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!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Totally Useless SAL - New Moon 16 September 2012 Update

Finally I am here again!  Only a week late - well, not quite a week but almost!

The New Moon was last Sunday 16th September but time waits for no one - especially not me!  A week has gone by and I just haven't managed to get near the laptop to do a post.

I don't really have a lot of news to tell you for this ORT report as there hasn't been a huge lot of stitching going on this month.  I did manage to clean up a few little things that have been hanging around in the stitching  basket.

So what little raggy ORT's went into the jar this month.....

Winter kitty (Cool Cat - Margaret Sherry)
Crazy kitty (Cross Stitch Crazy design - Durene Jones)
Party Paws Panda (Cross Stitch Card Shop - freebie)
Pin cushion x 2 (Cross Stitcher - freebies)
Bear Hugs (Cross Stitch Collection - freebie)
All Our Yesterdays (The World of Cross Stitch freebie - Faye Whittaker)
Best Buddies (Cross Stitch Card Shop freebie - Adam Prescott)

Gosh, when I list them all it seems that I did a lot of stitching but most of the stitching was just little bits of finishing off.... but I will quite happily think that I was a prolific stitcher this month!!

I have also finished the AOY and Best Buddies freebies over the last couple of days and even managed to start the Cool Cats Spring kitty.  So while I didn't seem to have done much stitching on anything big, I did manage to put some more little ORT's in the jar over the month.

ORT's & Dragon - September 2012
This month's picture finds the dragon and ORT's looking after the material that Hubby is going to use to stitch a little quilt for Mitzi puppy to have on the sofa.  She loves curling up on the sofa but leather is not particularly warm for puppies so very soon she will have her own special quilt and cushion to sleep on!

Last weekend was also IHSW.  I didn't get a lot of stitching done with a certain little puppy stealing all the available time in the weekend, but I did manage to finish off a couple of little freebies that I have been  trying to stitch over the last couple of weeks.

"Best Buddies"
Freebie - Cross Stitch Card Shop, Issue 84
designed by Adam Prescott

"All Our Yesterdays"
Freebie - Word of Cross Stitch, Issue 190
Designed by Faye Whittaker
Well dear readers, that's it for another ORT report and IHSW update.  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, and don't forget to drop in on Joyce's blog to check out who joined the IHSW for that month.

Til the next new moon on 15 October 2012, happy stitching and may your collection of ORT's keep growing!

New Moons - 2012
15 October
13 November
13 December

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Here kitty, kitty, kitty!

Oh my goodness, 3 posts in 3 days!!  We can't have that now, can we?!?

Now I promised you a stitching update and here it is...

My latest finish is the second cat from the MS Lovers Blog SAL #3.  As I mentioned in a previous post I started this kitty on the plane going over to Hong Kong.  I am so pleased that I was able to stitch on the flight there and back as I have been wanting to get this cat started and finished for ages!

Cool Cats - Winter
designed by Margaret Sherry
MS Lovers Blog SAL #3
Winter kitty will be finished as a cushion sometime soon.  I bought some material at Spotlight the other day to make the cushion but now I'm not so sure that it's right for the cushion.  But that's ok it can go into the cupboard and be used at a later date for something else.  I will look for something else next time we go up to the quilt shops in Midland.

I also have a finished kitty card to show you.  This is the kitty that I was stitching a couple of weeks ago for the Craftbubble Crazy for Kitties birthday exchange.

Crazy Kitty designed by Durene Jones
Cross Stitch Crazy, Issue 168
The card was a very quick finish as I was late (as per usual) sending it to the UK.  There are 2 birthdays left in 2012 that I need to stitch for and then we will be done and dusted for another year.  The next birthday on the list is mine...

Recently I also finished stitching this cute little panda.  He was a freebie with the Cross Stitch Card Shop magazine.  I'm not sure what I will do with this yet but originally I was going to make him into a card.  May still do that yet - stay tuned!

And one last little stitching finish... a little sampler style pin cushion.  Not finished as a pin cushion yet but think I might have a go at doing that this afternoon....

Pretty Pin Cushion - free gift
Cross Stitcher magazine, May 1999
Designer unknown
Before I sign off, just a reminder that this weekend is the IHSW (International Hermit and Stitch Weekend). IHSW is hosted by Joyce at Random Ramblings, so wander on over and sign up for the weekend and stitch!  I hope that this weekend is a real stitchy weekend for me but I guess that will just depend on a bit on the weather and a certain little puppy.

This weekend is also the weekend for a TUSAL update.  Sunday 16th September is the new moon so we will all be reporting on what ORT's have been added to our little jars.  I have managed to put some in my jar this month which is great...  will have to see where we find the ORT's hiding this month for their photo opportunity.

So that's it for this little stitching update, see you all again after the weekend with the IHSW and ORT reports.

Til next time, happy stitching

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Puppy dog tails

Or should that be puppy dog tales!

We have now had our new little lady in our house for just over a week, and what a week it has been!!

Mitzi is the most delightful puppy.  She has been so good and has settled in very well.  The boys have slowly started to come round to having a puppy in the house.  They are not too sure about her when she barks at them and tries to get them to play with her!  The funniest thing is when she is sleeping they both come up and sniff her and check her out... but when she is running around they prefer to keep their distance!

Mitzi loves to chew things - like all puppies.  We have had to barricade off parts of the garden (like the veggie patch) as she thought running around in there was the best thing - all those plants to chew like rhubarb and raspberries or fertilizer!  So now her veggie garden runs have been stopped and she is a bit miffed about that... but better to have her on the other side of the veggie patch than in there eating things that will make her ill.  Bamboo is much safer to chew!  Should have named her Panda!!

