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Getting Rugged Up

Sitting on the floor in front of the fire is the rug that I started at the beginning of the year.  Can anyone else believe that it is nearly June already! The rug is for in front of the fireplace to protect the carpet.

At least that’s what I tell people.  The rug is really just because I always wanted to make one so I am giving it a go 😉

Winter is fast approaching with jerseys being worn every day and nobody but surfies in thermal suits even considering the water as a play ground.  In saying that I went for a walk along the winters edge last weekend and it’s still surprisingly warm.  Not enough to convince me to go swimming but enough to paddle your feeties in.

I digress.

With winter rearing its chilly little head I can tell you that the heat pump is now on low level 24/7 and we are definitely only a weekend or 2 from our first fire.  As we have the heat pumps we only use the fire for the cosy factor on weekends. This means that I really ought to crack on with the rug and try to get it finished so the fat furry fellas have somewhere to sit in front of the fireplace 🙂

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I’m getting into the swing of things and its making good progress 🙂 Heading towards the halfway mark this week . . . hopefully.  Super swamped at work again this week so my evenings are tending to look more like napping on the couch than crafting the night away.

After the epic stitching marathons that occurred trying to get Tash & Kids finished I’m a little jaded with stitching right now.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t want to stitch, just that I want to play with other things for a little while.  I did get a couple of hundred stitches done over the week but nothing major.

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I had cousins everywhere over the weekend so this was the grand sum of my achievements.

I’m thinking the rug is probably going to be the priority for the next couple of weeks as the clutter from too many unfinished projects is driving me a little crackers.  I tidy things when I am working on projects but I don’t put them away.  I have found that if they are away they remain away so leaving them out works better.  However this does mean I have 1 knitting basket with Blanket #1 in it beside the TV, 1 knitting box with Blanket #2 in it under the secretary, 1 shopping basket with Diamond Painting kit in it on one side of the fireplace, neatly folded rug kit on other side of the fireplace and last but not least 1 x dinner tray with Warm My Heart cross stitch stuff under the coffee table..  Things are getting a mite crowded so I need to finish some stuff 🙂

Ka Kete Ano

 

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A Bunny and a Nearly There

About a month ago I randomly started fretting about a knitting kit for a bunny that I bought around 2 years ago when I first started thinking about learning to knit.  It didn’t cost much as it was in clearance at Spotlight and it’s just been sitting in the knitting corner ever since.

Around to weeks ago I got it out and put it on the coffee table so it could stare at me everytime I went past it.

A little over a week ago I wasn’t feeling well (hungover) and couldn’t face my cross stitch so I picked it up and started knitting.

Now bear in mind that I am not very good at knitting so there has been a little bit of swearing, a fair amount of googling and a lot of ‘what the heck did I just do’s going on.

I have been enjoying it though 🙂

Randomly, all of a sudden I couldn’t put it down.  Huge drive to keep going which is kind of silly.  My youngest is 15 and we have no grandkids yet so what the heck am I going to do with it?

Then I saw a message from one of my favourite cousins saying she was heartbroken.  We messaged a bit and then she rang.

Her god-daughter had been found to have a brain tumour the week prior.  On Tuesday they got the news that its very aggressive and where it is they cannot even biopsy. Sadly our little 11-year-old is terminal.

We talked and we cried, as you can well imagine. During the talking and the crying it suddenly hit me why I need to make a bunny.  So now bunny has a home when she is finished.  Di has also asked me to make a second one for her which of course I will do.   Expect lots of bunny updates in the next few weeks.

So here’s where bunny is currently at.

All we need is 2 arms and legs and some stuffing 🙂

AND I have finally nearly finished Tash & Kids.  Only 4 rows or 3,690 stitches to go.  With Easter this weekend there is a small, be it very small, chance that she will be done this weekend but I make no promises.

My husband tells me there will be wine with bubbles in it at the end of this project

 

 

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And Another Deadline Passes

but oh well 🙂 I would have loved to have Tash and the Kids finished and away to its new home for Tash’s birthday but its just not a happening thing.  I put in a valiant effort of the past few weeks and we are now down to one more page + 400 stitches so we can nearly taste that finish but Tash’s birthday was on Sunday.  So close but not close enough.

