Thursday, December 24, 2009
Our day will no doubt start early... with 3 toddlers in the house I am sure they will be up at dawn to see what Santa has brought... followed by the traditional opening of the wrapped gifts.
This year with everything we have been through and our relocation from Exmouth, Western Australia to Beaumaris (Melbourne) Victoria and finally here to Laidley, Queensland... I am surprised that we have managed to pull it all together! Amazingly we have.
This time last year we were under cyclone watch... and if we knew what we knew now was in store for us we probably would have been more grateful and appreciative of what we had...2009 will be forever etched as the year from hell... consistant health issues, the trauma of losing everything during our relocation to Beaumaris, the slow rebuilding that we are now experiencing... its going to take a LONG time to recover.
The toddlers never settled into Beaumaris for some reason? But thankfully they seem to be accepting of their new home here in Laidley... maybe the fact that Laidley is warm - could have helped with that transition?
Its time for us to settle and rebuild - so lets hope that 2010 is a year for healing and rebuilding?
To all of my wonderful friends in blogland - thankyou for your friendship, for your emails and comments. I wish you all a wonderful festive season... may you enjoy a special Christmas with all of your loved ones... and please have a safe and wonderful start to 2010.
Love and Hugs Chars x
Friday, December 18, 2009
Will talk to you more soon
love and hugs Chars x
Sunday, November 29, 2009
My darling little children gave into temptation this morning and cut my pattern graph into a thousand teeny tiny pieces... sigh! I am just truely thankful that they did not cut either themselves or the fabric...
I had always planned to stitch this piece twice... but I wasn't planning on buying another kit... oh well - Liam, Eamonn and Xanthe had other plans...
So sometime down the track - When we are financially secure again I will be able to stich this again...
Saturday, November 28, 2009
In the meantime I would like to share some photos with you...
This is a photo of a dishcloth that I made the pattern for - just made each row up as it came using some scraps of cotton. I'm thinking I should write the pattern down and maybe sell it on etsy? What do you think?? This is not the first pattern I have designed so maybe this is my Niche?
Here is a coaster that I made "just for us" from my favourite coaster pattern.
Another in an adult size for the same reasons....
Here is my finished baby gift .... I will be mailing this off to baby Amelia this week... Before Andre misplaced his job we were planning to visit today.... oh well... I hope that she gets lots of use out of it...
The kids are enjoying having daddy home to play with :) Daddy has also been enjoying spending some quality time with them. In this photo Eamonn and Xanthe are playing tickles on the trampoline with daddy... They had such fun and couldn't stop giggling!!
Here is a photo of the bunch of roses that Andre picked me for our wedding aniversary from our garden. They were just buds but are now starting to open and smell DIVINE!!!
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I've decided for now I must be meant to stay at home with the toddlers - so will enjoy the luxury whilst it lasts and continue to pursue employment outside of the home for the hours that I can work... the toddlers will be off to school soon enough and I will be able to seek work during normal hours. I doubt that babysitting would be an option for me as my 3 toddlers wear me out and wear me down - ya know??
We need to $$ that my income would generate but at the moment we have a roof over our heads and food on the table and thats the most important thing!
I've decided to dedicate a part of my day (EVERYDAY) to entering competitions and treat it like a job. Competitions have always been a hobby of mine. In the past I have won lots of little things over the years, cash, cds, dvd's, game consoles, store vouchers, dvd players, hampers etc. Entering takes time and effort and its a game of chance... but if you enter enough you will win :) The old saying that you have to be in it to win it certainly applies... and for those people that whinge about never winning anything - realistically how often do you enter?
In the past month I've won $2520 in cash and store cards, a movie ticket and a box of huggies nappy pants... so realistically probably earnt more than a part-time job anyway?
Craft-wise I will continue to work on whatever takes my fancy and if I make something that has no real purpose or no-one to gift it to then I will place it into an online shop for sale... I decided after listening to your thoughts on the subject that I agreed - my craft should never be considered work as thats when the enjoyment disappears. (which is what happened years ago with my crochet)
Anyway enough of my ramblings for today and on to the promised photos....
We know SEVERAL people that are either pregnant or have just had their babies so I decided that I would make some baby cloths as gifts. I bought the pattern from here. Since the exchange rate is so good at the moment I also bought both sets of Christmas cloths and the wedding set. I just LOVE the ideal behind these cloths!!! Hoping to make some as gifts for Christmas and my brother is getting married in January - need to get those needles clacking??
