Tuesday, February 26, 2013


You would think I would know by now not to leave things out when a grandchild comes to visit but in fact this time I am not quite guilty. I had actually put this up and hidden the yellow felt pen from a certain two year old's view. I think they are making two year olds much more clever than they used to.
Thankfully it isn't as bad as it could have been - she worked on the back and because I had the backing on for stitching it protected the front from most of it. There is only one blob which came through to the front and it isn't on the stitched part. I am relieved that I don't have to start again.
It looks like we will have her visit regualrly on Wednesdays from now on so I guess I have to adjust. It is amazing how quickly you forget. It is only 8 years since I had my own 2 year old but I am not used to it now.
I have only two days to finish this one for the Stitch a long, I'm still planning on getting there although we are going out tonight to a concert with Neil Finn and Paul Kelly. I wonder what they would think if I sat stitching during that.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Another day

Thank you to everyone for sending me birthday wishes. I had a lovely day and had lunch with my husband, which is nice because we don't always have time with just the two of us. That might sound strange but we do a lot of things as a family,which is great, but don't always take the time for just ourselves.
Then on the Friday night we went out for dinner with the whole family - all 6 of us- my two big boys actually managed to find the time to come as well which was great. Usually if I suggest something they always have something else on. (typical males).
This is the gift I received from the Initial Heat Swap run by Cheryll. It was from Simone and was a beautiful heart shaped mug rug. I realise now that you can't quite see the shape because of the mug. My initial was on a little heart appliqued onto the mug rug. So of course I had to have a cup of tea to go with it. It is now is use beside the lounge chair. Thank you so much Simone.

And here's what I sent Anthea - a needle book and a pincushion. I had bought this pattern last year and so when the heart swap was mentioned I knew that I wanted to use it. I can see me using this one again. This was a lovely swap to take part in. Thank you again Cheryll.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sometimes things just keep you away from blogging

Welcome to my poor neglected blog.
Sadly life has kept me busy lately and I thought I would just explain a little. For the last year my sister in law has been living with terminal cancer. Then last September my brother in law, her partner (my husband's brother) was diagnosed with leukemia. Neither of them drive and live about 45 minutes away so we were doing what we could to help them achieve what they needed.
Just before Christmas she was told that there was nothing more that could be done.
Yesterday she passed away peacefully.
There were other family issues going on also and with the school holidays in January, I am afraid that I found it hard to have a few moments to myself.
I am hoping now that things will become more stable and more crafty things will be happening and as this blog was a way of recording that - I am hoping that there will be posts a lot more often.
I want to say a big thank you to all the lovely people who have sent things to me during the time since Christmas. I will try to catch up with everybody that I can soon.
Many thanks for all the wonderful parcels and gifts. I love them all.