Monday, December 07, 2009

Latest Happenings

Well I graduated last Friday, and that marked the end of a year of fun and hard work. I even got up and said a speech on behalf of my class - that was pretty nerve racking.

Then the next day was the Christmas Parade. I have started going to the local SPCA with my daughter to help with the animals on a Saturday morning. So after I had cleaned out all the kitten areas, I helped decorate the SPCA ambulance. It looked like a bit of a hoon van all in black coming along the road, but up close the people coud see the silver stars and "SPCA" we stuck on the sides, and the large infltable santa we tied on the back.

I was also in the parade with my dog - she had reindeer antlers attached to her collar. She was surprisingly well behaved. All in all a great day.

So now with all the free time - no luck with any jobs, I am helping with administration work at the SPCA, getting rid of the weeds in my garden and stitching - yippee!!!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

All finished

I have completely finished all my study and have left tech, a week early. Everyone else is still there till the class officially ends on the 27th November. That night we are all going out for a class dinner. And then the week after is Graduation night.
A year has gone so quick. Now I'm in the market for a job :) Got a couple of interviews coming up. If nothing eventuates, I'm not too concerned, I will just go back to tech for another couple of years to get diplomas in management and business.

So now I can knuckle down and stitch (finish my Christmas ornies, start something different too) and get in the garden - my plants are fighting the weeds. And lose some weight, which I have put on sitting on my backside all year in the classroom.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

A quick note

Only 2 more weeks of tech left for the year. Over the past month I have been full on with study and now I am in the midst of assessments. The stress levels are high. It will be a good feeling to finish up and be able to do some of the things I enjoy - the garden is looking like a forest and there hasnt been any stitching for quite some time.

To celebrate my impending end of study I have ordered Bent Creek Snappers Branch. I have admired this from when it first came out. I loved it more and more when each new part came out. I see there is a Christmas one available now too.

My DH brought me a new camera the other week. A much bigger one that what I ahve been using, so thats another thing I am looking forward to doing when I have more time. I am just in the process of sorting out my photos that have got places in competitions throughout the year, for the big end of year championship next month. I enjoy entering the competitions and I learn so much from the comments made by judges.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Something else I forgot to add......

You know how I have the 'Weekend Winner' icon in my sidebar - well that relates to Janet Davies blog, where you can enter into weekly draws to win your choice of one of the gorgeous embroidery or quilting designs that she creates.

Well, guess what, I was a winner, and I didn't win one design, or two designs, but three of them. This is because the winner from the previous week didn't contact Janet to claim her prize, and because I had Janets icon in the side bar, I won an extra design. I was excited and couldn't decide on what to choose. But I did make a choice in the end.

You can go here to see what designs I chose....they were:
1. Liam's Owl in Schwalm Needlework.
2. Neptune's Steed in Counted Thread Blackwork.
3. 3D Sculpted and Quilted Pussy Cat.

Thank you Janet for the opportunity to enter the draw.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A lovely surprise

Got home from Polytech and here is a parcel from Anne . All excited about opening it, and once I did I found the most gorgeous coloured bead scissor fob and 4 hand dyed threads. I love the colours of the threads. As I just said in an email to Anne, no one can go wrong when they send me hand dyed threads because I love them all...any colour :) There are 2 Vicky Clayton threads, one Carries Creation and one Crescent Colours. Beautiful.

I love the colours of the beads on the scissor fob...blues and greens. Thank you once again Anne, its a lovely gift.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Just a quick hello

Nothing to show on the stitching front, but just wanted to put something on my blog to show I am still around. I have finished a couple of ornaments for Christmas, but will wait till I have made them up before I show them on my blog.

Still very busy with my tech course, only 7 weeks left than it is all over. I have been doing so well with this course...I surprised myself. I have a bit of study to do before I am finished, and then I will have all the stitching time I can manage again. I have been buying lots of lovely charts to stitch up. and I can't wait.

Hope everyone else is good out in blogging land. Still visit everyones blogs when I see there are update on the feed updater.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

A couple more giveaways

I thought I would mention a couple of quilting type giveaways which are just fantastic.....

