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!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Cats and Quilts...

Q:  What does a cat do when presented with a nice warm lap covered with a lovely snuggly quilt?

A:  He snuggles up and goes to sleep!

One happy cat!!
Daisy dog is snuggled up in the background on her bed!
Notice the dog does move!!!
Last night Hubby settled down to unpick the quilting on the quilt that he is making for his youngest son's 21st birthday.  After quilting about half he decided he didn't like the free-motion quilting that he did - so out it is coming....  Now, back to the story!  After Hubby made himself comfortable on the couch with unpicker and ORT's jar a certain young puddy tat decided it was time to have a sleep on the couch next to Dad, but when he discovered that Dad had a quilt on his lap... well, that was different - couch or Dad's lap with a quilt on it!!  Dad's lap won hands down!  So the evening passed with Oscar asleep on Hubby's lap while Hubby unpicked his quilting....

This week has been yet another busy week at work even with the boss away for the week!  We are now in winter's cold grasp and amazingly we are actually getting some decent rain.  The weekend, and most of next week, has more rain forecast too, so fingers crossed, and with a little bit of help from the Gods above we will actually see some of that precious rain start to flow into the dams....

I haven't done a lot of stitching this week - have been way too tired to do too much at night after work, but I do have a bit of stitching update for you.

Margaret Sherry Culinary Cat 2 - kitty is now almost half done, and he is now looking pretty cool!  Looking forward to finishing him off and starting number 3.

Flower Fairy - this cute little fairy is coming along quite nicely.  I have been alternating between the kitty and the flower fairy over the last week and they are now both on the home run.

Finally, one last little pic... on Saturday Hubby and I went to Spotlight to participant in the sale!  I was good... but Hubby found some nice new fabrics to add to his stash.  I did find this cute little box though.  It is a Gutermann thread box and was filled with 4 or 5 coloured sewing threads which Hubby has added to his stash and the box is in my stitching box.  Have no idea what I will use it for.. but I'm sure it will come in handy to store needles or scissors or even ORT's!!

With our weather forecast like this for today and the weekend

You will probably find me doing this....... albiet with stitching in one hand and a cuppa of tea in the other!!

Til next time, hope you have a wonderful weekend and get lots of stitching done!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Hot Chocolate

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope that everyone had a lovely weekend with lots of stitching!  My weekend was busy and unfortunately not a lot of stitching got done... I think I managed to put in about 20 stitches into my MS cat all weekend - and that was last night after tea! 

But on the flip side of a "no stitching" weekend, we had a lovely weekend with family - Hubby and I went shopping on Saturday and then we went to a birthday party at my brother's house for my nephew's 4th birthday, and yesterday my step-son and his girlfriend came over for lunch.  It was nice to catch up with DS-S before he heads off to Russia for 2 weeks!  He is doing a field trip to Siberia with the University he attends and is very excited about heading off overseas yet again - lucky doer!!!

Now Mondays are not normally my favourite day.... however when a friend sent me the following this morning it made me smile and feel good about today being a Monday, so I thought I would share it with everyone.  As it was in a powerpoint presentation I have copied and pasted the words here for you all to read!  I'm not sure where it came from originally therefore I can't give the credit where credit is due.

Hot Chocolate

A group of graduates, well established in their careers, were discussing their lives at a class reunion.  They decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired, who was always an inspiration to them.  During their visit, the conversation turned to complaints about stress in their work, lives and relationships.

Offering his guests hot chocolate, the professor went into the kitchen and returned with a large pot of hot chocolate and an assortment of cups.  Some cups were porcelain, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite. He invited each to help themselves to the hot chocolate.  When they all had a cup of hot chocolate in hand, the professor shared his thoughts.

“Notice that all the nice looking, expensive cups were taken, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves that is the source of your problems and stress.”

“The cup that you are drinking from adds nothing to the quality of the hot chocolate.  In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink.”

“What each of you really wanted was hot chocolate.  You did not want the cup . . . but you consciously went for the best cups.  And soon, you began to eye one another’s cups.”

“Now friends, please consider this . . ."

