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Thursday, December 24, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Its Christmas Eve in Australia... its a lovely 31C day... not too humid and cooler than we have experienced over the past few days. I have a part of our Christmas lunch in the oven (roast Chicken) as we will be having cold Chicken, Ham and salads tomorrow. Much too hot in Australia for a hot lunch :) Tomorrow morning I will make potato and pasta salads... YUMMY :)

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

ANOTHER RELOCATION

Hello dear readers - sorry I have been AWOL for so long but I have just relocated once more... I've just had good news that I have a house so am happy that we will finally be able to settle once more. I am currently in Laidley in SE QLD.

Will talk to you more soon

love and hugs Chars x

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Joys of children?

Well my friends - there will be no more progress photos on "friendship" by the sweetheart tree... well at least until I buy another kit...

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...

Kids eh?

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Random photos - craft - flowers - life

Hello everyone - I hope you are having a good start to the weekend?? We've decided to give it a week of intensive job hunting before we start panicking.... If Andre (or I) don't have a job by next Saturday.... we will have to consider our options as we can't live without money!

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.

A simple dishcloth in a kiddie size (forgive the ends - just realise that I have not woven them in yet) that I will be using as a gift this Christmas with some small toiletries...


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!!!



Not sure what this flower is but the tree is located near the garage - very pretty...


This is a bottlebrush thats located along the fenceline....



I'm also not sure of what this one is called... but its in amoungst the JUNGLE near the fence and the compost heap...












Friday, November 27, 2009

Our 4th Wedding Anniversary

This is my favourite photo of us from our wedding November 26th 2005.

This year we celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary... it's amazing what lengths my husband will go to to get to spend the day with me! I really shouldn't joke but am trying to stay light hearted and positive even though the situation sux big time...
On November 25th Andre was called into the CEO's office 10mins before knock off time and told that his contract was being terminated with no real reasons and to not bother to come in the next day? To say that we are in a state of shock is an understatement...its left us with a whole lot of uncertainty. After all we just moved here to Melbourne for this job...
We have made a few minor plans... none of which are set in concrete.
1) Andre contacts the consultant that got him the job in the first place - tick! She has a job local to us that she is putting his name forward for. If he gets that GREAT - we are secure for the next 6months.
2) We move closer to my parents or SE QLD which is where my parents are planning on moving to in 6months time and we both attend University. Andre has been dissattisfied with his career for a long time now... so this might be the perfect opportunity to jump ship??
With Christmas so close and mouths to feed - we need to work this out asap...Please pray that something works out for us?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Some crafty photos :)

Firstly thankyou to everyone that took the time to send me an email or leave a comment on my last post.

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.

It reads

Is th...
binds two hearts
together

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?

Anyway - my happy lil washing machine has sung to me that the load has finished so I had best go hang it out - have a great day wherever you are in this world.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

IDEAS NEEDED?

Hi Everyone...

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

Finally some photos :)

Hi everyone... sorry that I have taken forever to get back to you with some photos. Its hard to believe that we have been living in Victoria a whole month!! During that time we have had our ups and downs. We are still settling into our new environment on so many levels and we have still to replace 90% of our possessions and rebuild our lives. I also admit there is still one set of RTA (ready to assemble) drawers to assemble.... after doing one set of these I just can't face them!! LOL Maybe they will still be sitting there when my dad visits in December (grin - love you daddy if you are reading this!) We also have some stuff on order that he will probably get the job of assembling too...?

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!

Here is a photo of our house :) We are living in a LEAFY suburb in Melbourne called Beaumaris. We are across the road from an oval that has cricket and footy played on it (we can sit on the porch and watch) and there is a playground over there that the kids have really been enjoying :) We are also 500M from the beach, 500m from 2 sets of shops and a bus route to Southland (shopping center previously mentioned!)



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)


This one is of the backyard standing at the garage looking towards the house. You can see some of our gardens... lots of plants, trees and flowers :)


This photo is taken from the back porch walking towards the shed and clothesline. I look out the kitchen and dining room windows on all this greenery! Andre took this photo one day it was raining - after living in Western Australia for so long seeing rain was a novelty - for the first day at least - haha! Then we started to remember how damp and cold it can be... esp when we were having overnight temperatures of 6c!
This week the weather is lovely... Topping 36 today :) Much more what we are used to!!
We've had a bit of a lighting issue in the house... all of the fixed lights in the living area are USELESS... BUT I think I have it sorted now so I hope to be back to doing crafts asap... I feel like I am going CRAZY!
Anyway - take care - I'm off to catch up on some blog reading and I will chat again soon! Hugs to all!! xx





Saturday, October 17, 2009

A new project

Yesterday whilst we were out and about I spotted LINCRAFT inside the shopping centre :)

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

New House :)

Hi all...

