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, July 31, 2011

Totally Useless SAL Update - New Moon 30 July 2011

Wow, 2 new moons this month!  And hasn't this month flown by.  I can't believe that today is the last day of July and tomorrow it will be the first day of August!  Very scary how time flies by these days!

This ORT report sees my little ORT's jar full of some more lovely colours from the smalls that I have been stitching over the last couple of weeks.  Yet again I have had to squish the ORT's down to give me room for some more ORT's over the coming months.

What has contributed to the ORT's jar this month: well, not a lot actually - I have stitched on the Cherry Blossom flower fairy, Kiri the Kitten and the Margaret Sherry Hedgehog.  And that is all... so unfortunately not a lot of ORT's to show off this month.

This new moon's photo has been taken sitting next to the latest addition to my snow globe collection - I now have 3!!

My stepson (Jack) went over to Russia during his Uni break in July.  He was there for 2 weeks on a research field trip in Siberia with a number of other Uni students from around the world looking at the glaciers and changes in the ice.  He also had a couple of days in Moscow either side of the field trip in which he did quite a bit of sightseeing.  He had a great time and found the whole trip quite intriguing and fascinating.  Before he went I asked him to try and find me a Russian snow globe and he did!  It is only a little one, but it is perfectly formed!!
TUSAL Update - New Moon 30 July 2011
ORT jar pictured with Russian snow globe from Moscow
For more info on the TUSAL pop over to Daffycat's blog.

Til the next new moon on 29th August 2011, happy stitching and may your collection of ORT's keep growing!

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

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Long awaited stitching update!

Guess what!  I have some finishes at long last.... only little ones but every little bit helps!

So where did we get up to in the last stitching update....

The Flower Fairy is now finished.  She was a free gift with Issue 176 of World of Cross Stitching.  I finally finished her on the weekend - unfortunately I ran out of DMC 779 which was the backstitch colour and it would happen to be one of the colours that I don't have in my stash... so I had to wait til I went to Spotlight to pick up some more! 

Now that she is finished I have to think of what to do with her....  Well, I think a plan is forming in this pot of treacle I have as a brain....  While we were out on Saturday we popped into the quilting shop as hubby had to pick up a foot for the Janome and I had a squizz at the Flower Fairy fabric that they had.  While they didn't have the Cherry Blossom fairy (which this little lady is), they did have some cute little Apple Flower Fairy fabric.  So I bought some of that and some other fabric, and fingers crossed the plan that I have to turn her into a panelled/patchwork cushion will eventually crystallise in the brain and come to fruition!!

Kiri Kitten wasn't originally in my stitching plan!  However, when I bought the latest issue of Cross Stitch Card Shop (issue 78) the other day Kiri Kitten was the freebie!  Yep, you guessed it, I went home and started it straight away that night!  Kiri is now stitched and I am thinking that I will finish it off as a birthday card for my Craft Bubble "Crazy for Kitties" birthday exchange as the next one is due at the end of August.

Bee Happy Hedgehog is what I am currently stitching.  One of the benefits of going through my old magazines was that I have found all of these lovely freebies that I had forgotten about!  This is a Margaret Sherry design which came with the June 2010 issue of Cross Stitcher.  He is such a cute little hedgehog!   I have stitched all the white of his front but as it is in one thread it doesn't really show up on the photo.

No stitching update would be complete without a word or two about my Culinary Cat!  Oops, sorry haven't done anything on him lately.... hopefully next time I will have something to say about Culinary Cat.  He will get finished soon!

Oh, and guess what - I have signed up to do another Quilts 4 Kids square.  This one will be for Kaitlyn M.  Kaitlyn's theme is Music and Dance.  I have found a lovely Gloria and Pat design called "Cheerful Notes" that I am going to stitch for her.  So watch this space!

That's it for this stitching update.  Don't forget that the next new moon is due on 30th July which means it will be time for the ORT report!

Til then, happy stitching!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Another gorgeous giveaway!

Morning everyone!

Just popping in very quickly to say hi and wish everyone a happy Wednesday, and to let you know that the lovely Nia from Caixinha de Pirlimpimpim  is having a giveaway for her 3rd Blog anniversary!  Click on the link below the picture and you will go directly to Nia's giveaway page.

