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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

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…….

Bills Mum and Ron 028

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