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Where Does The Time Go

We are flat-out at work, right smack bang in the middle of one of the busiest seasons I have seen. That’s great for business but not so great for crafty achievements.  There has been some progress but not nearly as much as I would have liked to get done.

I finished my mat 😀 This was a bit of a mad panic as it was my monthly crafting achievement and it nearly came down to the wire.  If I hadn’t gotten that tummy bug a couple of weeks ago I am pretty sure it would have been my first month without a craft finish.

As you can tell, I had a wee helper in my endeavours.  He accidentally got poked a couple of times with the hooky thing but it didn’t seem to phase him.

We call it the ugly rug.

It’s definitely not the prettiest thing that I have ever achieved but it has given me a fantastic idea for another one.  I just need to get a long bit of matting and some wool and I will be off 😀

After the tummy bug finished its 3 day vacation in my body and I could finally do something that required thinking again I managed to get a bit further along on my cross stitch, although this has not been of epic proportions.  Any progress is good progress right 🙂

And that’s about it really.  I did purchase a couple of new patterns as they had a 50% off flash sale over at Heaven & Earth Designs.

The first one, Frozen, will be for my daughter.  As I have already done one for her this is not going to be high on my priority list and I have told her she may get it by the time she is 50 if she’s lucky.

The second, Lest We Forget, I may do in diamond painting.  The long-term goal for this one is to get it framed up with my Grandfathers and Great Grandfathers war medals.

The third, Mint & Roses, I just thought was really cute 😀

So that’s pretty much me for this week.

Ka Kete Ano xxx

 

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All Rugged Up

Not a massive amount to share from last week. I came down with rather a nasty tummy bug so there wasn’t much stitching in my world .  I sat with my rug and between bathroom runs and bucket breaks I worked on it.  Got through 3 seasons of Game of Thrones though so yay 😀

My rug is awfully close to being finished now and I am hopeful that this week will see it out 🙂

Its kinda ugly but I have learnt a lot and am keen to try again 🙂 I even have a cunning plan that I am in the process of sorting out where I might have a go at rugging up one of the HAED storykeeps but I will have to wait a little for this 🙂  You know how it is, if it wasn’t for the moths then my wallet would be empty lol 😉

I did manage to get a little stitching done late Saturday and on Sunday 🙂

The weather was extremely chilly so this was happening, which is a good excuse for a ‘do nothing’ day 🙂

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Ka kete ano xxx

 

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Whoops I Missed A Week

The busy season is back again.  Jolly old winter rocked up last week and I am now running from one end of the country to the other quoting.  This has meant that not nearly as much ‘me’ time as usual as its mostly ‘clean up after dinner and blob out on the couch till someone wakes me up for bedtime’ moments.

Can’t complain though 🙂 It keeps me employed and that pays for the couch that I nap on 🙂

That’s not saying that I have done nothing of course.  Tash and kids has been framed and gifted.  So happy with the way that it came out.  Tash loved it 🙂

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Because this is now completed I have managed to make good headway on Warm My Heart.  I really do love this one.  It’s such a dream to stitch 🙂

Not quite sure how that one photo ended upside down but oh well hahaha

Also, because I’m once again relaxed and not over focused on one project I have gotten the diamond painting out again and made some good progress.  Mind you, this is helped by it being winter and I tend to do it in the morning when darling husband is catching up on the previous nights rugby 🙂 Turns out the little diamond thingies reflect light really well so you can’t actually see what you are doing if you need to turn a light bulb on.  Better to do it in natural sunlight 🙂

Faster than cross stitch but still a slow process 🙂

Well that has been the grand total of all my endeavours in the past 2 weeks.

Ka Kete Ano

 

 

 

 

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I Made A Bunny!!!!

Bunny number 1 is done!!!

Turns out it looks a lot better in pictures than it does in real life and I am not sure about my sewing skills putting it together but this is my first ever completed knitted project 😀 Oh and I put the arms on upside down (whoops) . . . and her head might fall off at some stage in the not too distant future . . . and I sewed up the wrong end of the torso hahaha All learning curves 😀

It was a huge amount of fun to knit 😀 Putting it together wasn’t quite so much fun and actually took me at least 6 hours, mostly because I had no idea what I was doing lol

Bunny number 2 will start next week 🙂

After completing the bunny on Saturday I didn’t really feel up to starting the next one right away so I picked up Warm My Heart.  Made some good progress on her with 800 stitches for the week and a hoop move 😀

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I hate it when the photo flips sideways

I really do love stitching this one ❤

Further to last weeks completed stitch, Tash & Kids, it has been to the drycleaners and is currently at the framers.  I am very hopeful that it will be picked up over the next couple of days and be able to head off to its new home very soon 🙂

Ka Kete Ano xx

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Easter Bought A Cyclone And An ‘F’ Word

Twas the night before Easter

And all through the bay

All the things were a stirring

As a cyclone hit our house

Yep that is correct.  Easter arrived along with Cyclone Cook. I have had my car for just a wee bit over a year and on Wednesday night I discovered that when you are aqua-planing down the road ALL the bells and whistles go off on your dash.  It was a minor over reaction by my car as I was on a straight road going in a straight line, but entertaining to say the least.

