Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve

Annabelle is tucked up in bed, and I'm about to get my stitching out. Ohh, the excitement of New Year's Eve. lol. But before I do any stitching I thought I would do a blog post to show you my finished Sew Advent SAL. I really love how it turned out. I think I have some bell pull ends in my stash drawers, so might have a go at finishing it that way.

As mentioned in an earlier post we had a few days away up north at beautiful Mt Maunganui. We mostly spent our time walking around the mountain and relaxing by the beach and in the apartment. Annabelle still needed her routine of feeding, naps and an early bedtime, so it was a refreshing change of holiday pace for us.

I had some other nice scenery pics I was going to share with you, but can't find them at the moment (Santa came early and I got a Samsung Galaxy S4 for Christmas. I have taken over 1000 photos already, but I'm still trying to get a handle on the automatic back ups and the phone sending them off to Dropbox etc. I guess I'll be back when I've located them!).

I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year's Eve! Happy new year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve

One more sleep and one more installment of Carol's Sew Advent SAL to go! I've changed the band that says 'Advent' to 'Annabelle' to mark her first Christmas.

Here she is the other day showing off her new skill of holding her head up.

We are very excited about her first Christmas, even though she'll not know what all the extra commotion is about! Santa has some great pressies lined up for her.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

More progress

My lovely daughter has decided to have a mammoth afternoon nap (that is what I thought motherhood would be about, filling in time with hobbies and things while the baby napped. Boy did I get a reality check when Annabelle came long. LOL), so I am using it to catch up blogging about the rest of my stitching progress.

Here is Giggsy's memorial sampler (Giggsy was our cat who passed away in September). It has a frog in it (the word Joy is a row or two out). I didn't think it was too noticeable until I photographed it - so out it will come and be restitched.

I have the Forget Me Not Sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread on the go too. Such a pretty stitch.

Really disappointed this year that I couldn't find ornaments I was enthusiastic about to stitch for my niece Phoebe and Annabelle. So it is an Old World Santa by Prairie Schooler for my niece Phoebe's Christmas ornament and my Sew Advent piece is going to be personalised to recognise Annabelle's first Christmas.

The other Christmas piece I stitched recently is Stella by Luli, which I found by way of Pinterest. You can find the freebie here. As I was finding the link to share I realised why I was not that enthused with it when I had finished, the photo on the website doesn't match the colours called for in the chart (the deer is stitched in cream on the website, but the chart calls for 3787 which is the browny colour). Too much haste and not enough thinking on my part!

Well, that's me all caught up with two months of stitching progress. If Annabelle decides to take a good nap again tomorrow, I might be back with some photos of our recent trip away up north (as I know many of you enjoy some New Zealand scenery photos).

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


Wow, it has been two months since my last post and Christmas is a week away. How time flies!

Is anyone else stitching Carol's Sew Advent SAL? Here is my progress. I am always a day behind due to the time difference and only having stitching time in the evenings. Tonight I'll stitch Day 17, and just before bedtime Day 18 will appear in my email inbox. It is working up to be a lovely piece.

I will soon be starting another regular stitch - Country Cottage Needlworks 'Frosty Forest' series. The first instalment arrived this week.

Since I last posted I have finished Giggsy's memorial sampler and two small Christmas pieces. I will share those in another post.

Annabelle is now 5 months old! She is starting to hold her own head up, and rolled onto her side last week. She has an amazing smile that makes her whole face light up, giggles at herself in the mirror and is starting to do big belly laughs. She has been on three trips away since she was born and has turned out to be a great little traveller. Being a Mum is hard work though as I am sure many of you know! :-)

If I don't manage to make another post before the 25th, I wish you and your families a wonderful Christmas and festive season!

P.S. - I'm not quite sure why the photos in this post appear so small. I can't seem to make them bigger, and even clicking on them doesn't help. (Shrug! Technology, grr)

Friday, October 18, 2013


This week my little niece Phoebe witnessed an animal being stolen from a pet store, and told an employee about it. So proud of her - she's only four and a half years old!

