Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Story of my Day projects

Classes start next week and I have been busy making some of the lovely projects in Anni Downs' new book, The Story of My Day. I stitched quite a few of them while I was away and enjoyed some time over the weekend making them up! This is the very cute little stitching pouch.

 Here is the book cover and below is the ipad or tablet bag.

 I wasn't sure about making the quilt but had started stitching some of the blocks. I don't normally love the machine piecing but these blocks are quite good fun to make up!

 Last week at stitching, Roni brought along some lovely show and tell. These gorgeous little crocheted ice skates are a Christmas decoration! Roni bought these ones but her sister managed to make some of her own. So clever!
 Roni's sister, Barb, also made this amazing cross stitched house decoration for Roni!!

 She also made this wonderful stitched box for Roni. We were all so envious!!!!

Saturday, January 23, 2016


Just a reminder that registrations are due in the next week or so for Stitching on the Lake. We are running 2 days on Saturday 20 February and Saturday 5 March and there are still places on both dates at the moment. Fiona and I are busy creating some lovely projects for you to make. Come along and enjoy some stitching time, lots of chat and a delicious lunch, morning and afternoon tea. For details please email me here. Here are some pictures of our recent days.

I did manage some stitching on the cruise. Mind you I packed enough for several months!!! I had a lovely time stitching some of the projects from Anni Downs' new book, The Story of my Day. We are using this book in my afternoon classes at Hobbysew this coming term.

 It was lovely to have a day at home, mostly, yesterday and so I managed to get a few of the samples completed. They are now on display in the shop. I hope to get the last few done over the weekend.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

More of New Zealand

It was a lovely day in Napier too. Ma and I stayed on board as we had been here before and the buses into town may have been tricky. We did enjoy the music and seeing the old cars in the afternoon as the ship sailed away.

 In Taurunga we headed off the ship for a walk and a lovely soak in the hot sea water at the Mt Maunganui Hot Salt water pools. They were quite hot! We also had a nice time wandering around in Auckland on the following day.

 We had a perfect day in the Bay of Islands but as it was a tender port, Ma and I stayed on board and relaxed! Jeni and Paul had a lovely time and went up in a helicopter!

 We had lovely companions each night for dinner. We had lots of laughs and chats with Michael, Sandra, Alan and Dorothy each night.
 We were also lucky to have Montree and Pinit as our waiters. They were so friendly and helpful and did a great job.

 A few cocktails and mocktails were enjoyed too!

 The food was amazing! Just a few of the yummy things we ate over the 2 weeks. It has been hard to get back to plain old food at home! As you can see, the desserts were a highlight.