Thursday, 27 November 2014

Countdown to Christmas

Hello my friends.
Today has been lovely so we can fit in a visit.
Time for smalls again.
Thankyou Heather of Stitching Lotus for 
organizing this though the year.


My `Smalls` for November  are from 
a favourite magazine I get.
Stoney Creek magazine Vol 25 # 2. 
I changed some of the colours:
DMCs 498 to 221
           699 to 986
          701 to 500
         703 to 989


I changed the finishing as I like this look.


Max is waiting to go for a ride to get fire wood.
Miss Tilly is trying to be noticed.
I think she would love to go as well.
She didn`t get her way.
Well time to go and stitch some more of my Christmas Gifts.
I have loved visiting with you.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Monday, 17 November 2014

In the mail today

Hello my friends.
Thankyou for visiting with me.
Love the comments you write so thankyou for those,
they can brighten my day.
I finished a few days ago my secret stitching.


Today I posted to my partner her gifts.
I pray they travel safe and should arrive in plenty of time.
I look forward to my partner letting me know she received this parcel.


They are all wrapped and labeled.


Miss Tilly with her toy mouse.
She hide this in the strangest places 
so was surprised to see her like this.


I stitched this BBD in 2012 but recently put together.
A project needing to be completed
and in the Christmas box.


Hubbys been back at work for a few weeks now.
Tomorrow we see the surgeon for a checkup!
Well best get onto some other Christmas stitching.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

It happened again

Hello my friends.
So glad you could come for a visit.
Hubby went to work for four nights and then back to see the surgeon.
The following Monday they operated again.
This time another tear was mended,
a ring stitched in place to hold shape and oil
in  for two years.
Hubby has two weeks off then back to work next week,
his vision is improving each day.
He has a checkup six weeks from operation.


My smalls this month are these delightful mini cushions.


I stitched with DMCs .
The pattern from a `Country Threads` magazine.


I used this lovely trim that I brought when on holiday years ago.


The fabric are `Thimbleberries`.
Love this colour range


This tone on tone is a `Thimbleberries` as well.
I used it for the backs of the three cushions.


Jack was needing shearing.


Before and after.


Next door asked if Jack could have two friends to stay.
He has company for a few months.
These twins lost their Mum.


We had a cold snap with heavy rain.
This little one came inside to dry.
Of course Miss Tilly had to check this out.


The lamb seemed to perk up.


Sad to say she died in the night.
Her brother is keeping close to Jack now.
Thank you for the lovely comments.
Please visit again.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Preparing for Christmas

Hello my friends.
Please join me for a visit today. 
This is our turn tree growing in the centre of our front garden.
The leaves come out in this beautiful colour in the spring.


A closeup to show the shades of pinks.
Pity it is not like this at Christmas time!


I have joined Chookyblues SSCS again this year.
I have nearly finished one of my gifts for my partner.
I need time at my sewing machine.
Hubby has had his clearance to return to work
on Monday.  In six weeks there is to be a small
procedure to remove the last particles of oil in his eye. 


With preparing for Christmas I am sorting patterns,
threads and fabrics. Plus I have a book where names are 
put and then the gifts for each are written beside them.
Once made and wrapped I mark these off.
I am at that stage now.
I am looking forward to `Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments 2014`
to come as some of those ornaments will be used.   
I was looking for a piece of fabric for my swap project 
and found this part made kit so I finished it.
Once the Christmas decorations are out in the shops I will 
buy something for a hanger.
So till then into the Christmas box.


This pattern is `A Whimsical Gift` by Cinderberry Stitches.
I brought it a few years ago from Grandmothers Garden
as a kit.
Thankyou for your lovely comments and hope you enjoyed your visit with me today.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

A Delightful workshop

Hello my friends.
time for a visit with me.
On the 3rd of October I was able to attend a delightful workshop.
Natalie Bird of `The Birdhouse` came to New Zealand.
She did a workshop class for her `Mouse Pincushion`
 down in the south Island last weekend and then on the 2nd traveled to
Hastings where she had her projects on display at Delbrook patchwork shop
from 4 pm- 6 pm.
Then the 3rd from 10 am-4 pm  we had our class at 
Keirunga Gardens in one of their lovely rooms out at Havelock North.  


When we arrived we had our pattern and a little bag
set up on our table by our chairs.
These patterns where in mine.


Plus this stitchery to do.
We are to put our name above the date.
I think I will put mine on one of the `Spoil Me Purses`
once made.


This was my kit colour way.
I stitched the mouse but went back to add crosses.


My daughter said this mouse needed whiskers
and a front paw as we didn`t finish this in the time.
Natalie drew in my mouse tail ready for me to stitch.
That was so lovely. 


These where the fabrics with papers to make the hexagons.
Natalie came round to show us her way of putting these together.
She showed two ways.one with tacking and the other with glue pen.


Once I laid this on mine I felt to cut two more 
from main fabrics to bring all sides together.
So took two out to replace with these.


This side shows the scissor holder.
I have ordered a pair of scissors for this and 
there is a pocket for threads.


The mouse looking up pass the flower at the button pins.
Also the side view of the needle book above the hexagon strip.


Natalie and me.


The other ladies at work.
There was about 15 of us.


These are the displays of Natalie`s work.
The quilt hanging up is her latest  BOM which 
Christine from Delbrook is starting at the end of the month.
Looking forward to working on this.


Showing more of  Natalie`s work


I loved the star table runner. I may get that pattern at a later date.
Christine was taking orders for the patterns and books 
that had sold out.


We also had lovely biscuits and slices for morning and afternoon teas.
Plus a lovely fulled roll for lunch.
I enjoyed my lovely day.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Tipsy Tree

Hello my friends it`s time for:


For September I have stitched 
`Tipsy Tree` by Charland Designs,Inc.
This pattern is in 2007
`Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments` magazine.
I had this ear marked to do so thought this was the time.


A close up of stitching.
The star from my button jar with `Mill Hill` beads.


Some of my fabric from my Christmas stash
for the back.


Look what `Miss Tilly` is doing!

  


Max checking on what`s happening.


That didn`t stop her, dog tail must be taste good.


While Max is away the girls have taken over for the day.
If they laid an egg I do not know but Max could have had a snack
when returning.
Hope you enjoyed your visit.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Waiting for Sunshine

Hello my friends.
I am well over due for you to come  visiting,
I have been waiting for sunshine to take photos.
Now the weekend is looming the forecast is for rain again!
Our beautiful Tui`s are visiting us again.
There is a family of five.
This one is in the peach tree with the spring blossoms coming into flower.


I think this one is in the apricot tree.
They where singing their lovely song.


Last month I didn`t show my completed `Clock`
block  5 from `Relics from Yesteryear`.
The mystery quilt from `The Country Yard`.
My photo will not turn the right way! :(
I am happy with the finished block though.

 

This months block 6 is `Mannequin`. 
I used to use one of these when I did dress making.
This went on the back burner once I started patchwork.
Four hexagon pieced flowers was an extra this time.


Then I was able to get the last place in this 
`Quilters Theme` mystery Stitchery from 
`The Country Yard`


A lovely little needle book open on the box.
Below showing the threads:
Cottage Garden Thread # 1206 Lyrebird,
Aurifil # 2372.
Background fabric, front of needle book and month 1 pattern.
A lovely box to store everything in.


First triangle block stitched.


Second  triangle block.


I wonder what will come next month.
Hubby is seeing again in his left eye.
A little more recovery time,
then back for a final checkup
and then can return to work. 
I hope you enjoyed your visit.
Till next time.
Happy Stitching,
Clare.