Thursday, October 17, 2013


I have been thinking of Cathey (aka Pumpkin) and her loved ones a lot this week. I was genuinely saddened to learn of her passing. We shared a few emails back and forwards over the years (about breast cancer and more recently our babies). She was funny and sweet. I, like many others, will miss her presence in blogland but will not forget her.

I was browsing through Pinterest over the weekend, and came across this pumpkin freebie. It seemed very apt to stitch in memory of Cathey. I will finish it as a fob. You can find the chart here

Giggsy's memorial sampler has grown a little. I manage an hour or two most evenings once Annabelle has gone to sleep. Usually she falls asleep around 7pm and she can often sleep for 10 or 11 hours. Such a change from when she first came home - where we had to wake her up every 3 hours to feed her in order for her to gain weight.

As mentioned in my last post I was delighted to win one of Melissa's blogaversary giveaways, and even more delighted when DH came walking in with it yesterday. That was very speedy! Thank you again Melissa. :-)

I'll finish up with a photo of Annabelle, who is now 3 months old. Time flies!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Meg & Giggsy

Thanks for all the comments you left on my last post. I am still very sad about the loss of Giggsy two weeks on, so your kind thoughts are much appreciated.

For a long time I have liked Pineberry Lane's Beloved Companion Memorial sampler. I knew I would stitch it one day for one of my kitty crew, but I seriously didn't think it would be anytime soon.

I managed to get a bit of time on it today while the baby was napping, and along came Meg (Giggsy's sister) and rubbed her head all over Giggsy's sampler. :-) I didn't mind a bit since it was for her brother.

Anyway, here is where I am at -

Annabelle is doing great. She has been smiling lots lately, and on Sunday she smiled at me without me having to prompt her. That was a great moment! She has been away on her first holiday (to New Plymouth to see family) and has grown 5 centimetres in 3 weeks. Yikes! My sister crocheted Annabelle the gorgeous 1920s style hat in this photo (my sister has only taught herself to crochet and managed to produce this!).

I received an email from Melissa at Words and Blooms today to let me know that I had won one of her blogaversary giveaways. Thank you Melissa. It really made my day. If you haven't discovered her blog already, there is lots of sampler and kitty eye candy so go check it out!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Goodbye Giggsy (2004-2013)

We will forever love and miss you.

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart. I'll stay there forever - A A Milne

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pumpkins for Cathey

Happy blogaversary Pumpkin (aka Cathey).

Wishing you all the very best of luck as you bravely battle cancer. Sending hugs your way! xx

To check out other bloggers wishing Cathey a happy blogaversary check out Daffycats blog here.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Spring happy dance

Spring, my favourite time of year! We've had quite a mild winter, but it doesn't diminish how lovely it is to see Spring blossoming around the place.

I have managed a few stitches here and there, and actually have a small spring themed finish. It is 'Springtime Happy Dance' by Widgets & Wool Primitves. Love those bunnies.

Unfortunately, I recently had to rehome one of my bunnies. I firmly believe that pets are for life, but Charlie and my other bunny Cola had a bit of a dust up. Fortunately no blood was shed, but I didn't want to risk it any further. So Charlie has found a nice new home at my Mum's house (so at least I still get to see him and know he'll be well looked after). :-)

Annabelle is now seven weeks old, and looking gorgeous in the beautiful knitted jersey Nicola sent. Thanks again Nicola! :-)

Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Playing catch up

It is definitely harder to find time to do small things these days, but today I have managed to give my cross stitches a quick once over with the iron so I can share them here.

First up is Sailing Mice by Margaret Sherry. I have long loved these little mice and having a baby seemed like the perfect excuse to stitch them. This design is destined for the wall of Annabelle's room. I had been going to frame it while I was on leave awaiting her arrival, but as mentioned in my last post she turned out to be an early bird (just like her Mum and Dad - DH and I are always early for everything - even when we try not to be, lol).

I also finished up LHN's Old Nantucket a while back. I love the colours in this one and the fabric (WDW Cocoa). This was such a pleasurable stitch (you can tell I enjoyed it, because I don't often finish large designs within a year!).

