Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Gifts for Friends

This week I've been catching up on some blog maintenance and uploading late 2017 finishes to my Flickr account. I spotted that I have completely forgotten to publish a couple of draft posts with some of my secret Christmas stitching!

Many of these projects were stitched throughout 2017 and then finished off to be ready for gifting at Christmas.

For my friend Elizabeth in Auckland, I made a drawstring pouch. The design is Honeybee Sampling by Little House Needleworks, stitched with recommended threads on 32ct mocha belfast linen.

For Kath's early December birthday, I made this large pouch bag, which can be used for a stitching or knitting project. I finished this design way back in January 2017. This is With Thy Needle's Heaven & Nature Sing.

Another stitched gift for Kath, was this little pillow. The design is by Abbey Rose Designs, Do More of What Makes You Happy.

And lastly, using another Little House Needleworks design, Rosey, I made a zippered project bag for Clare.

See you soon xx

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Summer Holidays

This week I'm back to work after our annual summer holidays. How fast did that few weeks go?  We had such a good break, lots of family time, relaxing in our pool, our travels to Lake Taupo and then recently a beach holiday .  Hannah has one more week of holidays before the new school year starts on the 29th January. 

We are very lucky to live close to several gorgeous beaches in Central Hawkes Bay. The past few years we've enjoyed staying at Blackhead Beach, which is only 30 minutes from home.  We stay on Dad's friends' farm, which leads down to the beach. This year we'd booked a ten day stay and during this time, we had family and friends visit too. 

We had a wonderful stay, lots of swimming, boogie boarding, walks along the beach, surf cast fishing. Friends of ours were also staying at the beach last week so we shared lots of meals and good times together.

There is no tv or cell coverage so it was a good opportunity for us all to "unplug" for the duration of our stay. I read a couple of books, nearly finishing knitting one sock and watched several episodes of some of my favourite Netflix shows that I'd downloaded.

Our 2019 beach holiday is all ready booked!  In the mean time, I'll look forward to our next stay in March for Zoe's 17th birthday.

See you soon xx

Thursday, January 11, 2018


At the start of each year, just after New Year's, we head to Taupo for a few days. This time we'd booked to stay at the Cove, which is situated right on the lake front. 

One of the highlights of our trip was spending the morning with Karoline and her lovely family. They had been in New Zealand for a few weeks on holiday from the UK so we planned a meet up on the day they came to Taupo.

Karoline and I have been stitching buddies since the early days of stitching bullentin boards, we figured it's been nearly twenty years, so it was really wonderful to finally meet in person.

For the rest of our stay weather wasn't too great and we ended up with a few days of rain as the tail end of a storm passed over. But we were still able to get out and about, enjoying some of the many attractions and activites Taupo has on offer.

One day we took a drive to Turangi, which is about 40 minutes or so south of Taupo, to visit the Tongariro Trout Centre. It was an interesting place to visit, there is a museum, you can feed the trout, and kids can learn to fish. There is also a gentle walk along the river and you can view several trout hatcheries.

As well quite a bit of stitching and knitting, I was able to get stuck into two books and finished both of these:

Tomorrow we're packing up again and heading off on the second part of our summer holiday,  out to one of our local beaches.  We're looking forward to some beach fun in the sun!

See you soon xx

Monday, January 08, 2018

Welcome to 2018!

Welcome to 2018, a brand new year! I hope the year is off to a good start so far.

We have just returned from our annual summer holiday to Taupo - I don't know where summer went though as it rained most of the days, never mind it was still a good break away which I'll share more about in another post.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas - we had a super day, quite relaxing and laid back compared to previous years.

We were up quite early Christmas morning to see what Santa had left and other pressies were opened too.

Then it was across the road to have brunch with my parents, my niece Zoe and my brother Marcus.

Later in the day it was time to catch up with Glenn's family for dinner.  I was so pleased, believe it or not, this is our first Jamieson family photo since way before the girls were born!

We had a typical Kiwi Christmas dinner - baked ham, roast lamb, chicken and pork with new potatoes, baby peas and lots of salads, delicious!

Dessert was also all the usual Kiwi fare too - pavlova, brandy snaps, fruit salad and homemade strawberry ice cream.

