Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Planet Finish

I finally have some sort of finish to show you guys. It has been a while since I've had one because I've been working on too many big projects. I love the big stuff but finishes are extremely hard to get with them.

So here is my finish. I still have to finish it properly into a mobile but I wanted to show everyone the finish now.





The pattern is by cloudsfactory and it's such a cute little one to do. I thoroughly enjoyed working with it and each planet has so much detail for such a little piece. I also know that pluto is not technically a planet anymore but I'm old school I was taught there were nine planets and pluto was one of them.

Here are the close ups of each of the planets.










I had fun with this piece.

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin




Sunday, 27 July 2014

New Zealand Finds

Now I haven't mentioned my adventures in Wellington yet. My Partner in crime (fellow trumpeter Colette) and I have been crafting together the whole trip. She was doing embroidery while I was knitting. We had been looking out for a chance to visit some crafts stores but nothing ever seemed to pan out. In Auckland we ran out of time to get to the other side of the city and back. Rotorua we had no time at all and Ohakune had no craft stores to find. So come Wellington we really really wanted to find something.

In a souvenir shop in Wellington I managed to find a stand with New Zealand cross stitch bookmarks. The only one I liked and that had anything to do with the trip we'd been on (I didn't visit Queenstown at all!) was a tiki bookmark. As soon as I got back to the hotel I had to start working on it immediately. So although I haven't been stitching much I do have some progress to show. 


  This was on the Sunday afternoon and we didn't get time to explore anymore until Tuesday where we had the whole day to ourselves so we went exploring. We searched out one shop we had been told of that was apparently great but we weren't impressed because it was all dress making fabrics. Great fabrics and awesome looking store but not what I'm after.

But while we were there they gave us a map which was a craft map of Wellington and through that we found a store called Made on Marion. It was like walking into heaven. They had a bit of everything from quilting fabrics to cross stitch threads and patterns. So both of us were happy. To make it even better they had 50% off cross stitch patterns. So I may have bought a couple of kits and a big blackwork pattern.

 I love this pattern of Captain Cook's endeavour and it's important for us to because Cook in the Endeavour was the one to find Australia's East coast.


I love these three little kits that I got especially the sheep they come with tassles and purple felt for the back. The orange and red kiwis are an Assisi pattern I think the colours look stunning. The other kiwi will be Lana's to do when she wants to.

I love the patterns I managed to find and they will always remind me of my trip to New Zealand.

Hopefully it won't be long before I finish my first bookmark.
Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Thursday, 24 July 2014

New Zealand Take 2 - Snow Day

I promised these photos halfway through my New Zealand trip when I posted the last photos but getting internet was a bit iffy. Then I got home and didn't have interwebs at home and now I'm just making excuses. I'm getting very good at excuses but no more!

 We stopped on the way to the snowfields for a walk and a toilet stop as you do when you have 40 people on a bus. But this was where we stopped it was gorgeous.




 We're freezing cold as the breeze coming off the water is icy.


 Heading towards the snowfields doesn't that snow look cold!



 At the top of the mountain this is just before an enormous snowfight. The beauty of having younger kids along they know how to have fun.




I just went tobogganing but I had an absolute ball. I had such fun in the snow and I will have to find the photo of my tiny snowman. It wasn't very big but it looked so cute. We were getting too cold to stay and make it bigger so we went to get some warm food for our tummies.

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Life is getting back on track

It's a funny thing to say but I feel like everything is starting to fall back into normal again not sitting out there in crazy land.

  1. We have a new place and we are all moved out of the old place so I'm no longer spending my time going to inspections and putting in applications and constantly cleaning to get everything right. I got so sick of seeing forms and then would dread looking at my messages and emails just expecting that rejection again. Though the worst were the ones that weren't rejections they just never bothered to respond even with a generic sorry you weren't successful to my email. 

  2. Having now moved the house itself is generally unpacked so we aren't living in a mess but I still need to work on the kids bedrooms and my wardrobe..... 

