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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Deck the Halls....

Hello everyone!

That for the kind wishes when I was sick, I am much better now, actually it only lasted 12 hours, so I was lucky.

This weekend I am at my Mum and Dads to put up the Christmas tree which I do every year. Lots of fun!
This is the stocking I made a few years ago for myself, so I am making another one (which probably won't be finished until next Christmas!) for my SIL.

On to some sad news, I recently broke up with my BF which was very sad, so I feeling a bit depressed and sad which is always worse leading up to Christmas, but I'm trying to be Christmas happy! I am also looking at a change of career, from dental assistant to quantity surveying or engineering technology. It's a bit scary changing careers but I really have had enough of dental after 13 years! So I guess I have lots to think about over the summer/Christmas holidays.

Anyways here is my happy pictures!-
The Ginga's favourite chair! He's just so cute

happy stitching!

Michelle

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Francophile...

Hi everyone, I decided since I'm sick today that I should at least post something even though I haven't done very much stitching at all since the last post! Please don't read the next paragraph if your squeamish!

I would actually rather be at work than sick because I got a nasty vomiting bug, whether it be from something I ate or a virus, anyway since 9am this morning I can't stop vomiting, hopefully it will pass soon because it is no fun what so ever!

Anyway back to the more pleasant things in life, namely stitching! This is a chart I have been wanting to stitch for a while, so I thought it would be a nice Christmas gift to myself! Its called the Francophile sampler by Nouveau Encore from my favourite needlework shop ABC Stitch.
It only uses 2 colours -  black and red (or any other colours you like) and is done 2 over 2 with one strand. I had maybe thought of doing it one over but I think I may go blind doing that! So I thought using 40-count, if you have any other ideas please let me know!

Hopefully next time I will have some actually stitching progress to so you, but in the mean time happy stitching!

Michelle

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Not Much Stitching, but Earthquake Photos

Well I have been such a bad blogger! over one month since my last confession blog!

Anyway here is an update on the Christmas stocking, which I don't think will be finished before Christmas :( well it's my own fault for procrastinating and not actually doing any stitching. I was having far too much fun looking at everybody else's stitching blogs!

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It doesn't really look like I have done much more, but I have! I promise!

At the weekend we went for a walk around the Christchurch central city. We try and do this every few months as it is always changing with buildings being demolished and even new ones just started being built. It has been nearly 2 years since the devastating earthquake and the central city is still a demolition zone and it's really amazing how nature takes over again, with some buildings being overgrown.

The sad sight of the Christ Church Cathedral, due to be demolished (what is left of it) but we really want it to be fixed, unfortunately it would cost millions of dollars to rebuild and we have so many more just as important buildings to repair and rebuild.

A lot of the city blocks look like this, and I can't even remember what was here in the first place!

Which building is on the lean? Is the glass building leaning back or is the one beside it leaning forward? Nobody is really sure...

Anyway I will go around the CBD in a few months again to see what has changed.

Happy stitching!

Michelle

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Christmas Stocking...and updates

Hello everyone! It's been a while since my last update - but I have been very busy stitching in that time!

BF was away in China so I got lots and lots of stitching time to myself. I worked on Tuscany Town, Beatrix Potter Sampler and a Christmas Stocking.

Tuscany Town before-
After-

Slowly getting there!

Next is a Beatrix Potter Sampler
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I've done quite a bit on this particular one, so it's nearly finished!

And finally the Christmas Stocking
I love this stocking, I have made one before and it looks great made up.

Well as you can see I have been very busy stitching (for me that is) but now that BF is back I don't get as much time to myself to stitch.

Happy stitching!
Michelle

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuscany Town and an Alpine Getaway

Well some good progress on Tuscany Town, just filling in around the trees and also blue on the triangle borders. I'm slowly getting there Yipee!!

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I have been sorting through my stash again and I am being a bit ruthless about what I am keeping and what I will sell off, mostly because I will never do half of it in 100 years! I'm sure most of you can relate to that!

A couple of weekends ago we went away for a weekend to Hanmer Springs. Hamner is a beautiful sub alpine little town in North Canterbury with the best hot pools! temperatures ranging from a cool 21 degrees to 41 degrees! Far too hot for me, it's like sitting in a really hot bath with dozens of strangers! Anyway I don't like the really hot pools and tend to stick to the more "cooler" temperature of 28.
We also went for a drive into the mountains to the Molesworth, which is New Zealand's largest  high country station covering an area of over 180,000 hectares.

I won't bore you with too many photos

We also did some mountain biking in Hanmer which has the best tracks and also the most difficult! (I had to walk my bike down some of it) Great weekend though and we are already planning our next trip!

Anyway, BF goes to China on Thursday for 3 1/2 weeks! What am I going to do? haha I know I will miss him terribly but by the time he gets back will have started my new permanent job, which is quite exciting, so I'm sure that will keep me busy and on my toes for a while. It is spring here, though you wouldn't know it because it's snowing right now! Yuk I hate snow!!

Bring on summer!!!

Happy stitching!

Michelle

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Birthday!! and not a lot of stitching...

