Friday, 16 May 2014

May already!

Is it really May already? where did the past four months go?

It is now Autumn here and the leaves that are falling on the ground are just stunning. I love all the colours I am seeing on the ground, beautiful browns,oranges,yellows,reds,greens. Autumn really is a beautiful season and seeing Tabitha playing in the leaves and throwing them in the air makes me smile. This week we've had an unusually warm week. It's been creeping up in the low 20's and the sun has been shining. I've been getting quite a bit of washing dry on the line, which has been a nice change of not having to put the clothes out on the clothes horse in front of our heater to dry. I've been walking a fair bit lately especially this week I've been trying to get out for a good hour and I've been having to walk in a singlet it's been that warm. It really feels like Spring/Summer here at the moment. I know I must enjoy it now though as it will come to an end before I know it.
It's been almost four months since I last posted on my blog but I have been keeping up with my friends blogs and I have been stitching!! Oh it's been so nice to stitch again. Violet is five months this coming Monday and has been establishing more of a routine of late so I have been sitting down of an evening with a cup of tea, a good show and my stitching. It's been very therapeutic after a long day looking after my two girls. I have made progress on Violet's birth sampler which has been really nice watching it come together. It is going to take me awhile to complete but that's ok. It's quite a big pattern. Without further ado, here it is.


I love the colours in the fabric, so pretty and girlie which is just right for Violet. I am currently stitching the teddy bear which is hanging over the Mother's shoulder, it's lots of fun to stitch. I really love this pattern, there's something about the love you can see between the Mother and the daughter which is so special. Talking about the love between Mother and child, we celebrated Mother's day on Sunday which was really lovely having my two girls by my side. We had quite a relaxing day, just stayed home most of the day relaxing which is what I wanted. The girls, Adrian and I went out for a nice coffee and lunch and then Adrian cooked me a beautiful two course meal (we already dessert prepared) when the girls went to bed so I could sit there and have a glass of wine and relax. It was so lovely and very thoughtful of him. I am a very lucky wife/Mother indeed to have such a loving family.

I hope my next post isn't too long away next time. Until then..

Happy Stitching x

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Happy New Year

Happy new year to all!

I know I am a bit late with my new year greetings but my time has been limited just of late so I haven't had time to blog or comment on blogs. I have been able to read some entries here and there but not many.
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and new year. We certainly did, having Violet celebrate her first Christmas with us and our families was so wonderful and exciting. Both the girls were very spoilt. Santa did deliver. :-)
I just wanted to thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post about the birth of our beautiful Violet, sorry I've not had time to reply to you. Your comments did make me smile. Violet is 6 weeks old now, she's smiling and growing, very healthy. Tabitha is loving being a big sister! It is very busy in our household at the moment so I've not had any time to do stitching but I have been buying some! Haha. :-) Actually that's a lie, I did finish off Humphrey's corner but I had only a small amount to finish. Hopefully when things settle down and we establish more of a routine, I will be able to sit down and start stitching the recent kit I bought.

I did finish off my humphrey's corner kit that I was working on prior to having Violet. I found some time one afternoon when the girls were napping at the same time. I only had a little bit of backstitch to do and some french knots. Here it is here.


I really love how this one turned out. It is so sweet and whimsical, I love how the backstitch has bought out the picture and it's a bit messy but at the same time it defines the two elephants so well. I mentioned that I will attempt an ornament out of this one which will be my first one. I am still planning on doing that when I have more time and can dust off my sewing machine.

When I started looking for baby samplers, I fell in love with a kit called 'baby hugs' by design works many many months ago. And when I fell pregnant I knew immediately that if I were to have a girl this is the kit I would stitch without a doubt. So, I obviously had a baby girl and this kit was purchased just this past week. It isn't actually a birth sampler as you can tell, but there is so much room to stitch Violet's birth details in that it will be fine.


When I was at the last craft show I went to the sew it all stand and looked through their beautiful dyed fabrics and took notes of the colours I liked if I were to have a baby girl or boy. And then I could match it with my chosen birth sampler. I noted that if I were to have a girl I would buy a beautiful dyed 28 count evenweave called 'frangipani' and I did just that last week too to go with my baby hugs. It is so beautiful! A gorgeous tone of baby pinks and hints of yellow. I think it is going to work so well together. I tried to take a photo so you could see the colours, but it probably doesn't do it any justice. Here are the thread colours the kit is made up of. All very delicious! I am very happy with my choice.


I can't wait to get started on this sampler for Violet, I am not sure when that will be, but I look forward to it all the same.

That is all I have to report at the moment. I hope all my readers are well and happy and that you are all safe in your part of the world. And keeping cool or warm! We are having very hot weather here in Melbourne at the moment so we have been indoors alot with the air conditioning on. It has been around the high 30's and low 40's which is just WAY too hot do even do anything. You can't even breathe when you go outside. Isn't it funny when it's Winter and cold people (well I know I do) dream of nice hot summer weather and then when it's here we complain at times! It doesn't make sense really. I only complain on really hot days though, otherwise I do love the sun on my face and enjoying the long evenings, beach days, icecreams and summer bbq's. 

Until next time,
happy stitching xx  

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Its a girl!

Hello all,

Just wanted to share very exciting news with you! I welcomed a beautiful baby girl on Thursday evening, Violet Holly. She arrived right on my due date. She is just beautiful and my family and I are just ecstatic! Tabitha especially being a big sister!
Everything went smoothly but very fast! We are all over the moon with our little girl.
Now for her birth sampler... :)

I hope everyone has a merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year!

Happy Stitching x

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Christmas cheer and my giveaway winner!

Hello to all my blogging friends,

It is a very busy time of year for me, as I know it will be for most of you too. Our second baby is due next Thursday and I have been busy getting organised buying and wrapping presents for Christmas and a few birthdays here and there so I don't run out of time.
It is such a wonderful time of year though, so much Christmas cheer and excitement. I am pretty tired now though and ready to have and meet our baby. Tabitha is ready to be a big sister. :-)
My giveaway ended at midnight yesterday and I had Tabitha draw a name out of a bowl to determine the winner today. Thank you to all who entered and to those too that just wanted to answer my questions without entering the giveaway. I enjoyed reading all your answers, and they made me smile.
So here it goes............drumroll


And the winner is........
CUCKI!!


Congratulations Cucki! 
I will send you a private message and you can send me your details. Thanks again to all who entered, and better luck next time. :-)

This is my progress on my Humphrey's corner pattern. I am really loving the backstitch and the way it is making the colours pop. I am hoping it will be finished before bub arrives, but I am not too sure about that.
:-)


If I don't post before Christmas, I just wanted to wish to all those that celebrate a wonderful, safe and happy Christmas and new year. I will be sure to make contact with you all again to let you know who our new member of the family is.

I hope you all get lots of stitching time over the holidays!

Until next time,
Happy Stitching x

Friday, 22 November 2013

Giveaway time!

Hello to all my blogging friends and a friendly welcome to all my new followers,

After just enjoying a hot coffee and reading a magazine in the sunshine, I hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine like I am here today, as there has not been a whole lot of it lately. November in Melbourne Australia this year has been a very weird, wet and cold month. Normally it's warming up and the sun shines most days, but even though we've experienced nicer days this week, last week was cold, wet and rainy. Summer starts next month so hopefully December is brighter! 

Here I was saying in my last post that I'd be back in a few days time to announce my giveaway for gaining 100 followers. It turns out, it's almost one month later and I now have 104 followers! My apologies, my intentions are always there, but sometimes things happen in life and blogging can be put on the back burner for awhile. I didn't realise how long it had been though. But not to worry, I have become organised lately with getting Christmas presents and a few birthday presents out of the way (I'm not normally this organised but with a new bub on the way I have to be) and getting this giveaway together also was a priority.
First I want to show you my progress on my Humphrey's corner pattern which I am really enjoying stitching. It is coming together quickly and I am loving the gorgeous colours through it. Soon I will start on the half stitches and back stitch. 


Now onto the giveaway...
Firstly I want to thank my readers for sticking by my blog and commenting on my posts, they mean alot. After gaining 100 followers I always wanted to thank you by putting together a little giveaway. Since I live on the other side of the world to most of my blogging friends (Australia is so far away :-)) I can't afford to put a big giveaway together because postage costs to overseas are very high here. But I think a small giveaway is still nice and it's about quality not quantity right?
This is what I am offering in my giveaway. A never been opened Humphrey's corner cross stitch kit called 'for you'. Finished size 12x12cm, contains 16 count cream aida, Anchor stranded cotton threads, chart, full instructions and a needle. I know, I know Humphrey's corner is my favourite character but I have so many already and I am happy to share the love with someone else who might like to stitch him. A pack of various pink ribbon to use for whatever you like, maybe finishing ornaments? two packs of never been used Madeira silk threads in pink and gold and a caramel chocolate filled caramello koala bear. I thought that might excite some of my overseas friends since it is a koala bear chocolate, and due to the fact that they are delicious!! One can never resist chocolate...well I know I can't.  


Here are the rules:

1. Giveaway is open to all of my readers, local, interstate and overseas.
2. To enter into my giveaway you must be an existing follower of mine or new followers are welcome too.
3. If you would like your name put into the draw once, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post and answer a few simple questions. How were you first introduced to cross stitching? what is it about cross stitching that you love so much? and where is the weirdest place you have ever taken your cross stitch and stitched before?
If you would like your name entered into the draw twice, you need to comment as above and announce on your blog that I am having a giveaway and link my blog name on your blog. 
Remember to let me know in your comment which option you have chosen so I know how many times to enter your name. That is all pretty simple! 
Giveaway is open from now until midnight, Monday the 9th of December 2013, Australian Eastern daylight savings time. Winner will be announced on Tuesday the 10th of December 2013.

Good luck to everyone who enters!!

Until next time, 

happy stitching xx

Monday, 28 October 2013

Secrets and Fairies

Hello to all my blogging friends,
 
thank you so much for your lovely comments on my last post about my gorjuss girl, they make me happy! I hope you all had a nice weekend and found some stitchy time for yourself.
For some odd reason I got this idea into my head that instead of starting a new pattern after I finished gorjuss, I could wait a few months until my baby arrives and then start a baby sampler for him/her. Crazy right? I don't know where my head was at, because after a few nights of having nothing to stitch, I started missing it and my hands were itching to start a new pattern (hence my blogs name). So, off I went out into our garage one night and looked through my tub of stitchy stash and pulled out a small kit, that won't take me very long. I bought it years ago at a stitchy show and put it aside because at the time I was working on something else.
It's a Anchor kit, Humphrey's corner. I just LOVE Humphrey's corner, it has to be my favourite cross stitch character by far, the characters are just too damn adorable! I've always had a soft spot for Humphrey's corner, and I picked a Humphrey's corner sampler to stitch for Tabitha when I was pregnant with her. I love looking at it every day on her bedroom wall, it's just so precious. It's funny how memories of a certain time come flooding back in to my mind when I look at a cross stitch piece I've done. I can look at a cross stitch and have memories of where I was when I started the piece, how old I was, how I was feeling at the time, what was going on in my life etc etc..cross stitch creates memories, and that's what I love about looking back on my pieces, and I guess what I was referring to in my last post.
I love this new piece I've started because the two elephant girls are just too cute whispering in each other's ears. They are dressed so sweetly too. I've always loved the Humphrey's corner cross stitch charts in the way the backstitch is charted too. I find it messy and never straightforward, and I think it suits it's whimsical style to a tea.
So here is my new start, obviously not much to see as yet. 
 

It is so nice having something to stitch again! How could I have possibly thought I could get by another few months without stitching anything??
I've also decided to challenge myself after I finish this one and make it into a little ornament instead of framing it. I've made a few cushions here and there but never an ornament, and I am always inspired by the beautiful ornaments my friends on my cross stitch blogs I follow do, so I've wanted to give it a go myself. So wish me luck, when it is finished!

I've also come across a beautiful designer called Svitlana Glushchenko recently. Her illustrations are just so magical and beautiful and I can't wait to get my hands on her little girl fairy characters. Her illustrations have been turned into cross stitch and I've fallen in love with them! She is so talented. I have found a website where you can buy her kits in the UK. www.justartstitch.co.uk I will be sure to put these three girls on my Christmas wish list. What do you think? aren't they gorgeous?

 Purple mood -Lansvit
 Sunny mood- LanSvit
Sky-Blue mood- LanSvit

Only a stitcher would know, you can never have too much stash right?

I know in my last post I mentioned I would be having a giveaway, and don't worry I've not forgotten! I am just in the process of putting it together still. I will be back in a few days posting about it.

Before I leave, tell me, do you ever look at one of your cross stitch pieces and have memories flooding back in at where you were in that time in your life when you were stitching it and what you were doing? who was in your life at that time? I would love to know....

Until my next post,

Happy Stitching xo

Belinda

Saturday, 19 October 2013

My Gorjuss girl is fnished!

Hello to all my blogging friends,

I couldn't believe my eyes when one morning I woke up and noticed I now have 101 followers! I was really blown away because at times I wonder if my blog is really all that interesting, and I am not even sure people read my blog much anymore. I am not the sort of stitcher who has many projects on the go at once so I seem to always be showing you my updates from my current project all the time, and I often think that probably gets a bit boring for some. That's why I don't post all that often until there are some major developments that can be seen. Maybe one day I will have more time when I can start a few projects at once and really make good progress on them. It really makes my day when I see that people have left comments on my blog, it makes me smile when I know someone has taken the time to read my post and feel like leaving a comment for me. So to those that do, thank you! I also know that life can get busy ( I have a very busy toddler and another on the way) so believe me I do know, and it's not always time efficient to leave comments on every single person's blog even though you may enjoy reading it. That has been me many times! When I can I do try and leave a comment though. It has also been lovely building up blogging friendships with you all and seeing what else is going on in your lives. Your stitching and creativity inspires me every day! It also makes me want so many more patterns than I normally would if I wasn't introduced to the blogging world, since cross stitching shops are few and far between where I live, not sure if that's a good or bad thing, haha! I vote for good. You can never have too many kits or patterns!

I find so much joy and inspiration in reading my friends blogs. Stitching brings me happiness and a calmness to my life. Sitting down to stitch with a cup of tea and just me being in my own little world is a time in my day when I know I am truly relaxing and out to other worries or thoughts that would normally enter my head. It has also helped me get through some tough times in my life, and I can't imagine a life without stitching in it. I know I will always cross stitch, and I often see myself as a Grandmother myself stitching for my children and grandchildren one day. Even though it can be days until I get to do some sometimes, I do know that it is just sitting there waiting for me, and that I will do some eventually.

So to my 101 followers I will be having a giveaway! I promised that I would when I reached 100 followers and I do keep to my promises. I will just have to get organised and post it up on my blog when I can. How exciting! My first giveaway.

Now onto the stitching, I finished my gorjuss girl last night, yay! Don't you think she is just gorjuss? I do. Aside from enjoying the stitching part of her I also enjoyed the little extras the kit came with, the white beads on her dress, the ribbons in her hair, the cute little heart button that sits on the top of the J in gorjuss  and even though I struggled a bit with the ropes on the swing at the start (sometimes instructions can be confusing until you read them over a few times) I thought they came together at the end.
So without further ado, here she is happily enjoying a swing with her precious cat.

The kit is by Bothy threads, stitched on blue 14 count Zweigart aida, Madeira standed cotton and DMC light effects threads.

 
 


 
 
Happy Stitching xo