Wednesday, July 01, 2015

June 2015 Favourite Reads

So here's a wrap up of the books I managed to get through during June: 

One Summer in Venice by Nicky Pellegrino, one of my favourite New Zealand authors, an enjoyable read that transports you to Venice.

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Disclaimer by Renee Knight, a very good suspense story.

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Book 4, 5, and 6 in the Joseph O'Loughlin series by Michael Robotham. This series is set in London and features psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and Vincent Ruiz, a retired detective.

All the books I've read in this series have been outstanding , and once started, I find them hard to put down.  Michael Robotham is one of my best author finds this year.


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I'm currently reading:


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This is number 19 in the Jack Reacher series, I think there's another due out next month?

I've also been reading this one on my kindle.

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See you soon x

Monday, June 29, 2015

Shepherd's Bush Fold Series - The Needleroll

Last week I started and finished Part 5 of the Fold series by Shepherd's Bush, a little needle roll. Long time readers of my blog will remember that I used to stitch needle rolls all the time, I have two baskets full of them, mostly Shepherds Bush and the Sweetheart Tree, and I also have quite a collection of ones given to me by friends.  

So I was quite happy to see a needle roll included in this series, I wonder the final part will be? 


I haven't bought any new patterns in awhile so decided to splash out on a few newer released patterns from some of my favourite designers. These only took a week to arrive from the US!


Something else to look forward to, Kath, Clare and I have decided to join "A Little Help from my Stitching Friends Circle", a new club offered by the Silver Needle.

Beginning in August there will be a collection of five designs - Blackbird Designs, Lizzie Kate, Jeanette Douglas, Chessie and Me, and Shepherd's Bush too. You can find out more about here.
Sound like fun, I think so!

See you soon x

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sunday Stitching

During my stitching time on Sundays I've been working on a few projects to go into the gift box.  My latest finish is this redwork sampler design from Gail Pan's Simply Christmas 2014.




Love the cute reindeer!  I used a Cottage Garden thread called Running Postman.



Next up is this stitchery by Rosalie Quinlan, which I've had for ages.



This is the first time I've stitched with the Cosmo thread, it came in the kit. I've noticed a lot of quilting and stitchery designers use it now in their projects. I'm not sure if Cosmo threads are widely available here in New Zealand but I'm definitely keen to track down some more colours, its great to stitch with, very silky :)

See you soon x

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A collection of ornament finishes

I have had an assortment of ornament finishes recently, mostly Country Cottage Needleworks and Little House Needleworks. some of my favourites to stitch :)



Seasons Greetings by Little House Needleworks

 Christmas Cheer - Country Cottage Needleworks, Classic Ornament Collection #5



 Ho Ho Ho, a free chart by Pineberry Lane




Peppermint Twist by Little House Needleworks



By the Chimney - Country Cottage Needleworks, Classic Ornament collection #7



Let us Adore Him - Country Cottage Needleworks, Classic Ornament collection # 5



Christmas Cookies - Country Cottage Needleworks, Classic Ornaments Collection # 4

I really hope to have a finishing session on these ornaments soon. 

Bye for now xx

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The Past Week

Winter has well and truly arrived with the start of June - I honestly don't know where the past few weeks went to!  We've been having very frosty starts to the day followed by sunshine and then by evening its freezing again.

I've been doing lots of cooking and baking lately, and trying out a few new recipes in our slow cooker from the latest Annabel Langbein Winter book.  The Bolognaise and Beef Bourguignon were delicious and there were enough leftovers to put a couple of extra meals into the freezer. Another new recipe I made on the weekend was a Perfect Winter Apple and Walnut Cake - this was a real hit with my stitching buddies on Saturday afternoon :)

Back tracking a little bit to last weekend now, we had a busy few days, and made the most of the extra day off work for the Queen's Birthday public holiday.  Hannah and I went out with one of my friends to check out an Arts and Crafts Exhibition held every year during Queen's Birthday weekend.
We decided to stop for coffee at a cafe we hadn't tried before - great coffee and delicious peppermint slice too!



Then it was onto to the local art gallery, Artmosphere. Hannah was thrilled when the owner said she could try out the rocking horse - then she wanted to take it home!!


During the week I had my crochet bag out one night making some more circles for my Flowers in the Snow blanket, sewed a few ends in too.



Picked up some new fabrics from my local sewing shop and some reading for the weekend:


Received a lovely gift from my dear friend Wendy:



Friday afternoon, on the spur of the moment, I decided to head off to the movies, by myself!!  A first for me, and as you can see I nearly had the whole theatre to myself.  I went to see Pitch Perfect 2, which I thoroughly enjoyed, laughed and laughed, and loved the music too.