Here is my first cloth - I'm on row 34 of the baby footprints :) Working out very cute :) and the pattern is written extremely well and is so easy to follow. Hopefully a finish off photo to follow really soon....
I have not done any cross stitch since living in Melbourne - but here is where I am at with "friendship" by the sweetheart tree. Sorry for the poor quality photo - the light just would not co-operate this morning.
binds two hearts
I'm still loving stitching on the evenweave - but the over 1 nature of this stitching is killing my eyes!!!
And lastly - here is seaside treasures... sadly another I have not placed a stitch into in forever.... but I do think this photo has progressed since the last one I posted?
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I've been looking around for a part time job since we arrived in Victoria and as yet have not been able to find anything that suits the hours that I am available to work...
As some of you know we have 3 toddlers (aged 3 and 2) so I can't work normal hours... ie between 7am and 7pm... as those are the hours that Andre is out of the house at work. Daycare for the toddlers is not an option simply due to the high costs involved... paying approximately $90 per day per toddler would really defeat the whole purpose of working to earn extra cash?
So I need a job that I can either a) do with the children or b) that is between the hours of 7pm and 7am... and don't forget I have to sleep sometime as everyone knows you can't sleep when toddlers are around...
I've got no formal qualifications... but have experience working in kitchens, supermarkets and can type at over 65wpm. So I have applied at all the usual places that you would expect to find work at night - Macdonalds and other fast food outlets, the supermarkets etc. NOTHING! There seems to be a distinct lack of available work at the moment for those hours and I suspect its because there are lots of families that are in similar situations to ours... and of course its always cheaper to employ the teenagers for these hours...
So - I am thinking maybe I could sell my craft work... ??? I'm thinking ETSY and MADEIT ?
I set up a MADEIT store about 6 months ago - listed some dishcloths and have had no interest? If you would like to have a look you can click here.
Now my question to you dear readers...
What types of things do you feel would sell well? what craft? What site is best... etc etc etc. ?
The thing that worries me most about selling my craft work is that I am unsure how much time I can commit to making things... and many years ago I used to sell my crochet at a local market and in a small craft shop. After awhile I got so bored with making the same thing over and over that I had to take a break from crocheting as I simply wasn't enjoying it anymore and I have only this past year been able to sit and crochet again... though when crocheting I still get alot of those feelings...
Although its fast and it looks great it just doesn't make my heart sing?
Please comment/email and give me your honest thoughts and opinions - thanks :)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
BUT we are functioning on a day to day level and I guess thats what is most important. Although I am not promising - I am going to try to post a bit more often... dare I even say daily? We'll see how things pan out - like I said I am not promising :)
Anyway - here are some random photos of our house/yard/street and our time in Victoria so far... (I had to download them from my husbands facebook page so the quality is not that great sorry)
Here is a photo of us enroute to see my best friend Brooke in Ballarat. Some kind passerby offered to take the photo for us :) Left to right is Eamonn holding my hand and Andre.... Liam and Xanthe are in the pram. Photo is taken between Etihad Stadium and Southern Cross Station...
We caught the V-line train up... which travels at 160km per hour - not that you notice as its VERY smooth.
It was great to see Brooke and her family again... I have missed her so much and it was like we never left :) We had a brilliant time - rather too much to drink but hey :)
Here is a photo of me at Southern Cross Railway Station!
This is our street... well our house faces this street but our address is that of the side street that you can vaguely see (behind the tree)
Saturday, October 17, 2009
For those of you that don't reside in Australia LINCRAFT is a SUPERMARKET devoted to Craft · Stationery · Fabrics & Quilting · Haberdashery · Home Furnishing · Knitting & Crochet · Needlecraft · Patterns.
As Andre had ask me the night before to knit him a scarf in his favourite football colours... I had a great excuse to go have a sticky beak!! It was just as I remembered it :) I had a VERY quick browse and obtained the yarn and needles to make said scarf and also picked up some nice big fluffy bath towels that were on special.
LINCRAFT has always been one of my favourite shops and its the type of place that if I want to go window shopping well - I head in there!! They always have lots of free project sheets and eye candy for the crafter!
I will post some photos when I find my camera - Its somewhere in the stuff that is yet to be unpacked... I could use Andre's camera but his flash decided to die somewhere between Exmouth and here... so the photo quality would sux...
Friday, October 16, 2009
Long time no chat :) But as you may have figured out I have been busy relocating :) Yes I am typing to you from my new house in Beaumaris Melbourne Victoria :)
Its been a long few weeks... and I won't go into it too much but let me tell you a few of the events.
