Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Last post for 2008 and a chart giveaway

While I was waiting on my threads to arrive for Wedding Row (they arrived today), I started Autumn Splendor which Judy gifted to me recently. I didn't actually realise until I was looking for something to stitch that the thread (Victoria Clayton's 'Tigerlily') was included in the chartpack. It is gorgeous and wonderful to stitch with! Thanks again Judy!

Can I interest anyone in the chart once I have finished with it? If so, leave a comment on this post - and if there is more than one person interested, I will randomly pick a name when I get home from up north in a few days.



It has been really hot here, great weather for mucking about in the pool!



Happy new year everyone, and all the best for 2009.

Edited to add:
New year's greetings from Tess


(That's my laptop in the top left-hand corner and my lapcat next to me. Tess doesn't care how hot it is, she likes to be close in all weather!).

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Dreams of a lazy Sunday

I was hoping for a lazy Sunday today, as so far the Christmas holiday has been a whirlwind of activity.

It's a gorgeous summers day, and I envisaged a swim in the pool, some nice fresh fruit salad - and maybe even some more stitching. But now we've been invited to a BBQ (such a hardship, lol).

We are going up north at New Year for a few days, so I don't think I'm going to be finding any time to unwind before it's time to go back to work.

Anyway, I managed a slightly better photo of Bent Creek's Wedding Row today. I just have to sit back and wait on the thread now.



Hope you are all finding some time to relax over the Christmas holidays.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Fascinating fascinators

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Ours was quiet, but fun. Actually, it wasn't that quiet - my sister got Singstar Abba for Christmas from my other sister. She also bought herself a Wii, so everyone (including my parents LOL) were playing tennis, bowls, karting etc.

I had another wedding letdown just before Christmas - this time my hairdresser of six years. She phoned me to say she's selling the business and cannot do my wedding hair. Fortunately my OH (being a local businessman) is in the know, and knew that the local beauty salon has a new resident hairdresser. So it all works out perfectly - wedding hair, make-up, nails etc are all being done in one place.

So, I took a run to the bridal shop today looking for hair ornaments. I love feather fascinators, and was lucky enough to find one. I also came away with two other combs. I don't know which (if any) I will use, but at least I have a few things to take with me to the wedding hair trial in a couple of weeks. As my hair is short, ideas are thin on the ground... so I have some hair extensions on order too (OH's friend who owns the beauty salon suggested them, that's great thinking for a bloke!!).

Anyway, I have come to the conclusion that wedding preparations are a lot of stress and hassle, and I can't wait for the big day itself so we can just enjoy it (which is what it should be about!).

Pictured with my hair ornament selection is my wedding sampler. I couldn't get a decent photo of it in it's entirety (due to the wrinkles and the fading light), but I am nearly finished. However, I've run out of thread so have put an order in from a shop in Auckland. Hopefully they're open between Christmas and New Year, so I can get it finished. It's been a really enjoyable and quick stitch.



I am glad you enjoyed all the kitten photos. My Mum is currently fostering all seven of them until they are old enough to be desexed and rehomed. They are so much fun!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Especially for Judy (and anyone else who loves cats and kittens)



Merry Christmas everyone (and remember kittens are for life, not just for Christmas... lol)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

On the go...

It sure is a busy time of year, I am so looking forward to my Christmas break which starts next week!

And as if we weren't busy enough with Christmas, wedding plans, birthdays etc - we put an offer on a house we liked at the weekend which was accepted, so now our house is on the market!

I have managed to find a little time to start a new project though. Bent Creek's 'Wedding Row'. Kathryn asked about the colourway I would be using for this project a few posts back, I am using the suggested colours (although I did substitute the Lancaster Red, which I did not have for GAST's Manor Red so I didn't have to buy any thread).



I had some minor surgery on my lower lip yesterday. I was not worried at the thought of injections or incisions, but boy am I feeling anxious about next Monday when I get the stitches out! Do surgeons call it frogging too when they're ripping the thread out?? lol

Hope you are all having a great week!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Drugs bust

I recently entered a competition Judy had on her blog. It was to guess the pattern she was stitching. I recognised it straight away as Kitty Cottage Sampler.

