Monday, May 23, 2016

Some weekend finishing

After the usual around the house jobs, some baking for lunches, making up some Slow Cooker Bolognaise and some computer work for Glenn, I spent a few hours at my sewing machine over the weekend. 

This little Lizzie Kate design was stitched sometime last year and it has been sitting in my finishing tray for ages.


I have been working on several of these little stitcheries by Anni Downs to make into bookmarks for birthday gifts. This one is for my cousin Donna, who is celebrating her birthday today. We're looking forward to catching up with Donna and her boyfriend later in the week as they coming to stay one night before heading up north.


This little all in one baby top has been finished for a week or two, all I needed to do was sew on some pretty pink buttons


The pattern can be found here.

See you soon xx


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Kit Review: SpruceXStitch

Several weeks ago I was contacted by Elise Ross from SpruceXstitch to see if I would like to review one of her kits.

Based in Sydney Australia, SpruceXstitch was founded just over a year ago in March 2015, aiming to offer modern cross stitch kits and instant downloads, and that are vibrant and fun to make.

Elise sent me one of the Flowerpot kits. The kit comes with everything you need including beautifully coloured threads, a piece of fabric and an easy to read chart. A needle is also included.







All in all I think these kits are great - I think they'd make awesome gifts, especially for a beginner to cross stitch.  With attention to detail and quality, the kits are great value for money.

Please visit SpruceXstitch to see more.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Crochet & Knitting

As I mentioned in a recent post, I have made my very first purchase of Stylecraft Special DK wool. This bundle of gorgeous colours turned up from the UK only a week after placing the order and as it works out to be under $4.00 NZ per 100 gram ball that's super value if you ask me. 

This particular pack is to make Lucy from Attic 24's Cupcake blanket for Hannah and even though I plenty of other projects on the go, I couldn't resist getting this started on Sunday evening. Progress pics to come soon!


A recent crochet finish is this granny square blanket, which I started during Easter weekend back in March.


Using a 100% pure New Zealand merino wool, I have made this for a family member expecting a little girl in July.



A friend of my Mum's has a new granddaughter due later this month so I knitted my favourite baby cardigan in this lovely shade of pink and made a matching hat.


Pattern for the hat can be found here.

Pattern for the cardigan can be found here.


See you soon xx

Friday, May 13, 2016

Currently Stitching & New Stash

Thank you for the kind words about Poppy, it means a lot. She is such a dear kitty, very smoochy and affectionate towards anyone and we are really missing how she'd follow us around the house, until you sat down and then she'd be either sitting on you or right by you, snuggling up as close as possible. 

I've been a bit tired in the evenings lately due to a few work projects on the go so I haven't been staying up too late. I was hoping to have this lovely Blackbird Designs project finished in time for Hannah's birthday but it's not far off from completion.


As its been some time I decided to treat myself to some new charts recently, and these arrived earlier in the week.

Home for the Holidays is a lovely book and I'm looking forward to stitching some of the Garden Series charts.

Looking forward to catching up with my stitching friends this Saturday afternoon xx

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Busy Weekend

Before I do a recount of the recent weekend, I wanted to share some news about our kitty Poppy, who has been missing since Friday a week ago.  

I noticed about 8pm that she hadn't been inside to have anything to eat but I had seen her just on dark sitting on one of our deck chairs.  Sadly that was the last time we saw her, there's been no sign of her anywhere in the neighbourhood - we've done lots of checking our neighbours' gardens and sheds, and also checked up and down our street.  It's an absolute mystery as to where she may have gone as she wasn't a kitty to wonder off very far at all. I've been in touch with the local Vets and SPCA, and put a notice on the local radio station but there's been no response so far.

We're quite devastated about Poppy's disappearance - she's been part of our lives for nine years. In those years, she's given us lots of good times, funny times, and unconditional love. Hannah has grown up with her so they have been best buddies.




Needless to say we've had a sad few days, and the house seems so quiet without her around. The not knowing what has happened to her is so worrying for us, lots of tears have been shed and we're really hoping that she might just turn back up one day very soon. 

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This weekend Hannah celebrated her 8th birthday - wow, where did those years go!!





Hannah had a lovely day and I was kept pretty busy with 13 girls in the house!  Some of her school friends and cousins came for lunch, followed by games and birthday cake. Lots of fun.

On Sunday Hannah's youngest cousin turned five and we visited for morning tea and birthday cake.  My niece is so excited to be starting school this week.


It was also Mother's Day here on Sunday so I got treated out to dinner on Sunday night - my idea of bliss not having to cook dinner lol.



Back soon with some knitting and crochet finishes xx

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!

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