Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Not much news today
Thanks so much to everyone for all their kind words about the new shop and for the suggestions. We will certainly have heaps of models up. I agree that a shop has to have lots and lots:) I am so tired today but I have the day off tommorrow. I have a few things to do in the morning but hopefully I will get some stitching done in the afternoon.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:14 pm   2 comments
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Unofficial Approval
Well, great news today. The Town Planner called to say our application for the new shop has been approved and that he was just doing the official letter that we should receive in the mail tomorrow. Needless to say we are really excited. If anyone has any suggestions for what they like to see in a needlework shop they would be greatly appreciated. It always helps to have new ideas:) We want to really do things well when we move. It will be so nice to move all the stock from the pokey space we currently have to a lovely cottage:) We will begin the move after the 20th April.

I didn't get any stitching done tonight. I decided to organise all my charts instead. I always feel better when everything is organised. It is the anal side of me coming out:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 10:21 pm   13 comments
Monday, March 27, 2006
An Interesting Day
Well today was certainly more interesting than I thought it would be. We are still yet to have a definite yes on the new shop but we did get a call from the Town Planner to say everything was done and that he just had to have a fire and safety inspection done and once that had been done he would approve our application. We told him that the owner had already had this inspection done and that she has an electrician lined up to install all the fire alarms and exit signs as soon as the approval has been given. The council said they could not find a record of this inspection and that they would be sending up someone from the council to do one. The only problem with this is that the Town Planner is going on holidays on Wednesday so unless the inpsector can do it tomorrow we will have to wait yet another week. Given the fact that the TP was off sick all last week and now going on holidays, a lot of time is being wasted. We only have 3 weeks left to get all the legal stuff (leases drawn up etc) done as the owner of the cottage is going overseas for almost 2 months. When we told the TP this today he said he would do his best to have the safety inspection done tomorrow so he could approve the application tomorrow. If not we will have no choice but to wait until Tuesday 4th April. It's just unbelievable:(

Our new shop will be in Lurline Street in Katoomba, which is the main tourist road with many galleries. The businesses along Lurline have decided to get a group of shop owners together to form a comittee to think of ways to help promote Lurline Street as a great steet to visit when tehy come up to the mountains. We were invited to attend and the meeting went really well. We look forward to attending more in the coming months.

On the stitching front I started Live Each Season today as I think I should be able to finish it in a couple of days. Something I need after stitching MTM for so long:)

posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:09 pm   8 comments
Sunday, March 26, 2006
A Nice Day At Home
I had a nice day at home stitching today. Much more enjoyable now that MTM is not a piority. Thanks for everyone's kind words about my decision on this one. It's nice to know I'm not the only one feeling this way. Sorry I don't have a photo to share of today's stitching but Bren had a silver clay class he ran at the shop today and left the camera there. We will pop in and pick it up tomorrow.

Hopefully tomorrow we will hear about the shop. FIngers crossed!!!

posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:12 pm   4 comments
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Bois Le Duc
Well I finally had to give myself a break from MTM. It is starting to become a chore stitching it every day. I think I may have to revise my goals for MTM. I think my new goal will be to keep up to date each month with Mystery IX and just stitch on MTM in rotation until I have caught up. I started it 3 months behind and I feel like I have been stithing it forever just to get up to date. So, if it ends up taking more time than the 12 months to finish, so be it. I will still try to catch up, but not at the expense of all my other stitching. I think it might have been a bit ambitious of me to expect to be up to date on 2 of Martinas large projects at once and still have other projects on the go, particularly when one was started late. I feel much better since I made this decision:)

So with all this in mind I worked on Long Dogs' Bois Le Duc tonight which was such a welcome change:) Speaking of Long Dog, I received an email from Julia Line (of Long Dog) today with the new release. I can't wait for this to arrive:) It's called Sarabande.

posted by Karen's Blog @ 10:22 pm   7 comments
Friday, March 24, 2006
New Mirabilia
I got an email from Mirabilia this morning with their new release Bliss Fairy. Very pretty and will go nicely with Petal Fairy. What does everyone think of this one? The email also mentioned that the long awaited Autumn In My Garden is coming next. I am thrilled about this as I love the In My Garden series but have put off stitching them until Autumn was released. I can't wait to see this one as Autumn is my favourite season.

No stitching done tonight as I am really tired and will have an early night.