I was going to visit her with it in a box but I had a thumping migraine so I flicked her a text and told her that there was one more page to go on her surprise and she would get it next month 🙂

She asked no questions so thats got me absurdly nervous now.  What if she hates it? What if she thinks its the worst gift ever?  Worse yet, what if she hates it but hangs it up anyway because thats what you do with a gift that someone has spent a hoard of time and effort on?  I would really hate it if I found that out.  I would rather she rejected it outright that have me think she liked it :/

Only 900 stitches this past week as this week was incredibly busy.  Went to Adele concert on Thursday night and then took the girls to 21 Pilots on Saturday night.  As both concerts were in Auckland its was 2 nights where we didn’t get in before 2am.  Very hanging eyeballs were occuring on Sunday in our home and I got a stupid migraine.  Haven’t had one for a while so I suppose I am not surprised.

Due to knackeredness factor I was not up for stitching on Sunday so pulled out a new project that has been in my ‘to do’ pile for a while.  I’m knitting myself a bunny 😀 It’s a wee kit that I picked up from the clearance bin at Spotlight a couple of years ago and I am using it to teach myself to read a proper knitting pattern.  I’ve had a You Tube a couple of bits and unravelled the first ear piece about 3 times before I was happy with it but I think I am getting the swing of it.  So far we have 2 ears, which are 2 pieces each, and a head 🙂

I’m enjoying this 🙂 but man do I have a wee sore finger and thumb from using  my finger to guide the needle but I’m having fun again 😀

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They don’t look much but I think they are cute 😀

Ka kete ano xx

 

 

 

 

 

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One stitch at a time

Still plugging away at Tash.  Hoping for a page finish this weekend coming as I can nearly see the end 🙂 Its funny how the closer you get to finishing a long term project the slower the progress seems to be. Only managed to achieve 1220 stitches this week, was hoping for over 2000 but hey, best laid plans and all that 🙂 I have to keep reminding myself that it is summer and I work full time and have other things happening as well.  So what if a full day trawling second hand shops for an ugly shirt for a themed stag do this coming weekend and a day in the kitchen for a family dinner party on Sunday night all got in the way of my stitching.  This weekend coming is another weekend and the goal will be at least 2000 stitches and a page finish.

While trawling for ugly shirts I came up with my plan for the monthly Crafty Bitches challenge and scored a bunch of cutlery, got a cheap canvas and raided husbands paint cupboard.

Its not the best but has taught me a bit so I hope to upgrade it a bit in the coming months once I find the appropriate items 🙂

On Sunday we had a dinner party.  Everything went a bit pear shaped when I got stuck at the supermarket for over an hour as I had to keep changing the menu to fit with available products.  Had just gotten home when we got a surprise visit from my brother.  After he and his beautiful family left I climbed into the preping and by the time I finished I only had about half an hour before guest arrival, not enough time to stitch.  So I picked up my floor rug that I am building and did a bit on that.

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That was pretty much my level of achievement for the weekend.  Not as much as I would have liked but it was a great weekend regardless.  Saturday, after second hand shop trawling, we were a wee bit thirsty so stopped at a new craft beer bar for a bit of watering and some squid rings.  They had live music in the garden bar and I think this new bar could become a regular thing.  Mum and my niece for dinner on sunday with a roast vegetable salad and chicken, Pav and ice cream for desert. Also of course there was the wee walkies up the big hill in my back yard so all in all it was rather a non-stop weekend 🙂

Oh one more thing.  This isn’t strictly in keeping with today’s post as I didn’t make it but as I am not known for my ability to focus and stay on task I will share. I found this beautiful hand stitched table cloth for $10 while second hand shop trawling that I just couldn’t leave there.

