Thursday, December 15, 2011

Blackwork in Currant

Here is the ornament I showed in the last post all made up and ready to send to my friend in Hamilton...we have given each other angels ornaments every Christmas for the past 11 years or so.

Instead of using black I stitched the angel with GAST Currant.  I want to do some more of the Prairie Schooler Blackwork angels in the future.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A New Job, The Final Ornament and The Christmas Tree

Christmas is almost here....the year has just flown...2 more weeks till the big day.  Its all very evident by the mad panic being displayed by shoppers in the malls and drivers on the road and in carparks.

I have had an excellent couple of weeks, always job hunting and applying for something new, I got a call out of the blue one day from Fuji Xerox offering me full time work doing what I had been doing in Greymouth.  No interview or anything, just a couple of meetings to see the workplace (Army Defence Base) and after I said yes,  in at headoffice (in Wellington) to sign on the dotted line.  Before I said yes, they were going to get back to me with a salary figure.  I love the work, but I had to weigh up my travel which would be about 25 minutes.  Well I got an email early the next day (at work, via my phone - squinting at my phone screen)...I couldnt believe the amount....I was ready to say yes.  I couldnt wait for work to finish so I could get home and write out a proper email.  Turned on computer and here is another....bigger....offer.  WOW!!!!  Seems with my experience with the high tech machinery I used in Greymouth and the fact that I could get security clearance so easily seemed to weigh heavily in my favour.

I start on for a week, then have almost 3 weeks off for Christmas before going back.  I am excited.  The equipment I will be using is older than what I had at Greymouth, but its great, I can't wait.  Its funny how I mucked around with jobs, and kept being told that it was ok, it would take a while to find something I liked again.

Where I am working now are sad to see me go, because I did all their posters and displays, and I did enjoy being there, but this new position will see me at a better advantage in the future :)

Now onto Christmasy things.  Here is the final ornament I am stitching for this year.

Blackwork Angel - The Prairie Schooler
The tree is up, the decorations are out and the lights are up around the house, much to the amusement of our neighbours.  Obviously the house decorating was more popular in Greymouth than in our neighbourhood - but you never know we might just be getting in early and could prompt others to follow.  I took a large box of older ornaments and tinsel to the Salvation Army which was greeted with joy.

Here is the tree in all its glory

Finally here is a photo of Tui and Keira....I think Keira is worried that Tui will remove the ball from her mouth....Nothing would surprise me,  after the assault the ornaments on the  Christmas tree receives every night.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Another cutie to share

Heres another ornament that I finished in a couple of nights...the needles were flying.
 Just a Quickie - Peace - Amy Bruecken Designs

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Finally...heres last years Christmas Ornaments

Hard to believe....finally I have finished the ornaments for Christmas 2010.  Once I got the sewing machine out and got into the swing of things, the finishing took no time at all.

Feel the Magic - Midsummer Nights Dreams

 Wisemen Came - Shepherd's Bush

 Christmas Jewels - Elizabeth Designs

Santas Buddies - Angel Stitchin

I feel on a bit of a roll now...I set aside time every night to do some stitching.  And its great because I look forward to it....I don't see it as a chore or something I must get around to doing, at some stage during the evening.

The weather here is shocking at the moment....very strong winds on Monday and today.  And my friends in Greymouth had flooding again, but thank goodness the height extensions on the flood wall, stopped the town flooding.  When you see pictures of the Grey river up higher than the road, you realise what an awesome engineering feat that flood wall is.

And then there was the 1 year memorial to the Pike River 29 Miners last weekend, may they rest in peace, but may they also be brought out of the mine where they still lie.  A year has gone fast - its seems like only yesterday that news of the explosion circulated around the town....I think time stood still!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

All ready for the tree!

Here they Christmas ornaments for 2011....I am only saying that because I still have to sew up the ornaments for last year.

I chose 4 designs from Tis the Season by Natalie Bird, reduced the design size, stitched them with DMC 75 and backed them with red felt.  Kind of cute really.

Please ignore the wonky lines..the wee stitched border lines are not as wobbly as what the photo shows...don't know what happened there.

And there are 4 ornaments....I have just put the ribbons of the bottom 2 under the top 2.  It sort of makes them look 2 tiered.

More updates soon :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

A lapse in time????

I can't believe it has been so long since I I havent fallen off the ends of the earth, I just havent posted.  I have lots of stitchy updates which I will post over the next couple of weeks...fingers crossed.

What have I been up to???  Well theres the stitching, looking for work, getting another job and absolutely hating it, getting despondant about it, leaving and looking again.  I can get the work ok, I just cant gel into anything.

