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, March 28, 2016

Frosted Pumpkin... Christmas Eve Delivery

Back again.... I promised you another new finish and here it is....

Finish #10

This is my first ever Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery finish.  I have seen these designs around for ages on blogs and FB but never actually stitched one until now!  And I loved stitching on it..  it is so cute!  I will definitely be stitching another one of these designs at some point down the track....  This design was published in the Just Cross Stitch Christmas 2015 magazine.

This cutie was stitched with DMC threads on a plain piece of 28ct linen from my stash.

"Christmas Eve Delivery" is my March ornie for the Christmas Ornie SAL blog and this finish means that I have ticked off another SAL from my March to-do list!! Happy Dances all round this month!

So that's it for now.... I am going to spend the last afternoon of the Easter break stitching on another 2015 WIP that I should get finished today.  I then need to start planning my April stitching... it's all go around here these days!!

Til next time.... I hope that you had a wonderful Easter... see you again soon

Happy stitching, hugs xx

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL 2016 - Update #3

Oops, I am so late with my GG post this month.  I completely forgot to post before we went away last weekend....

On with the update!

Moutons de Saisons "Printemps et ete" - Collection Tralala
Gift from Kaye from Kitten Stitching.  The original post of when Kaye gave me these charts is here.

Tralala Collection - Mouton de Saisons
The last time you saw, and I stitched on "printemps", was back in November 2015 .... I left the sheep and friends looking like this:

"Printemps" - 15 Nov 2015
At the beginning of March I decided that I wanted to get a 2015 WIP finished and, so that I could also make some ticks on my SAL to-do lists, I decided I would stitch on "printemps".  This WIP choice covers two Stitch Maynia SAL's - (Mostly) Monogamous March SAL and It's Not Easy Being Green SAL choice.

I took this WIP with me when we went on a 4 day sea cruise down the West Australian coast... but I didn't get a lot of stitching done.... but that's ok because I have been stitching on it over the Easter break and now it is finished!!!

Finish #11
"Moutons de saisons - printemps"
Collection Tra La La
I stitched this cute design using all DMC threads and the fabric is from Stitches and Spice - 28ct Cashel Linen Fairy Forest.

You many notice that this is Finish #11... which means that there must be another finish that you haven't seen yet... I will show you that in another post shortly!!

That's it for my very late GG post for March.

Til next time, happy stitching

Jo from Serendipitous Stitching hosts the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  The GG SAL is about stitching charts/kits or using fabrics & threads that we have received as gifts, won in giveaways or anything that is intended be a gift or giveaway prize... or anything else that you can loosely use the word "gift" for!!  If you wish to sign up for this SAL, click on the button below or the button on my sidebar and you will be re-directed to Jo's blog.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Finish number 9!

Yes, that's right!  I am back with another finish to show you :o)

Finish # 9
"Merry Christmas"
Designer: Samplers Not Forgotten
Just Cross Stitch Magazine - Christmas 2015

Finished 12 March 2016
This very sweet Christmas design was the March ornie choice for the JCS SAL FB group.  I stitched this on a small piece of 28ct fabric called Sugar Cane Crunch from Stitches and Spice that I had left over in my fabric stash.  All the threads are DMC... of course... but the green is not the suggested green as surprise, surprise that one was missing from my collection!

I will eventually turn this into a pillow ornie but for the time being he will go into the finish folder waiting for that rainy day when the sewing machine comes out to play!

I am now stitching on my Christmas Ornie SAL Blog choice and hopefully I will be able to show you that one by the end of the week!

Don't forget this weekend is IHSW time.... Joyce has put up the sign up page on her blog so pop over and sign up!!

Til next time.. have a great week!
Happy stitching!
Hugs xx

Friday, March 11, 2016

TUSAL March 2016


It's New Moon time again....

This month's new moon crept up and sneaked past me... as usual! Think I need to put a bell on the new moon so that I have a better chance of being on time!!

ORT Report:
My ORT's have slowly been filling up the little tin this month.  The picture below has quite a bit of red on top which is from my current WIP along with some green from one of GG WIP's.... pictures of both to come in the next few days!

Next month I will try and remember to take a picture of the big ORT's suitcase as these are just my ORT's since the last new moon.

ORT's - TUSAL March 2016
If you are wondering about the lovely piece of quilting and embroidery that the ORT's are sitting on... I can't take the credit for it... this is my Hubby's Mariner's Compass table runner he made last year.

So that's it for another ORT report.... not very exciting I know... must try harder!! :o)

Til next time... happy stitching!
Hugs xx

Essentially TUSAL posts are all about stitching and saving our ORT's (Old Raggety Threads) and every New Moon those of us participating in the TUSAL post a picture of our ORT's, and then leave little msgs for Daffycat on her blog to show that we have been stitching and have posted our wonderful pics. 

Next New Moon - 7 April 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Blue Ribbon Pumpkin

No, I haven't been entering gardening competitions and winning blue ribbons for my pumpkins... but I do have a Blue Ribbon Design pumpkin to show you!

And yes, that also means I have another finish for 2016....

Finish #8
This month's theme for the Halloween Ornie Blog is pumpkins.  I found the perfect quick stitch for this month... "Halloween Portraits" by Blue Ribbon Designs.

This little pumpkin is one of 6 or 7 designs included in the "Halloween Portraits" set.  Besides the cute pumpkin there is also a ghost, witch, black cat, crow, owl... plus a couple more that I can't remember... I will have plenty more to stitch over the coming months for my Halloween themes!  The designs were published in the Just Cross Stitch Halloween 2015 magazine.

Once I have stitched a couple more on this piece of fabric I will turn them into little pillow ornies... but the final finish may be some time off!! :o)

So that's it for today... all up to date with my posting again.  I still have a TUSAL and GG post to do this week so I will try and be on time for those posts later in the week....

