Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Thank You!

Well I do hope that you all have had a marvelous weekend - nothing too hectic mind you :) I shall have to hang my head in shame and own up / confess / admit / plead guilty to the fact that not a stitch has been stitched this weekend :(
I did however have a lovely time at the rugby match on Saturday evening, especially since my team won :-D

Before I ramble on (as I can be prone to!) I wanted to thank you all for your lovely comments on my Dawn of Spring SAL. I'm still not convinced that it will work but for now am reserving judgement until Ms Mouse releases Part 2 :)

I also wanted to say hello to all the new folks that have decided to entertain my madness :)

And then a special thanks to Hely over at Hely's Stitching, Mary Joan from Mary Joan Stitching and Tony who can be found at A Little Piece of Me .These 3 lovely folks have given me a Liebster Award!

"Liebster" is a German word which means "favourite" and this little award is a way for bloggers to help each other out by spreading the word about their blogs. It is normally warded to bloggers with less than 200 stalkers followers

There are a few conditions on acceptance of this award, mainly
  • Link back to the person who gave you the award and thank them P
  • Give the Award to 5 fellow bloggers with less than 200 followersP
  • Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blogs so they know about the award. (Will be off to do that now!)
  • Share 5 random facts about yourself that people don't know about you P
I'd love to pass this along to the following five bloggers:
- Erin, who blogs over at Fairy Tales & French Knots
- Linda, who can be found at Stitchin with my Furbabies
- Kate, from Kate's Floss Box
- Mia, who stitches over at Positivity 
- Heth, from Forget-me-Knot

And now for the 5 random things about me:
- My favourite colour to wear is black (someone once told me black is slimming, and since I need slimming...)
- I am absolutely totally terrified of spiders - can't stand the critters
- I LOVE chocolate and coffee - my 2 great addictions
- I speak 2 languages (English and Afrikaans)
- I bungee jumped when I was younger and more foolish :)

That's it from me for now :)

If you still wish to enter my giveaway, there are still 16 days left so head on over to this post and leave a comment :)

Take care x x

Thursday, March 22, 2012

TUSAL Update

It's that time again :)

My orts for the month...

Jean Pierre the Sock Monkey and my orts
Hope you've all been busy :)

If you haven't yet entered my giveaway, there's still time :) Click here for the post.

Take care x x

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dawn of Spring SAL part 1

Another week? Really?? Another week is gone? Have you felt the urge to pinch yourself just to make sure that this is all real :) I know I have, but then I'm not what the docotr's would classify as *normal* :-D

I spent last week on the lovely band sampler that Mouse designed - part 1 of the SAL now all done! 
Dawn of Spring Part 1
Designed by Mouse

A little closer...
A MH beads and Chameleon Silk

 I had spent quite a bit of time agonising about colour choices for this project and the final choice of threads here is a completely different to what I had originally thought  about using.
And I'm still not sure if I'm happy with it....the band of cushion stitch and smyrna - I'm not sure I like the colour...
Cushion and Smyrna Stitch

I may just end up ripping it all out and redoing it - the band at the bottom, not the whole thing!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend - all those who are participating in the IHSW, hope you got loads done, and to those who celebrated St. Patrick's day, "Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig ort"

Take care x x

Thursday, March 15, 2012

My First Give-away :)

I can't believe that it's been almost a year and I haven't yet thrown my hands in the air and left this :) So to celebrate my first ever bloggerversary, I am having a teeny giveaweay :)

So what do we have here....
First Bloggerversary  Give-away
The winner of this give-away will receive:

  • Dale Burdett's chart booklet "Always a ladybug to me"
  • The Cricket Collection "Candied Confections" Pamphlet No 253
  • Gentle Pursuit Designs' "The Lineage Sampler" chart pack
  • "Summer Garden" by LHN (including threads)
  • Stoney Creek's Pattern of the Month "Give Friends A Call"
  • Some overdyed cotton threads by "House of Embroidery" 
I'll also include a voucher to your favourite online shop :) You choose the store (as long as they allow vouchers to be purchased online) and I'll send you a voucher to the value of $20 :)

Now to deal with the housekeeping rules of the giveaway:
  1. Leave a comment on this post only, letting me know that you're interested in being included
  2. Be a follower
That's it! I'm afraid that I'll just confuse myself trying to work out who posted here, and who should get an extra entry for posting etc etc. So I'm limiting it to one entry only per person -can you tell I'm a bit of a lazy bum :-D I'll be drawing the winner on the 12th of April. So good luck!

