Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Peppermint Twist and a yummy slice

I have stitched several Christmas ornaments so far this year but this one is the first to be actually finished!

Peppermint Twist by Little House Needleworks
stitched on 30 count natural linen, with the recommended threads

That little candy cane stick looks good enough to eat don't you think?

It cooled down enough on the weekend so I actually felt like spending some time in the kitchen. As well as some blueberry muffins, I decided to make this yummy slice which I hadn't made in ages.

Oaty ginger slice by Chelsea Winter and you can find the recipe here. It's so delicious!

See you soon x

Friday, February 15, 2019

What I've Been Reading Lately

Here's some of the books I've been reading over summer. A real mixture of genres, some from the library, some on my Kindle and some gifted at Christmas.

What have you been reading lately?

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Stocking Underway

Just a tiny start on the first of the Shepherd's Bush stockings I've got planned to stitch this year. This is Thomas - how cute is the sheepie with antlers!  The fabric I'm using is a 20 count natural coloured Cork linen and I'm using mostly DMC pearl threads with a few of the hand dyed colours too.

See you soon x

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A Weekend Away

This past weekend, Glenn and I spent a few days in Auckland. The original plans were for Glenn to go to a concert on Friday evening with a couple of friends, while the girls went out for dinner together. Then one lot of our friends had to change their plans due to a family wedding, and then a few weeks ago the concert got cancelled, so we decided to go anyway, still meeting up with our friends that live north of Auckland.

We left Napier airport mid morning and after an hour's flight, followed by a bus into the city, we checked into our motel and were soon on our way to find a spot for lunch.

Dr Rudi's Rooftop Brewery was the perfect spot to spend a few hours, while we waited for our friends to arrive.

The next morning, we were up bright and early to enjoy breakfast at the Coffee Club, right beside our motel, and then we all headed to Sylvia Park, for a few hours of shopping.

Our motel was right in the CBD, so we also browsed through a few shops along Queen St.

Early evening we were back out along the waterfront, enjoying a lovely summer evening, with all the masses of people doing the same. There were two huge cruise ships in as well so there were people everywhere!

Lovely harbour views around the Viaduct Basin, and after checking out all the super yachts berthed, we had a lovely dinner at Jack Tar, before walking back into town to Sky City.  The base of the Sky Tower was decorated in gorgeous lanterns and lights for Chinese New Year Celebrations.

Our flight home wasn't until lunchtime so once our friends dropped us off at the airport, we filled in the waiting having a late breakfast.

We had great views on the flight back to Hawkes Bay, Glenn took this photo over Lake Taupo.

Then coming into Napier, the coast line.

What a fun weekend getaway!

See you soon xx

Friday, February 01, 2019

Shepherd's Bush Stockings & New Charts

This year I've decided to stitch some Shepherd's Bush stockings - one for my niece Sally and two for a friend's children. It's been quite a long time since I last stitched one of these, I think the last one I made was over ten years ago for Hannah.  

I'm going to stitch on these for #santasundayxs, a stitch along on Instagram if you would like to check out the hash tag. 

With some money I was given at Christmas, I bought a few charts on my wish list at 123 Stitch and these arrived recently, all Christmas charts :)

See you soon xx

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

This Week

Two neglected projects from 2018 have come out of my stitching basket this week. 

Hannah has been learning some more kitchen skills, this time she made Beef Mince Pasta bake for dinner one night.

Glenn has been busy too. As well as getting started on getting firewood ready for winter, he has laid our new laundry floor tiles and also grouted the tiles. This coming weekend the scotia and boards under the cupboards and units will go in, and then it next up will be the laundry sink plumbing and installation of our new washing machine.

Our sunsets have been incredible this week!

See you soon xx

Monday, January 28, 2019

New Projects

During my holiday break the latest kit in the Stitching Circle Club arrived from the Silver Needle. The particular day it arrived it was pouring down with rain and we had no plans so I pretty much started it right away!

This particular kit is by Summer House Stitche Works, and just my colours :)

The lovely little accessories that came with the kit :

I also made a tiny start on this cutie :

Not sure if there'll be much stitching, or any crafting happening here this week - NZ is in line for some of the intense heat that Australia had at the end of last week so I'll know where we'll be hanging out, in the pool keeping cool!

See you soon xx

Friday, January 25, 2019

What I'm Working On

As always, I have several projects on the go and most days I stitch or knit on something different.  I don't have any set plans or goals for my crafting during 2019, just to enjoy whatever I'm stitching and knitting and maybe get back to doing a bit more embroidery and sewing. 

I would like to stitch some of the Prairie Schooler Santas, this one is now finished since I took this photo.

This is the Washed Out shawl by Joji Locatelli, and I'm using three gorgeous yarn colours by Bleating Art yarn, which is hand dyed locally here in Hawkes Bay.  I started this way back in September and I'm now 2/3 of the way through.

Next up is my sock knitting, I'm about to finish the first sock of the Cha Cha Chevron socks, a pattern by Sandra of Cherry Heart. This gorgeous yarn, Fig Bird, is by Circus Tonic Handmade from Australia.

During my holidays I did make a teeny start on this gorgeous sampler by Blackbird Designs :

I'll share a progress pic next week some time.

See you soon xx

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Farmhouse Christmas series

One of my favourite projects to stitch during 2018 was the Farmhouse Christmas series by Little House Needleworks.

Once I finished stitching all the patterns, over several weekends I slowly got each design made up into individual ornaments. I chose to use jute trim and ribbon, gingham ribbon and rusty bells to accessorise each one.

For the backing fabric I chose this pretty red and light fawn colour.

What a lovely series this was and I'm now very tempted by the new designs coming soon, Jack Frost's Tree Farm. Decisions, decisions, lol.

See you soon xx
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