Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Finish

Home of a Needleworker Too is finished.

Pattern by Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 28ct Antique Ivory Cashel
Threads:  Recommended Crescent Colours
Finished  April 17, 2011

I can't believe it's taken me 2 weeks to get a photo of this on my blog.  I caught a flu virus going around and spent a few days in bed where I was able to finish this.  Since then I've had DD on holidays where we did all the yucky jobs - dentist, optometrist - both all clear, haircut and flu vaccination in the few days before Easter.  We had a family BBQ here on Easter Saturday to celebrate my DBIL's 40th bday.  DH and I also celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary on April 16.

DH went to Vancouver on Easter Monday and both DS and DD went back to school on Wednesday.  DH is on the plane now and will be home sometime tomorrow.  His flight was delayed leaving LA, and because this time he is flying back through Sydney he will miss his connecting flight so I hope he doesn't have to wait too long to get another flight to Brisbane.  He doesn't want to get home too late because tomorrow - May 1 - is DD's 10th bday.  Tonight I'm just waiting for her to go to sleep so I can wrap her presents.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Stitching progress

At last I've gotten some stitching done.
Home of A Needleworker Too

DH was away last weekend and it was wet so here is where I'm up to.  We have another wet weekend forecast so I'm hoping to do more. 

School holidays
Queensland school holidays this year at easter are chaotic.  School has 4 terms per year, 2 semesters of 2 terms each.  Each term roughly 10 weeks followed by 1-2 weeks holiday with a big break over summer in December/January.  Because easter is late this year the official first term is 12 weeks followed by 12 days holidays then term 2 is 9 weeks long.  DD goes to a private primary school which follows the government holidays so she finishes today (Thursday) and starts back the Wednesday after easter/anzac day holidays.
DS goes to a private high school who had different holidays this year.  His first term was 9 weeks, then he had 2 weeks holidays and started term 2 on Tuesday.  He has the 5 days public holidays off over easter.  His term 2 is 10 weeks long.  He gets more holidays than DD anyway.  So I've got two children who have holidays at different times and are only off together for 5 days when we can't go away because DH is flying to Vancouver on Easter Monday/Anzac Day!  Luckily I work from home so it isn't too bad,  I just had to get that frustration out of my system.

Next week DD has to come with me when I'm on tuckshop roster again at DS's school.
Someone asked about tuckshop.  It is the kitchen/shop at school where we prepare and sell food for the students to eat at lunch and morning tea if they don't have food from home.  It is run by 2 paid convenors and staffed by 3-5 volunteers every day.  I'm rostered on one day every 4 weeks working 8.30am to 2pm.  Any profits go to school projects.  This year it is towards refurbishing the library.

Stash shopping

It was too hot to stitch in March so here's some pictures of my new stash.

Stoney Creek In the Village series patterns

A kookaburra kit and some patterns

Some fabric from Stitches and Spice here in Australia.

More fabric from Stitches and Spice

I also brought some new wheels last month

2011 Toyota Landcruiser VX diesel

My new car which DH uses to tow the car trailer when he goes racing - like last weekend.