“Life is the hot chocolate . . . your job, money and position in society are the cups.  They are just tools to hold and contain life.”

“The cup you have does not define, nor does it change, the quality of life you are living.  Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the hot chocolate God has provided us.”

Always remember this . . . . . . . . . .  God brews the hot chocolate, He does not choose the cup. 

The happiest people don't have the best of everything.  They just make the best of everything that they have!!

Live simply . . .
Love generously . . .
Care deeply . . .
Speak kindly . . .

Leave the rest to God ~ and  remember ~ The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.
Enjoy your hot chocolate!!

And to finish, I must say "Happy Birthday" to my niece Emily and my two nephews, Luke and Lincoln, who are celebrating their birthdays on Saturday just gone and today.  They are all growing up so quickly!

Til next time, happy stitching....

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Quirky Cats

Hello again... it's Sunday afternoon and the weekend is nearly over, unfortunately!

Today I have spent a couple of hours turning a "quirky cat" into a birthday card for the Craftbubble "Crazy for Kitties" birthday exchange.  Tomorrow the quirky cat will be winging it's way over to the UK.

I stitched the design from a mini chart booklet that came with one of the "Cross Stitch Crazy" magazines - can't remember what issue though, sorry.  The booklet is called "Best Ever Pet Charts" and has animal designs by Lesley Teare, Sharon Welch and Lucie Heaton.  The one that I chose to stitch comes from the "Cheeky Chums" section of the booklet and was designed by Lucie Heaton.  It is a rather quirky patchwork cat in yellow and blues and I thought it would be lovely quick design to stitch and turn into a card.  It was quite quick to stitch and only took me about 4 evenings to stitch it.  It took almost as long again to turn it into a card this afternoon!  I'm not very creative when it comes to making cards so it takes awhile to think of what to do.... but I am quite pleased with the outcome.

Quirky cat - designed by Lucie Heaton
Best ever pet charts booklet - Cross Stitch Crazy magazine
Stitched for Craftbubble "Crazy for Kitties" Birthday Exchange
As promised, I have also taken a couple of photos of Oscar and Felix's new outdoor area.  The photos aren't the best as the light was failing yesterday when I remembered to take the photo.  Once we have some more plants in there and re-arrange things I will take some more photos.  The boys absolutely love their new area and have spent most of the day outside today sleeping in the sun!  They now have about 5 1/2 times the outdoor space that they had before. The best thing about the new space is that we can sit in there with them and Daisy can come too....  Although she is still getting the hang of the idea that the ball can't be thrown through the netting! 

Our boys are definately the most spoilt cats in this neighbourhood! 

Til next time, happy stitching

Friday, June 10, 2011

Friday on my mind!

It's Friday! It's Friday! I do so love Fridays.....

This week has only been a short working week for me (3 days as Monday was a public holiday) but gee I am shattered!  Normally I manage to fit 5 days work into 4, but trying to fit 5 days work into 3 days doesn't necessarily go!  But I did it!  Managed to get most of my work completed by the time I left yesterday - what I didn't get done can afford to wait til Monday.

So here we are again - it's Friday and I am at home with my dog and my 2 puddy tats after sending my poor long suffering husband off to work..... That is the only bad thing about Fridays - hubby has to go to work while I stay home!!  I'm sure that he would much rather be at home quilting on a Friday than being at work.

I didn't get a chance over the weekend to post a stitching update as we had a very busy non-crafting weekend.  After all the rain during the week, the sun was out and shining on the weekend, so Saturday and Monday were spent out in the garden planting up the new garden beds and re-arranging the pots that had been moved while the patio was being re-done.  Hubby also re-planted all the strawberry plants - we have about 40 in total now!  Some are in the raised planter and the rest are back in the ground with lots of nice yummy manure.  Hubby also planted our new dwarf orange tree and olive, and got the lemon out of it's pot and finally into the ground!  The vegie patch is now ready for the raspberries and gooseberries which arrived in the post today.  So guess what tomorrow will be all about!!