Take care x x

Monday, March 12, 2012

Almost there .....

So I spent the week concentrating on the lions....and am happy to report that there is only 5,764 more stitches to go! Ummmm.......maybe puttingit like that wasn't such a god idea - seems like a pretty daunting number to get through!

So here's the lions when I last left them in Feb

Power and Grace - 20 February 2012
And this is how far I cam until last night

Power and Grace - 11 March 2012

So Daddy lion's face is about done and I now need to fill in the background, which will hopefully go a lot faster - you cannot tell but there are lots of subtle colour changes and blending in the lions.

Tonight I'll make a start my "Dawn of Spring" SAL which Mouse had sent this weekend. The grand plan had been to get started with it on Saturday, but that's a story for another day!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and are now ready to tackle whatever this week has in store for you :)

Take care x x

Monday, March 5, 2012

Stitching Update...

Well the heat these past few days have been energy sapping - I'm always convinced that if the last of summer is this hot (was out of the office this afternoon and the temperature read 34 degrees celcius) then we're in for a freezing winter! Good thing it doesn't snow or I'd be worried - so I guess there are advantages to not having the lovely white stuff from the skies :)

I've done a bit of lots this week past - I spent some time with "A New Day", finished a small card, and stitched some on "Alphabet Learner".

So this is where I had left "A New Day" as my Day 8 Crazy start ...
As at the 8th of Jan - MBTDs "A New Day"
And this was where I had left it off on Friday evening

x by x it grows ....even if a bit slowly!

In between I had also done a bit on "Alphabet Learner". This was where I had left it as my Day 15 Crazy start ...
As at the 15th of Jan - "Alphabet Learner"
And this how far I had come this week

As you can see, "A" is done and I've started on "B".

I remarked to a colleague of mine who had wanted to know if I would be watching the cricket or rugby this weekend, that Mondays to Fridays I work for the company that pays my salary, but Saturdays and Sundays I work for Kids Incorporated, so no, I would not be watching neither! It was kiddy parties to cart to and from (Saturday as well as Sunday!)  as well as the Stay Awake fundraiser at my eldest bug's school. So .... I barely managed to get this card done over the weekend!

As it was soccer this evening I spent 2 hours on the field, and then home to get homework done, showers and then bed for the little ones. Now I can settle down to some serious time with my lions!

Hope you all had lovely weekends that you got loads done - and if not then I hope you had fun either ways :)

Take care x x

Friday, March 2, 2012

A Bit of Friday Fun : Chart Title Quiz

Can you believe that it's the weekend again? Not that I'm complaining! It just feels like the week went by in a blur of activity and I'm not quite sure what I did though!

I thought I'd play this little game that I saw over on a verrryyyy old post on Anna's blog .

The rules are simple - answer the questions using charts / patterns that you really like !

1. Are you male or female ?
Little Girls (by Sisters & Best Friends)
2. How would you describe yourself?
High on Life (by Passion des Croix)

3.How do some people feel about you?
Not all Witches live in Salem (by Fallbrook House Needleplay)

4. How do you feel about yourself?
I'm not overweight, I'm undertall! (by Dolly Mama)

5. Describe your partner / love interest - significant other :-D
My Everything (by Sampler Girl)

6. Where would you rather be?

The Needlework Shop (by CCN)

7. Describe what you want to be.
Be Happy (by Shepherd's Bush)

8. Describe how you live

Cherish Dream Live (by Lizzie Kate)

9. Describe how you love

Love Crazy (by Lizzie Kate)
10. Share a few words of wisdom
Whine less, Breathe More (by Lizzie Kate)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and whatever you're planning to do.....have FUN!

Take care x x