A rather large padded envelope was awaiting me tonight when I got home. Judy is amazingly generous, and really made my day with all the gifts she sent.

Included are four skeins of thread, two charts (Calico Cat and Autumn Sampler), a watercolour print (the colours are amazing) and a leaflet about the artist, a sachet of hot chocolate and some bath grains. Oh yes, and a gorgeous Christmas card which isn't pictured because it is already sitting with the others we have received. Thank you so much Judy!



Oh and the drugs bust comment in the title of this post relates to Judy's package. NZ Customs must have thought the bath grains looked a little suspicious on the x-ray, so not only did they open the parcel to inspect they even opened the bath grains themselves. Bet they were disappointed to find it REALLY was bath grains. LOL. Great to know that they are doing their job though!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Not forgotten

I have had CarolR's Quaker Friendship RR for quite some, so I just wanted to post a pic to show her it has not been forgotten. I love Carol's choice of fabric and thread. I don't intend on mailing it for a couple of weeks though, because I don't want it to go AWOL in the Christmas mail rush!



I had a busy weekend this weekend - first up on Friday night I went to a murder mystery xmas dinner. It was so much fun! I wasn't feeling too great on Saturday though. LOL.



The weather at the weekend was gloriously summery. So we headed over to the Wairarapa (which means glistening waters) to a place called Mount Bruce. There we saw two Kiwis which we watched for about 15 minutes, and a whole load of Kaka (these parrots are far prettier than my photo shows).



Judy wanted to see more kitten photos. I haven't seen the kittens for a while, but you can see more in my Flickr album (there is more from the murder mystery too, if you are game for a look!). I will try and take some more kitten photos soon though, apparently they are already starting to run about and make mischief! :-)

Monday, December 01, 2008

Yay, my RR is home again...

A big thank you to all the ladies who stitched on my RR, it's fabulous. I really appreciate the time you all took to stitch on it.



I shamelessly stole the photo from Debby's blog. I hope she doesn't mind.

We had a small wedding crisis on Friday. OH popped in to our reception venue to pay some more money towards it, and was told that their landlord is not renewing their lease. Meaning - NO RECEPTION!!! Say what!!??

I did some searching around and within a couple of hours had the ball rolling, and by Saturday afternoon we had a much nicer venue booked. Funnily enough, the place we'll now be having our reception has played a big part in family celebrations for many years (since my childhood)... so it's quite fitting that it will now be our reception venue. Funny how things work out sometimes :-)

Hope you are all having a good start to the week.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Ooh me eyes...

My craft lamp has left the building. I can't even say it died or had an accident, it just seemed to perish and crack all of a sudden. I was too scared to use it in case I got zapped. So it's craft lights out here (boo!). I tried stitching tonight with the room lights, but I could feel my eyes starting to strain.

Oh well, as least I have some nice new stash to fondle...



The Silver Needle are fast becoming my favourite ONS. But boy the NZ dollar is very low against the US dollar, so there's not much to show for the amount spent. I got Bent Creek's Wedding Row and Just Nan's Frost on the Pumpkins (which I've had my eye on for a while) and the fabrics for them.

If you are depressed by the world and local news right now, like I am, then think KITTENS. Yes, lots of little fluffy cute kittens....



My Mum is a volunteer at the local animal rescue and is fostering a sweet cat called Ella and her four babies. When I took this photo last weekend they were about 10 days old. Ella is no more than a kitten herself and was very scared to begin with, but is really starting to relax now.

I did get a chuckle out of CarolR's comment about the invitations saying 'No presents please'. "Beautiful invitations Rowyn but 'no presents' - what are you thinking of?! LOL" I am sooo slow sometimes, I should have put the web address for my stash wishlist!

Happy thanksgiving to my American friends!

