Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Post About Not Stitching...

Well not a lot of stitching went on this week!

In fact I didn't do any...I was rather busy this week doing stuff, I'm not sure what, but it took up a lot of time!  I actually have been going through all my cross stitch stash and deciding what I'm going to sell off. I have far to much stash and quite frankly I will never do it all. some of the stuff I have I don't even like anymore! So I have been taking photos of it and listing my stuff on Trade Me (the New Zealand version of Ebay)

I did go out to my very dear friends house, who live just out of Christchurch in a nice picturesque valley. So yesterday her husband Glenn and I went for a walk up the hill where you can get some nice views.
The nice view from the top. It was very high up, and only took 30mins of scrambling up rocks and sides of hills :)

That is Lucy and Glenn's garden down there!

Today we walked up the other hill on the other side of the valley.

Lucy and I also watched "Mrs 'Arris goes to Paris" a wonderful movie starring Angela Lansbury, who is a cleaning lady in London, saves up enough money to go to Paris to buy a Christian Dior dress. A must see if you love vintage Dior dresses! Lucy makes most of her clothing, and is so talented at designing her own dresses as well - I love her vintage style!

Since this has turned into a non stitching post, I may as well tell you about my latest favourite music - Sixx:AM is the latest band I have been listening to, and they have some really good music, the bassist is Nikki (Motley Crue) and the lead guitarist is DJ Ashba (new Guns n' Roses guitarist too) I now listen them on my iPod while biking, somehow it makes me go faster! LOL!

Hopefully I will get some stitching done next week so I can at least post something about stitching!

Have a good week!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Earthquake Anniversary

Tuesday 22nd February 2011
Magnitude 6.3
Depth 5km deep
181 people killed

Today is the one year anniversary of the February earthquake in Christchurch.It's been a sad and quiet day. There was something that brought a smile to my a face and a few tears - we have so many orange road cones around the place warning of road damage etc...well people were encouraged to place flowers in the top of the cones, so everywhere today I saw flowers in road cones, it was lovely (unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me)

The earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, especially in the central city and eastern suburbs, with damage exacerbated by buildings and infrastructure already being weakened by the 4 September 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks. Significant liquefaction affected the eastern suburbs, producing around 400,000 tonnes of silt.

I was at work in Lincoln which is about 16 km south east of the central city and although we feel it really badly out there, we had no significant damage. We never really knew how bad it was in the city until the radio stations went off air, which was quite scary as you knew something really bad had happened then. I lived in Christchurch near the central city, and as I drove back into the city, it really hit just how serious the situation was. The roads in a lot of areas were badly buckled and damaged, there were holes and big lumps in the road where there didn't used to be! and liquefaction was everywhere...
They haven't accidentally parked at the beach! but this is liquefaction which comes up from the ground bringing flooding and silt and with it. We has some liquefaction at our house, but not much compared to other suburbs

This is after we had shoved it into piles. We also lost water and power, power was out for 3 days and we had no water for 2 weeks - yes, 2 weeks! So this was our toilet

It was built my my flatmate, and I think it has a nice indoor outdoor toilet freshener needed. LOL We used this for 2 weeks until we had water again, but we still had to boil the water for a further 3 months because of the badly damaged infrastructure. Showers were at any ones house who had water, friends of friends, I could shower at work luckily.

I used to bike on this road!

Whats left of Christchurch's beautiful Anglican Cathedral
Christchurch is recovering from just not one earthquake but more than 10,000 aftershocks, the February earthquake was the second serious earthquake after the September 2010 quake which was a 7.1 magnitude but because it was at 4.35am people were still asleep, and not many buildings in the city fell down.

Even though this is a rather somber post, I have to say Christchurch is rebuilding and we can move on with our lives (the ones that have stayed! a lot of people left the city - can't say I blame them especially the people who's homes where destroyed) and I hope one day we can say that we survived and rebuilt a city from the ruins.

I must say I am a little misty eyed writing this, it is very traumatic living with earthquakes - large and small - you never know when you might get another big one, but you learn to live with them and adapt and also learn a lot, things like:

you can live without power for a few days
an outdoor toilet isn't that bad
and it's amazing how a community can come together and help each other, something we all need to practice once in a while...


Monday, February 20, 2012

Nailpolish of the Month

So who likes my new nail polish? Yes it is blue but it can't be too radical because my boss hasn't said anything about it (mind you he is a man...)
I do wear gloves all day as I work in a dental surgery, so I don't really get to flash my hands in peoples faces - just mouths haha, and my work is a little conservative...unlike me...maybe I'm in the wrong job...

