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, March 25, 2012

Totally Useless SAL - New Moon 22 March 2012 update

Oh my ears and whiskars - I'm late!

Finally I have managed to get my TUSAL update posted.  Better late than never as they say!

This month I have actually been very busy stitching and unfortunately frogging!  I made a mistake in counting on my Spring Exchange so had to remove about 20 stitches.  Just goes to show you shouldn't stitch when you're tired!  At least I noticed before too much damage was done and it was a very easy fix!

During the month I did manage to finish my Autumn cat for the MS Lovers Blog SAL #3, a kitty card and the MS Lovers Blog Spring Exchange piece, as well as start another Margaret Sherry design.  So quite a good stitching month for March.

TUSAL March 2012
Dragon, ORT's, Frog and harvest of apples from one of our apple trees
An Autumn Harvest!
This month's photo is taken with some apples from one of our two apples trees.  If I remember rightly these apples are the Lady Williams apples, the Jonathons are still very green.  Although that is not stopping the parrots from eating them!  Maybe my dragon should sit outside near the apple trees as he might manage to scare away the birds... not!!  Never mind, they don't eat much!

You may have noticed that I have a frog sitting on the lid of my ORT's jar.  The other day I was in the Red Dot store (type of $2 shop) and I spotted a key ring with a frog on it for $2!  So I bought it.... once I had removed the hook from his head I attached him to the ORT's lid with velcro and now I have a guardian of the "frogs" in the ORT's jar.

While I have finished stitching the "Autumn" kitty for the MS Lovers Blog SAL #3, I am still thinking about the final "finish".  I have decided to turn him into a cushion and have the material sitting there waiting - but so far the brain just hasn't quite got around to designing the final cushion.  But that will come I am sure in the next couple of weeks.
"Autumn" kitty - Cool Cats SAL #3
Margaret Sherry design
The start is another Margaret Sherry design - cat #3 from MS Lovers Blog SAL #1 Culinary Cats.  I am very pleased with my progress on this kitty.  I started it earlier this week and have managed to do about half of him already.  He is just so cute with his wedding cake!  Once I finish this little kitty chef I am thinking of finishing the whole 3 into a table runner or hanger.

SAL #1 - Culinary Cats - Cat #3
Margaret Sherry design
Well dear readers, that's it for another ORT report.  See you all again same time next month.... or maybe a couple of days later than the new moon!  It all depends on whether the White Rabbit is in charge again!

Pop on over to Daffycat's blog if you are interested in signing up for the 2012 TUSAL.

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

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

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The IHSW that wasn't.....

Hello again!  Yes, it is little old me back again.  I have been a little bit MIA lately, haven't I?  See how life just seems to get in the way of all the fun things like blogging and stitching!?!

It has been over 2 weeks since my last blog.... and the only way I am actually getting time to blog today is because I am at home from work as I am not feeling very well.  Nothing too bad wrong with me, just a general overall tiredness, headache and yicky tummy.   But it does mean that I can get on to the laptop and do some blogging.... after I have attended to my work emails of course!

So here I am typing a much belated stitching update while watching "He Knew He Was Right" and getting itchy fingers to finish my little Autumn kitty.

So without further ado here is my stitching update!

Last weekend was the IHSW but unfortunately I forgot to sign up for it... which probably doesn't really matter anyway given that I didn't get an awful lot of stitching done over the weekend!  But I did manage to "finish" my piece for the Margaret Sherry Lovers Blog Spring Exchange.

Sorry you're not allowed to see it yet.... but I can show you the box that is currently winging it's way over to Italy.
Package on it's way to Italy
Once the package arrives at it's destination I will post a pic of what I made and sent....

But I can show you a picture of the finished kitty card that I sent over to the UK last week for the Craftbubble "Crazy for Kitties" Birthday Exchange.
Kitty Card for Craftbubble "Crazy for Kitties" Birthday Exchange
Designed by Lesley Teare, Cross Stitch Crazy Issue 137, May 2010
As regular followers will know this is the second kitty from the series that I have stitched for the Craftbubble Birthday Exchange.  They are such delightful designs to stitch and I may very well stitch the other 2 for the upcoming birthdays in May and June.  The papers that I used to make the card were in my stash but I can't remember which magazine exactly they came from.  The paper had brown flowers on it which I thought would frame the stitching nicely.  I then added some shiny bling to the centre of the flowers to give them a wee bit of shine!

Now I was going to give you an update on the MS Lovers Blog SAL #3, but as I am nearly finished the backstitch on Autumn Kitty I think I will wait until the next post to show you the finished product.  Gives me a reason to do another post this week!!

On Saturday Hubby and I decided to go craft shopping.... and that of course means spending $$ on more stash!  I was looking for some material for my Autumn Kitty and for something that can't be mentioned just yet.... but I also found some other bits and pieces which I will show you shortly.

Hubby was on a mission to get some backing fabric for the two quilts that he has been doing over the last couple of months.  So on Saturday morning we packed up the car and grabbed a water bottle and a cut lunch... well not exactly!  But from where we live and where we were going it is about an hour's drive... but the shops are well worth the trip! 

