Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Last Three


I had a wonderful time over the weekend sitting at my sewing machine, DH was away down in the South Island on his annual fishing trip and Hannah was spending the day with a friend, so I ploughed through a pile of unfinished Christmas gifts - photos to be shared next month I promise!

These three ornaments were also made up recently and I think these will be last for this year, I say "think" because you just never know when more could be stitched, lol.

Blessed by Little House Needleworks



Tis the Season by JBW Designs


Merry & Bright by Country Cottage Needleworks, 
from the 2010 Just Cross Stitch ornaments magazine


Soon some of the ornaments I've shared recently will be their way to the recipients.

See you soon x

Saturday, November 22, 2014

2014 Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings

I always like the Christmas designs Lizzie Kate brings out each year and this year's are no exception. Here's a couple of designs from this year's Tiny Tiding XIX pattern. 




See you soon x

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lately

I have been working on lots of secret gift making and presents for my work friends lately - the end is in sight! I'm looking forward to getting back into stitching some non Christmasy projects, or even put a stitch or two into Yuletide Welcome by Plum Street Samplers, which has been sitting in my basket untouched for a few months now :)

I found the pattern for this little red work stitchery via Pinterest some time ago, I'm not sure of the designer. There's something very relaxing about this red stitching, I'm quite addicted to it!


Most weekends I try and get some lunch box baking done and recently made some Divine Lemon Squares, it is divine too, lol.  Recipe found here.


Another batch of blueberry and chocolate chip muffins which always go down well with DH and Hannah. I wrap these individually and pop into the freezer.



Hannah has had her first swim of the season!  Too chilly for me though!


We've been doing some Christmas crafting together, making reindeer ornaments for her little friend's at day care and her cousins.


I love getting all the recipe and craft magazines at this time of the year - even though I've got plenty from previous years, I just can't resist them, lol.


 It was our local A & P show last weekend but due to horrendous wind a lot of the events were cancelled and stalls packed up. We were able to get along for an hour or so, just enough time for Hannah to have a ride on the merry go round and have a turn on the Clowns.


See you soon x

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Two More

I've always loved JBW Designs patterns and have many of the Christmas ones in my collection, but its been sometime since I've stitched one of them.

A Very Merry Christmas by JBW Designs
32ct waterlily jobelan, with recommended threads


And another from the Little House Needleworks ornament series:


Gingerbread Village
stitched on 32ct mocha linen, recommended threads





Feels good to get these made up and ready to give out to the recipients!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Four More

I'm on bit of a roll with my ornament finishing, here's a few more.  The first two were stitched last year, the other two a few months ago.

Winter Sampler, freebie by Cosmic Handmade


A french freebie, sorry I couldn't find the link for this one 



Sam Sarah Designs Studio from Just Cross Stitch August 2014




Merry Christmas Redwork Sampler by Pineberry Lane



There's still a few in my finishing pile to go!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Country Cottage Ornaments - Angels

As you probably know Country Cottage Needleworks designs are some of my favourites to stitch and when I spotted that there was going to be a new monthly ornament series, I couldn't resist. My friend Elizabeth (no blog) and I are going to be having a little stitchalong of the designs.

Here's the first in the new series, Angels.


Whew, it's been a hot day here, feels like summer is on it's way!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Some ornament finishes

Over the past few weeks I've been trying to fit in a bit of ornament finishing. I also have several little ornaments I'd stitched last year but ran out of time to do anything with so I've made sure they've been on top of the finishing pile.

I'll share these over a couple of posts.  

Gingerbread Tree - Little House Needleworks
2010 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Preview Issue


Maison Rouges, freebie by Cathy Roy



Sleigh Bells Ring - Little House Needleworks


See you soon x

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Long Weekend

Our four day weekend went by in a flash, as it always does when there's lots you want to do. We spent much of the time gardening and cleaning the swimming pool, and also catching up with friends for dinner one night.  

I finished some more ornament stitching, two of the 2013 Flora McSample ornaments.



Vegetable seedlings mostly all planted, perfect timing for the rainy afternoon we had on Monday.



Planted up several pots for the deck, impatients, lobelia, petunias, all reds and apricots for this summer.


This petunia is called Cha Ching


this little sunbells petunia is called Spicy.


Our snowball trees are now covered with very white snowballs (poms poms).


I'll be back soon with some Christmas ornaments finishes xx

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Looking forward to the long weekend

In a few hours is the start of a long weekend for us, public holidays both Friday and Monday.  It's the perfect time of the year to have a few days off work, fingers crossed for a bit of nice weather, and all our plans consist of this Labour weekend are just being at home - yay!  Of course Glenn and I have a list a mile long of things to do, mostly giving the gardens a good going over, and getting all those seedlings planted.  I'm also hoping to hit my office/craft room and carry on with the major sorting out that's being happening in there lately :) 

The Just Cross Stitch ornaments magazine arrived earlier in the week from Down Sunshine Lane, I love getting this every year, and I've already spotted a few favourites in there.



I picked up a few goodies from my local sewing shop recently in readiness for some gift making



This little bundle of off cuts also came home with me


And a few snaps of Miss Hannah - this kid is having bit of a growth spurt at the moment!




Spring in all its prettiness around our house



Isn't the pom pom (snowball) tree looking gorgeous, I love the lime colour just before the pom poms turn white


Yesterday it was our ninth wedding anniversary - how did that happen! We celebrated last night with family, enjoyed a wonderful meal all together, and dessert consisted of pavlova, yum!



As always, thank you for the lovely comments. See you soon x

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Christmas Bauble Stitchery

My Christmas gift stitching is well and truly underway and here's another project recently finished. 

The pattern for this lovely Christmas stitchery can be found here




I love the thread colours used in this design, DMC 3802 and 926, one of my favourites.

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