Monday, May 20, 2024

Hi friends, Monday again already, the weeks seem to be zipping by! We had a good weekend just been, catching up on the usual around the house jobs, some baking and meal prep for the week ahead, and yay, the first part of the new series of Bridgeton was released. Hannah and I also went to a show on Saturday night, CHB Rising Stars Talent show - it was a fabulous evening of dance, singing and music. Several of Hannah's dance friends were in it and they were amazing.

For the first time in ages, I was able to spend some time at my sewing machine the other day so I've been sorting through my pile of finished stitched pieces, and will hopefully have some photos to share soon. This is a recent finish, I Stitch by Teresa Kogut. This design was given to Patreon club members after the Nashville needlework market. I'm thinking it might be made into a project bag.

Something else I haven't done in ages, is any knitting. One night last week I decided to hunt out my sock knitting. These socks have been on the go for a good two years and I really enjoyed knitting away for a few hours. 

Hannah's 16th birthday celebrations continued with a day out last Sunday. We started with ten pin bowling in Hastings and then over the Napier for the girls to enjoy some shopping while Glenn and I enjoyed a coffee in the sunshine. 

There were lots of people out and about, and after a few hours shopping it was time for a very late lunch at one of our favourite restaurants, Lone Star.

This was Glenn's meal - looked so yum! It was also Mother's day here so I was treated to dessert, chocolate brownie with a strawberry sauce, delicious.

We finished the afternoon with a walk around the Bluff Hill lookout, watching the sun come down.

 Thanks for stopping by, see you soon x

Wednesday, May 08, 2024

Sweet 16, Sampler stitching & More

Our Hannah May is now 16 years old, wow, where have the years gone to? Our lovely girl is clever, kind, funny and loves her family and friends, a beautiful dancer, loves all things hair & beauty and soon will be sitting her Learner's Car Licence test. Last night we celebrated with takeaways, cake, and macaroons as Hannah had hockey practice followed by ballet class. This Sunday we're taking Hannah and a couple of her friends to tenpin bowling followed by lunch out in Napier, will be a fun day out.

Talking of fun days out, this past weekend, Hannah and I went along to a fundraiser for our local cancer support group, a fashion parade followed by afternoon tea. Our friends were in the show and they did a great job of modelling clothes from our local retail clothing stores. 

We also tried out a newly opened Nail salon in town for fresh pedicures. 

Last week's choice for my sampler stitching was Winter Rose Manor by Brenda Gervais, mostly just the house to stitch now.

My local sewing and knitting shop, Curtis Fabrics, had something exciting come into stock last week, Oliso irons! I've been looking at getting one for quite some time so I was very excited to go into the store last week and check them out. I decided to go for the Project iron, which is going to be just perfect. I've yet to try it out but can't wait to get it out of the box next time I have a sewing session.

Another happy purchase recently for our laundry, a new clothes dryer - we had a very old one, which we didn't replace when we completed our laundry renovation a few years ago. This is going to make getting clothes dry way easier over the coming winter months, especially since we have a cheeky doggy who likes to take our washing off the drying clothes racks!

See you soon x

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

April update

The past few weeks have just flown by! Earlier in the month I celebrated my 50th birthday and what a wonderful day I had, or week I should say, as the celebrations were happening all week long! 

A family dinner, catching up with everyone was so lovely and we had such a fun night together. 

Love this photo of Hannah and I with my gorgeous nieces. 

I was totally spoilt by my work friends, not only did they surprise me with a very delicious morning tea, where some of my family also came along, they gifted me a Pandora necklace and charm. 

This fun chocolate board, hilarious. 

We enjoyed dinner out at our favourite local Indian restaurant.

Another wonderful little party with some family and my dear stitching friends. 
Hannah loved catching up with her young cousins, Logan, is about to turn 1 year old. 

I was completely overwhelmed when my lovely friends Kath and Wendy presented me with this wonderful quilt! I absolutely love it and its going to be well used this winter. 

