Tuesday, 5 October 2010

A Little of This... A Little of That

So much for coming back soon and sharing a few things with you.... not quite sure what happened or where the time went and here we are in October already. I guess that some of the blame can go to eBay, as it's prompted me to have a sort through some of my stash and have a bit of a clearout (of those things I know I'll never stitch and those things I have stitched and won't do again), so I could take advantage of the recent free listing weekends they've been having. Of course, you can't just go on there and list your goodies and not have a good old nosey round to see if there are any amazing, gob-smackingly cheap bargains to be had, can you? Well I obviously can't. ROFL It kind of defeats the object of having the clearout in the first place..... so, thankfully, there haven't been too many, so the spaces haven't been filled.... yet! I've been lucky enough to have made enough money to be able to buy a few crystals though, ready for the future. :0)

Anyways, that's not why you're here..... you'll be wanting to know all about that stash I acquired, won't you? LOL First up is a kit I spotted ages ago on eBay and just couldn't resist... and I certainly didn't pay the price on the sticker for it, either:

He doesn't look like my Spirit Guide but there's just something about him that struck a chord when I saw him. Hopefully the stitching mojo will kick in and stay around permanently, as I really want to stitch this soon. :0)

Then there were the Wimble Bees bargains I picked up. A few finishing items:

A few charts that just had to make it into my stash:

Am thinking that the JN 12 Days would be a good one for an ornie a month stitch, through next year. Anyone fancy a SAL? That is.... if the missing mojo ever turns up for it. LOL And you just can't buy charts without buying a few fabrics as well, can you?

It's a mix of 28, 32 and 36ct fabrics and they've nicely enhanced my fabric stash. And the beauty of this little lot is... my lovely DH very kindly paid for it all. Yup, he's a keeper. LOL

What else was I going to share a pic of? Oh yes, the tiger. Now the intermittent mojo did pop in for long enough to get a bit of this stitched, making it worth showing you all a pic:

Not much more to go to finish that fancy border bit but, unfortunately, the mojo hasn't bothered putting in an appearance since, so it hasn't grown any further..... and neither has any other stitchy project. Mind, I have been catching up with a bit of blog reading lately (something else I fell waaaay behind with) and seeing all the lovelies you've all been stitching on, especially the new WIP's, is starting to make my fingers itch to pick up a needle once again. Watch this space.... ;0)

One of the main things to happen since my last post is the acquisition of our new greenhouse. Luckily I took a few pics before the weather turned. Looking across the garden at it:

The area between the slabs, inside the greenhouse, is going to have a wooden slatted floor put in (think wooden pallets), which will enable water to run off. Unfortunately the weather has stopped us from getting out there to do much of anything with it now we've got it. We did have a trip to the garden centre for a water butt (to catch the run-off from the guttering, for watering with) a couple of weekends ago and, whilst there, I spotted a few alpines and a succulent that will look nice in the little alpine garden I plan on planting around the slabs - all I need now is some nice weather (and a bit of enthusiasm!) to get out there and prepare the soil.

So what else has been happening? We still have the caravan in the front garden. We had several interested people have a look round it and make all the right noises... but none of them have been interested enough to come back with the cash, to take it off our hands. As the caravan is still there it's meant the replacing of the water pipe and brickpaving have had to be postponed for yet another year. We've left the For Sale sign in it but now the weather has turned it's unlikely anyone will be interested now. Fingers crossed for a sale next year, so the front garden and drive can finally be tackled! :0)

Development Circle is going OK. The past few weeks we've been concentrating on the clairs: clairsentience (feeling - this is my main sense and why I do OK at psychometry) and then clairaudience last week (hearing - my secondary sense) and this week it will be clairvoyance (seeing - not so hot with this). I also attended the monthly session, this time at the home of one of my fellow Circle members, where we discussed numerology and Pendulum Dowsing - a great session that has helped me to begin working with my own Pendulum, a natural amethyst crystal... it seems I have a bit of a knack for it and it's something I'm developing further. :0)