On the new shop front, luckily the Town Planner was back today from his sick leave and we had a chat. He seems to think all will be fine. He said there had been a couple of concerns, mainly the carpark but said there would be leniency shown there. He said he should have an answer by later today or Monday. I’d say he has to get it signed off by a superior or something. I asked him to call when he had a answer. I didn’t hear today so hopefully we will know on Monday. I figure if the carpark was still a problem, they wouldn’t be asking us about signage though. So still we wait but at least we should have an answer Monday. Thanks for everyone's kind wishes.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 9:36 pm   6 comments
More on MTM
Sorry I didn't post last night. We were having computer problems and Bren had to do a restore so by the time everything was back up and running I was way to tired to post.

Not much to report. Still stitching on MTM. Sigh. I know what you mean Carol. This is taking forever and I still have the corner to do as well. I am so anxious to move onto one of my other projects!! Hopefully soon.

We don't have any further news on the new shop as the Town Planner has been off since Monday with the flu. Hopefully he will be back tommorrow otherwise we won't hear until Monday (with luck). This whole thing is teaching me a big lesson in patience. LOL.

I meant to say a while back, Carina, thanks for sending me your email address. I will email you very soon:) It's always nice to hear from you. Two other Aussie friends, Mel and Annette, sent me their Blog addresses so when he has a chance I will ask Bren to put them in my Blog links.

Happy Birthday Mel:) Hope you had a great day.

posted by Karen's Blog @ 12:11 am   2 comments
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
More on MTM

Well, yet again, another night stitching on MTM. I am so over this one. LOL. I am itching to move onto some other stitching but if I don't perservere this month on MTM I know I will never catch up.

I had some possible good news today on the new shop front. We are closed on Mondays so when we got into the shop today there was a message that had been left yesterday by the Council's Town Planner. He said he wanted to talk to me about what signage we would be putting up at the cottage. I tried to call him today but he was off sick. They said he will be back tomorrow so I will call him in the morning. While I am trying not to get my hopes up I keep thinking that he wouldn't be asking about signage if it was going to de declined because of the car park. Hopefully he will give me some idea in the morning.

To everyone who has asked about Cyclone Larry that struck the towns in Far Nth Queensland, we are about 1000 miles south of where the cylone struck so we are safe and sound but my heart goes out to all the people around Innisfail, Townsville and surrounding towns whose homes and buildings were devestated.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 8:13 pm   4 comments
Monday, March 20, 2006
Two good films

Not a great photo, but this is the one I took last night that I finally got to load. I worked more on MTM today but didn't get a chance to take a photo tonight. Bren and I have spent a rainy day at home watching DVD's. We watched a great scary Australian film called Wolf Creek, which, if you like a good scare, is the best I have seem for quite a while. Really liked it. The other was Crash. It won this year's Best Film at the Academy Awards and is again, a great film. I didn't get a lot of stitching done during Crash though as this is one you really have to concentrate on.

Well tommorrow is the closing date for any neigbourhood objections to our proposed new shop. Hopefully we should hear by Thursday or Friday if we have been successful. Fingers crossed!!
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:18 pm   3 comments
Sunday, March 19, 2006
More on MTM
Sorry guys, no photo tonight either. I worked on MTM today but when I tried to load the photo it just would not appear in the Blog. I tried several times. Anyone else having this problem? There seems to be quite a few problems with the Blog the past couple of nights.

We had a bit of a scare about an hour ago. A horrible big Huntsman spider decided to run across our loungeroom. As Bren and I were trying to catch it, the horrid thing ran right across my silks and disappeared into the lounge. Needless to say I was scared stupid. Bren wasn't much better. Luckily the spider decided to leave the lounge and then Bren got him. It really was quite funny (well at least it was after the spider was gone) LOL.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:02 pm   5 comments
Saturday, March 18, 2006
I hate Jessica Stitches
This will only be a short post tonight as it is nearly midnight and I have to get to bed. Tonight I stitched some more on MTM. I will post a photo tomorrow when I fix up the Jessica Stitches that I have been struggling with for the past hour or so. I love doing specialty stitches but I hate Jessica Stitches, particularly when Martinas diagram for this stitch is so bad. I get the first part right but then the diagram is just too blurry to be able to read to finish the stitch off. I am too tired and frustrated tonight to do any more. I figure I will look at it with fresh eyes in the morning:) My weekend (Sunday and Monday) starts tomorrow so I should have a good progress photo to share tommorrow:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:52 am   2 comments
Friday, March 17, 2006
Happy St Patrick's Day

Not much to say today except Happy St Patrick's Day!!!