 

 

 

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Movie round up

The weekend started with a couple of hits:

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Bridget’s focus on single life and her career is interrupted when she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch … she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.  – Written by Anonymous

 

I did that awful wife thing and subjected my poor defenceless husband to a chick flick.  I think he will eventually forgive me.  I know he enjoyed as he actually laughed out loud several times and I had bought out the good snacks just in case.  Thoroughly enjoyed this 🙂 Bridget always makes me feel better about myself anyway but this just had me laughing the whole way though, even during the cringe moments 😀 The story wasn’t fantastic but it was a really fun watch 😀 4/5

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22 years after the original Jurassic Park failed, the new park (also known as Jurassic World) is open for business. After years of studying genetics the scientists on the park genetically engineer a new breed of dinosaur. When everything goes horribly wrong, will our heroes make it off the island?  

After subjecting poor defenceless husband to a chick flick I thought I had better be kind and do an adventure man friendly movie. Totally enjoyed it also 🙂 After 2 rather disappointing sequels (especially the rampaging in New York dinosaur bollocks bit from 2 which was not in the book by the way.  Book was good.) they have bought it back round and its a good watch.  Raptors became almost loveable which I didn’t see coming.  Big scary thing in the water was a just that, scary. It was a great watch 😀 4/5

Now we get to the end of the weekend and the misses.

I had been out up a big hill a couple of times and needed to spend some quality time with my deadline project and stay out of the sun for a bit.  So curtains were closed and A/C was on and it was ghost movie time.  I got these off a must watch ghost movie list.  I will never trust a list online again . . .

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A mother and father and their three teen-age children move to a new home that was the scene of a “personal tragedy”. The son meets a mysterious neighbor girl and together they experiment with an old radio they find in the attic, that can be used to communicate with the dead. Something is unleashed that brings new horror.

It was drivel and bollocks.  The staticy radio was meh in the scare factor and movie nearly put me to sleep.  I did laundry without pausing the movie while hanging it out.  This should tell you something. 2/5

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In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London, England, where single mother Peggy Hodgson believes that something evil is in her home. When Peggy’s youngest daughter starts showing signs of demonic possession, Ed and Lorraine attempt to help the besieged girl, only to find themselves targeted by the malicious spirits.

Not a bad watch but not great.  Had some good scary moments.  I struggled with the storyline because I know the story.  Have the book even.  They kind of stayed true to it up until the end.  The end was complete fabrication and Ed & Lorraine were never that involved.  They only ever stopped by for a few minutes one weekend and never really witnessed anything.  When you are portraying a story as based on fact I get that there will be some artistic licence but when it reaches that far past what actually happened then I’m sorry it shouldn’t be portrayed as a true story at all.  Just me I guess but it irks me lol 😀  All that aside it was not a bad watch 🙂 3/5

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For nineteen-year-old Jay, Autumn should be about school, boys and week-ends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors, that seem to be only a few steps behind. Written by Jose Tamayo

I appear to be in the minority on this as its rated medium high on most websites but I found it to be so bad that I couldn’t watch to the end and switched it off.  I made it 3/4 of the way through and just couldn’t do it. 1/5

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A brother and sister move into an old seaside house they find abandoned for many years on the English coast. Their original enchantment with the house diminishes as they hear stories of the previous owners and meet their daughter (now a young woman) who now lives as a neighbor with her grandfather. Also heard are unexplained sounds during the night. It becomes obvious that the house is haunted. The reasons for the haunting and how they relate to the daughter whom the brother is falling in love with, prove to be a complex mystery. As they are compelled to solve it, the supernatural activity at the house increases to a frightening level. Written by Russell West <ruswest@primenet.com>

This was released in 1944, black and white and I loved it 😀 It was fun for an afternoon movie.  Scare factor was completely missing but I can imagine that it would have had them in its day.  In today’s more blood soak and cgi scary times it was more of a romance than a horror but still well worth a watch. Such a great movie 😀 4.5/5

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Wanting to escape city life for the countryside, New Yorkers Cooper Tilson (Quaid), his wife Leah (Stone) and their two children move into a dilapidated old mansion still filled with the possessions of the previous family. Turning it into their dream house soon becomes a living nightmare when the previous owner (Dorff) shows up, and a series of terrifying incidents lead them on a spine-tingling search for clues to the estate’s dark and lurid past… Written by Gavin Nelson

