Sunday, December 15, 2013

Hamba Kahle Tata Madiba ....

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela


Today we lay to rest one of the true icons of our day.....Tata Mandela....who went from shepherd....to freedom fighter.....to prisoner ....to the father and president of our rainbow nation. His legacy will live on....




Friday, April 12, 2013

The Rollercoaster of Life....

Life is filled with ups and downs....as I'm sure you all know and have had to deal with! I've unfortunately been on one of the roller coaster of life's downs....

Three weeks ago my dad was diagnosed with cancer....and yes everyone keeps telling me that it's "only" prostrate cancer...and that it has such a high recovery rate....but...he is my dad! And he is diabetic...and he has kidneys that are only functioning at 25% capacity......so I worry....

Added to that has been the battle with the medical insurance to get them to pay for the operation that he needs to remove the prostrate....so ...it's been stressful....

It's finally been sorted though, and he is now scheduled to have the op on the 17th of this month....and I won't be able to be there....which makes me feel even worse....

A while back my dad had asked me to stitch him some lions...and it's been in my pile of stitching and I have always intended to get it done. But now I was hit by the stark reality that he may not be here forever. So I've put everything else aside and have tried to stitch  on it....it's been slow going...not because there is much to do, but because stitching on it reminds me about his mortality.

This was how far it had been when I had last stitched on it....


I've stitched quite a bit more....thought I had taken a pic but can't seem to find it!

If all goes as planned, this piece will be at the framers next weekend, and I will take it down to Cap Town the week after when I go down for work...and will spend te weekend with the family.

I do hope that you all have a good weekend.

Take care xx


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Here at last!

Oh I'm so happy!!! The stuff I'd gotten from my birthday voucher has finally arrived! :) It's taken a bit longer than usual thanks to the postal service being on a go slow.....hmmmm.....wonder if that's the reason it's referred to as snail mail! Ah well....on to the goodies!

I got a bunch of stuff from 123stich, which I admit is one of my all time favourite online shops! If only the exchange rate would settle ....then again....that may not be such a good idea :)

From 123stich.com

A Lizzie Kate Snippet
A Gorgeous Needle Threader by My Big Toe Designs (this really is lovely!)
A Bead Nabber (very useful lil thing)
Some needles by Piecemakers (I've heard they are lovely to stitch with)
A Star Detangler (which is supposed to make using up that last bits of threadseasier)
Juddy's Boo Boo stick - can't wait to use this!

A Dolly Mamas kit - going to have to do this one twice!

I also got my bits from Stoney Creek

"Promise Me" by Lizzie Kate

Cute lil charms - not sure what I'll do with them :)
What I love most about shopping at Stone Creek is their free chart of the month :) When I'd ordered, this was the chart
Love With an Open Heart

I know I said no new starts this year.....but man oh man....that LK chart calls to my heart!

Last but not least...my copy of  The Dovekeepers have arrived! I wanted to start this as soon as it got here, but I have three other books on the go so will contain myself and get stuck into this one when I have nothing else on my reading list so that I can concentrate and enjoy it :)

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

I hope you've all had a lovely lovely week thus far....now to look forward to the weekend! Yay!!

Take care xx

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Another one bites the dust!

I'm feeling rather white rabitt-ish ....chasing my tail and running around late for everything :) This post was supposed to have been done on Monday already....but alas.....life has such a pesky habit of interfering with one's best intentions :)

I am so very pleased to say that I do have another finish :) Yes indeed! A Stitcher's Prayer was completed last weekend :)




"A Stitcher's Prayer" by LHN
Stitched over 2 on 28 count Raw Cashel Linen
Using DMC threads


I'm very pleased to have this one done....another one all for me me me!!!!

While absent from blogland this week, I have however been busy stitching...albeit a wee bit only :)

I've picked up Chris Davenport's "Alphabet Sampler" which is a Dimension's Kit. I haven't stitched on Aida for a while and this piece is on 18ct...took a bit of getting used to (re-adjusting the mindset ).
This is where I had left it off last year.....


