Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Birthday Celebrations

Backtracking a little bit today to share some of the lovely goodies I was given for my birthday earlier in the month.  I had a wonderful day, asides from all the rain that decided to pour down all day, and finished with dinner out with my little family.  The other exciting thing that happened on my birthday was that we finalised our family holiday in July, to Australia!  

This gorgeous arrangement of flowers came from my Mum and Dad :

From my friend Kath, one of her special project bags - the fabrics are just gorgeous, I just love it :

Kath also gave me Needle Threader and spotty scissor sheath to go with my Shepherds Bush Fold projects.

This lovely friendship block and stitched piece were also included in Kath's gifts - I've been wanting to stitch this saying for ages!

From my friend Clare, this neat zipped tablet holder, the little kitty looks just like my Poppy cat :

A Red Brolly pattern :)

Thank you ladies, I love my gifts.

And my birthday present to myself?  As soon as I saw this book being advertised I had to purchase a copy, Simply Christmas 3 by Gail Pan, one of my favourite stitchery designers.

Which project to do first?

See you soon x

Monday, April 20, 2015

Flowers in the Snow - New Crochet Project

For quite some time now I've been looking for a pattern to make a crochet blanket - just for me! I've been pinning quite a few different photos of blankets to my crochet board on Pinterest, which you can see here.

I've  really liked the idea of colours in the middle of the square, or circle, and then surrounded by white or cream. Then I spotted this blanket made by Jacqui from Bunny Mummy , which then led me to the pattern Flowers in the Snow blanket by Solveig from Solstrikke.

I've only made three circles so far so ummm, another 120 or so to go!  But this will be a perfect winter project over the next few months and a good way to use up some of my wool stash. I'm not going to use any particular colour combination, it's going to be completely random, whatever I pull out at the time.

See you soon x

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cherish Life

This was such a sweet little design to stitch :)

I made my needle book bigger than the suggested finish, and so you can see the whole design.

Thank you to my lovely friend Kath, who gave me the needle threader and spotty scissor sheath for my birthday last week.

The inside :

If I can track down some more of the purple fabric I'm going to make a project bag with the first stitched piece from the series.

Thanks for stopping xx

PS: A big thank you for the comments left on my recents posts - they are always wonderful to read :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

March Christmas Ornaments

I spent a happy couple of hours sitting at my sewing machine on Saturday afternoon, finishing off a few little stitched pieces including March's selection of Christmas ornaments.

Snow Love by Country Cottage Needleworks (Classic ornaments collection)
stitched with recommended threads on spotty belfast linen
(whoops, just realised I didn't sew on the heart button!)

Merry Stitches by Homespun Elegance
stitched with recommended threads, 32ct belfast linen

Dec 25 Cupboard Door Hanger by Pineberry Lane
stitched with recommended threads, 32ct linen

See you soon x

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Our Easter & Easter Exchange with a friend

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend, we thoroughly enjoyed our four day break. The weather was perfect, sunny and warm, and we gardened, ate lots of yummy food, caught up with family and friends, had a few sleep ins and just enjoyed having some time hanging out at home.

I made a couple of Easter treats for our family get togethers, Marshmellow Easter Egg Fudge Brownie, recipe found here, and Bunny Bait, this was a real hit with the kids and adults alike.

Every year for quite some time now, my dear friend Kath and I have exchanged a little stitched gift at Easter.  Kath gave me these lovely chocolate goodies and a cute Lizzie Kate chickie pillow.

And this is what I gave Kath:

This is a Natalie Bird stitchery and I used a Cottage Garden thread called Petunia (I think, lol) for the stitching.

Have a great week x

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Happy Easter

The long weekend is almost here so I wish you a Happy Easter if you celebrate it, and a relaxing, enjoyable weekend, whatever you might be up to.

Song of Spring by Lizzie Kate (modified to suit a Kiwi Easter)
stitched with threads and fabric supplied in kit, and finished with fabric, lace and buttons in kit

See you soon x

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

March Round Up

Well the first month of autumn has been and gone but it has really felt like our summer has been endless, weeks of hot and dry weather, I remember it being like that when I was a kid. Our daylight saving hours end this Sunday, on Easter Sunday, but it's already has been getting darker a lot earlier in the evenings, and it's getting harder to get up in the mornings, especially since its pitch black and feels like the middle of the night!