I want the house! Such a beautiful old building.  That was about the best part of the movie, the house.  I’m not sure how this made it on to a ghost movie list as it was a thriller with no supernatural stuff at all.  With Stone and Quaid, along with a very young Kristen Stewart, heading the cast I was expecting a lot more but I found it to be rather trite and unbelievable.  Good premise but the actual script let it down. 3/5

All movie synopsis courtesy of IMDb

 

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Patience

My family has been a broken and fractured thing in the past.  Not the family I grew but the family I came from. My parents divorce, lies, deceit, selfishness and anger have all played their part in my past.  It was very obvious from a young age that my parents did not like each other terribly much and us kids often felt it keenly and on occasion bore the brunt of it.  Growing up felt tough.  They divorced when I was 15.  This did not make things better.  They went from disliking each other to despising each other fairly quickly and the family fractured apart completely. There were a whole host of reasons for this but that is their story to tell, not mine.

Then my brother died.

This made what was already a terrible family environment far worse.  Tolerances from the past become intolerable from the now and the family fractured apart even further, something that I would have thought impossible until it happened. I had already reached the point of little to no contact with my father and now there was a distance growing between my mother and I, and because of that there was limited contact with my remaining brother, sister and step brother and step sister.

My brother left behind a wife and 2 very young children.  His wife blocked us from ever seeing them again and within a month had changed their last name to her maiden name.  I can understand why she did this.  She needed to protect herself.  There was a whole host of things that lead up to my brother taking his own life and her side of that story is not a pleasant one.  I can imagine that she lives with terrible guilt at times and fear that the children will find out what happened.  Her solution was to remove us from their lives.

I have always believed that you should not allow your feelings about a person guide anyone else’s opinion.  Due to this I would allow my father access to my daughter whenever he wanted even though we weren’t talking.  Over the course of the next 10 years this shared love of my daughter has healed what seemed an impossible chasm.  It was slow progress but we are now 20 years in the future and I am my daddies princess and we are close.  He pops into work all the time with home baked treats for me and the staff as well as little treasures that he finds when his trawling second hand shops.

My relationship with my mother remains fractured.  This is due to a whole host of things but mostly due to us just being very different people.  I am working on this.  I realise that it is I that have distanced myself in a lot of ways and I am working on this.

Over the past 5 years my extended family and I have worked at bridging the gaps.  I now have a lot of contact with my brother and email my sister regularly.  I will go and visit her one day but as she is a rather expensive plane ride away this is a future thing.

My cousins and I are back in touch and we are close.  They came to my daughters 21st.

Its amazing what the joint love of one precious wee soul, my amazing daughter, can do to bring a family back together.

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Us, brother, sisters, cousins all with our partners at baby girls (crouching in front) 21st

But we are all still missing something vital.  My brothers daughters.

I made contact with my oldest niece when she was 16.  This lasted a week and her mother found out and told her that if she didn’t cease contact that she would be disowned and thrown out of the house.  It was my fault.  I told the beautiful girl to be honest with her mother that she was talking to me.  I didn’t want secrets.  After the epic melt down beautiful niece emailed me and told me what had happened.  I told her that as much as it wasn’t fair that she had to listen to her mother and to come and find me again when she was ready.

I have had to wait another 8 years but last month she contacted my daughter via good old Facebook.  We gave her space but last week I added her myself and we started messaging.  She has been told that we were the ones that removed contact.  She figured this might be incorrect after we spoke when she was 16.  Smart kid 🙂 I sent her photo’s from my fathers house showing her pictures on the wall of her up until the age of 3. She rang almost immediately and got to talk to her granddad for the first time in 21 years.

She knows almost nothing of her father.  She has almost nothing of her fathers.  Her mother has attempted to wipe all memory of him from her world.  I have told beautiful niece that she can ask me anything that she wants about her dad, anything at all, except for the major stuff about the ending.  I have told her that it is her mothers story and her mothers journey and I can’t, or won’t, impact on that.