Friday, November 21, 2008

RRs galore

Thanks for all the nice comments on the invitations :-)

Tonight I have finished off Cheryl's RR. There was a problem in her RR and she asked on her blog for someone to stitch the remaining square, so I offered. I hope she likes what I have stitched. It is a combination of Strawberry House and M'lady's Strawberries.





Funnily enough, I just heard from Debby today to say she has finished my Hello Neighbour RR, and guess what she stitched for me? STRAWBERRY HOUSE!! lol. I am so pleased because I really love this design. You can see a photo of it on her blog. Thanks Debby!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Sneak peek

I'm nearly done with Cheryl's RR, but will save a photo until I'm done, done which won't be too far away.

Anyway, I thought I would let you see my wedding invites that went out in the post yesterday around New Zealand, England and Northern Ireland.



The cream paper is actually pearly, but does not show up well in the photo. My sister did a great job with the invites, and I was very pleased with how they turned out.

I actually have both my sisters in action - one on invites and one on bridesmaid dresses. That'll teach them to be so crafty. :-)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Chilli Pepper House

I thought I would share a photo of how Cheryl's RR is coming along.

I'm stitching Little House Needleworks 'Strawberry House'. However, I noticed when I was about to start stitching that the wrong thread was supplied in the chart pack. Instead of Ladybug (pink) I got Chilli Pepper (orangey-brown). I think though that it might tone in better with the other designs than what the Ladybug thread would have.



Hope you're having a good weekend.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Hooray...

Heather's RR is ready to be posted home, I hope she will like the finished product. I have seen a few people say they are glad the RR has come to an end. Me too!



It was a beautiful day here today, so OH and I went crazy in the garden. We went out and spent quite a lot on plants to redo my pots, then decided we needed some more and went out and spent about the same amount again. It looks great though, and it feels summery now.

We even got stuck into a pot of irises which belonged to my Grandmother, a job I've put off for ages. My Mum had them for about 14 years, and she gave them to me a few years ago... so they were well and truly root bound. OH took a spade to them, and we eventually managed to get in and extract the (many) bulbs. They did flower occasionally, but next Spring they should be spectacular. I've already asked Santa for two half wine barrels which I've seen at one of the local garden shops to plant them in.

Have a good week everyone!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy halloween...

We do not usually celebrate Halloween, (but we are interested in ooky spooky stuff), so we decided to throw our nephew a surprise Halloween party tonight. He was definitely taken back when I opened the door with my witch hat on, my attractive witch nose and Tess (my black cat) under my arm.



Have fun if you are celebrating Halloween tonight!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Proud Aunty moment

I am currently stitching on Heather's RR, but won't share a photo until I am done. I am still aiming for the original 1 November deadline (not the extended 1 December deadline), as I have several other stitching comittments I need to get cracking on (Carol's RR, Cheryl's RR and an exchange).

Wedding plans are sucking up the rest of my stitching time - but surely there will come a time when there's nothing left to do but wait for the big day!?

So that this post isn't completely devoid of a photo or something interesting, I thought I would share a proud Aunty moment. Here is a photo of my sister's baby (cropped only to remove my sister's details). Look at that hand reaching out into the darkness, so cool!



Tomorrow is a public holiday, so I'm hoping to relax and actually get some stitchng done. Hope you all had a good weekend.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Super mail day...

I recently won Edgar's hobbit style birthday gift-a-way. We all know that Edgar is a very generous person, who spends a lot of time organising RRs and exchanges - so it really shouldn't surprise anyone that on HIS birthday he GIVES a gift!

It arrived today, and was beautifully wrapped...



and inside was a beautifully stitched and finished Pyn Keepe ... (you can click for a clearer view)



Thank you Edgar.... it is eqxuisite, and I love it!

My good fortune/luckiness has definitely continued. On Saturday I went to browse at wedding dresses. I found three possibilities, so decided to try them on. The second one turned out to be THE one! I was definitely worried about finding a dress, so I still can't believe my luck at finding one so quickly. I was encouraged to try on the third dress, but had already fallen in love wth the second one - so that was me set. We have our ceremony and reception venues chosen and booked, and are sussing out photographers now (ones that don't want an arm and a leg).