The rain was rather torrential and this was Cyclone Cook’s warm up.  There was already extensive flooding across the Waikato and I live in the bay and have to travel over the Kaimai Range twice everyday for work.  This can be a harrowing piece of road in a bit of rain let alone a cyclone.

So I took the following day off 🙂

Yes, I was a weather sook 🙂

It rained and rained and rained, so me and the kitties stayed inside and I stitched while they catted.

The following day was Good Friday so nothing was open and landslides had closed most of the roads so we stayed home.  I stitched, the kitties catted and my husband feffed about doing boy stuff.

Saturday dawned bright and sunny and the annual Rotary book fair was on so I was there when it opened.  I hate crowds and hoped to bet them.  I did not. What is it about secondhand books that brings out the asshole in some people?  I got stood on, pushed, elbowed and run over by old ladies on mobility scooters, and that’s not including the time that someone grabbed a book out of my hand or the number of times people reached across to grab something on the other side of me.

Manners people, manners!

But I did score more for my book collection 😀

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9 books and a total of $33 spent 🙂 Yes books are very expensive here so this is quite the bargain 🙂

Then after a wee trip to Nosh for dinner noms it was back home and some more stitching.

Sunday arrived with a visit for a bunny.  I had a lovely surprise for my daughter . . .

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She snapchatted it with a caption of ‘F%$k you mum, F#@k you’ with crying laughing emoji’s to which I pointed out that wasn’t very polite.  She came back with ‘you are a horrible human being’.

It would probably be important to point out that she is being the gym chick at the moment and only eating chicken and salad but she has a terrible sweet tooth so I was kind of mean haha 🙂

As, once again, nothing was open we just mucked about the house and in the afternoon I stitched.

I managed an epic 3,690 stitches in 4 days

AND FINALLY COMPLETTED TASH & KIDS!!!!!!!!

Yes that’s right, I have an F word!

Thank the lord I can finally move on to something with some actual colour that’s not brown!

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The photo doesn’t really do it justice.  It has come out quite beautiful and I am hopeful that Tash will love it.

With the completion of the above fast approaching I got out the tray with Warm My Heart on it.  This confused Squeaky Cat no end as he likes to sit under the coffee table so I found this happening.

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Easter Monday saw me pick up the knitting needles again and now bunny has 2 legs and is just awaiting 2 arms before completion.

The next couple of weeks is definitely going to be all about knitting I think.  I have about 20 knitted squares to catch up on for my patchwork blankie and they are really playing on my mind and, of course, I have a second bunny that needs a knitting.

I also have a stitching challenge of 1,500 stitches in the next 2 weeks so Warm My Heart will be coming out to play again as well.  And then there is also Bumblebee which will really need some love one day soon.

Good thing its winter because that’s the time to catch up on the WIP piles 🙂

Ka kete ano xxx

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A Stitching We will Go

Last week was ridiculously busy so I didn’t get much done, but I did get a page finish! Yay!!!! Only one more page to go then its off to the framers then off to its new home.  I can’t wait! Really want to spend some quality time with Warm My Heart after this 🙂

Next week is probably going to be minimal stitching.  My bunny that I am knitting has become a very special project but I will explain more about that later.

Ka Kete Ano

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Ye Olde Bricke Walle

Last week I ran into a brick wall a bit with Tash & Kids and needed a little break.  I got my rug out that I am making and gave that a bit of a run 🙂

I really must start getting photo’s that face in the same direction.

Simon Cat seems to like me making this one and comes for cuddles.  I think when its completed he will probably call it his bed to be fair.  Mind you he may have to fight Squeaky Cat for it.  Squeak hasn’t found it yet so currently its all Simons.  Sadly I forgot to get a photo of Simon cuddling it.

On the weekend I picked up Tash & Kids again and managed to get in 900 stitches before Sunday bedtime.

Not a bad effort I feel 🙂

This week I managed 400 stitches already and a little diamond painting but as I am going to Adele tomorrow night then 21 Pilots on Saturday night I fear that there may not be much further. Still Sunday is going to be a rest day so you never know 😉

Ka kete ano xxx

 

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Epic Stitchy Weekends Do Happen

But only when its raining

New Zealand had a week of epic storms.  The town 2 over from us recieved its entire Autumnal rain doseage in 24 hours and promptly found itself cut off from every avaliable land mass.  We did not have it that bad, thank heavens, but there was no way on gods green earth that I was leaving the house for any reason that wasn’t life or death. As soon as wind and rain touch this hair I start to look like I’ve been abducted and mauled by a rabid poodle groomer who has a thing for Krusty the Clown.

