I don't have fireflies in my garden - which is a shame... only cats, bees, a dog and the odd dragonfly!! So please settle down with a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

I hope that everyone is having a safe and happy Easter.  We are having a very quiet break and making the most of the time off work to catch up on some gardening and some crafting.  I am still in recovery mode after having had a very nasty bout of Gastro for over week...  finally on the mend!  Just in time to eat chocolate!!!  Although chocolate and diets don't mix very well!

While I was off work sick for the week I did manage to get some stitching done - but not as much as I would have liked.  The first few days weren't very nice and most of the time I just wanted to lie around and sleep...  I didn't even spend any time on the computer so I am very, very behind in my blog reading.  So I must apologise for not visiting you all and seeing what you've been up to lately.  I hope to rectify that this weekend!

So what have I been up to since my last post 2 weeks ago... can you believe it has been that long since I last posted!  Don't know where the time has gone too.

In my last stitching update I had almost completed 2 of the 4 monkeys for Wyatt A's quilt square.  Well, now all 4 have been stitched and the finished square has been sent to Quilts 4 Kids.
Stitched for Quilts 4 Kids (Wyatt A)
Corner 1 - Cross Stitch Crazy, Issue 134
Corner 2, 3, 4 - Cross Stitch Crazy, Issue 112
I have also managed to complete the whale square for Zachary L.  Zachary's theme is sea life (beach, water & sea creatures).  I found the perfect whale pattern on the Cyber Stitchers website.  Lots of grey stitches to do but this design stitched up reasonably quickly.  And no back stitch!  Bonus....
"Whale Spraying" - free design Cyber Stitchers
Stitched for Quilts 4 Kids (Zachary L)
And now I have started the next one.... a cute little puppy for Jacob K.  His theme is Dogs and Puppies.  The design that I chose to stitch for Jacob is from a Debra Page chart booklet called "Playful Pups".  I started this one last night and hopefully will get it finished by the end of the weekend.  Fingers crossed.....  Will post a picture once I have stitched a bit more - nothing much to see at the moment!

Once I have stitched Jacob's puppy I have one more square to do for the Quilts 4 Kids project and then I will be able to catch up on some of my other stitching - such as my Margaret Sherry cats!  While I have been busily stitching the quilt squares I haven't had time to stitch anything on my three cats.  But I will get back on to them in the next couple of weeks or so.

Not only have I been busy stitching, but I have also been a bit naughty.....  I have added to my stash!  Not that it needed adding to but the items were on sale at the Fox Collection, and what could I do!!  I just had to have them....
"Flowerpot Kitty"
"Departure by Leah Jakusovksy"
HAED "Peacock & Doves in a Garden by Eugene Bidau"
Well, that's about it for this update.  We have some lovely rain today (at long last) so I am going to sit in front of the telly and watch a Midsomer Murders episode or a good movie and do some stitching!  Just for something different on a Sunday (not!).

I hope that everyone has a safe and happy Easter, don't eat too much chocolate, take some time out to relax and reflect on what this time of the year means to us all, and I'll see you all again real soon.

Take care, til next time

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Quilts 4 Kids - Anakin G's quilt

Just a quick post to show you the picture of Anakin G's completed quilt.

Photo courtesy of the Quilts 4 Kids website
My "Thomas the Tank Engine" is in the middle of the second row.

Doesn't the quilt look fabulous.  If you go to the Quilts 4 Kids website you will see Anakin with his completed quilt.  Seeing Anakin with his finished quilt makes me feel really proud of what I stitched and I think seeing his smile makes it all worth doing....

Til next time,

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday on my mind!

It's Friday..... I just love Friday....  Second best day of the week - mainly because I don't have to go to work on a Friday and that means that I get the whole day to blog and stitch....  and boy do I have a lot of blog reading and stitching to catch up on!  Best day of the week is Saturday as hubby is also home!

Today is a lovely day here in Sunny Perth, WA- in fact it is almost cold.... After having a run of 60 odd days without rain and being over 32 deg C (~90 deg F), we had rain yesterday (yippee - happy dance) and the temperature dropped dramatically.  I just had a look at the weather website and apparently down our way we had a low of 11.4 deg C overnight... no wonder I was cold during the night.  I had to get up and put on my fleecy PJ's, that's how cold I got.....  Of course snuggling up to hubby also helped, as did Felix when he decided to get on the bed at 4am for a purring cuddle!  Time to get the doona out of the cupboard...  Although we may still end up with one last hot spell near Easter, but I think we can safely say that Autumn has arrived - at long last!!!

More rain is due over the weekend and we will possibly have a wet Monday - which normally I would hate but I am going to grin and bear it as we so desparately need the rain!

Okay, so now for the latest stitching update.  As promised below is a pic of the monkeys that I am currently stitching for Quilts 4 Kids.  This square is for Wyatt A.  Wyatt's theme is Monkeys....

I decided to split the square in 4 and stitch some little motifs in each square.  So far I have completed 1 and nearly done the second - just the backstitch to go.  Then onto the next one....  Have to get a wriggle on as it is due next Friday!  Still the next 2 are quite small so shouldn't take long, even for the world's slowest stitcher (Me!).

The designs that I chose to stitch for Wyatt are from Cross Stitch Crazy issue 112 and 134.

Corner 1 - Cross Stitch Crazy, Issue 134
Corner 2 - Cross Stitch Crazy, Issue 112
Time to get off blogger now and go and start stitching before there are no more hours left in the day!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Friday and a fantastic weekend.  See you all again soon.

Til next time, happy stitching....

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Totally Useless SAL update - New Moon 3 April 2011

Here we are again - another new moon today.  I can't believe how quickly 2011 is flying by...

The ORT's have been multiplying away quite happily this last month.  I have actually had to push them down in the jar - maybe I had better find a bigger jar soon!

This month the ORT's are made up of the last of the butterfly that I stitched for Quilts 4 Kids, a bit of my Margaret Sherry cat that I must finish.... and Eeyore and Friends which I stitched for Quilts 4 Kids, and the browns of the monkeys that I have just started.  So quite a variety of colours with the blue of Eeyore starting to disappear under the brown of the monkeys!

Will post a monkey update in the next couple of days....

TUSAL 3 April 2011
(The red rose is from our garden)
This new moon finds my ORT's playing with the snow globe that hubby bought back from Sydney for me.  Unfortunately I didn't get to go this time but maybe next time ORT's and I will be able to tag along on his junket!!  I wonder where my ORT's will want to have their picture taken next month??
For more info on the TUSAL pop over to Daffycat's blog.

Stitching update:

Eeyore and Friends was finished on 30 March 2011.  I just need to wash and press it and then pop it in the mail to Quilts 4 Kids to be added to the quilt of Alexis W.  I really enjoyed stitching this and it was actually quite a quick stitch - especially after the very long "Wings" one....  Would quite happily to do this one again!

"Eeyore and Friends"
Stitched for Alexis W - Quilts 4 Kids
World of Cross Stitching, issue 170
Til next new moon on 3rd May 2011, happy stitching