I don't think I've posted a cat pic in a while (and there's been no time for stitching), so I'll leave you with a photo of Giggsy. I only let him play with the catnip mouse occasionally because at 6.8kg Giggsy is like a baby elephant running around chasing it and he hurtles into things (although hasn't hurt himself yet, luckily). Don't let that sad face fool you, he's one pampered pet!



Have a great week!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Wow!

I was so excited today when I came home and found a big box sitting on the kitchen bench for me. It was from Neila for the Prairie Schooler exchange.

I really am blown away by her kindness, and all the wonderful gifts - including a beautiful pinkeep (my first), gold pins, fabric, chocolates, gorgeous green scissors, some stunning coloured threads, soap and handcream. Talk about spoilt!

I am afraid I can't find an email address for you Neila to send you a personal thank you, but I am very touched by your generosity. I hope your broken foot is on the mend and not causing you too much pain.



Thank you for all your congratulations on my upcoming wedding. Your good wishes are much appreciated. It is amazing what a good reaction we have had from everyone. I guess people love a wedding!

I love Carol's idea of planning a honeymoon in the UK (Carol's neck of the woods - Kent - is my all time favourite holiday destination), but OH keeps reminding me he has a business to run. Hopefully we might at least get a few days away somewhere after the big day.

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Wedding bells...

Lately I have been stitching like there is no tomorrow. Nicola kindly allowed me to borrow Garden Pleasures. So I started it as a little break from all the RRs I've ended up with.

I think it's quite funny that someone lends someone something from one side of the world to the other. Apart from showing how kind stitchers are to one another, it also goes to show how small the world has become with the internet, email etc.



As for the title of this post... yesterday OH and I decided to finally set a wedding date. So by the time we wed on 21 February 2009, I'll have known him 10 years, we'll have been together 8 years and we'll have been engaged for AHEM... seven years! lol

Hope you are having a good start to the week.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

An exchange, another RR done and some sunshine...

Stephanie sent me a lovely email to let me know that she received the Prairie Schooler (HOE) exchange I sent to her. I stitched 'F is for Friend' and made it into a little cushion (my first attempt at finishing something with my sewing machine). I also made a card, included some charts off her wishlist and sent an embossed New Zealand leather bookmark.



Tonight I finished stitching on Edgar's QFRR. I really enjoyed stitching this, the fabric and thread are just gorgeous (you can click the photo for a clearer view)



It's typically spring at the moment. Just like summer yesterday and earlier today, and now it's pouring with rain. It was nice while it lasted (although I was not tempted to get in the water!).



Someone else enjoyed all the lovely sunshine too...



Hope you are having a nice weekend

Thursday, September 25, 2008

2 down, 4 RRs to go...

I've finished my piece on Donna's RR for the Quaker Friendship RR. My restitch and Donna's RR will both be going in the post next week.



I now have Cheryl's RR in my hot little hands too (thanks Edgar!).

Judy asked if I'll be stitching my sister's baby a birth sampler. I did think about it, but my Mum said she'd be doing one (she's already knitting baby stuff on the quiet).

But that's OK, I have another exciting idea. I am a bit of a fiend for old family photos and genealogy. Last year I made contact with a lady who was able to give me photos of my Great Great Great Grandparents. So I thought I'd get a photobook printed starting with those photos and working my way through all the relatives to the present day. It's actually far more affordable to get a book printed and hand bound than I thought it would be. I think it will make a nice keepsake.

Did any Kiwi bloggers watch the doco on Romanian orphans last night? Oh my, I couldn't hold the tears in while watching that one. I'm so glad there are people helping and trying to make a difference for them.

Hang in there folks, it's not long until the weekend!

Friday, September 19, 2008

I'm in love....

With my Quaker Friendship Round Robin restitch...



(Of course the photo is terrible, but if you click the picture you get a clearer view)

I stitched it using Needle Necessities 135 (Bali Hai) and DMC 3750. I just love the colours, they remind me of water (the ocean, lakes, fjords...). I picked the 3750 last night, and was pleased to see in the daylight today that it was a good choice.

