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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.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Calling all helpful bloggers......

High-dee-high readers (I hope I have some, lol)
This is just a quick post as I would like to ask your help.
Around Christmas time I read a blog from a beautiful lady and it really touched my heart but I can't for the life of me remember the name of the blog. I am sure someone else will know it also.
In the post I read, the lady had posted the most truly amazing photos of how her house had been decorated at Christmas. There were lots and lots of rooms, all decorated, all with Christmas trees and one of the rooms had the most beautiful mantelpiece where the stockings were all hung. The mantel was white and her very clever husband had made it for her. He is so clever, it was AMAZING.
As you can tell I was in awe of this lady and her husband.
Also she told us how her husband got dressed as Father Christmas and surprised the neighbours children, such lovely and such generous souls.
I left a comment on her blog and got a lovely reply but now I can't find her again and she has left me wanting to keep up with her blog.
So if anyone can help me find this kind and generous lady and her husband I would be so grateful.
Thank you all sweet people.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Finish number 1

Well thankfully no 1 "to do" is completed and in time also. This is what I have named "It's going to be a girl" quilt, for a friend of DD's.
So the next "To Do" which is actually done also is my Valentine's day swap but that's a secret so I can't show you any of it yet.
Now for the next couple of days I will be just doing some gentle cross stitch as my neck and shoulder are playing up a bit after all my sewing and then come Monday I will be into the first wedding quilt. I managed to find perfect fabrics last weekend when out and about so no excuses!

Monday, January 12, 2015

I've taken the pledge for 2015

It's time to take the pledge........  MAKE THE 7 STEP PLEDGE
I Deb, will try my utmost ;

To always swap on time.
To always email a thank you to my partner.
To be considerate and thoughtful when choosing a gift.
To give my partner the quality of gift that I would like to receive.
To communicate when it's required.
To NEVER over commit and let a partner down.
To advise the Swap Mama when I receive my gift.
This I sewomly pledge....

Friday, January 9, 2015

One week down already

Well hello there and how are you all this lovely evening my dear readers?
Don't you just love "Miranda" on television? I absolutely adore her and she never ever fails to bring a smile to my face. I watched her final two television shows the other night and thoroughly enjoyed them. I am so sad that she is no longer do her television shows but so thrilled they ended on a wonderfully happy note. Good luck Miranda Hart in whatever you decide to do in the future.

Since I last wrote my life has become extremely busy sewing wise. I have joined into a Valentine's Day Swap and have been busily working away on that for my swap partner. It was nice to put my brain into gear with a different project.

I have been asked by "the girl" if I will make a baby kick quilt for a friend of hers "but don't worry Mum the baby shower isn't until the 17th Jan". Okay Beth no pressure.

Then having said I will make a quilt for a niece & her fiance for their wedding in September, I have been asked by the nephew and his fiance if I would make them a quilt for their wedding also which is February 27th. I hadn't thought to offer to them as they said they were saving up for a beautiful oak bedroom suite and asked if everyone could contribute to that. Deep down I am thrilled to be making it as I really hate giving money for weddings (although I do understand why people do).

So having looked all through google and pinterest this is the quilt they have chosen. It is by
They are sticking to these colours as they have decorated their home in greys and naturals. I think it will suit their home and who they are exceptionally well. So watch this space.

Now below is a photo of my one and only pavlova that actually turned out well. I have terrible luck making pavlova's but this one was yummy. Crunchy with a marshmallow centre, mmm. And of course the obligatory berries (blackberries and raspberries) on the top with a smashed up Crunchie bar.

Okay hope all is well for everyone, I'm off to the sewing room.