Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What a great holiday!

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.

We went out somewhere different for dinner every night including the Meat and Wine Co, and also a meal at Braza, amazing!

These macaroons were delicious :)
 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.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sydney Trip

Getting excited here!! Two more sleeps and I'm heading to Australia again - this time with DH and a couple of our friends and we're travelling to Sydney. We're going to watch the All Blacks play Australia in a Bledisloe rugby test match on Saturday night.  We're in for some fun that's for sure!

See you in a week or so! Take care xx

Friday, August 01, 2014

This Week

I'm back to my Wednesday night stitchery projects, and at the moment I'm stitching this lovely design by Gail Pan. I'm using DMC 221 thread.

A few recent ornament finishes - designs by Homespun Elegeance, Pineberry Lane and Little House Needleworks

Earlier in the week I went along to support my brother at a medical assessment and we had a bit of time to fill in before hand at one of my favourite places, Ahuriri in Napier.

It was a gorgeous day, more like a spring day.

Whittaker's has a new chocolate bar out, and hundreds and thousands biscuits have always been Hannah's favourites.  She thought this was very cool!

Another set of threads have arrived from the Cottage Garden Thread club - this stitchery is so cute!

Now for some house stuff - our kitchen glass splash back arrived and Glenn put it up recently, we think it looks great.

A little more work has been done on our extension and we got the "expert" in recently for some undercoating, my Dad, who can whip around and get painting done in no time, being a professional painter!

It's great to see a bit more progress being made in there. Soon we'll be having the plasterer come in and then maybe it might time for some wallpapering.

Have a lovely weekend x

Thursday, July 31, 2014

LHN sheepie pillows and winner of Blackbird Designs Chart

 I have finished two more of the little sheep pillows - Faith and Simplicity. I'm still looking for just the right display basket :)

Congratulations to Lyn, the winner of the Blackbird Designs chart.I'll be sending you an email shortly :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

A Book Post

Over this winter I've read several good books which I'd thought I'd share today:

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory, #5 in the Cousin's War series - I was reading this as the White Queen series started on TV. #6 is due out this year. 

Recommended by brother in law, I am Pilgrim would be the best book I've read this year so far.

Before We Met, a suspense thriller, and bit of a nail biter waiting to see what would happen next.

Buried Angels, #8 in this Swedish thriller series, by one of my favourite writers, Camilla Lackberg. I have enjoyed all the books in this series and this was no exception. Can't wait for the next book now.

And borrowed from the library this weekend:

What have you read lately and enjoyed?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Bits & Pieces

It's almost the end of the school holidays for Hannah and today we're having a day at home together, she's happily playing with her Lego and then has a friend coming for a sleep over, and I've been catching up on some things and hope to do some sewing later. 

So this post is really a catch up one today to share some miscellaneous happenings around here.

It has turned bitterly cold here and I'm certain it was trying to snow at one stage yesterday! Recently a friend gave me a couple of balls of this lovely alpaca/merino mix, so I decided to make a slouchy beanie to wear going to and from work.  It's knitting up so lovely and soft.  Once this is done I'll cast on the pattern for the male beanie, to be a gift for my father in law's birthday later in the month. This is the pattern I'm using, which I received a few weeks ago (you can sign up here to receive the Naturally newsletter and also receive weekly free patterns).

One of my dear friends celebrated her birthday this week and we'll be catching up this Saturday evening so I decided to make a little crochet wash cloth for her. The Eco Store soap is a favourite of mine and I couldn't resist buying some of this new body wash for myself and my friend the other day while grocery shopping, I'm the perfect consumer when it comes to spotting new body gels, etc on the shelves at the supermarket, ha ha. Pattern can be found here.

Glenn and I have decided to have a bit of a change around with some of our furniture in the house, and also down size our bedroom furniture - he'd made this way back when he was a young apprentice boy at the joinery factory :)  Our walk in wardrobe has plenty of space so last weekend we put up some new shelving, and also had a massive sort through of all our clothes, shoes, my jewellery and hand bags, etc - we were very ruthless!

So neat and tidy!

During winter is when some of the flowers I adore come out, and this week I've had a bundle of winter sweet sitting on my office desk, just lovely.

My all time favourite, the Daphne, is also flowering prolifically in the garden at the moment.

Now for some Hannah news - look at her go!  The other night she asked Glenn to take the training wheels off her bike, which he did, and she was away first pop, no troubles at all.

She's growing up so fast!

Enjoy the weekend x

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Violet's Blue

Violet's Blue by Blackbird Designs is now finished - this has been one of my favourite pieces to stitch this year.

I used the recommended threads, Weeks Dye Works, and the fabric too, 30 ct Iced Cappuccino by R&R Reproductions.

Now for a little giveaway, if you would to receive this gently used chart, please leave a comment on this post and I'll draw out a winner at the end of next week, 25th July.  I'm happy to send any where:)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wool and the Gang

Thank you for the sweet comments about Violets Blue Sampler - it's been such a lovely design to stitch and I love the shades of purple. I've now only have the words to stitch, and of course, 1 over 1 stitching is not my favourite so it's taking awhile, ha ha.

I've decided to have a little giveaway of the chart when I'm finished so watch this space if you would like to be included - I'm happy to post anywhere :)

A few months ago I was browsing Ravelry and spotted a black and white top that I quite liked. This lead me to the Wool and the Gang website, where I was smitten with lots of the cool designs.  The great thing is that you can buy a kit to knit your own or have the item made by the Gang.  I decided to go ahead and order two of the kits, there's nothing like this available here in NZ, and they arrived recently.

This is knitting up very quick on the 8mm needles!

These little accessories were also included.

These will keep me busy over the winter months :)

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