I wanted somewhere that would allow me hours to work, but also plenty of time off to go do my photography and conservation ventures.  So I went to a local business and spoke to them and they employed me.  The only full day I work is Monday and the rest of the time it is half days with 2 full days off :)  Its varied work with design and printing of advertising, stock control and pricing.  I am happy and I can pay the bills, and its very close to home.

I have been stitching on my HAED, and Christmas ornaments, and another small CCN.  I wont show you the ornaments until they are all finished.

But till then, here are some of my NZ Native photos for you to look at,  These are all taken at Karori Wildlife Sanctuary where I spend a lot of my time these days.....

One of many Tuatara that I photographed one day not that long ago...the day had warmed up and they all came out to bask in the warmth.

Tuatara by stitchcat1

 A cheeky kaka having a drink
Kaka by stitchcat1

A Scaup or Papango

New Zealand Scaup/Papango by stitchcat1

A fledgling NZ Falcon or Karearea
Falcon fledgling/Karearea by stitchcat1

A Tui
Tui by stitchcat1

A North Island Robin or Toutouwai

North Island Robin/Toutouwai by stitchcat1

The 2 resident Takahe....T2 and Puffin

T2 and puffin at the feeding station by stitchcat1

One of our kiwis was released into the wild a month ago (which brings the number to 49 with transmitters on that we are monitoring), she has been named Anna, and I was asked to do the photos of the day, so here is a cute close up of her....

Latest kiwi for release by stitchcat1

Sorry there are no stitching photos....I hope you enjoy these ones instead :)

Sunday, August 14, 2011


That sums up life at the moment.  A change or 2 is in place.

Firstly I am leaving my new job...better now than later.  Yes the hours are good and the holidays off are good but I am so bored, and the job isnt even a challenge.   So I leave in a couple of weeks and now I am looking for a new job, but I will go and work at DHs work (the original plan for when I first moved here) until I find something else.

I came to this decision during the last school holidays 2 weeks ago.  I am quite relaxed about it all...what will be, will be lol.

During the school holidays, I did a lot of walking around in the Rimutaka State Forest with my dog, it was relaxing and enjoyable - and where I did a lot of my thinking.

Here is Keira waiting for me while I jumped out and took a few photos as I was leaving the park - she is so patient with me.
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It is really beautiful in there, and it is where the kiwis are. (Not the area I walked around in with my dog).  As I mentioned in an earlier post I am helping with the Kiwi Project, run in conjunction with DOC.  I maintain the database, and had the opportunity to go and watch some health checks being performed on kiwis in the park - during the holidays -  but I had another appointment on that day.  I will get to go soon though, which is something I am looking forward too.  I will also get to learn about the transmitters, that are attached to the kiwis, and help us to know what the kiwis are getting up to, where they are in the park and other useful information.


The Kereru or native wood pigeon is a large bird that always seems to be eating. There are lots of them in the area, especially by the carpark and barbeque areas. 

Kereru x 2

I have no stitching progress to show - I know I have been slack, but I had new lens put in my glasses, so really couldnt see very well for a while.

Till next time, thanks for visiting........

Sunday, July 24, 2011

A chicken was hatched

My Friday night sew in was an eventful evening...see what can be achieved with no social son thinks this is sad :)

Anyhow I made up my Susa Glenn Flying Chicken Pin Cushion & Tool Caddy. I have had this kit for quite a while and when I saw my friend Kaths finished chickens, it prompted me into action.

Kind of looks cute really.  I think the beak should be flatter, but as I had no starch to flatten the beak, my chicken will sport a duck beak.  She is going to be a companion for my sewing machine....when I am busy using the machine, I generally have no where to put the pins quickly and they end up scattered all over the table.  So my chicken is the solution.  As well as holding the overly used stitch unpicker and small scissors.

Here is my first progress photo of HohS....not much to show but a small start is better than no start.  I decided to stitch all the black first, and then it will be fun to fill in the rest of the picture with the other beautiful colours.

I am looking outside my window and can see this.......

Keira is waiting for a walk, and even though it is wet and miserable, I will put on my gumboots and take her for a long walk along some of the greenways, where she can kick up her heels, jump in the stream and use up some of her energy.

I have had the last week off - and have another week to go.  I have all the school holidays off - the bonus with working at a school, so its quite nice to recharge the batteries every 10 weeks or so.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Night Sew Ins

I have joined this group, with the aim of using the time for quilting, sewing up ornaments or any other sewing bits and bobs I have to do.  I am about to head for the lounge, turn on TV and start sewing :)
There is still time to sign on the button on my side bar, and that will take you to Heidi's blog.

I will have an update on what I will be sewing tonight as well as the stitching I have already done on HohS (which from now on will mean Heart on her Sleeve by HAED)

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Well thats what seems to be the theme of the weekend.  Here is one chilled out cat - probably exhausted after racing around out in the wind. Its very windy here today - just what a little kitty likes - leaves blowing aound at a 100 miles an hour.