On Sunday we went down to Fremantle and spent the afternoon out with my sister and her family.  After a lovely lunch we went wandering around Freo and into the markets and generally had a lovely day out.  The weather was just beautiful.  We both just love going down to Freo for the day.  It is so relaxing and the markets are a wonderful place to while away a couple of hours.  Although they do get very busy....  Hubby and I almost got lost in one of my favourite shops - The Blue Buddha.  I love going into the Perth shop and now I have found the Freo one!  Such beautiful things in there, but this time I did keep my credit card in my handbag... however we are going to have to go back in a couple of weeks as I want to look at getting another crystal pendant.

I did manage to get some stitching done while I had the couple of days off last week.  Culinary Cat number 1 is finished and number 2 has been started!  I also have been stitching a "crazy patchwork" cat for a birthday card which I need to finish this weekend to get in the mail to the UK.  I will post a pic of that once it's finished.
Margaret Sherry Culinary Cat No. 1 finished!
Oscar and Felix are still waiting to get their outdoor area finished.  Unfortunately the job is taking longer than expected and the fellow is back today to finish putting up the netting.  So fingers crossed and prayers to kitty angels it will be finished today and the boys can finally get back outside.  They have now been inside for 7 weeks!  That's an awful long time in a kitty cat's life!  Once it's all finished I will post a pic so you can see what we have done for our very spoilt cats!

Are they real or are they statues?
I have no idea what they were looking at......
but as you can see they are on my stitching again!
Til next time, happy stitching and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Totally Useless SAL update - New Moon 1 June 2011

Another new month begins and another new moon appears!  Where did May go?  Welcome to June 2011.  Here in the Southern Hemisphere it is the first day of winter, and here in Perth it is cold, windy and rainy with a chance of a thunderstorm.  Which is music to our ears - we so badly need the rain to fill up our dams so that the city will have water for summer.  Although I should be careful what I wish for!!

This month sees my little ORT's jar full of some more lovely colours from the quilt squares that I have been stitching.  They have been squished down again this month to give me room for some more ORT's over the coming months.

What has contributed to the ORT's this month: well, we had the cute puppy with his garbage can, then all the whites and oranges of the Precious Moments angel, then the MS Purrfect Partners, and finally a bit of the MS Culinary Cats and the MS Totally Tropical.

Next month should see me finish the Culinary Cats so the jar will be overflowing with pretty cat colours!

Last month when I took my TUSAL photo Felix wanted to join in - so this month I took the ORT's jar straight to the boy and took the photo while he was lazing around in his cat basket!

TUSAL update 1 June 2011

Oh, it is a hard life being a cat!!
I wonder where Felix and my ORT's will want to have their picture taken next month??  For more info on the TUSAL pop over to Daffycat's blog.

Quick Stitching Update

Now that my Quilts 4 Kids squares are all completed and sent off, I am back onto my Margaret Sherry Culinary Cats.  I managed to stitch a bit more on cat number 1 the other night... so now he has feet!

Culinary Cats (1) - Margaret Sherry
Cross Stitcher, Issue 222
I am also finishing off another Margaret Sherry freebie that came with yet another Cross Stitcher magazine.  My left shoulder was quite painful on Monday night and I didn't really feel like sitting at the table and holding the frame while stitching, so instead I sat on the couch surrounded by cushions supporting my left shoulder and stitched on "Totally Tropical" for a while.

This is another small UFO that I started some time ago and put away.  I put this one away because of the top of tree - it is all half cross stitch (which are quick and easy) but two of the symbols are the same colour, one in 2 threads and one in 1 thread so I kept losing my place!  But over the last couple of nights I have managed to get quite a bit of the tree top stitched.  I noticed on the stitched model, that was on the cover of the kit, that the stitcher did all of the half cross stitches as full cross stitches..... not sure if she made a mistake or if they changed the design for the magazine, but I think by the time I have finished the half cross stitches it will actually be nicer as the cat will stand out more.

As I now have 6 days off.... I will alternate between the 2 Margaret Sherry designs and hopefully have a finish to show on Monday.
Totally Tropical - Margaret Sherry
Cross Stitcher Issue 201
Til the next new moon on 1st July 2011, happy stitching and collecting of ORT's.

New Moons - 2011
1 July
30 July
29 August
27 September
26 October
25 November
24 December