Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A Great Break

I had a lovely time away on my midwinter break. Kimberley and I headed over to Palmerston North on Thursday afternoon and spent a few days with our cousin Donna, and aunt and uncle, Ivan and Dorrie, getting home early Sunday evening. We spent most of the time shopping, funny that, and also eating out and just catching up. As always, we had heaps of fun and lots of laughs. Both Kimberley and I even found a little bit of time to stitch too - I took Pink Carnations with me and Kimberley was stitching a free kit from one of the latest UK stitching magazines. I think its great she stitches, I taught her several years ago.

I really shopped up a storm, lol. I bought two new pairs of winter boots, a pair of jeans, a skirt, four tops, Bendon underwear, Clarins toner and cleanser, the new Crowed House cd, some lovely soap from the giftware shop where Donna works, a sweatshirt and 3 tops for Zoe, and my favourite purchase was this. We've got one at my work and its so handy. I'd been wanting one for home for ages. It works really well so far, even Glenn has given it a try out :)

On Saturday Dorrie, Donna, Kim and I headed out for the day to visit Otaki, which a short drive south of Palmerston. There are several factory outlet stores there, including Bendon and Pumpkin Patch, which are well worth the visit. We then "spur of the moment" decided to continue on down the road to Paraparaumu to have lunch at the shopping mall there and to stop by to see Kath and her DH Kevin. It was only a quick visit but great to see Kath and the beautiful house that Kevin has just finished building.

After a super weekend away, it was so nice to get home on Sunday night to see Glenn and my kitty :) I bought Poppy a new kitty toy so she spent Sunday night flinging it around our lounge, it was so funny to watch. I wouldn't be surprised though if it goes missing in the next few days - so far she has lost 3 ping pong balls and 3 toy mouses, and we can't find them in the house anywhere, lol.

I don't have any stitching pics to share today as I'm working on a gift for a special friend but Goldie has emailed to let me know that the parcel I sent for our last seasonal exchange had arrived safely. I made Goldie a craft bag for all her stitching projects



and stitched a little Just Nan, Amongst the Roses. I know that Goldie loves Just Nan patterns, as do I, so thought it would be nice to stitch it for her as a reminder of our stitching friendship. I tried out a new technique for the finishing, using Vero's pyramid instructions.

The weather here is pretty miserable at the moment, very cold and we've had lots of rain, but then I guess it is the middle of winter. Still, it would be nice to have a bit of sunshine :)

As always, thank you my dear stitching friends, for your kind and encouraging comments.

16 comments:

Clare said...

Loved the craft bag - and think your pyramid finish is very unusual. Well done.

ollie1976 said...

sounds like a great weekend.
-Jen

Arthemise said...

I love your Just Nan, and that's a neat finishing techique. Thanks for the link!

Margaret said...

What a fun weekend!!! You turned a few days away into a real vacation Katrina.
What a lovely craft bag and a wonderful finish on your Just Nan.

claudia said...

Sounds like you had such a great time! Good for you, it is always wonderful to spend time with relatives. That craft bag is so pretty, I love the colors. The pyramid finish is unique. I was imagining places I could put a finish like that when I saw it.

Sharon said...

The Just Nan finish is gorgeous! Love the craft bag.

Karoline said...

They're both lovely Katrina, congratulations

quiltorstitch said...

Your vacation sounds like so much fun. I love your two finishes, they are lovely :D

Jenna said...

Beautiful finishes! I'm sure that Goldie loved them. :) Glad to hear that you had a fun time while you were away and that you were happy to come back, as well. The perfect combination!

Michelle said...

Love your Just Nan pyramid - what a cute finish! The fabric you used is perfect too! The bag is also wonderful!

Kath said...

Love the finishes there Trina and what a great break. It was lovely to see you all at the new/old house. Great shopping by you all too lol!

bunnyhead said...

Love the pyramid finish! How cute!

Wendy said...

I love your finishes! The pyramid Just Nan finish is really great!!

Svenja said...

Wow, the Just Nan pyramid is beautiful! And the bag looks great too.

Kathy said...

What lovely finishes. I love your Just Nan piece. I enjoyed your vacation bits - felt like I was travelling along.

stitcherw said...

Glad you had such a good time on your trip. Your bag turned out great, and the JN finished into a pyramid is lovely. I'm looking forward to seeing an update of Carnations.
Sue

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