So I stitched 😀 Made some pretty cool progress too even if I do say so myself 🙂 Nearly made it through an entire season of Grey’s Anatomy even 😀 I am very late to this show as I only started watching around Christmas time and I’m currently nearing the end of season 5.

Anyway, back to the stitching.

Over the weekend I achieve a rather epic, at least for this confetti driven slow stitching project, 2300 stitches 🙂

Only one and a half pages to go!!!!

As I am driving myself pretty hard on this one I didn’t undertake any other projects so that is the end of this weeks update.  If its any consulation I have been working late this week and as I have been lucky to sit down before 8.45 at night I have been working a little on my rug so there will be 2 things in next weeks update 😀

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Weekly Craft Update Of Which There Is Not Much

Last week was ridiculously busy and that made crafting time rather a non-event.

Monday saw a meeting that meant that my husband and I travelled separately and dinner came in late.  Tuesday was our only free night but we ended having to visit the in-laws so were late.  Wednesday was eyebrows and a detour through the supermarket.  Thursday was hair and we didn’t get home till after 8.  Friday was a wedding so a late night.  Saturday was a lovely spa day but that also meant that it was after 5.  Sunday was a bike show and K bought all her friends home for a BBQ.  When you leave home at 5.45 each day and your usual home arrival time is around 6.15 each night these afterwork extras added up to not a lot of down time.  We just about need a holiday after that lot.

Still some progress was made.  As I was a bit knackered every night I got the rug out that I am making a couple of times as its a bit mindless to make so doesn’t require masses of concentration.

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I think the cats are going to love this when it is finished 🙂

Saturday night and I got my stitching out for the first time this week.  After chores I managed to get a lot done on Sunday also.

Left: Start point.  Middle: Hoop move.  Right: Finish point

That last page took nearly 6 weeks! Well that’s not really surprising when you consider that it is the middle of summer here so we are not spending many days in the house avoiding outdoors and cold.  We are off climbing mountains and swimming in the sea along with BBQ’s and friends and family.

We are now on the final run with only 2 more pages, or one child, to go 🙂 I am getting excited to get this one out of the way.  I just can’t wait to pick up Warm My Heart again and I have a special project for my dad to get started also that I can’t wait to climb into 🙂  With the very noticeable advancing of autumnal weather I am sure I will start to motor through both those pages in no time at all 🙂

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Admitting Defeat Gracefully

Sometimes you just have to face the fact that you are not going to achieve what you had hoped.  I have to face that reality with Tash & Kids.  I’m just not going to get it finished in time for her birthday.

Last week I was starting to stress majorly about getting it done.  I was staying up till after 12 stitching on nights when I was able.  When you consider that I get up at 5 every morning to leave the house by 6 for work and not home again until after 6 at night this was making me rather tired and possibly a little cranky.

Then a friend died very unexpectedly.  Massive heart attack they are saying. I don’t know him or his wife super well but enough to say hi and the occasional dinner has been shared with mutual friends, a couple of Karaoke nights and many sangrias and red wines.  Enough to feel his loss.  He was in good shape, had no history of heart disease in his family and only 56.  He was scaling down and going into semi retirement with plans of surfing, fishing, riding and enjoying his family.  There was no sign that anything like this was even on the horizon let alone immanent. This seems grossly unfair.

Makes you pause and re-evaluate things a little.  You just don’t know what is around that next corner and every day really is a gift.  So I have decided that I am not going to stress.  I have way to much other good stuff coming up in the next few weeks that I want to enjoy.  A friends wedding this weekend as well as a spa day, parachuting next weekend and a large BBQ dinner, my grandmothers birthday the one after that, and then the Adele concert followed by a daughter coming home and we are taking her to the 21 Pilots concert the weekend after that.  I’m going to enjoy these things.

On March 26 I am going to pop around to my friends house and show her this gift and then bring it home again with me to finish, hopefully in time for mothers day in May 🙂

I am not going to stress about this any more but I am going to keep on stitching it 🙂  Due to the above there was not as much stitching as there possibly should have been but progress has been made.  710 was the entire stitch count for the week.

Friday night, with everything that was happening, I just couldn’t concentrate to stitch so I hauled my rug out.  Progress is moving along quite nicely with this 🙂  Its fabulous ‘no thinking required’ work so great for days when your thinker is broke.

I might have to start photographing these facing the same way haha

Well that was my crafty world for this week.  Now go hug your friends and family then go out enjoy the fact that life is a fabulous gift and even though there are times when you might just be ready to give up if you look around there are always little moments that sparkle and a reason to smile.