Sharing the bits and bobs, ins and outs of everyday life. Quilting, cross stitching and embroidery. Home life, family and friends. Good days and bad days- the lot!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Still no luck……oh well.

Thank you to all of those lovely people who gave me suggestions about how to fix my blog and get my blog list back, and to those other lovely people who said they have “no idea”, I’ll say thanks for being honest. I have tried all suggestions and restored the system but have not had any luck so far. I have perused the “help” section of blogger for suggestions but am now waiting for a reply to a question I sent them. Fingers crossed.

In the meantime it’s been a busy time in the household. Bill and his sisters have been busy cleaning out his Mum’s house and that has bought back memories for them all. MIL was a hoarder having lived through times where you kept EVERYTHING because you just never know when you may need it again. Also when her two sisters when into rest homes she stored all of their furniture that had been Grandma’s and Great Grandma’s cause of course it was always passed on throughout the families and she hadn’t wanted to get rid of anything whilst they had been alive. Needless to say MIL never got rid of anything. Well it’s going now!

Bill bought home the things that I had made for his Mum.

I cross stitched this for Mother’s Day 1994…….

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this one in 1999 for her 70th birthday……

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and I made her this quilt in 2009 for her 80th.

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I was so thrilled with this quilt. When Bill bought it home he said it was folded on top of the blanket box in her bedroom. She was so pleased when she was given it she told them she didn’t want to dirty it or get anything on it (she suffered from psoriasis very badly over her whole body) so she had folded it to look at. When we gave it to her I told her it could all be washed easily and that it was made for her to use, but obviously she couldn’t do it, how sweet is that!

Anyway these are now here at home, the cross stitches hanging in our hallway with the ones I did for my Mum and the quilt will eventually end up on the end of one of the beds.

I was also extremely lucky to be given MIL’s over locker. My babylok had died and Bill’s sisters both have one so I was the recipient of hers. Yah!! (I am a bit OTT regarding neatened seams).

Hugs in stitching, Deb x

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HELP……. technophobe in the house!

Hi all, I am hoping there is someone out there who may be able to assist me in this dilemma I have. Those of you who have been to my blog before will know that I have titivated it up just before my posting yesterday. Well as much as I love the new template I got from The Cutest Blog on the Block, I have lost my blog list which I follow.

I went into the the layout part of Blogger to add the Blog List again and tried to get my blog list to show again but no matter what I do it’s not going to happen for me.

I even thought I’d remove the new template and go back to a background change as always…. nah that’s not going to work either so CAN ANYONE HELP PLEASE?

Hugs for me at the moment but unable to hug anyone else!

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Time has flown.

Wow, I know it’s been absolutely ages since I posted. A lot has been happening since then. We have shifted out of our rental and are now back home! It is wonderful to be here but I must admit it’s only been the past week that we have not had builders or painters here. When they signed our house back to us we had to go around checking it was all acceptable and looking for things that may need doing.

There were people from the insurance company, from the construction companies and Bill and I. Seven of us in all going around the house looking for things. Bill and I didn’t have much idea what we were looking for but boy those other guys did. The Project Managers presented the construction company with two A4 sheets of SNAGS (as they called them) or things to be done (as we called them). It was fabulous, they were so fussy.

Anyway the garage floor was finally epoxied and painted and the new french doors put in and the painting all finished last week. I can’t show you any photos yet, I have to clean the windows in and out and finish putting up the curtains etc until I will show you anymore.

Now what else? Oh yes about a month after we were back home we sadly had to say goodbye to our gorgeous “Frank”.

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It was really hard to say goodbye, he was a special wee man. We didn’t know what we would do and if we would get another furbaby or not. BUT then we saw this little bundle on Cat Rescue…..

Ron Walters and we knew he had to be ours. He was 14 weeks old when we had him join the family. He has been named “Ron” after Ron Weasley, Harry Potter’s friend (with the ginger hair) because of his colouring and of course he now has a brother “George”, our dog. This is him now, sound asleep.

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Craft wise I have managed a couple of finishes. A quilt for Beth’s birthday. Shabby fabrics with candlewick squares, backed in a thick fleece and button tied.

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I also made this primitive scissor keep / pin cushion for a friend.

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So at least I have something to show you! Better than normal.

We had a new great niece arrive in the world last Monday from the Walters side of the family. She is the first great grandchild for Bill’s Mum. Sadly though Bill’s Mum passed away last Thursday. She did see a photo of Ellie but by Monday the stroke she had suffered had left her unable to speak. Thankfully her illness was brief. It was all very bittersweet. Bill’s Mum was a wonderful woman and she will be missed enormously by her family. The circle of life……

Hugs in stitching, Deb.


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Tis the Season………

…..but not in our house this year. In fact I could go as far as saying that this year I am becoming a bit of a Christmas Grinch. Those who know me know how much Christmas means to me and that I normally put up our tree the last weekend of October which is a long weekend here in NZ. I always put it up so early because I love to look at it for as long as possible. Having said that once Christmas is over that tree is a coming down!

