1 May 2010

It has been awhile, again.

I apologise for disappearing for so long, computer issues and not being able to load photos has kept me away from posting to my blog.

Thanks everyone for the lovely comments on my last post and for all of the wonderful things that you said about Puddles. I would also like to thank everyone who had become a follower. Hazel correctly pointed out that the photo in my previous post is a bi-colour kitty, not a seal point, (which is what Puddles is). I should have actually posted this photo, blogger won't let me up-load any more photos so here is a link to Puddles mum. Puddles is just like her. He is so affectionate, especially first thing of a morning, all I need to do is pick him up and snuggle with him and he starts purring so loudly. He is very playful, anything that moves is fair game, especially toes and feet. We are all enjoying having him in our family.

We have been pretty busy of late. The weekend of the 17th/18th of April we were in Melbourne for various things; Nephew's 9th birthday party, sister's 40th wedding anniversary, dinner with BIL and his partner (they have just returned back to Australia after living in Switzerland for four years) and we went to see Mamma Mia. The season for Mamma Mia had actually finished some time ago, and DH was forever berating himself as we didn't go to see it. So when it was announced that the show was returning for a limited time he quickly got us some tickets, and fortunately it happened to fall on the same weekend as everything else. Mamma Mia was fabulous, we loved it. DH particularly enjoyed the singing, you see I had subjected him to the movie and he has continually made fun of Pierce Brosnan's singing, I just tell him that I don't care how he sings, looking at him more that makes up for any missed notes! It made for an incredibly busy weekend, but it is always good to catch up with loved ones.

Now for some stitching news. I have had three finishes so far this year, go me LOL. One of them has not been photographed as yet, but I am pleased to show you the other two.

First off is Cirque des Cercles by Ink Circles. I stitched this on 28 ct Navy Jobelan using a Dinky Dyes silk called Desert Sands. It is stitched with two strands over two threads.

Blogger is being painful and won't let me arrange the photos so the close-ups are coming first.
Next is a little design by Birds of a Feather. It is called Soweth Sampler. It is stitched on 36ct linen using the called for WDW threads.

At the moment I am stitching on Faery Tales by HAED. I have made some decent progress on this and need to take a photo of it to post.

Well I must go and do some house work. Take care everyone and I hope that you all get lots of stitching done.


Hazel said...

Wow! I am stunned at your cdc finish. I really hate working on mine. Love your other finish too and that raggie picture is just gorgeous!

Bette said...

Wow! They both look fantastic! Is the Soweth Sampler the one you started at the retreat last year?

Kathy A. said...

Nice to hear from you again.
Your CdC is stunning! I love your colors. YOur Soweth Sampler is also beautifully doone.
You have done some wonderful stitching so far this year.

Lynn said...

Your CdC is absolutely gorgeous! The design really pops on that fabric. And I love your Soweth Sampler.
Glad you made it to see Mama Mia. We had so much fun at it. As for the movie version, I don't care if Pierce Brosnan can sing either!

It sounds like Puddles is a real cuddler! His Mom is really beautiful. My DH says that a Ragdoll is the next best thing to having a dog.

Marita said...

Congratulations on the stitching finishes. They look fabulous!

Le blog de marylin said...

good morning these embroiderings are splendid! on the cloth very nice blue !

Pumpkin said...

HD!!!! Fabulous finishes Joanne :o)

Glad to hear that Puddles in fitting into your family just fine.

Karoline said...

Both finishes are gorgeous especially CdC. Congratulations

Ranae said...

Wowza! CdC is beautiful and gotta love the BOAF.
I am now a follower. I recently started to follow, when I visit blogs now.
I am finally getting around to the There's no place like home that you RAK'd me so very long ago, lol
Take Care

Dani - tkdchick said...

Glad to see you popping up again! I'm glad you're so in love with the new addition to the family. Cats just steal your heart!

What fantastic finishes! Especially CDC! Now don't disappear for such a long time again!

Suzanne said...

Your CdC finish is beautiful. I love the colour choices. I think I have this BOAF chart in my stash, it's a lovely design and your looks lovely.

To answer you post on my blog, we haven't completed our renovations, but we are nearly there. I have the house back in some sort of order at the moment and we are going to take a little break and catch up on all the little outstanding jobs before we tackle the next big one.

Siobhan said...

I'm glad to see you posting again! What GORGEOUS stitching!! Beautiful work.

Gina E. said...

Hi Joanne, great to see you back, and posting photos of your stunning cross stitch work! Thanks for keeping up with my blog - it's always nice to see your comments :-)

Anonymous said...

Circles turned out beautiful!!!!


Puddles sounds like such a sweetie pie. Glad you are enjoying him.

Gina E. said...

Hello again Joanne - thanks for your comment on my blog about my quilt and the Japanese doll panel. I think it will be my first and last quilt - my back is aching badly this morning, after bending over it yesterday, and my hands aren't much better either. The Japanese doll didn't give me any trouble, being small. Guess I'll stick to the small stuff from now on!

Anonymous said...

Omg! Wow beautiful patterns on the cloths! So creative.

Patty C. said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Michelle said...

Gorgeous finishes!!! You've been very busy!

Justflo said...

Great finishes. Beautiful stitching.

Happy stitching to you.

Nicole and Phil said...

opps...ages ago, you asked me for a link to the knitted blankets I am working on, and I only found your email again.....very slack I know!
If you are on ravelry,
do a pattern search for
Ten Stitch Twist (for the round one)
Ten Stitch Blanket (for the square one)
Ten Stitch Triangle (one I will cast on, once the other 2 arae finished)
all gorgeous projects, and great to do when you don't have to think too much!

An Aussie girl who loves to cross stitch