Thursday, December 30, 2010

Noah's ark cross stitch

Another of those long forgotten cross stitches!  This one is hanging in my old bedroom, but if someone was to ask me about all the cross stitches I have done, this one wouldn't come to mind.  After finding the long stitch in the cupboard, it motivated me to hunt around the house for other old pieces. Again, I think I was in my teens when I did it so it was a while ago.  I think it would have been the first cross stitch kit that I ever stitched.    It's pretty simple, lots of block colour, no fancy stitching.  One of the most important things about cross stitching is keeping a consistent tension so that all the stitches are even.  This isn't really the case with this one, but by the time I was finishing it, I think my stitches were definitely on their way to being consistent.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The longstitch in the cupboard

I came across this long stitch in my search for something else.  I made it years and years ago.  It hung in the hallway for many years before it ended up in the cupboard.  I think it was one of my firsts.  Long stitch is a great way to get into cross stitch, cause it is fast and effective.  Wow, I really wish I knew how old I was when I did this.  I think I would have been a teenager at most!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Road trip Part 4 - Bordertown, family and the quickest way home!

Welcome to Bordertown, population 2660.  (I tried to add the pic of the sign, but for some reason it's just not working).   Bordertown SA is pretty important to my family.  My Pop and his brother were born there (in fact his mum may have even been too). Pop met my Nan there, they had all their kids there.  Aside from all that, it is also where Bob Hawke (an old Prime Minister) was born.
This is the clock in the centre of town.  I know it looks nothing like it, but it reminds me of the Back to the Future movie (perhaps it's the lightning bolt... I dunno?!)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Road trip Part 3 - Beautiful Mt Gambier

The Umpherston Sinkhole may not sound like the most beautiful place to visit, but believe me, it felt to me like The Hanging Gardens of Babylon!!  (a real wonder of the world).  It was particularly beautiful in my mind as they had just had a light rain, so it smelt divine and it possibly looked more green than it would have without the rain.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Road trip.... Part 2

After saying farewell to our lovely Melbourne friends, we we continued west with our aim - the Great Ocean Road.  But before that, I had to see the famous Bells Beach.

To be honest, it really wasn't what I was expecting.  The beaches I am used to have vast amounts of sand, sometimes dunes, are pretty large and normally have a surf club or some kind of kiosk nearby to satisfy those ice cream cravings.  No, Bells Beach is definitely a surfing beach.  Still, I'm glad I have seen it.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My road trip with mum... as inspired by Ms Winfrey

I've been catching up on my Oprah episodes and have only just watched Oprah and Gayle's big Yosemite Camping Adventure (hilarious).  I really enjoy watching those two travel together and I was so glad to see Gayle came to Australia with Oprah.  I mentioned last time that her Road Trip adventure with Gayle were some of my all time favourite episodes.  They were just so much fun and they had me in stitches.

After watching those episodes, it inspired my mum and I to take our own little road trip together.  We took our little trip was back in May 2007, but I thought I would dig out some old photos and reminisce.

For starters, I had never driven outside of NSW/ACT, so it was a little exciting when I crossed the Victorian border as a driver! 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Angela's ultimate Oprah Australian Adventure!!

To say it's been an incredibly busy week would be an understatement.  I can honestly say I am so exhausted, but very happy.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Decorations, trimmings and all that stuff

I think I mentioned last weekend we had a storm, and I didn't have a car so I was stuck at home.  It wasn't all that bad, cause I had a lot of fun putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house.  I have to admit, this year is a bit more low key than usual, as we have a little toddler who visits, so we need to keep things a bit higher and out of temptation, and we also need to keep some space clear for her to play.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Countdown 2010!!!

Even though I had to stay close to home this weekend because my car was being fixed, and we had one of the biggest storms I've seen in a while. I still managed to have a really nice weekend.

Last night I went to my ladies group.  We all had to bring a craft activity for the group to do.  It was heaps of fun.  Roz had this awesome idea to make a Christmas Countdown chain.  Each of the links have a message from one of the other ladies or a bible verse, and each day in the advent, you get to rip a chain off to read it.  (you can read it on the chain - but so far I've been very restrained and haven't).

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas is just around the corner....

This is a little wall hanging I made a couple of Christmases ago.  I bought a little embroidery kit (the middle square).  I had some cute Christmas fabric so I added a little bit to the square (the instructions didn't mention that).  Then after I had made the square I had an idea to create some more and make a bit of a theme.  I wanted to keep it simple.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Just a few more of my favourite things....

I'm not so much into the regular type of souvenirs.  Pretty much all of my cute little things have meaning and remind me of someone or somewhere.  I've already shown off some of my favourite memories.  Here are some more.

The above picture contains a little fairy doll I actually bought in Lucerne, Switzerland.  I don't think it was made in Switzerland (it might have been made in Spain), but I remember where I was when I bought it, so it is my Switzerland memento.