Hello again! Goodness it ended up being a couple of weeks between posts. Work has been stupidly busy the last few weeks and I have been collapsing in a heap every weekend lately and, unfortunately the last thing my brain has been able to handle is facing the computer and blogging! I have managed some stitching throughout the week but not on Friday nights... so I have nothing to report for the Friday Frolics blog, and I missed FNSI last weekend! (I had every intention of stitching but the office Christmas party had other ideas.... I so should have left early!!) This post is also a slightly late post for IHSW.... oops....
So onto the stitching update!
Surprise, surprise... I do have two finishes to show you today! Both are "entries" in the Christmas Ornie SAL Blog... October's theme was Angels and November's theme is snowflakes / snowman or a winter scene.
October's theme first:
Remember some time ago I showed you my "Joy Angel" and she was looking bit strange....
Well, she is all finished now and currently on her way to England to be added to the Christmas Tree of Joy that Clare-Aimetu is organising for her local church. Hopefully the tree will be full of cross stitched ornies from around the world all with the word "Joy" on them in one form or another.
The chart for this design can be found in the Cross Stitch Christmas magazine (1999), the design is called "Joyful Angels Triptych" (Designer Mona Eno). There are three angels to stitch but I chose this one as she has "Joy" on her banner! I stitched her on "Waratah" 32 count fabric from Stitches and Spice with DMC and Kreinik threads. Unfortunately the shine I added to her wings doesn't really sparkle in the picture but it is there!
The second finish that I have to show you is my choice for November's theme. I love snowmen and had a terrible time choosing which one to stitch.... so in the end I didn't do any!! Instead I went with a Fizzy Moon freebie and shoe-horned this into the wintery scene choice!
This freebie was published in the Cross Stitch Card Shop magazine (issue 92). I decided to cover the plain white card with a vintage winter scene scrapbook paper that I had and then added a snowflake to fill in the rather large white space at the top.
This card is going to head off to the USA soon... The Birthday Thread Exchange Group that I am in on FB is doing a Christmas Thread Exchange, so I thought it would be nice to stitch a card instead of sending a bought one!
Well, that's all I have to show you today... the last couple of weeks stitching has been all about finishing these two pieces! Now it's back to my November Halloween piece....
See you again soon.... have a great week!
I don't have fireflies in my garden - which is a shame... only cats, bees, a dog and the odd dragonfly!! So please settle down with a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy!
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Nope... sorry.... no Frolicking was had on Friday.... we went and watched Daniel Craig in Spectre. I just can't go past a James Bond movie - they are always so good for a laugh, and this one proved to be a right giggle in places! :o)
So I may not have stitched on Friday night.... but I did get some stitching done over the weekend while watching the cricket match between Australia and New Zealand. I know I should have actually gone to the cricket seeing as it is on at the WACA at the moment.... but then I wouldn't have been able to stitch, especially seeing as Saturday was a whopper of a hot November day - 40 deg C! Hottest November day in years and then we finished up with a couple of wonderful thunderstorms that night. Unfortunately one of the thunderstorms happened right when everyone was signing Happy Birthday to Prince Charles... oops....
Now as my title suggests I have finishes to show.... and I am very pleased to show you my finished Cats and Mice...
First up I want to show you my ABC Chats from Les Brodeuses Parisiennes...
When I last showed you these gorgeous little beauties on my TAC post I had just started on "C"
|ABC Chats as at 7 November 2015|
|ABC Chats "C" finished 15 November 2015|
|ABC Chats as at 15 November 2015|
I have also finished the final mouse from the set of 3 Margaret Sherry Christmas mice that I started way back in January!
Now that they are all done I will try and get around to finishing them into a bell pull or something similar...
So that's it... Cats and Mice finishes..... it does feel good to be able to finally show something that is finished!
Til next time, happy stitching
Monday, November 16, 2015
This month's post is very much the same as last month.... a bit of déjà vu happening here I think!!
Moutons de Saisons "Printemps et ete" - Collection Tralala
Gift from Kaye from Kitten Stitching. The original post of when Kaye gave me these charts is here.
|Tralala Collection - Mouton de Saisons|
The last time you saw the cute "printemps" was last month...
|"Printemps" - 15 Oct 2015|
|"Printemps" - 15 Nov 2015|
Meanwhile, don't forget to visit Jo's blog for the link ups to see what everyone else worked on this month!
I do have some other stitching to show you including multiple finishes.... so stay tuned for that post tomorrow!