I was making some great progress on my Scarlet Letter piece - Freelove Hazard. That's come to a bit of a halt, but I hope to get back to it soon.

Annabelle has been inundated with love, kindness and gifts from all around the world in the five and a half weeks since she arrived. Last week a squishy package turned up in the letterbox all the way from Cornwall! The lovely and generous Nicola sent Annabelle this beautiful jersey and a card featuring Poppy and Blue! :-) I can't wait until Annabelle is big enough to fit it. Thank you again Nicola for this gorgeous gift!

Annabelle is starting to stir, so I'd better make tracks. Thanks for reading!

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Surprise arrival

I have some stitching finishes to share, but I will save those for another post and show you my most recent creation...

Our girl wasn't due until 8 August, but surprised us by arriving three and a half weeks early. I had only finished up at work on 12 July, and things started happening the very next morning. At that stage DH and I had no idea how close we were to meeting our daughter. :-) Although she caught us a bit off guard, we are delighted she is here!

We were finally allowed home from hopsital on the Thursday (which was also my birthday) - and there was a gift waiting for Annabelle from our good friend Kathy. Get a look at these handmade bibs and burp cloths. Aren't they amazing?

I have to confess that I still haven't had the heart to get them dirty yet, and visitors are blown away that someone was so kind to hand make these beautiful gifts. Thanks again Kathy! xx

I hope to be back soon to show you my stitching finishes.

Thursday, April 11, 2013


It's most certainly not Spring here in the Southern hemisphere, but I recently participated in a spring/Easter exchange on the Stiched with Love exchange blog.

As yet, I do not know who my partner was but a big thank you to the stitcher who sent me this wonderful exchange.

A lovely wall hanging -

And a fantastic bunch of extras (a cute bunny chart, the threads to stitch it, ribbons, buttons, fabric and some fat quarters). Talk about being very spoilt.

I haven't heard if my exchange has been received and I know the person I sent to reads my blog, so I won't say who I stitched for at this stage but this is what I stitched and sent -

I am currently stitching a very cute design for my baby, which I hope to finish and share very soon. In my last post I mentioned I'd had some flutterings which I thought might be the baby kicking - now I am in no doubt. DH has had his hand kicked too, which he thought was pretty cool.

I am currently on leave from work and we have just come back from four days up north in Taranaki visiting family. One of the nights we spent away was in a small township called Mokau, and this is the view from the deck of the bach we stayed at - in the distance is Mt Taranaki. Like with all good trips away, it was over too soon!

Hopefully I'll get some time with the rest of my leave from work to do some stitching.

Happy stitching everyone!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Howdy strangers :)

It has been a while since I last blogged, so here I am with an update!

First up some new Just Nan bunny stash arrived recently. I wasted no time ordering them after nearly missing out on the limited edition Christmas mouse at the end of last year. lol.

I also got two small WIPs finished up recently. First up is the stitchery I had started over Christmas. (You wouldn't believe it, but I did actually iron it before taking the photo)! I quite enjoyed the process, but it will definitely take more practice to round corners nicely.

The other design is Lil' Jack and the Kitty from Bent Creek. Even my DH commented what a cool piece this was. I have to say it was the worst kit I have ever used though, as it was seriously short on thread (which wouldn't have been too much of a problem usually, but it was DMC Pearl Cotton 5 which I don't usually stitch with). It would put me off buying Bent Creek kits in future.

I participated in the Hop into Spring exchange recently, and can't wait to show you what was sent and received. Thank you to my mystery stitcher - what a super package. :-) I can't wait to find out who you are to thank you properly.

I am sorry if you have sent me an email in the last four months and haven't received a reply. I had to create a Gmail address to sign up to Nicola's Scarlet Letter blog last year, and it seems all emails started getting sent to that address instead of my main email. I will be checking both in future! :-)

Baby update - everything has been going really well. The only problem I have right now is staying awake in the evenings :-) (hence the lack of blogging and stitching). At the beginning of February I had a midwife appointment and heard the baby's heartbeat for the first time. That was very cool and special! I think I may have felt the baby move a few times, but I am not entirely sure. The baby also has a room full of 'stuff' (clothes, toys etc) already - and DH and I have hardly bought a thing! I haven't managed to stitch anything for the baby yet, but I have some time off coming up and the Easter break so maybe I'll get some stitching for the little one done then.

