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When life has its own plan

Last week got rather busy.  We had lots of external appointments, I only made it to the gym once, Friday night was hair colour rotation night and we end up at my husbands parents house for a catch up and a wine.  During the week my grand sum of achievement was half a knitted square.  Some weeks are like that and you just have to roll with them.

One special thing that I did achieve was to pick up a cross stitch that I did for my daughter Kayla when she was 3.  She has just recently moved back home for a while and is currently having her big OE in America.  After she left we tidied her stuff (she only had a handful of days home before flying out and had done her best) and I found it in amongst her storage pile. The frame was hideous.  I had forgotten how bad my framing skills were all those years ago but I hung it up anyway, because I did that 🙂 No matter how bad the framing there is still a level of pride in the stitch.  This, unfortunately, also meant I had to look at it.  After looking at it and shuddering at the horror of the frame for 2 months I decided enough is enough and took it into the framers for a revamp.  Her birthday is this week and as I can not send her anything interesting (sent chocolate and a card) I decided this would be a pretty good present 🙂 I have just picked it back up again have to say I am super impressed with what a difference the new frame has made.  I forgot to take a before photo but it was one of those 90’s thin plastic ‘painted to look gold’ frames with no boarder, just frame.  She doesn’t read my blog so its pretty safe that I can post a photo of it here. I will message a photo of it too her on her birthday, she will be 24 so this is 21 years old 🙂


I woke Saturday morning with a lot of get up and go.  It was bucketing down with rain and my husband was heading out with a mate to do boy things so I had the day to myself 🙂 Very excited I was 😀 I lined all my projects up and took a before shot


There was a wee break in the weather so I went for a wee run 2.5km run so that I wouldn’t feel guilty for sitting on my butt for the rest of the day, had a shower, quick tidy of the remnants of wine and popcorn from the previous evenings entertainment and put the dishwasher on.  All chores now complete it is TV time 😀 I have the entire American Horror Story Hotel to see me through and decided to start with finishing the knitted square from during the week.  It went really well and needed no unpicking at all! So stoked I was as I am always having to unpick.  This square is Port Banff Rib Square.  Who comes up with these names? I swear to god this is how it is spelt.


First job completed I decided next up would be my stencil art that I want to do for my office wall.  Its very asian themed and complicated, and I knew it was going to be hard work so home alone time was a good as no distractions apart from episode 2 of the show which so far hasn’t really gripped me but I can’t stop watching something once started as I am OCD about TV series’ once I have started them.  Its about 12.30pm at this stage and my phone rang.  It was my girl ringing to say hi so we chatted for about half an hour.  I look up out the window and see one of my oldest friends pulling into the driveway.  That was my big crafty day all over right then.  My friend stayed until after 4 and we had a fantastic catch up.  You can’t beat those old friends that you don’t need to see every day or even year but when you do see them its like it was just yesterday.  It was a great day to spend with her 🙂 This was as far as my stencil work got.


Tomorrow is another day 🙂 By now its 4.30 so I sit and did one 10×10 square on my stitch and then made Thai Pumpkin Soup with Cheese Scones for dinner.  I was just on to the scones when my darling arrived home and big crafty day was officially ended with bugger all completed but a great day had anyway so we celebrated with wine and an extremely odd movie off netflix.

Sunday saw us both feeling a bit jaded and I was feeling a little stitched deprived so after catching up on the washing and going for a run I headed downstairs to stitch the afternoon away.  I worked on Tash instead of the one I planned on and had a great day.  Achieved 910 stitches so I do feel that I achieved something, and my stitching buddy was epically cute.

After dinner I sat and knitted another square.  Again this went so smoothly that I was astounded.  Didn’t have to unpick at all.  Anyone would think that I am getting a handle on this knitting stuff and am figuring out what I am doing.  This square is Double Moss Stitch


So the weekend didn’t go completely to plan but you know what, I will take being interrupted by great friends and family over crafting any day because at the end of the day they are my reason for being

Till next week xxxx



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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