Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A French General Table Runner

Earlier last year I was informed one of the girls in a Christmas swap did not received her gift, so I planned on sending her one.  As a lot of you probably know I was also in the middle of finishing my Thesis so was also put on the back burner.  I then planned on sending it to her for Christmas just been but again got delayed, then I though Lets Get Stitched Brisbane as a surprise.

I made my favorite table runner pattern again and this time with French Generals Pondicherry range

Also for Lets Get Stitched last month we had to make a needle case for our games night and this is the one I made and filled with goodies

Monday, April 2, 2018

Lets Get Stitched 2018

Last month I again headed over the ditch to join some girls for a fun weekend at Lets Get Stitched.  Again this time it was held in Brisbane.

I met up with a lot of the girls I had met over the previous three years and we had lots of fun.  Now what happens on Lets Get Stitched stays on Lets Get Stitched but here are a few photos of me with friends.

One of my highlights on the Friday bus trip was going to Nikki Tervo's shop and getting a photo with her too

I also brought my self a couple of her Mandala designs after seeing some of the girls ones

On Friday we had games night and lots of fun and prizes

On Saturday we had a free day to do what we wanted so myself and three girls went fabric shop shopping and then went and had a yummy lunch at the Salisbury Hotel

Sunday was then stitching day.  I seem to have a lot of pictures with the lovely Cheryll from Gone Stitchin'

And here is my room buddy De

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

FNWF Finish

Finally another Friday I was not working so got to join in with the girls for FNWF.  

So what did I get to make?

This little badge for a secret recipient at the annual Lets Get Stitched which this year is back in Brisbane.

Only 2 more sleeps to go and I will be back with the girls again.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Still Time to Sign Up for FNWF

Officially started my annual leave now, so have tonight free so have signed up to FNWF.

There is still time to sign up, so head over to HERE to join in with the fun

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Goodness Me

Goodness me it has been nearly 2 months since my last post.  It has been so hot to really do anything here.  Humidity 2 weeks ago was at 99%.  I was very glad I was not working in our un-airconditioned hospital that day.

Though to hot do do really anything I have stitched some 1" hexi flowers and even made a block for the Quilting Block Swap Australia group I am in on Facebook

I have also made a secret gift for someone but will post that one next month after they receive it.

I have also been away to a few concerts in the last two months.

First up was Bryan Adams.  This concert was fabulous.  As a teenager I loved his music and still do, so was rap that I got to see him live

I went with a couple of friends from work, and when going to and from the concert on the buses that were provided, we were the naughty girls at the back of the bus lol

I then went to the Taupo Summer Concert and though George Thorogood and the Destroyers had to pull out, they were replaced by The Orchestra (ELO) and boy were they fantastic.  They were a great ending to a great concert, which also had Alanis Morrisette, Colin Hay and Fairground Saints.  Again I went with the same ratbags as my last concert with hubby in tow to doing the driving this time.

Then last weekend I went to see the greatest band out ...... QUEEN + Adam Lambert.  Now I thought Adele was the best concert I had ever been to, but Queen out done her.  

This time I left the other ratbags behind and went with Miss 21.

Amoung these concerts I also went to a wedding of some very good friends and my baby was one of the wedding cars.  He scrubbed up very well I must say.

Friday, December 29, 2017

My SSCS Gift

On Christmas day I got to open my gift I received from Maria as part of Chookyblues SSCS.

I opened up my parcel from Maria last on Christmas Day and look at the looked hexagon bag she has stitched for me.

Inside were these decorations she has also made

And I also got this little pouch with none other than chocolates in it ..... yummy

I would like to thank Chookyblue for holding this fabulous swap again and also to Maria for the lovely gifts.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Another Christmas Swap Gift Sent

Another swap I participated in was one held in the Inchy Hexagon Flower Swap group on Facebook.
We were to make something with a hexagon in it.

I got to send to the lovely Sue Coleman in Australia, and I sent her this hexagon table mat.

As I have previously said on other blog posts, I was working over Xmas on nightshift and on our ward we bought some Christmas cheer this year by wearing some Christmas scrubs.

The patients loved them and some said the place was more cheerful for them over Christmas.

By my third night I was dead tired but still bringing the Christmas cheer with other nurses and doctors.

Now I have a few days off and back into it over New Years again.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

SSCS 2017 Gift Sent

Well I hope you all had a lovely Christmas Day, though some off you around the world are still celebrating it.  Here in New Zealand it is now Boxing day and a day to eat a lot of leftovers too.

Over the next few days I will be showing you gifts sent and received for a couple of swap I have been in for Christmas this year.

First up I got to send to the lovely Michell Ridgway for the annual SSCS Chookyblue holds each year.

First up she got to open up the ornament I made for her when the parcel arrived.

Then the wait till Christmas day to open up the main parcel.

I made her this table runner.  I love this pattern and each time I make it I always have to think about it for some reason or another and if I am tired it pays not to attempt it I have found.

By the time you read this I will be fast asleep as have been on night shift the last three nights, but now have got till New Years Eve off, so time to spend with family.

Monday, December 25, 2017


Merry Christmas everyone.  I hope you are all having a fun today.  

Friday, December 1, 2017

My SSCS Has Arrived

So I finally posted out my parcel today to my partner for the 2017 SSCS, and also when I out to open my front door there was my parcel waiting for me too

Ripping the postbag open I found these three wrapped gifts

with only one being allowed to be opened today.  The other two are for Xmas Day. 

I received this lovely ornament from Maria

Now the wait until Christmas Day.

Patience is a virtue.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Here It Is.....

After blood, sweat and a lot of tears ....... my printed and bound Thesis.

So happy it is finally over.

Monday, November 6, 2017

FNWF Update

Just a couple of days late with the update but I did get something done on FNWF.

I cut and basted these 1" Hexagons to make into flowers

Then over the next couple of days sitting watching Gossip Girl, I have stitched these up ready to send away 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Hexagon Madness and FNWF is On Tonite

First of all tonight is FNWF so if you want to join up too, go on over here there is still time to join.

In the last week I have also being belting out some hexagon flowers for swaps I am in, and these have all been sent off to various parts of the world

I still have some more to do and these will be completed over the next few days and sent out.

Finally it is now November, so..............

Monday, October 23, 2017

Some Winnings

I entered 19 items in the local A&P show this year, the most I have ever done and came out with seven placings.... four 1sts, two 2nds and a 3rd.

 I got 1st placings with my Tomato Relish which is from the handy Edmonds Cookbook and this year entered some Pesto too and I found this recipe online.

I also entered my Christmas stitchery that I had just finished which is C\called 'Jolly Santa' by Natalie Bird at The Birdhouse.  I picked this kit up at JJ Crafts when visiting there a couple of years ago.

I also made this table topper and again got a first.  The free tutorial I found was from Sister Of The Divide and called the Candy Corn Table Topper.  I was simple to make and I learnt how to do mitered corners on a hexagon finally.

I entered this oven mitt last year and got nowhere so was able to enter it again this year and it got 2nd ....yay!

This cross stitch that I got 2nd for was one I had done a while ago and reframed recently.  There were some lovely pieces on display this year.

I also made a stitchery that had been sitting in a box for a while into a cushion and this came 3rd

There were others I had entered and came nowhere this year and if I don't use them I may enter them again next year.

One was this beanie

And a bag made from French General fabric using a pattern I found on Pinterest and the pattern can be found here

For the first time I entered some baking but alas did not get anywhere this time but will keep on trying.