Saturday, December 20, 2014
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.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
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
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.
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.
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.
So till next time,
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
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.
Monday, June 9, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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