Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Winner Is....

Well it is Christmas night here.  We had a good day starting with church at 7am, opening presents at home, then lunch at parents in law, home by 4.30, an hour talking to my brother on the phone, cold meat, prawns and salads for dinner.  Pavlova for dessert later.  Yum!

I have drawn a name for the 123stitch giveaway.  The winner is


Congratulations.  I will email you.

Merry Christmas to everyone.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Centre finished

... on romantic rose garden mandala!  I've added all the beads and pretties so it sparkles.

I'm going to put this aside and get back to Hypnotic.

It looks like it's going to be a wet Christmas here.  We are expecting rain everyday starting today.  Good weather for stitching!
My Dad is staying home instead of visiting us.  He lives on the coast in central Queensland and the weather forecast there is for heavy rain everyday for the next week and he has had problems with water from a neighbours yard coming into his house. He has spent Christmas with us every year  for the last 12 years.

Welcome to my new followers.  I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday. 

Good luck in the draw.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Giveaway

Well, it's time for a giveaway.  The Aussie dollar is strong and Christmas is coming. 
I've had a good year and my family is well.  I'm looking forward to next year and hoping to do more stitching.

So, here it is.

A $50 gift voucher to 123stitch

Comment on this post for an entry.  Leave your email address if you don't have a blog where I can get it.

If you become a follower, that's great and thank you.

You are welcome to publish a link to this post on your blog.

You have until Christmas Eve to enter and I will draw a name on Christmas Day. 
Remember I live in Australia and work on Brisbane time.

Good Luck

A Small Finish

Here is a picture of what I finished a few days ago.

A Life Lived for Others by Glendon Place
Stitched on 32ct Autumn Blush Lugana
with Caron Waterlilies, dmc, Kreinik and Mill Hill beads

This took forever to finish because I kept getting sick, it was the end of the school year chaos, and DH was overseas.  But, I am better now and the kids are on holidays until the end of January.  DH spent last week at home after 2 weeks in North America but left for Japan and Singapore yesterday.  He gets back on Thursday then is home until we all leave for our holiday in January.

Holiday Plans
We have asked DMIL to come to Canada with us so I hope she has a good time.  We are spending the first night at Vancouver then we have booked 5 days at Whistler, then back to Vancouver for another 5 days (DH has to work there).  Finally we have a few days in LA before coming home. 

It has been a cool and wet summer so far.  We have had only 2 days where the temperature reached 30C.  Yesterday I drove DH to the airport.  I checked the rain radar before we left and it looked like I might have to go through a shower or two on the way back.  It started to rain 5 minutes after we left home and on the freeway I had the windscreen wipers on the fastest setting and was still having trouble seeing.  It was worse coming home.  Of course it eased up soon after I got home!  We had about 75mm (3 inches) in less than an hour.  The only problem we have had here was water flowing over the top of our retaining wall and flooding a neighbours front yard.  I'm not sure we can do much about such an extreme weather event but DH will look at it when he gets back.  DH's plane was held up an hour because of the lightning but luckily he had managed to get a seat on an earlier flight to Sydney so he still had time to make his international connection even with the delay.

It's School Holidays!
and my life gets much easier.  This was a busy year because DS is at a different school than DD.   DS has grown taller then me now and will be 14 next month.  He has done well at school this year and got 7 A's and 3 B's on his final report card.  He entered some competions this year and is in the top 1% of the state for maths and science.   The last term was a bit of a struggle as he seemed to be constantly tired and hungry.  DD has also been busy.  She started playing cricket in October and loves it.  She had to miss a few games because of ballet concert practice but is keen to start again in February.   She does dancing, swimming, cricket and cub scouts after school.   I have more time to stitch during the holidays so I hope it's not too hot and humid this year.