Monday, May 23, 2011

Autumn is Definitely Here - not just in Golden Wood

Have been working a lot recently - now that it is May that means going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark!!  Got up this morning and realised that the beautiful Tallowood trees in my front garden have gone yellow (seemingly overnight) I am quite sure they were green only the other day (not exactly sure when that "other day" was mind you.....!!!!!)  But look.....

There appears to be a certain theme in my life at the moment - it is AUTUMN in a big way - trees and cross stitch.  I have finished another page of Golden Wood (where it appears to be perpetual Autumn) after much fiddling about with other things, and also getting a disgusting cold.  So I am now back in the land of the living and getting on with Golden Wood.  I have also started a small HAED Lady in a Meadow - on 25 ct evenweave.  My god it is small.....had to go out and get some of those reading glasses from the $2 shop so that I could actually see the little holes.....see the recurring theme my body is in it Autumn also. Better get stitching and finish Golden Wood and all the other charts and projects before dementia sets in..... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

A FINISHED SAMPLER - MIRACLE ON MOTHERS DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today dawned a beautiful autumn Sunday - it was Mothers Day and Bee and Tim and I were off to the Mothers Day Classic in Parramatta Park.  We did the 8km walk and raised money for Breast Cancer Research.  I should not have been surprised, but there were over 5,000 walking around the Park....very impressive sight.  The organisers were issuing Tribute Cards for people to wear to remember their loved ones who had been affected by cancer.  It brought tears to the eyes to see how many there were.  There were also men (clearly fathers and sons) who were wearing pictures of their wives and mothers who had died (Oh so sad)  But at the same time there was someone from every ethnic background - Arabic women in headscarfs, and Islander women, and Greeks and Italians and Indians....thousands of them.  But best of all there were women walking wearing Chemo Beanies and a number of women with very short hair (clearly just growing back after chemo) and they all looked happy and well and surviving and determined to continue surviving.  Even my 19 year old daughter, who likes to think she is so worldly wise and cynical said how much she enjoyed the event and how much she had been affected by it all and said that we had to do it again next year.  She was the one who found a Tribute card already on the wall.  It had a picture of a lovely looking smiling lady who had died only 2 weeks before the event.  Her family had put up the picture and surrounded it with white chrysanthemums - oh dear, it was good I was wearing sunglasses - no one could see the tears.

Then the whole family went for lunch....and then rather tired, I must admit, went home and thought I was justified sitting for the rest of the afternoon stitching......AND I FINISHED THE SAMPLER!!!!!!!!

Well there were moments - usually when I had just discovered that something did not meet up with something else, or when I realised I had stitched something in the wrong place and had to unpick - it was at those moments when I wondered if it would ever get finished.  But here is the proof.................

And everything (eventually) met up with everything else - just where it should be.
And here are a few pictures from the Mothers Day year I am going to walk wearing a pink tutu and fairy wings!!!

The great stream of over 5000 people

Love the man walking with his pink fluffy halo!!!!

Lovely Bee and Darling Tim
Look how tall he is....and only 13!!!  He is actually holding me up - too embarrassing to fall down on the finish line!

Hope you all had a lovely Mothers Day and you or no one you know or love are touched by any form of cancer.


Sunday, May 1, 2011

So Close to Finishing I Can SMELL IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When the Crafty Princess (God Bless Her) got me back into cross stitching and I started Golden Wood could not realistically imagine finishing anything (least of all Golden Wood) - Golden Wood has been on hold as I wanted to finish the Wedding Sampler and BLOW ME DOWN - I can actually see the end.  All the detailed stuff in the middle is finished and the border is pretty nearly there.....a big bit of fudging had to be done as I had to dodgey up the border when I made my original mistake....have had to add some stitches.....and as my head is not one that easily gets itself around mathematical numerical things there was also a bit of unpicking.....but I am hoping that all the border lines and all the flowery vines will meet up at the bottom right hand corner.....stay tuned should meet up sometime today....if I can drag myself away from the computer....then all I have to do is finish all the flowers along the vine, and they are quite quick.

I had a bad day a couple of weeks ago, where I had a horrible thought that because I had stitched the date on the sampler something fatal would happen to my husband and the sampler would be a tragic and ironic waste of time.  Roll on 12 October - anything can happen after that.....OH AM I A BAD WIFE OR WHAT.....having said that now, a plane will drop on me when I am out walking or something.....should this happen Crafty Princess I would like you to update this blog with a final post - thanks lovie

Look at that vine creeping around the bottom - cannot decide if the big birds are peacocks or turkeys??