Sunday, 23 February 2014
My dear mum's wool winder came in handy this week. I had a bit of fun turning hanks of yarn into usable balls and started on a new knitting project. I am loving the bright summery colour! And isn't my couch companion cute, Holly perches on the arm of the couch right beside me. Wendy xx
Friday, 14 February 2014
*My time to sew has dropped off dramatically with the rush of February: back to school routines for the kids, back to work for me, and all my extra duties started up again. Last week, while waiting to pick up Charlotte and Josh from the school bus drop-off, I popped into my local thrift shop. The owner had just been given two boxes of fabric from an old tailor and she let me have a rummage through them. This navy satin with white spots caught my eye immediately and I knew it would make the perfect Jasmine blouse which is a Colette pattern. It sewed together easily and goes well with the navy skirt I made in December last year. I have been following along with Colette's Wardrobe Architect series, with the idea of planning and building a wardrobe that suits me and works well together, very interesting!
*Paul's cactus has been flowering prolifically and looks beautiful against the morning sky.
*We don't really "do" Valentine's day but I enjoy making a special dessert for Paul and the kids to remind them how much I love them. I found an easy Chocolate Mousse recipe with only three ingredients:
Three Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
200g 70% dark chocolate
2 cups cream
1 cup marshmallows
Carefully melt the chocolate, 1 cup of cream and the marshmallows together. (I do this in the microwave.) Allow to cool to room temperature. Beat remaining 1 cup cream and fold through the chocolate mixture. Pour into bowls and refrigerate until set. Recipe from Annabel Langbein.
Enjoy! Wendy xx
Monday, 3 February 2014
Visiting our local zoo on Monday; thrifted picture (love the quilts hanging on the line); second hand books bought on holiday; fresh eggs every day; delicious cherry tomatoes; home grown corn; a new little doll to sit on our piano; so much to be thankful for. Wendy xx
The doll is Charity from Homespun magazine, Volume 13.7. I thought it was such a cute pattern I made a second one as a gift.
Monday, 27 January 2014
My summer holiday stitching consisted of a red wool coat ornament for my January Christmas item, made from this kit, and my Chateau Hexagon quilt. I am loving the addition of the rows of hexagons. Now I'm up to block eight, stitching a row of pretty flowers.
Thanks again to Narelle for hosting the one Christmas item a month, this year we have a dedicated blog here.
I have lots of blog reading to catch up on, I will do my best to do that over the next few days :) Wendy xx
Sunday, 12 January 2014
It feels like it's been ages since I joined in with Friday Night with Friends. There is something special about joining in; planning what to do and thinking of others all over the world stitching away, even though at different times. I worked on block six of Chateau Hexagon and enjoyed it so much I finished it on Saturday then joined the six blocks together. A big thank you to Cheryll for hosting us.
I wanted to hang Charlie's cross stitch today. She hadn't left enough aida cloth around the cat for framing so I added a fabric border and now it is hanging in my craft corner in the bedroom. I love how it looks.
Things will be a bit quiet around here for a bit as we go on holiday on Tuesday for ten days, our annual summer holiday at Papamoa beach. My baking is done, my Chateau Hexagon blocks are prepped ready for lots of handstitching, now just to pack and clean house!! Wendy xx
Wednesday, 8 January 2014
I picked up my Chateau Hexagon blocks again and just finished the 5th block. I have received the next three so I have plenty of stitching to carry on with.
I'm really keen to continue making a handmade wardrobe this year. I completed two dresses in December, although to be honest one was mostly made in April and just needed finishing off. And my first finish for the year was a simple sundress, made on Sunday using a lovely cotton and silk blend from Spotlight.
Charlie made me the gorgeous little cross stitch cat for Christmas. There is something very special about receiving a hand made gift from your child so it was no surprise that it turned out to be one of my favourite gifts. Wendy xx
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
I also received a lovely package from Florence who sent me a Simply Vintage magazine, my other favourite mag, and some gorgeous little tree ornaments. I have sent her a Homespun magazine in return but I'm not sure it has arrived yet.
These weeks after Christmas are some of my favourite of the whole year: the crazy, busyness has past, the city quietens down, and the usual tasks and work are on hold. Just lovely. The last three photos are taken by my son and I thought he did a great job catching some images of our week, Wendy xx