After Christmas Day, the weather turned rubbish - wet and cold for a few days until it fined up just in time for New Year's Eve. I got onto the annual sort through of cupboards, wardrobes, etc and also unpacking a few boxes of books, Hannah's toys etc that have been away while the renovations were happening. We had our electrician in too and I'm so pleased, we have new lighting in our kitchen, lounge and dining room plus a new outdoor light and a few extra power points. Glenn has been busy too, working outside on his latest project, a new shed for firewood storage, and also putting down some new tiles in our front door entrance. 

I'll be back soon to share some photos from our Taupo trip.

See you soon xx

Friday, December 22, 2017

Last few - Chalkboard Ornaments & Merry Christmas!

I really enjoyed stitching these Chalkboard Ornaments by Hands on Designs. This selection has gone to friends and family, and in 2018 I'd like to stitch the series for our Christmas tree, perhaps one per month.

Stitched on 32 count black Belfast linen with the recommended threads, these designs were a pleasure to stitch.


This will be my last post before Christmas so I wanted to take the time to thank each and everyone of you, thank you so much for visiting my blog, sending me messages and emails, and always leaving positive comments here and on Instagram. It always makes my day to hear from you.

I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas, filled with lots of happy times, laughter and yummy food too. Take care and all the best for the Festive Season.

Merry Christmas!

Katrina xx

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Two More and Christmas Baking

Well, it's finally here, the first day of my annual summer holidays, wahoo! Hannah and I are having a day around home finishing the last of the gift wrapping and Christmas goodies baking. I hope I can fit some stitching in there somewhere too!

I loved stitching this little angel for a dear friend in the UK, Petra. Petra is originally from Sweden and we became pen pals over twenty years ago after I spotted a penpal request in one of our NZ Women's Weekly magazines. We've been great friends ever since - we share the same birthday and have lots of interests in common. Petra has been out to New Zealand twice, once before Glenn and I got married and then again when Hannah was a baby. Both times she thoroughly enjoyed her travels here. I've yet to visit Petra in the UK but it's most definitely on my bucket list!!

This is Christmas Angel by Little House Needleworks, once again trimmed with Lady Dot Creations chenille.

The other ornament for today was stitched for another of my close friends Wendy. Wendy and I have been pals for a long time too, we used to work together, and Wendy does some wonderful paper craft and patch work crafting.

This is Peace by Sue Hillis Designs and can be found in the 2009 Just Cross Stitch ornaments magazine.

Each year I like to make up my male co workers a little box of treats and there's always plenty to share with family too.

So far Hannah and I have made apricot and bailey's truffles, custard and white chocolate biscuits, peppermint bark and gingernut trufffles.

We've also made some rocky road and malteser fudge, yum!


Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by xxx

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Make Merry

This ornament was made for one of my co workers, Val, for her recent birthday. I've known Val for many, many years as Glenn and I built our house in the same area where she owned a dairy.

Val does a variety of wonderful craft work too and earlier this year, she began working with me at the Paul Hunter Centre to help with some administrative tasks and facilitate craft programmes for our clients. Val makes me laugh every day, she has such a cheery manner, so this Lizzie Kate design was picked with that in mind. It's from one of the Tiny Tiding charts.

See you soon xx

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Pineberry Lane

Today's ornament was sent all the way to a long time stitching friend, Carol in the US. Carol and I have been friends since the early days of stitching blogs on the internet. Each year we exchange an ornament and I now have a very special collection of treasured ornaments from Carol. 

I chose to stitch Pineberry Lane's A Sprig of Holly for Carol.

Once again, I used Lady Dot Creations chenille trim, in vintage I think the colour way is called, and attached a rustic bell. Another lovely design to stitch - I've had so much fun this year picking out designs for my stitching friends.

See you tomorrow xxx

Monday, December 18, 2017


Happy Monday friends. Today's ornament was made for my lovely friend Elizabeth, a kiwi friend from Auckland.

This is a Mosey n Me design from an earlier Just Cross Stitch ornaments magazine. Stitched on 32ct dirty belfast linen with the recommended threads, and this time I used a Lady Dot Creations pom pom trim.

See you soon x

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Fa La La La

This little sheepie ornament pattern by Country Cottage Needleworks has become a favourite of mine and this year I chose to stitch it once more for my dear friend Kath.

Stitched on 32 count natural belfast with the recommended threads, pom pom trim, rustic bells and a hanger made from the same fabric as the backing.

Have a wonderful Sunday xxx
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