Saturday, January 30, 2016


Eek! Over two months since I've last posted! If I thought I had no time back then, boy do I not now that my boy is into everything and I'm making all of his purees which means more dishes, washing and planning.  In the evenings I don't feel like stitching at all. Instead I've been vegging on reruns of the Office or playing with my essential oils, making bath salts, sprays and massage oils.  I did put in a few stitches the other night on Sarah Chapple, finished one Christmas stitch and the border of my granny stripe.  Yup, that's all the crafting I've done.  My mojo is gone and who knows when it'll come back.  

Thank you to those who have stuck with me.  I've noticed over 20 people dropped my blog, which is odd because when I was more active, I usually deleted a blog if they hadn't updated in 2 years! I've also noticed on Instagram, because of my Nathanael pictures, I've lost loads of stitcher friends.  Which is fine because if you want your feed to be purely stitching, delete the cute baby feed!! Odd how people are.  Anywho, that's my rant and again, thank you to those of you who continue to stay in touch with me during my first year as a mother.  It's definitely challenging but so rewarding at the same time.  

So Nathanael has been an early crawler, stander and basically, getting into everything.  He babbles and said "Mum!" last week which melted my heart.  He loves the water and so we took him swimming which is such a fun family activity. He loves most food but isn't too fond of avocados, peas, beets or green beans.  But what child is?!! We'll keep trying though! He gives big smiles to everyone, loooooves guitar and is clapping all the time.  What an enchanting age.  I wish I could time freeze and stay in this stage forever.  Without further ado, here's a plethora of photos, including some minor stitching ones.  

Cut out backing fabric have yet to sew them together

A finish that was supposed to be done in 2014

The vine on the left is finished, just need to add the flowers!
There's a border but I forgot to take an updated photo
Not into these photos anymore
After the hand flapping, he destroyed the string
Not interested in looking at Mama now
Swim time with daddy

Having the time of his life!

He's a big boy eating toast!

Me and my precious boy

Nana and Nathanael

Touching plants at the mall

Loves his kangaroo jumper

Titus and me on Christmas morning..N was asleep

Christmas time

Ukulele lessons

Papa and Nathanael

Titus and N

Couldn't resist adding this photo of his blue eyes!
Made some wool dryer balls with essential oils

Sleeping boy...rare

Chilly park day

I'll try to update a bit more often but it's hard to do being so busy.  I go back to work in May - insert major waterfall tears here- and will be even more busy! 

Hugs to you all!!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Ummmm....It's Been Too Long!

Wow, over two months since I've last posted.  What can I say? Babies take up a lot of time and time just zooms by when you're a zombie!! Or what I like to say "Mombie"! Nathanael is now 5 1/2 months and we are in the thick of sleep training both for nighttime and naptimes.  I've had to try a number of different methods and try to steer away from rocking him to sleep as it's no longer effective. This lil' guy has had a number of issues that have interfered with him learning to self-soothe: mainly me, construction that had been going on for 3 months beside us, colic, GERD and well just being a baby.  So I've been attempting the pick up/put down method and going in every 3-5 minutes until he falls asleep on his and today for his morning nap...wait for it...I only went in once!! NO BATTLE TO SLEEP FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. SSH.....maybe I shouldn't have shouted that and jinxed myself.  Well, it's one small feat for a mamma who is at her tethered end.  I want to be able to craft again!! Speaking of crafts, I am almost finished the granny stripe, only 4 more stripes then the border! I finished the PS santa and put in some stitches in Sarah Chapple but that's about it.  Nothing else has been going on.  I feel bad that I have neglected this space and all of my stitchy friends.  Did you know it was my 5th blogoversary on September12th?? I missed that too! If I had more than a 1/2 hour stretch at a time to do things I would have planned something as I want to get rid of lots of charts and things.  Well maybe in the new year when he's a bit older.  

Would you like to see some stitching and baby photos? Well here's a few! Be prepared for an onslaught of photos!

First the stitching and crocheting:

Sarah Chapple's border meets which is always exciting for us stitchers!!
Sarah Chapple: the border meets!!!