And of course what else do puppies like to do?  Dig!!!  There are little holes all around the garden where she decides all of a sudden to dig a hole.  She has found the big holes that Daisy had dug in the back yard and loves running into them and lying down...  but of course she has to make her own as well.  Luckily they are easy to fill in at this stage!

And after a big morning of running around in the garden we just have to sleep.  She is lying on Daisy's old bed - her little mat fits nicely in half of the bed and the other half she lies on when she gets too hot from sleeping on the mat.  We nearly gave these beds away to the dogs home when we took the last of Daisy's food and mats in,  but decided to keep them just in case... just as well we did as they are perfect for a little dog to stretch out on - albeit they are rather large for a little dog!!

Oh, and did I mention she loves the boy's cat grass!  Poor kitties, their life has been well and truly turned upside down by a puppy.  Not only does she bark at them with that high pitched puppy bark, but she also can fit through the cat door into their outside area and then she goes and eats their cat grass!  Yuck dog spit!!  We have also barricaded off parts of the house so she is currently confined to the kitchen, family room and part of the dining room area, which means the boys can go and hide from her in their many hidey holes around the house when she gets too much for them.

I had forgotten how much attention puppies need when they first arrive in the house!  Constantly watching her to make sure she doesn't chew on electrical cables or wee in the wrong spot... but that was last week!  This week she is getting the hang of either going to the back door to go out or heading out the cat door (most of the time), and now that the speakers and my stitching light have been put away there isn't any obvious cables in her play area to worry about.

Tomorrow will be a big day for her as I am going back to work in the morning and she will be home alone with only the cats for company.  I am only working in the morning on Wednesday and Thursday, and will be home on Friday, so it will be a bit of test for her to be on her own for so long.  So far we have only left her for a couple of hours at the most.  But I think she will be ok....  Hubby is at home next week on leave but after that it will be back to the normal routine for us all.  I think she will be ok by then as she has settled in very well and even slept all night last night :o)

Mitzi has already found a place in our hearts and while she will never replace Daisy it is nice to have a dog in the house again.

Stay tuned for more Mitzi updates!!  I will be back in the next day or so with some stitching updates for you.

Til then, keep safe and happy stitching...

Monday, September 10, 2012

MS Lovers Blog Summer Exchange Update

Hi there!  Once again it has been a long time between posts... but just because I haven't been writing doesn't mean I haven't been thinking about what to write in my next post!!

So where do I start....

I have just been going though my blog and realised that I have stitched a few things and not shown you what I have done - naughty me!!

So the question is do I give you a picture-fest today or spread them out over a couple of days and whet your appetite with just one or two finishes today!  Lets see what happens and how far we get today, shall we?

We will start with the MS Lovers Blog Summer Exchange update - silly me appears to have forgotten to show you what I put together and sent for the Margaret Sherry Lovers Blog summer exchange.  My little package went all the way to Mexico!  For this Exchange I stitched the gardening snail and turned it into a pin board.  As it was a summer exchange I also included 2 pieces of pretty flowery fabric, a tin of small pins, a tin of pom poms, small highlighter, post it note and note pad, small flowery scissors and a pen.

The pin board started out life as a picture frame that was sitting in my craft stash, but once I had painted and decorated it and added some pin board cork it was no longer a picture frame but a small pin board ready to hang on Olimpia's craft room wall.

Exchange Gift I sent to Olimpia
Gardening Snail designed by 
Margaret Sherry

Exchange Gift I sent to Olimpia
If you would like to read what Olimpia said about the package I sent her on her blog click here (part 1) and here (part 2).

Of course, I have also forgotten to post on my blog what I received from Olga (Ollie) for the exchange.  I did remember to post about it on the MS Lovers Blog but forgot all about doing a post about it here.... Seriously, I don't know where my head is these days!

So what did I receive in the MS Lovers Blog Summer Exchange - well feast your eyes on this gorgeous box that Olga made for me.  She stitched the lovely mouse and chocolate design and covered a box with pretty pink material, and then filled the box with material, ribbons, some tassels, a Dutch tea pot shaped plate, some choccies and some lovely orange tea bags!  All beautiful treasures in a lovely treasure box!

Summer Exchange Gifts from Olga (Ollie)

Summer Exchange Gifts from Olga (Ollie)

Summer Exchange Gifts from Olga (Ollie)
I have one more thing to show with regards to the MS Lovers Summer Exchange.  Unfortunately the pixies needed to again put on their little pixie hats and send a little gift to someone who didn't receive an exchange package.  I was already in the process of stitching a thank you card for Francesca as she had sent me a pixie gift when I didn't receive my exchange package in the spring exchange - so my thank you card became a pixie gift as well.

Pixie Gift for Francesca
The package also included some threads from my stash, pink post it notes, aida band, coin purse from Hong Kong and a souvenier Perth thimble.

Pin cushion - free gift
Cross Stitcher, issue 53 - designer Anne MacGregor
The pin keep I stitched from a free gift that has been in my stash for sometime....  I also made the little beaded pin and the orange and purple edging braid.

Bear Hugs free gift
Cross Stitch Collection, issue 75
The card I stitched was also a magazine free gift and the flowers and papers were in my stash.  The beaded pins I made to go with the card.  Francesca is on holiday at the moment so hopefully when she returns her mailbox will be filled with pixie gifts!!

So that's it for my update on the latest Exchange that we have done at the MS Lovers Blog.  Our next exchange is coming up soon - this one will probably be a Winter one or maybe an early Christmas exchange. As the Summer exchange went on a bit too long we have decided to give the Autumn exchange a miss and jump straight onto the next one!!

I will be back shortly with some stitching updates for you.

Til then, keep safe and happy stitching...