Til then, happy stitching!
Hugs xx

The Alphabet Club - Detention for Letter "H"

"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever"
It's time for "The Alphabet Club" (TAC)

Detention is so not my thing lately.... I always was a goodie two-shoes at school so it was very rare that I had to spend any time in Detention... which is probably why yet again I am late with my Detention post!!!

This month we are looking at the letter "H".  Again this is a letter that doesn't have a lot of spectacular or typical Aussie slang words/sayings attached to it but I have found a few...

Hack it: to tolerate something or to keep up (can't hack it means to give up)
Hair of the dog: an alcoholic drink taken to relieve a hangover (I suspect this isn't a typical Aussie thing these days!)
Half your luck: an expression often indicating envy of one's goodwill can also be a congratulatory remark or best wishes blessing
Hard yacka: hard work
Hassle: to give problems, complications or aggravations
Have a yarn: have a chat with someone
He’s got tickets on himself: person who thinks he is the greatest
He played a Barry: he did shockingly badly (Barry is short for Barry Crocker and rhymes with shocker. Crocker sang the theme tune for the Australian soap Neighbours)
Homestead: main residence on a sheep or cattle station (ranch or farm)
Hoon: idiot, hooligan (generally some idiot that likes to drive way too fast or do burn outs in their cars!)
Hooroo: goodbye

So now onto food.... and we can't have the letter H with mentioning the Hamburger with the lot!!

So what is a hamburger with the lot?  Well....  it must be said upfront that I am not talking about the burgers that are sold via the Golden Arches or HJ's... I am talking about the burger with “the lot” that is only available at pubs, restaurants and take-away or fish and chip shops throughout Oz. Our version of the hamburger must include the following toppings between the bread buns to be truly a burger with the lot:

- Beef patty
- Cheese
- Onion (generally cooked but can be raw)
- Beetroot
· Pineapple slice
- Fried egg (with soft yolk)
- Bacon
- Tomato slice
- Lettuce
- Tomato sauce (or BBQ sauce... I am purest so it's tom sauce only for me!)
- Optional mayo and/or mustard

NB: the burger is traditionally eaten with thick cut hot chips (french fries)!

(Do you know how hard it was to find a picture of a traditional hamburger with the lot? There are so many gourmet versions these days but the pic below is pretty close)

Doesn't that look good enough to eat!!
Our style of burger is so much a part of our culture that the Golden Arches has a burger in Australia called the "McOz" and HJ's has one called the "Aussie Burger".  Neither taste like a real takeaway shop burger but they will do when one is desperate!! :o)

That's it from me for this month's Alphabet Club post...

Hooroo for now!  Happy Stitching!
Hugs xx

If you would like to join in the fun of "The Alphabet Club", pop over to Chiara's blog (The Grey Tail) to see what all the fun is about and link up your post for the Letter "H".  Posting is generally the first Saturday of the month.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Goals & February Finishes....

Hello! Another month has flown by...  it is getting very boring how quickly time is flying by now!!

I am back to give you a bit of a update and to show you my latest finish!

Finish #7
My latest finish is another Prairie Schooler design... "Winter's Eve".  I stitched this as my Feb ornie for the JCS SAL.

"Winter's Eve" - The Prairie Schooler
Just Cross Stitch Christnas 2015
I stitched this design on a piece of Navy 14ct Aida.... I haven't stitched on Aida for so long so it was quite nice to do so for a change!  The eagled eyed amongst you may notice a mistake or two... and a change in colour!  The bunny and smoke are supposed to be DMC3022 but as I didn't have that in my stash I changed both out.  I think I should have used a darker brown for the bunny as he blends a bit in the snow!  The main boo-boo was just a bit too major to frog everything so I have left it.... for some reason the house is out and of course that put everything else out!  I stitched the border counting from the roof and then when it came to doing the trees I discovered my error! Oops.... never mind I think it still looks ok with the tree tops right up to the top of the border! :o)

Latest finish done.... SAL update to come! :o)

February SAL Update:
At the beginning of February I set out the SAL goals that I was hoping to achieve during the month... below is an update those SAL's.

**JCS SAL (FB Group) - February: "Winter's Eve" (Designer: The Prairie Schooler) ü

**Christmas Ornie SAL Blog February Theme: Snow - "Snow Mates" (Designer: Blue Ribbon Designs) ü

**Halloween Ornie SAL Blog February Theme: Mummies and Monsters - "Pumpkin Man" (Designer: The Prairie Schooler) ü

**Stitch Maynia (FB group) February SAL update listed below:

- February SAL: "We Love Stitching" (Valentine's theme/or stitching anything we love):  ü
shoehorned "Winter's Eve" into this because I love Christmas designs and I have found a new love - The Prairie Schooler!

Year of Starts! (12 monthly starts): ü "Winter's Eve" was my February start/finish

2016 Chatelaine Shenanigans SAL: no change on my Chatelaine WIP.....

Brooke's Books Year Long SAL!: no stitching on my Brooke's Books WIP's in February

**Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge 2016 (DUCJC2016): have sort of changed my mind on this one... I will now try for 31 starts in 2016 (and 31 finishes in 2016!)

March SAL Plans:
**Stitch Maynia (FB group) March SAL is "It isn't easy being Green" - anything that has green in it or is spring related...

JCS SAL (FB Group): "Merry Christmas" (Designer: Samplers Not Forgetten)

Christmas Ornie SAL Blog March Theme: Santa and his helpers

Halloween Ornie SAL Blog March Theme: Pumpkins

Well that's it for today.... time for me to get back to my stitching!  Til next time...

Take care and happy stitching
Hugs xx