Wednesday, November 26, 2008

AHHHH! Andre

Before and After

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It Started with a 'Trench'

Things are happening at 'My Place' and it started with a trench on the 4th October...We are having a new Gable Patio put on to the back of our house (I'm excited) So I've decided to keep a picture diary of the happenings. If you click on the slide show on the right hand side that will take you to my Picasa Web Albums and you can follow the progress if you feel inclined, only if you want to, no pressure...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

If at first you don't succeed! Start Again? Of Course!

Yes I've started again, bought the new fabric 22 count Aida and I actually bought the right amount this time, Woo Hoo! Oh! Dear 3rd Oct.
I'm stitching with DMC 520...I've done some research and traditionally this sampler would have been stitched in 'red' but I just couldn't handle stitching in red so I've gone 'green'

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

An Eight and Sixteen Year Old's Sampler

I found these wonderful Samplers at the City of Gosnells Museum. Sorry about the poor quality of the photos they were hung quite high on the wall, and me being quite short, it was difficult to stretch up. Like you Sherri I am in awe of these old samplers, can you imagine an 8 year old stitching this today?

Friday, October 17, 2008

Walking for Marc and Spanish Update

This Sunday morning we are 'walking' for Marc our 6 year old grandson who has Cystic Fibrosis. Funds raised will go to research to find a cure. Please take a look at Marc's website created by his wonderful Mum & Dad, Emma & Doug.
The 'Mystery' is coming along relaxing to relaxing I had to unpick 'quite a lot' yesterday evening because I was so relaxed. Have a good weekend, think of us walking!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Morning of Miniature Dinosaurs

A feel of summer is definitely in the air today, supposed to get to 30 degrees. This Blue-Tongued lizard didn't want his photo taken as you can tell, quite rude to put his tongue out I thought.
This little fellow is a Gecko (don't know what sort, there are so many) He is quite small, about 12cms from nose to tail, what incredible eyes?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Perth Royal Show

Last Friday my DH and I went to The Perth Royal Show, we had such a good time. Each region of Western Australia has its own display...can't remember which region this was, but what more do you want 'Patchwork, Flowers and Wine'
I found a Dollshouse, don't you just love the 4x4 and the horse float and the horse.
Fruit Cakes...YUMMY!
Two Sleeping babies 'Small but beautifully marked'
"Gosh! its really tiring being at the show we needed to take a nap with Mum"

Friday, October 3, 2008

Oh! Dear and I'm Pleased

Oh! Dear... The pattern for Bristol Fashion arrived on Tuesday Woo Hoo! and whats wrong with stitching two projects at a time? Nothing at last evening I made preparations to do just that. I already had some fabric, beautiful 28 count evenweave. I cut the fabric, basted the edges, found the middle...and started...stitched all of the little ship and the verse top and bottom, looked lovely. 11.30, should be off to bed, I am sat looking at my handy work and suddenly realised I had cut the fabric to the size of the stitching, no borders for framing. How could I have done that? So its back to the drawing board or to Stitchers Corner to buy some more fabric. Not pleased with me.
I'm pleased...The Spanish Mystery is coming along really easy to stitch...very relaxing.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

FFF is Finished

Faith-Family-Friends is finished and I'm very pleased with do I frame it? or roll it up with the other unframed ones in my stash? Oh! for more wall space. Maybe I just won't think about for now. This weekend has been stitching heaven, my DH has been away on a 'boys' weekend, and I got to watch a DVD all the way through in one sittting North & South from a novel by Elizabeth Gaskell Oh! it was so good, and I was in control of the remote as well.

Started the Spanish Sampler yesterday, love the colours.

Friday, September 26, 2008

My Reason for Stitching...

My reason for stitching is my DH's job, he is in the Heavy Transport business, repairing. Well instead of getting angry about waiting for him to come home, and dried up dinners. Cross stitching was the was also portable for taking on breakdowns at weekends.
So this is my very 1st piece stitched back in 1994...I wish I had started earlier, there is still so much stitching to do, think I need another life time.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


The decision has been made (I think) my next project will be the Spanish Sampler Mystery Stitch-A-Long by Periphaeria Designs! I've downloaded and printed the patterns...and I shall stitch on 28count evenweave. I shall do the coloured version, makes it more interesting I think. Mind you I could change my mind, because I've just bought 'Bristol Fashion' by Long Dog Samplers
Well... Bristol is where I come in the UK, so I had to buy it didn't I? It won't be here until next week I bought it online from The Crewel Gobelin in NSW.
Faith-Family-Friends isn't quite finished yet, so that gives me more time to think about it. So maybe there is still a decision to be made..OH! Dear!

