Well I am torturing myself on my DH's netbook, our personal computer is pretty dead :( I have mostly been using my phone for the internet lately :(
Well guess what?! I decided to pull out a wip to stitch on, I chose Septembers Sapphire Fairy :D
I wasn't sure if I had a before pic so snapped this quick one
As you can see not the best pic, but you get the idea
This is as of today :D
I hope you can tell I got a heap done :D Including most of that beading!
I'm hoping for a Happy Dance by this time next week :D
After Saphy is done I am going to stitch my part on Julies RR, then I intend to rotate weekly between two pieces, an obligation piece and a current wip of my own :D Joyce must be being a bad influence, getting these wips done! lol
I am waiting for Tatiana to recieve and release the model I recently did for her and then I will share that gorgeous beauty with you!
Aliyah has returned to kindy, after a term off. She cries and screams when I leave but they tell me she settles quickly and when I pick her up she tells me how wonderful it was! I feel so bad leaving her though! *sigh*
I hurt my back again this week :( Its not very pleasant but does mean I get lots of stitching done, especially with the munchkin at kindy in the mornings.
Tarissa attended her Year 13 ball on the weekend. She planned and paid for everything herself and I was very proud of her, I think she looked fantastic!
Here are a couple of pics
This is Tarissa and her boyfriend Nathan (taken at Nates house)
Here is Tarissa, me and Nathan - I wouldn't normally put up a pic of me but what the heck!!
There are some better ones by the professional photographer but I can't find the one I wanted lol
I've been trying to comment on blogs, but the verification code just does not want to co operate, Hi and sorry to all those who have it :(
I hope I don't.... I think I need to check :D
Well I finished the model, its gorgeous! I wish I could keep it! lol
I am trying to decide if I should have a new start as a reward OR, behave and stitch on a wip OR be even better and stitch on an obligation piece OR be really really good and stitch on the RR I have here to be done.
I must admit I am feeling a little down trying to decide roflol
Aliyah started her new kindy today!!! Whoop whoop! I got nearly 2 hours to myself! So I got the groceries and got dinner started in the crockpot as well as putting the last few beads in the model :D
No pics today but hopefully soon..... well as soon as I can decide what I am going to stitch on lol
Tarissa has had more health problems? I'm not sure if I told you all about the gluten issue she now has but that took several weeks to diagnoise, and then there was the gastroscopy...... she wasn't happy about that! Then we had a week of everything being ok and THEN she found a painful lump in her breast (shes 17) so I was quietly freaking out while trying to downplay it for her. We went to the Dr and then waited a week and a half for an appointment for a scan (which is pretty quick for here), it was decided *phew* that it was normal (don't know how thats supposed to be but anyway) but she has a follow up appointment to make sure everything is ok.
Mike has also been away quite a bit for work, and let me tell you, being a temporary single parent with six kids is not fun! Even with some of them older, they still require me running around after them and taking them to sport practice etc.
Also, I know it sounds silly but I only get a few hours of sleep when he is away, so I end up totally exhausted!
He is away again in a week or so, so I am trying to finish up this model while he is home lol
Karen from My Stitchy Ramblings stitched her block on my Mira large stitch round robin and I absolutely LOVE it!!
I'm thinking this RR is going to look fab when it comes home :D
I must admit I have spent more time reading than stitching over the last week. BUT I'm getting back into it now..... although I have the materials for a model due to arrive any day lol
I'm pretty sure I promised photos of the SMF's I scored ;)
Here they are :D
Shimmering Lilac Grove - 28 count opal Cashel
Bewitched - 28 count opal Cashel
Shimmering Jellybean - 32 count opal Belfast
Ambrosia - 32 count opal Belfast
Shimmering Violets in the Shade - 32 count opal Belfast
I was also lucky enough to score to Chatelaine kits at amazing prices!!
Fairy Flower Garden - full kit
the kit for White Nights in St Petersburg, which I adore and thought I would never ever realistically be able to justify buying it :D
My Fotm arrived from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie :D
Ice Goddess - 28 count opal Cashel
A lovely friend sent me this gift
It includes a box for my beads and two Polstitches Fabrics
Lust and Laughter - 28count Opal Linen
Bali Sunset - 28 count Opal linen
My other lovely friend Mel sent me her pre loved chart Mirabilias - On Grandmas Quilt
So as you can see I have had a couple of awesome weeks for stash arrival! I would feel guilty but.... I don't
All fabrics are fat quarters so if you have any suggestions fire away :D
I'm on a stash diet for the rest of the year, except for the fotm, I'm going to continue that for the rest of the year and then review :D And of course if I need anything to finish something then I will purchase that.
I have a 1/8th coming from Colour Cascade Fabrics and a 1/4 coming from Under the Sea fabrics and the chart and bead pack coming for Siren and the Shipwreck... then thats it!!! I will be VERY good :D But only cause I want to, not cause I feel guilty :D
Your thoughts are appreciated :D (Although I won't get to stitch her for awhile as I have quite a few obligation pieces to get done :D) My favourites are the first two, but I haven't got floss to do a toss yet
Well this morning I put Bethany on the school bus for the first time :( I am sure she will be fine as she is with Gabrielle, and she was so excited!
Since she started school at the beginning of term I have been driving her and Gabrielle to school *sigh* she just seems too little to be at school. But she loves it!
