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


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!