Hope you have a lovely, stitch-filled weekend!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Special deliveries

I have been a little absent from stitching and blogging for a while now. I haven't been feeling my best for a few months because I am expecting a very important delivery later in the year! So let me introduce you to my latest work in progress (which I'm calling my little thumb sucker!) :-)

I have managed to put a few more stitches into Freelove Hazard when I haven't been unmotivated/feeling seedy/horizontal/napping. I am so loving this sampler and the over one (now I didn't think I'd ever say that!).

Onto other special deliveries... I recently hit the stitchy jackpot on Nicola's Scarlet Letter blog. Will you look at the size of this fabric 39" by 55" (1m by 1.4m) (even my DH's eyes bulged when he saw the size of it, lol)! Wow, I am going to have so much fun with that! Thank you again Nicola, not only for the amazing prize but coming up with the idea of the Scarlet Letter blog and getting people stitching.

On the same day the fabric from Nicola arrived, some stash I ordered appeared too. It is Violet's Blue by Blackbird Designs. I fell in love with this design as soon as I saw it. I don't think I'll start it anytime soon though, I seem to have a few too many WIPS on the go and need to get some finished up.

We are having an amazing run of weather at the moment. A high is sitting over Wellington and it is blue sky day after blue sky day, and is expected to continue on until mid next week. It certainly makes our nation's capital look stunning.

I think Meg must have been catching a breeze in the woodshed, she lay here quite contented for ages!

Hope you're keeping cool (or warm)... depending on where you are in the world!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Freelove Hazard 1792

My aim for January was to get started on my sampler for Nicola's Scarlet Letter challenge. In the last few days I have done just that and have made a little progress.

Now I have to say when I studied the chart prior to stitching I was slightly nervous about all the over one stitching. It is not my favourite thing to do, and in the past I sometimes haven't even cared for the actual look of over one stitching. However, I have made a start and am actually enjoying it and I love the look of it in this sampler.

While I am here, I thought I would share a couple of other photos. Here is my bunny Charlie. He's a lively, happy little fellow. I am not entirely sure my other bunny Cola is very smitten with him (I think he preferred Tiggy's affectionate and gentle nature, rather than Charlie's "lets play" attitude lol) - but there has never been any aggression between the two boys, and they do get lots of exercise running around their enclousre.

For the flower lovers amongst you. This year in my wildflower garden I decided to plant some old fashioned favourites - dahlias, gladioli, foxgloves, hollyhocks etc. While there isn't actually too much flowering at this stage, my "Uncle Hankey" dahlia has this gorgeous bloom on it. Hopefully the other flowers won't be too far behind.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend and getting lots of stitching time in.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Happy new year

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year. 2013 is shaping up to be a great year, but it is back to work on Monday after two weeks off work. While that is a bit of a drag there are plenty of public holidays to look forward to at this time of year (the first being just two weekends away).

I had lots of stitching plans for my time off work, but they haven't really eventuated due to feeling unwell for most of the break. I did pull out a kit I have had in my stash for a few years and put a few stitches in when I've felt up to it over the last few days. I am enjoying it so far and will finish it as a small pillow when done. It is my first attempt at a stitcheries kit, so I have a lot to learn about making nice curves with back stitch.

Before Christmas my Freelove Hazard sampler kit arrived for Nicola's Scarlet Letter challenge. I hope to make a start on it this month.

Christmas Day was a stinker of a hot day at 33 degrees Celsius (about 91 degrees Fahrenheit). Luckily the other nice days we've had haven't been quite that hot, so we've been having some trips out to different beaches and scenic spots. The water was even warm when we paddled our feet in it!

We took a trip to the zoo the other morning. I won't bore you with all the animal photos, but thought I'd share this baby chimp which was way too cute!

Have a great weekend!