  3. My trip to New Zealand is over. I had an awesome time but by gosh it came at the worst time stress wise. We moved house the day before I left for New Zealand so we were just a little bit rushed. 

  4. The wedding is over! Not mine I'm not planning to get married anytime soon but my partners sister got married 2 days drive away from home so two days there and two days back with two kids in the car is not my idea of fun. Nor is all the drama that seems to go along with weddings why do they seem to bring out the worst in people?

So now that this is all over the stress is settled and I can begin to stress a little bit less and be less of a pain in the butt to my family. Because I'm stressing less and life will start to settle and I will be home more to be able to post regularly I am going to get into a regular routine with posting. I want to and intend to start a number of regular posts and I have lots of ideas and projects that I want to show you that just get shoved to the side because it's easier. Stress isn't my friend but I am going to make an effort now to not let it get to me too badly. It should be easier to handle since life is more settled.

Well Happy stitching everyone and keep looking for the regularly scheduled program to start again as soon as I can.

p.s. I will be starting my dress-a-long again and actually doing it as soon as I have settled everything.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

New Zealand :D

Well we have been travelling around New Zealand for 7 days now and we have three more to go.
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We started in Auckland and spent a couple of days playing around in that area. It was great to experience though we didn't do much of the tourist thing. Then we travelled south towards rotorua. This was amazing because on the way we passed through Hobbiton. Yes if you're a LOTR fan I went to HOBBITON!!!! I loved it it was an awesome experience and I was very hyper for the rest of the day.



 I got many photos in front of various hobbit holes :D I had fun enjoying the site despite the weather. It didn't know whether it wanted to rain or not.
 Though when we got to Bag End it started to really rain!
I stood at the gate of BAG END!!!!!!

To finish the tour off we had a drink in the green dragon.

Then we moved onto Rotorua where we got to visit the Geysers.




But boy does that town stink of sulphur.

I have more photos from the snow as well but I think this is enough for the moment. Hope you enjoy them.
Caitlin

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Mittens Galore

Well I was going to make a pair of fingerless mittens for myself and that fell through well more than fell through I have to make a black pair to perform in and I needed to test out the pattern. Soooo I tested out the pattern on some 8ply blue yarn with size 4mm needles. The problem was that doing so made a perfect mitten for a little girl.

So I wasn't allowed to leave it at just one I had to make a pair :D and I think they do look awesome and she has been wearing them non-stop!



They are just a little bit dirty after a week of wear! Though these photos are from the first day so they still look clean!

BUT after finishing her pair the little boy wanted a pair for himself and I couldn't say no to his cute little face so I made him a green pair.

 Here it is with one finished and the other half started. It really doesn't take long to make a mitten when you actually sit down and knit. It's just at the moment I keep getting distracted by everything and anything. Life is getting stressful so sitting down and knitting is really hard because I'm so restless all the time.
 Despite that I took the time to sit last night and finish them off. He was so excited to get to wear his mittens :D I think I've done an awesome job and they have improved a lot from the first pair.

So now I can settle and do my own pair. I'm using a yarn called Biscay by Moda Vera that is 70% Acrylic and 30% Alpaca. It's so lovely and soft and using the bamboo needles is so much nicer than the metal ones. So this is the start of the first glove and we will see if with everything else happening I can get it done by Sunday morning.

I keep alluding to everything else and I know I've kinda talked about it before but I want to talk about it now.
I leave for a music tour to New Zealand in less than a week now and I'm getting kinda excited about it. I will be away for 10 days and hopefully will be able to post pictures while I'm away.

BUT to add to the stress at the moment we are STILL looking for a place to live. We have been given a two week extension until the 14th of July but we NEED to find a place ASAP. It just isn't happening very quickly or easily. Hopefully something will pan out this week before I go away. But it's the reason no decent stitching or anything is happening in this house because that takes way too much effort.

Best Wishes and Happy Stitching everyone please wish us luck in our search,
Caitlin