Super happy as my cousin Donna came too, we hadn't seen each other in ages.

I'm so grateful for all the lovely birthday celebrations, and to my family and friends for making it all so special. 

Now for a stitching update - there's been lots going on but not a lot of time lately to get some things fully finished, soon I hope!

I really enjoyed stitching Valentine's Quaker by Primrose Cottage. Stitched on 32 count white linen with Classic Colourworks Ripe Melon thread.

My other recent fully finished project is Wilhelmina by Fox & Rabbit. Stitched on 36 count vintage mocha linen with recommended threads. 

As I have several samplers on the go right now, I'm trying to get some decent stitching done on each one. Most weeks I pull one out and will stitch on it for several evenings. This week's sampler, Oh Joyous Day, hasn't been stitched on in ages, such a lovely design.

I think that's everything up to date for now. This coming weekend is a long weekend for us, tomorrow we commemorate ANZAC day, then on Friday Glenn and I are both taking leave to spend the day with Hannah as its school holidays right now. I think we're heading to Napier for the day.

See you soon x

Friday, March 22, 2024

Stitching this week and Family Catch Up

 Hello friends

Even though I'm trying to stitch on projects already underway, I couldn't resist starting this chart by Teresa Kogut last week.  It was given out to members of Teresa's Patreon club as it was a freebie from the Nashville stitching market. 

This week I have also spent a few evenings stitching on the Light of Winter by Brenda Gervais

Last Sunday we enjoyed a family lunch out at one of our favourite local cafes to celebrate my niece Zoe's 23rd birthday and also my brother Marcus, Zoe's Dad, birthday is coming up during Easter. We hadn't seen everyone since Christmas so it was good time catching up.

Next time we catch up will be in a few weeks time for my birthday celebrations, it's an "0" birthday this year!

See you soon x

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

The Tiny Modernist Mystery Sampler

 For the past few years I've signed up the Tiny Modernist's mystery Christmas Sampler. It starts on the 1st September each year with the first part of the chart being released, then parts 2, 3 and 4 follow through until December.  

It soon becomes a "non mystery" though, as I can never keep up with the parts being released ha ha.

I have totally enjoyed stitching this fun design and the colours used are so bright and cheery.  I made this my focus piece late February and have pretty much only stitched on this during the week, with smaller projects on the weekend.

I think this will make a lovely Christmas cushion so I will take it along to my local sewing shop to match up some backing fabric.

Fabric used was 32 count Prehistoric linen by Fox & Rabbit and the recommended DMC threads.

See you soon x

Thursday, March 07, 2024

A few finishes, family and sunflowers

 Hello friends

I have a couple of finishes to show today, these were both stitched last year and I made them into ornaments last week.  

A Classic Christmas by Hands on Designs, stitched on 32 count vintage mocha, made into a pillow, Lady Dot chenille trim.

Joyful Santa, 2022 Annual ornament by Homespun Elegance, stitched on 32 count cream belfast linen, made into a pillow, Lady Dot chenille trim.

My other sewing job last week, ribbons for our ballerina's new pointe shoes. Hannah recently had the opportunity to have a ballet class with some of the members of the Royal New Zealand ballet company, a great experience for her.

As it's been awhile, here's Mr Diesel, the goodest boy. Last weekend Glenn went away on a fishing weekend and Diesel was a bit sad, he sat by this window for quite some time after he left. 

We recently had our lovely nieces, Alice and Sally, come to stay for a few nights with us, and Buddy their black labrador. It was so good to spend some time with the girls, and Diesel had so much fun with Buddy. 

Some days I get to do some really fun things at my work, and this week we took our clients out to a local sunflower field.  It was the perfect weather for viewing sunflowers, they were amazing. We got some awesome photos of everyone.

On our way back into town we stopped at the scenic lookout, where you view our town, Waipukurau, beside the Tuki Tuki river.

I made many wishes in this wishing well as a kid ha ha.

See you soon x
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