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!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Totally Useless SAL - New Moon 23 January 2012

Hello again!  As promised I am back today to show you my pathetic looking ORT's jar for January 2012...  Oh well there is a whole 11 months of the year to go yet to fill the jar up again!

I did look around for something new to use for my ORT's this year but so far haven't found the one... so we are back to using the little Moccona coffee jar again.  It served my ORT's so well last year that I feel it's only fitting to use it again for 2012.

Remember how every month I would squish down my ORT's so that they would fit in the jar, well when I pulled them out and un-squished them this is what I ended up with.  I could have probably stretched them out a bit more but they fit just nicely on the lovely cushion/pillow cover for the photograph.  Now I just have to keep them safe until I finish something that I can turn into a pin cushion as I am going to use these beauties as part of the stuffing!
2011 ORT's
Ok, so now is the time for the big reveal - look at the tiny pile.  They do look so lonely in their jar, don't they?  Just goes to show how little stitching I have done this January compared to this time last year.  The ORT's are from the 2 cards that I have done/am doing for my Craft Bubble exchange.

TUSAL January 2012
Dragon, Aussie Flags and the ORT's
For my photo this month I decided to pose the ORT's with one of my beautiful dragons and the Australian flag.  Why have I posed them with the dragon and the flag?  Well... firstly

Happy Chinese New Year!  2012 is the year of the Dragon - and that is me!  Unfortunately Hubby was born in the year of the Dog which makes us mortal enemies but in this the Chinese horoscope is so wrong.  So welcome to the year of the Dragon!  (I guess that this is why I have such a thing for dragons!)

And secondly,

I added the Aussie flag to my TUSAL photo as Thursday is Australia Day.  We are having my brother over for lunch and maybe will go to the beach first thing before it gets too hot.  The temperature is predicted to get to 41 deg C.  A lovely warm day for a day off and a fantastic long weekend... 4 days off work - bliss!

That's it for another TUSAL and ORT report.  I look forward to seeing what is sitting in everyone else's ORT's jar.

Oh and by the way, did you see who the lucky lady was that won last year's amazing TUSAL stash addition.  Pop on over to Daffycat's blog to see the latest news and if you are interested in signing up for the 2012 TUSAL drop in on Daffycat's blog.  Congratulations Catherine of Bramblewood Stitches - enjoy your stunning prize!

Til the next new moon on 21 February 2012, happy stitching and may your collection of ORT's keep growing!

New Moons - 2012
21 February
22 March
21 April
20 May
19 June
19 July
17 August
16 September
15 October
13 November
13 December

Monday, January 23, 2012

New Moon on Monday...

Oops, no sorry that is a post for tomorrow, and I also think that title is a Duran Duran song (and yes I am well and truly the age to remember Duran Duran!!)  So if I am going to do my New Moon and TUSAL post tomorrow, then what am I yabbering on about today?

Well, today is a report back on the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW).

I didn't get quite as much stitching done over the weekend as I had originally planned but I did get started on the new kitty card.  It is about half way done so that is a result.

Since getting my iphone a couple of weeks ago I have become addicted to it... and Dragonvale!!  So now I have to divide my weekend time around housework, washing, ironing (yuck), blogging (like), cross stitch (like) and Dragonvale (addicted)....  oh and don't forget the furbabies and hubby!!  (double like)

The kitty design that I am now stitching is from the Cross Stitch Crazy magazine issue 137.  The designs are nice bright kitties with colourful flowers.  Just the right design to send to someone in the UK with a February birthday!
"Cool for Cats" designed by Lesley Teare
Cross Stitch Crazy, Issue 137 May 2010
Hopefully next month I will be a lot more productive during the IHSW.  If you want to know more about this wonderful weekend stitch event pop on over to Joyze's blog and have a read and maybe make a note to sign up for next month.   The link to the info page is on my side bar or you could just go from here ... http://joysze.blogspot.com/p/international-hermit-and-stitch-weekend.html

Now before I leave you I have to share a photo of my little kitty.  We were sorting out the spare bedroom for my step-son (Jack is going to come and stay with us for a wee while now that he has finished University and is about to start his job as a Graduate Mining Engineer) and the boys had to help - as they do!  We put a plastic bag (recycled shopping bag) into the waste paper bin and no sooner had we done that and Felix decided that he wanted to sleep in the bin.

