Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Autumn Has Begun

Hello everyone! First and foremost, I must tell you that I have a new email address. I'm having problems with my Outlook Express, so all stitchy-related emails will now be sent to this one: It should be on my profile too. If you have any questions or comments about my blog, or just want to say hello, feel free to send an email :)
After some serious stitching time, I finally finished my first exchange piece. Hurrah! I really hope my partner likes it. But now that leaves me free from obligation stitching to work on whatever I fancy. Now, Sarah over at Kiwi Gets Crafty had the genius idea of stitching up a Christmas ornament for each year her and her partner are together. After asking Sarah's permission to see if it was ok to be a copycat, I'm also doing the project. For mine and Lawrence's first ornament, I've chosen Heart in Hand's Christmas Bird . . .

I love this series of birds, I'm currently collecting the others. I can definitely get this piece done in time for Christmas. I'm still working on All Things Bright too, but haven't got any progress to show I'm afraid.
In other news, I've been elected "Baker of the Block" by my housemates :) They're all making a donation each week and I'm baking something for everyone to share. This week, I had a go at making my very own cookies! They were very yummy, although perhaps more like biscuits than cookies. I might try a different recipe next time as this one used so much chocolate, it seemed like more chocolate than cookies. At least they went down well with my housemates.

I just love seeing all the autumnal photos on other blogs out there, I do so love this season. I took my camera out with me in hope of snapping some of my own, but it seems autumn hasn't quite arrived fully yet. Most of the leaves are still fairly green, but I did get a couple of pictures.

On my walk home from town, I stopped at a signpost that directed another route to Uni that I hadn't used before. I took a chance and look where I ended up!

It's the old army barracks in Peninsula Square that have now been converted into museums and housing. I sat for awhile, just admiring the view of the large fountain and all the pruned shrubs. It really was a lovely place to sit and relax, I'm sure I will return. Isn't it funny the places you discover when you're not really looking for them? It really makes sense of the phrase "Those who wander aren't always lost."
I hope you're all having a lovely week,
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Sarah said...

Can't wait to see your finished ornie, looks like a great pattern. My project for the weekend is to track down some nice fabric so I can actually finish mine!

The cookies look yummy, I wish my flatmates would pay me to do baking (they just eat it hehe). Don't you just love exploring and finding great new places? I know I do.

Lesleyanne said...

Great photos from your walk. Love your new start. It is a lovely idea. I have the Valentine Bird. I'm sure your partner will love her exchange piece.

Carol said...

I love that you're continuing both your stitching and your baking while at university, Bekca!! Such a cute chart you've chosen for your Christmas ornament, too...

Enjoy the remaining days of autumn :)

Elisa said...

I love that design...with look forward to seeing your stitched version. Well done with your cookies...they looked yummy. Gorgeous pictures too...thanks for sharing.

Always smiling said...

Gosh you seem very busy with stitching and baking at Uni.. I smiled at your cakes/biscuits as they looked like some rock cakes my son once made as he didn't realise you had to out the miXture in cake papers!LOL i am sure yours tasted very yummy.

Happy stitching

Chris x

Lynn said...

I love your choice for ornament Becka! Very cute!
Your baking looks delish! I hope those friends are learning some skills from you.
It looks like it's a lovely area where you are. Thanks for sharing your pics!