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Saturday, September 21, 2013

What a difference a year makes!

Or, the year that made my hair go grey!
This year marks the one year anniversary of our move to the Big Smoke.
It has been a challenging period of our lives...both rewarding and exhausting, but life is settling and, although I miss my friends I am glad we have relocated. 
Put simply, I like it here.
There is still some work needing to be done outside, but it will happen, no rush.
Looking clinically at the last eighteen months, we have sold our home, relocated, renovated another, been homeless, found new jobs, finished a university degree...major stress life events...all on top of each other. And that doesn't include the myriad of family things that have happened. 
Aaaah...don't you just love a challenge!
So from here on in, Cardygirl returns to being a sewing blog with a pinch of family and a dash of house stuff.
Thank you for your patience in sharing our journey.
Now, here we go!
Last night I began this Blackbird Designs cross stitch...Midnight Ride.
It is just the right time to do a spooky cross stitch as the bats and possums are making so much noise in the trees behind our house. I went outside spotlighting and saw the brushy tailed possums sitting on the branches, then the bats started flying around....creepy! I came inside!
I have always been intrigued by Halloween and loved being in the US for it last year.
Here are some little trinkets I purchased there, I am looking forward to making a little display as I believe that some children Trick or Treat around here...fun! Might look for some pumpkins and encourage the spiders!
Here is the obligatory cat photo...why oh why in a whole house is this the best place to sit?
Work this morning, then mowing ( I am obsessed by a neat lawn) and walking the dog this afternoon...so I think tomorrow might have to have some sewing time...good idea?
Cardygirl xx

24 comments:

Marg said...

You really have had a very eventful year.
I love the colours in the pickle dish quilt top, that is going to be beautiful.
I have all my halloween things packed away, I wonder if I can find them? At least I have a little time to search through all the boxes.
I'm hand sewing tonight, it's good to get back to it.

shez said...

good to have you back cardy,what a funny cat.xx

Peggy Aront said...

It's been fun following all your moving and projects.
I love the quilt the cat is sitting on....

Peggy
PS: happy to have you back blogging more regularly...now I have to start doing that too

gracie said...

What a nice Halloween display.

Anne Heidi said...

You certainly had a busy year! Love your Halloween display! I just brought my Halloween decorations/ Fall decorations out today ( not a "normal" thing to do in Norway, but hey- I love decorating for different seasons)
Your cat found the perfect spot I see :-)

Sue SA said...

Have fun with your needlepoint because I don't think the cat is going to relocate in a hurry!

Susan said...

It has been a big year for you....but you made it! Hope you have a great weekend, and enjoy your stitching.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

To be happy...it is the best...enjoy your stitching Cardy..

Lorraine said...

It has been a huge year for you and your family...good to see you have emerged safe and sound and sane.....oh did I say sane? .....a stitching day sounds perfect...I am off to see a parade..the RAAF are coming to town and I am hoping my organizational skills have every aspect covered...now if the weather will just do the right thing.....he'll hath no fury like a woman who has her parade rained on! (or words to that effect)
Glad I have been there for your year of upheaval and change - it was quite a ride for those of us looking in....nice to see things settling for you xx

Janice said...

It must be good to see things settling down now. You certainly have achieved a lot in the last 18 months. Bring on the stitching.

Cathy said...

You have had so much going on in your lives, it will be good to have some settled time now, I love reading what you get up too and that pickle dish creation is just stunning!!! xo

Stephanie said...

Halloween is such a fun time. I love having all of the kids -- big and small -- stop by all dressed up. Your kitty is not only a sun seeker but has excellent taste in quilt projects.

Анна Гончарова said...

У вас очень интересный блог!!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

That sounds like a crazy 18 months!! Well done for getting through. Love those Halloween decorations! Your wedding ring quilt is wonderful, I love your main background fabric. It certainly gets the furry seal of approval.

Khris78 said...

Life is hectic isn't it ... your cat has good taste, what a gorgeous quilt :)

Nicky said...

What a massive year you've had Cardy! Great to see you are finding some stitching/sewing time too....

Shay said...

You've had the busiest of busy years. Now it's time to kick some sewing room butt-get out there and create!

Mistea said...

Bats in your neighbourhood, how perfect.
Love the Halloween theme.
A little slice of sun is the best place for a kitty, oh and some handmade goodness - Purr- fect.
Love your bright patches.

Mistea said...

Bats in your neighbourhood, how perfect.
Love the Halloween theme.
A little slice of sun is the best place for a kitty, oh and some handmade goodness - Purr- fect.
Love your bright patches.

Sue-Anne said...

When you list everything like that, you have had an extremely eventful time this past year! I wish for you now to have some quiet time with smooth sailing for a little while!

Mary said...

Oh my! It makes my head spin just thinking about all you have done in the last year or so! I would love to have the patience to cross stitch...there are such cute designs. I love Halloween decorations and colors, but the thing I love most is the weather! Nice and cool! I was just pointing out that Anna Maria Horner fabric and how perfect it would be as the center for a pickle dish quilt! Your wedding ring is wonderful!

wish2stitch said...

It has been a very challenging year and I can't beleive it has been twelve months since you left. Must be time for another visit!!Good to see a bit of stitiching getting done.

Chookyblue...... said...

woohoo........

Carole said...

Glad things have settled for you! Love Halloween! Not the gory stuff, but the week whimsical Halloween. Thanks for sharing! Cheers!