Somebody told me I should tell beautiful niece everything but I don’t agree.  My brothers death has caused enough pain and heartache.  It has to end now.  Beautiful niece is now 24 years old and I am 45.  That means that we have a lot of happy memories to look forward to and to make for the future AND I get to talk about how wonderful my brother was to somebody new who wishes to have known him.  Its time to look forward not back.

We are having lunch together this Saturday.  For the first time in 21 years I get to hug my beautiful niece.

I knew she would come back.  Patience really is a virtue xx

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One thing at a time

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This week was a wee bit more up in the air than I thought so not much was achieved.  Gained about 600 stitches but that is all.  I have decided that I really need to concentrate on this and little else until it is completed.  I really need it do be done.  Have completed nearly 200 stitches for this week already

Oh but I set up a new Facebook group yesterday  along with my sister in law.  Its called Crafty Bitches Monthly Challenge and the premise behind this is that we have to make something for our home each month.  We are then going to have a gathering of the local people at my house and have a show and tell over Sangria’s on the last weekend of each month.  The group with have monthly albums so that our overseas’s friends can be a prat of this as well 🙂 So far there are 7 of us hahahaha 🙂  Its a public group if anyone is interested in joining us 🙂

 

 

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Christmas Debris

Its not all about crafting.

So Christmas came and went with a full house, full tummies and too many Lunam’s (My family name) in one place due to a family reunion.  We drank, we ate, we laughed and we opened presents 🙂 Santa was a kind and generous man this year

Yep, even though they are adults my kids still all get Christmas stockings.  I’m such a sap lol  So one of my darlings made me one this year which was epically awesome 😀

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Breakfast was the usual influx of people in search of their presents vying with rumbly tummies.  Mum bought over wine with gold in it and kept making inappropriate references to bodily functions, sieves and inheritance which even caused the cat to go ewww and hide under the table

That’s my seat he’s hiding under hoping to be saved from inappropriate breakfast conversation . . . or ham . . . probably ham

So after we got Christmas out of the way I put the tree away so that Natalie could continue to eat without having to sit in the middle of it.  This was the day after boxing day and we were all knackered.  Its been a very busy few months in the Semmens house.  And it rained.  Just a little but enough for us to not leave the lounge for a couple of days.  This lead to many movies and some were even to educate the kids

So the general consensus on the above is as follows:

Suicide Squad (2016): It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself? Written by Amitash Balekar

Pretty much shit apart from the opening scene

London Has Fallen (2016): After the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances, all leaders of the Western world must attend his funeral. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The President of the United States, his formidable secret service head and a British MI-6 agent who trusts no one are the only people that have any hope of stopping it. Written by Anonymous

Never going to be a classic but a good watch

Shutter Island (2010): It’s 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston’s Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He’s been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons, but before long he wonders whether he hasn’t been brought there as part of a twisted plot by hospital doctors whose radical treatments range from unethical to illegal to downright sinister. Teddy’s shrewd investigating skills soon provide a promising lead, but the hospital refuses him access to records he suspects would break the case wide open. As a hurricane cuts off communication with the mainland, more dangerous criminals “escape” in the confusion, and the puzzling, improbable clues multiply, Teddy begins to doubt everything – his memory, his partner, even his own sanity. Written by alfiehitchie

I love this movie, the kids loved this movie.  Think its the 4th time I have seen it but the first for Nat & Ron

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975): McMurphy has a criminal past and has once again gotten himself into trouble and is sentenced by the court. To escape labor duties in prison, McMurphy pleads insanity and is sent to a ward for the mentally unstable. Once here, McMurphy both endures and stands witness to the abuse and degradation of the oppressive Nurse Ratched, who gains superiority and power through the flaws of the other inmates. McMurphy and the other inmates band together to make a rebellious stance against the atrocious Nurse. Written by Jacob Oberfrank

The first time that the kids have seen it.  Nat loved it, Ron didn’t get it and went to bed

American Poltergeist (2015): A group of friends move into a vacation home with a sinister past in Fall River, Massachusetts. Suspicious of the home’s owner, Taryn feels a strong connection to the house and finds herself at the center of one of the most deadly poltergeists in American history. Written by Nicole Holland

Even as a last resort DO NOT watch this movie.  I love b grades but this was just sadly bad

The Poltergeist of Borley Forrest (2013): After visiting a supposedly haunted forest, a teen girl comes to believe that a violent poltergeist has followed her home and is stalking her and so with her brother and friends, sets out on a mission to unravel its mystery and stop it before it harms someone. Written by Anonymous

Good premise, shit movie

The Fear of 13 (2015): A convicted murderer who has spent 23 years on Death Row tells his story.  