Alphabet Learner by Chris Davenport
And this was how far along I'd gotten up till yesterday :)


Alphabet Learner
9 March 2013
So all in all a rather productive little time has been had :)

Wishing all my UK mom friends a very happy Mother's Day....hope you ladies all had a lovely day!

Take care xx



Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Most Annoyed!!

That indeed I am!!! Most most annoyed! And why is that? Well......last night....after spending a lovely evening at the theatre going to watch the super Aussie tap dancing show called TAP DOGS -which I'd highly recommend if they reach your shores.....they are phenomenal....a truely dynamic and energetic show.....but I digress....

So after a lovely evening...I get home to find....the stupid stupid stupid....did I mention stupid?....frame hook that had been knocked in to hold up A New Day had managed to somehow come out of the wall and take my beautiful beautiful pic to the floor!!! The glass is miraculously not broken....but the bottom of the frame is damaged and loose....I'll have to pay again to have it fixed.....so yes....very very annoyed! Grrrrr

On a lighter note....I'm almost done with A Stitcher's Prayer....definitely this weekend! Oh....unless something unexpected happens....meteor striking....tsunami (ummm...I should point out that I live in a land locked province with the nearest coast being over 600km away)....so yes....looks good to get done this weekend :)

Enjoy the week all!

Take care xx

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Home at last :)

Yes....A New Day is back from the framers and looks absolutely gorgeous against my bedroon wall :)
A New Day by My Big Toe Designs
Stitched on 28 count  Wichelt Linen
with DMC threads over 2
Sorry that the pic is not much better....I'm afraid that I haven't quite mastered the silly camera so wasn't sure how to get rid of the glare.

I wanted a frame with a bit of texture to it, but I'm afraid that they don't have much of a choice here...but I like this one


I had hoped to be done with "A Stitcher's Prayer" but the weekend has been so hot and uncomfortable that I couldn't sit and stitch all this time

I last worked on it last year, and this was where I'd left it off

A Stitcher's Prayer by LHN
As at 14 June 2012

I've been working on it this past week and a bit....and this is where I'm at now

A Stitcher's Prayer by LHN
as at Sunday,24 February 2013

I'd really like to get back into knitting more than a dishcloth but admit that I'm terrified of anything more than a square :) Watch this space though.....I'm about to venture out into the unknown territory of "other" shapes!

Hope you are all having wonderful weekends :)

Take care xx


Monday, February 18, 2013

We have lift off!!!

Yes indeedy deed we do!!! I am happy to report.....well happy sounds so mundane and *normal*....I should say I'm deliriously ecstatic to report that..... I have a finish!!!!! MBTD's "A New Day" was whipped out this weekend and she is done and already been dropped at the framers :) I should have her back on Saturday , and will no doubt post some more pics of her in her frame....but in the meantime....here's a preview of her before she was dropped off

My Big Toe Designs - A New Day
Stitched on 28 count Wichelt Linen
Using DMC Threads

This one will go on my bedroom wall I think...to remind me each morning to be thankful for a new day :)

I also did a wee bit of shopping at the book store...I couldn't stop myself! I got a lovely Cath Kidston book...I admit I should have had more will power, especialy as I have stuff I'm waiting for from 123stitch (my big brother have me a voucher for my birthday so I absolutely *had* to go and do some stash enhancing) and from stoney creek. I also got a book on knitting and crochet. Admittedly nowadays you can get all the basics online, but there's really nothing that quite beats turning the pages of a book while learning something. So maybe now I'll get around to learning the crochet that I've been promising myself!

Cath Kidston's Stitch!
Guide to Knitting& Crochet
I have already started my next WIP project. I've selected LHNs "A Stitcher's Prayer" as my next endeavour and have been making some lovely progress. I'll be sharing some pics real soon :)

One of my purchases from 123 stitch has been a "BooBoo Stick" which I'm hoping will make frogging a breeze. So once I get it I will be getting DoS out again and finishing it!

