Tuesday, March 26, 2013

18 Years Ago.....

Eighteen years ago on the 25th, I got married, but boy it does not feel like that long ago.  We now have two teenagers with one flying the coop this year if she gets into the Armed Forces and the other probably home for another 20 months before he goes out farming or he may stay at school for another year.

Also this week my sewing machine broke down, so I have ordered a new one and just waiting for it to arrive.  I have ordered the Janome MC4900QC.  It was the one I was looking at brand new before I bought my 2nd hand Janome MC9000.   Am so excited.  Still have my two basic Brother sewing machine packed away in the shed for a rainy day, though one I will give to Miss 17 one day. So for me no sewing currently, but will be soon.

janome memory craft 4900qc computerized sewing machine

Monday, March 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Kristen

My daughter Kristen is 17 yrs old today. My does time fly.  She is in her last year of school and has applied to go in the Armed Forces, which she is old enough to go in now.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Google Reader Is Closing

Yes Google Reader is closing on July 1st.  I do like this fast effortless way to read my blogs, but alas it will be no more.  So I have decided to read them through Bloglovin'.  I had signed up to this a long time ago but never used it.
I am also trying out Feedly but not enjoying it as much, but you can look at it yourself and see what you think.

So if you follow me through Google Reader, click on the button below and you can now follow on Bloglovin'

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Giveaway Winner

 I have a winner for my giveaway.  Well done Vicki.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Concert, A Zoo, A Block And A Swap

Last night I went to an epic concert.  I love Fun. and had said if they come to New Zealand I will go see them.  Well they came, I got tickets and I went, taking Kristen and Anthony with me.  Well all I can say is that they were awesome and if they come back I'll be back to watch them.

Before we went to the concert we obviously done some shopping, and we went to the Auckland Zoo.  We haven't been there since 2007 so I treated the kids.  The kids loved it and we had fabulous weather for it.

Now onto the crafty things.  Here in my February block I received from Ann for CQBSA

Another loved block.

Also I had an Angel send me a lovely parcel for the Cushion Cover swap over at the Sew Swapit Facebook  group I am part of.  

I absolutely love the colours.

Well that's all for now and don't forget tomorrow I am drawing my giveaway, so head over to this post and enter.

Edited to add that you may have read that Google Reader is going in a few months so I have exported all my blogs I am following over to BlogLovin to read them there.  You can also sign up and do this and follow my blog this way.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Teddies At Play

So I have bitten the bullet and signed up for my first monthly Block of the Month that I have ever paid for.  I have admired the work I have seen for the Teddies At Play stitchery and wanted to do it myself so done a Google search for a place in New Zealand and found Grandmother's Garden was holding it.

Now if you are in NZ want to join up, here is the Grandmother's Garden sign up.

I had a quick look and there are other overseas websites holding it too.

Friday, March 8, 2013

It's Giveaway Time

Again I am participating in the Blog Hop Party with Giveaways hosted by Michele over at the Quilting Gallery.

This time I have two mini charm packs to giveaway to one winner.

To enter just leave one comment. Nice and simple.

If you follow me on one of those buttons to your right that would be great, but you don't need to.

Entries open until March 15th New Zealand time.

Entry open to everyone.

Remember to be a reply blogger or leave your email in your comment, as if I can not get hold of you I will redraw.

Finally go here and have a look at all the other great giveaways happening.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Another Cushion Cover

Another swap, another cushion cover.  This time I made this cover for Michele over at our Sew SwapIt group on Facebook.  I used just a simple disappearing 9-patch block and then quilted it.  Am hoping it has arrived by now and she likes it

And here is a photo of Ginda enjoying the shade and keeping out of the sunshine.

Finally, last Friday I had signed up to FNWF but unfortunately other things came up and did not get to do anything.  So may just have to make up for it next month.