This weekend was busy too, stitching with the ladies on Saturday, and then Hannah had a birthday party to go on Sunday, plus all the usual weekend jobs.

I picked up a few more balls of wool for my crochet blanket so had to try out the colours together, this photo is not very accurate.



Sunday afternoon, having the house to myself for a few hours, I decided to start a Gail Pan stitchery. Once finished this will go into the pressie box.


So there you go, that's what I've been up to over the past week.

Have you got any slow cooker recipes to recommend or been to see any good movies lately?

See you soon x

Friday, May 29, 2015

End of the Week Finish

Yay, it's finally Friday and that means a long weekend coming up, there's a public holiday on Monday for us.  We've got very little planned, except for a afternoon at the movies and I'm going to see a craft exhibition with a friend on Monday.

As I said the other day, it's been a tad chilly here this week, this morning it was -3 c when I stopped by the post office to collect the mail on my way to work  but the at least the sun is out and it warms up ever so slightly, lol.

My latest finish is this sampler by Posie Gets Cozy, which I started at the end of April, during our last long weekend.

My Sweetiepie ABC Sampler by Alicia Paulson, Posie Gets Cozy
stitched on 36ct linen
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I'm not sure how I'll finish this one so for now into the finished projects drawer it goes.

See you soon x

Monday, May 25, 2015

Lately

Winter has well and truly arrived here today - there has even been snow falling in Napier, and just out of town here.  Brrrrrr. We had a very quiet weekend, I've had a sore throat and cough for a few days, there seems to be lots of germies doing the rounds at the moment.

I've nearly finished the My Sweetiepie ABC Sampler, only Z for Zebra to go, which is the only cross stitch project I've been working on over the past few weeks but I've had a few other things on the go too.

My cousin Donna celebrated her birthday this past weekend and as she is just learning how to crochet, I made a one hour basket and filled it with some various shades of double knit wool, a new book and a gorgeous handmade soap made locally.



Handwarmers - two of Hannah's school friends had birthday parties last weekend so I made some handwarmers to go into their parcels. I also had a request from a lady at work for a red pair.  This is such a great pattern, I don't know how many pairs I've knitted of these over the past few years.


 At the start of the term Hannah had her joining ceremony for Pippins, which she started earlier in the year. Soon she will transition to Brownies. She just loves it - all the different activities and outings, and making new friends.


 I found a couple of stitcheries in a project bag that I hadn't finished (this particular one is from 2013!!) and have been working on these one evening a week.

These are from Red Brolly, have you visited the website, there are all sorts of wonderful things to find there - recipes, free stitchery patterns, lots of tips for embroidery and sewing.


Some wonderful mail arrived recently, a few crafts books on my wish list from Book Depository.
Last week one night for dinner I made this Spinach, Bacon and Feta Pie, recipe found here, it was delicious and even better the next day for leftovers. 


Whittakers, one of my favourite chocolate makers in New Zealand, released an artisan range of chocolate last week so me being the perfect consumer that I am, had to buy some from the local supermarket and they didn't disappoint - yummo!  



Have a good week friends!

See you soon xx

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Birthday Celebrations

On the 7th, Hannah turned 7, still can't believe she's now 7!  On her actual birthday we had a lovely dinner out at a local restaurant, and then chocolate sponge cake for dessert.

 A special surprise had been organised for the weekend after Hannah's birthday - we were heading to Wellington for the weekend and taking Hannah to her first Hurricane's rugby game.

The weather, although a bit cool, was lovely and sunny the whole time, meaning we could do lots of walking around, and finding parks to play at!


We did spend a bit of time at Te Papa and had planned to check out the new exhibition, Gallipoli, the Scale of our War, but the huge queues put us off, another time definitely as its on for a few years.





After several hours of walking around the waterfront and some shopping it was time for a stop at Starbucks, coffee for us and a fluffy for Hannah.




Then it was time to get ready for the rubgy, which we all thoroughly enjoyed and even better our team won :)




Sunday was a lovely day so we took a little drive to one of Hannah's favourite parks in Island Bay, I could have sat and watched this view all day.



Sunday was Mother's Day here so I got treated out to brunch and also, got to pick out a present, you'll laugh at this, I've been wanting a new electric frying pan for ages so that's what I chose, lol.




So in all an excellent few days away, just what we needed.

See you soonx
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