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!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Totally Useless SAL - New Moon 17 August 2012 Update

Goodness another month gone by!  Where does time go?  I know that each day is the same length as the day before but I am positive that some go way quicker than others!

Before I show you my TUSAL pic for this month I need to do a shameless promotion of Hubby's giveaway :o)

Hubby has put together a lovely package of 3 different types of fabric, a pattern for a little girl's dress (un-used), a new pair of scissors, a wheel of lovely white pearl pins, a handmade pin cushion (made by hubby) with 8 reels of cotton, a Chinese people pin cushion and 2 small coin purses from Hong Kong.  To enter the giveaway you just need to be a follower of hubby's blog and leave a comment on the giveaway post.  If you're not a current follower - no problem, become a follower and then leave a comment to enter.  Giveaway closes 2 September, so hurry on over and sign up now!
Hubby's giveaway - closes 2nd September 2012
Ok, so onto the ORT Report.  Do you know I can't even remember what I have stitched over the last month - I know it wasn't very much though....

I did finish a couple of little stitches that I can't show you just yet as I need to finish them off and then send them to some lovely pixies.  I have been very slow at getting myself sorted out lately with regards to my stitching..... I do hope that this malaise ends soon so that I can get back to normal.  Do you know the feeling where you want to do something but you just can't seem to get the creative juices flowing - that's been me for the last few weeks.

So here they are:  ORT's and the dragon for the August update
ORT's and Dragon - August 2012
This past weekend was also the IHSW for August - but I didn't get around to signing up..... oops!  Time got away from me again.  Funny thing is I didn't sign up but I did manage to do some stitching.  I have to do a card for the Craftbubble Crazy for Kitties birthday exchange so on Friday afternoon I started a new kitty card.  The design was in the latest issue of Cross Stitch Crazy (Issue 168) and was designed by Durene Jones.  The designs are all crafty animals and there is a kitty knitting - perfect for a birthday card for a crafty lady.

As of last night this is where I am up to...
Crazy Kitty designed by Durene Jones
Cross Stitch Crazy, Issue 168

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 16 September 2012, happy stitching and may your collection of ORT's keep growing!

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

Monday, August 13, 2012


How are you all... long time no post for little ole me... but now I'm back.

It is so long since I have done a post that I can't even remember what I haven't told you and have told you all.....

So what have we been doing.. not a lot!
But we did go to Hong Kong for a nice week's holiday at the beginning of August.  How nice was that?!  We had a wonderful time and managed to not get lost on the MTR!  Didn't even spend too much money for a change!  And guess what - I managed to find some crafty stuff in a wedding shop.  No stitching stash, only card making stash - but stash is stash!  Especially as I was able to locate the really long corsage pins that I have been looking for!  These ones have lovely beads on top in red, purple and green.  All ready for me to add my extra little touch!
Corsage pins (lots of corsage pins), iPad covers, small paper flowers,
pin cushions, coin purses and beaded flowers
We found the great Chinese people pin cushions in the Stanley Street markets and bought some - but I never saw them again the whole time we were wandering around!  So next trip to Hong Kong it will be back to Stanley Street to buy some more - I love them and they make such great pressies!

And happy dance - I even managed to stitch on board the plane!  Yes, Security allowed me to take my embroidery needle on the plane, no questions asked... so I stitched all the way there while watching movies and most of the way back home again.  I decided to use the flight as an opportunity to start my Winter "Cool Cat" for the MS Lovers Blog SAL that I am miserably behind in....

MS Cool Cat - Winter
Started and stitched on flight to Hong Kong and return to Perth
The ORT's had their own little bag to travel in, and I even managed to work out how to use the thread cutter that I have had in my sewing basket for many a year.... me being a scissor person just never got the hang of the thread cutter, but out of necessity I have now learnt how to use it properly!

I have managed to get a bit more done on Winter Kitty in the week since being back home, but not a real lot... I came back from holidays with a touch of the flu which has upset my joints and my hands so most evenings I have vegged out on the couch in front of the Olympics!  I did manage to get a card made yesterday but I will leave that creation to the next post.

Now I realised early this week that I didn't do a IHSW report before going away - but I guess when you don't stitch anything you don't have anything to report!  But fingers crossed it will be a different story this weekend...

Before I go I have to leave you with a couple of photos... the first is a photo of one of the "28" parrots that come into our backyard every day.  They used to come and visit our apple trees when we had fruit, but now that the fruit has all finished we have started leaving them apples to eat in a couple of tubs.  The cats love watching the parrots fly down and eat the apples.  A couple of the birds take the apple back up into the tree, others eat them on the lawn or perch in the strawberry bed tank... and this one decided to perch on "Phil's" butt!
"28" enjoying a nice fresh piece of apple
The photo isn't the best as I took it through the kitchen window and hence through the cat netting... but I think you can get the gist of what you are looking at!  Do you see those nasturtiums - they have spread all over the raised area of the backyard - which is great as they are keeping the weeds down!

And finally, what I know you have been waiting for - a new puppy photo.  These photo's were taken the weekend before we went away.  We will be bringing our new little girl home on 1st September at this stage. The final contender for the name this week is "Mitzi".

Isn't she just adorable, and so tiny!

Well me lovelies, it is time for me to sign off and go to bed....
So til next time when I will have a TUSAL update, and hopefully an IHSW update, for you as well, happy stitching!