Wednesday, October 1, 2014

HAED slow progress...

Well.....kinda slow really....
I've never been a speedy stitcher to start, and with this 1 over 1 things are considerably slower than usual! BUT....that being said....I *have* finished Column 1 on Page 1 :D

I know , I know....that's a mere drop in the ocean on this BAP :D

So without further ado...."Garden of Delight"before...and after

I have signed up to participate in the Mega Mini Month Madness hosted on Pull the Other Thread :) So for this month, the HAED and Castle will take a back seat while I attempt to stitch and finish as many littles as possible :)

Happy crafting all!

Take care

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Some lovely give-aways in Blogland!

I am always amazed at the generosity of crafters! In this day of high postage costs and economic turmoil, exchanges, swaps, RAKS and give-aways still abound:)

Nancy over at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having two lovely give-aways, and there is still time to enter them!

To win her lovely Halloween Sampler, head on over here to enter. She'll be drawing the winners on October 31st so still plenty of time to enter!

The gorgeous Youth's Flowery Season Sampler is also being offered in a give away :) How generous is Nancy! Head on over here to enter - drawing will take place on October 21st so still time to enter :)

Kim and Kaye is having a super Swapaway over at their blogs - you have until October 1st to enter (sorry I had meant to post about this sooner!) so head on over to Kim's blog here, and Kaye's blog here, to read about the rules and enter this fantastic swapaway :)

I'll be back with my HAED update tomorrow!

Take care

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September Smalls SAL & TUSAL reports :)

Oh my...when I post my TUSAL and Smalls report I'm always made more aware of the fact that the month is just about over! Which means that very soon shops will start displaying their Christmas decorations......oh....wait.....shops are already doing that here! Not the whole tree and all...but the merchandise is definitely on the shelves already - the tree shaped chocolates and ornies to mention two.

We had a gorgeous day today with friends...the weather was amazing and even though there was a slight breeze, the kids were in the pool while hubby and our friend did the cooking :D Well they bbq'd  :) But enough about that.....and on to the pics!

First off, orts for the month ...

TUSAL report - September
Not that many colours going on there.....

If you want to read more about the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long hosted by DaffyCat then head on over here :)

As previously mentioned I spent most of the month stitching on the Castle piece, but did manage to get this little bitty done :)

This little fob is one of Maja"s (The Snowflower Diaries) free designs and can be found here .
I stitched this using DMC threads. I had a small piece of this autumn leaves fabric that just seemed to shout out and say "Pick me!" when I was trying to decide what to use as a backing :)
The Smalls SAL is being hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus, and if you would like to know a bit more about it then click the little logo on the right that says Smalls SAL 2014 :)

Halloween is not really a very big thing out here in South Africa. It's slowly become more "known" over the last few years, with a few themed parties popping up, but certainly no little ones walking through the neighbourhoods and asking for treats! Definitely not when I was growing up either! Strange how holidays evolve over the years. Do you "celebrate" Halloween in your part of the world? Do you pop up the decorations and have little visitors looking to trick you for a treat? Has the holiday changed over the years? Become more popular? Become less popular? If you give treats, what kind do you actually pop in their little loot bags? Apples? Chocolates? Granola Bars? :D

Hope you all have a lovely week and weekend :)

Take care

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


I'm late again! That's really becoming a regular song isn't it? And it really have no good excuse either :)

So without any further IHSW update pic.....

I guess I was rather ambitious in the goal I had set...but progress was made :)

Tomorrow is a public holiday here in South Africa, so we are having friends over for a BBQ ( or to use the local term, a *braai*). Hope you are all having a lovely week :)

Take care

Friday, September 19, 2014


Will you be hermitting this weekend?

I plan to work on the Castle, which has been my major piece for this month

It's really coming along beautifully :)

Hopefully I'll have the middle tower done by the end of the weekend!

Spring has decided to skip over and we've gone from winter straight into temperatures in the upper 20°C range. The garden is blooming...

And soon the kids will no doubt be spending their afternoons in the pool :)

I do hope that you all have a lovely weekend!

Take care