Friday, April 28, 2006
A night out with friends
Well, another rather uneventful day today although I did have a rather unusual customer who came in today and told me she was a gypsy on her way through the mountains. She is the first gypsy I have met. Very strange lady I have to say.

Tonight we had an impromptu dinner around at a friends house which was nice.

Tonight I downloaded Part 5 of Chatelaine Mystery IX so I will stitch that tomorrow. Looks like another quick part to stitch:
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Thursday, April 27, 2006
A slow news day
Hi everyone,

Sorry I have been quiet. To be honest the last 2 days have been so uneventful that I just haven't be able to think of anything to write about:) I do want to thank everyone for all the well wishes for Buster. He is doing really well:)

One big thing did happen today and that is that we finally signed our new lease. We get the keys on Monday. During next week we will spend our evenings up at teh cottage getting much of the racking and fixtures up and then on the weekend of the 6th we will move the shop. I just can't wait for teh move to be behind us:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 10:31 pm   5 comments
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Southern Jewel Finished
Sorry I haven't posted the last couple of days. I just needed a break from the computer. As you can see I finished Southern Jewel. A few of you have asked if this is a new or old design. It is a brand new Australian design from Sweetblossoms Designs. I think it turned out really nice:) Back to Stargazer tomorrow:)

Bren and I had a great day out at Ironfest. We ate way too much food and had fun watching the jousting and sword fights. Some of the craft was great as well.

Today was Anzac Day here in Australia. It is a very special memorial day where Australians and New Zealanders remember all those who have been lost in war, particularly those from World War 1 where so many lives were lost at Gallipoli. It is always so moving to see all the verternas marching in teh Anzac Day parades. This is the first time there have been no remaining soldiers from World War 1. Very sad and just goes to show how quickly time moves on and how importaant it is that we pay tribute and remember those who gave their lives so we could enjoy the freedom we have today.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:18 pm   10 comments
Saturday, April 22, 2006
A better day today

Well, just a busy day at work today. Not quite as eventful as yesterday thank goodness. Now we have 3 days off though and I can't wait. Tomorrow Bren and I are going out to a town called Lithgow down the other side of the mountains to a yearly festival called Ironfest. It is sort of a medieval festival with lots of arts and crafts. Should be a fun day:)

Carina, I am so pleased you will be in Australia again soon and will hopefully be able to come up and visit. I will really look forward to that:)

Just a bit of stitching on Southern Jewel tonight.
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:19 pm   8 comments
Friday, April 21, 2006
A long day
Well what a big day. I worked from home today as the hairdressers next to our shop had a big break in last night and the robbers cut all phone lines into our lane. As a result we didn't have the internet or phones at the shop so I went home to process orders and left Bren to pick them at the shop. Everything was fixed by later today so everything is back up and running. The hairdressers lost around $30,000 worth of stock. I feel so bad for them:(

Well we are yet to sign the lease on the new shop. There were a few mistakes on the lease but they have been fixed so we have an appointment to sign on Wednesday and will get the keys on the 1st May.

We have a 3 day weekend this weekend as we have the ANZAC Day public holiday next week.

Well I had an upsetting night last night. I was really upset about our dog Buster. I found a small lump near his throat. Bren and I were really worried it might be thyroid cancer. I took him to the vet today and she took a biopsy. She said it would either be a fatty cyst or thyroid related. Thank goodness it was just a fatty cyst. She said it won’t be a problem and not to worry about it. So that was a great relief. Needless to say we both had a sleepless night last night.

Not much stitching done but I did get some done on Southern Jewel. I think it is looking really pretty. Hopefully I should finish it by the end of the weekend:)
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Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Autumn Is here

Well Autumn has finally arrived. In the last week all the trees have finally started to change. It is so beautiful. Autumn is my favourite season.

I have been giving my wrist a rest from stitching as it has been getting a bit sore. I don't want the tendonitis I had once before back so I will rest it a bit more over the next fews days and then start up again:)

Below is a cute little Kookaburra that was in the tree out the front of our home. Also below is a photo of the cottage we will be moving the shop into in the next couple of weeks.

posted by Karen's Blog @ 8:02 pm   12 comments
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Happy Easter

Bren and I had another relaxing day at home today. I didn't get any stitching done though. Hopefully tommorrow. I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy Easter:)
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Friday, April 14, 2006
Good Friday Stitching
What a lovely Autumn day it was today. Bren and I had a restful day at home today and I got some good progress done on Stargazer. I am really enjoying this one. Tomorrow I have to go to work but the shop is closed Easter Sunday and Monday, so I should get a lot more stitching done on those days.

I meant to share this lovely RAK I received from Carol this week. She sent me a lovely Silkweaver fabric called
Starquest. It is really pretty and I will be giving a lot of thought as to what to stitch on it:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:52 pm   6 comments
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Frogging on Stargazer

Well I got some progress done on Stargazer tonight but then I realised I had a whole section to frog. I now have it all fixed and will work on it more tomorrow.

As I don't have much of a progress photo to show I will post the last of my Show photos:)
It's amazng what people can do with icing:)

I though Becky might like the bee cake:)

Happy Easter everyone. Be safe:)

posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:06 pm   5 comments
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
More Show pics

I had such a busy day today and tonight I am feeling exhausted so I am going to have an early night.

A big thanks to Carissa for identifying my unidentified sampler as being from Olwyn's Treasured Samplers Book. I contacted my Australian Distributor for this book and will order it in as soon as I hear from them:) Thanks heaps Carissa:) And yes Carol, I definetely see a SAL coming on. LOL.