We left Exmouth on Saturday the 10th of October after selling all of our worldly possessions and leaving with just a few suitcases containing our clothes and a few precious memories.
We met our new landlords on Monday and obtained the keys to the house then went furniture shopping. We picked out our house load of furniture and the neccessary electricals (fridge/washing machine) and then had to camp out in the house and wait for the deliveries...
We got the fridge and washing machine delivered on Wednesday and the furniture arrived yesterday... in flat pack boxes. Everything is in a box! I could not believe that they delivered to us flat packed things like chests of drawers and breakfast bar stools!!! Everything is put together with allen keys - and nightmarish instructions that are in every language BUT English... and you need to have an engineering degree to be able to figure the jigsaw puzzle out! We tackled the kids beds first, then ours ... and then the dining setting and still have 1 dining room chair to go... 2 bar stools... and 4 sets of drawers! We had the best nights sleep last night in a long time ... could have just been that we were exhausted! We will see tonight?
Today we looked at each other and decided that we couldn't face another allen key... so we went shopping instead :) My new favourite passtime!! The shopping centre is HUGE :) 750M long and 4 stories high.
After living in an area with no shops for so long - I am in HEAVEN!!!
Anyway - just wanted to touch base with you all - say HI and that I will be getting back into the habit of posting on a regular basis once my home internet connection is up and running next week sometime.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
This is so easy. No sewing involved, and you get 365 days to send out your PIF's :) The "rules" are as follows:
1. I'll send no less than 5 stitching related items per person within the next 365 days.
2. Items can be DMC, other threads, stitching needles, straight pins, buttons, scissors, ribbons, etc. - a combination of items such as 3 threads, 1 pack of straight pins and 1 pack of stitching needles or just 5 threads.
3. The items must be new and not used. (Send things you'd be happy to receive.)
4. If you win, you must be willing to post this PIF on your blog and do the same for at least 2 people.
If you are interested in Paying It Forward, please comment on this post with your email address so that I can contact you. I will PIF three readers. If there are more than three comments, the names will go into a drawing to determine the lucky ones :)
As you all know I am in the process of moving... so I will announce the PIF winner when my internet connection is re-established - probably around the end of October - or beginning of November (gasp if its that long)
So what you waiting for? Leave a comment and get in the draw :)
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
In Perth we stayed in a lovely holiday house in the Northern Beaches called Carramar.... The property was called "THE LITCHFIELD" and if you are after a lovely place to stay look them up here
Our 8 days in Perth was overshadowed by reality.... The afternoon that we arrived we got the confirmation that my dad definately had bowel cancer. He is booked to have it surgically removed on September 21st...
Andre flew to Melbourne on the Wednesday night to attend job interviews in Melbourne... He only managed to attend 1 interview out of the 4 that he was booked for as he was involved in a car accident in Melbourne on the Friday and ended up spending most of the day in hospital having CT Scans... He still has some tingly sensations in his arm and is sore... he flew back to Perth on that Friday night...
On the Saturday morning (after getting 2 hours sleep from picking Andre up) I drove my 2 eldest daughters Jacinda (15) and Micayla (9) to the airport and put them on a plane to Sydney. They have moved to live with my parents for a few months until we relocate...
We left Perth on Tuesday morning and had a lovely drive back to Geraldton.... We had booked the same accomadation for the return trip... but decided to ask if an upgrade was available... so for an extra $70 we upgraded to a lovely brick cabin :)
On Wednesday we received the phone call that we had been waiting for.... Andre was offered the position in Melbourne with the company he managed to have the job interview with. YAY! We are extremely happy about this as it means he managed to secure a permanent position!
In this photo you see a VERY happy me texting friends/family the good news :)
On the Thursday morning we headed back home.... We had already decided that we didn't want to travel the whole trip and would stay overnight in Carnarvon if we could get accomadation... Needless to say we were maybe 100km into the drive when I hit a large metalic object that was sitting in the middle of the road at approx 111kmph. I had no chance to miss it... as there was a ditch on 1 side...or an oncoming car... I lined it up as best I could so as to not hit it with a tyre and it went *BANG* We stopped the car when it was safe to do so.... and as it was leaking fluid of some description I grabbed the toddlers and headed to a safe distance.... Luckily for us a roadtrain stopped and offered assistance...
In this photo - the roadtrain and my husband checking under the car...
