Sunday, November 23, 2014


Well FNSI saw me take some time, for myself, to do some more secret sewing  so I can't show too much but....I may or may not have been using some fabrics from this selection...
It was a change to have a break from this 2.5 inch high stack of papers.. 
yes, it's been end of year report writing time and in this stack are the subject reports for my class..all printed ..1 page per subject and there are 9 pages per student at the moment..I have been proofreading all the pages-some I have written and some have been done by other subject teachers ... then  writing a final comment  for each front page..and now they will be off to our Year 7 dean tomorrow for her to sign.. then on to the I going to be glad to pass them on.. I can get back to sewing at night...just for a change..

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It's out with the old...

My poor old lamp has finally had fell apart the other night as I was sewing at night.  The lights on my sewing machine just don't do it at night so an extra light is a must..

I already knew that  'white' light suited me better than the yellowish glow of this old halogen lamp when it fell apart it was the perfect time to say goodbye to it and go shopping for a new one...there was not a lot of choice in town but this is the one I came home will get a good trial this week as I work on finishing a few things...well that is the plan after I finish writing some school reports ..

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Im back.... with FNWF

After a few weeks of blogging silence, I'm back to share what I worked on Friday night.  I had the writing stitched before Friday and did all of the rest on Friday night and did my fingers notice all that stitching!!  I had a bit of trouble focusing at one stage so a little closing of the eyes and I was back into it.  Saturday saw me putting on the borders and then starting to do a little quilting.....this one is for me...unlike the other secret sewing that I have been doing....
                         pear tree in the garden so I looked for something else and chose this one..

Saturday, October 18, 2014


My FNSI night was spent making a 'ratbag'.  DD2 is going to a themed fancy dress for her friend's birthday...she is going as Princess Bubblegum ( from the Adventure Time cartoon) She made the outfit and then just needed a pet rat to complete it and that is what I ended up doing for her.  So not finding a pattern I had to make one with a bit of trial and error and a few sheets of paper...and it ended up being a combined rat and bag so a phone and small purse could fit is the end result..and it had to be these colours in this order... 


Monday, October 6, 2014

Friday Night With Friends

A little late in posting about Friday Night...a busy weekend not all spent with needle in hand..there was some handstitching on Friday night and then I cut out all the pieces needed to start working on an embroidered workbasket that was in an Inspirations Magazine.  One of the ladies in our little lace group had made one last year and so two of us decided that we would like to make it as well.
I managed to find a copy of the magazine and have been meaning to start it all year.  
When I was at our lace group 2 weeks ago I saw how much the other lady had made ..eeeek... I need to get myself going on here is the photo of the workbasket from the magazine,,the pattern piece for the outside and the threads I am using..I'm using DMC as that is all I could get now I need to trace all those lines on 6 pieces for the outside parts first...and start the backstitch..
The weather has been up and down here..on Saturday we woke to light snow on the hills and some on the ground and a chilly day..on Sunday we basked in the top temperature for the country..a 'balmy' 20 degrees...but sad to say today has been cold and wet with hail showers..still life isn't too least we don't live in Auckland where many people have been without power since early Sunday morning...not good enough...

Sunday, September 21, 2014


On Friday I joined in with lots of other stitchers for FNSI.  I continued to work on a secret project that is in these colours..There will be a reveal of the whole project soon..
And here are some little Christmas decorations that are now all finished and ready for my little tree..

Friday, September 12, 2014

Spring Blooms...

..not from my garden though.  One of the ladies in the Friday stitching group (that I get to catch up with after school) had a bucketful that she had picked from her garden..and we all got to take a bunch home with lucky were we..