Sunday, March 1, 2015

SFS - February

Stitch From Stash February Report

Month:  February
Carryover from January:   $75
Allowed Spending:  $25
Spent:   $0
Earned:   $0
Balance:   $100

I've done a bit more stitching on Fall Mandala

I've got itchy fingers!  I'm torn between continuing this or starting something small so I can have a finish.  I think I'll do another 10 hours and see how I feel after that.

The aussie dollar is shocking at the moment and postage is very expensive from my favourite US online store so I'm making sure I really want something (or several somethings) before I make a purchase.
On the other hand, I brought lots of patterns, fabrics and threads a few years ago when the dollar was very high so I have lots of choice from my stash.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Grow Your Blog Giveaway and stitching update

First, thank you to everyone who visited and commented during the Grow Your Blog party.
I have drawn the name of the winner out of the giveaway bowl.

Debbie, you have won a gift voucher to 123stitch.

Thank you to everyone for the lovely comments about Fall Mandala.
I sat down a few weeks ago and very carefully frogged out the thread that didn't match.

Then, I very carefully restitched it and frogged out the thread that I had run out of!

I must remember to double check my colours before I do any frogging in future!

Once I got past that hurdle I managed to fill in the top quarter.

Now, I am working my way down the right side doing the black outlines.

DH has been home for the last week and has been very busy getting his new race car ready for racing next weekend.  He and DS are leaving on Friday morning and getting back on Sunday afternoon.  DH flies to the US the following morning for another week away.  He has been struggling a bit with jet lag.  This is his timetable since late January - 2 weeks away, 2 weeks home, 1 week away - it's no fun flying to the other side of the world so often.  He is back in Australia a bit in March, but looks like he has a trip to Germany before Easter.  He was talking about ducking over to Singapore in March but I don't think he can fit that in.

DD is busy at school.  She has joined a tennis team at school and is playing against other schools on Saturday mornings. Her lesson and team training is early Monday and Tuesday mornings at school.  She is in 2 choirs at school, rehearsals are Wednesday morning and afternoons.  One is the auditioned choir which she was asked to join at the end of last year - there are only about 15 members taken from the whole school.  She also has singing lessons Wednesday lunchtime at school.  She didn't get her singing ability from me!

She is still playing club netball, her team finished 2nd on the ladder after the summer season and is into the semi-finals starting this Wednesday night.   Grading for the winter netball season is this Saturday.    She has early starts on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at school, and netball on Wednesday and Thursday nights.  She also has Scouts on Friday night.  We have to leave at 6.30am on Saturday morning for tennis.
I'm exhausted and she wants to add a second tennis lesson every week!  Maybe next term.

My tailbone is still not great, the worst is when I'm driving or sitting on a hard seat for a while. Getting up from a chair can by quite painful.  The doctor said 6-8 weeks, but we've been told by a few friends that it can take up to 2 years.  Luckily, stitching doesn't seem to be too painful.

The heat and humidity have gone and the weather here is back to perfect again.

Thank you for visiting.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Stitch From Stash - January

I think I've missed the cut-off for this month but here is my monthly report.

Month:  January
Spent:  $0
Earned: $0
Allowed Spending: $25
Gifts: $50
Balance: $75

Not much stitching done this month.  I've been only working on Fall Mandala.
I was given some money for Christmas by my Dad so I've put $50 of that into my stitching fund.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Grow Your Blog

Welcome to my blog.

Please visit Vicki for the full list of Grow Your Blog participants.

My name is Kate and I have been blogging on and off since 2009.  I live in Brisbane, Australia. Later this year DH and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.  We have 2 children, DS just turned 18 and DD is 13.  DS is starting an engineering degree at uni next month and DD is starting grade 9 next week.

Last year was a bit of an injury prone year for our family and right now I am still recovering from a badly bruised tailbone suffered when I was thrown from a horse during an accident on our New Zealand holiday last month.  (The girth strap broke when my horse shied during an argument with another horse)  I had to ride back as there were a few river crossings on the way, but I swapped horses with the guide.  I took DD on a trail ride as a surprise for her.  My first time on a horse in 20 years!  Here I am just after the accident during the photo stop with DD.

I blog mostly about cross stitch.
Last year was very stressful and my stitching was limited.
DS got quite sick in term 2, and broke his right collarbone and missed most of his assessment in term 3 during his final year at school.   He still got great results and was offered his first preference for uni this year.
I hope to do better with blogging and stitching this year.

I am currently working on Fall Mandala by Ink Circles.

I have some frogging to do on this.  Can you see the difference between the golden brown leaves on the sides and bottom from the top pair?  I ran out of a colour and the new shade is different so I have to pull out the old thread and replace it.  It is bothering me so I need to fix it.  I am using HDF silks.

I usually don't get much stitching done during summer.  We have no air conditioning and I keep saying that because it only gets really bad for a few weeks, it's not worth putting in air conditioning.  This year however seems to be worse than usual.  The humidity has been horrible and I'm not sleeping well.  Last night at 11pm the humidity was 95% and the apparent temperature was 33C.  This morning at 5am the humidity was 95%, apparent temp 31C.  I feel like I'm constantly sweating.  We've had a bit of rain on and off so the mossies are quite vicious outside.  I work from home doing a bit of share trading online so I can't go to air conditioned work to escape like DH.  Still, in another month or so all my friends will be getting $700+ electricity bills and I will be getting $400-$500 credit from our solar panels.  Multiply that by 4 and you can see why I am resisting getting air conditioning.  But, I think it is much easier to deal with the hot weather than the freezing winters that my friends in the northern hemisphere have to cope with.

