Tuesday, 18 January 2011


I have been getting in quite a bit of stitching time while I've been home on maternity leave, I could get used to this. Haha. :-) I am sure my relaxing time won't last for long, so I better make the most of it while I can. I've also been scrapbooking a fair bit to get through my photos before bub arrives, but I have millions of photos so I know that is not going to happen. I am scrapbooking the photos I've wanted to scrapbook for ages though.
This is my recent progress on Achoo.

I think he is looking so cute, don't you?
I love his little innocent face, but the patches on his coat are gorgeous. As you can see I am working on his second leg now, so he is coming together quite nicely. I am enjoying stitching him. I've been settling myself on the couch with a cup of tea watching movies whilst I've been stitching, it's been really nice.

Our baby's nursery is finished now, I love it. On Saturday Adrian and I applied the wall sticker to the wall we bought and it is so bright and cute. We chose a tree with animals and flowers all of it, and would suit either gender. Everything is set up and I've put the baby's clothes away in the cupboards Adrian painted, so now we just have to wait for the little one to arrive. :-) Only 7 days to go now till I am officially due.
Thank you for all your lovely comments about the baby and well wishes. Oh and not forgetting to mention my baking skills. :-)

I hope you are all getting in some stitching time. I've enjoyed seeing everyone's progress, keep up the great work and happy stitching xx

Monday, 10 January 2011

Stitchy Sunday

I've always loved baking but since I've been on maternity leave I've baked twice so far in a week. I got a lovely fancy mix master from my Mother and Father in law for Christmas and it's something I've always wanted but never could justify
buying myself since they are so expensive and we couldn't really afford such a luxury.
So I decided last week to bake biscuits for the stitchy meeting I was holding at my house on Sunday. While I was at it, I decided to bake a lemon tart for a dinner at a friends house we were going to last night, and I am so glad I did because it was all eaten up very quickly. Not a slice left over. I was very pleased with that.

I was pretty proud of my work so I took a photo of my lemon tart. I made the crust too, which I was happy with. :-)

Here are the white chocolate chip cookies with milk chocolate on top and sprinkles. The girls seemed to enjoy these at the stitchy meeting.

I had such a lovely time at the stitchy meeting yesterday. There were 6 of us all together which was nice for a change since many times not everyone can make it every month. We had one special member who came all the way from America just for us, haha (kidding of course) she is in Australia for a summer holiday to see her family. Stephanie was a part of our stitchy group two years ago but then had to go back home so we hadn't seen her for two years. It was really special to have her back yesterday sitting with us again. It was like she had never left, we were all chatting just like normal.
We had an afternoon of cross stitching of course, chatting and eating all the yummy food. Here are some photos I would like to share with you of our afternoon.

This is Melody stitching away in between running after her 15 month old daughter Lily.

From left to right: Stephanie, Bek and Gayle.

And lucky last, this is Cassie and I. I am the one who looks about to pop. :-)

This past week I have managed to get quite a bit of stitching done on Achoo and I have finished half of the pattern already. I did get more done on him yesterday too which was good so he is coming along nicely now. He has such a cute face, I've been looking forward to seeing his face come together. I was wanting to get him finished by the time the baby is born but I don't think that is going to happen somehow.
Here is my progress of Achoo at the moment.

I just wanted to say hello to my new followers too, thank you for joining my blog. :-) I hope you enjoy seeing my progress pics. Since I am a one at a time pattern girl I can understand my pics might get a bit boring seeing the same pattern all the time. Oh and I will be sure to post a photo of our new little one who should be arriving in two weeks time.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

A new year

Happy new year to all my blogger readers, thank you for taking an interest in my blog and taking the time to read my posts, I really love and appreciate all your comments that you leave me.
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and new years, it sounds like you did from the posts I read.

I am very excited that it is now January, December was a crazy month for me at work and at our house, everything was a bit upside down with our renovations and I finished up work to go onto maternity leave, which still doesn't yet feel real. I still feel like I will be going back to work next week, but I am very excited I won't be. I am now 37 weeks pregnant, so Adrian and I will soon be meeting our little one. I can't wait, it is going to be such an exciting yet I'm sure challenging time. It felt so good to finish up at work, my clients were so generous with giving our baby gifts, very thoughtful. Now that I'm in my late trimester I am glad I finished work when I did as the last week definitely took it out of me. Now I am sorting out things at home, getting the nursery ready and packing my hospital bag and the baby's bag. I always have these ideas to do around the house like cleaning out the kitchen cupboards but my motivation is a little low at the moment, although I did manage to clean out my bedroom cupboard and I gave away 4 bags of clothes to the salvation army. That felt good. :-)
So due to my lack of blogging, that is the reason why. I haven't had time to stitch as much as I would have liked, but I still have something little to show of Achoo.

It doesn't look like I've accomplished much, but I can see a little bit. I am hoping I get some stitching time in before bub arrives, which I am sure I will. I don't set goals at the start of the year for my stitching as I don't like the pressure on myself, but I am sure I will be getting Achoo finished and framed for my parents, and two baby samplers stitched up. I will see how I go of course with a new baby and all. I would also love to dig into my stash and start a new project this year too but I will have to wait and see. There are two projects I have in mind.

I hope you are all getting in some stitching time,
until next time, happy stitching. xx