Friday, December 15, 2017

Santa's friend

Some of the ornaments I have stitched on this year have started arriving at their destinations, near and far.  Most years I stitch ornaments all year around so I have a little collection to gift to my family and friends in December but this year for some reason or another, mostly extensive house renovations!!, a lot of these were only stitched in the last few weeks. I'll try and be more organised next year!

Anyways, over the next week I'll be sharing some of my 2017 ornaments.

You may have seen the sweet Lizzie Kate ornament I recently received from Andrea in the UK, well, here is the ornament I sent to Andrea.

This is Santa's Friend by the Snowflower Diaries from the 2016 Just Cross Stitch ornaments magazine. I stitched this on 40 count linen using the recommended threads. 


For the trim I chose some Lady Dot Creations chenille in Sizzle. This trim has become my favourite to use and I have used several colours this year. I purchased several colours and styles from Crazy Annie's.

See you soon xx

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Deck the Halls

This time next week my summer holidays officially begin, yippee! Hannah only has 1/2 day at school left for 2017 today - it's been a busy time for her the past week with a carol service, service assembly and then final assembly at school as well as a few days feeling a bit lousy with bad hay fever . Now she can enjoy the start of her long summer break. Glenn will be on holidays too and this summer we have a trip planned to our favourite holiday spot, a few days in Taupo, followed by a beach holiday. 

Hannah was ready to start decorating for Christmas in November sometime! But we waited until a few weekends ago and then spent a Sunday morning getting our lounge all festive looking. We haven't pulled out all the decorations this year and went with displaying our favourites.

So here you go, please enjoy some of our Christmas treasures:






We have two trees up this year - one for some of the gorgeous stitched and crafted ornaments we have received over the years.

 
and Hannah's tree. I just love the eclectic collection of ornaments on here.


 See you soon x

Thursday, December 07, 2017

December so far

Whew, we're having bit of a heatwave here at the moment, the last few days have been in the 30's C and Tuesday was the hottest day I can remember in a long time.  Considering that just two weeks ago the weather was still very cool, summer has arrived right on time. 

Hannah and I have started the lead up to Christmas with lots of pre Christmas activities and festive fun!

We spent an enjoyable afternoon with my SIL Jude and nieces Alice and Sally watching a local production, Peter Panto.



Great fun - we laughed and laughed, "Oh no he didn't, oh yes he did!" There are some incredibly talented people and children in our little district.

I found some fun Christmas fabric at Spotlight recently so whipped up a new project bag for my stitching and knitting.


Obviously we don't have any chance of snow here at this time of the year, ha ha, but I thought this fabric was so cute.


We have a new addition to our little family Christmas traditions this year. Meet "Elvis" the naughty elf.


So far Elvis has drawn on the bananas in the fruit bowl, been found reading Harry Potter to the dollies, he sent Hannah on a candy cane hunt, was wrapped up in the fridge one morning (to cool off as he's not used to this hot weather!) and this morning he'd left his own shopping list to add to our grocery shopping. I'm sure there'll be more hi jinx to come!

I had a lovely day out to Napier last Friday with my co workers. This has become an annual event and we all have such a good time together. It was a beautiful sunny day up there and it was lovely sitting at Starbucks on the Marine Parade enjoying a peppermint mocha frappuchino watching everyone go about their day.


Saturday afternoon it was the local Christmas Parade and this is the first time in a few years that Hannah hasn't been involved in any of the floats.


As with previous years, our local firemen had loaded up one of the fire engines with a foam canon which was a big hit with everyone, children and adults alike,especially since it was a stinking hot afternoon.





Our community Christmas tree was also put up over the weekend and Hannah was able to find the decoration she had made a few weeks ago at the local A & P show.



2017's Santa photo.


We've also been along to the movies to see "Kiwi Christmas", a family movie about Santa running away from the North Pole and coming to NZ for a holiday! It was a total crack up, with a few sad bits too.


This year Hannah's school formed a little junior choir for the first time in many years. For the past few months they have been practicing really hard and last week they had their very first performance for parents, grandparents, etc. It was so sweet and they put on a wonderful show. I had a tear in my eye the whole time!


See you soon xx

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

From Andrea

 A little parcel arrived all the way from the UK, from another dear stitching friend, Andrea.

This year Andrea sent me a Lizzie Kate ornament, the design is from the 2017 Just Cross Stitch ornaments magazine.

I was so delighted to see it as this was my number one favourite pick from the magazine. I had already decided to stitch it early next year for our tree so now I won't need to!




As always, it has been stitched and finished beautifully.