As a reward for reading all of the above, I am offering a giveaway to be drawn on February 15th.  Just leave a comment stating you wish to be included in the giveaway.  The prize will be a $50 gift voucher to 123Stitch.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

A Finish and another WIP


Last weekend I finished Pear Tree.

Pear Tree by LHN using recommended threads.

This was the last of my small wips.

My next wip is Fall Mandala by Ink Circles.
The center section was where I stopped ages ago.  Now I've done the black outline along the top and started filling in the colours.  I'm loving using the silk HDF threads.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Latest finishes and a close call

First, here are my latest finishes.

1.  Red House in Winter by LHN

2.  Frosty Flakes by LHN.  I got most of this finished on Sunday - the V8's were racing at Bathurst  so watched that on TV all day, then it was the final of  The Block on TV that night.  Both had dramatic finishes.  I grabbed some time last night while dinner was cooking and added the beads before I had to go out.

I'm still working on old wips.  Next is another small LHN ornament - Pear Tree.

I'll have less stitching time for the rest of this month.  I like to sit down and stitch for an hour at night when all my jobs are done, but DD has amateur theatre performances over the coming 2 weeks as well as sport and I will be out 5 nights a week with her for the next few weeks.  DH is going to be in Vancouver next week so I need to be organized.

I was driving DD home from school last Thursday afternoon when we witnessed a car accident just in front of us.  It was on a busy suburban street, lots of traffic going the same way as we were, but still moving close to the speed limit - 60km/h.  A 4WD coming the other way swerved into our lane and hit a car head on, a third car couldn't stop and hit the second car from behind, then ended up on the footpath.  We were 2 cars behind and I think I said a bad word as I was braking.  All I can remember is seeing car parts flying in the air and a car shooting across the road.  I was amazed there were only minor injuries.  The driver of the middle car was fairly shaken up.  The driver of the third car was a learner and did a fantastic job - he had some facial grazes from the airbag and his mum hurt her wrist.  The second car would have been a write off and the third car had lots of damage to the front.   Not an experience I'm in a hurry to repeat!

I'm enjoying the warmer weather here as we head into summer.  It's still a bit cool some mornings and very dry.  We could do with some rain, but not if is accompanied by violent storms like they just got down in NSW.

Blogger seems to be playing up.  I'm only getting email notifications about some comments?  Sorry if I haven't replied to you.

Wishing you all flying needles and safe driving.
Until next time.

Monday, October 6, 2014


No, I'm not talking about my stitching and blogging mojo which has been gone for months but made an appearance yesterday.  I'm talking about my camera charger which has been lost since the renovations last year.  The iPhone photos aren't the best for stitching pictures and I wanted to use my camera.  I've been looking for this for months, tore the office apart and looked in all the plastic containers 3 times each, searched everywhere I thought there was half a chance of finding it.  Asked DH it he had seen it - 'Don't worry, it'll be in a box somewhere.'  Finally, yesterday I searched again.  Office - no, sewing room - no, kitchen - no, box of cables beside the TV - no.
DH's bedside drawer- YES!  Time for a happy dance.  In DH's defense, the bedside drawers are huge and stuffed full of various things.  I'm sure I'd already looked in them.

There is a story behind this camera, we brought it in New York on my first trip to the US in  October 2008 because DH left our camera at home.  It was hideously expensive because while we were there the Aussie dollar was collapsing due to the GFC. 

This weekend I caught up on all my blog reading and I was inspired to pick up my stitching again.
I didn't leave comments but I'd like to say thanks to all those that blog and encourage us all to keep stitching when we see such fantastic work out there.  

This is Red House in Winter by LHN.  I had a small red blob when I started.  Put it down about 11pm last night.  I was going to say I'm hoping to finish this today but with the way I'm going the end of the month might be a better goal!

I've decided I don't do stitching deadlines or SALs.  I had lots of plans at the start of the year and joined a few groups but I've barely done any stitching all year.  Maybe it's just this year hasn't been a good one and hopefully next year will be better.  

I think I've been really stressed lately and that's why I'm not stitching.  DS is in his last year of school and is struggling to get the good grades he used to get easily.  He wants to do engineering next year at uni and needs to do well and get a good OP.  He was quite sick in May and spent a week in bed with fevers, needed another week to recover enough to get back into school work.  His assignments were extended but that just pushed them into exam block so he didn't get time to sleep or study and did badly on some exams.  We told him not to worry, to do well in the next term!  Should have keep our mouths shut.

I've decided that 2014 is the Year of Broken Bones in our house.  DD had broken her toe and badly sprained her ankle in term 1.  In May (term 2) she broke her left index finger at netball training and missed another 5 weeks of netball.    Three weeks from the end of term 3 DS broke his right collarbone during a school rugby union game on the last weekend in August.  DH thought he had been subbed off  as he picked himself up after the tackle, walked to the sideline and then said there was something wrong with his arm!  His coach was shocked when DH came back from the first aid room and said it was a broken collarbone.  His first injury during 11 years of playing!  It was 3 days before the QCS exams - statewide exams that indirectly effect how they are ranked to get into uni.  He couldn't do them and is given the school's average result for all the calculations - not so good for an above average student.  He missed all his exams at the end of term but will be doing some this week when school goes back after the holidays.  Luckily his break was stable and he didn't need surgery.  The ends are jammed together at an angle but the surgeon said it will heal fine.  He was pretty sore the first few weeks but is able to move his arm freely this last week. It has been 5 weeks since the break now.  He still needs to be careful for the next month or so.  We aren't worrying about his results anymore, if he doesn't get into engineering he can do science for a year then switch courses.  It is more likely he will get his second preference and do engineering at the uni in the city centre which is easier to get to anyway.   
Hopefully that is the last of our health dramas for this year.  

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Happy stitching.