Thursday, July 25, 2013

Buttons 'N Bears 1st Update

Hi everyone,
Here is the first update of Buttons 'N Bears. I am loving the colors and the change of something new to stitch. You should be able to recognise the buttons on the centre teddy's undercoat.

This is the progress on the top half of the pattern. A very long way still to go.

When I tried the library across the street from our home to make copies of my pattern, they were able to print this part of the pattern for me as a working copy, but the machine played up and complained it didn't have paper although it did have paper. The volunteer workers there got nervous so I decided to leave, happy with something to start on in the mean time.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Buttons 'N Bears

This is a Gold Collection discontinued kit I was very eager to get hold of for some time. I won a bid on it recently and it arrived on Friday. I paid quite a lot for it, but with all the detail in it, I just couldn't let it get away.

"Buttons 'N Bears" is 290 x 219 stitches on 28 count. Stitch 63 510 stitches to complete this piece and add all the backstitching. Here you can see the detail in the picture.

 This will take a while to complete.

I have started the green waist coat on the centre bear this weekend. When there is more to see, I'll take a picture.

My new job

I have been in my new job now for 5 days. Here in the Outbacks one has to take what comes your way so I have decided to give it my all.

This is the Tuckshop at the same school where Danie is teaching. I made the colorful "Welcome" banners to try and attract the kids attention... and make more sales.

This is the inside. Very spacious and comfortably fitted out.

This is a "Melon man" I made to display with the fruit that is available for purchase.

I have been loving my job and the creativity I can bring to it. I also love the fact that I can go home at 2.00pm and still have an afternoon.

Gulf of Carpentaria

While our youngest son came visiting, we went to Karumba about 74km from here. The Sunset Tavern is on the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

 This is our youngest son and Dad. 

One can watch the most beautiful sunsets from here.


While our eldest son visited at the begin of our holiday, we decided to do the rail road trip on the Gulflander. This rail was developed during the gold rush in Croydon. We did the 2 hour trip, from Normanton to Critter's Camp.
The following photo is the entrance to the station.

 This is the train carrage we were in.

This was inside the carrage.

 and this was CRITTERSCAMP!!!!
It was time time to have our refreshments while the train was turned around and we headed back to Normanton. It was a lovely experience.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Online Retreat

The past weekend was our first online retreat. It was a great time to get stuck into "Tiger Chilling Out" and complete his fur. The first photo was taken after the first day (Saturday) of stitching.

The next photo shows the progress on the water reflection after Sundays stitching. This was about 1500 stitches of work done in about 13 hours.

In the water reflection you use one and three threads of half stitches only. In this case you can't use the loop method at the start and this slows one down quite a bit as you are finishing off threads at the start and at the finish. It was lovely to stitch with shades of blue, after so much orange, brown and black.

The next photo shows how much more stitching still needs to be done on the water reflection.

  A daunting task!

5 Ornaments completed

I have completed five ornaments in total now. I was able to get more thread in Mt Isa and completed the rest of the ornaments while my eldest son was visiting here.

The first photo is of the front of the ornaments.

This next photo is of the back of the ornaments.

I am very happy with the outcome. Next time I would like to try the cord on the corner and add a tassel to each. I think they would look more finished off.