Yummytimtam's Cross Stitch

Hi, welcome to my blog. This is about on one of my favorite crafts - namely cross stitch. Currently I'm doing various project rotations including Flaming June, Custom Cupid, Snow Wolves, Harmony, Watergarden, Alpine Seasons, Japanese Garden, Cranes, Angel of the Morning, Forest Goddess, The Abduction of Psych (beading), Persian Iris Garden, Mystery X and Cosima

Vivienne was born on 18 July 2005
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Sunday, June 26, 2005

Update on Stitching & Stashing

Here is a picture of Twinkle Twilight. I have been concentrating on it more than my other projects at the moment. It's got a face now, I don't think I will finish this before the baby is born but I'm gonna keep trying

Our recent ultrasound went ok. The baby 'girl' (looks like it will be a she, Amanda is excited) is growing appropriately however the fluid around is slightly low. Everything else is very good, thus we are a bit cautious about it. We have started closed monitoring, by having CTG monitor twice weekly. We had the first one on thursday and going for another one tomorrow. We may need to bring on the baby earlier due to this minor problem.

We also just returned from Sydney over the weekend. The Quilt and Craft show is on again at Darling Harbour. I didn't buy any charts or kits this time. I have too many of these already, not to mentioned I just ordered 4 more charts from HAED. What can I say they were having a 25% sale. There were too much quilting stands rather than needleworks. Nevertheless I picked up a few fabrics. I now have fabrics for Eight Immortals, Monalisa and a few smaller ones which I'm thinking of doing for the baby's nursery. I got the charts from magazine which I have. But the best stash was a hand dye fabric. I spoke to the girl Naomi from The Stitches and Spice stand. They speciallise in hand dyed fabric. I asked if they have a recommendation for Angel of the Morning. Naomi is actually doing it at present and she showed me this blue fabric which look faboulous that she is doing on. I didn't like the linen and got the jobelin instead. It looks slightly paler and I think it will go well with the design. When will I start that ? I am a truly startaholic.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

More Rotations and Stash

Hmm, I've noticed something interesting. I can't do html correction on the Apple at work. How weird ? Maybe I'm just not familiar with Apple as yet. I have to do those later at home. Anyway, more update. Since March I have now finished the Horse. thus getting closer to my new years goals. I don't think I will have any of my new BAP finished by the end of the year. Still have Tutenkhamun adn Wedding Blessing to go from last year. WB had become UFO for a while, but my African Stitch yahoo group is holding a monthly UFO day so I have been doing it at least once a month. Tut is nearly finished. I have to sit at the dining table to do this due to the space I need to handle the beads which is why it is slow.

I have also started another project, Twinkle Twilight. This is a new kit I got from visiting the LNS in Canberra. It's not a big piece and I hope I can finish it by the time the baby is born and add his/her name on it. I changed the aida into Jobelin which I hope will make it looks even nicer. You can see the design by Maria Van Schrrenburg below. Wouldn't it be a nice decoration on the baby's nursery ?

I also started Snow Wolves as my lap frame was a bit lonely and naked on the shelf so I put the fabric on it. I figured it's small enough so I can take it with me when we go away on short trips (Sydney). Both these were started in April. Also after a few discussion with Amanda I now pick up her baby afgan that she started a long time ago. The baby will be born soon she said and you are better than me in XS. I don't enjoy working on free hand though. I'll post some pictures when there are more to see.

Harmony was on top of my new year goal. I had some difficulty getting the fabric I want. I got a 32 count Belfast linen initially but after close look at it at home. Decided I don't like the slubs on the fabric. So I went back to the LNS and got a 32 co Jobelin. I like this much better and should start on this in the near future.

I have also been browsing on ebay and have manage to add a few more stash. I got Angel of the Morning frm L&L, the seller at the time was offering combine postage thus Angel of Freedom was also added.Talk about instant buying. I'm not sure when i will stitch these but they are in my collection now. Also I saw a cheap deal on Dimension Gold Japanese Maiden and baught that too. I thought it would look good with my Mighty Samurai. What do you think ?

So that's another Oriental female designs on my stash now. What can I say. I am Chinese by decendent. LOL. If only I don't have to work and just stay at home and stitch all these stash.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

More Stitching Update

Okay, now I'm going to catch up what I've been stitching the last few months. As you know started the Flaming June SAL but by the time I caught up, I think people were losing interest. I was the only one doing the instalment. In May Michelle from HAED stopped giving instalment. So I continue stiching and was manage to do more than. I'm about 2/3 of the page finished now. I haven't touched it for a couple of weeks now, will need to get back to it soon.

My stitching stand finished and I'm love it. Also recently I came across a DVD cabinet on sale. I got an idea looking at it. I'm converting it into a floss storage cabinet. It took a while for me to finish it as there was some missing part and the hooks took longer to be install. Unfortunately I can't fit in 465 hook for each DMC floss so I have to double up on them. I have also instal a light in it so I can see the floss better. You can see them here together

My GK project has taken me back a bit. It is very slow as there were a lot of blends and confetti stitches. I keep thinking back what I should have said when Marcus asked me how many colours I want in my custom chart. I should have said as little as possible rather than the other way around. LOL. But it's looking beautiful. Stitching on 40 ct is also different. It is a lot tighter to pull the needle through eventhough I'm using the smallest needle. So far I've mange to put in about 1000 stitches. I need to take breaks frequently when I'm doing this one as I get sick of starting a new colour. LOL

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Stitching Update

Wow, it's been a long time since I last update this blog. I've been a bit preoccupied I suppose. I've been telling myself to update it but something just always got in the way.

We have now settled down in Canberra and the winter is also here. I need to update my stitching electronically. Meaning take new pictures, upload them etc. So far I have changed some parts of this blog to reflect more of what I'm doing. I'm now 35 years old for instance. LOL, time to reach my midlife crisis as I told Amanda. Anyway will add more in a few days to come.