Wednesday, 1 July 2015

WIP Wednesday


I really don't have much to show you at the moment as I spent the weekend either playing Oliver or working at Disney on Ice. 

I haven't had any chance to work on much though it's kinda cool that I was sitting in band performances and using my blanket to keep me warm and working on it in the gaps in the music. I had to play both a flugel horn and a trumpet throughout the performance. It was so much fun :D and as much as I enjoyed it I am glad to be finished with it and have my weekends back again!



Any progress is good progress but I really haven't made much yet since last week. And it's so lovely and warm :D 

Happy Stitching, 
Caitlin

Monday, 29 June 2015

July/August Goals


This is one of those times where I go, I meant to write up my goals 3 weeks ago then June disappeared. I have been very busy with life and crafting this month. I've managed to tick off a lot of my goals.

You can check out my March/April goals here: So it's been a little while since I went over my goals. 

For my blog

New goals for the next couple of months:
  • Continue posting on Wednesdays - That has been happening a lot ... I've been keeping it up and very happy that I can manage to post at least once a week. 
  • Continue my tutorial Fridays.- I've been doing this a little bit but it isn't a weekly thing. I've been doing a cross stitch tutorial series over at ASWC. 
  • Start organising my posts more often. I have got a blog calendar now so I want to get myself more organised. - This has been happening a lot and I am getting very organised though I don't always post what I organise. 
  • Start each post with a header image. - Even if it's only a small one it's happening.
New goals for the next couple of months:

  • Maintain regular posting on Wednesdays and post more regularly on other days
  • Tutorial Fridays
  • Actually follow through with my blog calendar. 
  • Keep using my recognisable header image.
For my crafts

New goals for the next couple of months:
  • Continue my Granny Stripe - Well and truly happening. I've got a couple more repeats happening.
  • Keep making dishcloths.... they are just sooo much fun to play with. - I have one on my knitting needles and I finished the ends on three cloths and they are now in use.
  • Finish my secret stitching  - baby is here now so I'm almost done.  - I am naughty and haven't finished it's my goal for this month.
  • Keep stitching on Baroque - It happened but now it's away and afternoon tea is out.
  • Cut out and sew together the top of my triangle quilt. - Cut sewn and FINISHED!!!!!
  • Make a Hippo and a Giraffe from the toy kits I've received. - The hippo is sitting half cut out BUT the giraffe is done, though not in the kit fabrics. I did it in fabrics to match the quilt.
  • KEEP MAKING STUFF! - ALWAYS
  • Keep up with my photo album so that I have a full collection by the end of the year. - I got up to date for a while and then I got distracted. I will have to organise a print them again.
  • Make a cover for my photo album.- Still wanting to do this and I will get to it. Maybe over the holidays? 

New goals for the next couple of months:

  • Afternoon Tea - Finish a couple of columns
  • Beacon at Daybreak - Finish the stitching
  • Finish another couple of repeats on my granny stripe - I want to complete the blanket this year if possible. 
  • FINISH AND FRAME my secret stitching for my friend.
  • Keep slowly working on dishcloths
  • Work out what my christmas presents are going to be.... This is a hard one but I want to be organised this year! When I need 20 + presents I hate rushing them on Christmas morning!!!!!
  • Keep planning

 For me

  • Find a Job. - this is still a large priority - it is slow going but I've done up my resume this month so we will see. 
  • Finish more of my course. - I want to complete it and I can.
  • Get fitter and keep walking and running.  - I have been walking most mornings and I can feel the difference when I do.
  • LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE - I still love this saying and I need to learn to laugh more. - I stressed out a bit this past month and I talked about it but this saying is still VERY relevant.

New goals for the next couple of months:
  • Find a Job. - this is still a large priority
  • Finish MY COURSE - I want it done. I can do it.  
  • Start doing regular Pilates/ Weights for my back.
  • LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE - I still love this saying and I need to learn to laugh more. 
  • Keep using my planner to keep myself organised. It is making it so much easier to stay centred. 

Overall I am really happy with what I have achieved in the last couple of months and I know I impressed myself with my ability to get some finishes in. I actually completed a quilt!!! Now just to add some more finishes to the list.

 Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

WIP Wednesday


So I have done a lot on my blanket since it was last shown to you. Here is was below.


Now today I have added ten more colours to the blanket. Though technically I'm still working on the same purple that I was last time. Cool Coincidences.


Don't the colours just look amazing!


I had to do some close ups of some of the colour combos. I wish you could see the way the colours show up in real life. It is really something.


 I love the latest section I'm working on with the cool greens and blues with the purples mixed in. Each section of the blanket is looking different and different colours are calling to me.


Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Special finishing Wednesday

Ohk so it's not a WIP Wednesday today I have a special finish to show off. My friend had her baby shower on the weekend and I spent my time from Thursday sewing desperately to finish the chevron quilt. I have had the top finished for a couple of weeks now but it's taken this long for me to actually finish it. I wrote an interesting post about finishing items over on AndSewWeCraft this week. As you probably realise the more time I spend here talking to you that I am hopeless about finishing off projects.

Most stuff is left in the last stages, just sitting and waiting for me to make the last moves and finish. BUT I finished a whole pile of stuff in the last week, ends sewn in on my dishcloths and a quilt and toy FINISHED!!!!!


I used a black homespun on the back with a couple of rows of the patterns from the front. I followed the chevron pattern with the quilting and I love the effect on the back of the quilt.


Oh and you may notice the awesome giraffe poking out over my shoulder. I also spent the day Saturday making up a giraffe for her as well. I fell in love with Funky Friends Factory patterns again she has so many awesome awesome patterns and they are so easy to follow. It looks so much more complicated that it actually is.


So today is not a WIP Wednesday it's a special finishing Wednesday because I have ticked a couple of projects off my list.

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin



Saturday, 13 June 2015

Book Review: The Chocolate Clown Corpse

Now since last holidays I've been trying to make sure that I keep taking the kids to the Library and get them more books to read. I want them to love books as much as I do.

The last time we were there we had lots of fun and I even picked out some books for myself. I know I showed you them at the beginning of the month.

So how have I got along? Well not very far. I have been VERY stressed and off with the fairies this month and it's showing in my concentration when I try to read. SO although I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and when I actually settled down and read it I loved it and wanted to read more... it still took me most of the month to actually read it.

The Chocolate Clown Corpse


The Verdict?

I loved it. I'm not a big crime/fiction reader I tend towards the fantasy and romance where everything is very fantastical. But I found the writing very easy to read.

She writes a fast paced book that left me feeling like it had an ending. I didn't feel left out or that there were still questions unanswered. It was a book that could stand alone by itself which is exactly what I needed. I read way too many series.

SUMMARY

The book was about a murder in a small tourist town of a prominent citizen. It had been solved a couple of months before and that was that, then suddenly the lawyer of the suspect retires and then the protagonist's husband is pulled in to work as the defence lawyer. The more digging he does the more he reads up on what happened, the more questions, rather than answers, he finds.

It's a story about clowns and chocolate and is a fun little murder mystery. It's fairly light as they go and you don't expect the answers that you find. You learn a lot chocolate as you go and just enjoy the mystery.

I give it 8/10 I didn't go crazy over this book and that was nothing to do with the book or the writing and more to do with me at the time. It's also not entirely my style.

So if you want a nice easy read with a bit if mystery thrown I think you will enjoy this book.

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin
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