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 22, 2012

Totally Useless SAL - New Moon 19 July 2012 Update

Hello again.... it's me here again!

I am typing this as we watch the last leg of the Tour de France.  While our Cadel Evans has not been able to repeat last year's win, Hubby is happy as there will be a British winner instead!  Congrats to Bradley Wiggins.  A wonderful ride by a fantastic sportsman - and well done to all the riders that took part.  It has been fabulous to watch every night over the last few weeks, even if we couldn't stay up and watch it to the end every night.

So on to the ORT report..
Yep, I know - late again....  The ORT report was due on 19th July, but unfortunately the weekend has just flown by and got away from me.  But as they say - better later than never!!

So here it is in all it's glory - my lovely jar of ORT's with it's dragon protector.

ORT's Dragon and Miss Mouse
This month's ORT's and dragon are joined by Miss Mouse and her special beaded pins.  I have been making some beaded pins on and off for a couple of months now and the ones in Miss Mouse are the ones that I haven't as yet attached to a card or pin cushion.  I love doing these beaded pins - so simple to do but so effective when done.

So what craft things have I done over the last couple of months that I can show you.... let me see now...

Completed card for Catdragon (Alison)
Craftbubble Crazy for Kitties Birthday Exchange 2012
The first one is the finished card that I made for Alison as part of the Craftbubble Crazy for Kitties Birthday Exchange.  The card was about 2 weeks late....  The design was from a Cross Stitch Crazy magazine and the designer of the kitty alphabet is Maria Diaz.  A very quick stitch this one.  The paper, flowers, ribbons etc came out of the stash boxes and the pin was one that I made.  I love the beads that I used on this pin - the picture doesn't really show the pin off in all it's sparkle.

Butterfly & Buddleia - designed by Debbie Cripps
Needlecraft magazine issue May 1997
I stitched this card for Valerie from Fee le point as a thank you for the little snow globes that she had sent me  and also to say thank for the pixie gift that she sent me when my MS Lovers Blog spring exchange package didn't happen.  Valerie loves butterflies and I thought this card was just the ticket!  I also sent her a tinkling wind chime with a butterfly.  The design was a free cover kit that was in amongst my stash and as you can see from the date of the magazine I have had it for a long time just waiting for the perfect occasion to stitch it!!  The papers and flowers were all in my card making stash and the pins I made from the beads in my stash.
Card - Butterfly card designer unknown
Cross Stitcher magazine issue 70 (June 1998)
Scissor keep - Summer Strawberries designed by Debbie Cripps
Cross Stitcher magazine issue 110 (June 2001)
The card and scissor keep above I stitched as a thank you for Claire from Dulcinella's chaos.  Claire was also a pixie who sent me a lovely exchange replacement gift, and also as a pick me up as she hasn't been too well of late.  I read awhile ago on Claire's blog that she likes strawberries so when I saw this design in my free gift stash I knew that I just had to stitch it for Claire.  But, instead of turning it into a card I decided to try my hand at making my very first scissor keep.  I even made the red and black cording from some DMC thread.  The papers and flowers for the card came from the stash box... and the pins I made.  I was really pleased with the finished scissor keep.  The strawberries design is so lovely and I think is much nicer finished this way than as a card.  I even had the perfect backing fabric in the fabric stash that I share with hubby....

Back of scissor keep for Claire
I have 3 other little things that I have stitched this month, but I don't want to show them to you just yet as I have to finish and mail them before I can reveal their magic.  They will all be going to the other 3 pixies from the MS Lover Blog.

I will later this week do a post to show you the fantastic parcel I received in the mail from Olga (Ollie) in the Netherlands as part of the MS Lovers Blog Summer Exchange, and I can also show you what I stitched and sent to Olimpin in Mexico as that has also arrived safe and sound.  Oh yes, I was spolit again!!

Before I go I must show you what else I have recently received in the mail....
Chatelaine's fabric, thread and bead kits....
Can't wait to rip these open and start!
As you know I recently stitched my first ever Chatelaine designs - the Rose Garden Freebie.  I absolutely loved stitching Rose Garden and decided that I wanted to do another one.  I actually had a Chatelaine sitting in my stash that I have been a bit nervous about starting, but now I am going to start it.  I have been onto the European Cross Stitch website and purchased the thread and bead kits for the two designs that I have - Mini  Mandala II and Alhambra Gardens.  I decided that if I am going to do these I might as well do them properly with the proper silks etc.  And with the Aussie dollar being at parity or above the US dollar it makes heaps of sense to get these kits while I can.....