This is the lovely card Andrea also sent.


This year we have two Christmas trees decorated, one especially for all the handmade ornaments we've been given over the years - photos to come!

See you soonx

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Little Stitcheries


I love it when I discover little projects in my stitchery bag that I'd completely forgotten about - that was the case with these Christmas bon bon ones. I'm not sure if I started them last year, or the year before!




Anyways, they are now finished and have been made into fabric Christmas crackers, ready to be filled with some treats xx

See you soon xx

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

From Carol

My friend Carol and I have been exchanging ornaments for several years now and I was so happy to find a little box from the US waiting for me at home the other day.

Inside was the tiniest little ornament for our tree - I just love it! 


Also, in the box Carol had generously included some treats, which as you can imagine Miss H claimed straight away! The sock yarn is so pretty and I think I will make some Rose Roller socks for Hannah from it.


Not sure when our Christmas Tree will go up this year, or the other decorations due to the renovations but I'm looking forward to popping this on the tree, alongside all the other very precious ornaments I've received from friends and family over the years. 

See you soon xx

Friday, November 24, 2017

This Week

Another week has rolled around and what a busy one it's been.

I've been trying to squeeze in more finishing of my 2017 Christmas gifts. Most years I've worked throughout the year on the finishing side of things but due to our extensive house renovations over the past few months, I've had no space to sit at my sewing machine  until recently. I've just loved working on the items I've made for family and friends and sorry, most of these won't be shown until Christmas :)


Hannah just loves having her face painted and over the past month, she's had it done about three times! My Mum has recently finished working on Saturdays after many years and now she has a free day, she has been taking Hannah to all the fairs and garden expos on around our town.


I haven't been to see a movie for ages and last Saturday Mum, my MIL Heather and I went along to our local movie theatre.

We didn't see this one


but Murder on the Orient Express, which we thoroughly enjoyed - great cast, scenery and costumes.


I've had several of my latest reserves come in at the library so trying to get through a few of these as I've got a pile of books ready for the summer holidays.



I haven't read any Marian Keyes books in quite a few years and this didn't disappoint. This would be a perfect beach read.

Next up, I've been looking forward to Jane Harper's next novel as her first one, The Dry, was my favourite read of 2016. 


Today at Hannah's school is Wacky Hair day, raising funds for new audio equipment for the school hall.



It's a bit hard to tell from the light in our kitchen early this morning, but half of Hannah's hair was sprayed silver, the other half gold. Good fun!

Have a wonderful weekend xxxx

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cottage Flair visit & old wips


As I mentioned yesterday, I visited Cottage Flair in Rotorua last week. This was the first time I'd been to shop where it is based now, in Fenton Street, the previous times the shop was in Ngongotaha. 

It's always been a favourite of mine, years ago this shop was pretty much the only one in NZ that sold any Shepherd's Bush stitching charts & kits :)

Now this lovely shop is filled with gorgeous fabrics and lots of knitting yarn and supplies. I can never resist Christmas fabrics and stitchery patterns!


I'm still working away on some secret Christmas stitching projects but nearing the end of these, I thought it was time to bring out some of my projects that need to be finished.

I last knitted on these socks back in May!


Yuletide Welcome has been an ongoing wip for several years now, every now and then it comes out for a few stitches to go into.


I last stitched on this back in January!  There's not actually that much more to stitch, just the bottom left hand corner and finish the banner part. I have several other little projects that need some attention too and of course, lots of new charts waiting in my stitching basket.

See you soon xx

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Midweek Break

Last week I headed away for a couple of days on a work trip to Taupo.

Apart from one morning of very heavy rain, the weather was just perfect to take in some of the sights.



Huka Falls





                                    

Spotted a tui in a kowhai tree


 Serene Lake Taupo


There was even time for a spot of shopping on Wednesday morning when we headed over to Rotorua  - I may have even done some secret Christmas shopping. We also found the gorgeous patchwork and sewing shop, Cottage Flair. It's been some years since I last shopped there, and I'll share next time the goodies I bought.





I'm already looking forward to our next visit there, in January for our annual summer holiday.

See you soon x

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Knitting for a Friend

A friend asked me a few months ago if I could do some baby knitting to gift to a work friend having twin girls. How could I say no, I love knitting baby items :)

I used double knit 100% pure New Zealand wool for both sets.

This is the Utiku Corriedale yarn from the Wool Company in the Blush colourway.




This is Woolly Jack & Jill, Cloud colour way.



Cardigan and baby hat patterns are found here and here.

Bonnet and booties pattern are here and here.

See you soon xx
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