Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Happy Hens are hatched

I have been painting of late.  Another one of my passions.  This time it is Happy Hens from Portobello in Dunedin.  I brought a couple of Happy Hans in unpainted state to colour myself. Painting is really relaxing I find.  So here they are...I think theses are Pepper Shakers....they have the letter P on the front.  It was a lucky dip of what you ended up with to paint.

I think my Ipad showed the colours ok...one hen is orange and the other is a jade/teal colour.

Still busy with the All Cooped Up Quilt blocks.  They really are fun to work on.  Really enjoying it.  Bit of a chicken theme happening here I think.
Also busy stitching on the  Little Sheep Virtues Flock - another nice relaxing stitch.

Getting ourselves prepared for our little break away in Hawkes Bay/ Bay of Plenty region.  I can't wait to see all my friends around there...farming and stitching, who have contacted me.  I am kind of surprised there are a few people who have made no contact.  Thats ok...busy lives etc, or maybe its in the too hard basket to see me.....  Life is good regardless.
Have a great week everyone

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Next on the list

Before I reveal my next project/s I just have to say the day is just stunning.  The sun is shining, and there is a slight breeze.  I can hear the birds twittering and tweeting and I can also hear DH trimming hedges around the propery, but it doesn't take away from the beauty of the day.  My daughter is hidden in the basement playing computer games...I think this is what they do...She will get her dose of Vit D soon when she takes Keira for a walk, so alls good there.
Me well I am feeling fighting fit.  And I will continue to do so...Its all good  :)
My new project....quilting blocks.  Last year I brought a couple of Ryan McKenna quilt blocks from the All Cooped Up pieced quilt set.
The two I broought are 'Sunny Perch' - an adorable wee chick on a sunflower and 'Struttin'  a magnificent rooster in all his glory.

I cut out the pattern pieces this morning, so will start on the fabric this arfternoon.  I will do both at the same time .... makes it a bit easier for me with getting equipment out.

I hope you are all having a productive Saturday afternoon at your place.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Colour for the kitchen.

They are finished.  The dishcloths......and they are really colourful.  It as nice and relaxing knitting them, and I even found a small ball of left over plain cotton in my wool bag, that I added into the 4th (left-over balls)  dishcloth.

Last night we hit the mall in Lower Hutt to buy my daughter some much needed clothes....esp. in the underwear/socks/essentials for school department.

The bonus with the shopping it pretty much cost nothing.  I do online surveys and get rewarded with shopping vouchers.  Other than a few things on sale - cardi, jeans, tops and shoes - the rest was free.  Plus our big dept. store Farmers had a very good lingerie dept sale, so that came in handy, for adding to the bargain.

Another bonus, the mall was fairly empty.

Heres what we got - there are a couple of items that I get from BooHoo for Nadia.  Boohoo is an online UK store that offers free postage to NZ.  I hav got a few things from there to date.  The clothes a slightly different to what you may find here and not expensive....suits us.  And Nadia is very easy to shop for, not overly demanding like a few  15 yr olds we have encountered.

Finally here is photo of the lovely maple tree in our front yard.  We have watched it change colour the 6 months we have been here.  We first saw it red, then green, orangy yellow, now back to red.  Waiting for the leaf fall for this tree and the many others surrounding our street.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you are having a wonderful week so far....Think I may go grab my small
T-Pot of Emerald Green Chai and sit in my sunny window and do some stitching for a change.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Slow Cooking Dinner is just awesome

Yukky miserable day and the slow cooker is my best friend, as generally  I am limited to what I can do in the kitchen these days,

Tonight we are having Coconut Chicken Curry.  It smells so good wafting from the kitchen.

Still knitting the dish clothes.  The first one I knitted isn't as big as the 2nd one, so I crocheted a band around the outside.  Onto the 3rd one now.  Then I may have enough cotton left over from the 3 balls I have to crocheted a dish cloth.

Finally, I treated myself to some Just Nan kits I have had on my ONS wishlist for ages, and in as usual good business from this company, I just waited a week and they were here.

I didnt publish a photo when they first arrived, so here is one now.

8 Point Star Garden.  Running Rabbit Charm Garden Pin,  Honey Bunny Pin Keep,
Cute Hoots Percy and Cute Hoots Ollie

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A productive yesterday

Well I have a few stitched finishes, so thought I would get out the sewing machine and do the final finishing.

First up here is the first completed dishcloth.

Here is my first Christmas ornament for 2013.  A real cutie and a very quick stitch.  Actually finished in 2011.
 Just a Quickie - Peace - Amy Bruecken Designs
This next one is for my smalls basket and it is a design I stitched in 2002, but wasn't sure how to finish it.  I love the backing fabric  I used, and the gold flower charm, gives a nice finish to it.  I cant even remember where I got the design...a magazine I think.
Pinwheel Daisy
The final design is by Tralala and I made into a small flange cushion.

Petites Maisons Rouges - Tralala
Well I hope you have enjoyed my latest photos, I certainly enjoyed finishing them all up yesterday.
Happy stitching to you all.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A new project

Hello Everyone,
Once again I had a weeks rest in hospital to get my medication sorted out.  And a few tests done on the sideline.
News is good and bad.  Cancer from neck down is all controlled, cancer in brain is out of control.  We are tackling this with chemo pills which I take twice a day at home.  They have given me a life time frame, but I wont dwell on that at the moment - just say between 6 and 12 months - but that is worse case scenario, and you all know I will fight this, so it will be longer.  I am feeling so much better after a rest..  I would much rather email people than talk on the phone, because I am finding some people too depressing.  I want happiness and sunshine not doom and gloom.  :)  But every ones wishes are more than welcome.
I didn't take any craft stuff to hospital except for one small Tralala piece which I will sew up and post shortly.  Before I went into hospital my DH brought me a lovely smalls baskets to display any smalls or ornaments I get stitched before I go.  So that is giving me incentive to stitch littlies.
While away I DH brought me a lovely footstool to elevate my legs and feet while resting and stitching.
Lovely soft leather....Oooh....my cat Tui loves it too.  A bit hard to get her balance though.

DH also brought me a lariat necklace/bracelet to go with my NZ Evolve Charm collection.  I also got the bead 'Aroha' and the silver charm "Devotion' ...I have put these charms on the lariat with the silver charm 'Forever' that DH brought me last. 

I just love Evolve, and other than the small sheep charm, I have never added any other type of charm available.  I only added the sheep I got, because its cuter than the Evolve one.
Righto onto my latest project....cotton dishcloths.  Decided to get out some knitting cotton, and knit some up.  They are great, last a long time and can just be thrown in the washing machine.  Also the great thing is they take no time at all to knit up.  And a great project because the days are getting cooler.
Something to look forward to, next month, DHs employers have shouted a few nights away in Napier, to rest and relax.  I cant wait.  Funnily its one of the only places in NZ I have never been too.  I have been to Hastings but not Napier.  Hopefully there are a few stitching/quilting/craft shops someone could recommend to me.
Hope you are having a lovely day.  Look forward to comments and emails :)