Anyway we are still in the rental house and are not due back in our own home until the 20th December, so by the time we found all our Christmas things amongst the boxes needing to be unpacked……… well you get my gist, it’s just easier to be a no go this year.

Not good for the spirit! I don’t care about the gifts, my main thoughts are the joy that Christmas brings and of course the Christmas dekkies, oh yeah AND all the Christmas music (CD’s packed aren’t they!) all help bring that joy amongst the family and the smiles of the friends when they come to visit.

Thankfully we have some wonderful friends with whom we have been invited as a family to spend Christmas dinner and we will have a great time with them, cause we always do, so even though our tree isn’t up we are getting to share a tree with our surrogate family. Thanks guys!

I have been doing a bit of xmas sewing. I stitched two Santa designs onto waffle tea towels for gifts and also made bunting for our friends house.

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I have also been sewing curtains for the bedrooms at home as it was the perfect opportunity as I had the time since still not working. I have even had some UFO’s out and trying to finish them.

As I said we shift back into our house in 2 weeks- hallelujah! The past 17 weeks have ended up much more stressful than we anticipated. All of us have struggled, even poor Frank (cat) who ended up at the vets for 6 days due to a blockage in his bladder which the vet said was caused through stress. He was very, very sick, the poor wee man but he has come through it all and is now well.

So the house is looking amazing and it will all be worth it in the end! I can’t wait until I am able to take photos on our return to share with you all.

hugs in stitching, Debs xx

Monday, October 21, 2013

House progress and stitching

Things are progressing along with our house repairs. The house has been lifted and this week the ring foundation is due to be replaced. The photos below are from a couple of weeks ago when they were starting to lift the house. Now the boxing is in and metal supports around ready for old concrete to be removed and new concrete to be filled.

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This photo below shows the level of liquefaction underneath the house. The builders will be digging this all out for us thankfully. We had no idea how high it had come up.

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Whilst living in the rental and not working I have managed to get some stitching done. I’m not sure how I am going to finish off my Christmas bits as we won’t be decorating for Christmas this year because we will only be back into our house on the 20th December.

I am pleased with my sampler and think I may put this in a frame for our lounge.

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This one below is a sneak of a project I am doing with some wool. I forgot how lovely wool is to work with and will show you more when the person this is intended for has opened it.

And the photo below that is another sneak of the project I have been making with Sarah Fielke fabrics that I posted about a couple of posts ago. Also more will be revealed at a later date.

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Thinking of all our lovely bloggy friends dealing with the fires in Australia at present. It must be so terrifying for you. Praying you are all safe.

Debs xx

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Another goodie made.

Good Morning all and how are we all this morning?

Guess what, I think my mojo has returned  WAHOO!! Can you believe it. I have no idea where it has been , well actually I do , but anyway I an just enjoying it’s return for now and hoping it maybe here to stay, if not we’ll just roll with the punches.

Yesterday I went for a drive with a girlfriend to visit another friend who has shifted out to the country as they lost their beautiful home overlooking Lyttelton harbour in the earthquakes. This is really sad, as this home was such a special home built with such special memories.

Anyway so out we went, no rally driving just tikki- touring along enjoying the spring day. I so love this time of year. We arrived at the farm to meet all of the chooks and sheep and the new lambs of which twins were born last night so we missed that excitement. The surroundings bought back very precious memories for me of spending time with my Nana on the farm at weekends. I had forgotten how much I loved it, the air and the smells-gorgeous. Dee and Pete had had some trees blow down with a recent storm we had and their back yard smelt of Christmas, it was heavenly.

I had made a wee gift for Dee for her new home. Dee LOVES orange and retro.

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This is the runner I made her. She loved it and boy if fitted in to her home no problems.

So the next on my list of makings are sleeping bags for Barbie’s and a couple of wee snuggle blankies for Barbie’s owner.

Ta ta for now, hugs in stitching, Debs


Friday, September 20, 2013

Would you look at this!

I went to visit a very close girlfriend today to take her morning tea and her birthday present. I’ve decided as we get into our 50’s, we should celebrate the occasion more so Philippa and normally have lunch or do something like morning tea. It so nice to make each other feel good.

So much has been happening with both of us of late that I haven’t managed to physically see her since my birthday in July, so she  presented me with a birthday gift also. Boy it arrived all wrapped in beautiful red and white polka dot paper which I tried so hard not to rip when unwrapping it, BUT THEN …………

Teapot Wall Clock

OMG is this not stunning or what? A GORGEOUS polka dot clock for my kitchen wall. It will look stunning when we shift back into our house. All of the walls are going to be a cream throughout the house and in the kitchen the accents are of course, red and white spots.

To say I was thrilled is putting it mildly. I am in love!!!

This is another couple of progress shots of the house repair. The first shot below, is looking from our study through the hall and out the window in our bedroom.

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This is my poor old sewing room below, just think how amazing it will be when all new again.

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And this photo shows you a sneak peek of what I did with my Sarah Fielke fabrics from my last post. They look gorgeous and I’m very proud as they are all needle turned. I can only show little bits of this project though, its a gift.

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Okay all have an amazing weekend,

Hugs in stitching , Debs xxd