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.

Hugs xxxxx

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

PAY IT FORWARD!!!

I won a PIF from CJ of Tea and Stitches It sounded like fun, so I signed up. So now it's my turn to Pay It Foward!

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

Dad's progress..

Dad had his cancer removal operation last Monday - Things didn't go to plan and he ended up in Critical care for a bit... but I am pleased to report that hes pregressed so much that they have released him from hospital today :) YAY! The surgeon is confident that they removed all of the cancer and it had not spread to the lympth nodes or any other organs. Not entirely sure what the next step is but I just wanted to say thankyou to everyone whom has been praying and thinking of us! I appreciate it - as does my dad.

Hugs xxx

Sunday, September 20, 2009

With everything thats been happening in my personal life I have not been doing much stitching (or crochet)... stress certainly is a mojo killer :( I also admit that I have *SOMEHOW* became totally addicted to facebook and the silly mindless games there. I think its became addiction solely because of those games - you can sit and procrastinate, time waste and don't really have to put much brainpower into it?


Anyway - here is an update on Seaside Treasures. I have not stitched on this since August sometime but it still looks to have progress from the last picture I posted on here...


Whilst on holidays I also had a new start. This is the sweetheart tree's friendship :) This is my first ever attempt at stitching on evenweave and trust me to pick something that has a lot of over one stitching and yup you guessed it - I started in the middle with the over one stitches. So far I am liking stitching on the evenweave even if my eyes are not appreciating the over one nature of the stitching....





Friday, September 11, 2009

Where do I start??? part 2


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...

In this photo... my 3 darling toddlers whom remained calm and sat and played in the wildflowers on the side of the road with mummy at a safe distance to the car....


Here we all are in front of the Big road train after it was declared that the fluid was water!

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??
Luckily for us - the BILLABONG also has a pub... which done a really nice feed :)

Here I am sitting outside the room - all snuggled up in the doona as it was damn cold. Don't ya think the room key is cute?



The next day heading back towards home.... here is a pic of Andre at the edge of the North West... the 26th parallel....


Driving into Carnarvon..... We were so close to home :) ( a whole 370km away!!!)



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 have mailed most of the yarn/cross stitch stash to myself... :) A friend of mine has offered to receive any parcels I want to send to myself... since at this stage we are having massive problems finding a house to rent in Melbourne.... Seems the real estate agents over there will not let you place applications on properties without viewing them first... makes it really difficult for out of staters!! Worst case scenario... I live with his dad for a bit with the kids and Andre stays with a friend of his dad's gf close to his new place of employment.... not a scenario I am going to enjoy....and to be honest I am freaking out big-time in advance about the whole situtation!!
To be continued.....






















Where do I start??? part 1

Sorry that I have been missing in action for the last month or so.... BUT alot has happened in real life...

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....


More straights....

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

relaxing afternoon of stitching....

Yesterday afternoon whilst the kids were playing quietly I had a relaxing afternoon stitching...

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....

And some more progress inclusive of the water / sand.

I need another update :) As after taking this photo I have almost filled in all of the water... Guess I will have to snaffle hubbies camera again soon and share... or I will wait till I have this section is complete. Whatever happens first I guess?
I have really found my MOJO again for this piece... I admit it got lost for a few nights where I was really forcing myself to add a few stitches to that cliff-face...
This is the first time I have ever added the back-stitching as I progress and am liking the effort/effect - as it means when I finish stitching on a section - it is REALLY finished if you know what I mean??

Happy 2nd Birthday Xanthe - August 9th

Sadly my little princess is no longer a baby! She turned 2 yesterday August 9th. We are often amazed at how grown up she is.... Her speech is very clear and that of a 3-4 year old and she is definately on par with her twin brothers. I often get asked if I have triplets!!

Cuddles with her new baby :)


Discovering that baby cries, laughs and talks - precious giggles.



Look mummy - princess shoes :) Amazingly she can walk around the house in her high heels (I would have killed myself or broken my ankle by now!)
We love you little princess - please take your sweet time growing up? please?












Thursday, August 6, 2009

Shameless plug - ebay!

At the moment I am selling alot of my crochet and craft magazines on ebay...

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

Hugs xx

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Beginnings of my *LUCY@Attic24* inspired bag


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

Give away :)

Jan is celebrating the birth of her grand-daughter with a great giveaway - you can find it here. Go take a look and join the fun :)

TUSAL PIC * STITCHY UPDATE 6 * KNITTING PROGRESS

Firstly I want to say a huge thankyou for all of the comments/emails that I have received in regards to my dad... I am trying to stay strong and positive that everything is going to be OK... and I will talk to you about whats going on if and when I know myself! Hopefully it will be good news of sorts!

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?