Friday, December 19, 2014

Jingly Dangly Things

Today is the first day of my summer holiday break, wahoo! I can't tell you how much I've been looking forward to the next few weeks.

We're almost all set for Christmas now too - most of the shopping has been done and pressies all wrapped. This year we'll be spending Christmas morning with my parents, then a visit to Glenn's parents and then it's back to ours for a big family get together. It's been several years since we had everyone at home on Christmas Day.  There'll be about 25 of us all together and we'll be having the traditional Kiwi Christmas meal - ham, roast pork, chicken, potatoes freshly dug from my Dad's garden, and lots of different salads. Dessert will of course include pavlova! yum!

I had a lot of fun stitching this set of redwork ornaments from Annie Smith Designs, formerly Country Keepsakes. I've made these for friends and family.

I used a mixture of various red DMC threads on these.

See you soon x

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crochet: Star Ornament

When I spotted some little crochet stars on Pinterest recently, I made up a few to go into the little gift bags I've put together for my work friends. The pattern can be found here.

I used Moda Vera Beetle yarn, which is a cotton/acrylic mix, and can be found at Spotlight.

See you soon x

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

This Is My Joy

One of my favourite ornament designs to stitch over the past year has been This is My Joy, by Little House Needleworks.  This little ornament was stitched for Kath.

Sorry I can't remember what thread I used for this one!

See you soon xx

Monday, December 15, 2014

Birthday Gift Stitching Revealed

Last weekend my dear friend Kath celebrated her birthday so I stitched a couple of little gifties for her:

Forget Me Not Sampler by Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin

Peace Tree by Little House Needleworks

We had a lovely meet up for morning tea at one of our local cafes with Hannah and Kath's daugher Lauren was home for the weekend.

See you soon x

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Parade 2014

One of our favourite things to do at this time of the year is go along to our little town's annual Christmas parade.

The parade was organised a bit different this year - it started later in the day and only had one trip down the main street as it went onto one of our local parks where everyone gathered to find out the winners of the various categories for best float, etc.

Hannah was so excited!

We met up with Mum and Zoe

Always my favourite, the pipe band

There's Santa!

And the highlight of this year's parade, a foam canon on the local radio station's float!

Kids and adults alike were in their element!

Another highlight of the day was Hannah's photo with Santa, the first time she's been happy to sit there :)

See you soon x

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Finally Finished: Gail Pan Designs projects

This week I have completed the last of my handmade gifts, asides from stitching on a button or two. Boy does that feel good!  Over the next few posts I'll show *some* of these, wink wink!!

Some little pillows for using a Gail Pan Designs freebie card received with an online order earlier this year.

The pincushion is from Gail's Simply Christmas 2014 book.

I can't wait to make more of the projects in this book.

See you soon x

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Finally Finished: New Day Stitchery

Earlier in the year I stitched this lovely design by Anni Downs of  Hatched and Patched.

I decided to put it into a frame with a fabric border for a friend's Christmas gift, and I'm really happy how it looks. I love this little design so will restitch it one day for myself.

See you soon x

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Stitching Afternoon

Over the past few months I have been meeting up once a month on a Saturday afternoon with my stitching buddies. I've so enjoyed these catch ups and on Saturday it was our last one for the year. 

I couldn't decide what to take along so packed everything, lol, being careful though as some of the stitching I'm working on at the moment is for gifts. 

I started a Gail Pan stitchery, I love these designs.

A bit of afternoon tea went down a treat.

These happy ladies just brighten my day and we have so much fun, lots of laughs too.

Looking forward to our stitchey afternoons in 2015 already!

See you soon x

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Ornaments from Friends

Two little parcels arrived in the mail a few days ago, one from the UK and one from the US.  Over the years I've made some wonderful friends through my blog and two of these special friends are Andrea and Carol, both of whom I've known for several years now.  

Andrea sent this gorgeous handmade card and ornament, love the spotty fabric of course!

From Carol, this little JBW Designs dove ornament. This was one of my favourites from this year's Just Cross Stitch ornaments magazine and I was so pleased to see Carol had stitched it for me.

Many, many thanks to you both again Andrea and Carol xx

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Christmas Decorating Day

Hannah was up bright and early on Sunday morning in anticipation of getting the Christmas tree and decorations out. 

When did my little miss get so big! 

A couple of new additions to our decorations this year:

Then it was time to start writing a letter to Santa

followed by Christmas cards for all the school friends.

Hannah was very happy to find a Lego Friends advent calendar waiting for her to open on Monday morning.

I'm so excited it's now December and Christmas is coming, my favourite time of the year.  The next few weeks will be crazy busy filled with lots of events to go along to, work things, birthdays to celebrate, and I'm so looking forward to it all!

See you soon x
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