Friday, March 13, 2015

High praise

Today I got out my Growing Like a Tree sampler (it's a Moira Blackburn design). I gave it an iron to see if I could reinspire myself to get this beauty finished. I plan to put a few stitches in this weekend. As you can see I really am on the homestretch, you would think I would just get it done!

Just after I ironed it a certain little lady woke up from a nap. She was very curious. So I laid it out over the footstool for her to look at, and she ran her hands over it and went 'Wow!'. I took that as very high praise :-)

I found this photo of my niece Phoebe's annual Christmas ornament this evening. I forgot to share it on my blog last year. I'm not as happy with it as others I've made in years gone by, but I still quite like it. It's on perforated paper and had a charm and some tassles that needed to be made.

Some of you may recall that last year my DH and I had close encounters with lions and cheetahs, and that we were supposed to meet the giraffes that day too (however, it was a cold day and the giraffes couldn't be enticed out of their heated enclosure). Well, we finally met them a few weeks ago. We didn't think it would be as exciting as meeting big cats, but wow when you are standing at ground level and they walk towards you, you really appreciate how tall and magnificent they are. Even this photo doesn't capture their height or presence. It was an awesome 30 minutes!

I hope you have a fabulous and stitchy weekend!

Saturday, February 14, 2015


Hi blog friends

Whenever I stop by my blog to look at my blog list I am saddened to see my last post. So it's time for an update!

Unfortunately, I don't have any stitching to share. I put a few stitches in here and there to a few projects but nothing worthwhile sharing. I am kept very busy between work and Annabelle right now. Hopefully in time I will get back to more regular stitching and blogging.

Although Annabelle will always be my baby, as you can see she's a little girl now (19 months old tomorrow). Not a baby at all! She's just so much fun and a happy little thing. She's a real chatterbox and has quite a few words she can say. This last week she's just started picking up objects and saying 'hello' as if it were a telephone and babbling away in baby talk. So cute. We were away recently and I was taking a photo and she surprised us all by going 'cheese, cheese, cheese'. :-) We are taking her away on her first overseas holiday later in the year to Fiji. I can't wait!

I still read your blogs and feel inspired by your stitching.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Last week was a week of great sadness.

A sweet and gentle friend lost her battle with cancer. She was just 36 years old.

As if that wasn't hard enough to bear, the same day I got news of my friend we lost our very loving cat Tess.

"What greater gift than the love of a cat" - Charles Dickens

Thank you to those who left messages for me on my last post when I commented about Tess' declining health. I'm sorry I didn't get around to replying to each of your personally, but they were all very much appreciated.

Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it, and to those who don't - happy Thursday!

Friday, November 14, 2014

This and that

Free time is a bit scarce these days, but I managed to finish up Frosty Forest a week or so ago. I wasn't sure whether or not to use the buttons, but I loved the little Owl button so decided to go for it. I'm very happy with my choice.

I was very lucky to win a stitchy giveaway on a new blog called Stitched Up!. Thank you Nel for the gorgeous Sweetheart Tree kit, the delicious chocolate (which didn't last long) and the card. I felt very lucky. I'm hoping to get it stitched up over the Christmas break. If you want to check out Nel's lovely blog you can find it here.

Annabelle and Tess (my sick kitty) are still buddy, buddy. Tess isn't doing too well. I know the time will come when we will have to say goodbye and it is going to really suck. :(

On a happier note. We had a trip away a few weeks ago to a fairly remote area of countryside (no mobile coverage!) where we stayed on a farm. We had stunning weather and clear views of the mountains. We took a drive up Mt Ruapehu and it was soooo cold even though the sun was shining. I think this will be our last annual trip away with our shop, as some people were causing problems (repeat offenders). Fortunately the culprits went off in a huff and the rest of us enjoyed some time doing stuff together. :-) Annabelle enjoyed meeting one of the farm horses.

I am currently working on Just Nan's 8 Point Star Garden. It is stitching up quite fast (it's smaller than I was expecting) and I am hoping it will be easy to put together at the end. It's very pretty, as Just Nan pieces usually are.

I hope you have a fun weekend ahead and get some stitching time in!