I haven't done much stitching today as I was running around a bunch of suppliers all day. At the moment we are watching Antonio Bandaras on InsideThe Actors Studio and he seems so nice. I hope to get some stitching done tonight.

I can't seem to view my Blog or some of the other Blogs tonight. I can view some others though so I am not sure if there is a server problem or something. Hopefully it will be ok by tomorrow. Anyone else having this problem?
posted by Karen's Blog @ 9:23 pm   3 comments
Thursday, March 16, 2006
More on MTM

Not a good photo but I got some more done on MTM. I'm afraid I will be boring everyone with this project for about another week or so as I just want to be caught up by the end of March so that next month I can get the new parts stitched and then move onto other WIPs.

Well today we had a bit of a setback with our potential new shop. Just when we thought everything was going well we received a letter from the Council to say that that wanted more information included on the plans of the house we had done. They said they needed more detail on the car park area. So the car park still seems to be an issue. When Bren rang the Town Planner who, only days ago said there seemed to be no problem, he just said they needed more detail on the plans and wouldn't discuss it any further. Then the owner of the property called to say she had also spoken to him and he agreed to go to the cottage with her and make the amendments himself. He said he is only new to the job and wants to make sure he is not making any mistakes. She said that after meeting with him she felt it was still quite hopeful. He said that the deadline for any possible objections by neighbours is up on the 21st and that we should have an answer soon after that. So we should know one way or the other next week. Bren and I are so over this. We just want an answer either way so we can make plans. Plans to move or plans to rearrange our current shop to make better use of the space. I'm sorry to keep boring everyone with this. It's just that the last couple of weeks have been such a see sawing of emotions. Bren and I love our little business and we want to do everything we can to make it better and the actions of the Council have been so frustrating. Thanks for letting me vent a little:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:48 pm   4 comments
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony
Well, here is my coffee cup. I don't actually drink coffee but I will use my mug in the coming cooler months for cocoa and hot soup:)

No stitching tonight as we have been watching the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. I'd like to wish all the Australian Athletes good luck:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 10:07 pm   3 comments
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Some Good News
Well, I got a little more stitched on MTM tonight but I will wait until I have a bit more done before I take a photo. I have decided to leave the village part I started to stitch on teh left side until I see Martina's response to someone else who posed a similar question. In the meantime I will start it again at the top where it is meant to be.

Today we received some possible good news on the shop front. I got a call from the Council’s Town Planner today to ask me a couple of minor questions. He seemed happy with my answers. He then went around to the cottage to do a site inspection and called us later to say he thought all seemed fine. He said that the standard letters had been sent out last week to the neighboring houses and galleries in the street to see if they have any reasonable objections to our business going into the cottage. This is done with any new businesses wanting to start up in a dwelling that wasn't previously used for commercial purposes. The cottage we want has been previously used for holiday letting. If, after 14 days there are no legitimate concerns, the Town Planner said he thought it would be approved. So that all sounds like good news. I know I shouldn’t jump the gun, but now I am starting to get excited.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 10:29 pm   6 comments
Monday, March 13, 2006
I Need Some advice
Well I got a bit of stitching done on MTM today but then realised one of my corners in Part 5 was out by a stitch so I spent hours frogging. What a setback!! Then I realised that I have started stitching the town on the left hand side rather than the top. I am combining teh stitching on parts 5 and 6). As I haven't done much I am wondering whether to frog this part of the town as well or just leave it. Each side looks very similar so I am wondering what you guys think? Does it matter what side the towns are stitched on? Also, on the picture of MTM it looks like the front building on each side is the same any way, so my second question is if I should leave what I have done until Part 7 comes out and start Part 6 again at the top. Does this make sense? I am really tired and have probably confused everybody.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:12 pm   3 comments
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Two finishes
Well, I had a lovely day at home today and while the plan had been to work on Medieval Town all day (especially after seeing Judith's gorgeous work), I ended up trying to get all my WIP's and UFO's organised. I found 2 that were finished except for the back stitching and the thought of finishing 2 works before I start the marathon effort that will be MTM, was very appealing. So I have now finished Mirabilia's Ring Around The Rose Tree which I stitched on 28ct Waterlily Jobelan and another by an Australian designer Hanne's Needlecraft called "Roadside Sellers" that I started back in 2003. I had finished it's companian piece "To Market" and just couldn't face all the backstitching that RS required, until today. VBG.

Also tonight, Bren changed my template as Carol mentioned that sometimes that blue template can be hard to read on some machines. I hope this is better. Bren is also going to try and incorparate dragonflies into my template soon as well (of course. LOL).