So here's a round up from March, some of these photos you may have already seen on Instagram.

This term every Wednesday afternoon, off Hannah and I go to the local tennis club courts. I played tennis, school and club, throughout my schooling years so I'm really pleased Hannah has decided to give it a try too.  Sadly I don't even own a racket these days, something I might have to purchase down the track. So while Hannah is getting her lesson I find a shady spot with my cold drink and get to read for a whole hour with no interuptions!!

We have been continuing to enjoy lots of tomatoes and lettuce from our garden, they are about the only vegetables to do well over our hot summer. One night recently I made one of my favourite dishes, self crusting quiche with plenty of grated zucchini, carrots, sweetcorn, leftover veges from the night before and bacon. Served with salad and homemade tomato relish, yum!

Earlier in the month I spent the day out with the staff and clients from work. How's this for a great view looking over Hawkes Bay?

Looking back towards Napier way off in the distance. Everywhere you look there are brown paddocks.

A little bit of stash came in the mail - looking forward to starting Cherish Life, part 4 of the Shepherds Bush Fold, during Easter.

I decided to continue on with the Cottage Gardens Threads Club this year, it has a vintage sewing theme, and the first installment has arrived.

My current stitching project is A Yuletide Welcome by Plum Street Samplers. I've been really enjoying stitching on this, trying to get the house finished and I'm pleased to report it's mostly done minus the roof.

This gorgeous girl, my oldest niece Zoe, turned 14 this month - wow!  She's having a great year so far and is just loving college. Here she is with her Dad, my younger brother Marcus.

Hannah has just completed her first term of swim school - we have a wonderful pool facility in our little town,  and the staff and swimming instructors are just lovely.

Glenn and I spent last weekend in Wellington with a group of friends - we went to watch the Hurricanes rugby team play on Friday evening, yay, we won:)  Saturday evening we all went out to dinner to the Crab Shack, what a delicious meal we had. Might have done quite a bit of shopping too, hard not to when you're in Wellington, lol.

On the way home we stopped at Shannon for lunch and I got to indulge in one of my favourite custard squares, oh these are so divine!

I'm really looking forward to the Easter break and Hannah starts her school holidays for two weeks.   Donna, my cousin, will be here over the Easter break so no doubt there will be a lot of chatting going on, some yummy food, an Easter egg hunt,  and lots of chocolate being consumed!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bunny Treat Bags

When searching around for a little Easter craft project to make for Hannah and my nieces, I remembered that I had bookmarked some Bunny treat bags last year, after Easter had been and gone:)

The tutorial and free template can be found here.

All set for Easter now, hope the Easter bunny comes!

See you soon x

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jingle All the Way

I can't resist Lizzie Kate's cute Christmas designs - this kit was released late last year.

Jingle all the Way - Lizzie Kate
stitched with recommended threads, fabrics supplied.

The lovely red and green fabric, buttons and bells were supplied in the kit.  Made into a simple pillow.

See you soon x

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stitching with Friends and a Birthday Gift

Once a month I spend an afternoon catching up with my lovely stitching friends. Last year we only managed to get together a handful of times but so far this year we're sticking to the monthly routine.
It's such an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon - stitching (some of us do!), laughing, snacking and cuppas, and plenty of chit chat about what is happening in our daily lives.

So a round up from Saturday's session: my stitching project, another in the Country Cottage Needleworks ornament series, don't you just love the spotty fabric :)

The lovely Kath :)

Kath was stitching on a Cats Whiskers design using a very pretty thread.

One of Kath's neat project bags.

 The rest of the happy bunch, Janet, Clare and Wendy.

Wendy is going great on her kitty cats cross stitch, we give her lots of encouragement with all those colour changes.

This is Clare's little stitching project - from the Stoney Creek magazine.

 Janet's stitching accessories - handbags and shoes of course!

 Janet is making great progress on her Leanne Beasley stitching box embroidery.

Dear Wendy, the birthday girl, who celebrated her birthday on Sunday and she's started a new job this week.

Yay, welcome to the project bag club Wendy - Kath made this one for Wendy.

And my gift for Wendy was a little "door hanger" using a stitchery by Natalie Bird.

I chose some cute Lynette Anderson fabric to finish it and added a little gathered frill (idea from here)

Another brilliant afternoon with the ladies. Friends, food, and stitching together, makes for a happy time don't you think?

See you soon xx
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