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Good morning all (or just me as I am pretty sure this is the only person who will read this).

It’s time to start keeping track of my journey so this is going to be more of a diary of things that I make and/or do.  This will not usually be a record of what I eat or what my kids did to annoy me, but this could creep in occasionally as sometimes stuff that happens to us is hilarious :).  It’s going to be about my self-growth and the things that I learn and teach myself every day.  Only positives are allowed! There is enough negative in the world that we (and by we I mean me) need to focus on the positives.

Currently I have two cross stitches on the go.  This is unusual for me as I am a ‘one at a time’ type girl.  The reason for this is so I can hide one of my projects as it is a surprise for one of my most favourite people in the world.  She would think it was rather odd if she visits and I don’t have a stitching project on the go, hence the dual stitching.  I stole a photo of her with her boys and had it made into a chart.  Started the stitch of it this past weekend and we are now about 1000 stitches in 😀


The stitch is more sepia tones.  I so hope that she likes it when done :s. Have to admit that I am a little nervous about it as I have never done something like this before.  Fingers crossed 🙂 Stitching 1 over 1 full crosses on 28 count Lugana.

The second project is for my sister.  She’s currently living in Perth and building a new home with her partner Bel.  I wanted to make her something for her home that she will love so let her pick the design off the HAED site.  She selected Warm My Heart by Selina Fenech.


I am keeping this one in our second lounge and will stitch her whenever I am there.  Of course once Tash’s project is complete she will become my main focus and travel between lounges but until then I will alternate projects based on which ever lounge I am in.  That way she will grow and I can circumvent any possible suspicions.  I made a start on her 2 weeks ago and she is about 600 stitches in. She is also being stitched 1 over 1 full crosses on 28 count Lugana.

Not only but also I am currently teaching myself to knit, thank you YouTube.  I was browsing through my favourite news site when I stumbled across a knitted blanket pattern in the lifestyle section. I thought to myself ‘that looks lovely and the pattern appears to be basic.  Let’s give this a go’ and off I went to a knitting shop.  Purchased a fortune in wool and needles and other knitting things and met some really lovely people.  The staff in the shop could not have been more helpful when I told them what I was up to, although I suspect that they think I am mildly bonkers.  They may have a point hahaha.  I have been working on this project on some week nights during the past few weeks and am currently feeling rather proud of myself.  It’s not the raving great big disaster I feared it could be and seems to look rather good 😀 So far no major holes or mishaps although it’s not perfect and I have somehow gained a stitch but it looks like the picture and you can’t ask for more than that really can you 🙂

Till next time, live long and prosper xxx



Cross Stitcher, knitter, home cook, HVAC specialist, avid movie and TV watcher, reader and mum. I work full time and I'm not very good at sitting still so I love to try all sorts of crafting things from scrap-booking to ceramic work, but mostly I stitch. Heaven & Earth designs would be my favourite. I have had some major health scares in the past few years that I would not of expected to experience for at least another 20 odd years (born in 1971 so am currently only 45). Due to this I have a bucket list and its full of things right from books I must read to adventures I must achieve before I croak. I am always at the gym making myself stronger and healthier to fight my challenges and achieve my goals. Before the challenges I thought there would always be enough time and was just drifting along. You know how it is. Work, chores, kids, sleep, get up tomorrow and start again. I didn't really have any clear goals. I knew I wanted to travel but that was pretty much it. I was gaining weight steadily and didn't do anything much outside of the house and work. Since the challenges I have managed to get almost front row for both the Eagles and Elton John (expensive but you can't take it with you right), have had a day tour Kayaking around a lake and hiked the Tongariro Crossing. None of these would I even have considered 3 years ago. This is only the beginning :D Life is a gift and its what you make of it. You want it then you best be prepared to go get it :D

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