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Saturday, April 18, 2015


Well it all started with a hiss and a roar and then.......POP!!!!
Yep that's life.
I am now working again (I think I mentioned this), and loving it really, but we are short staffed and have staff away after surgeries, so I feel like I am working everyday God gave us. I'm not, I am having 2 days off a week, but that means I am working full time to help carry the load like everyone in our team and honestly I AM KNACKERED.
So everything has taken a bit of a backseat of late which frustrates the beegeezers out of me. It doesn't look like I will be coming up for much air in the next month or so, but don't panic I am still alive and kicking. I am just thinking of the spending money for when DD and I got to see my big bro and family in Brisbane end of June. It can't come quickly enough. There has to be some perks of working long hours.

So Hi and Bye, love you all,

Sunday, March 1, 2015

1st of March already????

Oh my gosh, where on earth have the days gone? The time seems to be flying by, I can't believe we are into our third month already.

This weekend we had our first wedding of the year. It was such a beautiful day, we were all so lucky. The venue was beautiful, this is the arbour where the young couple were married. In the trees above their were some doves which gave a lovely touch.
Trents Estate Vineyard

This photo is of the drive up to the venue.

This is a photo inside the venue.
Trents Estate Vineyard
The above photos I borrowed from the venue's website so thanks Trent's Estate Vineyard.

The whole day was filled with love which was so sweet. There was the love of the bride and groom which was so obvious it was beautiful. They had known each other since kindergarten and started going out at high school and 17 years later they are now man and wife.

There was the love surrounding the couple from their two families who were overjoyed with the events of the day and how proud they all were of the children. Then there was the love surrounding them all from their friends and they were a fantastic group of young people, you could just see the amazing connections they all had.

They had a photo booth like all weddings seem to these days so here is a sample of DH and I.
All guests were asked to have a photo taken and the happy couple were going to make a guest book from them all.

So apart from the wedding life has been busy. This new job is certainly taking up a lot of time, what's with that??? At the moment I am working full time whilst training but I am going to make sure I say I want only 25-30 hours like I said in the interview. I need time to me and it may have taken me a while to realise it but now I have I am making sure I am doing something about it. I still have to get the happy couple's quilt finished!!!!

So since its been a weekend of family and love.........

Take care dear friends.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine's Day gift received

Hi all, just a quick post to say my Valentine's Day swap gift was received by my partner Elizabeth.
This is what I sent her. A small table topper / tray mat.......
 ...this Gail Pan Stitching folder.....closed
 .....and open. There were some sneaky wee gifts tucked in the pockets.
And the really funny thing was Elizabeth made exactly the same Gail Pan pattern for her swap partner. Great minds as they say....

And just because I can I had to add this gorgeous wee photo that I sent a special friend on Valentine's Day. Thanks for being you Gwendolyn. xx

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day.....

So how many of us actually celebrate Valentine's Day? Do you and your loved ones, or do you think like me that having just one special day to say "I love you" isn't often enough. It's always a good gentle reminder and of course if you are in a new relationship then Valentine's is always a day of hope I suppose. Whatever your thoughts may you have a lovely day and tell all your love ones what they mean to you (then again next week and the week after etc).

But anyway I took part in the Valentine's Day swap that Cheryl organised. I can't tell you who my partner was as I'm not sure if they have received my parcel. I only had to send it from NZ to Aussie and I gave it two weeks but you never know with the post these days. I was really lucky to receive my gift from Sue and I am thrilled with it. Here is a photos of my goodies from Sue. 
As you can see, isn't this a beautiful table topper. I know just the most perfect spot for it and it is a spot of love where I have my Mum's precious elephants sitting, so now I will be able to put Mum's photo there also. Also a love Cottage Garden thread and a bag of chocolates which of course didn't last long. Having said that they arrived in our mailbox on a hot day so were starting to melt, so of course needed to be eaten!!
I also got some more lovely mail this week. I love, love, love getting mail. I don't care what it is, I get excited about and Ezibuy catalogue. Sad yes I know. But anyway here's more mail. Another lovely Tilda book to pop on my bookshelf for the day when I have finished everything on my UFO and KNM (kits not made) list.
 I bought these two stitcheries below from a lady on Etsy. She had shown them all stitched in different types of stitches and colours and they were really intense and looked thick and scrummy. Her name was Charlotte Lyons . She had a lovely collection of samplers to choose from.