Added a few stitches into Sarah Emery

 An autumn stitch which is sort of Halloweeny but since I like crows and don't celebrate Halloween, I consider this more of an autumn stitch

 Helped my mom start Autumn Fraktur by PPS

 Kinda jealous that I'm not stitching this...but perhaps I will be as she hasn't really stitched it since!

A finish...finally! I love this PS Santa!

Now onto crocheting.  I finished Nathanael's Granny bunting which looks great above his crib.  He enjoys looking at it too!

More Granny stripes have been put in since this photo was taken so no need for an updated one.

Now onto some Autumn and baby photos.  We had a deliciously warm October so lots of walks around my neighbourhood.  However, November has been cold and rainy so not as many walks as we'd like.

Shades of Red

A gorgeous churchin my neighbourhood with a brilliant sunset sun shining through the trees
Baby photos....

Ground control to major Tom...hehehe

Having a laugh with Great Nana
Well that's all my dears.  I hope you enjoyed the update.  If you want to follow me on Instagram my username is @annithadoll.  Much easier for me to post onto Instagram than find some time to do a blog post, although I do miss it! 

Hugs to you all and from Titus too!!

Friday, September 4, 2015

August End and September

Hello everyone!

It's been too long since my last blog post.  Many times I meant to do a write up but as many of you know, having a baby is a full time, round the clock job.  So many thing fall to the wayside.  I try to do at least one activity a day, whether it be a walk, a visit with a friend or an adventure.  Some days we stay in and just nurse to get my supply up.  Breastfeeding is a joy but also a lot of work! My little guy had a couple of weeks of not feeding very well so in order to increase my supply, I had to pump 6 times a day! That takes a lot out of a person.  But now we are on track and he's gaining weight nicely.  He's more of a lean and tall kind of baby, like his father.  He's already fitting into 6 month sleepers! I sometimes wish I could slow down time a bit though.  He's growing too fast! It's been a joy to observe his little personality come out.  He's already quite musical and likes to hum to me playing the piano.  I've also noticed he's very sensitive.  The other day I played some baroque music, a bit on the sad side, and his mouth turned down and tears started to flow! Oh my boy how he feels the music! When he hears other children crying, he cries too!  Crazy how emotion affects children! Anywho, I hope I don't bore too many people with endless baby photos.  I do have a few crafty photos to show though.  I am trying to finish my granny stripe blanket.  Only 13 more rows to do then I can start the border.  I also bought a pile of Prairie schooler charts as I know they are retiring this year and one can never have too many charts.  Right?!!! With an abrupt, horribly blustery, wind damaging end of summer this week, I pulled out my fall ornaments to say goodbye to a beautiful summer.

I am halfway done on my Prairie Schooler Santa.   I find the evenings are the best when he goes down for his first sleep which is usually anywhere between 2-3 hours.

Prairie Schooler Charts!! YAY!

Granny stripe progress!

Added 4 more rows since the photo above
I also received some amazing baby gifts as of late.  The lovely Noni from Fireflies and Cats in the Garden sent the most adorable Australian themed gifts.  She cross stitched the most adorable Koala with Eucalyptus flower as a hat for Nathanael.  Once we get a decent bookcase to shelve his growing collection of books, I'm going to put the frame above the bookcase.  I adore the koala slippers she sent too!!

I met up with Melissa from Words and Blooms and she made Nathanael three adorable pairs of cotton pants! He looks very handsome in all three of his pants.  Melissa has become quite the seamstress and she serged the pants impeccably!

Such sweet fabrics.

Okay, now onto a barrage of baby photos.  

Grandpa and Nathanael chatting

Titus and Nathanael

Great Nana and Nathanael exchanging smiles

Mamma, Nathanael and Nana selfie

Those eyes!!

3 month photo

Today's smile
And one of my favourites that a friend of mine edited with some thought bubbles.....

Last but not least, little Titus sleeping in Nathanael's bassinet.  Nathanael has graduated to his crib and for now the bassinet is Titus' new bed.

I hope you all enjoyed this baby filled post! I do feel a bit disconnected from all my bloggy friends.  I will try to be a bit more connected in the future.  I do read people's posts at night but I have difficulty writing comments from my phone.

Take care and thanks for visiting!