Monday, September 22, 2008


Our niece Kaelee Giura had a Heart Attack a few months ago and she is only 20 years of age.
I am putting this post on my blog to urge people to learn CPR. If the people around Kaelee at the time of the attack had not known how to perform CPR, she would not have survived. Something to think about Hmmmmmm? Read the article what do you think?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

No Knots WooHoo! and Over '1'

Just over a weeks work, and not one single knot all week, it should be finished by the end of the week. Then My DH will hear the dreaded words "I've got nothing to stitch" Well! thats not exactly true, there are about 6 kits opened and unopened, a dozen bookmarks I've started and got distracted by something better.
So the search is on...
See the example of my first try of stitching over '1'..... I now have great admiration for the people who do this.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Over 1

A Rose for Sandra...Thank You for your help...I shall have a try this evening.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A week of KNOTS...

Faith-Family-Friends is moving along after a week of Knots. Every time I started to stitch, knots...why is that? When I never change the type of thread, needles etc.etc. Its a mystery to me, can anyone explain it? Still I'm pleased with the progress.

Monday, September 8, 2008

'stitchin fingers'

I found the most wonderful site on Friday...its called 'stitchin fingers' Lots of very talented friendly Ladies from around the world sharing their work and knowledge. Take a look its a great place!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

3 down 1 to go...

I completed the 3rd square last night and feeling pretty pleased with myself...because I am finding this pattern very hard going...I have uploaded the pattern of the 4th square, double click on it and take a look...

the symbols in some areas are so similar, especially the A - a - E -e with either dashes or dots on the top, anyway I'll manage...just thought I'd have a bit of a whinge, considering all the other symbols that can be used, which would make everything a lot clearer.
Have a Good Day ((*_*))

Monday, September 1, 2008

Rain Drops

We had rain over night...and this is me playing with the 'new camera' here we have 'Rain drops on rose leaves' sounds like a line from a song? Sound of Music? No! that was 'Rain drops on Roses' 

City to Surf...Sunday 31st August

DH Joe, DD Amy and DS Ian ran/walked the City to Surf with
37 thousand others who participated.
"Well done you 3 I'm proud of you"
Couldn't find Ian to take a photo, so many people at the finish.
The City to Surf supports Activ

Saturday, August 30, 2008

4 of the Girls

Let me introduce you to 4 of my 'girls'

Monday, August 25, 2008

A Few Extras...

I noticed a few extra items in the 'little place' today. Spice Rack, Cannister Set, Kitchen Paper Roll in the Kitchen. Books in the bookcase and Magazines on the coffee table in the Lounge. Scales in the Bathroom, and Clock Radio in the Bedroom. I've no idea when they did this, mind you I have been busy over the past week or so, or they are just 'very' quiet.

Friday, August 22, 2008


I was just pegging out the washing and I had an audience, he/she didn't move for the whole time.
So I went back into the house and got the 'chook jug' and gave him/her something to eat. Seemed very pleased about that. This Magpie has been around for about week now, tried to go into the chook pen the other day, the 'Girls' didn't like that. I think I shall name he/she Bobby, more later maybe?

Last Year in Venice

'Where are we?' Lost in Venice this day 2007. 'Maybe we should look at the map?'
Didn't help much, but we found our way back to the hotel eventually.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

'coming along'

Its 'coming along' I'm loving doing this piece, its so detailed (lots of thread changing Hmm?) Title: Faith-Family-Friends I downloaded it from PatternsOnline, good site lots of choice.
Its a little quiet here, our London Family have been staying for over a week, and now they have moved back into their house. We all need our own space...Yes indeed!
I drove to Rockingham today to have lunch with my very dear friend Shirley. We have been friends for 33 years, long time hey! Good to chat Shirl...luv you!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Last Year in Florence

One year ago today we met Elaine and Mike in Florence.
They travelled from Bristol, England and we travelled from Perth,
Western Australia, and Oh! what a wonderful 2 days we spent
together. Elaine and I have been friends for 41 years, isn't that incredible. Memories!!! Love you 'Laine.
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Friday, August 15, 2008

They're Back!

We've been a bit busy over the past couple of days our family who were living in London have come home to Perth, which is wonderful! Now the whole family is in Perth WooHoo!

Last Year in Beautiful Barrea

Seems impossible to believe but it was a year ago yesterday we arrived in Barrea, Italy.
My DH was born here and left with his family to live in Western Australia, 51 years ago.
Where has that year gone? Why does time fly so fast.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

'little jewels'

I had a 'little' accident on Sunday, broke my camera, I was very upset. So my DH said go buy another, he's such a 'great bloke' So I did, its a Ricoh Caplio R6, and last night I sat and read the User Guide ( I really need to get a life) It takes Macro shots from a distance of 1 cm. These are shots of the X Stitch I'm working on. Awesome hey! The stitches look like 'little' jewels