Here are some more Show photos. Also photos of some of the floral displays:) Tomorrow I'll post some more flowers and some of the amazing cakes:)

posted by Karen's Blog @ 9:51 pm   3 comments
Monday, April 10, 2006
A Day At The Show

Bren and I had a great day at the Royal Easter Show. The needlework was quite good. They have to be unframed so the backs can be judged. Some are entered framed but they rarely win. The sampler on the left was really nice but it was hidden behind some others. Can anyone identify who the designer is? I think it should be a rule that the designer be listed.

I took photos in the needlework section and the floral section. I will post them over the next few days as there are too many to put in one posting.

posted by Karen's Blog @ 9:21 pm   6 comments
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Well, I'm finally feeling well enough to do some stitching today. This horrid cold seemed to keep hanging on. This is 13th Colony Bay Part 3 from By The Bay Needleart. I saw these designs at the Yankee Cross Stitch store, just up the road from Carol's home, last year when we were visiting and I fell in love with them. This is already looking really pretty. As usual though, the photo's not great.

Tomorrow should be a good day. Bren and I are going to the Royal Easter Show. Hopefully I may be able to take some photos of the needlework there.

Now I am feeling better I will ctach up on my Blog reading over the next few days. I feel like I have missed so much this last week.
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Friday, April 07, 2006
A Bad Cold
Sorry I didn't post last night. I woke up yeterday after our dinner out with our friends with a really bad cold. Julianne said at the dinner that she was "feeling fluey" so I am guessing I picked it up off her. To make matters worse the weather has turned really cold the last few days. Needless to say I haven't done any stitching. Not to worry. I'm sure I will feel better in the next few days. I hope so as Bren is taking me to the Royal Easter Show on Monday:)
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Wednesday, April 05, 2006
A Night Out
No stitching done today. Every month we go out to dinner with friends of ours, Mark and Sheila and Julianne. There could be a 4th person next month as we found out tonight that Julianne has started seeing someone. She is waiting to see how things go over the next few weeks before he has to go in front of the screening committee LOL. We went to a lovely Japanese restaurant about 15 minutes walk from our place. It was a hot day today so Bren and I walked as the night was quite mild. By the time we left it was blowing a gale. Our friends offered to drive us home but we opted to walk. It was quite funny as when we turned the corner to walk done the hill we were nearly blown away:) All in all, as always when we get together, it was a really fun night. There is supposed to be a cool change coming through tonight (hence the wind) so I will have a nice day off tommorrow to stitch:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 10:26 pm   3 comments
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
More on Reed
Well, I got a bit more done on Reed's Stocking tonight. I love these Shepherd's Bush stockings:) The photo is not great. It looks really nice in real life:)

Gosh, just when we thought the lovely Autumn weather was here we had a really hot day today and tomorrow is supposed to be warmer again before a cool change on Thurdsay. I hope it will be cooler on Thursday as it is my day off.

Carina, what a small world about Tea Gardens. It is as pretty a little seaside town as it sounds. I am looking so forward to you visiting us again:)

Well it's nearly midnight so I guess it's time to go to bed.

p.s Congratulations to the Red Sox on their win!!!

posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:07 am   9 comments
Monday, April 03, 2006
Not much stitching
Bren and I had the day off today. Bren's parents went home to Tea Gardens this morning and Bren and I had a lazy day at home. I got a bit of stitching done on Reed's Stocking tonight. I will do a bit more tomorrow and will take a photo. Apart from that I don't have much news today. Tomorrow I will try to catch up of everyone's blogs:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:44 pm   1 comments
Sunday, April 02, 2006
Part 4 done

It's not a great photo but I finished Part 4 of Mystery IX tonight. Thanks to Carol and Lesley for setting me straight about symbol 3. VBG. It's comforting to know that the next 3 parts can be done in a day or so each:)

We had a great day with the in-laws today. It was a beautiful autumn day. We went for about a 3 hour bushwalk to Leura cascades.

This is a view on our walk.

And here are some lovely wildflowers - A BAnksia and a Mountain Devil.

April Stitching Goals:
1. Finish Part 4 of Mystery IX. (Achieved 2/4/06)
2. Finish SB Reed's Stocking.
3. Continue Stargazer.
4. Continue Petal Fairy.
5. Continue Bois Le Duc.
6. Continue Houses of Hawk Run Hollow SAL.
7. Continue JN Winter In A Square.
8. Finish For Every Season.

posted by Karen's Blog @ 11:27 pm   7 comments
Saturday, April 01, 2006
A weekend with the In-Laws
Hi everyone,

Sorry I have not blogged the last 2 days. It has been busy at work and Bren and I have been our the last 2 days so I haven't had a chance to do much stitching or blogging. I will catch up with everyone's blogs over the next few days.

TOday my In-Laws arrived for the weekend. They live about 4 hours from here on the North Coast of NSW in a beautiful seaside town called Tea Gardens. It will be a busy weekend so I probably won't get a lot of stitching done until after they leave on Monday although Bren and I may go down to the city on Monday. We'll see.

I did get some stitching done tonight on Part 4 of Chatelaine Mystery IX. I have all the cross stitching done. Just have to do the specialty stitches and beading. A nice quick part. This is encouranging as it means I will probably finish this part tomorrow and it leaves the rest of the month free to stitch other projects. Yayyy!!! Carol, I see you are finished part 4 already. Nice job:) It looks great. Did you do the beading or the vegetables first? Also, where the symbol shows a 1/2 symbol for the beads does this just mean a whole bead goes there? I'm a little confused by the 1/2 symbol where a bead should be.

I hope the weather is nice tomorrow as we are taking Denis and Doreen to a lovely place called the Leura Cascades. These are lovely waterfalls that are not far from where we live so that should be nice. We'll then have a nice lunch and look around some of the antique and craft shops.

I hope to post a photo of Mystery IX tomorrow:)
posted by Karen's Blog @ 10:22 pm   2 comments
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