I am doing a special post for tomorrow as it is the 1 year anniversary of the earthquakes, it's a bit of a sad and poignant post but I can't believe it's been a year, feels like yesterday


Saturday, February 18, 2012

The Enchantment of Time Trialing

Well this week I haven't done much stitching at all, I did pick up the Enchantment of Winter and did some on that, but not much to show really.
Before: (sorry it is upside down)


Today I had a 25km Time Trial race, and after yesterdays 27 degree day, it decided to rain and be cold- oh well, I got thoroughly wet and cold but I did have a good race.
All smiles at the start

As you can see I don't wear a skin suit or aero helmet like this guy, but he looks much better in a skin suit than I ever ever would...

This particular WIP is called Attic Collection-A Stitchers Accessory Book by Judy Odell. I have done one front panel, but I haven't even finished that! I haven't picked up this one for at least a year, so does that make it a UFO? Anyway maybe I should actually do a rotation of my WIPs and then some of them might actually see the light of day!

Lastly a note about my ramblings about Guns n' Roses and Bret Michaels of Poison from last week, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching, Jo had a picture of a very pretty Bret Michaels, to which her boss asked who the pretty lady was...hahaha
Yes, very pretty...*snigger snigger* Sorry Jo, he's so easy to make fun of!
Till next week!


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cupcakes and a New Start

I must show you my cupcakes I made last weekend, I thought I had better take a photo of them before I ate them all!

Yummy Yummy...

Anyway, here another WIP, its the Beatrix Potter ABC Sampler

Most of the sampler is done except for the border and the tiny mice around the letters, so this is one I will plan to finish this year! I haven't got an update on Tuscany Town this week, because I haven't worked on it, I needed a break from it and I really wanted to start something new.

My new start is called Holiday Cookies by DMC, all I have of this chart is the black and white chart, so I have no idea of how it will look at the end, actually it's kind of fun being a mystery stitch! I have had this chart of about 10 years and I have no idea where it came from (too long ago). I am doing it on 25-count (well I think it is) and using 3 strands. I had experimented using 2 strands but 3 had better coverage. It's just nice to have something that is really easy to stitch, but I will have to enlarge the chart, even I can't see it!

(I did iron it first - really I did!)
It's a yucky day today, so it's perfect for sitting inside, with my stitching and watching some DVD's :) but at least I have a nice view looking outside the window!

I have also done some serious retail therapy, thanks to (I love this place!) I have seem some fantastic samplers from Paulette at So I have brought a couple of her samplers and a few other bits and pieces that I will post on here when I get them.

Not a lot has been happening this week, I had my Time Trial on Tuesday night which went really badly! I was a minute slower than last week! Not sure what went wrong there, oh well there is always next week! lol
I was transfering all my iTunes from my old laptop to my new one and found some albums which weren't on my iPod - 3 Guns n' Roses albums! Cool! I love Guns n' Roses, perfect music to listen to when I'm out on my bike, though Axl Rose is looking a little old these days, mind you he is 50! Most of their music came out in the mid to late 80's and I was a little young to listen to it then, so I'm making up for it now! This also got me remembering all the 80's rock bands - Skid Row, Def Leppard, Poison, just to name a few. Did anyone watch the Rock of Love reality show on a couple of years ago starring the lead singer of Poison, Bret Michaels? The show was full of crass, dumb bimbos and catty women fighting over the affections of an ageing rock singer. It was so awful I couldn't stop watching it week after week! haha!  Age had not been kind to Mr Michaels...

Till next week...


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Tuscany & Mountain Biking

Unfortunately I wasn't mtb in Tuscany - nice as that sounds...

I was much better this week and basically back to full health after mostly 2 weeks of being sick, so it was back to normal cycling training which means not much stitching get done during the week.I have got a bit more done on Tuscany Town.

I have done the tiny jessicas, which are a little tedious but look really good when done. You realise how many beads there are on this when there a lots of empty squares when the cross stitches have been done! I may start doing some beading soon, just for something different to do.

The next WIP is English Garden Sampler by Teresa Wentzler. I can't remember the last time I actually did any work on this, I think I put it in the "too hard" basket because of the blended threads, I find them a real pain, but I guess I will work on it again one day...

 This what it will look like when I finish day...

 Since I had dragged out my chart for this, I thought I would show you just how many TW charts I had-
I will probably never do these, I think I just like collecting charts and patterns rather than doing any of them!

Yesterday I went mountain biking with a good friend of mine, I haven't ridden my mtb since last February, so I was a bit rusty on the bike handling skills since I only ride on the road now, but it was a lot of fun and I many even do it more regularly. This good friend of mine also has a brother who is a really good cyclist and who I rather taken a fancy to, but he seems to be total oblivious to the fact that I really like him! I have been biking with him a few times and we basically talk for the whole 3 hrs we are out riding, but maybe I'm too subtle? Men...I don't know!!! Any suggestions???

Anyway enough of my guy problems, this is what I had for dessert tonight

I am kittysitting at the moment at my parents house as they are on holiday, and they have a huge garden and vege garden, so I had for dinner new potatoes, carrots and strawberries all out of the garden. One day I will have my own house and my own vege garden, mind you with all the cycling, stitching and gardening, I won't have time to have a job...