30 November 2020

15 Minute Challenge Who knows what is to come with restrictions over Christmas

 Although there haven't been many cases with this latest outbreak of COVID.  Someone that was a casual contact with one of the people, has developed COVID and hasn't been in quarantine.  They went on a shopping spree last week and have hit 7 shops.  So now there are more alerts.  A couple of the places we have been too but not at the times when this person was there but it all is a bit close to home for my liking.  They were going to open up more tomorrow, if that goes ahead with these latest development remains to be seen.  

Mo got school awards for Art and IPP (which is basically graphics design) and a medal for excellence for achieving 4 or more A's in year 12 as she has done 6 year 12 subjects we aren't sure which subjects were in the mix for an A.  It was really hard to hear on the video when they read them out so we will have to wait for her SACE score.  

I think its safe to show off her Art Prac for the year.  She has put it on her instagram page.  Apparently it's about growing up.  Her 2 friends are serene and accepting of moving from childhood to adulthood but she is resisting trying to cling to the mask.  

It was only a 6 out of 7 week.  I think I was just a bit tired one night.  

I did finish my latest cross stitch stitching and I need to put it together.  I also got 2 kits this month one was a bonus.  But there are another couple of projects from the book that I want to do (more drum pin cushions) I'm hoping that I have enough threads left over to get them done.  

But I'm putting them away for a bit as I want to do another Blackbird Christmas pin cushion which is quite large before I go back to the book.  I am going to make sure that I check Crewel Goblins Newsletter to sign up for their next project because I have found these quite fun and rewarding.  

Last week we had a few hot days, probably why I didn't have a 7 out of 7 and we headed to the beach for a bit of a walk.  The area in front of the jetty had way to many people for social distancing so we walked further down to another ramp.  We ended up sitting and watching the sun set it was perfect down the beach not too hot and not to cool.  

23 November 2020

15 Minute Challenge & Lockdown

 What a week we have had in our state.  I mentions in the last post that there was a COVID cluster discovered.  We haven't had a case for 3 months which had not been in quarantine from people returning from overseas.  

Some how one of the cleaners of the quarantine hotel got infected and spread it to her family and other people.  The government immediately started raping up testing and quarantine all contacts from that large family.  To date I think it is about 5000 people.  The clincher came when one of those infected lied to the contact tracers about how they got the virus.  He said that the only contact he had with one infected people was that he ordered a pizza from one of the contacts place of work.  That lie caused panic and we were all ordered into a 6 day lock down because if it could be caught by receiving pizza delivery how many people could it have been spread to.  

2 days in to total lock down, only essential business open, after they seize the guys phone and work out he actually works at the pizza joint so the decision was made to open up again but still with tightened restrictions.  The government has stated today that we have escaped the second wave the cluster number is at 37 and the only people that have come back positive are those in quarantine.  

We have been asked to wear masks for the first time, but I notice today not many people around my work aren't wearing them.  We had a few places close to home that are on the alert list for having covid positive people there so most people out my side of town 9 out of 10 people are wearing them.  

The 3 day lock down was pretty severe we weren't allowed to leave the house unless it was to go food shopping or seeking medical advice and then only 1 person from the house was allowed to leave.  As soon as the lie was discovered we were allowed out to exercise.

So Mo's formal was cancelled as was the Valedictory Assembly.  Turns out Mo is getting an award so she has been contacted and is to go to a Senior Assembly on Wednesday to receive it 😞. They were talking about live streaming but that was before the school was shut for 2 days so I doubt that we will get to see it.  

So how did my sewing go this week.  Surprising well.  7 out of 7 for me.

Wednesday I pulled out the sewing machine while watching all the COVID new unfold and made masks.  Here is the pile that is at the front door.  

I also have been continuing on with last months Crewel Gobelin project.  I'm just over half way through.   I'm not loving the colours on this one but I think it will look ok once done. I may have bought another xmas pin cushion blackbird design that I want to make for myself.  

So how did you go this week.  Head to Kate to see how everyone else is travelling.  



