Thursday, 25 September 2014

S is for Spring! And September!

I can't believe it's been four months since I last posted. Well I take that back, I can believe it really because time flies, this year has flown. We are now in the first month of Spring and we have had some really lovely shiny warm days, but also some cold ones! The flowers are out and look beautiful. The girls and I have had lovely afternoons at the park sitting on a picnic blanket enjoying the sun.
It's definetly been a busy year with my two girls, Tabitha is a very busy 3 year old learning new things all the time, Violet is 9 months old now, crawling around while I watch her like a hawk. She is such a busy little girl exploring her surroundings and new tastes and textures.
I've been stitching which has been really nice and relaxing for me. I've made progress on Violet's baby sampler, it's actually quite big but it's getting there and I have been enjoying it.

As you can see I've moved upwards on the pattern and am now onto stitching the Mother's hair. This is the piece rolled out from the bottom to show what I've stitched so far.

I hope to have this finished before Violet's first birthday! I plan on taking it away on a mini holiday we have coming up in November. I do love this piece and can't wait to have it finished. I've been keeping up with my blog reading every now and then and I hope all my readers are keeping well. Until next time,
Happy Stitching x

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