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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.

Left: Start point.  Right: Finish point

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another deadline approaches

I’ve done it again.  I have once again given myself the impossible task of finishing a cross stitch by a set date that I have absolutely not chance of achieving hahahaha ~goes and sits in the corner and thumps head against wall~

Why why why do I do this to myself?  As if my job, kids and all the other things I have going on aren’t stressful enough, why do I set myself up with further angst and sleepless nights?

Don’t panic, I am not expecting and answer to that one as I am fairly confident that there isn’t one and that I will obviously do this to myself again at some stage in the future lol 😀  Lets just put it down to my ability to thrive on a deadline and leave it at that.

So I have set myself the impossible task of completing Tash & Kids by mid March.  This means that I have to stitch 500 stitches a day from here on if I wish to have any chance of achieving this goal.  As this is a confetti rich pattern the chances are slim to none but I am going to give it everything and hope for the best.  Might even take a couple of days off work to try and help with this goal.

Last weeks progress was only 1110 stitches so that was not a great start but as I only figured out the 500 a day thing on Sunday I will let that slide.

This weeks goal is definitely a page finish and at least 3000 stitches by Sunday. We can but try 🙂

During the week I had a day where for some reason my eyes were not behaving properly and I couldn’t see to stitch properly.  I did a lot of driving that day so wonder if it was maybe a bit of sun strike or something off the road.  I didn’t want to sit and do nothing so I picked up the floor rug that I am doing 🙂 Made some good progress on her too 🙂

I am actually really enjoying this and might just get the fox kit that they have after Tash & Kids and this one are done and do it up for Kayla for Christmas.

See there I go again, adding craft stress too my life hahahaha ~back in the corner going dribbly~

 

 

 

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50 shades of brown

I’m beginning to think that this one will never end.  I love Tash but I am never doing a sepia toned photo again.

I finally figured out why I am struggling with this one so much on the weekend.  It’s the colour brown.  I don’t like it, I never have.  There is nothing brown in my wardrobe, not even shoes.

Don’t get me wrong.  I know that most things in nature are brown and I love trees and brown bunnies and dogs and all manner of brown elements found in flora and fauna but I am not a brown person.  I find the colour depressing.  It reminds me of the end of winter when everything is dark and dreary and damp and everyone is grumpy and needs to be able to go outside and play without risking hyperthermia.

With this in mind I have strengthened my resolve and I am just going to knuckle down and get it done.  I have given myself a deadline of the first weekend in March to have this finished by so I really am going to get a move on and stitch like greased lightning.

More progress was made yesterday with this resolve than in the entire week prior.

I am going to apologise now as you are just going to get spammed everyone Monday mornings with progress pics of a photo conversion of people you have never met before but I have 2.5 pages to get done and only about 4 weeks to do them in.  The last page took me a month so this may be a forlorn hope but I am going to do my best.

Then I’m going to set fire to the pattern.

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Weekly craft update

Not an exciting gripping title this week but I didn’t sleep well last night so 😛 that’s what I’m calling it.

Not a lot happened this week in the crafty household.  Its busy and its summer so there is more ‘outside’ going on than you get in winter. Plus, being summer and New Zealand and the Bay of Plenty we have 2 long weekends in a row which also means more of the outside stuff.  Still, relatively good progress was made.

About 1110 stitches this week.  Is slow going again as we are back into the world of confetti.  I think that is why I am not really enjoying this stitch.  Its so huge on confetti that you feel like you are not getting anywhere all the time.  I don’t usually mind confetti because the results are beautiful but all the different shades of brown are driving me batty.

Can’t complain.  2.5 pages to go and then I can move on to bigger and better things 😉 Once this baby is done I have about 20 knitting squares to catch up on but I am refusing to do anything else until completion.

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Nothing else MATters

Making some good progress on Tash’s currently.  Finished a page this week. Only 3 more to go!!! Can’t wait to get this out of the way.

With the first monthly meeting scheduled for Crafty Bitches this weekend I suddenly realised I needed to get my a into g and get my craft done.  Would be rather sad if the person who came up with this idea and who is also the host had nothing to show for her monthly endeavours.  So I made a door mat.

Kinda looks like it was drawn on my a 3 year old with sun ripened crayons but I will take it as a win for a first attempt.  First daughter tells me its too cutesy and therefore sucks, yet my cousin is all excited and wants me to make her one identical.  Considering locking first daughter out of the house.

Am going to turn the smiley face in yellow into a paw print I think as it really doesn’t resemble a smiley face in the slightest.

Enjoy your week everyone xxx