Monday, January 16, 2017

FNSI..the first one for 2017!!

Yes that's is on this Friday.. the first FNSI for the year, so, to sign up, head on over to Wendy's blog... Sugarlane Designs .....and then start thinking of what you can work on!!

Monday, January 2, 2017

SSCS received

Well here it is 2017 already.  I am over in Sydney visiting Mum and head back to NZ next sure has been warm here, not what I am used to at all.
I joined in for Chooky's SSCS swap again for Christmas.  I received my gorgeous gifts from Fiona of Bubzrugz blog..a lovely ornament and table runner to treasure..they are absolutely fabulous..
Apologies for the odd sized photos..the first 2 should be smaller and the table runner bigger but I am having big issues using Blogger on my iPad (since I updated the operating system..wish I hadn't). Will have to wait till I go home to fix the meantime here are my lovely gifts..

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Last night for FNSI...I worked a little more on my bobbin lace..I have taken some of the pins out so that I can see the design starting to emerge..
And then I completed the first monthly block for the  $25 quilt project 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Yesterday was Bobbin Lace Group day

Twice a month the little bobbin lace group I belong to meets on a Saturday. Yesterday was the day.  So armed with my bobbins, thread, lace pillow and a new pricking (pattern) off I went.
Several of the ladies in the group have already made this pattern for a mat so I was able to glean plenty of help and advice as I got started.
 I started with a very full box of bobbins and by the time I had wound the thread on for the new project there were very few left in the container.
This is the beginning of the central piece and later there are 2 borders to add on.  So after a good morning's work and a little time after lunch as well, here is what I achieved for the day..the stitch holders are to keep the bobbins together when I am not working on it.
..I .will have to see how much further I get before the next get together at the beginning of November.

Sunday, October 9, 2016


I spent a lovely afternoon with my stitching friends who meet each Friday afternoon.  With it being school holidays I was able to be there for the whole afternoon, not just calling in after school as I usually do.
 I have been knitting a dishcloth (yes a little late to the making of dishcloths compared with others) ...a friend gave me the pattern and a ball of cotton to use..all I had to do was get out some needles and knit.  So for FNWF I managed to finish it off, not too bad I think for someone who has not done a lot of knitting.  Now to look for some other patterns to try as I don't need the good light for knitting that I would for stitching...

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Is it Spring? and FNWF

Well it is supposed to be Spring but the weather is so changeable from day to day...we have had misty days where the mist has clung to the hills and above the harbour...sunny days with a cold wind blowing..and today it is a grey, rainy day..I wonder what tomorrow will bring???
Still with Spring comes blossom on the trees and lovely spring flowers..and an icecream from the Rob Roy Dairy after a drive at the weekend, best value in town..yum..caramel fudge this time.

It is the first Friday of the month this week and so it is time for ...
                                     Everyone is WelcoMe
sign up over at Cheryll's

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

I am still here..

Time seems to have slipped by and it is a lot longer since my last post than I thought.  It's been a busy term, beginning and ending with one of those lurgies which has been doing the rounds over here..ERO (somewhat similar to the school inspectors) came midterm and so my stitching has suffered from a lack of mojo and time.
I do have a few things to catch up on including my trip up to Ashburton, at the end of August, to take a class with Katrina Hadjimichael when she was over here in New Zealand.  An absolutely fabulous weekend.
Well probably the best thing for me to do is...make a list ...of everything that I need to get on with in my stitching..will see how successful I am..
Back soon with some photos and a post on  my class with Katrina.