Friday, 13 January 2017

Scenes from my Week

  • Miss B and Mr J are fully recovered from Jamboree now.  Yesterday I took the three of us to Clevedon Reserve to hike up to the lookout.  It is something Miss B and Mr J have done quite a lot, as there is a permanent Scout camp based there.  I however, had never walked this track before.  It is a relatively short loop track about 30-40 minutes, but feels a lot longer going up because of the hundreds of stairs.  The views were worth it though, as was climbing up through the kauri grove.  ( If you hover your cursor of the photos, the will tell you what they are of - thanks for that tip Karen).
  • I have been doing a little reading this week.  Kristin Harmel has been my new author discovery. Both books are set in modern times, with some flashbacks to characters lives based on historical events from WWII.  Her books are an easy read, enjoyable and a little sad at times, the underlying message is make the most of today and the times with special people in your life.
  • The garden is extremely dry at present, but a mass of hot colour with all my tropical cannas flowering.
  • A little more progress on my bird dance project, finding buttons tiny and cheap enough for the eyes is proving to be a mission.  I may have to use beads or even sequins.
  • A little baking ready for visitors this weekend - Cornflake Slice, though I only had rice bubbles on hand - I am sure it will still be delicious though.
Have a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Here & Now

Loving //harvesting fresh vegetables from my garden
Eating //lots of yummy salads - usually made with burghul or quinoa, and with all sorts of vegetables, raw or roasted tossed through it
Drinking //long cold gin & tonics
Feeling //a bit apprehensive about a beginners yoga class I have signed up for that starts in February
Making //  felt birds - I really need to start giving them some eyes and legs though
Thinking //how skittish the little stray cat (we've called her Lucy) that has adopted us is, she turns up 2-3 times a day for food, sleeps on the driveway or steps, but won't come near us yet.
Dreaming //of a hot lazy day at the beach

Linking up to Here & Now at Say Little Hen

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Scenes from my Week

The Scout, Miss B and Mr J have been away in Blenheim at the 21st New Zealand Scout Jamboree for the past 10 days. They return tonight, no doubt tired, but full of so many interesting stories and experiences of what they have done.  While I do enjoy time alone to do all the creative things I like, it does get a little lonely.  Here is some of what I have been up to.

  • I took myself into the city to the Auckland Art Gallery, ostensibly to see the Monet Painting which is currently on loan there.  While I can say I have finally seen a Monet painting in real life I was more impressed by the Maori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer exhibition.  Photos weren't allowed, but I would thoroughly recommend that anyone in Auckland visit it.  When I had finished I took a little wander up to Albert Park, such stunning blue sky, matching flowers and city scape's that day.
  • Time home alone usually means lots of sewing - I have pieced my Tula Pink City Sampler top - all 45 blocks I made.  I was going to give this to the Hospice, but a family friend has been quite ill so this will be made for her.  Now just to summon the enthusiasm for basting and quilting it.
  • Enjoying making more decorative stitches on another bird for my Bird Dance project
  • Of course reading features too, this is my current read, and I am really enjoying it, interesting quirky characters, a little magic, beautifuly descriptive writing, a little history - almost a fairy tale for grown ups.
Have a fabulous weekend everyone

Monday, 2 January 2017

Gone to the Birds

Over the past couple of years, my sister Janine and I have done quarterly swaps - usually comprised of quilting fabrics, pieces of felt and beautiful embroidery threads.  Towards the end of last year, we were talking and decided we must do something with these lovely things.  We decided that an applique project would be a good start.  Janine has picked the first project which ideally we should complete by the end of June, because I then get to pick the project for the second half of the year.

Janine has picked for us a Sue Spargo pattern called Bird Dance.  It features applique, lots of embroidery with stitches I have never tried before or seen before, ie: bullion knot (that's the gold loopy one around the bird's chest)  or really need to master - french knots.  Luckily Janine had given me a stitching book by Sue Spargo a couple of years ago.  Another good You Tube tutorial I have found demonstrating stitches is by Mary Corbet and is found here.

I have started with block number 26 and am making these birds in a colour palette of my own choosing, rather than the ones suggested in the book. Each block is 6.5" unfinished.  Whether I get all 30 completed is another story.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Merry Christmas

My Christmas lily has 12 blooms this year, and the most delightful scent, I wish you could all enjoy it in person.

It's time for my annual break from my blog over Christmas and New Year.  Thank you to all my readers and online friends - both new and old, to everyone who leaves comments, book recommendations and advice.  It has been so nice to be able to meet some of you in real life this year too.

I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.

See you back in 2017.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

2016: A Creative Review

It is always nice to look back and see what one has achieved in a year. I may not have been as productive this year as in others, but am still very pleased with what I have created.  Here is a review of my finished makes for 2016:
  • Jeweled kaleidoscope mini quilt -pattern from here
  • my first foray back into making clothing saw me make the A-line Barcelona skirt
  • an EPP Liberty Sew together Bag
  • A Nani Iro infinity scarf
  • the quilt top for mum's reversible quilt - Morocco pattern from here
  • the Rocky Shore to Sky quilt for my brother
  • an EPP AMH pillow
  • my second attempt at an item of clothing, the Sorbetto top
  • a feather pillow for Miss B
  • I finished the EPP cartwheel pillow started last year
  • My big finish was my Scrappy Sampler Quilt
  • my big bold beautiful Liberty Bloomsbury - has been bound, and partially quilted, so I am saying effectively a finish.
So what am I working on next year
  • still more blocks for my seaglass sampler quilt
  • finishing the hand quilting on my Liberty Bloomsbury quilt
  • maybe another EPP project
  • another hand sewn felt ornament in the 12 Days of Christmas swap with my sister
  • a new applique project with my sister - this will involve felt, embroidery, fabric and no doubt a little muttering as I unpick things.
  • hopefully a couple of new additions to my wardrobe.
  • piecing my city sampler blocks into a quilt top 
Linking up to My Makes of 2016 at Say Little Hen

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