Friday, 14 December 2018

A break in the weather.

A break in our miserable weather allowed me to have a quick look around the garden while I was home for lunch the other day. These beautiful lillies are the only ones flowering, all the others are still tight green buds.
 Most of my peonies are finished, battered by the wind and rain, but these beauties tucked in behind a maple were protected and still look wonderful.
 There is mixed progress in the green house and veg gardens.
On my days off work this week I put up the Christmas tree.
Belle helped.
 I'll show a picture of the tree another time, for now here is the hand sewn fairy that was made by a friend of mums.
 Aaaaand just to show progress, a picture of my own stitching.
The elephant has legs and I've added more beads. 
That's it from me today.
Lots to do, before I head off to work.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Slow Progress

My credit card worries are all sorted. :-)
All monies fraudulently taken from us have been repaid and my card has been replaced.
Phew! Thank goodness that is over.
Onwards then...
My cross stitch is progressing slowly.
I'm breaking all the 'rules' by not only cross stitching, but also back stitching, adding the metallic stitches and the beads as I go. 
Isn't he looking grand? 
I'm enjoying this piece and it's fun to add all the extras and see the finished results right away.
I plan to spend more time working on it this afternoon.
My project this morning was to put up a little tree in my sewing room window.
It looks out of the front of the house, so it seemed right to do it.
I used a big chunk of bluetack to hold it in place, as Belle likes to patrol the window sill and I was worried she would knock it off.
 I may add some solar powered lights too. Not that there is much to power them at the moment, as you can see, it is another wet day here. :-(
 Speaking of Belle, she had a visitor yesterday. This gorgeous kitty has moved in next door and often visits on our deck. I love his markings.
Belle was not happy! She stalked up and down the window growling and fluffing up her tail.
She is an indoor cat and has not socialised with another cat since she was a kitten and really doesn't know how to behave when boys come calling. LOL
 My vacuum lives in the bottom of my walk in linen closet and I made the mistake of leaving the door open earlier today, so Belle made her self at home.
She managed to get her head through the strap of one of my bags before curling up for a snooze on some spare black curtains!
All those lovely blankets and quilts, and she picks the black curtains!
The washing machine just finished, perfect timing, I'm off to sort that lot out, then it''s time to play.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

A Finish and a GRRRRR!

The wee hoodie for Floki is finished. Yay!

The hoodie was knitted using a fiddlesticks yarn cake which changes colour every so often. 
I used up some odd blue buttons to finish it off.
I hope it fits, the pattern says 12 months, but the boy is growing like a weed!
His mum says he is already in 9-12 month clothing!!
I'd like to say it's in the mail and on it's way, but I can't.
(More about that shortly.)
Looking about for something to do yesterday, I settled on some cross stitch.
This Jewelled Elephant was supposed to be a Christmas gift.
And it still will be, just not this year! LOL
There a four colours of seed beads and a few sparkling threads used, which will eventually make it jewelled.
As today is yet another wet day off.
I'll be sitting and stitching.
So about my inability to post items....
Some bad people have gotten hold of my credit card details.
They dipped their toe in the water by taking $2.20, Which I noticed and contacted the bank about right away.  The bank agreed to stop my card and send out a new one.
Then yesterday, I noticed that the bank had allowed the same bad people to take $90!!  
How does that work?
I contacted the bank again and asked what was going on? 
My card is cancelled, how can it be used to take more money?
The lovely lady I was talking to said, how do they have your new card details?
These naughty people have my NEW card details!!
I don't even have those yet!!!
So a second new card is on its way and the fraud department will be in touch in the next 20 days!!
And I have to check my account daily and alert the bank to any further payments.
That's all I need.
I'm off to grumble, while I sit and stitch.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A few goings on....

The weather at the moment has taken another wintry turn. With cold southerlies bringing rain, hail, snow and even a tornado!!  
Yesterday the view from my wee room looked like this!
Wet, wet, wet. 
 A good day to stay indoors and sew. 
Sew that is what I did.
 There was a fair amount of secret stuff going on, but I did get the binding onto this little kiwi table runner, which is not so secret.
Well, not secret from you anyway. LOL
I just used up some charm squares I had rejected from other projects and used a black on black for the sash and outline strips.
I closed the binding last night, but forgot to take a photo and it's already wrapped up and waiting to go to the post office. LOL
A recent start is a knitted hoodie for Floki.
The pattern calls for three different coloured yarns and a set number of rows in each colour. I opted to use a woolly layer cake and achieved a more random colour pattern.
Its knitting up quickly and he may even get it in time for Christmas
I forgot to show you this the other day when I chatted about organising gifts for my grand children.
Claire makes these keys for her crafty stall, I just had to have some and sent them away in the mail the other day.
What a lovely idea, especially in these times when many homes no longer have chimneys.
How else would Santa get in?
And speaking of the craft stall, the blanket I showed as a WIP last time is all done and waiting to go over to Claires place. (Hence the start on the wee hoodie)
During a break in the stormy weather this morning, I took a turn around the garden and found these beauties all blown over, so I cut them and brought them inside.

According to the weather man the stormy weather is set to continue, and I have another day off work, so back into my room it is.
Have fun with your day.