Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Two More

Many thanks for the kind words about my previous ornaments - here's two more I finished recently.
These were also stitched over our winter months.

Christmas Rose
Little House Needleworks

Christmas Cheer
Country Cottage Needleworks

I've been under the weather since last week. I thought it was just a head cold but could be the virus that seems to be doing the rounds at the moment.  I was so disappointed as I'd planned a weekend of all types of crafty and baking things but I just had no energy.  Hannah and I did make some Christmas cards together and we also had a visit to the local A & P Show. Hannah enjoyed the rides this year, now she's getting a bit bigger and more braver, and DH enjoyed his hot dog, lol.

See you soon xx

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

2015 Ornament for Hannah

I couldn't resist stitching this one for Hannah's 2015 ornament, even though there's no snow in sight here at Christmas time!

Be Merry
by Country Cottage Needleworks

Stitched with the recommended threads, trimmed with some little pom pom trim (can you tell this is my favourite trim, lol), and I chose some reddish polka dot fabric for the backing fabric.

There's more to come soon!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Last Weekend

A couple of months ago Glenn was asked by one of our friends if he'd like to participate in a quarter triathlon in a team of three - swimming, biking, running/walking.  He decided to sign up and give it a go so for the past three months he has been getting out five or six nights each week after work training.

We headed up to Napier last Friday evening to meet up with our friends and then on Saturday it was the big day!  We were up bright and early to go along to the starting point of the triathlon, Pandora Pond.  It was a beautiful morning but I can ensure you the water was freezing!

Soon after 8am, the swimmers were called to begin and they were off.

Glenn completed his swim in under an hour but it was hard going in the chilly salty water but he did it and I was so proud of him!

Then it was time to watch his two other team members complete their cycle and run parts.  There were 1000's of competitors at this triathlon, all ages and all sizes too. Good on them I say!

Later in the morning, we were went to find a cafe for brunch and then we could enjoy the rest of the weekend with our friends, and the beautiful sunny weather in Napier.

Sunday morning we spent at one of our favourite spots, Ahuriri.

There's a new "Bumpy" track that has recently opened along the Marine Parade so Hannah had a great time whizzing along the paths on her scooter.

Another wonderful weekend in one of my favourite places!

See you soon x

Monday, November 09, 2015

A Trio of Ornaments

Over the past few weeks I've been trying to fit in some ornament finishing.

These three are all from the Country Cottage Needleworks Classic Ornament Collection.

Merry Merry

Fa La La La

By the Chimney

 I stitched quite a few over our winter months so there's several still to go in my finishing pile.

See you soon x

Friday, October 30, 2015

A New Crochet Blanket

Last weekend we got to enjoy an extra long weekend with public holidays both on Friday and Monday.  DH and I had lots planned to do outside, getting all the spring vegetable seedlings and tomatoes planted, taking the cover off the swimming pool and cleaning it out (yuck, slime!) and getting all the gardens weeded and trees trimmed. I also started on some deep cleaning ie. ceilings and walls in the bathrooms, which I like to get on with at this time of the year.

Being a long weekend, I thought it would be a good chance to start on a new crochet blanket, the Spice of Life, which has been a Crochet Along organised by Sandra from Cherry Heart and Blacksheep Wools.  I'd been following along via Instagram and watching the progress made by various bloggers and finally, last Thursday during my lunch break, I spent a bit of time with the lovely ladies at my local sewing and knitting shop putting together a selection of colours.

All the wool I'm using is 100% pure New Zealand wool and either Crucci or Woolly.

I finished up Part 1 on Monday night and Hannah has already claimed this for her!

I still think of myself as a beginner when it comes to crochet, I still have to look up how to do various stitches, so I thought this would be a great project to try out some new techniques and maybe have a blanket done by Christmas time, not that it will be needed around here in the middle of summer.

Anyone else have this lovely blanket on the go?

There's a Facebook group and you can follow along on Instagram #spiceoflifecal.

I'm hoping to get Part 2 underway soon.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Peace Rose

I recently stocked up on some ribbons and trims including this pom pom trim, thinking it would be a perfect match for Peace Rose by Blackbird Designs.

