Sunday, 29 July 2012

Changes afoot

DSCF0911 Our little man Logan looks so big in comparision to his little sister who thankfully this week has started to gain some weight - she is now a couple of ounces heavier than her birth weight which is a huge relief to us all, especially mum.  Logan enjoys having cuddles with Savannah as we all do.

Yesterday I finally sorted out a new phone so I can actually ring people now and set the alarm!  I know texting is the 'norm' now but it is nice to be able to ring people too.  I decided on a Blackberry which is completely different to what I have been used to, my other phone was a very old model and one that was handed down to me by Colette years ago.  I'm sure I will get the hang of it before long.

Also yesterday I handed in my notice with my current job as I will be starting a new job next week.  The new job will be regular hours and days and no early mornings - yippee!  I will actually be doing two jobs next week as they overlap slightly as I only got a start date for the new job on Friday and I hadn't wanted to hand my notice in until I knew for definite I was starting.  The last thing I wanted was to be out of work and the job to fall through.  It wasn't an easy decision and I am hoping that I have made the right one, although the hours and days were always all over the place with my current job I did enjoy the work and the people I worked with.  I'm now venturing into the unknown again where I will know nobody initially and while the work will be of a similar nature it will still be different and I will have to learn all over again.  Fingers crossed I've chosen the correct path.

Off to collect Logan in a moment to take him into the railway exhibition which I know he will love.  The weather looks as if it could be showery today so not sure what I should wear as it is still very warm out there.

I managed to watch some of the Olympics yesterday including the tennis - so disappointed that the Murray's are out in the first round they certainly had their chances to progress but it wasn't to be.  I just hope Andy can do better today in his singles match.

Enjoy your day whatever you may be doing and thanks for visiting.

Friday, 27 July 2012

Oh so nutty! and Fat Man SAL update

DSCF0896 I did a fair bit of blog hopping yesterday afternoon and came across a new blog called Being Scrappy where NiKi has some great ideas - one of which is trying to create 52 Layouts during the year.  Niki provides step by step instructions on how to create a LO so great for newbies but also for those that might need some inspiration to get their own creativity going again.  I'm the latter and I've fallen behind with the albums I am doing for Logan and which will now be including Savannah so this bit of blog hopping proved very fruitful for me.  I've adapted the LO to fit the 8x8 album that I'm doing and while I didn't copy the instructions exactly it provided me with enough inspiration to get going again.  This is the 1st LO that Niki provided and I will try and work my way through them to get caught up (yet another personal challenge) as today saw the issue of LO7!  If you check out the link you will see that Niki used one 6 x4 photo but I have used a group of smaller photos which I have had printed out for a few months.  The other aim of this album is to only use scraps where possible.  I think I've managed that with most of the LO's in the album(s) - I'm on album No2 as I've tried to scrap at least one LO a month so that I can see how Logan changes as he grows up.  This LO was made using just scraps which I'm really pleased about however the scraps box still doesn't seem to be going down.  On Niki's blog there is also another section with ideas for using up your scraps called Only Scraps Allowed which can provide you with more inspiration if needed.

DSCF0899I forgot to post a photo of the my Fat Man SAL update earlier in the week.  I managed to get quite a few stitches done on Monday before tiredness finally got the better of me.  I had hoped to complete the chart but just couldn't keep my eyes focused so gave up stitching before I made any mistakes.  Fingers crossed it will be completed next Monday and maybe a start on the next chart too.

I've been helping Colette out in the evenings this week as Tim is on a late shift all week.  I've been helping out with bathtime and bedtime for Logan as well as collecting the washing in for her each day - thank goodness it's been nice and sunny for her to get all that extra baby washing done.  Savannah is doing well and is still being good for her mummy and only waking up once maybe twice a night and then going back off to sleep.  Logan has accepted his sister really well and likes to give her lots of cuddles and is being good for his mummy too.

An early start for me tomorrow, working from 5am to 12 and then meeting DH in town for some lunch before going to try and sort out a new mobile phone for me.  I can only text on mine as the sound has gone so although when I answer the phone people can hear me I can't hear them.  The phone doesn't ring it only vibrates and obviously I can no longer use it as my wake up alarm as I found out a few weeks ago!