This giveaway ends on 31st July 2011, so you'd better hurry!  While you are there make sure you wish Nia a very Happy Birthday, as it is also her birthday today!
Well folks, that's it for now, see you all again soon!

Happy stitching, happy blogging and no frogging...

Til next time,

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A different kind of stash!

Ooh aah!  Stash.... well sort of!

This is stash for the bookcase...... and chicken soup for the soul!

I recently started reading Jennifer Chiaverini's "Elm Creek" novels, and yes, you guessed it, I'm addicted.  I had read somewhere that once you start reading these novels you can't stop, and it is so true!  So far I have read 5 of the books but was struggling to find any more in the bookshops in Perth.

So what did I do - had a look on Amazon and ordered the whole lot!  I did get the first 3 novels (A Quilt Sampler) from Amazon and managed to find the next two in bookshops around Perth, but rather than keep searching bookshops here, I took the easy path...  As with all stash addiction - I wanted it and I wanted it now!

The first 2 boxes arrived today and the third one should arrive in the next couple of days.

Can't wait to start reading these!
Unfortunately the next one in the series is in the box that I am still waiting on!!
 While we were on Amazon we also bought the other couple of quilt pattern books that go with the Elm Creek novels.  So now hubby will have them in his book stash and I will have the novels in my book stash.  All very fair I thought!  We had already bought the first quilt pattern book when I bought the first 3 novels to see what it is like.  Definitely worth getting if you are a quilter; I have also found it good to look at it after reading the novels as I can then imagine the finished quilts better.
These might be hubby's but I will probably spend as much time "pawing" through them as he will!!
The Elm Creek novels are fantastic.  I have so enjoyed reading them, and even though I am not a quilter it doesn't matter as quilting is only part of the story, but it is the glue that binds all these characters together.  The characters almost become your friends, and when you finish one book you can't wait to pick up the next one to see what they are doing next.  If you haven't read these books, you really should try to find them - they are so worth it!  I so want to go on a quilting retreat!!

The author, Jennifer Chiaverini, also has a website and a blog "Elm Creek Quilts" which has all sorts of interesting info on it about her books and events.  She also designs fabric for a company called "Red Rooster Fabrics".  One very talented lady!

Well, that's enough from me for the time being - I had better get onto finishing my current read - Ken Follett's "Fall of Giants" - so that I can start on my next Elm Creek novel!

Til next time, happy stitching and happy reading!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Congratulations Cadel Evans!

Congratulations Cadel Evans on winning the 2011 Tour de France! 
Champagne, should be a nice cold beer in his hand!
But then again he is in France!
What a superstar you are!  First Australian to win the Tour in the 108 year history of the race... what an amazing achievement.  Cadel is no longer the bridesmaid, so to speak!  He absolutely deserves the win and all the accolades that will come his way.

I don't think there were too many people in Australia that didn't sit up last night to watch him cross the finish line - we certainly did!  Tears of happiness for Cadel and his team were rolling down my face as the last lap started and he was within sight of his dream.  It was a great finish to the race as well, but the best bit by far was to see a fantastic Australian cyclist win the Tour de France!  Well done!

This is how Perth celebrated Cadel Evan's win!!

All photos in this post are from the Perth Now website.

Til next time, happy stitching!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Welcome New Friends!

Welcome new Friends!  Hello old Friends, it's good to see you all again.

I noticed on the weekend that I have some new followers, and I must apologise for not saying hi earlier.  Unfortunately I haven't been able to see my followers for quite some time and therefore I hadn't realised that I had new followers.  It was only when I was using the laptop on the weekend that all your lovely faces popped up on my blog again.... I do hope that the followers gadget is working again....

Thank you so very much for popping over to my blog and saying hello.  I hope to be able keep in touch with you all and see what you are up to on your blogs!

And now for a huge Thank You:

I have a very big thank you to say to a very generous lady!  A few weeks ago Krystaline at Relentless Stitching had a giveaway competition, which I entered and won!!! 

Below is a picture of the giveaway that I received in the mail on Friday - a flower kit, magnifying pen, needle threader, stork scissors and a pink pen with the initial "L". 

