Monday, May 21, 2018

F is for Friend


Last week I caught up with Clare and she gave me the most gorgeous belated birthday present - well worth the wait!



You might recognize this as a project by the Heartstring Samplery, and it was an exclusive design for the Silver Needle's Stitching Circle of Friends club. I didn't join this last round but Clare has continued with the club.

I just love it! Clare has finished it so beautifully too.


Clare also included a little Seam-fix which she bought on her trip to the US late last year and the most loveliest pattern by Lynette Anderson. I'll be on the hunt now for some suitable fabrics for this cute organiser! So spoilt, thanks again Clare xx

See you soon xx


Friday, May 18, 2018

More Socks

Another sock wip finally finished - these are the socks I started on Christmas Day 2017. They caused me a few headaches, I think I restarted them about four times! 


All the details:

Pattern: "Twas the Night before Christmas by Danielle Jorge, Little Bobbins Knits
Yarn: Red Browed Finch by Circus Tonic Handmade
Needle Size: 2.5m
Size: M

And then it was straight onto the next sock project -



This pattern is Drippity Drop Socks by Kay F Jones, so pretty.

See you soon xx

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Birthday Celebrations for Hannah

Last week Hannah turned ten years old and as part of her birthday festivities, we spent the previous weekend in Taupo with some of our family and friends.

We left home Friday evening after swimming and work, and it's about a 2 1/2 hour drive north. We were treated to a gorgeous sunset as we were heading into Napier.


For this weekend away, we stayed at Taupo's Debretts Resort and Spa where there's accommodation, hot pools, a spa, cafe and fun activities for the kids including a huge bouncy pad.

We hit the pools straight away, good to have a soak at the end of a long day.




The next morning after breakfast and another swim at the pools, it was time for us to head into town to check out the Saturday morning markets and a wander around the shops. It was a fairly bleak day, grey and cold and the lake was as flat as a pancake!


Glenn and Jess decided to try their luck at the Hole in One platform, no joy though ha ha.






Then it was back to the Resort for the rest of the day, making the most of all the facilities.


This is the little bungalow we stayed in, very cozy.


Looking down at the hot pools and hydroslides.


Donna made Hannah a cake - the kids were very impressed and believe it not it is made out of rice bubbles, the breakfast cereal.




After another swim early Sunday morning it was time for us to pack up and head home.

It was a glorious day in Napier, sunny and warm so we stopped at our favourite place in Ahuriri to have an ice cream by the sea.




On Monday morning, Hannah was up bright and early to open a few special pressies and then it was off to school for the day.


We had a lovely dinner with Hannah's grandparents, cousins, aunty and uncles:



Followed by birthday cake -



I still can't believe that Hannah is now 10! My youngest niece Sally also celebrated her birthday last week, her birthday is the day after Hannah's and she is now seven. Gosh the years go by fast!

See you soon xx

Monday, May 07, 2018

Now 10


On Wednesday 7th May, 2008 at 8.42 am, a precious little girl, Hannah May, joined our family and now today that sweet little baby girl is turning 10!


I can't believe how fast those ten years have gone by and we couldn't be prouder of our girl - a smart, polite, funny, caring and beautiful young lady. Happy birthday sweet Hannah May, 10 years old xxx

Friday, May 04, 2018

Very Vanilla Socks


Finished recently, these Very Vanilla Socks are my first socks knitted with circular needles!  I did start off with double pointed needles on these but I decided to have a go with circulars. I found a couple of how to video's on You Tube and away I went! 

Now I think circulars are definitely my preference to use for knitting socks, I have ChiaGoo Red Lace Stainless Steel fixed circulars with an 80 cm/32 inch cable which I purchased from Vintage Purls here in New Zealand. They are great to use.

So all the details for these socks:

Details: Very Vanilla Socks by Jo-Anne Kilm
Yarn: Puddle Duck by Straycat Socks
Needle size: 2.5mm
Size: Medium

See you soon xx

Thursday, May 03, 2018

From the Weekend

At long last I've finished the two pairs of socks I've had on the go since the star of the year - photos to come. I found some yarn in my stash to start another pair, Drippity Drop Socks by Kay F Jones on the weekend.


This skein of yarn is by Knitcola, and is a NZ merino 4 ply.

I've had this little bag pattern printed off for ages and decided to have a go at making it using some of the fabric I bought back in March.


It turned out smaller than I had thought it would but the construction was pretty straight forward so I think I'll have a go another time and enlarge the measurements for the fabrics. I'd also probably use some flusible fleece to make the sides a bit more stiffer.


A wet day on Sunday saw me in the kitchen, getting some back to school baking done for the week's lunches and to go into the freezer. We also enjoyed our first lot of homemade vegetable and bacon soup for autumn, delicious.

I made Fiona's banana and chocolate muffins, recipe is here:

I also made an apple and chocolate chip cake for dessert, and a simple feijoa cake.

I had a book voucher left from Christmas so I recently purchased the latest Nicky Pellegrino book:


Nicky Pellegrino is a New Zealand author and has been a favourite of mine for many years. This book was a great read, there are lovely recipes in it too.

See you soon xx

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Feliz Navidad - Blackbird Designs


Last week I finished this gorgeous sampler, Feliz Navidad by Blackbird Designs. When this chart was released, I knew it would be a must stitch for me - the colours and the pretty alphabet I just loved.



I stitched this sampler with all the recommended threads (Weeks Dye Works) and used 36 ct Legacy by Picture this Plus fabric.  This design is number 2 in the Christmas Sampler series by Blackbird Designs.

See you soon x

Friday, April 27, 2018

Arrivals

I decided to treat myself to a few new charts recently, more for my Brenda Gervais collection and another by the Heartstring Samplery, which I've liked for some time. Also, some much needed threads and a few cuts of fabric were also ordered.


Last Saturday, Glenn, Hannah and I went out for the day, starting with a visit to the annual Bookarama. This is put on every year by one of our local service groups, with the funds raised being distributed to other community groups. I was very happy to collect this pile, with each one costing only $1.00 - $3.00 NZ each.


Glenn and Hannah also both picked up a bag of books each too, so our book case is now filled with lots of great reading for over the winter months.

See you soon x

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sampler Hare


A recent finish is this little cutie by La-D-Da, Sampler Hare. My friend Clare had given me the pattern and kit for a birthday gift last year and I started it straight away. But for some reason or another I never finished it.

A few weeks ago, around about Easter time, I pulled it out from my stitching basket and finished the stitching part. Then it was a matter of sewing it all together, all the supplies apart from the stuffing were included and the instructions were pretty straight forward to follow. The most fiddly part was getting some stuffing into the ear lol.  The little tail was made by pulling threads from the cross stitch fabric.

There is now another companion bunny for this one, Sweet Pea, which I'll have to buy sometime.

See you soon xx

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 see 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
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