Tuesday, October 28, 2008

No progress

Thought I would check in. I had intended to make the most of the long weekend and do some stitching...however that wasnt to be, we went away 4 W Driving and that was lots of fun....very muddy fun on Saturday and up over steep rocky areas on Sunday.

Updated my wish list...crossing off things I have already got, removing things that will be out of reach and adding a few cuties like the Shepherds Bush sheep with the little hats. The latest one out is Queen Sheep and I think she looks a little odd...still cute though.

Hope everyones weekend was a little more fruitful than mine :)

Friday, October 17, 2008

How to get rid of an UFO quickly

The other day I decided to have a big tidy up of my craft cabinets....targeting all my stitching stuff so I would have things more organised, so I could find them quickly if necessary. I went to the Warehouse and brought a large 5 drawer plastic container...this is where the most important things will be kept. A drawer for each of the following....kits, patterns, fabric, UFOS (thats scarey) and threads and accessories. All my backup threads and accesories will be kept in my old craft cabinet. I also have a thought with the new container...if there is a fire or a natural disaster (like the roof blowing off the house - which could happen with the tornados and gusts we have round here - I witnessed it happening in our neighbourhood a few months ago), I can grab it and save my important stitching stuff. Ok sorry thats sick...my family and pets would come first...then the stash!!!!!!!!

Now while I was sorting things out I found my Meoow.com by Kats by Kelly that was partially finished. I dont have the pattern now...but I looked at what I had done and thought there was enough of a picture to make a gift for my DH who is away on a promotional course up north. So I made it into a flatfold...did it last night while watching tv. And I am pretty happy with the results :)

Making a flatfold was surprisingly easy...and it looks a lovely tidy finish. And what a great way to knock a UFO off the list and add something completely different to my 50 projects list :)

I am off to the Salvation Army shortly to drop off clothes and unwanted bits and pieces to their op shop. We gave them half our house load when we moved into our little house, because we wanted to declutter and also we didnt have much room. Well now I have found more stuff.

Also I will drop off my Operation Christmas Child box. Some of you may be familiar with this. Its run by Samaritans Purse, and you fill a shoebox for a needy child in a poor country. You just pick the sex and age of the child and go for it...filling the box with toys, hygene products, small items of clothing and educational products.
My daughter and I really enjoyed doing this, especially knowing the joy some little girl will get from it :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Wordle

Ive seen these around peoples blogs so I thought I would do one too...nothing like being a sheep :)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Nothing stitch related...photo intensive...birds, rocks and things

Ok I warn you now....none of the following photos are stitch related...but I just had to share. Most were taken today on my trip over to Christchurch to drop my son and DH off at the airport. I took the photos on the way home to break up the 3 hour trip and to make things not so boring for my daughter. The last two were taken a couple of days ago......

Firstly I spotted a huge US airforce plane around the back of the airport so I watched it take off...

Just before Arthurs Pass which is the half way mark is Castle Hill Station, and Kura Tawhiti Conservation area. This is where some of the Chronicle of Narnia was filmed, and it is very popular with rock climbers. I decided to take a walk to see the rocks a bit closer....

Looking back to the road

Looking towards the West Coast

People who know me, know I love birds. At Arthurs Pass which is an alpine village, we have keas...they are one of our native parrots. They are mischievious birds that do heaps of damage to things because they like to pick and peck with their beaks...they especially like the rubber around car windows. There are signs everywhere to discourage people from feeding them...so they wont hang around the village. They do hang around and the tourists love them.

Eating a tissue

Eating my car!!!

After Arthurs Pass comes the Otira Gorge. The road through here used to be horrendous...a zigzag road that was very steep and narrow...

the road was replaced with the viaduct....

All this concrete is to stabilize the road and stop water washing it away

It was a slow trip home , but we finally made it.
The last 2 photos are from when I was doing the stone path, and I had a couple of visitors...a pair of ducks...they were friendly and the female was very inquisitive....(Hey Anne...these are for you )

Well thats everything....I hope those that stuck around enjoyed my photos...and I will have more stitching photos to show in a few days :)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

100th Post - yummies from the postie

Wow 100 posts...LOL finally got there...and took a while to do it.

This morning I got a package from Country Stitch....decided to have a spend up because I felt it was time to have one. Actually its about the 4th big spend up I have had recently...oh well, it makes me happy.

A hand-dyed fabric grab bag, 14 WDW threads, JCS Christmas Ornaments 2008

Although I said last time that I would wait till my ornaments were completely finished before I showed you them, I decided to show what i have done so far

One Starry Night - The Stitchers Habit
JCS Ornaments 1999

Snow Joe - Heart in Hand Needleart
JCS Ornaments 2000

I want to get cracking next week and do a lot of stitching...no more mucking around, so I can have more to show you next time.

Gosh wait but there is more....another parcel had arrived the week before last and I forgot to let you know, so I have taken the photo and...here tis.....

The Simply Seasons set by waxing Moon, GAST threads & Mirabilia Christmas Tree 2007 kit

Yes so much for my not getting anymore charts...as said for the 50 projects pledge I made....but I can't help myself and I know I have an obsession and can't stop buying more and more.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Busy landscaping

I have been doing quite a bit of stitching lately...just this years Christmas ornaments...but it would be nice to get them done early this year. I would put up some progress pics, but I would much rather wait and show the finished ornaments.

The weather here hasn't been too flash, so that is why I have been able to do quite a bit of stitching, yesterday it was a sunny day so I decided to start on my stone path. I have been wanting to create a stone path that goes out to the garage from the back door of the house.

I am just extending a stone path that was there...where the stones were hidden by grass and some of the stones were missing. We have collected some more stones from a river where we went 4 wheel driving a couple of days ago.

Yesterday was spent digging the area where the path will go. Not too hard to dig, because being by the beach we have sandy soil. Here is the first stage of the mess.