I chose this fabric for the backing of the little pillow, its been in my fabric stash for ages.

I mostly used the recommended threads on this design and a piece of the same fabric I stitched Strawberry Fields on last summer.

See you soon xx

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Ornamental Joy

I was able to spend a few hours at my sewing machine recently so now I'll have some actual finished stitching pieces to share over the next few posts.  

This Country Cottage Needleworks design was stitched way back in July, I think I stitched on it while on holiday in Australia.

I just love the bright red and greens in this design.

I chose some fairly bright red and green fabric for the backing and finished the pillow with a some red pom pom trim.

I'm not sure if this will go into the gift box or if its a keeper!

See you soon xx

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ten Years Ago Today

Today DH and I celebrate ten years of marriage - it just seems like yesterday.

This past weekend Glenn and I had a pre-wedding anniversary celebration in Napier. We stayed at one of our favourite spots, the Art Deco Masonic, which is right on the Marine Parade.

We enjoyed a few drinks after a hot afternoon of walking around Napier before having dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.

On Sunday morning we went out for breakfast then visited the local Farmer's market, a definite must do if you're ever in the bay on a Sunday morning.

See you soon xx

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Latest Favourite Reads

Since I missed doing a September Favourite Reads post, today I'm going to talk about the books I've read over September and this month too. 

It was a real mixed bunch this time - some have been on my To Read list for ages, others I  picked up at the local library in the new book section.  

Have you read and enjoyed any of these?

I use the Goodreads app to keep a track of what I've read or to add books I'd like to get from the library, etc so if you'd like to check out what I rated this selection you can find me here.

See you soon!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Catching Up

I guess I'm not the only one thinking at the moment how fast the days and weeks seem to be passing by lately? So today's post is all about catching up,about what's been happening around here over the past few weeks.

Firstly, a little Blackbird Designs finish, Peace Rose, to be made into a little pin pillow sometime.

Christmas crafting is well and truly underway, and I have several "super secret" projects on the go too!

I came across this lovely Lizzie Kate design and had to start it straight away, it's from issue 195, November 2014,  of Cross Stitch Crazy, a UK magazine.

Several weekends ago I traveled down to Wellington for the weekend to stay with one of my oldest friends, in years of friendship, not age, lol. Rebecca and I have been best friends since we were 12 years old, we met on our first day of high school. Bec's parents and other family members live locally so we get to catch up every few months but this was the first time I'd been to stay with Bec, her DH Shaun and her three children.

On the Friday night, as Shaun is the Head Chef/Partner at Logan Brown, I got treated out to dinner and wow, what an amazing experience. We were very spoiled, with some additional dishes coming our way. I tried oysters and whitebait for the first time in my life and my entree and main were so delicious.

Bec and I had to share dessert as we were really struggling to fit everything in by then, ha ha, and lastly, to finish, an expresso martini.

Something I've been wanting to do for several years now is go to the World of Wearable Arts Show which is held in Wellington every year.  Bec was able to get some tickets for us to go so we headed along to the Saturday matinee show.

It was amazing, I loved every minute of the two hour show and was memorized by all the different costumes, music, dance, lighting, and the performers. I'll be definitely going again.  The rest of the weekend was spent hanging out with Bec and her family, and I got to meet several of her friends at the show and afterwards we went for drinks and nibbles. Sunday afternoon, after a fantastic few days, it was time to head home.

Last Saturday we spent a few hours in Waipawa as it was the annual Duck Day, a town fair followed by the famous duck race down the river, yellow plastic ducks of course lol.

Spring has definitely arrived around these parts too, and we've had some gorgeous sunny days. We've already had our first barbecue of the season, I guess next weekend  it will be time to get the swimming pool cover off and get it all cleaned out for the hot summer days ahead.

School holidays have just finished here and the kids are back to school for the final term of the year - what? It only seems like yesterday it was the start of the year!  Hannah's after school activities are all go again and this term she starts tennis as well.

Have a fun weekend! See you soon x

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