Friday, March 19, 2010

Visits and Painting

During the weekend I took another trip to the other side of NZ. Yes to Hokitika to visit Miche'le again. Oh course I did pop into the Wildfoods festival while I was there, had to make the most of the trip across the island. So up at 5am on a Saturday morning and look what I got from Miche'le shop while I was there ...

The pretty flora's just because I had to have them
And the soft pink backgrounds for the Joy of Life quilt that I hope to start later this year

While I was there, Miche'le gave me this beautiful mini cushion. Remember how there is a few of us here in NZ that decided to do a Mini Cushion swap, while we are continuing to do this and as there is no set time to send we just do it when we have the time. Of course Miche'le must have more time than me at the moment.

Isn't it lovely? Miche'le does the most beautiful work and I am so happy to now have 2 of her pieces in my home.


I have been attending a painting class on a Tuesday night and during the last 4 weeks I have been making this.

What do you think? I am very pleased with it. DD1 tried to steal it last night but I am happy to say, I still have it. Maybe I could make her one, one day
And I made this for DD3 as she loves black and white. I have been asked to make a couple more but we will see

I hand stamped the ribbon on this one. It was so much fun and so quick to do.
Yes I think I will whip up a few more

Now off to do some sewing, DD3 leaves for her School Classics trip in 2 weeks,
Italy and Greece for a month. And I still have to make her a day bag.
So down with the paint brush and up with the needle

Til next time,
Happy stitching

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Presents & Block 2

Last week it was my birthday. I was given some lovely gifts. First, DH gave me some new rulers for my quilting. They were just what I needed but they were given to me at 5am. That was my other present, he was heading away for the weekend to spend time with his parents. Not sure if that was what I wanted, but I did get a good nights sleep. (He's a snorer)

DD3 gave me the first season of Bewitched, something from my child hood that she knew I would love. Seeing that I have already watch 10 of the episodes, I guess I had better start looking for the next season.

The family (minus DH) asked me what did I want to do for my birthday. I wanted to go to the zoo and have a picnic. So off we went. All my daughters, their partners and the grandchildren.
I have to say, I like the idea of putting live food in a cage for the lions, don't you?

By the end of the day, they had all enjoyed themselves and we had all shared some lovely quality time together

Some of the staff at work got together to give me this lovely handmade felted bag

On Friday, I popped into Deb's and she had made me the most beautiful candlewick bolster cushion. Isn't just beautiful? The hand work is so lovely. I have it sitting in my chair at the moment. Deb filled it with Lavender so I am feeling rather relaxed (and sleepy). Thank you so much Deb, you are such a wonderful friend.


So today is the 9th, and I have to show my block 2 of Pond House.
Not quite finished but nearly there and should be completed before I go to bed tonight so that would mean that my block is completed on the 9th. Hooray

Now I just have to wait for Deb and Melanie to show theirs. Then it is off to start block 3. I had better get it done early as I will be away for the 9th April so I will have to show it before I go.

Til next time, happy stitching