LOVED THIS!!!!! Seriously, its a watcher.  Nick Yarris is a magical story teller and you just kept watching.  Every time someone came in a talked (I was watching by myself) I had to rewind to hear what he had said.  This would be my surprise favourite.

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New Year, New Beginnings

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I’m back 🙂 Did you miss me?

Hope everyone had a fantastic and safe Christmas and New Year period.

Its been a fantastic holiday season here in the Semmens’ house.  All the kids were home and for the most part it all went well. There was lots of lying in the sun, swimming at the beach as well as the normal high levels of cheese and alcohol consumption.

For those on the other side of the world, summer is in full swing here, and from Christmas eve through till either the second or third week of January the whole country pretty much shuts down and we all head off to the beach.  We can’t pull out of our driveway right now as we live there and traffic is backed up for miles.  Ahhh the price we pay for living in paradise.

Now its time to get back into the real world ~sigh~

With all my little Christmas projects completed and a two week holiday I managed to get a wee bit of stitching done.  Around 5000 stitches in just over a week to be precise.  I did do other things as well so my butt hasn’t gone flat and even managed some outside stitching so it I have lovely brown arms 🙂  After the kids all left my husband also took off for a couple of days so it was just me, the kitties and a Greys Anatomy marathon 🙂

The following photo’s are the progression through the stitching time

Some nice progress has been made and I have high hopes for a February finish.

I had a wee parcel turn up that I am rather excited about.  One of my stitching Facebook groups introduced me too it and so off to Aliexpress I went and found a couple of kits that looked like they might be the go.  Pricing is very reasonable so its worth a shot.  If I don’t like it I’ve not really lost anything.

I give you Diamond Painting which is very similar to Cross Stitch but done with little sparkly plastic diamonds instead.

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The diamonds are all coded with the same number as DMC threads so now I’m wondering about a Jasmine Beckett Griffith HAED that I have that I think would be perfect so hmmmmmm . . .

Last, but not least, one of my favourite people had a birthday on Boxing Day.  I won’t be seeing her until next week so I made this after her actual birthday to give to her when we catch up on Wednesday.

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It came up rather spiffing even if I do say so myself.

This week, and for the next few weeks coming, my entire focus is on getting the stitch done so that I can get it framed up before her birthday at the end of March.   I have a deadline and just need to get plugging along.

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Phew we made it

At the middle of last week I was in complete panic.  Nearly everything still needed doing.  My stitchy day to finish Nat’s cushion got hi-jacked by my husband and instead of a 10 minute stop at a friends house I rolled him out 6 hours later, him with a very happy glow.

The reality was that I just was not going to get everything done.  The girls were due up on Saturday and I needed at least another 12 hours to get just their stuff done.  I was so stressed I was near crying and totally freaking out.

I know, I know.  Christmas is supposed to be about family and not gifts but I hate disappointing people and love spoiling them and with half the family having great presents, the other half couldn’t be doing without.

So I took the day off work . . . and thank F%#k I did.  I was just getting out of the shower at around 9ish when my husband rang.  Turns out that during the drama of how long we would get them from their mother for (always a drama and always multiple changes in time and date) he had missed her changing the start date and they had just left Stratford.  Panicked phone calls to my darling Dad resulted in him dropping everything doing the emergency pick up for us as I was an hour further away than everyone else and they would have been stranded waiting for me for at least 1.5 hours.  Gotta love my Dad 🙂

I had thought that I would have both that day and most of Saturday to get this all done but now I had 8 hours and that was all.

I got dressed and started stitching.

and I stitched and I stitched and I stitched.