Sunday I am taking Logan into see the Plymouth Model Railway Exhibition as at the moment he is mad on trains and it will be great to see his face as he goes round looking at all the different layouts that will be exhibited there.  Also in the town they have a wonderful carousel which I quite fancy taking him on too - need DH to take a photo of that one for me.  Just hoping that the showers that have been forecast don't amount to much so that we can enjoy the weekend.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

CASology #3–Cue card Fruit

DSCF0895The cue card this week for the CASology challenge was fruit and it just so happened that I had this Unity stamp of the week set to hand which fitted the theme perfectly.  I've used scraps from my box again to matt the image on and also used a nestie for the decorative trim underneath the image.  Promarkers were used to colour the image in two of which are from the new Summer collection which just happened to arrive in the post yesterday morning.

A nice relaxing day off yesterday and I made the most of it by just pottering around all day.   A few household chores were done as well as some crafting - I even had an afternoon doze it was so hot and I think the early start the day before caught up with me.

I have another day off today and I have several chores that I should do but whether I achieve them is another matter - the sun is shining yet again and makes such a difference to how you feel.  Hope the weather is nice where you are and you can make the most of it.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

A mixture of challenges

DSCF0893 Normally I make one card for one challenge but last night I decided to pick a few challenges and make my card to fit them all.  This card uses the sketch from the Friday Sketch challenge, the recipe from Card Makin' Mamas which was to use 1 image, 2 patterned papers and 3 embellishments (which I read as three different types of embellishments) and Basic Grey challenge Things with Wings.  It can also be entered into the 52 Card Pick up challenge which is run by Patrice.

I've use two patterned papers that came from my scraps box, the image is a Unity stamp which I have inked up using my SU marker pens and stamped onto a Nestie die and inked with SU ink pad.  Three butterflies which are from a pack of Jenni Bowlin, a white organza ribbon and a couple of clear gems.

Colette and Savannah came home from hospital on Friday - Colette was glad to be back home.  We popped up in the evening to take the Moses basket up to them as Colette felt the cot was way to big for Savannah to go in just yet - she really is quite dinky.  Colette and Tim had bought me some lovely flowers, a bottle of wine and some chocolates as a thank you for what I had done during the week - it wasn't necessary but it is oh so nice to know that you are appreciated.

It was back to work for me yesterday and it felt really strange after being off for what seemed like ages but was in fact only 16 days.  A full day today and an early turn tomorrow.  I'm hoping I will feel creative again when I get home this evening if not it will just be a glass of wine please!

Friday, 20 July 2012

Something had to be done

 I've had this big bag filled with lots of ribbon which I have been meaning to sort out for ages - here it is before sorting.  This is by no means all of the ribbon I have, it doesn't include any of the SU ribbon which is a little more organised in a couple of boxes as they are still on their reels.  While looking for something else I came across a pile of these zip lock freezer bags.  As DH was out for the evening I thought it would be a good idea to sort them out and so they are sorted into colours with a separate bag for lace.  It felt good knowing that I'll no longer have to struggle trying to find a particular colour of ribbon - why it's taken me so long I really don't know.

Up early again this morning to be there for when Logan woke up, we've had breakfast and we have come back to our house now to play with the Thomas track.  Logan met his sister for the first time yesterday as Savannah is now out of the special care unit and in the normal ward with Colette.  Mother and baby are both doing really well and Colette is hoping that they will be coming home today. 

Thursday, 19 July 2012

CASology challenge #2

 Yesterday after Logan's daddy finished work and collected Logan from me I was able to quickly snatch a few minutes to myself and made a card for the CASology challenge.  The cue word this week is HAPPY so appropriate for us with the arrival of Savannah this week.  The card I've made could be used for quite a few occasions.  I've used a Unity stamp to create the word strip across the card and then another Unity stamp for the main image which I have stamped once onto cream cardstock and then again onto some scraps of pink spotted paper. I cut out a couple of the hearts and paper pieced them onto the focal image.  I used the same paper to matt behind the cream card and added an SU sentiment below the hearts.

