First SAL update for 2017

Happy New Year everyone! May 2017 be the best ever

My life: packing, packing, packing. The moving date is coming closer and my house is full of packed and empty boxes. I have dozens of lists. This is a great time, I actually love packing 🙂

Of course I make time for stitching – at this stage I am finishing of my Pumpkin Passport cross stitch project….nearly there. The other one is the Neverending Sampler. I love the different stitches and it is so relaxing to do a row at a time when you want to take a break from packing.

This is where I was at the previous SAL update:


This is where I am now:


Here is my Pumpkin Passport – now just to finish it off as a table runner. I quite like it 🙂


We have also been away on holiday, booking a bach in Tauranga (for the non-Kiwis….a ‘bach’ is basically a holiday home. In the past it was called a bachelor pad, we now call it a bach) While I was away a lovely lady looked after my cats by popping in once a day to play with them, clean the litter trays and feed them. She is amazing and the cats absolutely love her. It is also assuring to know the cats are safely at home and looked after. But the youngest, Mollie, can be nervous and shy and doesn’t like her life to be scary. She stressed (or was it revenge because I left her?) and she decided to pee on the carpet (behind the litter tray). I have washed the carpet but as we all know, cat-pee cannot be washed out. Or the smell at least. Which is causing a bit of a problem as I will be renting my house out for the year and I cannot have a tenant moving into a smelly house. Luckily the carpet man is coming to my rescue and he will be replacing that part of the carpet two days before I move. I love the notes the Byndie leaves, basically a summary of the visits. I read through them like a proud mum


Please take some time and look at the lovely work of the other SAL members:
Kathy MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Wendy


14 thoughts on “First SAL update for 2017”

  1. Amazing to find time for embroidery when you’re packing up a house. If it’s of any help, I was told by a vet that washing the cat pee spot with hot water and a high-fat soap (something with goat milk or olive oil, or moisturiser) would help to break the chemical bond of the stuff that’s so stinky. Don’t use household cleaners as they often contain acidic substances which make the problem worse. Dunno if it’ll work, but worthy a try before you fork out for new carpet?

  2. Hello, I love your stitchery and the notes about the cats was cute. I use a product called Urine Gone (I order from Amazon) and it really breaks down the enzymes even on tough, crystalline cat urine. It needs to really saturate all layers of carpet and pad but has been a life saver. Just a thought. The smocked and stitched dresses and garments were adorable, i’ve never been brave enough to try but remember a dress, red paisley with white collar my grandmother had smocked for me and I loved when I was about 5 years old. Good luck with your packing.

  3. I can’t believe you were able to stitch so much and still get packing done! I hope it all goes smoothly for you. You are so lucky to have someone to look after your cats for them. I can only imagine that a cattery would really upset them. I hope all goes well with the move and the carpet repair!

  4. Your sampler does look like a wonderfully relaxing piece. Easy to pick up and put down as needed. I forgot you were making your PP into a table runner…what a creative idea that is! Your progress is amazing with the holidays and packing going on simultaneously!!

  5. Finding time to stitch between packing, that´s not bad and it really looks good. I also have a “shy” cat. No one but me and DH can touch her and she only rest in my knee.

  6. Glad you are finding time to stitch in between all the packing. I did the same when we moved last spring. Pumpkin passport looks great and the band sampler is beautiful.

  7. It’s hard to believe there’s anyone out there who actually enjoys packing! Just putting away our Christmas decorations put me in a bad mood. 😦 I love the idea of a never ending sampler of stitches – but have never been able to school myself to such a project. Good luck with the move (and the carpet!).

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