I managed to get Natalie’s cushion mostly done.  I had gotten about halfway through the pulling of the waste canvas when then arrived home so I stashed it in the wardrobe.

This was Thursday last week 🙂

Meanwhile I had finally come up with an Alice in Wonderland idea for Ronnie.  I didn’t get a chance to start it.

Ralph and I had a chat and we decided he would take the girls out on Saturday morning so I could get it all done.

As you can imagine, stress levels are now through the roof.

So Saturday dawned beautiful and sunny.  I got up and went for a run along the beach. It was so beautiful and warm that I yanked my shoes off and dived into the ocean.  Instant hyperthermia and minor frost bite to the extremities.  Its still not warm out here hahahaha

Back home and I strip my leggings off on the deck and wrap a towel around myself.  Poured a coffee and started sorting my days agenda.  As the girls were having breakfast I started making the first of my sauces, the Jack Daniels BBQ sauce.  As I’m cooking away dressed in a soggy singlet and underwear wrapped in a towel my daughter wandered in and asked why I was dressed this way, so I told her.  She then left with her cup of coffee muttering about her mother being ‘bat shit crazy’ 😀 Gotta love that kid.

Jack Daniels BBQ sauce is delicious! http://www.food.com/recipe/jack-daniels-bbq-sauce-278367

Ralph took the girls out and I finished the cushion! 🙂

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I then climbed into Ronnie’s Alice in Wonderland and got that taken care of.

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Then, after texting Ralph that it was safe to return, I climbed into Jordyn’s dream catcher.

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Sunday dawned with a flurry of mixing as I climbed into the rest of the BBQ box stuff.

First up was the Jim Beam BBQ sauce.  Completely different from the Jack one but bloody nice even if I do say so myself http://www.food.com/recipe/jim-beams-bbq-sauce-243869

Then we made some Bacon Salt.  Tastes like salt.  Nothing to rave about but looks good 🙂 http://www.notquitenigella.com/2012/02/16/bacon-salt/

Then we made Bobby Flays Dry Rub http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/sauce-spread/marinade/bobby-flays-dry-rub.html

And we finished it all off with The Mansion Spice Rub http://eliotseats.com/2013/12/20/christmas-2013-seasonings-for-the-season/

And I boxed it all up into the 3 boxes

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I then boxed up the memory stick gifts and the girls candle boxes then sat down with an extremely large glass of Chardonnay

Forgot to get a photo of the candles for the housekeepers though whoops

I then discovered that our neighbours are all going to be away for Christmas so don’t need to bake them any cookies! Phew.

So I did it.  With some blood, lots of swearing and an almost complete mental breakdown we have made the all.  Remind me next year that this was a stupid idea because I am notorious for doing this to myself.

We are now back to stitching Tash’s photo with the aim to have it completed and framed by her birthday at the end of March

After that mammoth effort I now need a nap!

Christmas may now proceed as planned xxx

This weeks planned achievements:

  • Work on Tash’s stitch

Last weeks planned achievements:

  • Finish Natalies cushion cover Done!
  • Jordyns dream catcher Done!
  • Make rubs for BBQ boxes.  At least research some sauces for same Completed!
  • Figure out what the heck to make, then make, something for Ronnie Done!
  • Finish putting together the memory stick gifts Done!

Christmas Homemade List Progression:

  1. Kayla: Elephant cushion – Completed
  2. Levi: BBQ Basket same as bosses – Completed
  3. Jordyn: Dream catcher – Completed
  4. Veronica: Stencil Art, Alice in Wonderland – Completed
  5. Natalie: Scary Movie cushion – Completed
  6. Jamie: Photo with beach boarder – Completed
  7. Lunam Family Christmas: Dragon cushion – Completed
  8. Dad & Siblings: Memory stick of Great Grandad’s war diary’s and postcards – Completed
  9. Tash: Cross stitch photo – Finish it! Not going to happen I feel but worth a shot.
  10. Marie & Margaret – Completed
  11. Housekeepers – Completed
  12. The bosses – BBQ Gift basket – Completed