Showing posts from April, 2014

April TUSAL report...

Well, only a day late with my TUSAL report which I think I have missed the last couple of months (obvious from the biggish pile of ORTs!)

The left pile is my train ORTs and the right my home ORTs.  The brassware was once my dear mother's.  I can remember many a time polishing those small trays and making up stories about the scene depicted on them.  The stitchery in the background is "My cat Coco lives here".  That is not its original name.  It is actually High Hopes by Just Nan. But the tortoiseshell cat looked just like our cat at the time - Coco - that I changed the wording and renamed it. I finished it 2004.  There is a companion piece - which is a winter garden languishing somewhere in my UFO pile.  I must dig it up someday soon.

All of my 2014 ORTs so far.

Last night was Tudor Tuesday SAL night. I stitched on Plum Street Samplers "The end crowneth the work".  I started out quite well

 but then I realised right at the end of the night that I had made a mis…

I think that I have gone hopping mad .... and 400th post giveaway winner

You know how I asked for advice on which trim to use for my two bunnies, in this post here?

Well, I got to thinking and playing around with my stash thread and these two bunnies were born!  I used Damask Rose from Cottage Garden Threads and found some perfect rose fabbie in my stash!

 I think that they are very sweet.  How about you?

Unfortunately I was not able to do the sewing I wanted to do yesterday afternoon as I have moved my sewing room into another room and I could not find my rotary cutter anywhere!  So, I will have to go buy a new one later in the week - how annoying  - and then get onto the sewing!

However, I did pick my 400th blogpost winner!

Now, drum roll please.....

The winner of a bunny  is

MARSHAfrom Everybody loved Clark
Marsha, if you could please send me your snail mail details - a bunny with cream trim will be winging its way to you as soon as I can acquire a new rotary cutter! lol!

Over the weekend, I also finished this Spring Witch which is a freebie from Maja from…

Lest we forget..... + some giveaways.

Today is ANZAC Day, the day that Australia and New Zealand pays tribute to our soldiers.

You can read all about it, if you are interested in this post which is from two years ago.

ANZAC Day is always significant to me because of my Dad, who was a prisoner of war in Changi prison in Singapore for three and a half years.

So, today I am spending the day with my Dad, just hanging out... watching the ANZAC day march, then we are going to watch the ANZAC Day footy match - Essendon vs Collingwood.  Dad is a Collingwood supporter (much to TraderVic's "disgust" - lol! - because we are all Richmond Tiger supporters here).  Then Dad is spending the night, DS1 is coming over to cook him a special roast dinner (lucky me - having dinner cooked for me tonight!) and then tomorrow we are going for a yum cha for brunch.  Lovely!

I am so proud of my Dad - he went to war to ensure that I, my husband, my sons and my daughter do not have to go to war ourselves and to give us a safe and bette…

Advice please ... ...

I am hoping for some finishing advice please.

I have now stitched two of these little bunnies.

..... and I want to finish them in a similar way to the picture below.

So, I found some lovely fabbie in my stash and jaunted off to Darn Cheap Fabrics (go have a quick look at their website - it is rather funky and cool) to get some trims.  Well, I came home with three different options and now I cannot make up my mind!

So, I am looking for advice from you lovely people.  Which do you like best?  The cream, the cream/brown or the burgundy?

Maybe I will just need to stitch a third bunny so that I can use all three options.... now that is an idea!

By the way, this is my 400th published post!  Wow!  I do like to talk a lot!

So, to celebrate, I will stitch a third bunny and one of you lovelies can be the lucky recipient but you must comment on this post and tell me which of the trims is your favourite!

You will have until this Sunday lunchtime (Australian Eastern Standard time) to enter (as I th…

"....iberty Lane" and a cute bunny

Well, even though I stitched as fast as I could, the thread won and I ran out of Cornflower a letter and a half before the end! Everything else is stitched, now I just need to wait for my LNS to get some more thread in (it is on order).

So, yesterday, I decided to stitch this little bunny from The Little Stitcher. It is a freebie which you can find on her blog here.

I like him so much, I am going to stitch a friend for him on the train on the way to work this morning!

I hope that you all had a very happy Easter,


Cloud Forest and Super Tree Grove - Holiday Post #6 - Singapore #6

Well, we are still visiting Singapore via my blog!  There are two domes in the Gardens by the Bay - the  Flower Dome which I posted about here and the Cloud Forest.  There is also the Super Tree Grove but I only have photos of that from a distance as I just ran out of time (shopping on Orchard Road was calling!)

The Cloud Forest was quite different to the Flower Dome.  When you enter the first thing you see is a giant waterfall.

This dome, too, is filled with the most gorgeous flowers and other plants and some quirky things, too, like the moss-covered car.