Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Time for a catch up.......

Hi folks, it's been a crazy week or two around here, lots happening on the farm, and busy times for me at work as well.  We have just had a holiday weekend here, the Saturday and Sunday of which we spent getting our lambs tailed.  As we expected it was a pretty disastrous lambing for us, however the lambs and ewes we have are all pretty healthy, so we will do our best with what we have.  On Labour Day Monday we made a daytrip to Roxburgh and jetboated up the Clutha River to Alexandra and then onto the Clyde Dam.  It was a lovely day out, only problem was I left my camera behind, so I haven't got any photos of beautiful Central Otago with the wild thyme in flower, smells heavenly and the countryside looks amazing.  Photos next time!!

In stitching news, some long awaited stash arrived..........some lovely new LHN charts and gorgeous overdyed threads, sitting on some Weeks Dye Works 32ct Linen in 'Straw'
and LHN's Virtue Sampler which I couldn't resist making a start on. Oops - Fallen off the wagon again!
Some cute pins - 'Pink Lemonade' from Just Another Button Co

And because I need another project start like I need a hole in the head, here is the beginnings of my Stitching Around The Block, from Helen Stubbings - Hugs and Kisses.  I am thrilled to be in a little Kiwi stitching group with these lovely ladies Raewyn, Janis, and Leanne.   Raewyn and I 'met' thru our blogs a few months back, our blog address names are very similar, and we are both(obviously) farm girls!  I have my fabrics pretty much finalised for this little quilt, and this centre block needs to be finished by the end of the week and sent on its way North for the beginning of November. 
And just so you know I haven't forgotten my committment to stitch one of these 'Butterfly Garden'  miniblocks each week, here is an update.  These three are finished mini blocks from Block 2.........
..............and these four are prepped ready for applique and stitchery. 
I must confess I am a little behind my one a week target though, likewise I am very behind in the Gardener's Journal SAL.  Thankfully most the others aren't, so you can check out some lovely blocks and quilts over here.  Secret stitching for my SSCS is still happening, and  I am gathering things for my 6 Items Christmas Swap too. All in all, it's going to be a busy countdown to the end of the year - thanks for calling by here today to visit, I appreciate that you have persevered this far. LOL 

Till next time, take care ............. Nicky

16 comments:

Michelle said...

The jetboating sounds like fun, we are planning a little getaway soon down in Akaroa, can't wait.
I just love all the projects you are doing and I can totally understand why you had to start that new project sew sweet!

Maree: said...

Love the Stitching pattern for Helen's swap & I so Love the Butterfly Garden Quilt & I SOO Love the Fabrics you are using..just Gorgeous.
cheers

Katrina in NZ said...

Hi Nicky, ohh what lovely goodies you have there - look forward to seeing more on the Virtue Sampler, you are so making me want to start on mine. Gorgeous stitchery pieces too :) Enjoy the rest of your week.

By Hoki Quilts said...

Hi Nicky, oooo, so many goodies. When I feel brave enough I'll show the xstitch goodies that I've sneaked into our house - shhhh, Jon doesn't know and I've hidden the visa bill, haha.
hugs
Miche'le

Chookyblue...... said...

keep plugging away with all your projects and they will come together.........

Leeanne said...

Your stitching around the block looks great, I wasn't sure if I should put a photo of mine on mine blog or not...what is everyone else doing?

Annie said...

Glad to see that Spring is treating you a bit better than Winter did! Looks like you have a lot of fun projects to keep you busy!

Deborah said...

Wonderful stash! Your blocks look great.

Tricia said...

I just love seeing what you're up to! And your stash and starts look fabulous! I had the Necessities Sampler in my hand the last time I was at my LNS. I love it! But I opted to get Pumpkin Cottage instead, this time. I'm positive that I have enough stitching to last me through next year, that's for sure! It's really keeping me going on dd's stocking though. I'm over half finished. Yay! Here's a quick question. I love those pins - had some of those in my hand at my LNS, too - but what exactly are they for? Anything in particular, or just to be pretty?? Inquiring minds want to know! :-)

Blessings!!

Tricia

Farmyard Crafts said...

Hahaha good to see that you're not letting "team WIPS" down!!!!! Your LHN patterns are gorgeous! I've just ordered threads to start "little House Neighborhood".... and yes, I probably will start it while I have 50 wips going!! Where do you get your lhn and threads from?

Raewyn said...

Gorgeous purchases Nicky - and I love those pins!! Your round-the-block is looking great - further advanced than mine so I'd best get busy!! Your butterfly mini-blocks are lovely - the quilt is going to be so nice.

Bev C said...

Hello Nicky,

Oh isn't it fun falling of that wagon!! Happy stitching.
Bev.xoxo

Ariane20 said...

Bravo pour toutes ces belles choses.

Carol said...

What wonderful new goodies you treated yourself to, Nicky. I just bought "Simple Joys" myself--hope to get started on it next year.

Hope your little lambs and ewes grow big and strong :)

Blu said...

What fun new stash!

Your butterfly blocks are so lovely!

Sally said...

Lovely new stash and a gorgeous new start!

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