Friday, January 31, 2014

A small finish for January

A little ornament from Marg Low's Christmas Book..just needed some stitching around the outside...done...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

FNSI for January

Last year I bought a copy of this magazine..thinking I could make some of the ornaments throughout the year...

                 it is a long time since I did any cross stitch so I picked up a little piece of fabric on Friday so I had something to start on Friday night..the fabric I picked up was 32ct linen (and I didn't read the pattern to see what I would need first) so before I could get very far with it ..a stronger light and a change of glasses was needed..and this is what I achieved...rather enjoyed it really..

                                Cosy Inn by Little House Needleworks on 32ct linen

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Garden Show on 2GB

Mum's favourite radio station is 2GB.  While in Sydney one of the things we listened to on a Saturday or Sunday morning was the Garden Show..and I jotted down a few tips from Graham Ross.  I thought last Sunday would be the last time I could listen to it till my next trip across the Tasman.  But surprise, surprise I can listen to it on my laptop..isn't the internet a wonderful thing.
Graham has just reminded us it is May Gibb's birthday.  Last year Mum and I visited her home, Nutcote, in Neutral Bay.  It is open to the public and a wonderful view into the past.  It will be a special day there today to remember her birthday.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

New magazine in the mail and a new project for the year...

In the mail today came the latest issue of Quiltmania..

I took out a subscription for the year because my big plan is to make the mystery quilt by Di Ford which will be running throughout the year. This is the first part for the centre.  Now I have the first magazine I will wait for the fabric kit and the other magazines to arrive every 2 months as well.  I hope I am up for the challenge in making it.  Time will tell!!

I am still here in Sydney..or I was on Sunday (blog problem)

and when I got home I decided to change the size of the photo in this post and then when I updated it the date changed to today...I will have to see if I can find out if I can change the date is the original post from Sunday
...I head home to NZ on Monday.  Mum and I have had a great couple of weeks and gee the time has flown by...Mum is not looking forward to me leaving on Monday...
Today we took a trip down to Como to see my cousin..bus and train on the way there and then train/ferry/bus on the way home...2 hours each way, from here on the Northern Beaches..but quite relaxing really and not much time to wait between each leg of the journey..well done Sydney transport!!
We went on a tour of the area and stopped here to admire the view and have lunch.

Well I have added the photo from my IPad and thought I was so clever...until I looked at my blog and it was too big...oh well still some learning to do here!!!  Will have to work it out later.
UPDATE...I waited till I got home and resized the photo using my laptop..still to work out how to do it on the ipad!!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Farewell Australia...yet again...

Once more the trip back to Oz to see Mum has come to an is always hard leaving...but it is back home to New Zealand first thing in the morning...a 6.45 pick up by the shuttle is not all that bad.
It is a warm humid night here and I am a little apprehensive about what it will be like in started raining a few days before Christmas and there would have been about 2 fine days since..the family are sick of of life's mysteries is that it never seems to rain where it is needed.
So it's farewell Australia till the next time...........

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Looking ahead to 2014

HAPPY NEW. YEAR. wishes for 2014....

Thank you for visiting my blog throughout 2013 .....for your friendship via blogging and for the lovely comments you have left for me

I am giving some thought to what projects are going to be on my 'to aim for' list for 2014.  I have a few things in mind that I want to do.

PS..still coming to terms with how to use this iPad..I lost the photo from yesterday and then the whole post so will go search for it and see if I can re-post it