The Music of the Night was fantastic yesterday evening and thankfully the rain stayed away so we didn't get wet.  It's a shame it is the last time they will be doing this event - it's been running for 12 years so I am so glad I got to see one of the shows.  It was a late night home and another early start for me this morning to make sure I was at Colette and Tim's for 5.30 this morning so he could go to work.  I have just dropped Logan off at his other grandparents until Tim gets home from work so now have the rest of the day to myself.  It's been lovely having Logan but boy I wouldn't want to be a full time mum again - I'd really forgotten just how tiring it is.  I think I will be glad to get back to work!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Welcome baby Savannah

DSCF0870 Savannah finally made her appearance early yesterday evening at 17:36 and weighed in at 6lbs 11oz - not bad considering she was three and a half weeks early.  Colette ended up having to have another C-section but thankfully both mum and baby are doing well.   The photo isn't the best as Savannah is still in the special care unit while she is being given a course of antibiotics to ensure no infections happened on her way out.  Mum did feed her today so she is receiving a mixture of feeds at the moment.

Dad has still had to go to go back to work today so I was up at 5 this morning to make sure I was in their house when Logan woke up and it will be the same for Thursday and Friday - just as well I wasn't rostered into work this week!

Off to see the Music of the Night at the Plymouth Citadel with my friend Jacqueline this evening.  I've been told by MIL that I probably won't get home before midnight so guess whose going to be very tired tomorrow.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Fat Man SAL and baby update

DSCF0856 Good progress was made on the Fat Man SAL yesterday - I think I was a bit over optomistic at the beginning of the day and thought I might have finished the chart but it's surprising how long it took to do all that snow.  I alternated working on the snow with the house so that I didn't get bored.  This chart should all being well be finished next Monday.

Colette went back in hospital late yesterday evening and the last we heard they were actually going to try and induce her now - she's almost 37 weeks and with the to and fro from the hospital over the past few weeks I think it has come as a relief.  I stayed overnight at their house to look after Logan and so will be on edge all day now waiting for some news.  I just hope that this time they really do come home with their baby.

Monday, 16 July 2012

CASology challenge #1

DSCF0853 I came across a new clean and simple challenge blog yesterday evening and while I'm too late to enter it for this weeks challenge I still enjoyed playing along.  The CASology's 1st challenge was to use their cue card for inspiration.  I took out a set of my Avocado stamps which had the sentiment wishing you sunshine and smiles and just used a variety of other stamps from the set to create a small scene.  I matted this onto some pink card stock and cut out some hexagon paper from my scraps to go with it.

I did manage to print out some photos last night but got distracted by the CASology challenge and so I didn't actually get to start the LO but at least I have some printed out and ready to go now.
Here's a photo of how far I got with the Lizzie Kate mystery sampler for Halloween - this like all the other Lizzie Kates is going to be great fun to work on.

The weather has changed again today and it's been raining all morning.  I did manage to get out with Max for a walk around about 8 before it really started to rain hard.  I've also managed to blitz the bathroom and get my pile of ironing done as well as trying to get as many stitches done on the Fat Man SAL.  Not much else planned for this afternoon so hopefully quite a bit of time to spend on it.

I noticed yesterday that Yiotas cross stitch blog has published a cute penguin chart which is free to download.  Later in the week I will be working on the landscape cross stitch kit from Yiota's as I would love to reach the top of the first arch and fill in some more of scenary.  I did work on Four Horses before I went on holiday but the frog attached itself to that one and I ended up having to unpick quite a bit as I'd miscounted - never mind!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Jingle Belles–Red OR Green

DSCF0850 I'm well ahead this time with the Jingle Belles challenge which this fortnight is to use either red OR green but not both of them together. I put these cards together yesterday evening. While looking for some suitable Christmas papers I came across a retired SU paper pack which was mainly reds, blacks and creams.  I opted to use to some of the red papers and inked some cardstock with a Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink pad to give some contrast.  This also matched the flowers which I bought at a craft show last September.  I've stamped the sentiment which is from a retired SU Hostess set and then used a couple of nesties to mat and layer the sentiment.

