Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Elaine's dinner for her 80th

At dinner to celebrate Mum's 80th.
Laurieton, March 2009.
(Don't you just love the dark hair? I might stay dark for a while, even though I'm a natural blonde)

Trevor & Elaine, The MOTH's parents

Joanne & Steve, the MOTH's sister and her husband

Now the fun REALLY begins!

Can you tell that I'm getting excited?
This update is the last for the project until I have finished the beading and backstitch.

It has taken me 5 months to get to get to this point.
Thanks everyone for your wonderful encouragements.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

If I Sew Fast Enough, Does it Count as Aerobic Exercise?

Collecting the stash and telling yourself that you are going to work on a project is well and good. However, like the novel you have to read for next week's Year 12 English class or the 20 bars of music you need memorised for Friday afternoon, the best way to get started is to simply begin.

So began my first blog, on this day in 2006. I picked up my needle and began. I've had a simply marvelous time stitching and corresponding with others who follow the same interests. I have also learned heaps about life's perspectives (what's important, what's not) and how computers work.

Thank you for encouraging me with my creations. Thank you for your friendships. Thank you for helping make my life fuller and more interesting. Your contributions & online companionship have been much appreciated.

This week starts the beginning of a whole new way of life here at Castle Bliss (renovations are on hold for the year - our New Year's resolution - and I quit my uni course last Friday). When I get my ducks in a row (after the Autumn clean), I will have a grab-bag of stash bits and pieces on offer. If you are a regular visitor, and you have commented on my blog before, put your name in the hat and in a month, on April 23, I will draw out a name.

Happiness & laughter to one and all,


Monday, 23 March 2009

Queen of the Seas - Update No 12

I got a chance to do a wee bit of stitching during the weekend!

Harry & Lucy
(What a life they have!)
Can you see Lucy's big tummy?

Friday, 20 March 2009

Queen of the Seas - Update No 11

A small progress. I've not stitched much in recent months, but here it is ...

Next week, I plan a whole lot more action.

Meanwhile, have a happy weekend, one and all.


Friday, 13 March 2009

Happy Dancing!

Exams are done for this round.
I'll update & start surfing your blogs during the next week!
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this weekend as much as I will.

Friday, 6 March 2009

MIL's gift

If you have been reading my blog for a period of time, you would know that my MIL's 80th birthday is just around the corner and that we are going south this weekend to celebrate. I've put together a parcel for her this week (something to wear, something to read, something to do).

Yes folks, I'm taking my life into my hands and giving her a lace g-string to wear. I think it will complement nicely the Mills & Boon sops she likes so much.

For those of you who are scrating your heads wondering about this this choice of gift, there is a story behind it. For Christmas 2007 my MIL gave me 5 pairs of white Bonds Cottontail full briefs, with the instructions that they were long lasting & that the elastic was easily changeable when it sags. I was kind of shocked. LOL

The note in with the g-string is going to say something like "Cottontails may wear well, but this little number is comfortable to wear and kinda sexy". Even I don't have the nerve to tell my 80 year old MIL that if her husband doesn't like it (her excuse for not doing things she doesn't want to do) that she can always take it off for him (head shaking here in horror at the thought).

It's all in good fun & MIL has been forewarned that she is getting a gag gift. The bundle also includes bedsocks, two Mills & Boon novels, a bumper wordsearch book and money towards a holiday for two to their fave destination.

I've also dyed my hair chocolate brown for the occasion. It must be exam relief syndrome. The MOTH is in shock. He has only ever seen me as a blonde with a few highlights. The thing about having medium blonde hair is that those highlights are often two shades lighter than my natural colour. This time I simply went two shades darker. LOL - not quite Addams family mama yet.

Meanwhile, my sister, Jane, is taking well the news that I'm not going to her birthday party. It's apparently the first party she has had in 25 years! I feel terrible but understand that The MOTH needs support on this one. However, please remind me if I'm ever put in this miserable choice situation again, I'm not missing another of my siblings' birthday parties ever again after this! I'm not giving an inch on my 50th and that damned wedding.

Still no stitching. I've got one more exam next week so then ...

Have a good weekend, one and all.

Happiness & laughter,


P.S. (Sunday evening) MIL loved the gift! She had a good giggle. Phew!