Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A little bit of this and that

In the last couple of weeks I have slowly been stitching along my cute stitchery for the Stitch a-long. I'm don't think I am going to finish the whole bag by tomorrow. I really don't want to rush it and am feeling the pressure!

I've been doing a tiny bit of this cross-stitch too when the kids go to bed. I find it so relaxing. 

My Dad turns 82 today and we are having dinner and cake here this evening. The kids are just beside themselves with excitement. However, I asked my mum the other day to give me some old photos of her family to start scanning into my computer (now that I have finally worked out how to do it properly). 

The photos are coming up so well in my Creative Memories package. I never got to meet most of these people. 

The photo's above are of my maternal grandfather who died when my mum was four, and my grandmother and great grandmother whom I never met. The sad thing is I don't have a name for these people when I talk about them to my mum. As I never knew them I always say 'your mum' or 'your dad'. Strange.

It is really interesting to see the family resemblances. We are lucky to have such old photos in good condition. The one on the left was taken in 1934.

Happy Stitching everyone,

Monday, February 4, 2013

January was a busy month

Amongst lots of quality family time, and finishing the top of this beauty, I managed to have a rather busy but productive month.

skow quilt

My first project in the latest stitch-a-long was this thread catcher from Natalie Bird's Red Home book. I enjoyed using some of my fat flat's from spotlight (I do have rather a large number of them lying around).

Red Home - by Natalie Bird

Next, some more progress on this Faye Whittaker - All our yesterday's cross stitch. I got this pattern from the World of Cross Stitching magazine. Its so relaxing to do this in front of 'Downton Abbey'. I'm trying to catch up before this new season starts.

Towards the end of the month, hubby and I found ourselves for two nights, kid free, in paradise (tropical FNQ - Cairns, one of my favourite parts of the world). OK, we did arrive in a tropical depression from Cyclone Oswald and some minor flooding but it didn't stop us having a lovely time celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary.

The perks of a hubby that travels alot is there is generally some frequent flyer points and hotel points to go somewhere. We were lucky.

This was the view from our room.

And this was 10yrs ago this month. (it was 44 degress when this photo was taken, you wouldn't know it!).

Happy Stitching, Susie