoping when Santa delivers my scanner I might be able to get a photo which portrays the colours closer to what they really are.
And for anyone wondering about Waxy - little Waxy made it. I released it off our upstairs deck (well away from the kitty-cats and while it was still light) and it made a swift exit. I was very chuffed.
OH went and picked up our tickets for our overseas trip on Monday, way way in advance but at least we have them in our hot little hands. I'm already buying stuff to put away for the trip (summery clothes so far, which might not be available mid-Winter next year).
It's hard to believe that Christmas is just a few weeks away. Just two more gifts to organise and then we're done - after that we'll just be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the festive season.