25 April 2022

15 Minute & another quiet week

 I'm enjoying the calm before the storm. Mo goes back to Uni this week and with the end of the month I'm pretty sure work will ramp up again.  

I finished another the 8 small squares for the Nimue CAL ready for today's for a new list of instructions.  10 rows and another 8 small squares.  I have finished one row this afternoon as we have a long weekend for Anzac Day today.  

I have finished the first Loose Feathers pattern and have started on the next.  I think I will make a cushion out of it as I'm not sure where I would put a framed piece but I may change my mind once it is finished.  Its fun breaking it off into small chunks with each 6" pattern.  I like this next chart better than the first, it has a house in the centre and some birds and vines and not as much of a defined border.  

It was a 6 out of 7 week for me, Maestro came over one night we haven't seen him since we went into iso so it was good to catch up.  

So that is me for this week short and sweet. Head to Kates to see what everyone is up to.  

18 April 2022

15 Minute Challenge - Uneventful week

 I am very happy to report a very uneventful week.  We were able to come out of ISO on Wednesday which allowed me to do some shopping for over the Easter break and run out and get DH a gift for his birthday on Saturday.  Easter has been pretty quiet as DH still isn't completely over Covid and apart from a couple of shopping trips (where he stayed in the car) he hasn't really been with other people.

Mo made him a cake, a simple packet cake with cream filling, it wasn't super sweet but it was yummy.

There has been plenty of time for the crochet cal and I have completed the next step on the centre square which still has another week to go and I have to do some more of the smaller squares by next Monday which is doable.  

I decided to get out the Blackbird cross stitch I started earlier in the year.  There are 9 patterns which I am going to do as one piece, so there is a long way to go, but I am enjoying the stitching.  

11 April 2022

15 Minute Challenge - ISO Fun

 DH and I went to a party last Saturday night, we got an email the next day that someone had tested positive the next day.  By Wednesday DH started getting symptoms and we did RATS he was positive and has been really sick with fever and a terrible cough.  Today which is day 6 he is much better and he keeps coming into the house for a chat (he has been living in Maestro's old room) he's bored and feeling better.  Both Mo and I have tested negative every other day.  We have one more test to go tomorrow.  

So apart from working all I've been doing is crocheting and cross stitching.  

I had a couple of finishes my easter projects are done but I need a small basket to put the eggs in to take a decent picture but I can't go to the shops till Wednesday.    

I got up to date with the CAL see picture below, the next instalment has just been released so as soon as I'm finished here I think I'll get going on the next 20 rows.  There is a facebook group and lots of people are steaming ahead and are already on their 2 blanket, I will be happy just to keep pace with the CAL. 


I have also got out the Loose Feathers Blackbird Design I started working on earlier in the year which I think I will keep going on for the next little while.  There are 3 small heart cushions in one of the new books I purchased recently and they might get started as well, they look very pretty I just have to decide what threads to use.  So lots of cross stitching to come.  

I saw that Kim Mclean is releasing a new pattern and I might just have to order it but I shudder to think what the postage is going to be.  

Well that's it for me ISO is pretty boring, but a big cheer for online supermarket shopping that has made life easier.  

Head to Kate's to see how everyone is going.  

03 April 2022

15 Minute Challenge and More MIA

 Although I have been absent I have been keeping up with my 15 minute challenge.  I think there was only 1 or 2 days over the 2 weeks where I didn't manage to sit and stitch (cross stitch) or crochet, no quilting though I have just lost the quilting mojo.  I think it will come back but I just don't have the urge to sit behind the machine at the moment.  

2 weeks ago I was asked to go to a conference for work as one of the people going from interstate got Covid.  The first event was a big cocktail party 10 minutes in I nearly ran home.... too many people in close proximity many from interstate where numbers are rife no body wearing a mask.  It was on a balcony so pretty much outdoors and I was careful about only taking food from the servers directly from the cooking stations and not from servers walking around the crowd.  I only went to a couple of talks the next day.   I managed to stay away from Covid, though my boss got it, but he thinks he may have picked it up from his mum and they both tested positive on the same day.  He was only in the office a short time that week and I had left for the day.  

I returned to the office on Friday and thorough Glen 20'd every surface and sprayed everything with alcohol all over the bosses desk/keyboard and phone.  He is allowed to return to work on Monday.  Last week was so busy we had our biggest client due and also one of the large Vic clients that we are still looking after.  Both these practices are very demanding and paperwork has to be double checked and triple checked.  By Friday I finally felt like things were under control again, but running the monthly report found out that we had 10 new policies which means next year March will be more busy again.  We are going to have to search for new office space because we are going to need to take on another body and no young person will want to work in our pokey little office with no social interaction that the boss and I don't care about.  

So what have I been after craft wise.  The Spincushion Cal started, 2 weeks to get to row 20, I think I am up to row 15, a whole week to get the next 5 rows done.  

I finished the light purple square and have started a dark purple one for the other impromptu blanket I decided to make.  I love the purple square and that was a previous CAL that I have the pattern for so I am thinking I will make a nice big blanket for Maestro in wool instead of cotton.  I just got Bendigo Wool Mills 2022 shade card and they have added some nice manly shades that will go with his bedroom.  

I've been working on my easter cross stitch kits that I got last year.  I will need to head to the sewing machine to finish the bunny and hopefully the eggs before easter still got a bit of stitching to go on the egg.   Might need to head out and find an easter basket to display them all.  

Mo got a letter from the university this week.  She has been awarded a Chancellors Commendation as being in the top something % of students sorry bit vague on the figure as the letter just got waved at me.  She will be invited to join some academic group which will give her a chance at scholarships and hopefully will look good on her resume.  She says she hope she isn't expected to get great marks this years as she doesn't think she is going as well though she is probably just being modest she is definitely putting in the work.   Lastly is the back wall of Mo's pottery shed, with finished and drying pots.  She has been also working on jewellery from resin and polymer clay. 

Head to Kate's to see how everyone is going in my absence.