First he had to knock the bin over and remove the plastic bag.  I swear to you that he pulled that bag out all by himself... no human help or kitty help involved!

And now he fits beautifully in the bin.  No waste paper bin is safe when Felix is around.  Whenever he sees one of these small bins he loves to turn them over on their side to see what's in there.  And they do make such lovely kitty sleep spots.

So til tomorrow when I will be back to show you my pathetically small number of ORT's for January, safe stitching!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Where in the world....

Where in the world has January gone?  I can't believe that it is nearly 3 weeks since the new month and year started.... and nearly 3 weeks since I posted anything on my blog!  How time flies!  I must apologise for neglecting you all.

And what is my excuse reason?  Well... I don't have one!  I can't even tell you that I have been doing lots of stitching as I have been very slack on that side of things as well!

I did however spend the last week of our time off work scanning some of the charts from my magazines.  Hubby and I have started to tidy up and organise our craft room and as part of the tidy up I thought that I'd start scanning the charts and de-clutter my side of the room.  Of course by de-cluttering I mean make room for more stash!!

It's amazing how long de-cluttering takes!  By the time I played around each day scanning charts I didn't feel like stitching...

But... I did manage to make a start and now it's a finish.  I have been stitching a card for the Craftbubble "Crazy for Kitties" birthday exchange.  I need to do another one by the end of the weekend so that they can both be mailed and hopefully arrive in the UK by the first week of February.

Free Gift - Cross Stitcher issue January 1998
Sttiched for CB "Crazy for Kitties" birthday exchange
It's amazing what you find when you start to de-clutter your stash.  This little gem of a kitty was a free gift many moons ago (January 1998 to be precise) in the UK Cross Stitcher magazine.  Overall it was a very quick and easy stitch, however due to my lack of mojo it did take a couple of weeks... a couple of weeks too long!  I now need to get my skates on a bit and get the second one stitched for the February birthdays.

So it's just as well that I have decided to join the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend for 2012.  Joyce (Random Ramblings) is hosting the IHSW again this year and this time round I have decided to join in too.  If you would like to sign up for the January IHSW, which occurs this weekend, pop on over to Joyce's blog and sign up quick sticks!

I have spent the day catching up on all my blog reading and while I have not completely caught up I am nearly there!  Everyone has been very busy doing all these wonderful SAL's, Crazy for January stitching, WIPocalypse, and general stitching - I am quite jealous of all the beautiful things that you have all stitched over the last few weeks.  Well done :o)

It's time for me to say bye bye!  I must now go and find some new design to stitch over the weekend and hopefully fill my ORT's jar up!  There's not many ORT's sitting in the jar at the moment.... so my TUSAL post next week will be very lean I fear!

So til next time, happy stitching

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, 1850

Happy New Year.  May everything that you wish for come true over the coming year.  I look forward to seeing you all in 2012 and keeping up with all your stitching exploits.

I have read over the last week or so that everyone is planning all their 2012 stitching goals.  Last year I set some stitching goals but didn't manage to complete them all.... so this year I will probably modify last year's list and see how I go for 2012!

I have another week off work and am hoping to get some stitching done but we shall see!  I have spent the last week scanning some of my magazine charts in an attempt to get my chart stash under control, but even though I have managed to scan over 140 charts I am nowhere near finished the first pile... let alone the 6 other files worth and all the other mags!!  We have also bought some new furniture to put in the craft room which already makes the room look better.  So I think our 2012 New Year Resolution is definitely to get the craft room sorted out and my chart stash under control!  At least these resolutions are achievable!!

Enjoy your New Year's Day.  All the best for the upcoming year.

Til next time,