Tomorrow is our Monday off so I am definetely going to get to work on MTM. I really am dreading it but I so want to be caught up by the end of the month. After I have caught up I will get back into my rotation stitching. I am especially anxious to get back to Stargazer and my next house in HOHRH. Because I have been spending all my spare time stitching I have been neglecting my emails. Carol, I have been so slack. It feels like ages since we had a proper chat but I will recify that soon:) Also Carina, I still can't work out where your email address is in your Blog.

posted by Karen's Blog @ 10:32 pm   8 comments
Saturday, March 11, 2006
A Nice Night
Well our friends have just left for the night and are on their way back down the mountain. They live about an hour from us. It was so great to catch up with them as they have been in Spain for 6 weeks on an extended holiday and so we hadn't seen them since before Christmas. Our friends are Kylie and Frank and they have two children - Cody aged 6 and Brianna aged 3. These friends are like family to Bren and I and we have had a lovely night. I have to say though, while we love the kids to death, it is nice to have a nice quiet house again. I have to take my hat off to anyone who has children. It really is a full time job and I know we would be exhausted 24 hours a day. I don't know how Kylie and Frank do it, and they have great kids:)

I have the day off tommorrow while Bren is running a Silver Clay class so it's back to stitching:) We both have Monday off so we will either have the day at home or go out for the day.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:11 pm   3 comments
Friday, March 10, 2006
Not much tonight
Sorry about such a short post tonight. It has been a long hot day and I have just not felt like doing much of anything tonight but watching some TV. It's not often I don't feel like stitching. I am hoping to do more on Medieval Town on Sunday. I won't get much done tomorrow night as I have to work until 3pm and then some of our friends are coming up from Sydney to have a Bar-B-Q with us.

Judith, I agree that I need to get a move on with MTM. I know it is cheating a bit but rather that stitching all 4 corners of Part 5 at once, I have started stitching some of the buildings as well to break the monotony of the 4 corners. My aim is to have completely caught up by the end of the month though.

As always, thanks so much for all your lovely coments over the last week. I am so sorry I haven't had a chance to catch up on everyone else's Blogs. I am hoping for a quiet day in the shop tomorrow so I can catch up with everyone.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:33 pm   1 comments
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Part 3 finished
Yayy!!! I finally finished Part 3 of Mystery IX today. It is so nice to be up to date with this one. I now want to catch up on Medieval Town. I am so behind with this one though. I am combining a couple of parts and can hopefully at least catch up to Part 6 by the end of March.

I had a nice day at home today. It was really hot though. It's hard to believe it is Autumn and we are still having such high temperatures. I love it when it rains but there is none predicted for the next week or so which is disappointing.

Well it is time to watch "House" now so I will sign off for the night.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 9:28 pm   7 comments
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
My sweet husband

Well no stitching done tonight as a friend of mine who lives up the road has a new man in her life and she needed a bit of a "girly" chat night. It seemed so strange as all my other friends are married and so it has been years since I have had a friend who needed to chat about a new boyfriend. VBG. A bottle of wine later, it is now 11.50pm and Julieanne has just gone home. It has been a nice night but I am so tired as I had a very busy day in the shop. I am so glad I have the day off tomorrow!!!

Speaking of days off, look at the lovely ring my wonderful hubby made me today on his day off. I really lucked out with him:) He spent so much time on this and it is just beautiful.

Tomorrow I hope to have more stitching progress photos to share:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:45 pm   7 comments
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Not much done tonight

Well not much happened today. I got a bit more done on Mystery IX tonight. Not a lot but at least it is getting there. Tomorrow will probably be much the same but at least I have my day off on Thursday to look forward to. Hopefully I will get Part 3 finished then so I can move onto something else, hopefully back to Stargazer.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:43 pm   5 comments
Monday, March 06, 2006
Mystery IX Progress
Well today I worked on Mystery IX part 3. I had hoped to get more done on the 4 new sections but I decided to do the beading today well. I was going to leave the beading but then I remembered that one of the bead colours uses over 1000 beads so I have changed my mind and will bead as I go as I don't think I could face all the beading at the end:) I really like how Mystery IX is looking. It looks so much nicer than the photo shows. I hope to get all of part 3 done over the next couple of days.