The acupuncture sessions are still ongoing, though I shall be having a reflexology session instead this week - the clinic is closed for refurbishment, so no acupuncture, and I wanted to try out this treatment. It's mainly being done as research, as I want to know what happens during a treatment and what - if any - effect it has.... and it will help me to decide if it's another form of healing I would like to study and go on to give to people. Meantime I've decided to tackle the weight gain that's happened since my operation last year - the rolls are back and I feel so uncomfortable, and it doesn't help my knees any, so those lbs have just got to go. Am hoping to lose around a stone in total.... but getting back to my pre-op weight of 11 1/2 stone would also be acceptable. :0)

The rehearsals for JB Priestley's An Inspector Calls gathered momentum the last couple of weeks. Sunday (3rd) was the Get In at the theatre and tonight is Full Dress Rehearsal - tomorrow is the first performance. DH is Stage Manager for this and DS plays the part of Gerald, the fiance, in it. I've asked DH to get me a ticket for Wednesday night - yes, I'll be going on my own again, as I really want to see it. It would be nice to have someone to go with but after doing this once already it isn't anywhere near as intimidating to do this time around. Apart from going to Circle on Tuesday evening and the theatre on Wednesday evening I'm home alone in the evenings...... and in total control of the TV remote once more. Shame there's just not that much on worth watching! LOL

And I think that's all of the main events so far - hopefully it won't be so long until my next post. :0)

Thanks for visiting.... & I'll be stopping by your blogs for a visit in the coming days. Meantime: hope you're all keeping well and happy. :0)


Miss 376 said...

I bet that water butt will be full after all the rain we've had in the last week. I am sure the stitching mojo will be back when he's good and ready

Lesleyanne said...

Great new stash. Lovely progress on your tiger. Hope your mojo returns soon.

Vinniey said...

The tiger's side border is looking great, love the stripe pattern. :) You're right, Karan. Seeing other bloggers' beautiful stitching works does boost up my stitching mojo. Especially their beautiful finishes.

How nice to have a green house! Hope to see some beautiful plant's pictures on your blog next time. :P

Enjoy all your beautiful new stash, Karan. Hope you can lost some weight and stay healthy. Take care.

jane said...

Lovely stash Karan - I like the Native American kit.
Your garden is coming on a treat, the greenhouse looks good, such a shame you haven't managed to find a buyer for your caravan.
Love the tiger, hope your mojo returns soon!
Enjoy the theatre - that is a great play, I sure you will enjoy it.

Christine said...

Good stash haul, and your tiger is looking magnificent.
Have fun with your greenhouse and your new alpine area

Sally said...

What a great stash haul!

TammyK said...

Cool stash :) Tiger is looking great. Here's hoping you get your stitching mojo back soon.

Lisa said...

OOh, I like your new stash!
Great progress on your tiger as well, he looks really striking.

Tina said...

The Tiger is coming on a treat Karan,love the autumnal colours in it.
Great new stash,it's so exciting when stash comes through your letter box.
Garden is really shaping up,are you going to grow veg in the greenhouse?
Tina x

Blu said...

Nice new stash haul!
The tiger looks great! The side border is very striking.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

I love that Tiger stitchery. It has developed so wonderfully. And your stamped cards... scrapbook cards are always so pretty.

Kathy said...

Love the new Stash Haul Karan. Your Tiger is lovely, I had best not show my mum she has 2 I did for her already lol.

Hope your mojo returns soon

Hugs xxxxx

Julie said...

The greenhouse looks wonderful, just wait till its full of lovely toms and cucs next year - yummy!!!

The tiger is looking lovely, i do wish your mojo would come back from its summer hols LOL

The indian is lovely, that will be such an intersting project to work on

Enjoy the play tonight

I've had reflexology, like it very much and did notice a difference

Siobhan said...

Nice progress on the tiger! Great stash haul, too. Ebay is so addictive... I have to limit my exposure to it because there is always something that I didn't know I HAD to have. ;) Good luck getting the green house all set up! My DH talks often about getting one for us. Good luck with selling the caravan, too!

Barb said...

Nice to see and update Karan, you will be busy poring over seed catalogues soon.
Love the Tiger he looks very regal. The indian will be stupendous when finished or even started when the mojo returns.
Pleased to hear the play is a success, well done to all.
Good stash ,(need more crates lol)

Daffycat said...

Awesome stash! I have to be really careful going poking about on eBay...I can get myself into trouble really fast there!

Virpi said...

Thanks for the stash pics. It is interesting to see your future projects.