A quick update on the cricket boys.....all but one still remains in hospital. He has been taken off life support and while still in ICU, has been moved off the critical list to stable. He is responding to treatment so hopefully we will soon receive news that he too has been discharged. Many thanks for the prayers and well wishes for these youngsters.

Now to spend some more time with "A Stitcher's Prayer" before sleep claims me :)

Take care xx


Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Angel Boy :)

Last night I came home to find my little boy all excited as he had been given the class floating Angel Trophy for being a very well behaved boy :) Understand that I am extremely proud of all my kids....but I do know that they can be a handful! And my boy is....well....a very lively and exuberant little boy who enjoys physical activities and can get a bit boisterous :) So I was so excited for him! The Angel goes back to his class to be given to another little boy today, but I know that now that he's had a taste of what it feels like to get her, he's going to keep on trying to win her and bring her home :)

My little angel boy :)

On a sadder note, 9 boys from the high school were struck by lightening on Tuesday afternoon. How horrible! They were all members of the first cricket team who had been trying to cover the pitch when they were hit. Two of the boys were still in ICU, six have been discharged, and one has now been moved into a normal ward. It's just so scary to realise that the lightening we take forgranted here is actually life threatening! My heart goes out to those poor families!

I have been hard at work winding...and winding...and winding...and winding my DMC threads onto bobbins :) Took a break from it last night to start getting stuck into A New Day and am hoping that it will be finished real soon!

Unfortunately as the threads for DoS has not decided to turn up...I am going to have to seriuosly consider doing a frog on the curly bottom bits and choosing another thread to  finish it.

Hope you all are having a wonderful Valentine's day!

Take care xx

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Mystery of the Disappearing Threads.....

Soooo.....Friday evening I'm all comfortable....sitting in my fave stitching spot....got my little project bag out and getting ready to start making further inroads to Dawn of Spring.....when it dawns on me....the threads!  Where are the threads I am busy using for this part of  DOS??!! Checked the project bag....nothing! Go and check in the bedroom......nothing! Check under the bed.....nothing! Check the box where all my threads are stored....nothing! Check my cupboard....nothing! Check the pantry....it's amazing where you'll look as desperation mounts....and you guessed it......nothing! Most most annoying!! If I do not find this skein of threads I'm going to have to undo the bottom bit that I've started and redo it with a different thread. All the other threads for this project is in the bag.....just this one particular skein that I need NOW!
So as you can guess....no stitching took place Friday as I was just feeling too grumpy and annoyed with the missing skein.....I wonder if it's run off with the one sock that I'm also looking for!

Saturday morning, and I'm all ready to head out to the thread shop to get my 2 skeins to finish off A New Day. The thread shop is about 25km away from me....so it should have taken me about 20 minutes tops to get there...but.....I'm such a bright spark....that I took the wrong turn-off from the highway.....thrice!! Did I mention that I'm a bright spark?? I'm happy to report that I persevered and eventually got there....after about an hour....and purchased not only my threads....but also two of those bobbin box thingys....you know the type you store your threads in? Well I spent the rest of Saturday and Sunday winding threads onto bobbins. I'm about a third of the way through my DMC threads....think this little project is going to take me a little longer than I anticipated!

Hope you all had quiet productive weekends!

Take care xx

Friday, February 8, 2013

Murphy!

Murphy....the fiend....decided to strike again! So even though I had every intention of heading out to my thread shop last weekend, and getting the 2 threads that I needed to finish A New Day, alas this did not happen! So...I'm really hoping to get out there tomorrow morning!

To keep busy I did a bit of knitting....finishing this little face cloth
Quick knit face cloth
I found this sweet pattern here.

I like knitting these because they give me a sense of getting something done because they knot up quick - ok....it takes me about a 2 days.....but I finish it!

Stitching wise I've pulled out Dawn of Spring and have started Part 6. Still a ways to go but I've made a start!


Dawn of Spring Part 6


Dawn of Spring in it's entirety :)
Have a wonderful weekend all!

