I'm back to stitching on redwork projects on a Wednesday evening, getting ready for Christmas, only 15 weeks to go, ha ha! Being a pre-printed design it's so easy to pick up and put down. I've chosen DMC 815 thread this time.
A Mum of one of the little girls at Hannah's daycare is due to have her second baby any day now so I found a simple garter stitch hat pattern and using a favourite bootie pattern, and made these over the weekend. I used a double knit alpaca/wool mix, so they are lovely and soft.
After a lovely day out and about on Saturday enjoying the town's spring festival, we had a very low key day planned for Father's day yesterday. It was also raining, again, so a perfect day to get baking.
First up an Apricot and Ginger slice:
This is a no bake slice and so moreish, one of my favourites! This recipe, by Annabel Langbein, can be found here.
Then another slice, called Lazy Lady slice, chocolate and coconut, yum!
It's now officially Spring here but you wouldn't think so with the weather we've had lately - rain, rain and more rain, dreary grey days. Where's our sunshine?
Finger's crossed the weather improves by the weekend as it's our town's annual spring festival, and also, the Chili Cook off ,which is held in the main street on Saturday morning. We always enjoy going along and trying out some samples, making a donation to each of the community services who run the stalls. The spring festival is held over four days at Pukeora Estate and is always worth checking out - lots of crafts, food and art. This year my niece Zoe has a piece of art work entered in the school show case so I'm looking forward to seeing what she has created.
A few weeks ago now Hannah started playing indoor hockey after school on a Tuesday and is loving it so far! This is her first season and I can already see her confidence building as she plays each week. The games go so fast, only 8 minutes each half, and the kids really get into it.
Earlier in the year I was asked to stitch a birth sampler for a friend's grandson. I went with a favourite choice, Sweet Child of Mine by Bent Creek, which I've stitched before. It was stitched and framed just in time for Charlie's first birthday last month.
Recently DH and I decided to downsize our bedroom furniture and these are the little bedside cabinets DH made for us. I think he made a wonderful job of them. The top is made from Rimu, from a very old dining room table top Glenn was given years ago.
We spent a few hours over the weekend at the local garden centre and then in our green house, tidying up and getting some seeds planted for spring - tomatoes (quite a few different varieties), lettuces, basil, cucumber, pumpkins, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli. Our vegetable garden was given a weed and the soil turned over too.
My holiday has come to end and it's back to work today. I've had a really good break, as well as a wonderful holiday to Sydney with DH, I crossed a few spring cleaning jobs off my list, read a lot, stitched a lot, and had a good time catching up with my cousin Donna.
Some of my holiday stitching included this little Shepherd's Bush fob, which is part of the 2014 Fold project. I wonder what the next design is going to be?
My Home Scissor Fob
Shepherd's Bush 2014 Fold
stitched with threads and fabric included in kit
Such a sweet design and I loved the colours in the ribbon.
Last week DH and I got back from our week away with our friends to Sydney, Australia. We had a fantastic time, even though it rained for the majority of the time we were there. This was my first time visiting Sydney, Glenn hadn't been there for nearly ten years. Our accommodation was at the Radisson Hotel and Suites, right in the Sydney CBD and very central for everywhere we wanted to go. It was also a short walk to Darling Harbour, where we spent the majority of our time.
As I mentioned it did rain most of the time while we were there but at the start of our trip the weather was lovely so we were able to get out and about and do some sightseeing.
The Sydney Harbour bridge
We took a trip on the ferry across the harbour to Manley Beach.
The Sydney Opera House
And of course there was time for some shopping, loved the shops! This is my good friend Gail and I, Gail and her husband Brent are co owners of our kitchen joinery business.
Lots of lovely food and drink to try - this was my mocha latte and treat from the Lindt Chocolate cafe (went there several times, lol)
The highlight of our trip was going to watch the NZ All Blacks play Australia in the Bledisloe rugby match and we got soaked!! Even with raincoats and several rain ponchos, lol!! The game was a draw by the way.
We did lots of walking around, stopping for coffee or a drink where ever we fancied.
On our last night in Sydney we all went out to dinner at the Casino and had several glasses of bubbles.
It's hard to believe our trip has been and gone and only a week away now is September. I'm so looking forward to some warmer spring weather - this winter has been so cold and some days so dreary. Roll on the better weather. This week I'm having a long service week off work and as always, I have a list of things to do, but I'm also having some time out for myself at home while DH is at work and Hannah is at school. Later in the week my cousin Donna is coming to stay for a few days so I'm looking forward to catching up with her and will I get some sewing done like I'd planned to, probably not but I've certainly been getting lots of stitching done.