Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I've been happily busy

Life is good when I'm busy with craft projects ... the last month I've been very busy doing an accounts job for DH's work - mostly that is finished, well I'm waiting to see what happens next, so hopefully I'm back to my usual, never really quite quiet, life.

Easter weekend always seems to be a weekend that arrives just as our household needs to chill out a bit, and this year was definitely no different. I had a lovely productive weekend - probably helped by the fact that Little Miss Charlotte went and stayed with friends for a couple of nights - she is a lovely, bright, fun child ... but always busy, busy, busy ... I think everyone enjoys a break from that busyiness - she had a fabulous time with Deb and Jim and the little girl of another friend - Hine Tewhai and Charlotte are great together and always enjoy each others company - and for Deb and Jim, two busy five year olds who play really well together is easier than having just one!

Anyway ... this weekend, I finally sewed up the four pair of bike pants (for gym training) I've being going to do for a while, did a bit of stitching and made a bag. I'm not going to show Stargazer until she is finished now, I'm very slowly putting the beads on - I tend to do an hour or two and then put her aside and do something else for a while, I'm working tonight and will take her with me and should just about finish. I've also been working on Sampler Gameboard the last couple of nights ... I'm almost at that "I can really do this and finish it stage" but not quite yet. Do you have that point? I find I have four very definite points when I'm stitching something big - the first thrill of a new project, then the oh my gosh this is going to take ages and I'm bored of it point, then there is that - I'm through that bored point and am enjoying it and can see the finish, then thrill of the finish. That second point is where lots of things get put away or move very slowly ;)

Anyway - pictures!

Firstly - here is my Love of Needlework Exchange - Myrna has received it, minus the card I forgot to put in ... and have to admit is still sitting on my desk - I've haven't got near the Post Office since I sent the parcel off (big BLUSH).

Here is Sampler Gameboard - I'll probably just take a picture of the parts I work on from now on in ... it's school holidays here for a couple of weeks so I'm hoping for lots of stitching time and progress on this one!

and my last bit of productivity this weekend was this bag -

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Deb and I were looking at pictures of bags on the internet a while bag ... she will be amazed I waited this long to try it out! Kath and I went shopping last week and I bought the fabric then, Jo was very timely in posting her link to how to make the flowers ... so with a bit of help from my blogging friends the bag came out just as I wanted - Rhiannon loves it!

As I sit here I can hear children bickering ... I hope this isn't going to carry on for the next two weeks, think of my sanity if it is!

Oh, and lastly, I'm very nervously sending my application away to become a Stampin Up! demonstrater today - they are just starting in NZ and I've been battling with myself as to whether I want to do this and have finally come to the conclusion that I already love the products (all the cards I love seem to use their products, and on going to look for them I stumbled upon the fact they were going to open up here in NZ this month) - and it's time to put myself out there, swallow my shyness and go for it - I think I will regret it if I don't.

and very lastly, my last bit of news - I got voted onto the Board of Trustees for our school - I'm feeling very proud that our school community had enough faith to vote me in and also a bit nervous about the commitment and skills I might or might not have ... not to mention that it is a three year term! This year is looking like it will be my "get out of your comfort zone" year ;)

I hope everyone had a great Easter ... I might have more time to comment on blogs for the next couple of weeks, here's hoping!


Rava said...

Wow Lisa, you've been really, really busy!

I love your stitching and your bag is just gorgeous!

Congrats on all your finishes :)

Katrina said...

ooohh Lisa, the bag is so cool - what perfect fabric for it - can you give me a tutorial sometime as I know a certain little girl who would love something like that, lol!!!

good on you for bing selected for the board of trustees - you will have some interesting times on there I can imagine.

great progress on SG board, I've got some catching up to do, lol. And I'm looking forward to seeing Stargazer too, I'm sure you'll have her finished in no time :)

whoops, almost forgot, great exchange pieces, a lovely choice.

Kath said...

OH congrats on the Board of Trustees, you will be fabulous. LOL, where will your spare time come from now.....? (I ducked for cover!!!) LOL

And this stamping thing.... WOW! Can't wait to now more about that. Can see some fab things coming from that from you too.

And the bag, gads woman, I know a big girl who would just love that!!! (Woder who it could be!!)

SGB is looking great - better than my two lonely little houses.

And I love the exchange pieces too, Myrna is a lucky lady.

Anonymous said...

The bag is really gorgeous Lisa! The colours are so bright and cheerful :)

Great progress on Sampler Gameboard too!

Good luck with the Stampin' Up thing - I hope it works out for you.

Faith Ann said...

Congratulations on your new position with the Board of Trustees. I'm sure you will do a terrific job :) Good luck with the Stampin' Up application... I love their products!

All of your projects look great and I LOVE that bag... it's gorgeous!!

Margaret said...

Oh I love that bag!!!

I don't even know where my gameboard is. Yours looks great.

I can't wait to tell my friend Tami that you're doing SU!!!

~Velda said...

Lisa, the bag is lovely and I LOVE LOVE the needleroll set...of course you knew I would lol

Marika said...

The bag is just adorable !! And the needle roll.... I´m speechless ! Congratulations about your nomination. I´m sure that you´ll be worth it !

Von said...

Wow! You're really stretching yourself! I think you'll love the SU line and will quickly find others that do too. Good luck with the Board - congrats!

Floss said...

Oh Lisa that bag is just delicious!!!! Congrats on the BOT election - I've just finished 2 terms on our school BOT and it was a fascinating experience.

Sara Laughs said...

Lisa your description of the large xs project process was perfect. It's exactly what I do. Ask me how much work I've done on the poppies lately LOL!

The exchange piece is gorgeous and you're making good progress on the gameboard. I love the bag you whipped up. Adorable!

I think there's nothing to lose in trying the Stampin' Up thing. If you hate it, at least you get the starter kit out of the deal, right? I have a funny feeling you'll be good at selling and you'll enjoy the parties.

Congrats on being voted onto the Board of Trustees. That's really awesome. I have to admit I think you're nuts. As if you don't have enough going on... LOL! ;)

Hazel said...

such beautiful stitching and that bag!!!! Just thought I'd pop in and say hello!

tkdchick said...

What an awesome bag!!! Congrats on stepping out of your comfort zone. That's a big step and we all need to do that form time to time!

Kiwi Jo said...

Lisa your bag is gorgeous! I'm glad I was able to help out with the flower tutorial.