Showing posts from February, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness_February Update

Okay, okay, I know that I am super late for GG (AGAIN! I hear you say) but I do have a really good excuse this time!

But first, in case you do not know what I am talking about ...

Gifted Gorgeousness (or GG) is a SAL run by the wonderful SAL Mama, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching.  Basically, on the 15th of each month, we post anything which is stitchy gift-related.

Now, for the excuse.....
... and it is one that is perfect for me.  Three days a week (perfect for Work/Life balance or in my case Work/Cross Stitching balance) at the History Teachers Association of Victoria (HTAV) as an Education and Services Consultancy Officer.  Basically it is about promoting and supporting the teaching of History - right up my alley, hey?
I have been there two weeks now and loving it!
Anyway, onto some stitching now...
This is my progress pic on CCN design that I am stitching for a friend's 60th birthday.

I am stitching it on some gorgeous overdyed fabric (sorry, I have currently mislaid …

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop...

This is a  fabulous Valentine's Day Blog hop organised by the Blog hop Queen,  Jo from Serendipitous Stitching.

So, Jo has randomly given us a sweet Valentine stitching picture from our Secret Stitching Sweetheart.

We then visit Jo's blog to start the blog hop to find out who has our Valentine picture and let them know who we are.  

Now, I wonder who my Secret Stitching Sweetheart is?
If you want to play with us, please visit Jo's blog here
Happy Valentine's Day everyone, 
P.S. If you want to find out more about Anti-Valentines, click on this link here.

Vinegar Valentines!

lol! I had never heard of such a thing, but apparently, once upon a time, in the Victorian era,  they were very popular!

They were sent anonymously to the lover that you DID NOT want to encourage!

You can follow this link to read the full article.

Wouldn't it be awful to receive one of these tomorrow, instead of a loving Valentine?


Another great film...

Well, I have been at it again - going to see interesting films, that is.  This time it is the very sweet French film, "Rosalie Blum".

"Julien Rappeneau’s enchanting directorial debut ROSALIE BLUM is a witty and ingeniously crafted comedy about a random encounter that has unexpected and life-changing consequences. Thirty-something Vincent Machot (indelibly played by Kyan Khojandi) is a hairdresser, like his father before him. Life rotates around work, his overbearing mother who lives in the apartment upstairs, and a womanising cousin constantly trying to set him up. But one morning Vincent experiences a powerful déjà-vu when he meets the gaze of a grocery store clerk, Rosalie Blum (the fabulous Noémie Lvovsky). Intrigued by this mysterious woman, he begins a search to uncover the truth behind their connection…"

If you are interested in learning more, please read this review.
While this movie did not have the power of the two films which I last reviewed, "Lion"…

Girl's Nest Giveaway #2 Winners....

I am about to announce the two winners of my second giveaway for 2017 but first, an explanation....

"Why is it called a Girl's Nest Giveaway?  A very good question, my dear friends. Luckily, the answer is fairly simple.  The Girl's Nest is what my sewing room is affectionately referred to by TraderVic and my family and as I am on an eternal quest to tidy up,organise and streamline my what-seems-to-be-a-very VAST collection of sewing, quilting, stitching and knitting stuff goodies, I have decided that sharing the stuff love is one good way of doing this."

So, up for grabs this time were:

"A Perpetually Engaging Diary from the Collection of Michael & Elizabeth Feller"

"Ackworth Memory Book"

If you want to see more pics of these two great prizes, just check out this post.
Anyway, I digress, let me announce the winners!

The Winner of #1 is

Barb from Wicked Stitcher

and the Winner of #2 is

Bea from Thoughts and Musings

Congratulations, Ladies, 
Please ema…

The Alphabet Club_Saturday Detention for S

IS FOR SKIPPY, THE BUSH KANGAROO "Skippy the Bush Kangaroo (known commonly as Skippy) is an Australian television series created by Australian actor John McCallum, produced from 1967–1969 (airing from 1968–1970) about the adventures of a young boy and his intelligent pet kangaroo, and the various visitors to the fictional Waratah National Park in Duffys Forest, near Sydney.
The show's star was Skippy, a wild female eastern grey kangaroo befriended by Sonny Hammond, younger son of the Head Ranger of Waratah National Park. The stories revolved around events in the park, including its animals, the dangers arising from natural hazards, and the actions of visitors.  The series was shot in northern Sydney at the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the adjacent Waratah Park (now known as Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary). Permission to film and build structures in the park was given by the then NSW Minister for Lands, Tom Lewis, before shooting of the series began in 1967, to showcase the …

January WIPocalypse Update.....

Hmmm, I am thinking that my WIPocalypse is going to be an epic fail this month but let's see....

WIPocalypse is hosted for us by awesome SAL Mama, Measi's Musings.

Each and every month we have to share the projects we want to complete before the End Of The World.  
Following dear Jo's lead, I have chosen my "17 in '17" which are the 17 projects I want to focus on this year.  You can see the full list on this post here.1. Rainbow Gallery -  2004 Cross Stitch Surprise series (January to December)
So, this month I stitched on 5 of the 17 - not as poor a showing as I had imagined.  The five are:

Imaginating - Halloween Happiness - I finished the Moon for this month's theme for the Hallowe'en Ornie SAL.

Fabric: 28 ct orange Lugana Floss: My own choice of specialty threads
Jim Shore - The Twelve Days of Christmas

Not a huge amount of progress, just a bit of border, really, which I am actually planning to frog, as I have decided to go with a variegated floss (on the …

Friday Frolics update ... end January and early February...

.... I have been a bit behind on updating what is happening for me on one of my other main blogs, Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics,  so here goes....

[Ooops, I forgot to say that this post also counts for my FNwF post - you can check out what everyone else got up to for FNwF - here]

28th January:
In true FF fashion, I faithfully went to my Girls' Nest to randomly choose a WIP/UFO.  This week my hand fell upon this gorgeous very large UFO....

"Secret Santa" by Lavender and Lace.
Now, as is usual with a lot of my WIPs/UFOs, I have no idea when I started it, but as there is absolutely no mention of it on my main blog, Kitten Stitching, and I started that blog in 2011, it must be sometime before then!
This is what it looked like before FF: (not very much at all, really!)

And this is where I was up to after Friday night.....

And this is what it will look like - one day!

3rd February:
Hmmm! Not as much progress as I wou…