31 July 2016

YOP - Crochet - & - Cafe's

Sorry I've been missing for a week or more from here, we've been off gallivanting on our travels again, and having fun while also helping our dd. It was a great catch-up and a very productive time with her.

Stitching had to take a bit of a backseat while I was away, but I did manage to 'almost' finish this little purse/bag during the evenings. 
It just needs blocking, a little fringe on the bottom I think, and I'm on the lookout for a nice button to close it, and also put a lining in it before I can add it to my FO list.
I can't remember where I got the pattern from as it's been in my 'files' a long time.

Summers End Mandala

Since arriving back home on Thursday I have added the ecru thread to the outside edge (two rounds), and now
 I have completed Part 13 of Mandala Madness cal - Summers End.
'Only' 5 more Parts to go.

Here is how the full piece looks so far.

A couple of cafe recommendations for you if you are ever travelling around New Zealand.

41 Moa St.

Such a lovely variety of freshly home-baked foods, and a top quality barista.

The Wooden Heart Cafe
28-30 Ellis Rd SH 30

We had a delicious meal here. The home cooked pies are heartily packed full, and so tasty. The meats used are all processed locally and therefore very fresh.

This was a Year of Projects Post

17 July 2016

YOPping along

It's Sunday - and this is a Year Of Projects post.

  Summers End   crochet mandala.
3 rows added since last Sunday. One row of orange, two rows of yellow.
As this gets bigger it takes longer to complete one full round, hence only three rows rows done this week. It also takes a fair bit of concentration to follow the pattern (peace and quiet helps too, but there isn't much of this available at my home at the moment).

  Crazy Quilt Colour Journal  
This is a portable project that I take to meetings to work on. 
Each block has a selection of neutral fabrics for the background hand stitched together, and each block is a different colour scheme. 
This block will predominantly read as lime green (I hope) and is number 8 of 12.
Each block will include a paisley or two.
Each block will include a crochet motif or two.
Basic stitches to these seams were done while I was travelling/living in caravan since selling our farm last year. Additions and embellishments have been added this week.

And my new graphic for YOP

10 July 2016

YOP - Summers End Mandala

I managed to find some time to get Part 12 done on my Summers End mandala madness piece.
The edges are curling up a bit, but I'm told this will be rectified with the next additions.
Part 12 is the white and peach edge - rows 77 to 82.

It's Sunday

08 July 2016

A Year of Projects (week 1)

A Year of Projects (or YOP for short) starts here with my first post.
This is with a group I recently joined on Ravelry here.
There will hopefully be a new post about this once a week as I try to complete and tick off the projects on my TO-DO list between July 2016 and June 2017.

I have some projects lined up that need to be started or completed in a particular month - like the International Freeform Fiberart Challenge that starts January 1st. and ends May 1st. and is a very important project for me every year.

My TO-DO Lists

A freeform piece for a national arts festival here in NZ.
Lots of baby items for a craft table at our local Child & Baby Expo.
Two afghan blankets.
Mandala Madness CAL WIP needs the last 3 weeks of instructions to complete it.
Down by the Seashore CAL WIP

One afghan blanket.
Various other items not decided yet. 

Hand embroidered seam treatments and embellishment on my Crazy Quilt Colour Journal.
2 x Cross-stitch miniature rugs.
Various other items as my mind introduces them to me.

Patchwork & Quilting
Finish my Butterfly Crazy Quilt.
Complete the backing and hanging for my Snorkeling wall-hanging, possibly for the arts festival.
Mug rugs, table mats, bags, and lap quilts for a craft stall.
Other items as the mood takes me.

Practice more flower sketches and paintings.
Pen and ink drawings, possibly for arts festival.

Other Crafts
Needle felting.
Soft-sculpture sewing.
Bobbin Lace.

Christmas presents
this list will be detailed later in the year when I have decided what to make and for who.

Other projects -
Get my craft room designed, sorted and unpacked (after it has been in storage for over a year while we had a touring holiday of North Island).
Now with a large garden to upkeep - plant lots of wildflowers and colourful borders. 
Keep the roses tidy. 
On-going planting and harvesting my new vegie plots.

Well.....    I think that's enough to keep me busy for a year, don't you?

04 July 2016

Freeform Down by the Seashore

Week one of the Freeform K/CAL Down by the Seashore has started with a Gastropoda inspired shell (or shells)

This K/CAL is on Ravelry here