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..

Monday, September 8, 2014

It's a Mystery..

..quilt project that is..when I saw the post from The Country Yard advertising a stitchery mystery quilt I was was the colours that got me!!
When I got home this afternoon the first package was in the mail..

When I opened it up this  was inside..a beautifully wrapped package....                
which I opened up to reveal this box to put everything in...
and inside it was the fabric for the some of the stitcheries..some Cottage Garden and Aurifil thread ...
..and a needlecase..which was a lovely surprise...
Now I can't wait till the next month's package arrives....

Sunday, September 7, 2014

FNWF and a challenge

Well Friday after work I met up with my stitching friends  to see what they are working on and of course to have a cuppa with them.  So later on I spent a little time on these little circles of felt which need to be finished this week , and then they will be added to the little pillows on my tree.

I joined in to the challenge that Clare of Clare's Craftroom organised for August.  These were the 2 photos that Clare emailed to me for inspiration...
 I focused on the basket and the colour.  I like basket blocks and so I made up one block..was going to make more but no time this month.  My little block has ended up as a pincushion which should come in handy..


Thursday, September 4, 2014


A little late in posting a finish for August..the little Christmas stitcheries from a few weeks back hanging on the wooden tree that I made at the 'Christmas group' I go to each month.  The empty spaces are for the rest of the ornaments that are still under construction.
..and I've just seen that it is the first Friday tomorrow so time to sign up for Friday Night With Friends over here