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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Making Spirits Bright

I've now finished the stitchery on this Christmas design, another for the pressie box. 

This will be made into a wall hanging next time I have a Friday afternoon sewing session :)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Bake: this week's lunchbox baking

It's back to school this week for Hannah, I can't believe it's now the last term of the school year.  I had some home baking recipes that I'd been wanting to try out for ages for our lunches so spent Sunday morning in the kitchen.

White Chocolate Apricot balls, recipe found here

Glenn's request, spinach and feta scones, recipe found here

and yum yum, a simple no bake citrus slice, recipe from here

I added a new recipe book to my collection last week, Everyday Delicious by Chelsea Winter, so I'm looking forward to trying out some of the recipes soon and another from the website,  this slice recipe.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Knit:Little Girl's Cardigan

This was a lovely little knit, and it didn't take too long at all. I'm sending this over to my friend in the UK for her little girl turning one in early December.

The free pattern can be found here 

A close up of the buttons - aren't they pretty. I recently had a stock up on buttons via a seller on Trademe.

I used The Wool Company's double knit Watermelon, which actually looks quite pink in these colours and knitted the 1-3 year old size.

I've already cast on my next project, the same pattern but this time using Mixed Berry, a blend of purple and red colours.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A Weekend Away

Hannah is on school holidays at the moment and Glenn had a few days off work so we decided to head off south and spend a few days with my relatives in Palmerston North. We haven't been over to see them since late last year so it was long time over due for a visit.

Friday night we tried out an Indian restaurant for dinner - it was delicious and oh boy, was I so full afterwards!

The weather wasn't too great, wet and cold, like winter really but we were able to get out and about on Saturday to the Esplanade park and then to the pools later in the day.

Feeding the ducks and I think every duck in town turned up!

Inside the conservatory, always a lovely place to visit. Toasty warm in there on a chilly day!

Later in the day was a good time to head to the community pools - Hannah had the whole little kids pool to herself at one stage.

As usual we did quite a bit of shopping - this time though I think Glenn and Hannah actually spent more then me, ha ha.  I chose a new charm for my Pandora bracelet, which is something I like to do when we're away. Hannah needed some new gumboots, ugg boots and sandals having outgrown all her other ones and this was her selection :)  All on sale too.

Sunday morning was sunny and still quite windy but we still decided to get out and have a walk through the nature reserve near where Donna lives. There has been heaps of work done since we were last there in November last year, more planting and several new walkways put in.

Hannah and I have decided to have a picnic there next time we're over in Palmerston, maybe heading over again late November to some Christmas shopping. 

Have a great day x

Monday, October 06, 2014

Project Bag

Earlier in the year I stitched this pretty design by With Thy Needle and Thread, Forget Me Not Sampler, and I thought it would be perfect size to use on the front of a zippered project bag.  

I haven't made one of these before, and I have never sewn a zip into anything, so with a friend's help recently I had a go. I didn't follow any particular pattern or instructions but I did browse around a few sites and Pinterest to get a general idea.

I'm really happy with the result - it's quite a large size, I think the zipper was at least 16 inches long but I didn't sew it to any exact measurements.  The fabric is actually more teal, not as blue as these photos are showing.  So sewing a zipper in is not as scary as I thought it would be!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

End of Winter Reading

As usual over the winter months, I managed to get through several books and these are some of the ones I've enjoyed lately.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty, which I really liked. It was a great read and I'll be looking for some more books by this author to read over the summer months.

When the Cypress Whispers by Yvette Manessis Corporon.  This novel is about Daphne, the daughter of Greek immigrants, who is returning to the Greek island of Erikousa to be married.  I enjoyed this book too, a sweet love story, with descriptions of Greek Island life and food.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert is set in the 18th and 19th centuries. Alma Whittaker is born into a family that have made their fortune in botany.  It did take me awhile to get through this one but I ended up loving the story.

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling), a crime mystery - I took this book to Sydney with me knowing that I'd get plenty of reading time during the flights and it didn't disappoint. Looking forward to the next in this series now, the Silkworm.

So what am I reading this week  - Dark Places by Gillian Flynn on my kindle.

From the library, a new to me author, Kate Atkinson's Case Histories featuring private investigator Jackson Brodie. So far so good.

My FIL gave me his copy of the Silkworm so that's been added to the reading pile.

I've been patiently waiting for this one at our local library, the latest from a series I loved reading last year.

What have you read lately or looking forward to starting soon?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Last Three

I've finally made up the last three Sheep Virtue pillows!




This was such a cute series to stitch over the past year or so. I used the recommended fabrics, threads and buttons, all purchased from Down Sunshine Lane.

I chose to use the recommended Weeks Dye Works wool felt to make the pillows, purchased from 123 Stitch, and the jute was bought from my local sewing shop.

I followed Vonna's easy tutorial to make the pillows.

Have a wonderful day x

Monday, September 29, 2014

Stitching with Friends

This past Saturday I spent a lovely afternoon with my stitching friends - it's been quite a few months since we were able to meet up and we've already set the date for next month's get together.

I found a new stitchery via Pinterest to work on, found here

 Here's Kath
 Kath was stitching on the little scissor fob from Shepherd Bush's Fold Series.
 It was great to catch up with Wendy and Diane
 Wendy's cute little kitties
 We had Lucy and Elsie join us too, lots of laughs to be had when Lucy's around.
And of course, we always have a few yummy treats. I made the brownie, using an easy recipe found here.

Many thanks for the wonderful comments left on my last few posts, and a big welcome to my new followers, it's lovely to have you here.

Have a wonderful day x

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