Sunday, July 24, 2011

A chicken was hatched

My Friday night sew in was an eventful evening...see what can be achieved with no social life...my son thinks this is sad :)

Anyhow I made up my Susa Glenn Flying Chicken Pin Cushion & Tool Caddy. I have had this kit for quite a while and when I saw my friend Kaths finished chickens, it prompted me into action.


 
Kind of looks cute really.  I think the beak should be flatter, but as I had no starch to flatten the beak, my chicken will sport a duck beak.  She is going to be a companion for my sewing machine....when I am busy using the machine, I generally have no where to put the pins quickly and they end up scattered all over the table.  So my chicken is the solution.  As well as holding the overly used stitch unpicker and small scissors.


Here is my first progress photo of HohS....not much to show but a small start is better than no start.  I decided to stitch all the black first, and then it will be fun to fill in the rest of the picture with the other beautiful colours.



I am looking outside my window and can see this.......


Keira is waiting for a walk, and even though it is wet and miserable, I will put on my gumboots and take her for a long walk along some of the greenways, where she can kick up her heels, jump in the stream and use up some of her energy.

I have had the last week off - and have another week to go.  I have all the school holidays off - the bonus with working at a school, so its quite nice to recharge the batteries every 10 weeks or so.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Night Sew Ins

I have joined this group, with the aim of using the time for quilting, sewing up ornaments or any other sewing bits and bobs I have to do.  I am about to head for the lounge, turn on TV and start sewing :)
There is still time to sign up...click on the button on my side bar, and that will take you to Heidi's blog.


I will have an update on what I will be sewing tonight as well as the stitching I have already done on HohS (which from now on will mean Heart on her Sleeve by HAED)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Relaxing

Well thats what seems to be the theme of the weekend.  Here is one chilled out cat - probably exhausted after racing around out in the wind. Its very windy here today - just what a little kitty likes - leaves blowing aound at a 100 miles an hour.

 I have been taking Ewe Smitten to work to stitch on in my lunch hour.  It is slowly coming along.

I have finished the gridding for Heart on Her Sleeve, so I am going to put in the first stitch tonight.  It will be interesting to see how long this project takes me.

Tui is awake again....


And because I am the master of posting unrecognisable photos on my blog, here is a photo of a seal I took last weekend when it was stormy.  This is at Red Rocks which is south of Wellington.  Not a very clear photo -  you may have to click on it to get a better viewing.  But I think this seal looks like an oversized hedgehog.

To show the state of the weather on this day, here are a couple of shots of the Bluebridge Ferry coming in to the harbour from the South Island.  Glad it wasnt like this when we came up to Wellington.

It probably wasnt that bad on the ship...and was probably quite calm where the ship was...yeah right! LOL.

And just before I go, here are a couple of seal photos I took 3 weeks ago at Turakerai Head where there is another seal colony...a much calmer and sunnier day.  Both these places (Red Rocks and Turakerai) are seal hauls which is another name for a place where male seals go over the winter to lie around and fatten up.  At Turakerai up to 600 seals can be found lying about.  We had to climb over rocks to get close to a couple.  (At Red Rocks they lie quite close to the gravel track).


 
I have joined the Rimutaka State Forest Trust, and working with my friend from DOC I will be learning the ropes of kiwi conservation.  Where around 50 kiwis are regularly monitored in the surrounding forest park around Wainuiomata.  I have missed working with birds after leaving Twizel so this will be a great experience for me.

Till next post, happy stitching everyone.

Friday, July 01, 2011

A finish and something new in the pipeline

Isn't awful when you have completed stitching as a gift, finished it the way you want, and after you've put it in the post, you go to upload the photo onto your blog only to find you have left something out of the picture.  What a numbskull....who would do that?  Um, well me....LOL how embarrasing.  Surely I am not the only person who has done that.  I havent got any excuse.  I have had the stitching finished for ages, and showed it to plenty of people, and still not picked up the missing stitches.


Here it is.....Friends by Vals Stitching Stuff.....minus the whiskers :)  Doesn't really look too bad whiskerless...but how on earth could I have forgotten the whiskers?

Right moving on.......

I have set myself a challenge.  My daughter was watching over my shoulder one day when I was looking through the designs on the Heaven and Earth website.  She was ooohing and aahhhing over various ones I was looking at.  A few years ago I had stitched Cottage Garden Fairy by Mirabillia for her, and it hangs on her bedroom wall.  Feeling generous I asked if she would like me to stitch a HAED for her.  It had to be a quick stitch mind.  I said she could choose a design and I would stitch it for her.  Adding it could take a few years to complete.

I left her to it, and a while later came back and she had narrowed the choice to 16.  This was going to take forever...I helped her to decide and 1/2 hour later we were down to 5.  Finally she chose the design she wants, I paid online and had it downloaded within a few minutes.

She has chosen...Heart on her Sleeve.


I have brought some extra black thread in preparation to begin.  It takes 5 skeins.  I think I might do all the black outlines first.  Because I like to take the easy way out, I have chosen 18 count aida to stitch it on.  And I have start to grid the fabric to keep some semblance of order about the whole ordeal.


Excuse the ridiculous photo - It is intended to show the grid lines - you have to click on the photo to actually see them.

Wish me luck with this - I am going to need it.  I have joined the HAED forum to assist me along the way.