Well it has been a long night. I have been up all night watching the Academy Awards. We have the telecast delayed by about 6 hours so it can be shown at night on Australian television. I always spend the whole day trying to avoid any news bulletins that come on during the day as I hate to know the winners ahead of the telecast. I have even avoided reading anyones Blogs today in case someone mentioned the winners. I'm a movie tragic I know:) LOL. I have to say I am so happy that George Clooney, Rachel Weiz and Reece Witherspoon won!!

posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:23 pm   3 comments
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Blackberry Picking in the country

Today we went for a drive in the country out to a small town called Oberon where we went blackberry picking. We drove around the countryside visiting quite a few small towns before stopping at Bathurst for a quick visit with my Dad. We got home late and tonight we watched a really good movie called The Terminal starring Tom Hanks. What a good movoe!!

Tomorrow Bren and I will have a quiet day at home so I home to get quite a bit of stitching done.

posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:42 pm   9 comments
Saturday, March 04, 2006
A Just Nan break

Well tonight I felt like I needed a break from Chatelaine Mystery IX so I decided to make a start on Just Nan's Winter In A Square. I am stitching it on 28ct Light Caramel Jobelan and I think it will stitch up quickly.

Well it is now the "weekend" for Bren and I. We have Sunday and Monday off. As it has been such a big week we have decided to go for a drive in the country the other side of the mountains tomorrow. It will be so nice to get away for the day:)

When we get back later tomorrow Bren s going to put up my Blog links for me. I still haven't mastered HTML code yet. His background is in the IT industry so it is easier and quicker to ask him to do it for me:)

I am looking forward to life getting back to normal a bit next week and I can catch up on everyone's Blogs.

Carina, I am answering your post here as I can't work out how to email you via your Blog. You're right about Katoomba and the upper mountains in general being a lovely place. Unfortunately these days there just seems to be a criminal element everywhere. The police think the 8 break in's were just destructive bored kids looking for money. Not a great consolation for us I'm afraid. Oh well, it's behind us now. I am looking forward to you visiting us again the next time you are in Australia:)

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:09 pm   6 comments
Friday, March 03, 2006
A restful day
Well, I had a lovely restful day at home today and, like Carol, I just wasn't in the mood to stitch much. I think it has been such a big week that I just felt like staying in my pyjamas and laying on the lounge watching movies on television:) So that's just what I did. What a nice day, especially as it was raining all day. I did get a little bit done on Chatelaine Mystery IX but not enough to bother taking a photo.

Thanks so much to everyone for all their warm wishes after our break in. The shop was back up and running again today. I really appreciate all your lovely words.

A few of you have asked what threads I am stitching HOHRH with. I am using Needlepoint Inc. silks. I really love these silks. What I am enjoying is seeing how different everyone' s houses are looking depending on what threads they are using.

Just one more day in the shop this week and Bren and I have Sunday and Monday off so I am sure I will get some more stitching done then:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:23 pm   3 comments
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Shop Break in

Well today wasn't exactly the day I thought it would be. It was meant to be my day off but when Bren got into the shop he found we had had a break in overnight. The shop was a huge mess. I went straight in and couldn't believe my eyes. The whole place had been turned upside down. We didn't know what had been stolen right away as we had to wait for the police to arrive before we could start cleaning up and assessing the damage.

When the police arrived they said 8 businesses had been robbed in Katoomba last night and apparently there has been a spate of robberies in general in the last 6 weeks or so. Once they left we began the big clean up. It didn't take as long as we thought. The way it looked we thought it would probably take at least 2 days to fix everything up but we managed to do it by the end of the day. The good news is that not much was taken. It looks like they were looking for money, which there was none, and threw everything everywhere, probably trying to see if we had a safe (we didn't). They smashed our scanner but left our computer. They also stole some of Bren's lovely jewellery pieces he had made recently and some charts were damaged when they were thrown on the floor, but apart from that and the lock on the front door they had destroyed, everything else is fine and our shop will re-open in the morning. This has just made me want to relocate our shop even more. It really has been a trying (and exhausting) day, but we are both trying to look on the bright side and that is that basically, everything is now ok. We had the locks replaced and just hope that this is the end of it.

So, as I didn't have my day off today, Bren has told me to have tomorrow off. He's such a sweetie:)So hopefully I will get to work on Chatelaine's Mystery IX part 3 in the morning:)

posted by Karen's Blog @ 10:04 pm   18 comments
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
1 down 11 to go

Well not a very straight photo but House 1 (#4) is finished. I am looking forward to doing Part 3 of Chatelaine Mystery IX tomorrow on my day off. I am typing fast as it is almost midnight and we have been out to dinner with friends and I want to post this while it is stil Wednesday:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:53 pm   6 comments
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