Saturday, April 30, 2016

More Ornaments

Here are the little ornaments that I finished in late February and March.


Christmas Eve Delivery - The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
2015 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments Magazine


Potted Poinsettia by Little House Needleworks


Joyful Santa by Homespun Elegance
2015 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments magazine

The next three choices are kitted and ready to stitch over the next few weeks. 
Enjoy the weekend xx

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Special Gifts

I received some wonderful gifts from my stitching friends earlier in the month.

From Kath:



I couldn't believe it when I opened the parcel to see this little pillow as I had only just a few days earlier got my pattern, threads and fabric out to stitch the same design!!

Kath has also ordered the new Gail Pan Christmas Stitchery book for me - so looking forward to this arriving.


From Wendy, two little pieces to add to my Blue and White china collection


I also received these lovely goodies from Clare - a new needle roll to add to my collection, such a pretty design. The little knitted piece is actually a magnet, how cool.


I also received this little handmade heart from my friend Elizabeth.


Thanks again my lovely friends xx

Thursday, April 21, 2016

February's Ornaments


These are the trio of ornaments I stitched during February:


Merry Christmas by Little House Needleworks



Patchwork by Lizzie Kate, Tiny Tiding XX


Noel by Lizzie Kate, Tiny Tiding XX


The first three for this year's Family & Friends collection will now be put away. March's ornaments are also done.

See you soon x

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Lately

 At long last the school holidays are here so things have slowed right on down. Hannah is enjoying hanging out with her big cousin Zoe, how great it is now Zoe is old enough to babysit for us.  Glenn and I are both still working, no time off for us this time around as we're saving our annual leave for our family holiday later in the year.

So time for a catch up today. Earlier in the month I celebrated my birthday and I spent it with my family in my favourite spot, Napier. Although the weather was pretty miserable, it always rains on my birthday, we were still able to get out and about and enjoy ourselves.



We went out for a family dinner on the Saturday night, a double celebration as my little brother had recently turned 40.


Found some pretty lights for Zoe to do some posing, teenagers and their phones!


On Sunday morning Glenn treated us to brunch at one of our favourite spots, the Boardwalk Cafe at Ahuriri.


In my next post I'll share some of the lovely presents I received from my stitching buddies.

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We couldn't resist trying these new biscuits made by Griffins/Tip Top last week - they got the thumbs up from us!



At the end of the term Hannah had a badge ceremony at her Brownies group and she has now been made a Leader/Sixer which she was very excited about.


The little crochet blanket I started during the Easter break is now finished and I'll share a pic once I have blocked it.


This weekend one of my good friends is celebrating her 65th birthday so I'm making her a couple of pairs of handwarmers using my favourite fingerless glove pattern.


This charcoal wool is so lovely and soft, 100 % pure New Zealand wool.

In other crafting news, this week I made my first order to the Wool Warehouse in the UK. I ordered a bulk lot of Stylecraft wool to make one of Lucy of Attic 24's lovely blankets for Hannah.

I have also been sewing and managed to finish off February and March's ornaments, which you may have already seen February's if you follow me on Instagram.  A little red work stitchery has been finished too.

See you soon x

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Patchwork Pinkeep

Last weekend I spent an enjoyable few hours at my sewing machine, it's been awhile!  Hubby was away on a fishing trip at the top of the South Island and Hannah had gone for a sleepover at Granny & Pop's.  I have several finished pieces from earlier this year sitting in a pile to do something with so I will try and remedy that over the next few weeks.

Patchwork Pinkeep, a design by Blackbird Designs, was the first project received last year in the Friends Stitching Circle run by the Silver Needle shop in the US.



Made into a small pillow, I attached some jute ric rac around the edges.


Back soon with some more finishing!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

How about some action shots?

As promised, here are some photos from our recent rafting experience!

These photos were taken by a member of the Rafting New Zealand team.

Here we go, had to carry the raft down to the river.



And we're off! ( the calm, tranquil part, lol)















Don't you just love the expressions on our faces.

Thank goodness for that!


We made it - what an awesome experience!

Friday, April 01, 2016

Easter Exchange & latest projects

Every Easter for quite a few years now, Kath and I have had an Easter Exchange.

This is what I received from Kath this year - so very cute!! The bunny is called Tippi Bunny. I just love it, thanks again Kath.


This year I planned to make Kath a Bippity Bunny, the pattern is by Anni Downs from Hatched n Patched. A couple of weeks ago, I met up with my friends Janet and Elsie and we had a day making bunnies. They turned out very cute, but oh my goodness, some of the sewing/stuffing was a bit fiddly and we had lots of laughs over our frustrations. I also made a Bippity bunny for Hannah too.




Usually over a long holiday weekend I like to start a new stitching project so over Easter I made a start on the final kit project from the Shepherds Bush Stitching fold, a sweet little ruler keeper.


I also made a start on a new crochet granny square blanket, this is going to be gifted to a family member expecting a little girl in July.


And just to keep things interesting, I also made a start on a new Blackbird Designs project, Dear Daughter.


I've been wanting to start this for ages and since Hannah's birthday is only a month away now it was time to get it underway.

Looking forward to some quality stitching time this Saturday & catching up with my stitching buddies!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Our Easter

Did you have a lovely Easter weekend? We sure did!

Family staying, catching up with friends including DH's best mate home from overseas, lots of yummy food and treats, and of course, chocolate eggs!



Hot Cross Buffins, recipe found here



Hannah made Bunny Bait, her favourite Easter treat


This little bunny was up at silly o'clock to see if the Easter bunny had been, what a long day that was!




The whole family :)


Kath came for morning tea


My brother Marcus has his 40th birthday this week so we had an early celebration, cake made by my clever cousin Donna.


Annual egg hunt with the cousins followed by a sleepover, giggly girls, lol.


What a wonderful few days!

Back soon with some Easter crafting pics xx
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