Friday, May 30, 2014

May Small SAL & Tusal

Oh dear....I guess it would have to happen at some time that I'd be late checking in! I finished this little freebie design by Atelier Soed Idee (you can find this and other freebie charts here) for the Smalls SAL

"Christmas Robin" by Atelier Soed Idee

And the orts do tell the tale of the lack of stitching this month....

May orts

Mom leaves in next week so we're going to head out to the bush veld for the weekend......well to be honest it's a lot more civilised than what you may think.....a chalet...beds...shower ...etc :D it's just that it's out in the middle of nowhere.

I'm taking the Castle along with me.....and the crochet too!!

Hope you all have great weekends!

Take care


Monday, May 19, 2014

IHSW Stitching...and a giveaway link :)

So how was your weekend? Did you lock yourself away to hermit? :)

Well....I didn't quite get to lock myself away....but I *did* do some stitching ....in between little bug's party that she had to go to...middle bug's soccer match....and eldest bug's extra math classes....

Oh....and mum wanted me to take her to the wool shop ......so yes....I did some wool shopping too!

Soooo......this weekend saw me do a little on this.....

LHN - The Library before IHSW....
The Library after last night.....

I spent a lot more time on The Castle.....
Finished the crocodiles...back stitched and all.....got the dragon going....did the back stitch on the bridge...added a bit of sky and finished off the moat! Not too shabby! :)

I worked on Alphabet Learner over the week and finished off the octopus :)


I also spent some time working on a crochet blankie/afghan for my eldest. The plan is to do one for all of the buggies....starting with eldest and working my way down to youngest...who is not at all impressed with my plan! I forgot to take a pic this morning but will do at some stage and post!

Now.....who doesn't like a good giveaway??? Nancy, over at The Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having another one of her super generous giveaways! She'll be giving away your choice of 5 skeins of her gorgeous threads to 5 different stitchers!!! Go and pay her a visit here and read all about her super giveaway :)

So what plans for the week then? Me? I have the small for the 2014 Small SAL to start.....so will be spending a part of this week on that....and crochet....and a project or two ....still to be determined. Hubby is in Germany on course this week....anyone know if there is a good needlework shop in Hanover? :D

Have a super week all!

Take care

Monday, May 12, 2014

Happy Mother's Day :)

To all you lovely ladies who celebrated Mother's Day yesterday :) I do hope that you were all spoiled and that you managed to get some time to yourselves to do whatever it was that your heart desired :)

For the past 9 years I have been living in Johannesburg, so normally Mother's Day is spent with my own little ones. This year it was more special as my Mum is still here visiting so we tried to make it a special one for her too :)

Ohhhh....I had meant to do an update on my holiday week.....which seems rather far in the distant past but anyways......

My Mum and Dad married 46 years ago (47 next January)....and for their honeymoon they went to a seaside town (now a major metropolis) along the coast called Durban. They had never returned to the city in all these years, and have always remarked about how much they would love to see the city again. So....we surprised them and that was our destination! They had thought we were going to be hading to some other part of the country....but after getting the bugs's by-in that they wouldn't spill the beans....we headed off on the long road and 6 hours later pulled into Durban. The weather was perfect and we all had a wonderful - albeit short - stay :)


Dad and my youngest bug watching the Ocean
The bugs at Mini Town
The birds at the Umgeni River Bird Park
Eldest bug volunteering at the Bird Show
Me and the bugs at the Japanese Gardens

On the stitchy front there has not been much happening over the last week and a bit....so no pics :( I've been sorting and organising more than actually putting needle to thread! But that will change this week!

Oh...almost forgot to mention....Donna over at By the Bay Needleart is doing a lovely Mystery SAL ...the first part was released on Wednesday (I need to start that this evening!). Interested?? Head on over and join in the fun!

Hope you all have a wonderful week ahead!

Take care