Kathy your Kiwi bookmark kit went in the post today. I love native New Zealand birds. A lot of them (Tuis and native Wood Pigeons) are starting to make a reappearance after Winter. It's always nice to see them.

I also posted my HOE Prairie Schooler exchange. I stitched my all time favourite PS design, so I hope my partner will like it too. I even managed to finish it into something with my sewing machine (yay). Will post photos once it has been received.

Thanks for all the comments on my recent posts, they are always appreciated. I hope you all have a great weekend!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Ooh-la-la

I was after a particular kit by The Sweetheart Tree, which I was having trouble finding. After surfing around and making some enquiries, I eventually found it at The Silver Needle. I hadn't used them before, but definitely would again... look at how it arrived all wrapped up in pretty paper. Postage was very reasonable and shipping was fast.



I got a sweet freebie too - a JBW chart complete with a little charm. So sweet.



The kit I was after was Sparkling Shamrocks, which I intend stitching as a memorial piece for someone I knew in Northern Ireland who passed away in July. A very sad and sorry tale, indeed.

I'm a bit scared at the moment - I need to get my sewing machine out to finish my Prairie Schooler exchange on the HOE blog. Wish me luck!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Here comes the summer sun...

It is a glorious summer-like day here today. OH and I were up early, so decided to head out to one of our favourite beaches.

It is one of our favourites because it is wild and rugged. The wind is usually blowing so hard the sand whips around your bare legs, your hair gets in a tangle and you can see some huge waves crash onto the beach. There's only usually a handful of people about too, so we always feel like we have it ourselves.

Plus, on a good day you can see the South Island. As can be seen in the first photo, today was a very good day - we were able to see the Kaikoura mountain range (which is in the South Island) in all it's snow capped glory.



And where else, other than in New Zealand, do sheep graze on the beach?? LOL



Sorry for the delayed drawing of the Kiwi bookmark. But the winner is....KathyA. If you could please email me your address Kathy (I only have your Arizona address), then I will get it in the post to you soon.


I can't show you my latest stitching finish yet (it's for the Prairie Schooler exchange on HOE), but I can show you my QFRR restitch. I started it last night. I'm using one of the lovely threads Kendra sent me for my birthday.



We bought two leather recliners for our lounge the other week - it makes stitching so much more comfortable! I can't tuck my Ginghers into my slippers when I'm stitching anymore, because my feet are too far away. LOL.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A Kiwi bookmark kit to giveaway

My sister bought me this bookmark kit for one of my "round-robiny things". LOL.

I assume she meant for me to gift it to someone. So if you are interested, leave a comment and if there is more than one person interested I'll randomly pick a name. Don't be shy, I'll post it anywhere in the world.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

A little finish

Here's Von's Neighbourhood RR.



I think you'll all agree it is one very pretty neighbourhood!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

A little quiet lately...

There's been all sorts of things going on, but not a lot of stitching.

I don't like to do a post without photos, so here are two charts I have on the way from 123stitch (dispatched the day after ordering so they'll be here soon, speedy!).

I saw that Lisa is working on Ezmerelda's House by Brightneedle, and it reminded me of how much I like this design.



I've also liked 'His Heart Belongs to Me' by Carriage House Samplings since I first saw it. It reminds me of a lovely Yorkshire miner I used to go out with when I lived in England. I'll probably change York to Ballymena though, for my OH. lol.



In other news...

OH and I had a long weekend away in Taranaki. Here's OH part way up Mt Taranaki - it was bitterly cold and snowing (it was great!).



I'm going to be an Aunty for the very first time. Now I have three nephews, one niece and a step-niece (is there such a thing?) and they are all fantastic young people, but this one is going to be a proper blood relative. Yay! (If you know me and you are reading this, I won't disclose which sister is expecting because I probably shouldn't be mentioning it yet. lol)

On a sadder note, just before writing this post I was shedding a few tears reading tributes to my work friend's father (who I also knew) who died this week. I was already feeling bad because I sent flowers then found out the family requested people not to send flowers, and when I checked to see if they were delivered they were - at 7.30 this morning. That's early, especially at such a terrible time. I am sure they will be well received, but talk about feeling like an annoyance.

