Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A giveaway worth checking out

Just a quick post to let you know of a giveaway. This one is a goody with Little House Needlework patterns, needles, a book and a threadholder. You can find the giveaway at Calico Prairie.

Also I have almost finished my last Christmas ornament for last year :) Going camping on Thursday, so not sure when I will get the ornaments all sewn up. But it shouldn't be too long before I have photos to show.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Home from holiday

And what a great one it was. The high altitude and country air did wonders for me. I caught up with friends, took lots of photos and just relaxed. It was kind of strange coming back to the coast. One of the big things I notcied was I couldn't sleep last night, even though I was in my own bed. I had perfect nights sleep down south...it must be that altitude thing again.

I think my problem is I feel really unsettled living here...I love it down south...I could go on about it always. My DH has no intention of moving, so it looks like we are here for the long haul. Maybe I will feel better once I have a job. Even my daughter, who remembered a few of the places and people down there, said she loved it too. The biggest problem with the place when we lived down there was the remoteness, and having to travel 1.5 - 2 hours to get to a large town was draining.

I have to admit it was nice to take my dog for a walk along the beach last night :)

While I was away I did a bit of stitching, and I brought myself another quilting pattern. This one is called Briar Rose Cottage designed by Desiree Simpson (the same designer as the Natural Beauties Quilt pattern I brought. I love it and it reminds me of a house I love in Central Otago.

I am quite excited about starting these quilts as well as all the stitching I am going to do this year.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Winner of a giveaway

Thought I would show you a fantastic set of ornaments I won in a giveaway on a blog I visit regularly. Little Miss Flossy is the owner of the blog, and she gives me lots of inspiration with her sewing ideas....she is a schol sewing teacher. (I will put a link to her blog when she has it up and running again)

These ornaments were made from a cross stitched tablecloth that was salvaged from a 2nd hand store. What a great way to reuse someones treasure from the past. I told Floss that the ornaments brought back great memories, because I remember my mother cross stitching tablecloths. And just as on the one made into ornaments, ma's stitches never went in the same direction. (When I startd cross stitch I couldn't work out why Ma's top leg of the stitches weren't consistant in different blocks of colours. She always said it was to give the design depth LOL.

So thanks again Floss, I love them.

Well tomorrow I head off down south with my daughter and we are going to Twizel to stay on one of the sheep stations I used to work on. It will be great to get away from the wet coast for a while. We will be gone for a week - and I am taking my stitching with me. So I may have something to show when I get back.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Fabric to show with a plan

Well after my earlier post of saying I had no photos, well it is correct in the fact I have no stitching photos at the moment. However I thought I would show you some quilting fabrics I have brought. Two lots are for actual projects and the other is for use in the future.First up is a quilt pattern I want to do this year....full of New Zealand flowers and insects. And it is great because I can add my own embroidery for the finer details.

Here is some of the fabrics I have chosen for this project so far.....

Next lot of fabric shown is for a cat wall hanging I want to do for my daughter. Its the Janet Davies design called Pinky Cat. I may change the pink, my daughter isn't too keen on pink, so I am thinking paurple at this stage or even blue. But these are the fabrics I have thought about so far.

And lastly here are some other fat quarters I brought, for use with stitching projects, quilting or other crafts

So there you have it...maybe not cross stitch related...but its crafty and its a plan for this year.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year celebration.

I have no pictures to show of finished stitching today, I am just finishing up my Christmas ornaments which is shameful I know. No excuses for the lack of stitching in 2009 other than being busy with my studies, my job and general homelife.

The beginning of each year is the same for me....I say I am going to do more stitching, and it never happens. Well this year I made a personal resolution to my friend Anne. I have said that if she doesnt notice me doing a reasonable amount of stitching she is to verbally kick me in the butt. Now I know that it is a lot to put on Anne, and I know she wouldn't kick me in the butt, but I have have made a personal pledge to her, and she is so generous to me, so I will uphold the pledge :)

So that will mean regular blogging....which means going on the computer of course....and this is just after saying to Anne that the internet was the death of my stitching. Except for building up my stash and meeting online stitching friends of course.

I haven't really any other goals for the year other than sorting out what study I will do this year - a diploma in the environment and sustainability is looking good at the moment, and finding another part time job to fit in with the job I already have.

At the end of this week, I am going away with my daughter down to Twizel (where we lived for a while), for a weeks break (DH is working), and then when we come back we are going camping...I hope the rain has stopped by then.

So keep your eyes peeled for entries on my blog throughout the coming year.