Thursday, February 21, 2008


I was discussing a task with one of my directors today, and in the course of the conversation mentioned that I could ask a fellow blogger for something to help.
"You blog?" came the instant response (not much gets past this one, I tell you!)

"Well, yes"

"What is the blog name?" (he has vays und means - so you don't argue, you just answer)

Consequently I might be busted -again.

While I don't know how often my mum or my aunty B remember to check up on me, I have never known Herr Dr to not follow up on something. Therefore it is reasonably safe to assume he will look in one day. Hopefully when he does my spelling will be up to scratch and I won't have split too many infinitives in one paragraph...

Saturday, February 9, 2008

February Finish

Old family friend, Cherry, also cross stitches and quilts. We had some fun time recently visiting several LNS together. While at the Ribbon Rose, we discovered that they have expanded their floss range (YAY) and they now have the Caron and Needle Necessity range in store.
To celebrate, Cherry bought floss and fabric, and I have stitched M Designs' Believe Tree for her as she liked the design so much.
Cashel 28ct vintage green, stitched over one with Needle Necessities #35 embellished with Mill Hill petites #40332
This is the first design I've ever stitched twice. It wasn't too bad - I think I could cope with doing it a third time as I got into the swing of it sooner from familiarity.
However, the appeal is the one colour only design. No way would I stitch a multi colour design more than once!

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Resistance is futile

sayeth the Borg, and yes - I folded and made an online stash run.
Went to Spotlight today to pick up some Mill Hill petites to match the Believe Tree colours I'm stitching. Took Dimension's Garden Gate (which I have been hankering after for YEARS - at least 6 in fact) to the check-out along with said beads and sundry other items to stash away for birthday pressies (as you do). The kit's price tag was missing in action. Price on scanning: $66.
With the budget restrictions mentioned in the previous post, I asked that the kit be put back on the shelf. The lovely attendant had gasped when it scanned, as did her colleague a minute later in passing. They too, felt the price a bit steep.

So Garden Gate got left behind

While left alone in the house this lovely Waitangi Day afternoon, I checked out my old Fox Collection catalogues to check on that price. Fox had it (back in 2002) at $59 + $6 delivery, so no cheaper that way. And Fox are notorious for taking forever to deliver.
Tried looking for it on the net.
Sewandsew UK (very prompt shippers) had it at GBP21. Nordic Needle (also prompt and friendly service) had it at USD20. So bought it from Nordic Needle, and with shipping and forex it will arrive at least $20 cheaper than Spotlight. Plus I get the fun of a parcel in the mail.
So how could I resist?

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Still not much to report...

It's still hot and sticky, girls STILL on holiday (school goes back for them on the 7th) and still little progress on my Challenge piece. Oh well.
Put some stitches in, but have been getting some good work done on "Believe Tree" by M Designs. A friend really liked the design, so she bought fabric and floss and I'm stitching it. Enjoying over one with variegated thread very much.
Resisting doing a stash run - tis the season of school, gym and ballet fees and the budget really isn't there...... you know how it is!