On to happier things... Spring is here. I've seen blossoms, daffodils, magnolias, lambs (my sister has one at the moment!) and it's light when I go to work now. Yay!

And Tiggy is getting a friend. We've made her outdoor house a lot more waterproof and comfy (I reckon we've spent close to NZ$1,000 on her house - strewth, a bunny boutique!), the weather is improving and she needs something to put a hop in her step. The hard part might be choosing her a suitable friend from Animal Rescue though. Perhaps I'll just have to go with whose been there longest.

Oh well, back to the RR I'm working on - nearly there, which is just as well as the deadline is 1 September.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Strawberry House

Once again, excellent service from Amy at Down Sunshine Lane. I responded to Cheryl's 1 August request for someone to stitch on her LHN Heartfelt Friends RR, ordered the chart and threads a day or two later and it arrived on Monday. Talk about super fast!!



I haven't any stitching photos to share. I've been working on my Long Dog Mystery Sampler while watching the Olympics - of course the only mystery left is when I might finish it!

I'd be interested to know what other stitchers do when you start a sampler in one year and finish in another? I can't decide whether I should unpick 2007 and change it to 2008, or leave as is. I asked OH, but his cheeky reply was "You should put 2009 on it"!!! LOL

Here's a couple of blogs that have caught my eye recently, so thought I'd share the links.

Lisa
Piko

Hope you're having a great week!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Another little finish

I was determined to get Wendy's Quaker Friendship RR finished up last night. And I did... around midnight.



It will be on it's way to Donna soon.

Next up I'll be working on the Hello Neighbour RR, as there is a 1 September deadline and I've not even chosen a design yet! Off to do that now...

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Thank you

For all your sympathetic and supportive comments about the missing RRs. It's the disregard for everyone that bothers me most. I did get the hump for a bit, but I then reminded myself that 99.9% of stitchers are wonderful! Thanks also to Carol, who is also trying to help get the missing RRs back on course.

Speaking of the lovely Carol she received this little Quaker pincushion I made for her, for her birthday. Carol does so much for the stitching community that I wanted to make a little token of my appreciation. I'm glad she likes it.

It's stitched on Apple Blossom Lugana from CountryStitch with Crescent Colours 'Wavy Navy'. I really like how it turned out.





Judy asked about when we are likely to see the first signs of Spring in New Zealand. Funny she should ask, I just spotted some trees in blossom a few days ago. Yippee! Soon it will be time to get out in the garden and give it a good post-winter clean up, and plant up my pots (which all look very sad at the moment).

Yay, we've reached mid-week... it's downhill to the weekend. Yippee!

Friday, August 01, 2008

MISSING


Missing
Originally uploaded by rosie_kiwi

Three people's RRs from the Quaker Friendship RR.

Others from the Hello Neighbour RR.

So much for friends and neighbours....

Thanks to Edgar and Vonna for all they are doing to contact those stitchers who have gone awol.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Fair & Square Celebrate Summer Round for Clare

Clare has received her Summer squares from me, so I can now share a photo. I stitched Flowers by Heart in Hand, and sent a chart off Clare's wishlist.



Good spotting KarenV, the squares Clare stitched for me were a Brightneedle design. :-)

We could do with some Summer weather. New Zealand has been battered by two storms in the last few days. There have been a number of deaths attributed to the weather and widespread damage. I hope all my Kiwi blogging friends are safe and well (and dry!).

Monday, July 28, 2008

An award

Thanks Erica for the Kreativ Blogger award. :-) I'm sorry I can't nominate just five, I love and am inspired by all the blogs I read.



I really had to scratch around for something else to share in this post. I had a week off work last week, and the only thing I managed to accomplish on the stitching front was making another little pincushion out of my pretty squares from Clare.



Have a great week everyone.