March 2020 TUSAL Report

Well, here we are again, time for the third TUSAL (Totally Useless Stitch-a-long) Report for the year (sorry it is late -see previous post for my (lame) excuses), when we show our ORTS for the month.

This year my ORTs are going to placed in this special ORT jar which was a gift that came as part of my A Little Help From our Friends Stitching Circle(an autoship from The Silver Needle).
I have also decided to take each month's pic of the ORT jar with my objets d'amour (the things that I love). 
This month's orts are sitting in front of the ORT jar.  My objet d'amour this month is our very speccy coffee machine! Now, that I am home all day, every day, it is proving to be a lifesaver!

... and here is the YTD...

(not sure why the orts are blurry, obviously the camera liked the coffee machine a lot more - lol!)

Just click on the button above to go to Daffycat's blog where you can comment and see who else TUSALed this month.  
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So far behind ....

.... with my blogging posts, that is!  Not sure where the time has gone as I certainly meant to write at least three or four post this week for the various SALs and challenges, etc - FNSI, IHSW and TUSAL to name but three.

Strange, isn't it?  You would think that with this enforced social isolation - yes, I am bringing up the elephant in the room - that I would have more time to blog, but somehow no!  I have been haunting the supermarket for toilet paper and the local craft shops for supplies, keeping up with family and friends via Facetime, Messenger, What's App, Instagram and Facebook to name just a few. Keeping up with all the latest news on Covid-19 and all the funny jokes about it (you have to laugh, don't you, to try to keep sane?).  We have picked up a new online project at work, so I have been busy with that and cooking and gardening and, of course, reading, stitching, stitching, stitching and finding new programs to watch on the Streaming services and cuddling Furi…

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Hello Lovely Cross Stitchers, 

I wish you all well during these extraordinary times - I have never quite seen anything like it, although as a historian I can see parallels with the Spanish Flu and the Black Death pandemics. The human race got through those times and so I have faith that we will get through this time, too.

Anyway, onto the purpose of this blog post, with Victoria about to go into Lockdown within the next 48 hours, I am about to announce the winner of my 

Now, not wanting to make life easy for anyone I had a pop quiz first - the details are all below....

Pop Quiz and Giveaway

The Giveaway prize is this cute design by Les Grille de Maryse.

The Rules of the Giveaway
1. Open worldwide.

2. Read each of the three February Miscellanea posts and answer the three questions given below.

3. Give your answers in the Comments Section of Part Three of the February Miscellanea posts. (Comment moderation has been turned on to avoid anyone inadvertantly giving the answers away).

4. If more than …

FFO Post for March

[So sorry, rather late post but I have been away for the weekend - more on that next post] ....
Hosted by Rachel the Ten Hour Stitcher
This is a great SAL, designed to motivate us all to do something with that box of Finished pieces instead of just storing them under the bed or in my case, in a drawer! The idea is to link up on Rachel's blog on or after the 10th of each month (10 Hour Stitcher - 10th of the month)..... and I actually managed to Fully Finish a whopping nine pieces this month - I am pretty chuffed with myself.  This SAL is a huge motivator for me!
First up is an older stitchy finish, which I finished stitching in November 2016 but according to the post, took three and a half years to stitch!  (Obviously I am very easily distracted - lol!).


Proverbi 4 by Paola Gattiblu 28ct Flax Linen My selection of speciality floss (The two blues are WDW Blue Jean and GAST Cornflower)
I actually finished this way back in January 2016!  This, too, only took four years to actually FFO…

Friday Night with Friends_Feb 2020

The night before last was Fridaynight which means it was time for Friday Night with Friends (FNwF)  virtual stitching night which is run by the wonderful Cheryll, here is where you can check out what everyoneelse got up to this month.

It is also my own personal Friday Frolics night, where I pick up a WIP or UFO every Friday.
This week I picked up Strawberry House by LHN. The last time I stitched on it was onSeptember 8th, 2015, where I struggled to get much stitching done on it as I kept having to frog different sections and then somehow lost my Crescent Colours Ladybug floss!

So, this is how I found the piece.  

Unfortunately, I still can't find my Ladybug floss - so, yesterday, all of that had to be frogged and I started again with WDW Begonia - a bit pinker but it will still work very well, I think.

Hopefully, this will be the last I will see the Frog Prince for a while now.

Also, for FNwF I stitched on The Faerie Queene Sampler - I have been stitching on it each day in March as part…

February Miscellanea_Part Three (and last part, I promise!)

Well, here we are at Part Three of my February Miscellanea - finally!  I didn't think that I had been up to that much over the past month but obviously I was wrong!

I hope that you enjoy this post and I must warn you - there is a pop quiz at the end - lol - but there is also a prize!  So keep reading.....

Grand Designs Eaglemont_Front House

After the demolition which I showed you in this post, we now have a totally empty block with some digging done for the garage - boy, do these things seem to move slowly.  Not sure how the builder thinks he is going to be finished by mid-December!

Old Treasury Building

A couple of weeks back, I "shepherded" a group of History teachers through a tour of the Old Treasury Building (it was part of the History conference that we were giving - for those of you who don't know, I work two days a week at the History Teachers' Association of Victoria).

"The Old Treasury Building is one of Melbourne's finest 19th century buildings. Vis…