Saturday, 29 December 2007
Saturday, 22 December 2007
Thank you to all the lovely people who leave comments on my blog. I appreciate every one of them and I feel ever so privileged to have made such great stitching friends from all over the world.
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves" - James Barrie
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
I love this photo so much, I have named it 'Peter, Peter, onion eater'. Someone is fascinated by onions and garlic at the moment and very nicely peeled all of the onions for mummy.
I am also participating in some exchanges this coming year, the Stitching Bloggers Birthday Club, Fair & Square and Hooked on Exchanging. I think this is going to be a very busy year, but as Aurelia is becoming a little more independent I think it is important to keep myself busy as well, and what better way than to do something that I am passionate about.
I have been really busy stitching and cleaning. The house is almost perfect for our guests that arrive on Saturday and so with little cleaning to do, I have spent all my spare time stitching. I have finished Aurelia's Christmas decoration and it only needs to be stitched together now. I have also stitched the designs for two of the four pendibulles I am making as gifts. They will be filled with lavender and can then be used in draws to leave a lovely smell. Again, I am just concentrating on the stitching and then the finishing can be completed just before Christmas.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
We all had to bring a plate, but I just new that it would be chocolate, lollies and chips, junk that Aurelia hates to eat. I decided to make rock cakes, the kids wouldn't touch them, but the adults and Aurelia loved them. The most exciting thing to happen, was that we discovered that she loves oranges and watermelon. Mum and Dad finally have victory over the anti-fruit campaign.
I can't say that I am looking forward to Christmas this year. I am looking forward to giving my daughter her gifts and spending time with my family, but I have guests coming this year. It's not that I mind having guests, but it can be so draining having to entertain them and cook for them, especially when they are very fussy eaters. Currently the house is a disgrace and the guest bedroom buried under a pile of junk. We have a garage sale on Saturday, so I hope that it will be clean after that. Then it's heads down, bottoms up and clean, clean, clean. Oh dear!! At least the ironing pile is completely gone!!!
I am not sure where this recipe came from, it was hand written on a scrap of tatty paper from an old collection of recipes I was given.
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup sultanas
2 tablespoons finely chopped dried apricot
1 egg lightly beaten
½ cup milk
Sift flour and cinnamon into a large bowl, rub in the butter, stir in sugar and fruit. Stir in the egg, then enough milk to give a moist yet still firm consistency. Place one heaped tablespoon (about the size of a golf ball) of mixture onto lightly greased oven trays about 5cm apart. Sprinkle the cakes with a little extra caster sugar. Bake in a moderately hot oven, 190C, for about 15 minutes or until browned. Loosen cakes; cool on trays. Makes about 14 to 16 little cakes.
Thursday, 6 December 2007
We spent the day out at lunch and had some very yummy pizza. Aurelia was most pleased with this and managed two whole slices on her own. She had a very round fat tummy afterwards. Then we all sat down for coffee, gelato and Italian cannoli. Yum!! Oh yes, Aurelia ate most of my gelato surprisingly, as the gelato was a bitter lemon one.
I hope you all had a great weekend, because I did. I finished some stitching, finished my Christmas shopping and had a very yummy Sunday lunch with my brother and my lovely SIL.
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
Angel of Light
Angel of Summer
Angel of Autumn
Angel of Winter
I was hoping to get one of the angels done next year in my stitching goals and was wondering if anyone might be interested in stitching a Lavender & Lace Angel with me in a stitch-a-long. I wouldn't be able to start the design until the end of January and I think that I really would need the friendship and encouragement to get it done. If you are interested or know someone who might be interested, please let me know.
Thursday, 29 November 2007
Monday, 26 November 2007
On the sewing front, I started the Blue Ribbon Designs "A Christmas Wish of Health and Happiness". I am really enjoying stitching on linen, I miss working on it so much. The Amish Quilt is nearly finished and only requires to be sewn onto it's hanger, so I will post a picture as soon as that's done. I have also signed up for Fair and Square Round #5 and I am looking forward to stitching on linen again and making some new stitching friends. I am very excited about this!! I have almost finished compiling my Stitching goals for 2008. I am hoping to get at least two large designs done and complete plenty of smaller designs.