Well that's not entirely true, I have done a bit more on Tuscany Town...but it was my birthday last Friday and I don't really like the idea of getting older so I just tend forget how old I am, but BF kindly put in my birthday card "happy 37th birthday" thank you very much!!! I told him it was a typo and he should fix it...he just laughed at me...LOL! Anyway I had a lovely weekend with lots of dinners and lunches out with family and friends.

So here is my progress on Tuscany Town:

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So I have finished all the little Italian trees and I have started on the squares in the corners, I am slowly getting there and I hope to finish it by March 2013 so I can enter it in the Oxford A & P show, which is the local agricultural show but also has a handcraft and cooking sections, so fingers crossed I will have it done by then.

I also got myself a little birthday present-

Are they not the prettiest shoes you have ever seen!!! they are very high and I am taller than BF when I wear them...hehe
Also got this handbag-

it's fabulous!!
I got them from www.myhabit.com fantastic shoes and clothes at discounted prices! I spend way to much time on there...

Happy stitching everyone!

Michelle




Tuesday, July 31, 2012

!!Another Happy Dance!!

Woo Hoo!!

I have finished Nora Corbetts letter "M"
Recommended Threads - Cresent Colours
Mill Hill Beads
32-count Linen

I have also been doing a bit on the Chatelaine "Tuscany Town"
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It's coming along nicely and if I'm very good I may have it finished by the end of the year! LOL!

Also a progress picture on the Enchantment of Winter
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(stitching is upside down by the way - oops my bad...)

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Just started on the 1 over 1 and not really enjoying that! Unfortunately there is quite a bit of it.

I have done a bit more on Mirabilia's "Goddess of Wisdom"

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Thanks to DMC changing the colours slightly, some of the blue is a different shade from the parts I have already done. GRRRRRR Not sure what I am going to do about that yet....

I hope you have been enjoying the Olympics, most of the live coverage here in New Zealand is on during the small hours of the morning, thank goodness for the Mysky recorder! Anyway I have watched and really enjoyed the 3 day eventing and I'm looking forward to watching the dressage on Wednesday.

Happy stitching!

Michelle

Monday, July 30, 2012

Exciting News...

Sorry no photos in this post! I have been a really slack lately, but that's because I have had other distractions - like my new boyfriend! BF (boyfriend, cos I'm too lazy to type out the whole word) I met a bit over 3 weeks ago has been taking me away from my stitching, oh well, I am not complaining! He doesn't ride a road bike like me but does ride a mountain bike (it's a hard road finding the perfect man...LOL) and the funniest thing is that he lives just 200 metres away from me, so he has been here the whole time!!! He is such a lovely guy and wants the same things as me, so fingers crossed he's a keeper.

On the stitching front, I haven't got much done, but I have been working on the Enchantment of Winter. I am trying to do a bit of the 1 over 1 and having problems seeing it! It's definitely not for the faint hearted! Does anybody have any tips on doing 1 over 1?

I have done a little bit on the 1 over 1 and you have to be careful you don't pull the threads too hard or they disappear into the fabric!

I am actually taking a sick day today, I was meant to start my new job today but ended up being really sick with a very nasty chesty cough and aching all over, I felt soooo bad about calling in sick on my first day but I can barely get out of bed! I'm hardly ever sick and it's so unpleasant and annoying. I guess I can only get better....I hope :)

Happy stitching!

Michelle

Friday, June 29, 2012

!!HAPPY DANCE!!

I have got my first finish for 2012!

Holiday Cookies
28-count white evenweave
DMC cottons

Phew! didn't think I would get it finished so fast - yes folks this is fast for me! LOL

Anyway on to my next WIP and see if I can get another finished...maybe...

Michelle

Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Job!!!

I have some good news - I have a new job! I got sick of my bosses temper tantrums, so I gave my notice and start my new job on the 13th July. I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Anyway back to the stitching - I have nearly finished (that's right nearly finished!) Holiday Cookies. Here is my progress:
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Not long now, hopefully I will have finished it by my next post. Other than that I haven't done any other stitching, mostly because I have been out after work or training. We have had a locum dentist at work and she is sooooo nice, therefore we have had a few trips to the pub after work! Unfortunately she was only there for 2 weeks and now my regular, soon to be ex-boss is back :(

I do however has some cute Ginga Ninja pictures-

He likes to "display" himself in front of the fire. lol!

Last night he decided to have a little nap inside Mum's tote bag.

It was such a nice day today so I decided to got for a mountain bike ride. Still quite cold but rugged up nice and warm.

Happy stitching!

Michelle

Friday, June 8, 2012

Snow!

This week we got a big dump of snow, and the worst part was that it froze overnight and was sooo icy in the morning - not good for driving in...
Where the tracks in the the snow are, it was solid ice and very very slippery.


So that meant we I got a day of work when it was snowing so of course there was only one thing to do - stitch!

So far with Tuscany Town mandala I have been doing the little trees
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After:

I have also picked up another WIP, Athena, Goddess of Wisdom by Mirabilia

I have also done some more on Holiday cookies
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After:


So overall I had a very busy week, and got done quite a lot of stitching! Also my favourite cyclist Jakob Fuglsang (a.k.a Wonderboy) hehe, won the Tour of Luxembourg

Awww....he's so cute!

Happy stitching!!!

Michelle