Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Birthday Celebrations

On the 7th, Hannah turned 7, still can't believe she's now 7!  On her actual birthday we had a lovely dinner out at a local restaurant, and then chocolate sponge cake for dessert.

 A special surprise had been organised for the weekend after Hannah's birthday - we were heading to Wellington for the weekend and taking Hannah to her first Hurricane's rugby game.

The weather, although a bit cool, was lovely and sunny the whole time, meaning we could do lots of walking around, and finding parks to play at!


We did spend a bit of time at Te Papa and had planned to check out the new exhibition, Gallipoli, the Scale of our War, but the huge queues put us off, another time definitely as its on for a few years.





After several hours of walking around the waterfront and some shopping it was time for a stop at Starbucks, coffee for us and a fluffy for Hannah.




Then it was time to get ready for the rubgy, which we all thoroughly enjoyed and even better our team won :)




Sunday was a lovely day so we took a little drive to one of Hannah's favourite parks in Island Bay, I could have sat and watched this view all day.



Sunday was Mother's Day here so I got treated out to brunch and also, got to pick out a present, you'll laugh at this, I've been wanting a new electric frying pan for ages so that's what I chose, lol.




So in all an excellent few days away, just what we needed.

See you soonx

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Books!

A few weeks ago I went along to the annual Bookarama, which is put on by one of our local community groups as a fundraiser.

For only a few dollars I was able to buy this great selection of books for Glenn and I, plenty of reading for over the winter months.




I was especially pleased to find this book, the Lost Wife by Alyson Richman, as it's been on my to read list for ages.



Some of the books I've enjoyed reading this year include:

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I'm currently reading:

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#6 in the Cousin's War series, this is the story of Margaret Pole, daughter of George, the Duke of Clarence.

So what have you read lately or looking forward to starting soon?

Friday, May 01, 2015

On the Go

As well as several little ornaments, which I'll share pics of once they have been made up, I've been working on several different projects over the past few weeks.  

I couldn't resist this ABCs sampler by Alicia Paulson, I love all her designs and how you can purchase kits or PDF patterns.  Not shown here but I also have two Miss Maggie Rabbits in production for my two small nieces.


This little Gail Pan stitchery was a left over project from before Christmas last year.


I decided to pull out this Block of the Month from Cinderberry Stitches, Tail Feathers, this has been a very long work in progress over the past few years!  I'm now up to Block 3.


I've also crocheted a few more circles for the Flowers in Snow blanket. It feels good to have a variety of crafty projects on the go!

Have a lovely weekend x

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

ANZAC Day 2015

On Saturday morning, 25th April, we were up early to join in with our local community's Dawn Service for ANZAC Day.  

ANZAC Day is a day of remembrance for New Zealanders and Australians, of those who died serving during war, and it honours returned service men and women, past and present. This year marked one hundred years since Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli in Turkey, the site of New Zealand's first major battle in World War 1.






The Dawn Service was very moving and emotional, and this year there was huge turnout from our little community, just like all over New Zealand and Australia, and other countries around the world that held commemorative services.

Lest we forget.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Recipe: Bacon & Vegetable Quiche


I've had a bit of interest in the Bacon & Vegetable self crusting quiche since I posted a pic of it a few weeks ago. The recipe I use is based on one my friend Kath gave me many years ago.

You can make one quiche from this recipe or as I do sometimes, use muffin tins to make small individual ones.

Ingredients:

2 zucchini, grated.
1 carrot, grated.
1 onion, finely chopped.
4 rasher bacon, chopped.
1 cup sweetcorn, can be frozen.
1 cup tasty cheese, grated
1 cup self raising flour.
1/2 cup oil.
5 eggs, lightly beaten.
extra grated cheese for the top.

You can also add extra vegetables, broccoli, mushrooms, capsicum, tomato, or even left over cooked vegetables like potato or kumara (sweet potato).

You could swap the bacon for ham or even cooked chicken.

Preheat your oven to 170 C
Grease a large dish suitable for the oven.
In a large bowl add all your grated and chopped vegetables, cheese, oil, flour and eggs.
Stir well to combine, season with salt and pepper and spoon into dish.
Top with extra cheese.
Bake in oven for 35-50 minutes or until golden on the top.
Cool slightly before cutting into portions.

ENJOY!


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




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