Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Fibre Stashing

Whilst I have made a commitment to try and not buy any more stash I am not counting my thread of the month club I get from Jo at Colours Down Under . I receive 8 threads a month for the price of $21.60 including postage.  That is my bit of stashing that I do for myself.  I collect Crescent Colours cotton threads.
This is my latest haul.

As you can see Lindsay decided she wanted in on the photo too.  

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Some Stitchy Updates and My New Babies

Haven't been stitching all that much lately.  A trip up to Perth and visitors etc.  One visitor that I have had is my dear friend Jill (no blog).  She comes down every couple of months (even though we have been trying for once a month) and we have a great time stitching together etc.  Jill hasn't been stitching for all that long and she is coming along so well.  I started to teach her in 2010 and she has been continuing ever since.  She is not a confident stitcher but I have noticed the improvement big time over the last 6 months.  She has been having private hardanger lessons with Jo at Colours Down Under . The lessons are paying off as her stitching has improved so much.  Anyway, Jill and I decided that when she comes down we will stitch on our Chatelaines.  Hers is Alhambra Gardens and mind is Convents Herbal Garden.  I started mine when it was Martina's second mystery and that was in 2002.

I have also been slowly stitching away on Martina Dey's of Stickideen von der Wiehenburg design Evangeline and her Coat of Arms Band Sampler.  I love Martina's designs.

So this morning I went down to the chook house to see how my chickens were fairing and to see how the egg sitters were doing.  Bingo!  I have babies.  Four at the moment and I sincerely hope that I get a few more out of this sitting. There are 5 more eggs that hopefully will hatch.  I have another hen in the other chook house sitting on four eggs.  She has one more chance of seeing this through and if she doesn't I wont let her sit on eggs again.  She will be at least another week and a bit before I expect any chickens from her clutch of eggs.  

So here are 2 of her Henrietta's brood.  Mind you they are not all her eggs.  Poor Louise started the operation baby chickens and then Henrietta kicked her out and took over.

Blogger is being stupid and I cant get 2 of the photos to come out the right way so I am afraid you will just have to turn your head.  Apologies in advance.  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It Was The Weather Changing

That is causing all my pain.  I said to my daughter-in-law Megan I can so understand why people in chronic pain commit suicide. (And no I don't feel suicidal just having a little pity session).  Anyway yesterday I woke to it rainy and colder without the humidity and felt a 100% better.  Today not so good.  Anyway whine is over for now.

This year has been so busy.  Dad has been very unwell and I have spent some time in Perth with him.  He has rallied a bit now after an iron transfusion that caused a little heart attack.  I am off to Perth again on Thursday because Mum's best friend Rosie Brandis died suddenly and I am going to her funeral.  It was a shock.  She was a huge part in my growing up life in Mingenew.

I have been stitching and crocheting away like nobody's business this year.  I have had one finish with cross stitch another almost done.  Just need to buy that silk thread so I can finish it.  Also have finished a lap afghan on the crocheting bit and a skeleton.  I will upload pictures when they are all transferred to my computer from my phone.

Presently I am stitching on my Jim Shore afghan and have completed 2 of the squares.  I need to get a move on with the 3rd square as it needs to be completed by the end of the month.  I am also stitching away on a Jim Shores Monogrammed Letter "A".  Don't think my girlfriend reads this blog as it is for her.  Started this last year and didn't realise it was a detailed as it is.  Still I am enjoying it immensely and hopefully it wont get put away before I finish it.  I am also stitching on a band sampler called Evangeline.  Yes it is named after my grand daughter.  My dear friend Martina Dey designed it and then asked me to name it.  I will put Evangeline's birth details at the bottom or in the middle as a birth sampler for her.  I also have been looking at Martina's German site.  It is fantastic and the designs in it are just gorgeous.  Many more designs than available on the English sites.  I love the animal ones.

Anyway I think that is all I can think of.  Well that is not true but I don't want to bore you to tears.  Oh and Megan where is your update on the new chickens and chicken cage?

I will edit this later when all the photos are downloaded.  I think I have downloaded them before but I am not computer savy on a PC so can't be bothered looking for where they might be.  Macs are so much better for finding things.

From the top left hand corner is a view of the corner of the crochet afghan, the finished quaker motif, the 2 squares stitch on the Jim Shore afghan, Homer the skeleton I stitched for Kenric and lastly a full view of the afghan I crocheted.