Monday, February 27, 2012

In a stitching slump

Sadly I haven't done any stitching recently.  I think I'm starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms.  But, I can show you some pictures at last. 
Warning - long post.

First, I received this from Debbie Jo for the winter smalls exchange for ILCS.
A needlebook with pins and needles included, and Carrie's Creation threads in Polar Bear and Smoke. 

Needlebook details

I love it, thank you Debbie Jo.

This is what I sent Shelly

28ct lugana Days Gone By (Silkweavers)
DMC threads 2 over 2

Snowman freebie pattern from gazette94 found here 
This is my first crazy 15 finish.

I also made Shelly a triangular ort container, tutorial here at Needling Things

I made the opening a little bigger as I found it difficult getting threads out. I'll be making more of these.

I Won a Gift!
I won a giveaway on Kaye's blog Kitten Stitching
She sent me a Prairie Schooler pattern, page flags, udder cream, a charm and some mini pegs with hearts.

Thank you Kaye.

Sweet Flowers
Part 1 of Sweet Flowers is finished.  I am doing this over 2 on 32ct fabric so it will be huge, but it is easier to stitch.

Sweet Flowers
DMC 3722, 223 on 32ct Belfast

The next 2 sections arrived yesterday so they are first on my to do list.
The pattern can now be purchased at Aquarelle

Family news
Nana's funeral was on the Wednesday afternoon after she passed away.  DH (world traveller) changed his departing flight to Thursday.  The first week he was gone I slept badly.  You'd think I would be used to it but I still miss him when he is not here.

DD had her high school interview on the Wednesday morning before the funeral.  The process for this school is apply in grade 5 (last year) interviews and offers in grade 6 (now) for a start in grade 8 (2014).  We got the letter offering her a place a week later.  She will be going to a private (Catholic) girls high school. 
DD also received the top Cub Scout award (Grey Wolf badge) recently.  She is not enjoying Cubs anymore because she is the only girl in her group now, so she will be starting to link with the Scouts this week.  Cubs (7-10yrs) and Scouts(11-15yrs) can have girl members as well as boys in Australia.  DS is in the process joining the older Scouts - Venturers(15-18yrs). So, I'm out Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights dropping one or the other at the Scout den.

DH got back from the US a week ago Sunday. He had a few hours at home then flew to Sydney that night. We thought he would get more sleep than if he stayed at home and got the early morning flight to Sydney.  His plane ended up in Melbourne because of storms - they circled Newcastle for a while then had one aborted landing attempt at Sydney before being sent to circle Canberra (after Sydney curfew kicked in) then eventually landed in Melbourne.  He checked into his hotel room at 1.30am and checked out at 4.30am to catch his morning flight to Sydney!  He got back home from Sydney Tuesday night, Wednesday was prep for day surgery Thursday.  The first few nights I was up every 4 hours getting painkillers for him.  DH has been lying on the sofa where I sit to stitch, so no stitching for me - I can't see without my light.

Friday night I had to get DS at 10.30 pm after his chess tournament.  We had a severe weather warning for heavy rain at the time.  I hate driving in the rain at night!  The silver lining from the rain - both DS and DD's cricket games were cancelled for Saturday!  Woohoo, a Saturday off.  I read blogs until I came down with DD's head cold.  I'm still feeling crummy today so I'm taking it easy.
DH has a car racing long weekend starting Friday but he doesn't know if he will be well enough yet. He'll decide Thursday or Friday.  Yes, he organised his operation around car racing and work trips overseas.

DMIL's operation is next Monday.  DH is off to Europe a few days after that, so I'll be busy again.  I have some small projects I can take while I visit DMIL in hospital and at her home.

Okay, that's enough for now, it's time for lunch.


Veronica said...

Oh thanks for linking the thread catcher tutorial. I've been looking for it. Lovely exchanges. I especially love your Snowman. So cute! Sweet Flowers is coming along beautifully.


cucki said...

very lovely exchange gifts..thread catcher is looking so cute..i love it..
flower are looking so beautiful..
hugs for you xx

Kelly Smith said...

Great exchanges and your stitching is coming along nicely!

pam said...

Just love the snowman, great win as well.

Margaret said...

Lots of lovely exchanges! Love the fabric of the ORT box -- so pretty! Smart to make the opening bigger too. My condolences on your Nana. And congratulations to your DD on her placement in high school. Thanks for commenting on my blog!

Meari said...

Wow, lots going on lately. Wonderful exchanges and stitching.

Hope you feel better soon, and that your DMIL's surgery goes well.

Emily in NC said...

So much to comment on, love your exchanges and that ort catcher is a great idea., just lay mine on the table next to me and they end up on the floor.

Beth in IL said...

Love the ort! Will have to look into that.

Katrien said...

the exchange is lovely.
Looking forward to seeing more of sweet flowers

Anne Sans Tete said...

Beautiful stitching on the exchange pieces. Sounds like life has been pretty hectic lately- hope you get some time to relax.

- Lisa N. in Cambodia

Jo said...

beautiful stitching. I like the triangle thread catcher, I've just done 2 square boxes similar.

Lyn said...

your exchanges were nice...hope your husbands travels are safe...hope you feel better soon

OctoberLace said...

Kate, I'm sorry to hear about your Nana. I've really been remiss about watching my blogs, but it seems like you got your stitchy bug back, since you finished part 1 of OES. I've chosen you for the Liebster Blog Award, and you can find details on my blog at: