Monday, 6 December 2010
Sunday, 14 November 2010
I also made a trip to my LNS on Tuesday and decided to buy some jubilee 28 count evenweave and some more gold tipped needles and made a start on Achoo. He was hiding in my bedroom every day and I stitched on him every night in bed as I had to hide him from Mum and Dad. I did take him into work too incase I found some time on my breaks to keep stitching him which I did so I did manage to get a bit accomplished which was great. I am so happy I decided to buy more fabric as straight away I could tell the difference in the quality and it feels nicer to stitch on. I can't believe the week I start stitching on a new project for Mum and Dad is the week we need to move in with them, go figure. :-)
Adrian and I found out some sad and shocking news on Thursday, his sister Katherine was diagnosed with cancer. She had been feeling unwell for about a month and on Thursday morning she had noticed she had a lump on her chest, so she went to the doctor straight away that morning. The doctor said it needed to be looked at urgently and they sent her off to an oncologist. They did some tests and found out the lump was a tumor and it was quite large which is why she was feeling so unwell and not being able to breathe so well. On Friday she had bone marrow removed and a biopsy done and we find out tomorrow what sort of cancer it is. They are quite certain it is either hodgkin's or non hodgkins and she will need to be treated with chemotherapy. The good news is it is treatable and she won't need to be operated on to remove the tumor, instead they will give her steroids to shrink it.
It was quite a shock to receive such awful news this week, especially as it came up so quickly and it is never something you expect to happen. It has been a very emotional week and i've found it hard to be strong for Adrian but I am trying really hard. The best news is everything being said about her cancer is positive and if you know Katherine you would know how strong a person she is and she is being so positive which makes everything feel so much better. We just need to be strong for her too.
It brought back memories of my Mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago this Christmas, but she is very well and healthy now and it's such a uplifting feeling and great for Katherine to relate to. Mum had to have chemotherapy and radiotherapy too so I am sure she will be good for Katherine to ever be there if she needs to talk to someone about it.
So it's been a full on week. I came down with hayfever/cold this week too so I've been sneezing away. I guess it relates to starting Achoo this week too. :-) I've only been able to visit Katherine once and because she starts chemotherapy tomorrow I won't be able to visit her until I am 100% well again.
Since cross stitching is therapy it's been good I've been able to do it this week and today it was our monthly stitchy meet which was held at Bek's house today. I managed to get a bit of stitching done on Achoo and just sit back and relax. My Dad came over to our house today and kept on the renovating on our house with Adrian. They managed to get alot accomplished, which I think was a good distraction for Adrian.
I want to show you a picture of my progress on Achoo
I am enjoying stitching on Achoo, and I am liking the blended colours in the thread dimensions like to use.
Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my Humphrey's corner baby sampler, they really made my day.
Happy Stitching x
Sunday, 7 November 2010
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Friday, 15 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Friday, 3 September 2010
Friday, 27 August 2010
Friday, 20 August 2010
Sunday, 8 August 2010
Monday, 2 August 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Monday, 19 July 2010
Friday, 16 July 2010
Saturday, 10 July 2010
You can't see that well but if you look closely you can see where I have started on the beading on her skirt. I will post more pics when I've stitched some more on her. I hope that metallic thread comes in soon.
Now that it's freezing and right in the middle of Winter here I've been cooking comfort food and baking alot. I baked my first apple pie which I was very proud of since it was my first time at making my own pastry. I loved how it came out and it was really tasty! Mmm apple pie.
Happy Stitching everyone xx
Friday, 23 April 2010
There is a light at the end of the tunnel for us regarding our honeymoon now since flights to Europe have resumed once again and we will be on our way there on Tuesday, yay! I am planning on visiting if I can find them that is, a few cross stitch shops overseas. :-)
Monday, 19 April 2010
I just have to keep telling myself that there are worst things in life. It's just so frustrating when we have both taken all this time off from work and now we are just sitting home twiddling our thumbs. It was my first trip overseas so it was very exciting so when we found out we weren't going it was a major anti-climax.
Anyway, onto a lighter note. It's given me time to sit back and relax with Matilda and get some stitching done on my feather fairy at least. I spring cleaned the house with my very helpful Mother who spent the day with me last Thursday and did countless amounts of washing and ironing so everything in the house is done. Not much to do at all. I also did clean out our fridge so I guess I should go and stock up a bit on food until we know we are heading off. I've decided to just take an extra week off work and extend our holiday.
We also bought a new camera to take overseas with us a few days before we were to go away so that's excting. I can now take exciting new pics of my cross stitch. My last camera didn't take very good up close shots of my cross stitch.
In my hand luggage I put together a little cross stitch to take with me on the plane. I put everthing I needed in a little plastic bag so the security guy could see through it. If they discard my needle so be it, but it really is so tiny. I've put some extra needles in my luggage incase they do discard it so then I can stitch on my travels. We have lots of train travel to come.
I now might go and have a shower and sit down to do some stitching.
Happy stitching xx
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
I wanted to dedicate a few hours at least to stitching somewhere in the break and Saturday was my day to do that. I stayed at my sisters house on Good Friday night and spent time with my beautiful neice Heidi who is turning 2 years old this Friday and then came back home in the morning when Adrian was heading out the door so I managed to get the house to myself. It was such a beautiful morning I walked Matilda down to the local shops and decided to buy a take away coffee and hire 'the time travellers wife' on dvd which I have wanted to see for awhile now. I bought a few other things I needed too and whilst enjoying my coffee I took Matilda to the park so she could wander around for a bit sniffing and exploring.
I then went home, hung out some washing and then plonked on the couch for a few hours watching my movie and stitching. It was so lovely, I really enjoyed it. After the movie finished I put on some episodes of 'bewitched' and continued stitching. Yes, I love bewitched.
I have managed to make a fair bit of progress on my feather fairy since I last posted, I am getting closer to the end of stitching her feathers.
I would have to say my favourite colours in her feathers are the blues, I think they are so striking.
My friend Gayle visited me on the 29th of March along with her 10 month old baby Caitlyn and she gave me a gorgeous stitched gift. It was a gift for our wedding and I think it is so sweet. The design is called 'home is where our story begins' and is by Lizzie Kate.
I am not sure what I will do with it yet, but I am sure I will get it framed one day.
There are only 10 more sleeps till Adrian and I go on our honeymoon!! We are going to Europe and it is my first trip overseas so I am super excited! Living in Australia is sometimes not so great due to the loooooong flight we will entail (23 hours to be precise) so I am hoping I can stitch on the plane. I will have to check with our airline first but I am planning on taking a small Margaret Sherry design to work on. I would never take a big pattern like my feather fairy because if something happens to it I would cry (most likely), and I will not have the arm room I would like. I am stopping into my favourite LNS on the way home from work on Friday to get some fabric for it so I can get all the thread etc..orgainsed. If they confiscate the needles so be it, at least I gave it a try. I wouldn't even try taking scissors.
Happy stitching xx
Monday, 22 March 2010
The reason I decided on creating my own journal on blogger is because I love reading about other people's cross stitching adventures and seeing everyone's work and I wanted to have my own. I am hoping that people find me on here and that they enjoy seeing my work as much as I love seeing their's.
Unfortunately there isn't enough hours in the day for me to cross stitch, there is nothing I like more than having a day of watching movies and cross stitching the day away on the couch. But a thing called 'life' gets in the way :-) which in turn has cross stitching taking second place to cleaning the house or going to work. Life in general I guess. But then I look forward to sitting down with my cross stitch at the end of the day and relaxing, as it is my favourite pasttime.
I have been cross stitching for the last eight years now and it can take me awhile to finish a pattern because there are some days that I don't get to sit down to stitch. I love cross stitching mostly anything but I have a love for anything cute, vintage and pretty. At the moment I am working on a piece called 'feather fairy' by Mirabilia and the artist is Nora Corbett (as above). It is my first mirabilia piece and I have loved working on her. I started my fairy back in July 2009 and she is getting there slowly. I recently got married to my darling husband a couple of weeks ago so with all the planning and preparation she got neglected for a bit. I am having alot of fun with her and I can't wait to get to her face and the beading. I am stitching her on 28 count hand dyed jobelan evenweave called arabian nights with DMC thread.
My biggest piece to date was a pattern called 'afternoon tea' by dimensions gold. It took me a whole 17 months to finish, so much detail but worth every bit. In this particular piece I came across new stitches which taught me a bit about cross stitch, it was a great learning curve.
My last piece before feather fairy was a holly hobbie design and it was my first time stitching on evenweave, now I have since fallen in love with it.
I have quite a bit of stash which I am sure every cross stitcher has aquired over the years but there is always room for more. :-)