And that is not all!  Krystaline also sent me a $30 gift voucher for the HAED website!  What a very generous lady - thank you so very much.
Giveaway from Krystaline
I have often drooled over the HAED website, and also spent a couple of hours over the weekend drooling over the gorgeous designs again. 

So what do I want to buy.... I love the Randal Spangler designs so I think the cute little dragons will win, but then again the Selena French designs are also on my wish list!!  Will let you know in another post what I buy.

Thank you again Krystaline.

Til next time, happy stitching and have a great week!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Wonderful people and some fantastic giveaways

Well, hello again....

It feels like a very long time since I was last here, and it's even a longer time since I did some blog "stalking".  There are over a 1,000 blogs in my Google Reader... oh my goodness, how did I ever get so far behind! 

The answer is easy - I have been so busy at work over the last few weeks that I haven't had time to spend me customary 1/2 hr or so at lunchtime catching up on everyone news, and the weekends I have been too tired to even turn the computer on.  So, today I have been making a very concerted effort to catch up and visit as many blogs as possible.  And I will do some more catching up tomorrow...

While visiting blogs today I have seen that there are some very lovely people out there having the most wonderful giveaways.  I have posted links to some of the ones that I found below:

Giveaway Number 1:
Bec at Bec's Cross Stitch Creations is celebrating achieving 100 followers by having a lovely giveaway.   Lots of lovely things including a really pretty stitched biscornu and bookmark. Wander on over and sign up before she announces the winner on Friday 29th July 2011 (Aussie EST).


Giveaway number 2:
I found this blog today via Joyce's blog (Random Ramblings).  Measi at Measi's Musing: Ramblings of a Geeky Witch is having a summer fun giveaway.  Why not pop in and visit Measi and sign up for her giveaway.  If you also post a mention of her giveaway on your blog she will enter you for a second time in the draw.  This giveaway ends on 31st July with the winner being announced on 1st August.


Giveaway number 3:
It's party time over at Lady of the Floss.  Gabi is having a giveaway to celebrate her blogoversary. The giveaway is a gift voucher of $100 to spend at Anita's Little Stitches!!!  $50 of the giveaway has been sponsored by Anita.  What an amazing giveaway, you could have lots of fun spending the dollars at Anita's on-line store.  Again if you mention Gabi's giveaway on your blog she will enter you a second time in draw. 


Giveway Number 4:
Ok, for all you quilters out there why not have a look at Lily Pad Quilting.  They have this seriously amazing giveaway - there are fabrics, gift vouchers, needles, thread, tools, and the list goes on.  (Hubby, take note you must enter this one!)


Hope everyone enjoys the weekend, will see you all again soon.  Must go and pick up hubby from the train station!

Til next time happy stitching,

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I'm late, I'm late for a very important date!!! - TUSAL Update 1 July 2011

Totally Useless SAL update - New Moon 1 July 2011

Oh my goodness gracious me.... I'm so late!  I can't believe that the 1st of July has come and gone and I haven't posted my TUSAL picture.

Although I guess that you have to have done some stitching to have an update, and the last week and a half I haven't been doing too much in the way of stitching - lazy bones that I am!  So my last stitching update still stands!

Actually I haven't really been too lazy as I have been very busy ripping up all my old magazines!  Over the weekend I spent numerous hours playing with Microsoft Access trying to set up a database so that I can record all my charts.  I also want to go through and re-cull some of my files of paper charts from magazines that I have been saving over the years, and scan the charts that I'm pretty sure I won't ever be stitching, but don't want to throw away just in case.  I am very big on "just in case" when it comes to chart stash!!  All the ones that I really like will stay in the files because sometimes you just need to be able to hold the piece of paper!

It goes without saying that this will take some time - probably years knowing me!  I will get bored very quickly scanning and entering into Access - especially when my guilty conscience and itchy stitching fingers are pricking me.....

Unfortunately all this other activity means that I don't have a stitching update for this TUSAL report.... but here is my TUSAL picture - better late than never!!

TUSAL - New Moon July 2011
For more info on the TUSAL pop over to Daffycat's blog.

Til the next new moon on 30th July 2011, happy stitching and collecting of ORT's.

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