Sunday, February 21, 2016

Good Friends

The last couple of weekends have been very social. There is a small group,of us who meet once a month and have done so for a while. Lovely group of stitchy friends who laugh tell stories and share the ups and downs of life. We have been friends for some time now, quite long fo some of us. Last weekend we met at Katrina's and had a wonderful time. It's often hard to come home!

Here  we all are with our pieces we are stitching. 

This weekend Katrina and I were privledged to meet up with old and new friends. Anne, who lives in Sydney Australia was in NZ visiting her parents. Anne and her very funny mum made the trek to Hawkes bay for a meet up with another friend who has come back to NZ to live. It was lovely to met Nicki and her DH Martin.  To think we have all met up over the Internet, amazing! We spoke of other friends who we knew, our stitching and of life. It was a lovely time, and one I would l would love to repeat.

Thank you so much for hosting us Nicki, the afternoon was most entertaining. And yes, we did stitch, eat some wonderful nibbles and even a glass of bubbles! 

Thanks for dropping in...

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Stitching Pouches

I have made a few of these for friends and they always go down well.  I do try to personalise them to colours I know the recipient will like and make them special. All are a little different too. Here is a few I have made for friends

For Janet 

For Katrina

For Clare

For Wendy

I love finding little stitcheries and cross stitch to make these special. 

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Friday, January 08, 2016

Summer Pie

This has been a favourite in our house for some years. The girls both love it, as do I. Great with a nice crisp green salad.  For those of you who remember Hudson & Halls, this recipe came from their TV programme. It was many years ago. Too many!

Summer Pie

3 carrots - I use small carrots, they look better in the pie and may add another if I think it needs it
3 stalks celery
1 green pepper
1 brown onion
6 rashers bacon
1 can corn kernels 
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp chicken stock mixed with 1 cup boiling water
Salt and pepper
1 tbsp butter
Flakey pastry - I use ready rolled sheets and need 2 for my pie dish

Heat oven to 200 degrees C.  Dice onion and add to frypan with butter. Cook gently, adding the bacon rashers, carrots, celery and pepper. Cook till almost done add the corn. Mix the chicken stock and water. Sprinkle the flour over the cooked mixture and add the stock mixture and stir in to cook. Place into prepared pie dish.


2 slices of bread
2 tbsp parsley
3/4 cup grated cheese

Put all into kitchen whizz until bread is crumbly and parsley chopped. Sprinkle over pie and cook 35-40 mins.

Serve hot or cold with green salad. I prefer it hot. 

Thanks for dropping by.  Enjoy

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Holiday Bliss

Oh how nice it is to spend an extra hour sleeping in, and those lazy kind of days. I must admit, I was pretty strung out come the end of the year and it's only now that I am feeling relaxed. 

My Christmas was spent in Wellington with the girls. It was lovely to get away for a few days. The weather was perfect, and for Wellington to have so many perfect days in a row..... well it was magic. I stayed a couple of extra days it was so nice. I have a fantastic neighbour who feeds and cares for the boys, she was just a text away. 

The view from Lauren's balcony. Hard to believe she lives right in the middle of the city. 

Anna and JP Christmas Day. They make a lovely couple.

The last few days have been spent at home just hanging out. I have done minimal stitching sadly. Having said that, I have been planning my outside a little better. It's amazing what a relaxed brain can come up with! I have even attempted to make a sweet pea frame...... Mmmmm. Work in progress!

I have Lauren here with me for a few days. She's been feeling a bit under the weather so we have just laid low. We did put the new BBQ together.... A beautiful Weber Q, and had our first meal from it last night. Perfectly cooked steak! Delicious. I have great plans for this area. 

So that is the holidays so far. Another week to go. The days seem to go by so quick somehow.

Whatever you down under people are doing on your summer break, I hope it's a good one!

Thanks for dropping by. 

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The Simple Things

I had a bit of a potter around in my garden the other day. God knows it needed it. I find a lot of Solace in my garden, such that it is. I am not a natural gardener sadly. Planning a garden is definitely not my forte sadly. The other thing is sheer frustration. Now that I am on my own it is the little things like banging and sawing that really get me a bit fired up because I just can't quite do it. Having said that, I am really trying to do more for myself and make things happen for me. 

Anyway, out in the garden my roses were blooming. In 2014 I was given roses for my birthday. I just love them and the memory they came from close friends, and one from Lauren.  I hope some more come one day.  They are very special. 

I picked a few blooms that were there to bring inside. The weather was about to turn nasty and I wanted to enjoy them a little more. 

Paddy Stephens quite prolific in it's flowering. 

In Loving Memory. This rose always reminds me of my dear mother and has the most beautiful perfume. Lauren gave me this one, so it is sitting in her bedroom. She loved it when she walked in. 

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Friday, January 01, 2016

Happy New Year

And what a year it has been!

As I get older, and it happens to us all sadly, the years sure do go faster. This year has had some real lows and some great highs to it. The company I worked for moved us all to Hastings, and meant a lot of traveling for us. Although we car pooled, it was the time away from home that took its toll. I wasn't keen leaving in the dark and getting home in the dark over the winter months. It also meant I couldn't have my slow cooker on, food would have been totally over cooked by the time I got in. Although I  loved my job and the Company, I knew I had to do something about it. It really was a hard decision, and I did give it a go for 15 months. I  have a new position now, back home, and are enjoying a completely new direction. Not easy as you get older!! An Accountants office this time, completely new language for me lol. I will put my stamp on the position and hope to be there for a good few years.

As I sat in front of a computer most days, it was the last thing I wanted to do when I got home. So MIA I have been from blog land. I do use Facebook a bit more now and love Instagram too. There is something nice about the blogs though and I do read them regularly from my iPad. Not very good on commenting though, keep forgetting my passwords! See what I mean about getting older lol. 

I have continued to stitch, and sew. Not as much as I would have liked, getting better at picking things up though. Here is a bit of a sample....

Just a wee sample of what I have done and the stitching is all complete on these.  

So onward and upward and I shall post  a bit more while I am on holiday.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Winter is Here.

I love Autumn, no doubt about that. Those frosty cold mornings and the beautiful sunny days is my dream. Can sleep at nights, and rest well. Well, this weekend we had a taste of winter. And tomorrow, we'll it's going to be colder than we have had in a long, long time. Time to snuggle up by the fire of an evening and stitch, quilt and knit. 

So what have I been stitching and making.....

A project pouch for Clare 

A project pouch for Katrina

And a project pouch for Pat.

And a stitched scissor case for Wendy with her project bag too. We all love our project bags an I just love making them. 

I always enjoy stitching for these ladies. 

I have been stitching for myself and will share those photos in a day or two. I am trying, for the first time to blog from myip iPad. Let's see how it all goes!