Thursday, 2 October 2014

It's been a while since I last blogged ...

In fact it's been a very long while since I last blogged!  Lot's to catch up on!
The year has been tough on me, living in a foreign country without friends or family and trying to look after a family on my own finally caught up to me and I had a series of mental breakdowns.  Luckily I have a Mother and Husband who love me very much, that combined with an utter determination to focus on the positive and keep moving forward making small changes here and there I am slowly becoming my old self again but stronger and wiser.
So!  As I said, lot's to catch up on!
I think in this post I am just going to show some finishes I've had so far this year, because of my ups and downs earlier in the year I many starts which I will show as I work on them.
But hey at least I have finishes, so a big Hooray for that!

Pumpkin Brew by With thy Needle and Thread
35 count Old Mill Java Linen - Overdyed cotton threads

 Mary Ann Farmer by The Scarlett House
 40 count Antique White Linen - NPI Silks - 2 threads over 2!
(go on take a closer look, this was a lot of work!)

Swan Valley Revisited by Carriage House Samplings
40 count Parchment Linen - NPI Silks

Spring Issue of SANQ Magazine
25 count Cream evenweave (those red lines will wash out)
3 strands DMC

Sub Rosa freebie pattern

The Bremen Town Musicians by The Prairie Schooler
28 count Natural Linen - DMC threads

Alphabet Rhyme by Little House of Needleworks
28 count Vintage Examplar - Crescent Colours threads

Heritage Crafts John Clayton Miniature
Woodland Path (kit 27 count dmc threads)

Hope there was something here that you enjoyed looking at.  Now I am off to work on a Hardanger piece by the Nostalgic Needle, it's very small so hopefully I will have a finish soon and then I will post my finish and perhaps also share a few starts.
Take Care,
Amanda Chen

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Awesome start to a New Year!

Brrr it's cold tonight!  I had all intention of showing my Mary Ann Farmer tonight but I had a rather intense frogging session so I am rather not impressed with her, she's been causing me trouble right from the first x I put into her and have now run out of thread, so will have to go in tomorrow and pick up some more - now these two samplers have been well behaved even though one of them had a run in with a dog as you can see the tear in my Sweet Humility sampler by Carriage House Samplings in the first photo - I had to fray check the tear and hopefully I can leave it like this without further damage incurring - I have one more page of writing to do and then on to some flowers down the bottom and my Sweet Humility will be finished.


 this next sampler is my Christmas Band Sampler by Heartstring Samplery, again run out of thread will hopefully pick up some more tomorrow ..


I hope everyone had a great start to the year - I celebrated with my husband and friends - thought I'd share some photos of my night - why didn't I get a photo of my dress?  I had a fabulous dress on, a missed opportunity as I may never fit into it again!  Anyway these photos are taken here in Taipei City, Taiwan right next to Taipei 101 which for one very short period of time was the tallest building in the world - from the beginning to the end it was a pretty awesome night - 










Have a good one and let's all have an awesome year of stitching! ... and maybe a few nights of partying ... if I can find a babysitter that is :)
Amanda
P.S. Have been hanging out on Facebook quite a bit lately following the stitching scene there, anyone else doing the same?

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Busy busy busy!

As I am sure we all are especially those with family.  Seems like every year that passes the more busier I become, mind you I don't suppose it has helped that the whole family has come down with a nasty virus and we had a moment of temporary insanity and decided to go down to the pound and adopt a dog.
Now you don't want to adopt an energetic street dog that's used to doing it's own thing when you are sick and looking after 3 sick children who are also sick, it's only been two days and I've spent the whole time cleaning up dog doo doo and pee, cleaning up children's vomit, mopping floors, vacuuming excessively due to the dog malting also excessively (I have polished tile on the ground floor there is no hiding that dog hair which of course is not the dogs fault but after a bath and a groom, really?!) and walking the dog every 2 hours trying to convince the dog outside is a good place to pee, not in the comfort of my home!  Anyhoo the timing is wrong I think to adopt an animal, I thought I could handle kids and dog but obviously I can't, nice dog but I will be taking the dog back Monday when the pound opens - don't worry this place dosn't put animals to sleep and is one of the busiest places for adoptions so hopefully someone with a but more energy than myself will come along and give this dog a chance.  Sometimes I hate myself for the decisions I make, I guess I am used to the living conditions in NZ where we have front lawns and backyards and footpaths to walk on, a place not only more ideal for dogs but children also.
  I have a couple of Samplers to show today, one (yes I am complaining here) the dog jumped all over not once but three times no matter where I put it! but despite this received no damage and this Sampler is The Humility Sampler by Carriage House Samplings which I really love working on as you become used to working the letters and can set up a rhythm without having to search for the next symbol.


