Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A river runs through it

The great thing about living in New Zealand is that it is not unusual to have some stunning scenery or an entire beach all to yourself.

Tonight was a glorious evening, so I took my camera out when DH and I went for a walk. We wandered alongside the river... we enjoyed the odd assortment of flowers growing wild on the riverbank (daisies, buttercups, sweetpeas, foxgloves, periwinkles), watching the river current swirl in strange directions (helped by this mornings torrential downpour) and throwing rocks in the river to see who could make the biggest splash (some kids never grow up). And the absolute best bit was that we didn't see another soul for the hour or so we were out.

River walk mosaic... I'm a bit obsessed with mosaics!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

What's flowering in my garden right now...

I am currently working on a Christmas exchange, so as I can't share a stitching update I thought I would pop in and show you what is flowering in my garden right now.

We have foxgloves, aquilegias, hydrangeas, bottlebrush, periwinkles, marigolds, carpet roses, lavender and honeysuckle. I love this time of year.

My garden today

What's flowering in yours right now?

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Finally some progress to show you

Last week I coffee dyed some fabric. I did it with a new start in mind. Can you guess what it is from this photo?...

Fancey Blackett by Pineberry Lane WIP

If you guessed Fancey Blackett by Pineberry Lane, you'd be right!

Fancey Blackett by Pineberry Lane WIP

I really enjoyed the coffee dyeing process, it was a bit of an adventure not quite knowing how it was going to turn out. My DH was quite intrigued as to why I was making a large bowl of coffee and then baking my fabric in the oven. lol He did like the end result though and it's subtly mottled affect.

I haven't quite finished Weeds Make Haste yet, I'll have to tear myself away from Fancey Blackett at some stage to get it done. The chart is in the post to Sally. Hopefully it doesn't take the long way to England, like a recent letter to my Great Aunt in Canterbury - she told me it went via Brunei Darussalam!

Weeds Make Haste by Shakespeares Peddler WIP

So, what are you stitching on this week?