Friday, October 03, 2014

Thank you Ann

A big thank you to the lovely Ann in Scotland. Last week I received a wonderful package from her which included this beautiful project pouch, a Prairie Schooler chart, a bar of Caramac (mmm, yum!) and a lovely Fuschia card.

The pouch is going to be great for storing my projects in, and keeping my scissors away from small exploring hands.

It was very generous of you Ann, so thank you again!

Last weekend we took Annabelle to the zoo. She had a fantastic time looking at the animals (she'd have chased them if she could have). One of my hopes for her before she was born was that she would become an animal lover, and that certainly has been fulfilled already.

We had some bad news last week. We were told that things are not looking good for our cat Tess, who has had recurring health problems for a number of years. She was a stray that turned up at our house in 2005. My husband recently confessed to me that he let her into our house, she didn't just wander in one morning while he was having his breakfast like he had me believe all these years. :-) I really don't want to lose her :( and I am not giving up hope. She's always been a feisty little thing and has actually perked up and gained a bit of weight since her last vet appointment.

I hope you have a lovely weekend and get lots of stitching in!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

An update

Hi all

Although my blog posts are a bit sparse these days, I'm still about reading your blogs. I haven't had much stitching time of late but Frosty Forest is getting closer to being finished. I only just received the final part in the mail today, so hopefully in a few weeks I might have it all stitched up (and ironed!).

Of course, Annabelle is part of what is keeping me very busy. She's 14 months old, has two teeth, can crawl at lightening speed and pull herself up onto her feet. She's such a happy little thing most of the time.

I am currently enjoying my favourite season - spring! A tree in our backyard puts on a wonderful display of blossoms every year. It was only about two weeks ago that it looked completely bare, then all of a sudden it is laden with buds and it seems everytime I look out the window there are more flowers opening up. The display only lasts about 3 weeks.

Whenever I am outside I always get company of some kind. The day I took this picture Meg was showing off for the camera. She may be getting old (10 1/2 years) but she still likes to act like a young thing. It is hard to believe that it was this time last year that her brother Giggsy died. We still miss him, he was such a character.

A few weeks ago we headed up to New Plymouth to visit family. We went to a lovely winery for lunch one of the days - from one side of the winery we got this beautiful view of Mt Taranaki.

And from the other side a view of the ocean and the vineyard. The photos don't really do the amazing location justice.

Although I haven't done much stitching lately, my clicky finger has still found time to order some stash - including my niece's annual Christmas ornament.

Also, I see that Carol (iStitch) is planning another Christmas Sew Advent SAL this year. I really enjoyed last year, so will be keeping my eyes peeled for sign up info.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Signs of spring

I love this time of year when the first signs of spring are emerging. So I thought I would stop by and share some pictures I took today.

I'll be back soon with some Frosty Forest photos.

Hope your weekend has been wonderful!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sunshine, seaside & snow

After I posted the other day about having no stitching to share I remembered that I had finished my All Our Yesterdays By the Seaside piece a few weeks ago. I have some stripey fabric (to make the mini bunting) and a white frame which might finish it off nicely. Now just to find some time to actually do that!

It's very cold here today. I poked my head out the door before and can see why. I know it's nothing compared to what some of you get (such as a polar vortex), so I'm not complaining. But I am definitely saying, roll on summertime! :-)

Our climate is generally very mild. A few weeks ago we took a walk out at the coast at a place called Makara (where there is a wind farm, some historic World War II bunkers and fantastic views). It was lovely and warm in the sun (a little cool in the shade though) and not like winter at all.

We even let Annabelle have a roll around on a blanket. She ignored the beautiful seascape and spent all her time picking the grass. I guess that's more exciting when you're only one!

I have had to turn comment moderation on, as I'm getting quite a lot of spam at the moment. Thank you to those who leave genuine comments though, it's always great to hear from you.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lions, cheetahs and giraffes... oh my

On Saturday morning I woke up and I wasn't too excited about going to the zoo. I don't spend much time away from Annabelle, and whenever I do it makes me a little piney. Of course, I went... and what a fantastic experience we had. Even my hubby said he enjoyed my birthday present. (Lucky him. lol)

First up we met the zoos whole pride of lions - 3 lionesses (full sisters) and 2 kings of the jungle (half brothers to each other). I won't lie, as they approached I was feeling a little nervous! They have an imposing presence and the zoo keeper was telling us that the lions like to get a rise out of visitors by making sudden movements, roaring etc. And they did. Cheeky cats!

