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Monday, June 9, 2014

Chooky’s Shedversary weekend.

Well it’s been a week now since Chooky’s weekend where we all stitched with her to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the Chookshed. So I thought I had better pull finger and quickly get a post up, although since I have become a bit of a slack blogger I don’t think many people read my blog anymore, oh well I’ll still do it.  (I think its Facebook and Instagram which makes our blog posts become less.)

So on the Friday evening I managed to finish this stitchery “Live Simply” from Leanne’s House. I did it just in black and red as I am going to make it into a cushion for the couch and these are the dominant colours I wanted.

live simply

Then somehow I got these two pairs of work trousers slipped onto my lap to get hemmed. So that I did and I’ll count it as an achievement since it was sewing.

trouser mend

And to finish the weekend I was stitching this pattern “Pansy Cottage” from Rosalie Quinlan which we got at our Indulge in Stitches weekend. I managed to complete the stitchery last Thursday evening. I really enjoyed using the Cottage Garden thread as it really showed up beautiful when using chain stitch and satin stitch.

pansy cottage

So that was my weekend’s achievements. Thanks Chooky for giving us the excuse and kick that was needed to get going!

Hugs in Stitching, Deb x

Saturday, May 31, 2014

A long weekend and a time to party.

Hi all, well its a long weekend here in NZ for Queen’s Birthday so the perfect time to join Chookyblue in her Chookshed for a party.


I didn’t know if I would make it or not as a few things were popping up but at about 3pm this afternoon my rear hit the couch and the stitching came out and I was off. Hopefully I will get some stitchings completed to show you when I return. My main aim to get something completed that I can show from my weekend last week in Adelaide, at Indulge in Stitches.

So mustn’t keep dribbling on here, must away and stitch. See you all when I report back. Hoping you all have heaps of fun celebrating with Chooky!

Deb x


Friday, May 16, 2014

Catch Up Time……..


Okay so it’s time for a quick catch up in this little corner of blogland. What have I been up to?

Sewing- I have been pottering. Doing some cross stitching, some stitching of a pattern of Leanne’s House, making some pants and I have also stitched 3 of these wonderful Zippy Pouches.  I am hooked on these, they will be so useful.

zippy pouch 1

Easter weekend we had amazing weather here. I had organised an Afternoon tea party for some close friends and we had a wonderful time. The table was full of yummy food, far too much as always. We had a couple of Easter bonnets but I have only shown you a photo of one as I hadn’t asked the other friend if I could use it so I won’t put it on the blog because she is wearing it in the photo.


Goodies of happiness have also ended up in our home. This beautiful cotton holder was my MIL’s and just had to come on home I loved it so much.

cotton holder 1cotton holder 2

This amazing embroidered bedspread is something which DH’s Grandmother made. It is incredible. There are different patterns in the squares and it is such a treasure. I have been so lucky to have totally different tastes to my SIL’s as these treasures meant nothing to them.

Grandmas bedspread

I was also extremely lucky to get some crocheted milk jug covers and doilies. Also some amazing linen cloths which are transferred but not embroidered so hopefully I will get time to make a start on those.  There were so many wonderful linens, including some beautiful partially embroidered aprons but I had to be realistic because I knew if I bought them all home they just wouldn’t get finished and my DD is not a crafter. I did get about 30 balls of beautifully crochet cotton and there were still probably 100 balls left.

MIL and her sister’s were the most amazing crafters, embroiderers, seamstresses and knitters. They tried anything new and if one of them did it the other two followed. There was so much of everything that DH and his sisters had donated bagful's  all over town to different groups.

And to finish off this post I must tell you that this time next week a friend and I are winging our way to Adelaide in South Australia to spend a wonderful weekend in the Barossa Valley stitching and having lots of fun and making new friends. It is going to be fantastic and is being hosted by Robyn Welsh of Country Hart Designs and the other designers going to be there are Rosalie Quinlan and Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly. So we two girls from Christchurch, NZ are going to have a ball and no doubt you will hear all about it sooner or later.

Happy in Stitching, Debs. x

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……

Bills Mum and Ron 029

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

Bills Mum and Ron 027

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”.

Frank sept 2013

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.

Ron sleeping

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.

Beth's quilt 2014

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

Stacey Nash Pincushion adaption 2Stacey Nash Pincushion adapted

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