This little pincushion pattern I got from Karen at Mrs Martins Quilt Shop. Such an adorable wee pincushion I couldn't leave it in Karen's shop, so I said I would join her pincushion club. If they are going to be all like this I can't wait. Such fabulous sizes and will make great gifts.
Now this little photo below will look a bit strange but I must tell you about it. Have you had many flies in your home this year, because there seems to have been more than usual here lately but I was told about this little trick and yes I will admit to thinking yeah right, but it does get rid of flies, it does work.
Just cut a bit of cucumber, place it on a piece of tin foil and apparently the foil has a reaction with the cucumber and whatever it is NO FLIES. Simple or what. I have to put fresh stuff out every 2-3 days.

 And also to report I have achieved one of my goals for 2015. I got a job!!! It's admin/phone work and at the moment its full time for 3-4 weeks because of training. The people are lovely and so helpful. This was my first week and was a bit boring but that was because next week a new system is being launched so we will learn that but that's next week. Eventually I will (hopefully) only be working 3-4 shifts a week which is more than enough for me and it means I can continue to actually have a life. So watch this space and I will keep you up to date as to how its going.

Now a sewing update, not much done but a start on the quilt I am making for our nephew's wedding gift. I am loving the colours together and the randomness of it all is fun. Hopefully will get more sewing done this weekend.
 And as normal to close off here is Ron in the box our new television came in. (I killed the other one when a vase of flowers got knocked over and the water drowned it). He obviously loves hiding in boxes as much as bags.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Swap is posted

Well hello to all my readers (lol, well may 4) and I hope you have all had a good week.
So today these parcels below were posted to my swap partner for the Valentines Swap. Of course trademark spotty paper, couldn't have anything else. Actually I must go and buy some more from the $2 shop, I would hate to run out. So keep your eyes out for the mail ...........

Other than that this week I posted another parcel to a very dear friend in the U.S who has just lost her husband. It is just something I thought may allow her to see a bit of sunshine through her cloudy days at present. My heart feels so sad for her. I dread the day that anything happens like that to me. I would feel lost and alone as DH is my bestie. 

Next week I have plans to start on the wedding quilt. Got all the fabric, got the machine out in the dining room as its easier to sew there, everything else up to date so I can get on to it.

On that note here's the latest photo of Ron. The heat has all been a bit much for a wee pussycat. 
Have a great week.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Secret squirrel

Hello all my lovely readers, thank you for joining me on this beautiful day here in NZ.
Lots of secret squirrel stuff happening this past week so not much in the way of exciting photos to show you. Here are a couple of peeks.

I have decided though that having time to think about things before posting them off is not a good thing. I think I have redone one of my Valentine's swap items three times now. One of those times though was because this little fellow below decided he really liked it and is now walking around the house with a vintage style heart in his mouth. Ron, Ron, Ron!!
How could anyone be angry with this little bundle. He loves sleeping in his shopping bag.
Well better get back to swap version no 4 whatever that might be.................I have a really good idea though and it has nothing to do with anything Ron may like.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Thank you all so much. Blogger found.

Thank you so much to all of those wonderful P.I's out there who put their super sleuth noses to the ground for me and emailed me with the blog name I was looking for.
It was Sandi from Forevermoore blog. I had bookmarked her but when I went back to look at those wonderful christmas displays again I didn't go back far enough - duh!! If you haven't seen Sandi's Christmas displays go and look through her December posts, they truly are amazing.
Thanks again, I feel happy now.