Monday, April 23, 2018

Birthday Gifts

Earlier in the month I celebrated my birthday and I received some lovely gifts from my friends.

From Kath, this very cool Zip Up Tray Pouch, which is by Annela Hoey. You can more designs here and find the links to purchase patterns. 

I just love this pouch and Kath used fabrics to match my redwork sewing bag and pouch. A perfect place to store all my crafty accessories :)

Kath also gifted me two of the new Brenda Gervais charts - both are lovely designs aren't they?

From my friend Elizabeth, some of her very own handmade cards, these are gorgeous.

Also, this gorgeous hoop art, I just adore this pretty vintage fabric and this is already hanging in my craft office.

From my friend Val, a small kit to make a tape measure cover, this is great because I'm always searching for a tape measure!

From Janet, a piece of linen and threads, and some of my favourite hand cream - Janet knows me too well.

And lastly, from one of the lovely ladies that I work with some special treats - she always is so kind to me.

The bath whip by the Bon Bon factory smells so good, almost good enough to eat, lol.

It's a gorgeous autumn day here today, I love this time of the year - the day might start of a bit chilly (it was a balmy 3 degree C when I went to work) but we are left with a stunning day, not a cloud in the sky.

See you soon xxx

Friday, April 20, 2018

A Weekend Away

 Before another weekend starts, I should back track to last weekend when Hannah and I went on a Girl's weekend trip with our friends to Palmerston North.

We left home on Saturday morning and after a stop at the Wind Farm on the top of the Saddle Rd, arrived in Palmerston just in time for lunch at the Plaza.

The rest of the day we spent browsing the shops - Hannah and her friend Abigail were thrilled when the Revlon sales assistant offered to put a little bit of eye shadow on.

Saturday evening we meet up with my family and went out for dinner together, a good catch up.

Sunday was a lovely day so it was off to our favourite spot for morning tea - Orlando Country Club.

The rest of the day we filled with gokarting, more shopping and the movies, A Wrinkle in Time, which we all enjoyed. Then it was back to Donna's to have dinner and dessert while watching the last of the Commonwealth Games.

When we got up on Monday morning it was absolutely pouring down, what a contrast to the lovely day on Sunday, which changed our plans from a morning at the Esplanade Gardens to another round of the shops in the Plaza and a visit to Flip City for the girls.

Then it was time to hit the road and head home - an enjoyable few days with our friends was a great way to start the holidays.

See you soon x

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Stitching plans, laundry renos and a few days away

My main stitching project at the moment is Feliz Navidad by Blackbird Designs. I've been really enjoying the colours in this and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the border matches when I get around the right hand corner!

On Monday I celebrated my birthday. I was at work for the day and received some lovely gifts and treats from my work friends. Then after Hannah's evening trampolining class, we went across the road to my parents for a roast beef dinner with my brother Marcus and Zoe too. This was followed by a self saucing gingerbread pudding with custard and cream, delicious! More lovely gifts received including the most softest winter dressing gown from Hannah and Glenn - it has already been put to use the past few evenings! I was also very spoiled with gifts from some of my dear friends too, pics to come.

I have had this little pattern kitted and ready to stitch for ages so made a small start on Monday evening. Isn't my bunny mug sweet, Hannah and I both got new mugs at Easter. 

Glenn worked all weekend in the laundry and all the interior walls have been relined.

Next on his to do list is to put the ceiling scotia back up and fill in the holes on the walls.  We've also got to get the old cork tiles up sometime, what a job that's going to be.

Hannah has a two week holiday from school coming up. She's getting very excited as this weekend we are off on a girl's trip for a few days with her bestie Abigail and Abigail's Mum, my good friend Tracey.

We're heading south to Palmerston North - we'll be staying a few nights with my family there, and the girls have a big list of activities they'd like to do, and shops to visit. All good fun!

See you soon xx

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

#Santasundayxs Finishing

Two more finishes to share today:

Blessed by Little House Needleworks

Holly Jolly by Country Cottage Needleworks

After enjoying several weeks of sunny, warm autumn weather, the temperature has really plummeted here and I think there might even be a dusting of snow on the ranges to the west of town. Brrr but good crafting weather!

See you soon xx

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Easter Peep Parade

Easter Peep Parade - Brenda Gervais, With Thy Needle and Thread

I had hoped to have this finished by Easter but I found the stitching on this dark chestnut linen very slow going! I used mostly all the recommended threads, and had trouble matching the cocoa thread for the bunny, all my skeins were different so that's why the bunny looks two toned!! A lovely stitch though. The trim is vintage pom pom trim by Lady Dot Creates.

See you soon xx

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Annual Easter Exchange

Every Easter Kath and I have our annual exchange and I always look forward to it. This is the sweet little pillow Kath gave me this year, I just love it!

Here's what I stitched for Kath - this is Curious Bunny by Teresa Kogut and this chart can be purchased as a download here:

I loved stitching this design.

I also gave Kath some knitted dishcloths and few chocolate treats.  Kath came for afternoon tea on Monday and I made an Anne Chocolate Cake, first time trying this cake and it was delicious!

See you soon x

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Easter 2018

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend, we certainly enjoyed our four day break. The weather was perfect - sunny and warm. We got lots of jobs ticked off our to do list, enjoyed some yummy meals with family, caught up with friends, had a few sleep ins (gained an extra hour on Sunday due to Daylight Savings finishing), went to the movies to see the latest Peter Rabbit movie (hilarious) and generally enjoyed being around home.

As usual, Hannah and I set up our annual Easter display:

Two new bunnies to add to our collection:

Sunday morning we headed to Glenn's parents for the annual egg hunt with Hannah's cousins.

There was also some DIY happening with the start of our laundry renovations. This window was removed and Glenn and his Dad replaced it with a door!

It looks like its been there forever, lol. The good thing is we now have another exit to outside as previously we'd use the other door via the garage, meaning the garage door had to be lifted each time or remain open. This will be much better over the winter months.  Also, the laundry has been gutted, only the washing machine in there at the moment, as Glenn is making new units and once the wall paper has been striped and the walls relined, this will be redecorated - watch this space!

So in all, a wonderful few days and now we have a short week coming up, yippee!

See you soon xx

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Before the Long Weekend

The long Easter weekend is almost here and this year we don't have any visitors coming to stay or set plans, maybe a dinner catch up with our family one evening. We do have some more home renovations to work on including Glenn starting on our laundry redo - pics to come! 

As always, I've got lots of crafting planned and I had thought about starting some new projects but instead I'll work on a few works in progress from my stitching basket.

This week I've so enjoyed making these easy knitted cotton dishcloths  - they knit up very quickly. The pattern is Gramma's Dishcloth.

More knitted hand warmers for a dear friend - Hi Wendy :)

Last weekend the biannual Wine Country Quilts Exhibition was held locally so my friend Rose and I popped along for a lookie. I didn't get any photos of the amazing quilts myself but you can see some of them here.

I did purchase some pretty fabric though, and easily could have spent lots of money on fabric but was very restrained, lol.

Most of these will be for project bags, don't you just love the bunnies and unicorns??

This week I had a work trip for the day to Palmerston North. It was a very warm day and we got to enjoy the Manawatu scenery on the drive there and back.

A visit to the library during my lunch break yesterday and the following books were waiting for me:

Which one to start first?

Happy Easter! See you soon xx
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