Sunday, July 24, 2016

FNSI roundup...

As I am writing this snow is falling outside..I wonder how long it will last.  We had heavy rain till about an hour ago so the ground is rather wet, so while the snow is falling it is not laying on the ground.  Still it is great to watch while keeping warm inside.
FNSI coincided with the last day of the school holidays for me so I was able to spend the afternoon stitching with friends (in real life) before I joined in with every out there in cyber space.
My bag has made slow progress as I had one of those bugs going around and so the first week of the holidays passed in a blur.  Now that I am feeling better it is time to go back to school again,..typical!!
So here is some of the progress I have made...
Some felt flowers, buttons and some of the hexagons that are in progress...
I hope you all had a lovely stitch a long on Friday as well..
Just as I thought..I've come back an hour later to publish this post and the snow has stopped here but just across on the hill opposite us it is rather white across the top ...and the hill suburbs have a good coating...and it is very cold outside...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Next project in the making

..will be the Home Sewn Sampler Bag by Anni Downs.
....Stitchery panels are ready to start..
And the papers and fabric for the hexagons
And when I am finished it will look something like this photo from Anni's book

Now all I have to do is finish writing the rest of the school reports this week so that on so I can get on with some stitching ...

Monday, June 6, 2016

Little design boards..

I bought the foam core board, cut it to size and then watched the You Tube clip of them being made.  Lori Holt made it look easy..but I haven't done a lot of work with a hot glue gun a lot before, so it looks like a bit more practice could be on the way..
I made them 10" squares so I got  exactly 6 from the sheet of foam core board.  I have some looking 'au naturel', waiting for their fabric binding....

...and some others that have been finished with their fabric 'binding' around the outside..I'm rather pleased with how they turned out.
We've had another lovely day to finish off the long weekend over here. A stark contrast to the weather on the other side of the Tasman with the damage that the storms have caused up and down the east coast in NSW. 
 I've had a few phone calls with Mum over the weekend, checking how she is with the wild weather.  She is fine, just a bit of a  mop up where the rain blew in where it hasn't before.   She went for a walk down to the beach today to see what it was like after the storm, met up with a friend taking photos of the surf and got them emailed to me.. the southern end of Dee Why and the pool is somewhere there under all that water..and rocks washed up here and there

It's unbelievable to see the power of the water and it's ability to cause damage..

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Getting back into last... part of the celebration for the Chookshed's 4th birthday....
I've been reading what some of you have been up to over the weekend, but I need to get on to leaving some comments as well.
It's been a long time between posts..a busy beginning to the year..lots of ideas but motivation has been lacking..I could think of any number of things that have distracted me from blogging, and the longer I was offline the harder it was to get going again.
So with the Chookshed's birthday came the impetus that now sees me online again.
I have been wanting to make some design boards for a after seeing Chookyblue's post I got myself organised.. It's the Queen's Birthday long weekend here in NZ so I have another day tomorrow to finish them up along with a bit of work on some other things..and then some photos to take. We have had 2 wonderfully sunny days on this side of the Tasman such a contrast to what we had last week.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


                                                                       Opam 2016

..I've joined up for OPAM again this year.  I need to get motivated and stop daydreaming about what I want to work on and just get on with it.  Last year didn't go well and I ended up with more unfinished projects at the end of it than what I started here's hoping for some more finishes this year.
If you would like to join in then visit Kris or Peg before February 1.

Monday, January 25, 2016


..well I'm back home again after my trip to Sydney to see Mum.  It's a bit of a mammoth day travelling back..left Mum's at 6.30 am and arrived home at 9.30pm NZ time (7.30pm AEDT).there is no direct flight for us now from Sydney (they were discontinued in 2014 so more flight capacity could be put in to Queenstown and Christchurch..just great (not!!)) it was a 3 hour flight to Auckland, followed by a 3 hour wait in the domestic terminal before another 3 hour flight south..which included a 35 minute stop in Wellington...a long day just to cross the ditch..
I did join in for FNSI..spent a bit of time contemplating what I'm going to work on this year..and then did a little more on the rug I am making..have got seriously behind with it..
While I was away DH built the timber frame so we could have a roof over our back Saturday was spent helping to put the clear roofing was a bit breezy so all help was needed to hold the sheet panels till he had screwed them down...guess what sort of day we have today..
Yes, it's drizzling and showers are expected for the next few days..but I'm not worried as it's nice and dry under here.. that's one of the solar lights I found on sale in glows green when it's dark..
One week of school holidays left..then the year will really be in full swing..
I hope you all enjoyed FNSI..I will have to visit over the next few days to see what you all did...

Sunday, January 10, 2016


Well a first for me as I am in Sydney for FNWF.  It has been wonderful to see the sunshine after the few days of heavy rain.  Mum's phone is out till Tuesday, something to do with a cut cable, so it is just as well I am still here.  They have redirected her calls to my mobile as Mum has never wanted to have a mobile...but now the thought that she could have been without access to a phone for a week if I wasn't here with mine has got her thinking about whether she might need to get one 'for emergencies'.
Last year (seems strange to think of 2015 as last year) Mum was reading the weekend paper when she saw a teapot cosy in the living section..thought it would be great for my DD2 ( her GD of course).  They only had a website so there was phone call to me to 'look on the net' as she calls it.  Not available the website said so a bit of a google found one in a shop in Tasmania and it was soon on it's way.  

Mum doesn't crochet so I also have the task of making it for FNWF  I got started..
Now the other night I fluked resizing some photos so will try to manage it tonight on the iPad...oh well!