The zoo keeper was very passionate about lions, gave us lots of information and allowed us to ask all the questions we liked (it was only me and DH on the encounter). All the handling of the lions the visitors are allowed to do (such as holding their tail) is used in the desensitization of the lions for times when they need medication, need to be weighed etc so it's nothing that isn't beneficial for them.

At the end we got to feed them. I have to say I was pretty scared about this part, but despite their huge teeth they were so gentle! It's a pretty odd experience feeling the breath of a lion on your hand and having it lick you. Scarey but exciting.

Don't panic, it isn't my blood trickling down my hand in the next photo. It was the blood from the meat we were feeding them.

We walked away to our next encounter on a bit of a high! Next up was the cheetahs. This was a completely different experience as there are no barriers. We met two 5 year old male cheetahs (full brothers). We sat down and they wandered amongst us (three zookeepers and two other vistiors). One lay down in front of us and rolled on it's back, legs in the air just like your domestic cat likes to do.

I was a little bit nervous at one stage as something caught the eye of one of them and it was walking straight towards Ronnie and I with a very determined look. We moved a little bit away from one another and it sat between us! Phew, it didn't want to eat one of us. lol

Did you know that cheetahs purr? They are the largest of the cats who purr. Another interesting fact we learned was that if a cat can purr it can't roar - and vice versa.

Again, the zookeepers (all women as these two cheetahs don't like male zookeepers) were very passionate and shared lots of information and facts about cheetahs and cheetah conservation. Exciting and enlightening.

Next stop - giraffes. Unfortunately, Saturday was a cold, cold day. The giraffes were hiding out in their heated enclosure and would not come out - not even for food. :-) So, we didn't get to meet them up close and personal but not to worry we have a voucher to do this again in the future. We are going to wait until the summer before rebooking, just to be sure :-) And we'll take Annabelle with us next time. We took her back in March and even at such a young age quite enjoyed small parts of it - including trying to grab this Bolivian squirrel monkey through the glass.

Anyway, it was a super day and if you ever get the chance to do a close encounter you should definitely go for it (at our local zoo some of the fee for the close encounters goes towards local and overseas conservation projects, which is another plus).

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Annabelle turned ONE!

Annabelle turned one on 15 July! The last year has been amazing, the only thing I would change is for it to have gone a little slower. :)

We threw Annabelle a party on Saturday. It was a lovely occasion, but too overwhelming for her at times.

For her actual birthday we headed north to one of our favourite holiday destinations Mt Maunganui. It has quite a different climate than where I live at the bottom end of the North Island. There were actually people on the beach in their swimsuits! (Back home today there is a dusting of snow on the hills).

Unfortunately, on the afternoon of Annabelle's birthday we took a walk around the base track of the Mount, and my Dad took a tumble on the uneven path (basically he face planted into the ground). Oh my, I have never seen so much blood pour out of someone. So off to the medical centre we went. We cut our trip short and came home the next day.

Here are a couple of photos of beautiful Mt Manganui. It sits on a spit, and the other side has beautiful sandy beaches that go on for miles. It is amazing in the winter and the summer time!

I've recently started scrapping my photos of Annabelle with the Project Life system. I have scrapbooked in the past, but hate all the mess - so Project Life helps cut down on that. I'm enjoying it so far! I've been a bit slow with my stitching lately with everything else that has been going on, so don't have any to share this post.

Tomorrow is my birthday, and as a pressie from my husband on Saturday I am going to the zoo for not one, not two, but THREE animal encounters. I'm going to meet cheetahs, lions and the giraffes up close. I love animals, so it's the perfect pressie. The weather forecast is for sun but it won't be very warm, but that's OK I met red pandas at the zoo a few years back in the pouring rain and it was still awesome!

Sorry I didn't get around to replying to those who left comments recently. I do definitely read them all and love hearing from you. Hope you're all having a great week.