We then drove the car to the next roadhouse - which was the billabong... see previous post for a photo!! We had to arrange for a tow truck to come for us with a hire car from Carnarvon... what a nightmare... and expense!! We decided the best option was to spend the night at the roadhouse... haha what an adventure that was... As the rooms were in a donga and only contained a bunk with a single bed on top and king single on the bottom... for 5 of us??
The next day heading back towards home.... here is a pic of Andre at the edge of the North West... the 26th parallel....
Now we are very busy with the removal. We have made the heart-breaking decision to sell all of our belongings and start over... so most of what we are doing is sorting stuff to either a) sell at a garage (yard) sale or tossing stuff to the dump.
I forgot to tell you all that we were heading on holdays on August 22nd... We left at 6am and headed from Exmouth Western Australia via car to Geraldton Western Australia. (a distance of approximately 800km) It takes approx 3-3.5hrs of driving to hit our nearest town Carnarvon... and from there was unchartered territory as we had previously flown between Perth and Exmouth. (on that note after driving it - I am ALWAYS FLYING!)
This is the road in between Carnarvon and Geraldton.... Long straights of desert sands....
First sign of civilisation - wooo hooo a roadhouse :) This is Wooramel Roadhouse. We bought much needed coffee here and stretched legs.
Some pretty wildflowers on the side of the highway......
We drove past the next roadhouse (as no one needed to empty their bladders) which was the overlander... and stopped at the billabong.... here we had lunch and coffee.
We arrived in Geraldton around 3pm... We were very glad to get out of the car and into our accomadation. I was VERY disappointed in our accomadation... we thought that we had purchased 2 nights in a chalet.... it ended up being 2 nights in a beach shack :( Very rustic!! On the Monday morning Andre had a phone job interview so the kids and I hung out at the shopping centre till he was done :)
We started the drive to Perth.... Lets continue this in Part 2 as the photos are not behaving themselves tonight :)
Monday, August 10, 2009
I managed to finally finish off the section I was working on and move to the next section - decided to move across to the water - it seemed like a natural progression....
Here is a close up of the detail of the houses / Lighthouse
The Cross stitch as a whole so far....
Thursday, August 6, 2009
If anyone is interested in having a look you can find the stuff I have listed here!
I will post worldwide and do postage discounts for more than one item.
Thanks for looking
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I was tidying some stuff back into my craft cupboard the other night - the one where all of my stash is stashed... I noticed that I had a few postbag packages full of items I had purchased off ebay and from other sources and I figured that since I was tidying up I may as well unpack these and put them away properly. I discovered this cotton that I had purchased a few months back with the intention of making myself a LUCY inspired bag...and if you would like to make your very own Lucy inspired bag you can find her pattern here. I love the colours of this cotton - its worsted weight (sugar n cream) called Summer Splash. Here is a picture of my progress after a couple of hours crocheting whilst watching a movie with Hubby...
Finished picture coming soon - as this project is making my heart flutter with happiness and excitement... strange but true - something I really have not felt for a long time!!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Anyway onto some fun stuff and progress pictures :)
Here is my TUSAL pictures :) Sorry I have not updated for a few months - I either forget or am sans camera at the right time of month. This month I am a few days late but hey better late than never - right??
This photo is peeking into the top of the jar - you can see some wrappers from the yarn I have been using on various projects, Hubbies Blanket, Dishcloths etc.. and some threads from seaside treasures....
here is a side view
and another side view :) Certainly looks interesting ???
Here is my stitching update 6 on seaside treasures - its certainly coming along nicely and I can see some real progress in this photo. I will be happy to have this little section complete so I can move to a different section... Which I think will be the water and the boats or the shell below - not sure yet :)
Remember I mentioned that I had started a new knitting project? This is a jumper for the littlest princess :) These photos are my progress on the back.. the first 2 photos were from the night I started it and the last photo is my night 2 progress... its growing really quickly as the red yarn you can see is the armhole markers. The secret to it growing so quickly is that its knitted on big needles and uses 12ply doubled :) The pattern is from QUICK KNITS FOR KIDS - its a patons publication that I purchased ? Approximately year 2000? As I knitted this very jumper for Miss 9 when she was a toddler!
Here I am hiding behind my knitting :) Very proud of the progress of night one's efforts :)
Here is where it stands after 2 nights of knitting ....
Hmmm - I am so torn - I want to knit - I want to stitch... So each night I flip a coin to see what I will be doing :) Do you have this dilemma? or do you only work on one project at a time?