Posting changes

Greetings fellow craftians!

My husband and I have been discussing how best to present content on my blog. The two differing opinions were:

  • Lots of progress updates!
  • Fewer progress updates – keep the blog cleaner as more of a showcase of completed projects.

So, after a lot of chatting, plate-throwing, screaming, measured debate, we came to a mutually acceptable conclusion. In the immortal words of Dr Zoidberg – “Why not both?”.

Henceforth, the main blog page will contain all content – updates and completed posts – and there is now a new menu item at the top of the page reserved solely for completed projects.

This also means that I’ll be posting more update posts – starting with my new Zelda update post 10 minutes ago :D

Zelda at one third of the way

This is a project that I initially “started” way back in 2013, but have only really been putting time into it since October last year. It’s a little more advanced than I’m going to show right now, but I felt that I needed to show a progress picture rather than just jumping straight to the finished piece (which is still a little while away – watch this space :D)

So this photo is what it looked like in mid-January:

Zelda at one-third completion.This one’s quite a popular pattern, and I’ve seen it stitched at least three times before by other crazy crafters, but I love the pattern and so I decided to be yet another in a long line :)

Come back soon – I plan to post another intermediate update before I finish :D

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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