Take care xx


Friday, February 1, 2013

Oh Fiddlesticks!!

So after a week of stitching on nothing but "A New Day" I'm so close to a finish I can almost taste it!! Unfortunately though, I've run out of the thread for the last two words and to finish the border, so will have to set it aside until I get to my thread shop....which will only be on Saturday as it's about a 25km drive from me!



Once I have the threads I am hoping to get it completed this weekend, then on to a new WIP that needs attention. I haven't decided which one though - On the one hand I'm thinking "Grab one that's almost done so you can have a finish" and on the other hand I'm thinking "Choose one that needs a little more work so that you can make some inroads into it". I guess I'll decide once I have them all lined up.

Who doesn't love a great giveaway??!!! And Heather, who blogs over at Heather's Stitching Story, is having a super giveaway of 6 CCN and LHN Charts:
Pirates Life - Country Cottage Needleworks
Thread Gathering - Little House Needleworks
Snow In Love - Little House Needleworks
Pie Menu - Country Cottage Needleworks
Sheep In Meadow - Country Cottage Needleworks
M'Ladys Strawberries - Little House Needleworks
Interested? Well head on over there! Just click here and go and have a look see :)

My dad called me yesterday to let me know that he and Mum will be coming up for a visit next weekend. I haven't seen them since August last year so it will be lovely to have them for a stay.

Have a wonderful weekend all! Keep safe and enjoy :)

Take care xx

Friday, January 25, 2013

Slow and easy gets it done.....eventually!

Well...it's been a fairly good week on the stiching front....I've been working on the MBTD design that's part of my list of WIPS that I'd like to get out of the way this year, and I've done pretty good.
This is where I'd left this project last year....


MBTD - A New Day
as at last year June/July

and this is how far I've managed to get to....


MBTD - A New Day
as at today, 25 Jan 2013

 I've actually been plodding along at it for the past 2 /3 weeks...so not all of the progress you see was over this week :)

I chose this project to start as I need the words...the inspiration....the positive thoughts. It seemed such an appropriate piece to start off with...don't you think?

I also managed to get a face cloth knitted. Had meant to knit this last year....but never did either. It's for my eldest bug. I found this freebie pattern here, on a lovely blog called Kris Knits.


Face Cloth knitted for eldest bug

I've done a craft room clean out too....realised that there is not a chance that I'll ever get through all the magazines and stuff I've hoarded. So time to clear out!! My objective this year will be to plow through all the little odds and bobs of projects and pieces that I have laying about....finish the bits off that are stitched already (frame or make into pillows or something!)....and to complete the crazies that I started last year..."A New Day" being one of last year's Crazies that I am now just about done with.

We're in the middle of a slight heat wave here at the moment.....went out to get the kids at school and drop them at home, and the temperature measured 37 celcius (278/279 Fahrenheit) out there!!! Yikes!!! Think I'll be in the pool this weekend!

Have a wonderful weekend all....if you're out where it's freezing....keep warm...and if, like me, you're sweltering under the heat, then stay cool!

Take care xx

Friday, January 18, 2013

The Return of the Prodigal Stitcher.....

Wow....it's been a long long time since I've actually been here....and for that I do apologise!

My thanks to those who mailed and messaged and emailed to find out which hole I'd fallen into :)

Unfortunately the latter part of 2012 was a dismal downhill for me personally.....

After the death of my cousin to cancer, I lost a dear friend who underwent a routine surgery and did not recover as expected, which slumped my stitching bug even further. This loss was followed by the death of my dear MIL who succumbed to a combination of her age and her heart. Along with the regular ups and downs of daily life, it has been....difficult to put needle to thread and try to move on, especially when another dear dear friend found life too difficult to cope with and attempted suicide on 2 occassions. So yes, I am well pleased to see the back of 2012!

I have recently picked up needle and thread in an attempt to get some harmony and peace going in my life, and will be back to blogging as normal very soon.

Take care x x