1. Head on over to 'Bitty Bits & Pieces' for a lovely Charmed Bag Giveaway.

2. Visit Jaybird Quilts and go into the draw for a giant pincushion giveaway...these are great.

Both these wonderful blogs are very popular - its not hard to see why.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Nothing like appearing out of the blue one day

Well thats what it feels like. I am a shocker at keeping up with my blogging. But once something else happens in my life, I tend not to blog so much.

My studies are going well, and I am half way through them...well more than that because tech finishes in November. I am doing well and have passed all my assessments.

I have managed to update my blog template...I felt it needed a spruce up.

I have done a bit of stitching...not as much as I would like. I have finished one thing LOL. I gave it to my DH as part of our 9th anniversary present. Here it is being modelled by my cat Misty :)

Love Ewe - Lizzie*Kate

As always I am trying to get my stitching mojo back...I think I must be a claytons stitcher (kiwis will know what I mean). Maybe my alterego that enjoys stitching has left me for a while...I am going to try and kick start myself into my hobby. I have so many beautiful patterns to stitch...that I can't wait to stitch...but also that I don't have the motivation to start. I wish there were stitching counsellors out there to help me.

I have started a couple of new things so that should help...Daisy Lane Cottage - LHN and a Christmas ornament...I will see how I get on.

Another thing I want to get back into is reading....I have tonnes of books I would like to read...just came back from a bookarama and picked up heaps of bargains. I now need another book shelf.

I know I need to organise my time more efficiently, once I do that, I will have time to stitch and read...wish me luck :)

***If you are interested in a really neat giveaway, head on over to Mickis Irish blog. She has alsorts of Irishy things you could win just by leaving a comment on her blog. Just click on the Irish Muses button in my sidebar to go to her blog.***

Sunday, April 19, 2009

An old finish

I have just got it back from the was away for ages. The framer had to wait for the frame and then there was another hold up, then I told my framer to hold on to the picture till I had enough money to pay for the framing. Also I held onto it for ages before getting around to having it framed.

But here it is....the picture I designed to commemorate my DH 14 years in the New Zealand Police. You will see that the year stops at 2006 and also at Reefton, but since then weve moved and hes got a promotion.

There is always a length of service award at 14 years, so I decided to stitch this. Wasnt too daunting a challenge...quite nice to do all backstitch for a change. And I added a real hat badge to make it look a bit more official.

I have blotted out DHs name and ID number :)

And I was thrilled to find I was the winner in a lucky draw from Rowyn on a beautiful chart she has just completed. My Sunshine by La-D-Da. This would make a lovely picture for my daughter.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Op shops and fabric art dolls

You can get some really good bargains in the op shops....sometimes you just happen to get there and nab a real good buy....casts off's from people who like to keep up with each seasons new fashions and just discard the old.

Anyhow I went in this morning to one of the 4 chirch op shops in town and it was $3 bag wednesday. Stuff as much in a bag for $3. Even if I don't get wearable clothes, sometimes I find the most magnificent fabrics to make stuff with.

While going up to the counter I spied this gorgeous thing....and got her for $3. I love the colours and I have often thought about creating a doll like this. But I am going to keep her in hiding till November and give her to my daughter for her birthday...she will love her :)

If anyone knows where she could have originated from - i.e. have you seen a pattern or somewhere that sells these could you let me know. She is very professionally done.

I also adjusted the photos I put up last night of Keira...she looks more normal now...she was looking a little elongated - sometimes it is hard to adjust the photos correctly.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Back Again!

Not that I ever went LOL...but it seems so long since I posted - well it is.

It is the school holidays and I have time now to breathe - I bet not many mothers can say that during the holidays, but I honestly can. My first term of business Admin studies at Polytech went wonderfully, but man was it full on. It seemed like we had assessments every week, and I think we did. But it is great to get the old grey matter working again.

I am loving the computer side of things and am contemplating becoming a professional student and doing ICT next year.

I have just changed my daughters school to a private one that is just next door to where I am at Polytech so that makes things easier as far as times for starting and I dont have to rush home when I finish at 3pm, because we can go home together. The main reason I pulled her out of the school just down the road from our house is that I felt she went down hill since leaving Reefton. That school was not far from our house but closer is not always better.

