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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thinking ahead and stitching done.

Well there's a lot of thinking going on in this head of mine about my blog. I know I have been neglecting it with very few posts over the past 12 or so months. So I have been thinking that in the New Year it might be time to revamp things, maybe give it a new look, maybe freshen it's name. Hmmmm not sure but I need to do something.
I am hoping I will get some sewing and quilting mojo back next year also. I want to start sewing some clothes again and I have already promised a quilt for a wedding happening in September. I would also like to do some R.A.K's next year, there are so many lovely blogging friends out there who are always available to ask re: quilting problems or lend an ear if need be, it would be nice to surprise them with something unexpected.
So hopefully big plans ahead, I just need to keep the mind clear and bright.
Here are some photos of the latest finished sewing projects.
This is the quilt my daughter made for her partner. This is her first attempt at making a flimsy and I think she did a terrific job, I hope he appreciates it. I know she now appreciates how much work goes into making a quilt as I had her helping me sandwich the quilt on the lounge floor and I got her to remove a few pins because the fabrics weren't smooth and flat. Anyway I helped her out with the quilting and binding of it all.

These two hoops have just been finished tonight and hung. At least I can say I got them finished before Christmas!! lol

So that's it for now. Any ideas for me about my blog I'd love to hear them.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

What a week as we reflect.

As the time gets closer there are so many things we need to be thankful for.
BUT all in all we need to be thankful for our lives and the lives of all we know and those we don't know.

Even though we are all busy we need to STOP and spare a thought for those families around the world who have lost their loved ones through no fault of their own but through living their lives as they normally would. We will never be able to know what they are going through unless we walk in their shoes, we need to be thankful we aren't.
We need to be considerate of those victims who survived these traumatic events. We will never be able to imagine what is going on through their minds. We must help them to understand they are not alone, that they did nothing to contribute to these circumstances.

So sending my thoughts, love and strength even as I shake my head in disbelief that these things could happen.
Hold out your hand if someone needs help and share the joy and comfort of knowing someone cares.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Holiday continued

Hi all,
Well the second half of our trip was a cruise for 12 nights which went around Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
OMGosh, those islands are so beautiful. I thought that the pictures in the brochures and magazines were photo shopped but they aren't. The islands really do look as beautiful as they seem.

The sands were so clean and creamy and the water such a beautiful blue, and warm!
I could just imagine having a holiday at one of these Islands and doing absolutely nothing-bliss.
Noumea in New Caledonia was amazing too. This place is so full of history. We went on a bus trip around the island and the tour guide was incredible. It was a beautiful place for sure. Because Noumea is French and the ship docked on a Sunday unfortunately everything was closed, but it didn't matter as there was so much to look at. The architecture was beautiful. I love this photo I took below.
Then after Noumea it was back to Sydney for 3 days before we came home. Brilliant trip, can't wait for the next.
Now home for nearly 6 weeks and I have still got the horrible bug which I caught on the trip. I thought last week that my laringytis was disappearing but no, back to no voice and once again revolting conjunctivits--hate it!!
Still I have managed to get a bit of stitching done and will show you when finished. I have also managed to read some really good books. These I have really been enjoying. They are mysteries situated in an Amish background. Great easy reads.
Falling to Pieces: A Quilt Shop Murder (Shipshewana Amish Mystery)A Perfect Square (Shipshewana Amish Mystery)
So till next time,

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Going backwards in the year! Yes, I'm a bit slow......

This past week or so I have been looking at photos of things I have made and I have realised that I haven't shown you the finished photo of the quilt I made for Jack for his birthday in July. I had promised Jack an elephant quilt for ages and I was thrilled to bits when it finally had its last stitch added to its binding.
So here it is and yes I am proud of it.

Anyway I promised news about our holiday last month to Sydney, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
We decided to spend 5 days in Sydney before we joined our cruise to the Islands.  Sydney left me speechless. I couldn't believe how many people there were everywhere we went. Bill kept having to remind me that the population of NZ + was the amount of people living in Sydney. We stayed in the central city down by Circular Quay. What a place for people watching, loved it. It was so sad to see so many homeless people on the streets and people begging.
I was amazed at the fact that the men who work in the central city looked really smart. Beautifully dressed, so smart and assured. The women were a bit boring in their clothes which surprised me.
Sydney have the most amazing boutique shops which again left me with my mouth hanging open like someone from the sticks, lol.

Above was only a couple of the shops. There was Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Dior and so many more. They were all stunning shops. And all of the buildings were soooooo tall. You coiuld give yourself vertigo looking up all the time. Not at all like Christchurch after our earthquakes-lol.

We stayed at the Sofitel Wentworth down by the Quay. It was French orientated and everytime you spoke to a staff member it was "Bonjour......" and "Madam", very flash. 
The hotel was promoting the musical Wicked which was playing in town and they had some of the costumes displayed. Sadly I deleted some of my photos accidentally so don't have them to show you anymore but the photos below were a couple of the displays they had in the bar / cafe.
The first one was a tree with champagne glasses hanging everywhere from it............. 
and this one below was a huge display of the beautiful champagne bottles they stocked. They were stunning. 

 The hotel had some shops in its foyer and one of them was a Cafe / Chocolate shop. When you had a coffee you chose a small chocolate to have with it. The choice was rather incredible.

These chocolate shoes were amazing.

We had a great time in Sydney and really enjoyed doing the touristy thing before our cruise. We also did a tour one day of the Hunter Valley Wine Region. It was a fabulous day with much hilarity after sampling just one or two wines  Another day we did a bus trip around Sydney and Bondi Beach. These two guys below were sitting down at Bondi.
I loved, loved , loved the houses in Sydney with all the iron work on the outsides and balconies. A lot of them needed doing up and renovating but once done they would be stunning.

More about the trip in the next post, I've probably put you all to sleep by now, lol.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

More Christmas photos....

Well here are another couple of Xmas photos from our house.

Being given the message!

I can't believe it but over the last couple of weeks I have been asked to do a blog post because these special people who asked have missed me.  Well, here I am. I can't believe it's been 5 mths since my last post. Time sure does fly.
I must admit we have had a busy household and Bill and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Sydney and on a cruise to Vanuatu and New Caledonia. But more about that in the next post when I have loaded the photos to show you. The only horrible thing about the trip was I fell sick on the 3rd to last day of the cruise and arrived back in Sydney with laringytis and fevers. The next three days before we flew home I spent in bed and Bill had to amuse himself around town. I think he really enjoyed it truth be known as he went to fishing and sports shops.
It is now 3 weeks since we returned home and only now am I starting to get my voice back and feel a bit brighter. Talk about being knocked for six.

But two weekends ago we got the Xmas decorations out and up went the tree and our home is now ready to welcome Christmas.
Here are some photos for you to see.
These are my Christmas cushions I have different places to put each year. I just love them.
Well that's it for now, see you again when I have organised the rest  of the photos to show you.

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