However, don't get too excited dear readers - I have to finish off a couple of things before I can start the Mini Mandala.... namely a birthday card for August & September Craftbubble exchange, 2 cool cats for the MS Lovers Blog SAL, and a Christmas Card for the MS Yahoo Group Christmas Exchange.  Once I have made a good start and finish on these things I will then allow myself to start the Mini Mandala.... that will be my reward!!

Well dear readers, that's it for another ORT report.  See you all again same time next month... Pop on over to Daffycat's blog if you are interested in signing up or keeping in touch with what is going on with the 2012 TUSAL.

Til the next new moon on 17 August 2012, happy stitching and may your collection of ORT's keep growing!

New Moons - 2012
17 August
16 September
15 October
13 November
13 December

Monday, July 16, 2012

Normal Service will be resumed shortly

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I am really sorry that I haven't been around for awhile... in fact it appears that I have been missing in action for nearly a month....  How do I know that - well, next weekend is IHSW and my last post was my TUSAL and IHSW from last month!

I'm not really sure why I haven't been blogging lately.... my motivation for most things seems to have waned a bit over the last few weeks since we lost Daisy dog.  I have been trying to keep up with everyone's blogs but even that has been a wee bit slow as well!  Apologies though as I haven't been commenting as much as normal and there are an awful lot more posts on Byline on my iPhone that I still haven't managed to read yet!  But I will get caught up soon....

And to top it all off Hubby and I have been doing a lot soul searching as to whether we should move closer to the city.  This is the second time this year that we have thought about moving and both times we have come to the conclusion that we should just stay where we are and save the money we would have spent on moving.  In this economic climate I think that saving money is probably the best solution all round....  And the other thing is every house we looked at just didn't cut it in one very important area - no decent sized room for a craft room!!  After all when you have 2 crafters in one house who both love collecting stash you need a decent sized room to store it all in!!! ;o)

So with all the emotion of losing Daisy, and then with all the stress of thinking about moving house, plus work has been very busy for both of us, by the end of the day I just don't seem to have the energy to do much else...  so that's why I haven't been around very much.

Hopefully things will start to pick up soon especially now that the Doctor has decided that I need a weekly shot of iron in the rear end!!  So fingers crossed my motivation will come out of hiding and then slowly everything else will fall back into place....

I may have been a bit slack on the blogging front but I have managed to do some stitching - albeit very small things.  Stitching bug is still here but not enough to focus on a big project.  I have been doing some thank you stitching for the little MS Lovers Blog pixies that sent me pressies for the spring exchange.  I haven't quite finished them all yet but I will show you some in my next post - which I promise won't be in a month's time!!

Hubby and I do have a bit of good news to look forward to.... besides our holiday to Hong Kong in a couple of weeks!

About a month ago we met by pure chance a lovely lady who lives down the road with a gorgeous Cavalier King Charles who just happened to be pregnant!  The three beautiful puppies were born just over 2 weeks ago and the last two weekends we have been visiting and falling in love....  We hadn't planned to get another puppy so soon after Daisy going but sometimes fate deals a hand that you just have to play with.... and that is what we are going to do.  We are going to take one of these gorgeous little puppies - a cute little Blenheim girl.
Our new baby - 2 weeks old
Now we just need to think of a name for her??

I also must do a post on the 11 Questions thingie that is going around.  I have been tagged by two lovely bloggers (Kaye - Kitten Stitching and Anne - Doll's Musing) and I still haven't managed to answer their questions....  So a bit of thinking to do and then I will do a post to reveal all!!

So that it from me for now.  I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I am still alive!!

Oh, and if you get a chance keep an eye on Hubby's blog as he is planning a giveaway and he is looking for hints as to what makes a good giveaway.  He is slowly collecting bits and pieces so pop on over and give him some clues!

See you all again very soon for some pure energy stitching... or something like that anyway!

Keep safe, and happy stitching...