Today has been spent mainly catching up on the washing - thankfully it has been a lovely sunny day today although a bit breezy which was great as all the washing is now dry and waiting patiently to be ironed - a job for tomorrow!  I've also done some weeding in the garden after DH cut the grass so the borders are looking tidy again.  Finally I managed to get some stitching done too.  I was working on the LK months of the year - I managed to get June done while I was away so went to make a start on July only to find that I obviously hadn't looked far enough ahead and only had a couple of the threads required - I did make a start on it though.  As I couldn't do anymore to July I should have really done one of the many other projects I have on the go but I tend to have Sundays as my Lizzie Kate day but I couldn't do the Fat Man as that is reserved for Mondays only.  Naughtily I made a start on the Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler instead.  Part 1 had arrived from the Patchwork Rabbit while I was on holiday and it was just too tempting not to make a start.  I'm really pleased with how much I got done and have completed almost all of the border which is with Part 1 - it probably won't get touched now for a couple of weeks as I am working all day next Sunday :(  I have this on auto ship so it would be really nice to get Part 1 done before the next shipment is sent out.

This evening I am hoping to print out some of our holiday photos and perhaps make a start on some LO's - we'll see - depends if I get distracted on the laptop all evening.

As far as I'm aware I don't have to go into work again until Saturday so this week will be spent trying to sort out a few things that I had hoped to do before we went away on holiday (but didn't get chance due to Colette being in hospital) and catching up on all my other stitching projects.  Colette is back home and baby is staying safely tucked inside and behaving at the moment which is good news for everyone, well maybe apart from Colette who really wants it all to be over with now.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Sunshine and snow!

 We have just got back from a wonderfully relaxing week in North Devon.  A mixture of weather, two sunny days, two overcast days, a very wet day and a showers and sunshine day.  From what I can gather a much better week than here in Plymouth.  We had already decided to make the most of the break regardless of the weather and every day we were able to go for a nice walk with Max and enjoyed both the sea and the countryside.

On the Monday we walked around Bideford and followed one of the historic trails which we found a leaflet on in the holiday home. I'll try and post some photos of this and our other days out later in the week.  When we got back the sun was still shining so I decided I would spend a little time putting some stitches in the Fat Man SAL.  It was lovely to be able to sit out in the cottages little courtyard garden.
I only managed to put in a small amount of snow and the footpath leading up to the house in this chart as the time spent stitching was very limited that day.  Time to go and see how my fellow stitchers have got on with their Fat Man SAL's this week and I will post some more photos later.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Summer holiday

Well we're off on our summer holiday - not sure if it will feel like a summer holiday as the weather forecast for the weekend isn't that brilliant with red flood warnings being issued last night!  But we will make the most of it as it's a week away from home.

Colette is back home for the weekend but has to report back to the maternity unit at Derriford on Monday morning so they can keep an eye on her.  They gave her a scan before she left Exeter hospital and although some of her waters broke it was only a small amount and baby is still safely surrounded with the necessary fluids.  Everything seems to have settled down for the time being and I have asked her to try and hang on until we get back from our holiday before we have any more drama in our lives.

Laptop will be left at home so a complete break will be had but I will be back blogging next weekend hopefully with some lovely sunny photos to share.

Take care everyone and I look forward to catching up with all your news when I get back.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Jingle Belles vintage challenge

DSCF0600This week  has not really gone to plan at all but I have at least managed to complete the Jingle Belles challenge -  I'm amazed I've had time to put my mind to anything this week.  The challenge this fortnight was Very Vintage.  I have had this sheet of paper with these tiny postage sized images on for ages so they have finally been put to good use.  So far I've only made up one card but it is my intention to get the other five completed when time lets me.  The striped paper is from my scraps box and I've also used a scrap of SU's Always Artichoke and run it through my paper ribbler for a bit more texture.  The ribbon and lace came from my stash along with the brad.  The flourish stamp is from SU's Vintage Vogue set and the tag stamp is an Itty Bitty stamp.  All edges inked with distress ink.

