Friday, January 13, 2017

Two Finishes from 2016

Later today we are heading off on the second part of our summer holiday, a few days away with my parents, niece Zoe and my cousin Donna and her boyfriend at one of the local beaches. It's my lovely Dad's 65th birthday today so there will be celebrations tonight with a nice dinner, a few glasses of bubbles and of course, birthday cake. I've packed plenty of books, magazines, some stitching and knitting as there's no TV or internet, so its going to be a very relaxing and chilled out few days. If it stays hot like it has been this week then most of the days will be spent on the beach, swimming and exploring the rock pools.

I've spent a bit of time this week sorting through some patterns, threads, etc trying to make a plan for the next few months with my stitching projects and other crafts. Stitching wise, as much as I'd like to get on with some new projects I do have a few that need to be finished from last year, the Lizzie Kate Jingles, and one that has been on the go for a few years now, Yuletide Welcome by Plum Street Samplers. 2017 Christmas ornaments will be started in February.  

For my knitting plans, I have a pair of socks on the go from the end of last year, these are to be a birthday gift in early February. Due to a bit of a splurge from the Wool Warehouse in the UK, I have several skeins of lovely sock yarn that I'm intending to knit up this year. I also purchased another one of Lucy Attic 24's colour packs to make myself a crochet blanket, will probably start this at the beginning of our autumn, and some more Stylecraft yarn to make a crochet blanket for a friend's new baby.

As I was putting away some threads and patterns from last year's stitching I realised that I hadn't shared a pic of this Lizzie Kate I stitched back in October.

I'm planning to make this into a project bag of some sort.

Another recent finish, just before the end of 2016, was this lovely stitch by Country Cottage Needleworks.

I loved stitching this cute design - this will probably be make into a little Christmas pillow.

See you soon x

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Summer Holidays

Every year, just after New Year's, we head north to one of our favourite NZ holiday destinations, Taupo. We stay at a lake front hotel, nothing flash, but it has everything we need, including great views of the lake and close to town.

This year the weather wasn't as good, or as warm as previous years, we arrived to rain and a cold wind, but we did get one or two nice days. There are so many activities to do and attractions to see in Taupo, many we have done on previous holidays. 

This time some of the things we did were: visited the Prawn Park for an afternoon of prawn fishing, played mini putt by the lake, went to the night carnival, had Chinese takeaways by the lake, and spent an afternoon at Kinloch but I didn't brave a swim in the lake, it was far too chilly for me!


We also tripped over to Rotorua for the day, its just under an hours drive further north and went for a ride on the Skyline Gondolas.

Fabulous views out over Rotorua everywhere you looked.

At the top of the Gondolas there is a Jelly Belly shop, where Hannah got a few treats.

The rest of our time was spent swimming at the AC Baths, eating out at some of our favourite restaurants, browsing the shops, and relaxing at our motel unit.

We are already looking forward our next holiday there in 2018!

See you soon xx

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Special Gifts

Happy New Year dear friends - I hope you have had a great start to 2017 so far. We had a very quiet evening on New Years, a barbeque, a few glasses of bubbles and in bed well before midnight, I don't think we've seen the new year in for quite a few years now.

I was intending to finish off the last of my 2016 Christmas stitching and the wonderful gifts I received on here before we went away on our annual family holiday to Lake Taupo, but didn't quite get there so I will share a few pics today and then be back soon with some snaps from our holiday.

This year I decided to make my friends a Rosalie Dekker stitchery design using these gorgeous doily frames I purchased from the Country Yard. I used a variety of Cottage Garden Threads.

I really enjoyed making these for all the ladies.

I was very spoilt and received some gorgeous crafty and other gifts from my stitching friends.
From Kath, this neat fabric Santa,

Several charts from my wish list, yippee, which to do first?

Some new T2 tea to try, delicious.

From Wendy, this lovely little set for drinking tea

From Clare, this very cute ornament for the tree

and a Gail Pan Pattern and gingerbread ornament.

My friend Elizabeth stitched and finished this little mat beautifully.

She also made a set of felt ornaments for Hannah and I, I just love these.

I am so thankful for my wonderful stitching friends, and I look forward to our stitching catch ups again during 2017.

See you soon x

Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas 2016

Christmas Day 2016 was a super day - we had a wonderful time with our family, lots of yummy food, laughter and fun times.

These crochet Christmas puddings were the last of my 2016 gifts, the last few finished a few days before Christmas. The pattern I used can be found here.

We have a few little family traditions at Christmas time, including hubby taking his girls out to lunch on Christmas Eve,

 new pyjamas for Hannah on Christmas Eve,

and a drive around town looking at Christmas lights.

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

Then it was time to catch up with Glenn's family for breakfast and have another round of opening presents with Hannah's cousins.

The rest of the day was spent at my aunty and uncle's in Palmerston North, where we had a get together with some of my Mum's side of the family.

We had our Christmas meal about 2pm followed by dessert.

The males in my family are not very photo obliging, lol, except for hubby!

Since Boxing Day, the weather has been hot hot hot so we've been spending a lot of time outside and in the pool.

Hannah was just thrilled with the trampoline we got her for Christmas.

 The weather turned showery and cold yesterday so a perfect time to head off to the movies to see "Trolls" which we both really enjoyed, groovy music!

Over the past few days I've also started the annual sort through of cupboards, wardrobes, etc and this afternoon the Christmas decorations have been put away.  DH has been busy working outside on his latest project, a new pergola by our swimming pool.

In a few days time we head away on our annual trip to Lake Taupo, which we're all looking forward to so much. Hannah is all set with her new rash suit and board!

I'll be back soon to share some of the lovely gifts I received from friends, and also a few gifts I can now reveal.

See you soon xx
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