Easter naturally coloured eggs

So this year, as for all other years, I coloured eggs for Easter Sunday. In Latvia it is an annual tradition which is passed from generation to generation.

First  you will need eggs! Then some onion peel, tights, string and things to decorate eggs with (from my experience this can include pasta, rice, all kind of vegetation, string, etc ).

Eggs should be at room temperature to prevent them from breaking.

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Cross-stitch – stitches per skein

So I had a question recently on YouTube:

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I started to answer and I had a number in my head for how many stitches I thought I would get from a skein, but then I thought more about it. How do I know? I have never looked into it, have never seen any information about it, so how can I be of use giving advice I don’t even know?

So of course the next thing was – I needed to know for myself now.

As many of you may know I have been working on Madeline, and she has a large patch of solid white colour on her chest where the sun beams stream through the window.

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Wattle fence

And now for something completely different! So, while we were in Latvia, we decided to make an outdoor enclosure for the sheep. They get really hot in the barn if the weather is hot, and being the middle of Latvia, the temperature often exceeds 30C in the summer.

The plan was to build a 12m by 6m enclosure. One half would be an open area bounded by a wattle fence built by us and the other half would be a roofed off area built by others (in case of overnight rain). The enclosure was not completed by the time that we left Latvia, but we did finish our half of it – with the nice wattle fence –  and that’s what this blog post is about.

We found a suitable place to locate the enclosure and chopped some bushes to make more room as well as to provide materials.

Here you can see the first panel finished. The large poles on the right are for the covered half of the enclosure (to support the roof). On our panel, the middle support poles were too thin – one of them broke just before finishing, and so we learnt from our mistakes and  decided to use thicker poles from here onwards.

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Team Fortress 2 soldier – cross-stitch completed!

Hi all. I am in Latvia again and I decided to cross stitch something from Team Fortress 2, as my husband plays it so much :)  His favorite character – Soldier

I think it came out okayish. I am not really satisfied with the coat and the background “lines”, but I really don’t know how to make patterns free of this problem. If any of you have any advice to offer to me – I would be very grateful.

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