Monday, January 28, 2008
A Start on L&L SAL
Firstly a belated happy Australia Day to all Aussies reading my Blog. I hope everyone had a great day. Hubby and I went down to Glenbrook to join the festivities there. We didn't stay too long though as we both have quite bad colds so we came home earlier than we normally would so we could rest. Today we had a quiet day at home. Tomorrow is a public holiday so I guess we will see how we are feeling as to whether we go out somewhere.

On the stitching front I have mainly been doing secret stitching but I did start my Earth Angel which is the one I am stitching in the Lavender & Lace SAL.

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Monday, January 14, 2008
A nice surprise
What a lovely surprise in todays mail. My Fair & Square swap arrived from Tuula in Finland. Tuula stitched these lovely squares for me. The design is from Periphera.

Tuula also sent me these lovely extras! I love them.

I received a wonderful visit from Anne S on Saturday. I always have a great time chatting with her. She's such a hoot. Great fun:) I feel like I have known her forever:) I have been blown away by Anne's generosity. I mentioned to her the last time she visited that I am madly trying to get models stitched for the shop and she kindly offered to loan me some of hers. She said that it beats having them sitting in a box doing nothing but stilll, I am just so grateful to her for her generosity. I told Anne that as part of my apprection I will frame them for her. Hubby frames for me. We did this for Carol as well when she kindly loaned me some of her work a couple of years away. Here are some of the ones that Anne left and there are more to come after she moves house and unpacks. I really do know some wonderfully kind people. Thanks again Anne.

My photos are always dreadful when I take them for a post. These look so much nicer. Anyone have any tricks?

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Friday, January 11, 2008
Sorry no photos
Sorry I don't have any pics to show. I went to take some but found my camera has a flat battery. I will try and pick one up over the weekend.

I had a lovely visit at the shop yesterday from Kirsten from Gift Of Stitching Magazine and Naomi from stitches and Spice. They came up together yesterday to pick up all the lovely stitched pieces that Kirsten left with us for the trunk show.

Then today I met a new Blogger in the shop. Judy from Narabeen came up for a visit. How lovely that she drove so far to pick up her supplies for the Lavender and Lace SAL. Judy is stitching Celtic Xmas. I have decided on Earth Angel.

I have four signups for my PIF - Carol S, Tannia, Mel W and Sonya. Just one place left if someone would like to join:) I am looking forward to choosing very special things to stitch for you lovely ladies this year:)

I will post again when my camera is up and running again over the weekend:)
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Wednesday, January 09, 2008
A visit from Suzanne
I had a lovely visit yesterday from Suzanne, Tim and Aurelia. As you can see the little chicken is doing much better. It is always nice to see Suzanne and her family.

I had a lovely day off today and went to see what is my current favourite movie - "PS I Love You". I loved it!!!! I can't wait until it comes on DVD. One of my favourite actors - Gerard Butler is it in along with two other actors I like Hilary Swank and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. I highly recommend it. I laughed and cried through the whole movie.
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Sunday, January 06, 2008
Pay It Forward
I've signed up to participate in my first Pay It Forward experience with Carol S. So if you are interested in getting something stitched from me, then please let me know by e-mailing me at karen @ (no spaces) and I'll be happy to sign you up! Ok, I believe this is how it works. The first 5 people that e-mail me to participate in my PIF challenge, will get something made by me this year (2008) In turn you must post to your blog the same challenge and accept 5 people to send a PIF to. They then put it to their blog and on it goes. I hope this makes sense. I am looking forward to it very much.

Well, it was the last day of our holidays today. Bren and I went to the movies to see I Am Legend and then had a lazy afternoon at home. Yet more secret stitching done but I thought I could at least post a pic of Carissa's Neighbourhood RR that is on it's way back to her. Unfortunately Carissa is not continuing with the RR. My block is the one on the bottom left.

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Saturday, January 05, 2008
Trip to Kiama and a name change
Unfortunately I still can't show any of my stitching as it is still all secret stitching. I do hope to do some work on Village Of Hawk Run Hollow tomorrow so I will have something to post then:)

Bren and I are still on holidays until Monday. Yesterday we drove down south agin for the day. This time to a beautiful place called Kiama. It is famous for its blowhole.

We took some brochures on some great cabins that overlook the beach at Kiama and are going to go and stay for a couple of days in February or March. Can't wait.

After Kiama we drove a bit further to Berry. We popped into a needlework shop there that I used to like but it looks like they are changing their focus to wool. Oh well, Berry is still a lovely town to visit.

Speaking of needlework shops, we have just made a big decision and, after 8 years we have decided to change our shop name from Dragonfly Dreams to The Stitching Post. The reason for this is that for years Dragonfly Dreams has had people confusing it with being a Chinese restaurant, tattoo parlour, escort service, etc. When we went from just having the website to also having the shop, we had quite a few customers who have come in and told us that they had passed by the shop in the past as the name did not suggest a needlework/patchwork shop to them. This is in spite of having a large sign out the front with "needlework" on it:) We have been wanting to do this for a long time and we figured the new year is the best time. We will redirect Dragonfly Dreams' website to the new one so we won’t miss any business. Bren is also working on a great new website and we hope to relaunch in the next few weeks.

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Happy New Year

Happy 2008 everyone!!!
Not much to share from today. I have done quite a bit of stitching but I can't show any pics as it is all secret stitching:)

Ok, my New Year Resolultions:)

Complete many more WIPs

Blog more regularly

Keep in closer touch with friends

Reach my goal weight by May
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