26 December 2016

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays

Not very much Christmas activity has been going on here I'm afraid,
and absolutely nothing even remotely stitch related.

Tony & I spent a week at our other house starting to get it ready for our son to move into in January.
We have cleaned it, furnished it, fitted out the kitchen with all the necessary cooking things (pans, crockery, cups, utensils etc.), checked everything works as it should, put up curtains, got the door bells working, changed locks, arranged for the security and alarm system to be installed, and started the bathroom renovation to add a 2nd shower room.
Just waiting now for the ordered special mixer shower tap to arrive, and the 3 sets of new blinds to be made and delivered. Then the new residents can move in.

We arrived back at our home on Christmas Eve evening, and I had a quick run through my local village supermarket (small shop) for whatever I could find suitable for Christmas dinner, lol. 
It turned out to be a rather non-traditional dinner for us, but still very enjoyable.

We managed to get a bit of exploring done at some beaches that we have not been to to before, and we had the deserted beach to ourselves.
That is Tony at the waters edge. 

The place had me spellbound. It's like a graveyard for washed-up and sun-bleached trees.

Most of New Zealand has this amazing sparkly black sand. 
Like shiny little diamonds glittering at you. 

So that was what we have been up to over the last week.
It's Boxing Day here now, and we're just chillin. Lovely to have the boys home for Christmas too.

Peace, Love & Joy to you all.


11 December 2016

YOP - Doilies - Decoupage Tree - Stash

Two completed projects to show this week.
They will both benefit from a blocking soon, to help them keep their shape better.


Stash Enhancement Xercise

100% pure NZ Merino top. 
Colour : Deep Rainbow.
For a needle-felting project starting sometime early(ish) 2017.

I am so lucky to have discovered a treasure, a very local hand-dyer of beautiful fibers and yarns, he lives about two streets away from me. Ian recently won a 1st prize award for a crocheted afghan made with his hand-dyed fibers.
This is my first purchase from him (the first of very many I'm beginning to think).


And just to add to the season of Jollility, here is my decoupage tree, making another appearance this year as I love it's simplicity.


This has been another Year Of Projects post.
If you would like to see what the YOP is all about, 
you can click on this icon in the side-bar, and
be taken to the Ravelry group.

05 December 2016

A YOP finish & 'My Week'

Another YOP finished object to add to my list on the YOP-FO tab

I have finished the Christmassy Cat decoration- what a little cutie. 
My 'someone special' is going to love it.
It's about 6" high and embroidered with DMC floss.
An enjoyable and quick project to stitch. I might do a whole load for next Christmas, lol.


My Summers End crochet mandala has not progressed any this week, but
I have started another 2 crochet projects, but can't show pics yet because they are for Christmas presents.

I enjoyed a lovely Christmas dinner with the Embroiderers Guild group that I belong to.
Lovely company and great food.
 (or should that read)
Lovely food and great company.
Either way works for me.

I went to my local church fair this week. Plenty of nick-nacks for sale, and lovely music provided by a couple of teenagers from the high school, singing and playing guitar and keyboards. They were very good, and certainly in the Christmas spirit. Isn't it good to see the youth of today enjoying making people smile.

One of our junior schools in our little town also had a Country Fair, which was very fun entertainment for all the children. I do so enjoy listening to the happy little voices of children playing and having fun. It was another day of smiles for me.

There is a Market Day at the High School tomorrow, and an evening Crafty Christmas Fair event later in the week. I shall happily be attending those events too. I try to buy locally if I can, and I do my best to support local events and fundraisers. 

The garden has taken up some time this week, so with a lack of stitching related photos to show this week, here are some of my lovely blossoms and blooms purely for your enjoyment too.

Well, that's it for this week folks.
I hope you have a great time if you are attending any functions.

This has been another Year Of Projects post