Til next time, happy stitching
If you're not sure what this particular SAL is all about.... Jo from Serendipitous Stitching hosts this SAL - the link to my post late last year about the SAL is here.... but essentially this SAL is about stitching charts/kits or using fabrics & threads that we have received as gifts, won in giveaways or anything that is intended be a gift or giveaway prize... or anything else that you can loosely use the word "gift" for!! If you wish to sign up for this SAL, click on the button below or the button on my sidebar and you will be re-directed to Jo's blog.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
My TUSAL post today will be short as I am struggling with the words....
|TUSAL Nov 2015|
Stay safe everyone.... Paris and France we love you and are praying for you...
*********************If you don't know (or haven't heard) about the 2015 TUSAL, Daffycat is again hosting the fun Totally Useless SAL (TUSAL). Essentially we stitch and save our ORT's (Old Raggety Threads) and every New Moon those of us participating in the TUSAL post a picture of our ORT's jar, and then leave little msgs for Daffycat on her blog to show that we have been stitching and have posted our wonderful pics. Please head over to her sign up page and join in the fun!
New Moons - 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
|"They only met online, but it changed their lives forever"|
Today is the first Saturday in November....
which means today is posting day for
"The Alphabet Club" (TAC)
Here we are again... another Detention Saturday! All these monthly milestones are showing just how quickly this year is flying by. Are you ready for some more Aussie slang words and phrases? As usual there are probably some which you know from other countries but hopefully there are some new ones in the list below that will make you smile.. ;o)
So here we go..... the letter "D":
Dag: a funny person, nerd, goof
Darwin stubby: 2 litre bottle of beer
Dead horse: Tomato sauce
Deadly treadly: a bicycle (push-bike)
Deadset: true, the truth
Dero: tramp, hobo, homeless person (from "derelict")
Digger: an Aussie soldier
Dill: an idiot
Dinkum or fair dinkum: true, real, genuine ("I'm a dinkum Aussie"; "is he fair dinkum?")
Dinky-di: the real thing, genuine
Do your lolly (mellon; nana; loaf): to get very angry
Don't get your knickers in a knot (or a twist): Don't get so upset about things (or something)
Doovalacky: used whenever you can't remember what something is called (we have other words for this problem as well - more on them another day!)
Down Under: Australia and New Zealand
Drongo: a dope, stupid person
Dummy, spit the: get very upset at something
Dunny: outside toilet
Australian Damper: Damper is traditionally a simple Australian unleavened bread baked in the hot coals of a camp fire. (The modern recipe below is not unleavened because it uses self-raising flour.) The traditional way to cook damper was to wrap the dough around a stick and it was then cooked over the ashes or put into an iron pot and buried in the hot coals. You could then put jam or something into the hole once it's cooked. It is generally believed that the bread is called Damper because the fire is damped to allow the bread to be cooked over the ash covered hot coals, and as the recipe was passed on the drovers used to always remind people to dampen the fire to cook it...
Recipe: Modern version to bake in the oven or try while camping
450 grams (3 cups) flour, self-raising
¼ teaspoon salt
180 ml (6 fl oz) milk - if the mixture is too dry, add a little more milk
1 teaspoon sugar, caster (sugar, granulated)
80 grams (1/3 cup) butter, chilled
extra flour as needed
1. Mix the flour, salt and sugar together into a bowl.
2. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until it looks like fine breadcrumbs.
3. Add milk slowly and mix to form a soft dough.
4. Knead lightly on a floured board until smooth. Shape into a round loaf, brush with milk and cut a cross in the top surface of the dough.
For oven cooking
5. Grease and dust with flour a round cake tin. You can substitute a flat baking pan, but the round tin gives a better shape to the loaf.
6. Place dough in the pan and bake in a preheated oven at 190° C (375° F) for 30 - 40 minutes.
For camp fire cooking
5. Grease the camp oven (Dutch oven) and dust with flour. Add bread dough and cover.
6. Place in your camp fire, cover with hot ashes and coals and bake for about 30 minutes.
Note: to test if it's done, tap on the loaf and it should sound hollow. Cut into moderately thick slices and serve while still warm. Top with butter, golden syrup, or your favourite jam.
Variations: You can add a variety of ingredients to Damper for a different flavour. For example, add desiccated coconut, cinnamon, sultanas and extra sugar for a sweeter Damper.
Last month on my TAC post I showed you where I was at with my "B" Kitty, and then a few days later I showed you a pic of a bit more progress.... well, I am sorry to say not much more has been done on the Kitties until this week when I finally managed to start on the "C" Kitty. This is what my afghan currently looks like:
|"ABC" Chats - Les Brodeuses Parisiennes|
as at 7 Nov 2015
If you would like to join in the fun of "The Alphabet Club", pop over to Chiara's blog (The Grey Tail) to see what all the fun is about and link up your post for the Letter "D".
I think I have bored you all enough for now... so I will sign off and come back again tomorrow with a bit of a stitching update on what else I have been stitching over the last week or so.
Cheerio for now!