Monday, June 25, 2012

The Battle of the Bullion Knots!

Sooo.....after about a million attempts...no seriously.....it was like a million gazillion attempts....to finish a bullion knot without sticking the needle into my fingers (or my tongue ....don't ask!) and ending up with what can only be best described as a rather limp noodle shaped worm that looked like a mutated hairy worm after it had been chewed up and spat out by a chicken, I have admitted defeat! I have been beaten by the bullion! Just the memory of this stitch has me trembling and mentally scrambling into a corner....thumb in mouth! And I had such grand plans of finishing the little spider roses as bullion roses.....perish the thought!!!!!

Spider Roses - and not a bullion in sight!
In the days of ignorant innocence, before being exposed to the horror that is a bullion, I had thought that the Drawn Thread work that was called for in this part would have me stumped. Not so! I actually quite enjoyed doing this and would have no problem wielding a scissor to fabric to indulge in a bit of drawn-ness again :)
Not as evil as I'd thought it would be!

I am very very very very pleased (see how very pleased I am!) with the overall effect of my Part 3 of DoS!

Dawn of Spring
minus the evil Bullions

Part 4 has been absolute dream to stitch....almost completed it and will update you all in my next post :)

Have a stunning, bullion free day ya'all!

Take care x x

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

TUSAL Update

Another month of little threads *sigh*

June TUSAL


Finishing off Dawn of Spring Part 3 this evening....will hopefully be able to show it all to you by this weekend....and remove from my memory bank the evil that is a bullion knot!

Take care x x

Monday, June 18, 2012

An eventful time...

Yes indeed....it's been an eventful week!

Hubby has left for Korea ... it's been over a week now and we're surviving :) He should be back on Wednesday, just in time for my eldest bug's transformation to the dreaded T-years......and for those who are wondering what that is, it's when your normally pleasant child is transformed into one of those monsters called a TEENAGER!

On the stitchy front there has been some progress....I've done a bit on "A Sticher's Prayer", as the pic will tell

From this....
To this!

I've also been fervantly stitching at DoS part 3...no pic yet as I have found a new nemesis....and it's name is BULLION KNOT! But more about my bullion woes in a later post!

I've also done some knitting, finishing off a scarf for the soon-to-be-monster bug :) I love how this yarn transforms from this....

Gorgeous lacey yarn!

to this....
Ruffle Scarf

Saturday we were supposed to be at a rugby tournament with my middle bug, but as I was given the wrong time, we arrived at the venue all excited for our first rugby tournament, only to find that the Under 7's had already played! Imagine the tears! To make up for it I let him bake - his still young enough to be bribed with a bit of mucking about in the kitchen :)

Mucking about in the kitchen
And the result of all this pouring and stirring??

Yummy chocolate cupcakes


Sunday was spent on the socer field...or the morning was...and I am happy to report that we won :)

And then to put the cherry on my activities - so to speak - some idiot dunce imbecile moron jerk person decided that it's really clever to take a corner too wide and too fast and ended up swiping my car.....and poor me innocently approaching a stop street *sigh*


I've reported the incident to the police, and tomorrow morning first thing, will be contacting the insurance company....how inconvenient!

I do hope your days have been uneventful ones :)

Take care x x

Sunday, June 10, 2012

My Memories Give-Away


I know I've mentioned before that the folks over at  "MyMemories" have asked me to do a small review of their digital scrapbooking software. They've also given a copy of this software (worth almost $40!) to be used as a give-away prize :)

Now firstly, let me say that I am not much of a scrap-booker. I *do*, however, have lots of kits that I've bought in the past, always promising that I'd give it a go....someday! Obviously, that "someday" hasn't quite arrived yet :) Also, I've found that with the advent of digital photography, I have loads (and I mean LOADS) of pics that have been taken and are just sitting on a memory stick or a laptop. So the idea of turning these pics into something pretty without printing out all the pics, and then spending hours and hours and hours assembling scrap layouts and pages, held a definite appeal!

So what's so cool about this digital software package? Well....let's see.....quite a bit actually!

