Friday, April 24, 2015

Serenity :)

That's what I've been working on.....well mostly anyways!

Can you believe that April has come and is now almost done and dusted??
For me it's been a month of adjustment and shifting gears....
See....when my eldest kept getting ill last year, hubby and I made the decision that I should quit the full time job. Believe me when I say that the decision was an easy one to make on a personal level - I'm home with the little ones to help with homework...there's no mad scramble to collect them at school then drop them home then head back to the office...there's no having to pay someone else to be with them in the afternoons (with no family living here in Jozi there's no support structure to call!)...there's no insane dash to get home in the evening to get dinner going....there's no worrying about how to squeeze in some time to get to gym with all the other things going on.....believe me... on this level it's a no brainer decision! Financially it has meant having to make certain mind shift as well as spend pattern changes....and this was really the big crunch decision bug. Eventually we decided that we'll just have to bite the bullet and learn to make do with the plenty we already have! So starting 1 April I have been a stay home mum....and I have been loving it :) There's loads that keep me occupied and I'm even finding that there's not enough time for me to squeeze in everything I want to before having to play taxi :D So we're adjusting and the month has just flown past on a super sonic jet!

As I mentioned earlier....it's been mostly Serenity Harbour this month....I finished Part 4 a week or so back
Serenity Harbour - Part 4

The pic really doesn't do the piece any justice....I have no idea why it's looking so washed out!

This is how the whole piece looks at the moment....


A tad scrumpy and crinkled sorry....

I've also been working on my middle bug's blankie....it'll probably get dome in time for winter next year :D I'll have to take a pic next time and show you guys!

And almost forgot....the other bit that's been seeing some needle time has been the HAED mini....no pic tho....the weather this afternoon is terrible and with my bad pic taking streak I'd rather not attempt a pic of all that black in this light!

Have a fantastic weekend all....

Take care

Monday, April 6, 2015

YOTA Update 4

This is me doing the white rabbit thing again.....I'm late I'm late.......

Have you had a restful weekend? I assume that it has been a long weekend all over the world....or am I wrong?

We've had a rather quiet one here....just enjoying the sun when it pops out (it did so today!)  and vegetating at home. Stitching has been happening.....and I'm happy to say that I've made some little progress with my YOTA piece.....which is still "Woodland Enchantress ". I have quite a few big pieces that qualify for stitching as my YOTA project, but would really like to see Enchantress completed so will continue working on her for now...
For more info on this laid.back SAL head over to Pull The Other Thread :)

So last month, I had done a bit of stitching in column one and a few more to the tree......
Enchantress at Update 3

I know I said I wanted to work this in columns....but sometime during my stitching things kinda got spread out......so now this is what I'm looking at.....



Progress!! 

Have a lovely week.....be safe :)

Take care

Friday, March 27, 2015

SFS March 2015



Month : March
Spent   : $4.85
Earned: Not going to track - will try to remain within the $25 budget!
Carried forward: $70.15

Subscription not included in Budget: Serenity Harbour SAL $6
                                             Sew & Stitch Magazine $15

If you're wondering what SFS is all about, head on over to Mel's blog and read all about it :)

Well....I guess my resolution to NOT buy any more magazines just did not hold up! See...there's a little shop down the road from me that sells brand new back issues of all the UK mags....stitching...knitting....all of them! So when I received a text from them to say that they were having a sale...all mags were selling at about $2.42....I *had* to go have a look! (well....the normal price for these mags here is about $10 a piece!). I did restrict myself to two stitchy mags tho!



I've also been keeping busy these past few days stitching....

I've caught up with the Serenity Harbour SAL.....and before part 4 is released!  I'm loving this design!

"Serenity Harbour Sampler" : By the Bay Needleart
Stitched on 32ct "Antique Champagne" linen
Using a mix of DMC, Silks, and over-dyes

I've also spent some time with "Summer".....

"Sunflowers in Summer"by CCN
Stitched on 30ct Cocoa Linen using the recommended threads 

And I started a new HAED....

HAED: "The Witching Hour"
stitched on 25ct Laguna
Yes I know I don't need a new start....especially a HAED....but it *is* a mini....and I'd purchased this chart way back because the cat reminded me of Boo and Lord Nelson (the kitty I had had as a teen). It doesn't look like much right now....and probably won't for a long while as there's lots....I mean LOTS....of black in it! Page 1, Column 1 completed! Pull the Other Thread has a lovely tutorial on gridding your fabric here. I've tried the one page grid and have to say I think I really really like this method! I'm also stitching this in "tent stitch" (thanks for the heads up about the difference between a half cross stitch and tent stitch Justine!). I had to pilfer threads from my other HAED to get this started....so expect a bit of a spend next month when I go purchase threads to replenish stocks!

Hope you're all keeping warm....or enjoying your spring....depending on where in the world you're at :)

Have a fantastic weekend all :)

Take care

Monday, March 16, 2015

Good-bye little one....

Last night my little Boo closed his eyes and went to sleep.

Boo (Jan 2014-Mar 2015)
I sat with him as he closed his eyes....I do so hate losing them....

I wonder if he's sister mourns as well.....she looked in on him earlier.

Hopefully my youngest can be consoled with a new kitty .....I promised her that we'll get a new one in a week or so ....

I'll be back with some stitchy news in a few days

Have a good week all

Take care

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thank you Ruth :)

A while back I lamented my stupidity at not buying enough "BabySpinach" to complete my "Sunflowers in Summer" piece.  The lovely and funny Ruth who blogs over at The Musing Badger kindly offered to send me  some. With our postal woes being what they are, I packed up Summer and moved on to other stichy delights.

When I checked my mail yesterday....what did I see but a little slip telling me I had something to collect! And it was these beauties!!!




I had been expecting 2 maybe 3 different skeins....not this treasure!

And in amongst them was a perfect match! So "Summer" will be out this week for a bit of work :)

Thank you so much Ruth :) Your package came at just the right moment to cheer me up :)

Two give-aways that may tickle your fancy....
Nancy is at it again :) Check out her gorgeous Spring trims give-away here
Lynn is having a giveaway of her lovelies too! Check it out here

Wishing you all a wonderful, safe week!

Take care