Friday, September 28, 2007

Moving day

I'm moving to a new blog! Please come join me here and update your bookmarks!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

nothing but mumbles

Changes are imminent and I have lots to share but can't. Do you ever have those days where you have so much to say but are too tongue tied to know where to even start? I can just say things are going good but man am I busy!! I'll be moving my blog soon. I am frantically trying to write part 1 of my story (for those who asked I write erotica and I write it well. I don't tell my mother but I'm not ashamed either.) asap. My etsy shop should be open by Halloween if paypal will start playing nice. I have gobs of stuff to take to the thrift store. To replace the gobs of stuff I buy from them. I have craft ideas coming out the wazoo and no time for the next few days to do them. I have more swaps than I should going on right now too.

I'm stressed out but it's so going to be worth it. One day life is stagnating, the next it's going too damn fast. Isn't life a trip sometimes?

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Cat and mouse

I wish I could take credit for this photo but Dave took it:

And the mouse reference in the title? Why, I do believe that little guy is hiding under my fridge. Yet again Rastus has bought in a mouse and released it. Not the way I would have chosen. And the fridge is like 2 feet from my sewing area. Not a happy camper right now.

Monday, September 24, 2007

And it begins....

I'm doing it. I'm moving forward with creating a business. It's what I have wanted to do forever. And so I am. My business is called lovestitches. I have closed my old etsy account, created purely to shop and opened a lovestitches account. So I hope to have an etsy shop open in the next 2 months. It's rather like me to try this sort of thing too late for Christmas but not this year if I can help it. I have some secret things in the works to stock in the store if and when it comes to fruition. Watch this space!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Oh la la

A lame title indeed but when I look at these two little creations of mine with their simplicity, their mostly neat and tiny stitches, all nice and neat I can't help but go "oh la la, you did good girly".

Redwork pincushions

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Crochet, I will conquer you!!

Oh yes, I will conquer you!!

I managed to cast on a slipknot with the instructions from a kids book (always learn from a kids book, they will give you much easier instructions on anything) but I am having trouble actually making a stitch. Yeah, so maybe this book isn't brilliant to learn from but it might just be that I'm too stupid. You can never tell with me. I will persevere though. Crochet, you will be mine!!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Oooohhh, something new...sort of.

Spring is well and truly here and the sun has been out in force today. What better activity than embroidery in the sunshine. I started my first piece of redowrk last night, a simple little flower. I altered my 'technique' if you could call it that, and it worked. I used white cotton and very, very small stitches, and tried Anchor instead of DMC. Overall it all came together beautifully.

First redwork completed/10.2

I finished it out in the sunshine today and turned it into this:
Redwork pincushion

I'll glue it into the ramekin as soon as I can find the faffing glue. It was a lot easier than I expected to make. A thrifted ramekin, a scrap of cotton, some stuffing and a gathering stitch to put it all together and voila, I have a new pincushion and finally have something to show off my embroidery on.

I copied the idea from here in case you thought I was being devilishly original. Alas, no.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Mail day!!

The 6 bags of baby gear was picked up this morning so now I get to use my half share of the profits to mail off my Pay It Forward parcels and some swaps. Yay! Not yay for the post office ladies though, hehehe.
Mail ready to send

edit: Blogger chopped off one of the parcels. Damn you blogger!!! I've been considering moving to wordpress and you make it so easy!!
5 parcels and 2 envelopes. Will my money or mail run out first? Who knows....

The envelopes have bookmarks in for a swapbot swap. Not my best work but the linen is getting easier to sew and I think the fabrics I chose are beautiful. I just wish I had gotten more than a scrap of the apples and pears one. I love it yet I'm giving it away. Selfless, I tell you, selfless. Or stupid, whichever.

Bookmark #1 - sent

Bookmark #2 - sent

Oh, and....after sulking yesterday about the bad job interview I read my email and there was one frm a guy who I have written for in the past givng me a writing gig. US$500!!! Converted into NZ$ and after tax (first time I will have ever declared my extra income, what a grown up) thats still over NZ$500 for 500 words. Y A Y ! ! !

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Count to 10

According to the book my toy was George the long eared giraffe. OK. And everyones guessing it's a dinosaur including Dave. So I made my first original pattern last night :-) and it sucked. Actually the dino toy is looking great, just sustained a few rips between the horns down his back so I have to redo the pattern with no gaps between the horns then I can try again. Only problem is I think I used the last 2 pieces of felt in the same colour so the next little guys gonna be 2 different colours.

Other than that I am taking the day off the internet. I found an ad asking for someone to look after a baby in your own home, which since we're 'trying' for a baby is what I want to do. The lady got in contact with me and managed to make me feel this small----> .

Do I have my full drivers license? No. The world is safer that way and your baby wouldn't die if we took a train or bus. She's too young to have ballet lessons to go to yet anyway. Do you have a first aid cert? I can do a refresher course no probs....but right now no. Fenced backyard? No and she's 8 months old, you think I'll lose her? So I feel useless today and am going to turn up the music, open the doors and let the sunshine in while I sew up a storm. See ya tomorrow.