I have acquired a new member of the family. Yes I have got a puppy...well she was 7 months when I got her a month ago. I have named her Keira and her father is a German Shepherd and her mother is a malamute. She wont grow to be very big and she is quite fine in features...almost as though she has a terrier like a jack russell in there as well.

I went to the local dog show and saw the kennel owners that used to look after Zoe. I told them about her, and they said they were looking after a puppy that needed a new home. Well this puppy was at the dog show and she ended up winning best puppy and best overall dog. When I saw her, I thought she was nice but not a labrador like Zoe.

A week later I had her at home and she has been with us ever since. Its hard because I didnt want to get another dog so soon. I still miss Zoe terribly, and I am slowly taking a shine to Keira...she has a great little personality and is quite easy to train, despite the backyard looking like a battleground with all her toys strewn around, digging holes in the garden and chasing the cats - this is where I think the terrier comes in. Overall she is getting better and has stopped chasing the cats. She does however go berserk when a seagull flies over the property or if she sees one on the beach. And the seagulls know this I am sure, because they sit up on the street lights and cackle (or whatever seagulls do) at her.

So here are some pictures of Keira........

Sunday, February 08, 2009

First finish for the year

I loved stitching was so simple. The colours were great. The linen was stiff...almost like hessian.

Blue Bird Zipper - Bent Creek

Once finished I wondered what I could do with it. Then I had a brainwave. You know how I said I was going to tech this year....well I decided I needed a bag/satchel to carry my books in. So I took myself off down to the library and looked through some books, found a pattern, then I went to the op shop and found some heavyish blue curtain fabric... 2 metres - more than what I needed...for $2.50. Noticed that the blue of the fabric was the same as the blue on my blue bird. So my blue bird stitching had found a home. On the front flap of the satchel.

Here it is all finished for school tomorrow :)

It didn't take me long to make the bag and it was therapy in that it took my mind off Zoe for a little while.

Thankyou so much for all the lovely comments about Zoes passing.

I'm all set for my lunchtimes at tech. We get an hour, I can go home for lunch...10 minutes away...or else if it is raining or I don't feel like going anywhere, I have some stitching and I also have all my unread issues of the Gift of Stitching on a flashdrive so I can read them on the tech computers Hows that for planning to use my time efficiently.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Heartbroken :(

Last Thursday I had to say goodbye to old black labrador. It is one of the hardest things to do because I will miss her so much. She was only a little over a month away from turning 15. I have had her since was 5 weeks old. She slipped a disk in her back...must of happened in the night...the vet felt that even if her back was fixed, she wouldn't have a very high quality of life. Even the vet shed a few tears...she had got to know Zoe last year when she spent a few nights in the vets due to getting geriatric vesticular syndrome.

Zoe has gone away to be cremated and when we next go down to Otago, I am going to scatter her ashes where she used to enjoy chasing the rabbits when we were down there. There were many places we used to go walking or camping and Zoe would take off only to be seen miles away in the distance in dried up river beds or running up the sides of mountains.

I loved that dog...I can't stop crying...this morning I got up and went to feed her, only to realise shes not here anymore :(

Here are some pictures I took of her and the cats on Christmas Day.

RIP Zoe 13.03.1994 - 29.01.2009

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Plans for 2009

After some major consideration I am going back to school this year. I had planned to do an enviromental degree by distance learning...but have decided to start on a smaller scale and do a business admin course for a year at the local polytech. Its serves several purposes to go in this direction...its cheaper, the polytech is handy and doing this course gets me used to studying again.

So this means a couple of things...I am giving up the meter reading....yes I know after just getting back into it....but the 7 or 8 days every 2 months really dont work. Also money will be tight. My DH is going to do a degree as well for promotion purposes and his papers arent cheap. So we are going to live like students :)

So at present I am going through my stash and selling things that are nice to have but not really necessary anymore. My stitching on the whole wont suffer because I have all the fabrics and threads necessary for all the charts I have been collecting over the past couple of years.

There will be no more unnecessary spending on anything for the year...stash, clothes, things we dont really need. But a year of sacrifice has to pay off in the long run.