PS. We have been very lucky and had a whole lot of rain last week. The garden is looking better than ever, but the lawn seems to grow before your very eyes. Oh yeah, the ironing pile is now half of what it was last week. I am so bad!!
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
I store all my stranded cottons on floss bobbins in floss boxes, that is my DMC, including metallics, Weeks Dye Works, Sampler Threads and Needlepoint Silks. They are sorted by numbers or colour groups depending on the brands. The Dinky Dye, Thread Gatherer, Caron Waterlillies and Watercolours are stored on floss bows and stored in floss bow pouches.
Sunday, 18 November 2007
This morning we went to the markets and I bought a whole lot of toys for Aurelia. She was very happy with all the new toys and the best part it all cost me less than $10 and a little elbow grease to get them all clean. I especially love the Fisher Price barn, it's missing all the little animals, but for the price I paid, I really can't complain.
Finally, thank you again to all for the lovely comments about my craft room and the answers to my question of the week, it looks like most of us spend time sewing in front of the TV. These days I really enjoy blogging and everyday I look forward to your comments on my blog. There are so many beautiful people out there doing so much beautiful work. Thanks!!
Saturday, 10 November 2007
The bin on the floor in the craft room is full of wool and Aurelia had a tonne of fun pulling it all out after it was just filled up.
Monday, 5 November 2007
I have been very busy doing a whole lot more sewing. I am about halfway with my Amish Quilt. For those who requested it, here is a link to what it will look like once finished. It's from a company called "Cross My Heart Inc". I have also tried my hand at a pendibulle. It hasn't come out too bad, but unfortunately the Aida I was given isn't exactly square. So even though I did exactly the same number of stitches down as across the square turned out to be a rectangle. On the whole though, I was pretty pleased with the result. I am going to make a few more of them (with different Aida) and fill them with some lavender, then give them away as Christmas gifts.
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Here is a photo of the Amish quilt. As you can see, I have made some more progress and it is starting to show it's colours. DH is doing really well and can already notice the difference with how much better he can breathe through his nose, despite it being a little stuffed up, otherwise, there is little else to report.Hopefully I will get a whole lot more stitching done this week. Fingers crossed!
Friday, 26 October 2007
My sewing has been going slowly, another case of the dreaded sweaty hands. I did manage to get a little done on the Amish quilt. Hopefully they will be dry this weekend as I am doing my first Christmas Ornament Stitch-A-Long.
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Unfortunately I don't drive, so he had to rely on my Father to take him to the hospital. I feel a little depressed because he has to be alone for the whole time and I won't see him until tomorrow when he comes home. The annoying thing is that everyone is too busy to take me to the hospital to see him and with a 14 month old it's not easy getting around on public transport, especially when you need to use two bus services and carry a pram.
I very rarely ask for help, but the times I do, everyone seems to be too busy or have more important things to do. This operation has not come as a surprise, we have known since August that it would be today. I don't know, am I being selfish and whinging unnecessarily??
Monday, 22 October 2007
The white work is coming along really well. I have found that a lot of the stitches I was afraid to try, have been really quite easy. I am about three-quarters of the way through. Sorry about the blurry image.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Claudia at Me, My Bubble and my Stitching
Beatrice at Stitching With A View
Karen at Little Cat Blogs
Anita at Anita's Stitching
Lelia at Stitches of Life
Joanne at Aussie Stitcher
Barbara at The Sanguine Stitcher
Sandra at Sampler Lovers Blog
I would also like to share the beautiful designs that I recently purchased, I am particularly pleased with the Toccata Number Two purchase as this is one from my wish list.
A Diminutive Dutch Sampler - Barrick Samplers
1797 Ship Sampler - Carriage House Samplings
Ten Virgins - Barrick Samplers
The Dreaming - Dinky Dyes
Southern Stars - Dinky Dyes
2005 Santa - Prairie Schooler
Toccata Number Two - The Drawn Thread
Monday, 15 October 2007
PS. There are some more photos to come of all the patterns I purchased as well.