Monday, December 06, 2021

December so far

Hello dear friends

I'm so excited it's now December - Christmas is coming and in a few weeks our summer holidays begin.  This weekend Hannah and I decorated the Christmas tree and put out a few decorations around the house. I'd treated myself to a new candle which arrived recently, this one smells divine and will be perfect for the summer months. 

Had to share these beautiful flowers - some from a friend's garden, my Mum's garden and our work garden. They are all simply gorgeous.

Last week with some of the clients from my work, we were treated to a preview evening at the local Christmas House. The owners of this property are just the loveliest people, and every year we go it's getting bigger and brighter! 


My aunt and I recently got tickets to a local production and we thoroughly enjoyed it - lots of songs from various musicals and shows they have performed over the years - Chicago, Chess, Mama Mia, Phantom of the Opera and many more. There are so many talented people!

My little friend from across the road, my parents' dog, Abby, just before her latest trim. 

It's strawberry season, yay, and we're quite sad as our favourite local strawberry grower is closed this year but we always pick up some up if we're further away from home at other growers.

Haven't these two girls grown so much, my Hannah will be 14 next May and Zoe is 21 in March 2022, where have the years gone?

Have a very happy week friends!

See you soon xx

Friday, November 26, 2021

Lots of Stitching to Share

For the past few months, I've set myself a goal of spending time at my sewing machine at least once a week, even if its just for 30 minutes. I certainly did that a few weeks ago, with face mask production in full steam - making them for us, my parents, Glenn's dad, my sister in law, Hannah's friends, my friends, I think I made about 60 in total - all different styles and fabrics! 

I've been finishing up some of my Christmas stitching projects, some stitched recently and others earlier in the year.

First up, is All the Trimmings, a free pattern offered by the Fast Quarter Shop during September.  I stitched this pretty design on chalkboard linen using the recommended DMC threads. Made into a small pillow with Lady Dot Creates trim.

A few ornaments, pattern from Spirit of Christmas by Lila's Studio for some dear friends.

This is the ornament I stitched for my friend Carol in the US. I was so happy that Carol has now received this safely since mail has been a bit hit and miss to and from New Zealand. (At the moment, we can't receive any mail from the US - so sad I can't make any pre Christmas stash purchases). 

Anyways, this is Snow Joyful by Homespun Elegance

This is the ornament I stitched for another dear stitching friend, Andrea from the UK, which has also now arrived safely.  This is Dazzlin Deer by Heart in Hand.

This is Hannah's 2021 Christmas ornament, Mouse Decorates for Christmas by the Tiny Modernist. So cute!

Merry, a free pattern offered by Heart in Hand, stitched for a work friend.

2020 Prairie Schooler Santa ready to be added to the basket

Ho Ho Ho by Trellis and Thyme, stitched for a friend's grandaughter.

Lastly for today, a new start from earlier in the month, Little Deeds Sampler by the Scarlett House.

I'm using most of the recommended threads and 32 count Limestone belfast linen. This is going to be a gift for one of my younger cousins, who was meant to be having her graduation ceremony from Medical School at the end of November but it has now been postponed until May 2022. We're all very proud of her. She is now working as a Junior Doctor.

Have a fun weekend, and see you soon xx

Friday, November 12, 2021

All Joys for Thine

 All Joys for Thine by Blackbird Designs - I'm pretty sure this was a Stitch Maynia 2020 start so I'm very pleased to have it finished.

I used the called for threads and 36 count vintage mocha belfast linen.

I added our initials and our wedding date on the sampler.

Such a pretty stitch and another wip finished, yay!

See you soon x

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Stitchography Project Bag

Hello dear friends, and welcome to another week. I'm so happy as the sun is out after nearly a whole week of dreary, drizzly rain and there's even some warmth to it. Feels like summer is on it's way!

Today's stitching project to share is a finished project bag.  Stitch -O-Graphy was a chart released by the Fat Quarter Shop back in early August to celebrate World Cross Stitch Day. It can still be purchased here

Mid August and New Zealand was back in Level 4 Lockdown, the strickest of our lock down measures, where we all had to stay home once again from work and school, and only leave our homes for essential shopping and services.  It was middle of winter too so with a bit of extra time on my hands, my stitching got plenty of attention and this design became my lockdown project. 

I stitched the design with my own thread choices on 32 count white linen.

Using some Lori Holt fabrics, I followed Elizabethanncanstitch's You Tube tutorial for making this style of project bag. 

I also attached a few little charms to the zipper pull.

A fun stitch to enjoy during the few weeks our area was in lock down once again.

See you soon x


Friday, November 05, 2021

Counting is Hard, new stash and a new Christmas Club

Counting is Hard by Misty, Luminous Fibre Arts is my Wednesday evening stitching project at the moment. I loved this design when it first came out and purchased the chart straight away - down loaded, printed, kitted and straight into a project bag!

I love the colours in this design, especially the blue bird.

I'm stitching this on my favourite linen, 32 count vintage mocha linen with all of the recommended DMC threads.

Before the recent suspension on mail being sent to New Zealand from the United States, I had a small parcel of patterns arrive from 123 Stitch, all charts from my wish list.  I'm seriously thinking of starting the Floral Motif Sampler on the 1st January 2022, that's if I can get some other projects finished first!

This pattern, Christmas Letters by Primrose Cottage Stitches was another downloadable pattern I bought recently and it's kitted ready to go some time.

A favourite stitching purchase ever year is the Just Cross Stitch Ornaments magazine and I was able to purchase this through Art & Frame, a shop in Christchurch.

MillyMac Supplies, a shop in Nelson here in New Zealand, offered a Christmas Club for the months of October, November and December and I couldn't resist signing up. You receive a little parcel of mystery patterns, fabrics and threads and an ornament for your tree.  Here's what I received in October's parcel:

The little mouse is so cute!  Perhaps this will inspire me to get back to some red work stitchery next year?

Enjoy the coming weekend, whatever you might be doing.  See you soon xx

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