Monday, January 30, 2012

Playing with fabric and thread

I have a finish! - but I can't show you because it is for an exchange.  I finished the stitching on Friday and made it into an ornament on Sunday.  It was posted today so should arrive at the new home within 10 days.  I'll put up photos when I know it has arrived. 
Due to the weather I was able to spend Saturday in the sewing room getting reaquainted with my sewing machine.  I had a great time learning how to make a new object - photos later as well!

I can show you this -

Sweet Flowers SAL - Gravestone 32ct linen from Stitches and Spice, DMC threads.
I have chosen my own thread combination to go with my fabric.
I'll be working on this section this week.

Not quite washed away last week. The rain started on Monday lunchtime and stopped this morning. The biggest fall was on Tuesday - 250mm (10inches) measured on Wednesday morning.  Altogether for the week we had over 425mm (17 inches) so the ground is still a bit soggy. To put things in perspective the average rainfall for January here is 160mm.  No damage, only some minor flooding in local creeks. Not like the big floods last year.

I sent DD out in the rain to run of some energy on Saturday morning. Here she is standing under the gutter overflow.

I had her retested on Tuesday - still allergic to peanuts so  I have to check again in another 2 years. The Dr gave us a practice epipen which will be good for Grandparents, cub scout leaders, etc.  I am confident she could inject herself if required.

Both kids are back at school so getting back into the homework and activities routine.  It's a struggle for me as well to have everyone out the door by 7.45am to do the school run, and also to have everyone in bed at a decent hour.
On that note I shall stop and try to get some stitching in before it's time for bed!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Lots of pink from Sweet Flowers. A wet day in the background - about 200mm in just over 24 hours and the same forecast for tomorrow.


Not a lot of stitching done this weekend - only Friday night actually. No photos because I'm working on my winter exchange piece for ILCS yahoo group. 
Saturday was housework and out for dinner to celebrate DS's birthday.
Sunday I was busy covering books and naming pencils, etc for DD's first day back at school this week. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Crazy January Day 15

Day 15
Sweet Flowers SAL

Phew, I have started all 15.  Now, I just want to spend more time on each one before I move to the next on the list.  I have one that needs to be finished by the end of the month for an exchange and I want to spend some more time on Sweet Flowers.

DH is ok, just needs a small op (can be done in day surgery) followed by a week off work so will probably have that done next month.  Glad it wasn't cancer!

It's raining here so I'm going to do a few hours stitching this afternoon.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Crazy January Day 14

Day 14
Blue Moon SK by Haed (2012 SAL)
22ct Lugana 2 x 1.

I'm running a day behind with day 15. DH arrived home from o'seas yesterday and today(16th) is DS's 15th birthday.  Today is also DH's appointment with the specialist.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Crazy January Day 12, 13

Day 12
Winter Sheep by LHN

Day 13
A Mystery stitch for the ILCS winter exchange

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Crazy January Day 10, 11

Day 10
Pirates Creed by Sue Hillis Designs

I was going great with this until I took it off the Q-snaps and realized I'd stitched it with the fabric the wrong way.  I've unpicked everything and put it back in the box to be restarted later.

Day 11
Merry Skater by LHN
Not much done on this - I started about 10.30pm and battled the heat and flying bugs attracted to my light.

Crazy January Day 8, 9

Day 8
That Kind of Stitcher by CherryWood Design Studios

Day 9
Good Things by LK

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

WIPocalypse #1

Well, apart from stitching hiccups in the last 2 days, I have stitched every day this year. I have 7 starts on my Crazy January so far.  See posts below for photos. 
Sunday I wasn't feeling well and yesterday was 35C so no stitching done either days.

Crazy January Day 6, 7

Day 6
Snowy Pines by LHN

Day 7
Peppermint Twist by LHN
I love this one!

Crazy January Day 3, 4, 5

Day 3
Frosty Flakes by LHN
I had trouble starting this and had to use my magnifier to see the linen threads.  I got it right after 3 tries.

Day 4
He's A Flake by LHN

Day 5
Red House in Winter by LHN

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Crazy January Day 1 and 2

Day 1 progress - Pine Tree Inn by LHN

Day 2 -  Pear Tree by LHN
Not sure if I am happy with this fabric.