Monday, October 11, 2021

Flea Market Flowers

 I have totally enjoyed stitching this lovely design and all those threads make me so happy!

Flea Market Flowers is a design by Lori Holt and I stitched it on 36 count vintage mocha belfast linen with all the recommended DMC threads.





Not sure how I'll finish this just yet - might have to look for a suitable frame.

See you soon xx

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Thank You

 


Thank you for your condolences, and kind and thoughtful messages, it really means so much  xx

Friday, September 24, 2021

Sad Times

 


On the morning of the 13th September 2021, our hearts were broken as Glenn's dearly loved Mum, my wonderful mother in law Heather, and Hannah's beloved Granny, quietly slipped away after a 3 1/2 year battle with cancer.


I've known Heather since I was 15 years old and she was a true gem - a great wife, Mum, Granny, sister, aunty and a friend to so many. She was so funny, wise with always the words you needed to hear when needing advice and support, super organised, and so strong and courageous, even in the bad times of ill health over the past months.



Forever in our Hearts - Heather June Jamieson xxx



Friday, August 13, 2021

All the Things - August so far

Friday is here again and the weeks seem to be rolling by fast at the moment.  Dare I say it, there feels like a touch of spring in the air this week, although it was bitterly cold day on Monday. It almost snowed! As it's bit of a novelty for us, at work we were constantly looking out the window but it was mostly rain and hail. 

Today I'm going to catch up on some of the happenings around here, and good news, my stitching mojo has returned so I've been stitching like a mad woman on all my Jolly July projects. I've got so many things I want to start but I'm being restrained and really wanting to get some projects ticked off the list first.

I have a new recipe to share with you today, you can find it here:

These chocolate chip cookies are the best, and Glenn and Hannah demolish these so quick!


Hannah gave me this gorgeous orchid for Mother's Day in May 2020, and somehow I've manged to look after it and it's now flowering again! 



A very special occasion last week for my work - we were honoured to receive an award at the annual Civic and Community Awards, which was presented to us by our Mayor. It was a wonderful evening, celebrating the other award winners and all the wonderful contributions being made to our local community. You can read more about it here:



After quite a few weeks, my sewing machine is back out and I spent an enjoyable few hours sewing away while watching some of the Olympics last weekend.

My friend Wendy gave me this kit for my birthday this year and it was so much fun putting it together.




A fun delivery in the mail - 44 zips from Madam Sew! This was a great deal, less than $1 NZ each. 


Some recent shopping from my favourite shop in town, Curtis Fabrics. We are so lucky to have such a lovely local store that stocks knitting wool, fabrics, DMC threads and cross stitch fabric, and all other sorts of sewing bits and pieces.





The second kit from the Silver Needle shop club arrived recently too, it's always a good surprise to see which designer has been chosen.


This will be a fun project to stitch!


And lastly few books I've enjoyed recently:




Have you read any good books lately? 

See you soon x

Friday, August 06, 2021

Christchurch

During the recent school holidays Hannah and I went to Christchurch with a group of students, their Mum's and Dance teacher to attend Dance Days, a week of  dancing workshops for the British Dance Organisation (BDO).

We had a fantastic time, the students were away each day from 8am to 6pm and at the end of the week, a gala performance was put on by the students. Several of the students from Hannah's dance studio came away with trophies, and two of the girls were awarded Junior Top Student and Immediate Top Student, which were amazing achievements.

For me it was a week filled with lots of chilly days, laughter, fun, sight seeing, good coffee, shopping and visiting op shops, making packed lunches, cooking meals and washing dishes, so many dishes as we self catered all the meals for the group.




Hannah had free day the day before the workshops started so we went to the Riccarton Mall for shopping, lunch and afternoon tea at Starbucks.


On the Monday Hannah started her week of ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical dance, so much learning and new experiences.


Because of our location this year due to where the dancing was being held, we able to see a lot more of the different areas of Christchurch and were also able to revisit some of our favourite spots from last year, like the Riverside Market.







The weather was pretty good most of the week but we did have a couple of cold and raining days too.








Once the week ended, most of the group left Christchurch to fly home and some of us had added an extra night stay in the city so we could take the girls sight seeing.




















 Hannah is already looking forward to Dance Days 2022!

See you soon x

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