Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ho hum

In an effort to become a more disciplined blogger and make regular posts, I thought I'd fill you in on all the exciting projects I've taken up.  'Exciting' is a little tongue-in-cheek - I'm trying to build it up for you!

I finally finished my ballerina cross-stitch for my neice.  It only took me about two and a half years and in my haste to give it to her for her sixth birthday, I forgot to take a photo of it to share.  Nevertheless, it is finished, framed and at last, hanging in her bedroom.  There's nothing quite like the appreciation and recognition you get when you can finally display your handiwork.  My sister-in-law was so impressed, she gave me a big hug and sang my praises to all who would listen - which didn't include my brother.  When she pointed my work of art out to him, filled with brotherly love, he said 'Yeah, that's alright'.  Well, I didn't really expect that much to be honest!  Now I'm on to my next project - hangers and scented pillows for my 92 year old Nan.  I know she'll appreciate my craftiness, after all I get my love of needlework from her.

I have also rediscovered my love of gardening in the last couple of weeks.  Not that I have a very big garden but I do have lots and lots of pots which have been somewhat neglected since I started uni, so on Saturday I chopped everything back, gave them a fresh dose of potting mix and lots of water and sunshine.  On Monday, I went to the nursery and bought Geraniums for the poolside, Petunias for the verandah and a Mock Orange (Orange Jasmine) for the front yard.  I had forgotten how much I loved gardening!  Photos will be posted as soon as this unseasonably rainy weather has stopped and everything starts growing.  Oh, how I love Spring.

Don't you just love the way I've talked up my sometimes endless hours of boredom and despair?  Although I have enjoyed rediscovering these hobbies, I'm starting to feel like an old age pensioner and am hanging out for summer semester to start!


  1. I am so glad that you got back to doing the things you love! I also know how good it feels to finish a cross stitch project. My blanket is on hold for a bit and will be for quite some time! I am jealous that it is spring for you although I do love the fall so I don't know why I just said that....other than because winter and snow follow fall here! And...I know that unless someone actually cross stitches themselves, it is very hard to appreciate all that goes into it!!

  2. Would have loved to see your cross stitch. I attempted a few of those myself some years ago and the results were appalling!! Lots of untidy knots.I hope that there is not too much boredom and despair going on in your life? That sounds a bit worrying. Your garden sounds gorgeous - would love to see it and the idea of geraniums around a pool is lovely. Hope you are ok. Sarah x

  3. Nicki - yes, I expect you've got your hands full with your Masters and all!! Sarah - yes, I'm okay, just being a bit melodramatic!! Probably a mid-life crisis - again! XX


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