Excuse me for not taking it out of my hoop but I'm still working on it and it's in a good position for me.  Just a note here as well, even though this is in a hoop I do use the method of one hand under one hand on top to stitch, I do this by sitting the hoop off to one side on my lap, I hope that makes sense.

 Mary Ann Farmer by The Scarlett House

This just arrived in the mail, happy me - Metta Putfarcken 1848 by Samplers Berlin

Something for the year 2014 :)  
I heard of a lady finishing her Metta in just 3 months!  Hear me choking!  Well I am not sure how long this one will take me but just lettin you know, don't hold your breath!  Probably be working this one in HDF silks and use her linen as well and do a tea dye on the linen.
Anyone else have an exciting new project they can't wait to make a start on for the year 2014?
Much love,
Amanda

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Sampler Sunday

Okay short post tonight, the wee ones have worn me out for the day ..
.. the first photo was taken friday daytime but I managed to do a bit more the same day so I just took a quick snap now - I do love this piece so and wish I had more time to stitch on it but then I guess that is always the way isn't it?


Mary Ann Farmer
The Scarlett House

xxx
Amanda

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Hope everyone is shopping to save money -

If you havn't already pop on over to ABC Stitch Therapy they are having an awesome 20 percent off everything!  Their shipping rates are reasonable for people like me who don't live in the USA - I just managed to save 35 dollars on my order!  Awesome!!
Want to know what I put in my basket?  Well I decided to join the Sampler World Snooty Parrots SAL 2014. so supplies for that went in - anyone else going to join me?  Plus I put in a half yard of Sheeps Straw Linen for a couple of BBD charts I have and a fat quarter of Cashel Linen for a project I saw in Cross stitch and Needlework Magazine - Now I had better get off this computer and clean the house :(
Love to hear if anyone else saved some money shopping the sales this week - any good deals?
Amanda

Sampler Sunday

What do you think of the post title?  I think I will make Sunday my post day for whatever Sampler I have picked up during the week and made some progress on - also I have put up some pages for my Samplers that I have either finished or am currently working on that I will slowly add to over the next few days, kinda organize my blog a bit.
So here it is - Sampler Sunday




Hey and thanks to everyone that made a comment about some paint colours for my house, it really helped clear my head a bit on what would look good - I have narrowed my paint choices down to just a few so will pick up some paint samples to see how they look in my home.
I am also hoping to pick up some bug off frog spray, my home has been really badly infested with the little buggers lately - Bug off Frog!
Happy Stitching - 
Amanda

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Paint color ideas - anyone?

 Not much stitching to show I'm afraid - another new start this time on Mary Ann Farmer from The Scarlett House - this one is gorgeous, how could I resist?  Stats: 40 count Antique White Newcastle Linen - NPI Silks 2 over 2.




I have wanted to paint the interior walls of my house for several years now, a couple of weeks ago I decided to go ahead and do it myself - after agonizing over paint colors I decided to take it slow and paint room by room before deciding on the next's rooms color - I thought this pale blue was the way to go for my dining room and my stairs - now that it's done I don't like it at all - I have a lot of dark wood in my house and this pale blue makes everything look cold.  So I've put my paint brush down and am scratching my head on what would look good with all this dark wood?  I am thinking perhaps some strong colors - red keeps popping into my head, but do I want red?  Turquoise?  And then what shade?  I've ordered a green paint from the paint shop too but now realize that no that won't work either - Any suggestions from anyone?
Yes my living room is a mess - I have been painting - so a lot of stuff has been moved up to second floor and I'm a bit behind on house duties so I've been trying to play catch up on some washing etc so please ignore the chaos!






 As some of you know I recently purchased a new car and mentioned that I would share some photos - unfortunately I couldn't get a photo without my husbands butt sticking out from the car!  Wish he would leave the car alone, he's installed everything known to man in the thing and keeps going onto the Ford Fiesta forum to see what other modifications he can do, it's starting to look a little boy racer's car, not a 39 year old mother's of four.



On another note I want to thank everyone for their kind words and support in my last post - we went to court yesterday and manged to walk away with just a warning - a big sigh of relief!

Please help me with some paint ideas - I have my entire house to paint yet and I'm stuck on the 1st floor!

Much love,
Amanda