Saturday, 22 May 2010

Is your glass half full????

Or is it half empty????  If you are a glass half empty kind of person you'll say I'm two months too late to be finishing up Easter stitching, but I'm more of a glass half full kind of girl, and I reckon I'm about ten months early for next Easter!  This is what I sewed up last night for my first Friday Night Sewin, what a great excuse reason to spend a cold Friday evening stitching.  You might have seen this here, back in March, but it didn't quite get the treatment in time for Easter. 
  Good Eggs by The Trilogy
Stitched on Natural Belfast 32ct
WDW & Gentle Arts threads as kitted 
After Good Eggs was finished up I also put in a few more stitches on my Lizzie Kate Christmas Flip-It piece.  Have finished up Faith and started on Cheer.  Pink church? Might be the next big thing?!
Over the next week the plan is to finish up the next block on A Gardener's Journal SAL.  Next month's block has heaps of stitchery, so I'd like to get a head start on that if I can. 
If you participated in Friday Night Sew-in, hope you had a productive night ..............I know I did!

Thanks for stopping by.............  Nicky

Friday, 21 May 2010

Friday Night Sew-In........

This is a flying visit to send you all to join Friday Night Sew-In, which is tonight.... so HURRY!!! if you want to sign up.  Link is in my sidebar.  I have only just learned about this, so now I have to get my butt moving and work out what I will sew tonight, oh the choices, so many projects, so little time!  Happy sewing/stitching to all who have signed up.  See you tomorrow with what is achieved tonight............

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Happy Mothers Day.... and a block finished!

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mums out there...... I hope you have all been spoiled today.  I sure have,  lots of cards and gifts made for me by the girls, and this beautiful bag that hubby and the girls gave me.  I've had my eye on it for a while, so what a lucky girl I am! 
I have spent a lovely Mothers Day Sunday morning, making up the first block of A Gardener's Journal quilt.  This is Block G, and I'm pretty pleased with the final look of it.  I am never confident with my fabric choices, but now that it is together, it is pretty much what I had envisaged. 
Well, the girls and I are off now to the cemetery to take some flowers to my Mum's and Nana's graves, so that should fill in the rest of Mother's Day nicely for us.  Thanks for stopping by my place, and for the kind comments that have been left, please know how much I enjoy reading your thoughts. 

Till next time, take care, and happy stitching................Nicky

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Meet Lucinda

Lucinda is an angel, or she would be if I had added her wings.  
However I liked the look of her without her wings so I guess she is technically a doll not an angel.  I made this wee lady a few years back, she is from An Angels Story book by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched. 
This is where she normally lives on a little shelf in the wall surrounding our fireplace, but she really felt the need for a walk outside for some photos today :-)

I have been looking at some of my other H & P projects lately as I am working on A Gardeners Journal quilt blocks.  Things are progressing pretty well with my stitchery blocks and I should hopefully catch up with most of the other Stitch A Long girls by the end of the month.   I also discovered a table runner from the Angels Story book, that has long been abandoned, as I got to the applique part and had a small brain explosion.  Perhaps I should face that particular fear head-on and JUST DO IT.  Maybe.

Anyway, I had better go now and help put up some more electric fences for the ewes, aah the joys of winter!

Catch you later.........................

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Back to reality

We are home again after a fabulous holiday to Australia.  We had a wonderful time, checked out Dreamworld, Seaworld and Wet & Wild.  Lots of rollercoasters, exciting rides and getting wet!  Our girls had an awesome time, and we have all come home with a good suntan.  The weather was pretty good, a little rain now and then, but some lovely hot days as well.  It's been a bit of a shock to the system to come home to flooding in our province and some very wintery weather.  Here are our girls with Spongebob and Patrick at Dreamworld(with their new Spongebob bags of course). 

The dolphin show at Seaworld was incredible. Such beautiful, majestic, and intelligent animals.

This is the Giant Drop at Dreamworld, which was the most terrifying experience I have had in a very long get winched up to the top of that tower, sitting in a row of eight people in the little platform you can see nearly at the top.  You then freefall 39 stories in about 5 seconds before coming to a braked stop at the bottom.  Our seven year old was keen, so we did it with her - I am pleased I have done it but nothing could have prepared me for the feeling of having your body pushed up so violently as you freefall down. Once you have been winched up, you sit for about twenty or thirty seconds, knowing what is coming, but having no warning of when you will actually start to fall.  Hideous!!!
On ANZAC day(25th April, a day of commemoration and remembrance for our soldiers who fought for New Zealand and Australia in previous World conflicts) we travelled up to Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast for the day. The weather was gorgeous and the beach was very busy. It seemed strange to not be at home on ANZAC Day, as we normally attend the dawn service at our local War Memorial. It didn't alter however, that our thoughts were very much with those who had gone before us and fought for the freedom we enjoy today. This year was the 95th anniversary of the beachday landings at Gallipoli where so many thousands of New Zealand, Australian and of course Turkish soldiers lost their lives. Both of my brothers have attended the dawn commemoration service at Gallipoli. and it is something I would like to do one day. I guess I'll have to add it to my 'bucket list'!

While we had a fabulous time, it is also nice to be home again.  This weekend is the opening weekend of the duckhunting season in New Zealand.  My husband, father, father-in law, and brother are all keen duckshooters, so they are all away out for the day along with other friends.  We have several duckponds on the farm, so I'm sure there will be lots of tall stories being told, and fun being had out there today.  

I am planning on catching up on some blog reading, and doing some more stitching on my April and May blocks of A Gardener's Journal.  I took them away to Oz with me, but didn't get a whole lot done.  If I get some fabrics cut up over the weekend I can hopefully get block G made up this coming week and posted to the SAL blog.

Hope you are enjoying a great weekend wherever you are......... Nicky
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