DSCF0599On Tuesday I had the pleasure of looking after Princess Elisha for a couple of hours in the morning while her dad worked on fixing his car.  We played dolls and had a little tea party and Elisha is a real sweetheart when she is on her own.  When with big brother peace is always shattered which is why DH has nicknamed them Chaos and Mayhem!  It's not often I'm able to get photos of them so I made the most of the opportunity and I think this will be a great one for a LO in the future.

I took mum out for lunch on Tuesday and after we called in to see Colette who is still in hospital only no longer at Derriford hospital in Plymouth.  She has been transferred to Exeter because they don't have any ICU cots available in Plymouth so if they have to do a C- Section it would have been a problem for the hospital.  Now of course it's a problem for us as we are unable to visit her on a daily basis.  They are trying naturally to keep baby safe inside as her due date wasn't until the 10th August but Colette is now even more anxious and frustrated as she is away from home.  Logan bless him is being passed around like pass the parcel as we all try and rally round to help Colette and Tim through this.  Logan stayed with me last night and may be staying again tonight if needed.  It really is a most frustrating waiting game.  We are due to go away on a weeks holiday on Saturday, not miles away from home and within distance if we need to go to Exeter for Colette.  The uncertainty of it all will take away some of the enjoyment of the holiday but Colette has said we have to go as it has been paid for.  It certainly doesn't get any easier just because your own children have grown up - just different anxieties and problems!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Just the border...

DSCF0583...was all I managed to get stitched yesterday.  My day didn't go as planned as it was turned around with a text message from Colette at 5.30 to say she was in hospital having contractions but nothing was actually happening - baby's due date isn't until 10th August so they are keeping her in for up to three days to keep an eye on them both.  So a slight change to my plans as I was due to meet up with some crafting buddies and go down to Cowslip to spend the gift voucher I'd been given for my birthday.  I still went but we also had Logan for company who was as good as gold but it meant it wasn't quite such a leisurely day.  Cowslip is on a working farm so Logan got to see some cows and sheep in the fields as well as the farm cats and dogs and we even found a tractor for him to look at.

I did manage to pick up some lovely fabrics which I'm hoping to use for a mini quilt with stitchery designs on by Lynette Anderson.  I'm hoping to transfer the three patterns I have already received onto the material this week and take them on holiday and maybe work on them there - if the weather is anything like it has been for the past couple of days I think I will be getting quite a bit of stitching done!  Good job we've got waterproofs so we will still be able to take Max out for a walk each day.

Today it is my mum's birthday so I am taking her out for lunch not sure where yet all depends on the wretched weather.  There are several garden centres that mum likes to go to so I expect it will be one of them so that we can also have a look around.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Giveaway winner and June progress

Thank you to those of you that left a comment on my giveaway post - I entered you all into the draw and the winner....
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...was Julie whose blog is Julies Stitchyknitter Journal. Please e-mail with your address and I will put your prize in the post next week and look forward to seeing what you do with it.

Now onto the review of how I got on with my stitching goals in June
DSCF0582LK May and June charts - if I can get June's done then it means I only need to do one a month in the future. MANAGED TO COMPLETE MAY see earlier post for May



Yiota's cross stitch Landscape window in stain glass - MANAGED TO GET QUITE A BIT OF THIS DONE ALTHOUGH THERE IS STILL A LONG WAY TO GO.

I didn't managed to get any quilting blocks done so nothing to report there - I'm ever hopeful that I will get round to this eventually!

July's goals
LK June and July charts
Work on Four Horses
LHN Ornament No 2 to be completed
Work on Bear sampler
Work on Yiotas cross stitch landscape
Fat Man SAL - try and get at least one more chart completed

I do have a weeks leave in July so am hoping to take some of my stitching projects away with me and get some done in the evenings so with any luck it will be a more productive month.

Most of the evenings this week I have spent watching the tennis and there have certainly been some great matches played this week.  A shock that Nadal was put out in the 2nd round, Federer almost going in the 3rd round and then last night Andy Murray just about finishing his match before they needed to put the lights out at Wimbledon - let's hope next week is just as exciting.