To start with I plan for Bethany to just catch the bus to school and I will pick them up after, I'm thinking it won't be very long until she is begging to catch the bus home too......
Aliyah does not like things changing and this year.....
Bethany has gone to school
Her favourite kindy teacher has left
Her second favourite kindy teacher is cutting back her hours for health reasons and isn't there as often.
Afternoon tea has changed, instead of taking their own they are now taking a fruit/vege to share
She has not been happy! Yesterday I left her screaming and crying!! UGH!! I hate that!! Today she wasn't keen but at least I got to leave without the screaming and crying :(
My eldest son asked me to get in contact with his biological parent and see if it would be ok to contact him. Which I did over a week ago. He finally contacted me with some questions and I am feeling all out of sorts. Now please don't blame the poor guy, I made some silly mistakes which I totally own up to. But not here cause I feel so bad about the stupid things I did when I was 20, scared and dumb....
On the plus side!
A lady I know from the yuku boards was having a FB sale, I bought some of her items, some SMF's and two Chatelaine kits. They were a total bargain, truely they were! And if I remind myself of this often enough I hope to stave off the guilt from spending so much money! I will share pics when they arrive :D
Yes, yes your right, I do watch too much Little Bill :D
Well all my children are now back at school, so life returns to normal (well as normal as we get) after our Christmas/Summer holidays.
I'm hoping to get back into regular blogging, I really do miss it so I hope I still have some followers around and other fellow bloggers. At the moment I plan to post every Friday :D
Wade has finished high school and is taking a gap year to save money for University. He has decided to become a primary school teacher and play music on the side. I must admit to being very relieved that he has chosen a career direction instead of just "going to be a famous musicain" phew *wipes brow*
Tarissa has just started her final year of high school. She was super excited to be going back, she loves school *scratches head* dunno how she can be my child ;)
Christian has started his first year with important exams (there are 3 years of them here, the last one is only if you want to go to Uni) so he has one more year after this one as he plans to leave after year 12.
Gabrielle started year 6, she is very much missing her teacher from last year whom she adored.
Bethany started school this year (waaaaahhhhh my baby!) Her teacher is lovely and great with wee kiddies and she has a really small class with just 11 children :D
Aliyah is the last one still at home with me during the day! She has kindy 3 afternoons a week, but she isn't very keen to go, so this week has only gone once! I'm hoping that she will settle back in, her cousin starts next week as well so that might calm her down about staying.
Mike isn't very happy in his job, I'm not sure if its cause of the people he is working with or just feeling (as I did a wee while ago) that his life has no purpose or direction. We continue to pray and work through this.
Me, well theres not much to say really, I think I'm pretty boring :D I joined the FotM at Stephs Fabbys (which are gorgeous) even though I definetly don't need any more stash lol.
I have been stitching, which may surprise you since I have no pics!
I just finished my first model stitching job for Tatiana at Cross Stitching Art. Tatianas designs are beautiful and I adore the one I just finished! I might have to stitch it for me as well :D
No pictures yet but I have some to share for when Tatiana releases it. I can't wait to show you and tell you my favourite part :D
Tatiana paid me yesterday and my goodness what a nice feeling to know I can contribute to my families finances in some small way!
I am half to three quarters through the stitching on the square I am stitching on Jo's large Mira RR, I plan to get it finished before Tatiana sends me a new piece to stitch for her :D
I also started Queen Mermaid, this is a gift for my niece for her birthday next year. I also have to get Gabrielles for next year done :D So I need to get off Facebook and Farmville lol
Well thats all for now.... pics next week (or sooner, depending on how long it takes Tatiana to release after she recieves a piece.... guess I will find out lol)
My sons Year 10 High School drama class put on Alice in Wonderland, although I don't enjoy this particular tale I did very much enjoy their performance :D Christian played the Frog Prince
Here is a picture of him and one of his good friends who played Alice:
I stole this pic from his Facebook page :D
Christian had his last day of school for the year and finished up year 10. He had prizegiving today and recieved First in Class Physical Education, First overall Physical Education and a special award, a trophy for his achievements in Physical Education :D He was pretty happy and as always I am very proud of him :D
As previously promised, here is my pic of the finished stocking for Nathan.... well not finished, finished but stitching finished. I have three to make up but I am just waiting on the charms for two others and then I will make them all up together :D
Tarissa said something hilarious about this! She said, Mum theres something wrong with your picture it goes out more to one side. I laughed a lot and then reminded her that it was a stocking and so would be boot shaped lol
I finally finished the frame for my Mirabilia RR - large stitch for 2013. I have chosen the theme Dreamers, the frames seemed to take me forever to stitch and I am not going to get to stitch my square (rectangle) before it gets posted in January, but I adore it, I think its going to be very pretty when done.
Although my lines look wonky in the pic they are all even :D I am putting in the spaces, Sleeping Beauty, Sleeping Princess, The Dreamer and Lilly of the Woods :D
I am filling in my time while I wait finishing off Letter R (for Tarissa) I imagine it will only take a couple of days, there isn't much stitching left to finish and then its just backstitch and beads, although I imagine I will back stitch and bead the top and then roll up my scrolls and finish off the bottom.
Now you may be wondering.... while I wait til what?! Well my news that I mentioned last post is that...... I have been asked to try my hand at model stitching!!! I am so excited!! I can't wait to start!!! I sure hope that the designer is happy with my stitching and I get more from her to do :D