Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Happy birthday to me

Oh gosh it's been a while since I last posted.... end of May by the looks of it.
So I've got lots to say. 

Sooo much has happened. If you want to keep up to date with things as they happen you will need to check out my Instagram. I'm naughtscrossstitches over there as well. I'm good about posting on there, not quite as good about posting on here as it takes more time.  

So let's get you up to date:

The latest news is that it's my birthday this week.  I turned 30 which really only means I am now upn an age bracket on forms. For my birthday and just because if I'm not going to do this now when else would I do it? I dyed my hair purple. As in BRIGHT purple!! and I am in LOVE with it. 

I went from this:



To this:

then 3 days later I turned it into this:

I am also doing some pretty hard courses at uni this semester. I've had weekly assessments since week 2 so I am really looking forward to finally getting a bit of a break from assessments for the Summer holidays. Only a month left :D

This year has been a killer, the subjects have been difficult and I've been struggling to keep up with everything. I think as well I have really ramped up my fitness goals this year. The kids and I are doing an obstacle race in 3 weeks! 8km with all sorts of fun inflatable stuff. It's called the YMCA rat race if you're interested in finding out more about it.

I have been doing some crafting though not much. My head is in many different directions at the moment. We went away camping and I DID take my cross stitch. I also sit and do my cross stitch while in lectures. It's starting to look pretty amazing.


 I had a beautiful view, it was lovely to sit and enjoy myself.


Also reading while stitching. I was reading Something like Adele. I have watched the first episode of the new Doctor who and I'm so excited for this new season.


This is the Doctor Who Biscornu by Cloudsfactory. Very easy stitch I just wish I spent more time on it.

I'm going to go through my projects and work out what else I haven't shared over the last few months and update you guys. I know I've finished some simple gloves and hats. I want to get back into more writing and projects. University will be done for the year in mid November and I will have more time to focus on relaxing and projects instead of stuff only for University.

I love to read your comments and I look forward to writing more to share with you guys.

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin



Thursday, 7 June 2018

The Snow Child: Review

I just finished reading The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey and just had to share with you guys. It was a slow book to start but the imagery of Alaska was stunning. As it went through I enjoyed it more and more and I ended up in tears at the ending. Below is the link to my good reads review. If you like fairy tale adaptions and love reading about different places I think you will enjoy this book.

Below is a link to my good reads review and you can see more about the book there. I'm really glad I persevered and read this book.



The Snow ChildThe Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was slow to start and I found the attitude of the main character frustrating in how negative she was about everything. But I kept reading because the images of the landscapes that were being written about were so realistic and beautiful that I just had to know more. Her descriptions of the environment were absolutely beautiful and really transported you to Alaska. As the book moved forward I became more and more invested in the characters and by the end was in tears. You have a fair idea where the book is going by about 3/4 of the way through but it ends beautifully. If you know the fairy tale then you know what essentially will happen but this version is just beautiful. The only reason it's 4 not 5 stars is I found it hard to get into at first and even when I was enjoying the story I could still put the book down for a couple of days without a worry. So it didn't capture me entirely.

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Progress on Nightmare Before Christmas

This weekend was the first one since Easter where I had absolutely nothing due or that I had to rush through. I do have study to do but both my exams are around the 20th and 22nd of June so I have a little bit of time. Now I'm going to get back into study but because I'm home more as I don't have uni 2 days a week I am going to try and keep up with the stitching. 

As I gave myself this weekend to not study and I really really really need to get this project done. My friend's baby is now 4 months old! I focused on this project through Friday and Saturday. I managed another couple of rows. 3 more rows and I start to decrease so it will become quicker to complete. 



 I'm really excited with how it's turning out. I also stopped by spotlight on the weekend and grabbed some polar fleece to back this blanket with. Now to work out how to actually back it..... does anyone have any ideas? I've got a couple of weeks to decide anyway!


Here it is laid out you can see the pattern starting to really appear. I have got a couple more rows done since this and the girl is finally appearing as well! I'm actually now on the exact middle row and I've got to learn how to decrease again.

I am so happy to be stitching regularly again, it's so much like coming home!

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Weekend Book Haul

So Lana had a performance this last weekend at a community fete. What is it about these sorts of events that I just can't resist the books? I am hopeless but a couple of these look really interesting! The top one I got spending the last of my book voucher I got for my birthday!


Have you read any of these? Any recommendations out of them? It's an odd mix of books but that is fairly normal for me.

The book I'm currently reading  is Snow Child by Eowyn Ivy. I'm really enjoying it and finding it an interesting take on this fairy tale.



I have 3 weeks until my exams and I'm giving myself this weekend to relax before focusing on study. I need a full weekend without having to complete an assignment or quiz. Classes are all done for the semester so that takes the pressure off as well.

Also this book is due back ASAP to the Library so I will have to curl up and read.

Tell me about what you're reading at the moment? Can you walk past a used book stall at a market or fete?

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

The EU Thingy

This is a quick announcement that I have now got a clicky thing at the top of my blog in order to comply with the new EU regulations.

But I also want to make it clear, I won't ever now or in the future use your information for anything other than what you intended it for. I don't have an email list yet so I'm not concerned about that it's really only the people who comment here I don't keep any one's emails for any reason other than to reply to your comments. I also wouldn't share them with others. In case anyone was worried.

Thank you,
Caitlin
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