The first place we went to was Carol's of Midland.  The fabric selection was fantastic and I could have spent all day in there playing with the fabric and notions!  Hubby found a wonderful range of William Morris fabrics which are on the stash wish list!  I found the perfect fabric for my not to be mentioned Spring Exchange!

The second fabric shop that we went to was Handcrafters House.  This shop also has a wonderful range of fabrics and bits and pieces.  This was where I found the perfect piece of fabric for my Autumn Kitty.  Hubby also found the backing fabric that he was after so both of us had ticks in boxes!

Now after all that spending it was time for morning tea.  We found a lovely tea shop in Guildford called "Maddison Cottage".  This delightful tea shop is set up in a little cottage and is also a shabby chic gift shop.  All the sweet treats are made in store and they even have gluten free options.  Hubby and I shared a piece of the scrummy apricot and sour cream tart.  We so should have had a piece each!!!

So after being re-energised we then made our way over to Armadale and went to visit Colours Down Under.  Now this is a shop that I can truly get lost in.... all the charts, the threads, the notions.... oh heaven!  So what did I buy to add to my stash?
Cute little pins, thread winder and Thread Heaven

Fat Quarters of fabric to add to the stash.... my stash not Hubby's!
Although I am quite happy to share.. ;o)
 The Halloween pins and the thread winder are from Just Nan.  Aren't they just gorgeous.  The "Colours Down Under" beaded needles are just the thing to use to count stitches on big projects or just to have sitting in a pin cushion!  I also bought a little tiny box of wonder - Thread Heaven.  Now I have read about this marvel but never seen it to buy until now.... Will have to give it a go soon and see just what all the fuss is about!

So that was Saturday!  Sunday was spent finishing my Spring Exchange piece with the help of my wonderful husband.... his machine sewing skills are way better than mine.

I guess that's about it for now!  Time to say good bye and to leave you with an Oscar and Felix update!  Felix loves anything that is in a plastic bag... including threads.  Oscar loves getting on the cupboard lying on tea towels or anything else that may be on the cupboard!

Felix the Thread Snatcher

Oscar the veggie gardener
Home grown apples and zucchini
My next post will hopefully be just in time for the March TUSAL update on 22 March (or thereabouts!).  My ORT's jar is filling up nicely so at least there will be something in the jar to show this time!!

Till next time, happy stitching

Monday, March 5, 2012

Giveaway Thank You's

Hello again!

Just a quick drive by to say hi and also to say a very big Thank You to Nancy and Mary Joan for their great giveaways that I won.  Both parcels arrived in the mail on Friday.

Now lets have a look-see at what sweet stash additions I won...

1. Nancy at The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe has these amazing giveaways and I was lucky enough to win one of them.  The giveaway prize was some gorgeous hand dyed flosses.  Stunning colours!  I love the oranges and purples, well love them all really!  I now have to try and find just the right design to stitch so that I can use these lovely threads.  Thank you Nancy!
Floss giveaway from Nancy - Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe
 2. Mary Joan at Mary Joan Stitching recently had a giveaway of some of her charts.  These lovely charts also arrived on Friday in the mail.  Wonderful addition to my stash of charts!  I'm sure that I will find just the occasion to stitch from these - especially the cute Christmas ones!  Mary Joan also stitched a lovely hardanger card as well.  It is just lovely!  Thank you Mary Joan!
Chart giveway from Mary Joan and the lovely hardanger card she stitched and included in the parcel
Thank you ladies - both giveaway prizes are fantastic and I feel very lucky to have been the lucky recipient of them both.

Before I go a bit of blog maintenance...

There has been lots of chatter on blogs lately about the new word verifications and how hard they are to read.  I have to agree with that especially when I am reading blogs on my iPhone.  I often give up trying to leave comments as the words are just too hard to decipher!  I have now taken word verification off my blog as well - at least I hope I have!!  I did start to have a play with Bloggers new interface format but as I couldn't find the setting to turn off word verification I have now gone back to the original interface format.  I think I will stay using the old interface format now.... it is much better and I can find my way around so much easier!!

Welcome to my new Followers!  It is lovely to meet you and I look forward to catching up with your news as I wander around the Blogosphere!

I have also been reading that Google followers is possibly going to disappear at some point as well....  Most of the time it doesn't seem to work on my blog and at the moment the only place I can see my Followers is on the laptop - any other computer that I use just won't show them!  I have now found another "Followers" widget called "Linky Followers" which I have decided to give a go.  It is a free "Follower" system and hopefully it will work and stay around!!  I have seen a couple of bloggers already using the system for their followers... now I just have to go back to their blogs and follow them through Linky!  If you get a moment and would like to also follow my blog through "Linky" please do so.  I will leave both systems in place until Google Followers disappears.... which may yet be a long way off!

Blog maintenance issues over and put away til next time!  I will leave you with a lovely comment from my 6 year nephew!

6 year old to his Father: "Dad, when I grow up I want to be just like Poppy."
Father to 6 yo: "Why's that son?"
6 year old to his Father: "Because I want to be able to take my teeth out and hold them in my hand while I clean them!"

Out of the mouths of babes!

Til next time, happy stitching