16 November 2020

15 Minute Challenge and new COVID Restrictions

 I'm hoping down the track I can look back at my 2020 posts and remember what we went through.  Today our state has tighten restrictions as there is an outbreak of community transmission.  We are waiting to see if Mo's formal is being cancelled which is to be held on Wednesday.  We have once again been told to work from home. Mo is taking it in her stride.  

I've been stitching my 12 days of Xmas ornaments.  I have finished 2 sets of Partridge In Pear Tree and this afternoon finished a Turtle Dove.  Don't think I will get much of a chance (if formal goes ahead) over the next few days to start any more.  I think I will be happy with getting one done a week.  

We put up the new tree on the weekend, a bit early this year, I usually don't like to put it up before 1 December but giving 2020 as it is its gone up early.  

Mo has been working on xmas presents, hopefully we can get them fired in time for Christmas, she has a couple more to do.  She has now put handles on these two and she want to make one more.  

So how has your week gone.  Mine was a 7 out of 7.  Head to Kates' to see how everyone has gone this week.  

09 November 2020

15 Minute Challenge and a real finish and another start

 Don't ask me where the last week went because I have no clue.  Still doing a fair bit of running around with Mo for school stuff.  She also had an induction day for her new job but they said it would be another week before she got any shifts, which is good because we have dentist/hair appointments that have been put off because of COVID and school. 

Maestro has just finished his first exam, a couple more to go, they are all online and he is doing them at home.    

It was a 6 out of 7 week this week.  I started a new cross stitch project and finished mounting last weeks finish to the match box.  I painted the match box and finished it with melted bees wax.  It is a cute finish.  

I made a start on the 12 days of Christmas.  I am still waiting on my tree and the felt to match the coloured baubles that we purchased so these will probably end up as gifts.  

Mo has shown me pictures of her finished pots and mugs that she has been working on for her Design class.  They have been fired at school and they look fantastic, sound like she has sold most of them at school, a couple of the teachers have already put dibs on some of her items so it doesn't look that I will be getting any of the finished products.  She brought a couple home to plant succulents in which she has been propagating and will take them back for her stall.  Not too sure when the market will be or if we will be able to go with Covid restrictions.  By the sounds of it she will make enough cash to buy some more glazes and pay for some of her wheel set up.  

02 November 2020

15 Minute Challenge and an almost finish

 I honestly don't know where last week went.  Not much happened, Mo did a few things with friend, Maestro went to a couple of parties.  This week he is doing more study for exams the following week.  

Victoria has recorded 3 days without COVID cases and the state government is easing restrictions.  I read in the paper that on the same day in June they were equal with UK for new cases when their lockdown was started.  Have a look where the UK are now and although it has been really hard on the Vics they now can see the light and the UK are in real trouble again.  Here in SA the only COVID cases are from people returning from overseas and they have been kept in hotel quarantine to ensure it doesn't spread.  So things are looking up here.  

Yesterday I finished the tiny cross stitch I was working on.   Definitely glad that is over a done with.  I can't tell you how many times I unpicked the stitches and it still isn't perfect but I'm happy with it and that's the main thing.  I have to paint a box to mount it on, I think that will be next weekend.

It was 6 out of 7 last weekand I spent the whole time on the cross stitch, though yesterday I did make a belt for Mo's formal dress which is back from being shortened.  

Mo and I ordered a new Christmas Tree (we only ever do fake) for this year, and some coordinated decorations and I plan to make Twelve Days Ornaments by Larissa Holland to match.  I have only purchased the first 6 patterns to see how far I get this year and then I might get the final 6 next year.  I think I will be happy if I get the first couple done I already have to many projects on the go.  

The boss approved 5 weeks off for me for Christmas I will be having most of December of and go back to work on 11 January.  DH and I are off to see if he can retire some time next year.  He has been so stressed this year it was beginning to affect his health so if he can plan to finish up soon I think that will help.  

So how has you stitching time been this week.  Head to Kate's to see how everyone is doing.