 I have been taking Ewe Smitten to work to stitch on in my lunch hour.  It is slowly coming along.

I have finished the gridding for Heart on Her Sleeve, so I am going to put in the first stitch tonight.  It will be interesting to see how long this project takes me.

Tui is awake again....

And because I am the master of posting unrecognisable photos on my blog, here is a photo of a seal I took last weekend when it was stormy.  This is at Red Rocks which is south of Wellington.  Not a very clear photo -  you may have to click on it to get a better viewing.  But I think this seal looks like an oversized hedgehog.

To show the state of the weather on this day, here are a couple of shots of the Bluebridge Ferry coming in to the harbour from the South Island.  Glad it wasnt like this when we came up to Wellington.

It probably wasnt that bad on the ship...and was probably quite calm where the ship was...yeah right! LOL.

And just before I go, here are a couple of seal photos I took 3 weeks ago at Turakerai Head where there is another seal colony...a much calmer and sunnier day.  Both these places (Red Rocks and Turakerai) are seal hauls which is another name for a place where male seals go over the winter to lie around and fatten up.  At Turakerai up to 600 seals can be found lying about.  We had to climb over rocks to get close to a couple.  (At Red Rocks they lie quite close to the gravel track).

I have joined the Rimutaka State Forest Trust, and working with my friend from DOC I will be learning the ropes of kiwi conservation.  Where around 50 kiwis are regularly monitored in the surrounding forest park around Wainuiomata.  I have missed working with birds after leaving Twizel so this will be a great experience for me.

Till next post, happy stitching everyone.

Friday, July 01, 2011

A finish and something new in the pipeline

Isn't awful when you have completed stitching as a gift, finished it the way you want, and after you've put it in the post, you go to upload the photo onto your blog only to find you have left something out of the picture.  What a numbskull....who would do that?  Um, well me....LOL how embarrasing.  Surely I am not the only person who has done that.  I havent got any excuse.  I have had the stitching finished for ages, and showed it to plenty of people, and still not picked up the missing stitches.

Here it is.....Friends by Vals Stitching Stuff.....minus the whiskers :)  Doesn't really look too bad whiskerless...but how on earth could I have forgotten the whiskers?

Right moving on.......

I have set myself a challenge.  My daughter was watching over my shoulder one day when I was looking through the designs on the Heaven and Earth website.  She was ooohing and aahhhing over various ones I was looking at.  A few years ago I had stitched Cottage Garden Fairy by Mirabillia for her, and it hangs on her bedroom wall.  Feeling generous I asked if she would like me to stitch a HAED for her.  It had to be a quick stitch mind.  I said she could choose a design and I would stitch it for her.  Adding it could take a few years to complete.

I left her to it, and a while later came back and she had narrowed the choice to 16.  This was going to take forever...I helped her to decide and 1/2 hour later we were down to 5.  Finally she chose the design she wants, I paid online and had it downloaded within a few minutes.

She has chosen...Heart on her Sleeve.

I have brought some extra black thread in preparation to begin.  It takes 5 skeins.  I think I might do all the black outlines first.  Because I like to take the easy way out, I have chosen 18 count aida to stitch it on.  And I have start to grid the fabric to keep some semblance of order about the whole ordeal.

Excuse the ridiculous photo - It is intended to show the grid lines - you have to click on the photo to actually see them.

Wish me luck with this - I am going to need it.  I have joined the HAED forum to assist me along the way.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Absolutely freezing!

No one told me it would be so cold here - but I think this weather is the same all over the country.  Nice stitching weather though, just a pity I have to venture outside to go to work and to walk the dog.  When I did take keira for a walk earlier -  I looked more like someone going to visit Antarctica.

I thought to mentally try to warm myself up, I would post some nice sunny type photos of my new surrounds.

To get to our community from the city of  Lower Hutt, we have to go up and over the Wainuiomata Hill.  Stunning views from the top though.

This is from the top looking down at Wainuiomata where I live.....

This is looking down towards the Lower Hutt side.....

Petone - the Lower Hutt area closest to the harbour....

Lower Hutt - Hutt Park....

Lower Hutt.....Hutt River....

The marina at Seaview - directly below the Wainuiomata hill.....

Looking out past Seaview and over the harbour towards Wellington City.....  with Matiu/Somes Island in the middle.....

A close up of Matiu/Somes Island.....

A close up of the large ship in the harbour.....

A close up of Wellington.... If you click on the photo you get a view of the wind turbines above the city and our Parliament building - the Beehive which is shaped like a beehive and sitting in the middle of the photo.
The views are stunning on a sunny day.

I will have more stitchy photos soon...hope you liked the scenic shots.