Besides the fact that "MyMemories" is rated #1 by Amazon, it's super user friendly...promise!
You can choose to either use a template that's ready made, or play around with the loads and loads of background papers and embellishments and create your own album....like these

Little Bug's 5th Birthday Party
Scrap sheet created using "My Memories Digital Software"

Playing Soccer is what they LOVE!
Scrap sheet created using "My Memories Digital Software"


Or if you're in a rush and don't want to mess about, you can use one of the built in templates, like this one
Big sis and Little Sis
Scrap sheet created using "My Memories Digital Software"

Another plus is how easy everything is laid out. There's no guessing where to go to if you want to add an embellishment - you click on the button that says "Embellishments"  - there's no 10 step click to find the button! You're then presented with a list of categories to choose from and off you go! The exact same with your background papers :)

You can always add papers and other bits and bobs as and when you need it or even if you're just bored with the variety that's already on offer in the package! Oh, and another HUGE bonus (well I consider it a biggy bonus!), is that you can get these extras for free! Yes there are the bits that you can buy, but they offer some lovely extras for free! And I love free :)

Other than scrapbook sheets, you can also use this software to create your own personalised calendars or printable photobooks.

There are also some great tutorial videos available on YouTube if you somehow manage to get into a muddle!

Before I forget to mention it - this is a DIGITAL version of the software. The winner of the giveaway will be mailed the voucher code to enable them to download the software for free.

To enter is as easy as this software :)
1. Just leave me a comment on this post letting me know that you'd like this software
2. Linking back to this post will get you a second entry :)

That's it! You do not have to be a follower, but would appreciate a mention of the give-away if you do have a blog :)

Take care x x

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A quick hello and a giveaway :)

Oh what a busy weekend it was! Little bug had her party on Saturday morning - so no soccer! She was not feeling all that chipper, as was evident when at 12 o'clock she asked if she could please go home now  - and this from the party she had been so looking forward to! At 12.30 we packed up as my mom and dad needed to get to the airport as they were flying home to Cape Town. So instead of all of us traipsing to the airport, hubby took the folks along with the other 2 bugs and  I packed little bug into my car, and the short drive saw her fast asleep in the back seat by the time I got home. I'm still playing with the pics and the MyMemoriesSuite  scrapbook software, so no pics of the party yet! I promise to show them soon!

The giveaway I mentioned in the title is being held by Nancy over at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe . She has just completed her Alphabet Ornament Series and is offering 10 lucky followers their choice of a letter :) Pop over and have a look see - she really is talented! She will be drawing her 10 winners on June 15th so there is still time to enter - click here to go to the give-away post.

That's it for this post! I've a busy week-end planned as hubby leaves for Korea on Saturday. I will however finally take the plunge and finish off DoS Part 3 ......before the 10th of June deadline :)

Have a gorgeous weekend!

Take care x x

Friday, June 1, 2012

Oh dear...

This has not been a very good month...I've just not been able to get into anything and I'm not even sure why! So without any further ado, a quick review of my monthly goals and my lack of progress on them!

May Goals
Finish DoS Part 2 and start Part 3 (or re-start the whole sampler, parts 1-3) - not quite done - Part 2 completed but no progress as yet on Part 3
Complete 3 more letters in the "Alphabet Learner"- not done 
Do 3 stitch types on Abi Gurden's "Tree of Stitches" - not done
10 hours on "Pirate Queen" - not done
Complete piece for my Round Robin and post  - DONE 
Finish 3 lines of "A New Day"
  - DONE 
Finish the back of Little Bug's jersey and cast on the front 
  - DONE
Knit eldest her face cloth- not done
Complete the first band of the "Spanish Geometrical Sampler"- not quite done - I've one more repeat left 


So what am I planning this month?

June Goals
Finish DOS part 3 and part 4
Work on any project I want to :)

Simple , right?

Tomorrow is little bug's party....and she has been home the entire week with a chest infection. The antibiotics doc has given her seems to be working well and she's all excited about her big day - party packets were made earlier this evening so tomorrow morning bright and early I will finish - there's pies to bake, samoosas and spring rolls to fry, pizza's to bake etc etc. Thank goodness she wanted an ice cream cake this year so atleast I don't have to worry about that!

I've been asked to do a review by MyMemoriesSuite of their scrap booking software. I'll be playing with it some to make the party pics pretty :) and will then be doing the giveaway. I've already had a peak and a small play with it and it really is a fun and easy application, but more of that later :) Visit their site to have a look see, and keep a look-out later this week for the giveaway!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Take care x x