Saturday, May 21, 2011

My "Snug'' Quilt

Now I don't want to skite, but I have to say I'm pretty pleased with myself because I have finished the quilt!!! That's the one that I showed you a couple of posts back - I am impressed with myself that I have actually managed to finish and hang this quilt in what, for me, is a respectable amount of time from start to finish. It's in one of the guest bedrooms, the ''snug'' room, and it's not going to end up joining the pile of other neatly folded ''tops''. The quilting is not perfect - in fact, it's far from perfect - but it's okay:) I nearly gave up on the quilting, though. Tried four different patterns, and nothing seemed to work - even resigned myself to hand-quilting it but decided that I wanted it on the wall this year, not next, so I went back to the machine. So, yeah, it's okay, but the overall effect I'm very happy with and I still sneak a peek each time I pass the room cos I love it :)

I've also finished the Kathy Schmitz sampler I've been working on for a few weeks - it's called ''Peace and Plenty'' and I decided to stitch it all in blue - now I'm on the hunt for the perfect frame for it. This week I've been making a start to my samples for the Simply Charming retreat weekends. These are some of the hearts and sachets I've made for the Lavender and Linen one..

...and this is the tea cosy for the Retro Vintage Home retreat...

There's more, but they are not quite finished, so I'll keep them for the next post. The crochet bug has bitten again - there's been some seriously addictive crocheting happening this week, which has been perfect, really, cos the nights have been chilly and the fire has been going, and there's even been quite of bit of decent telly for a change - well, any week with Grey's is good isn't it. It seems like forever since we last saw McDreamy :))

Can I have another skite before I go? Well, not really a skite, more of a ''he did good'' moment. Since I was here last, we took a drive down south to Bluff - an interesting quirky little town that does the best hot chips in the whole wide world (I wish I knew the name of the shop cos it is worth a trip to Bluff to taste these chips - they are amazing!!!) But we didn't actually go there for the chips - they were a delicious and unexpected bonus (you can tell that I really liked them can't you!). We went there for the hill, and the Downhill Southland Champs - and the child came away with the trophy for his age category. One happy child, one proud mother. And happy for him too:) He was covered from top to toe in mud, but grinning. Another bag of hot chips on the way home to celebrate (any excuse!!).

Gotta go - homemade pizza night - and I can hear the crochet hook calling me already - there will be many more mini granny squares littering the couch by the time I have finished tonight.

Happy stitching.


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Simply Charming

I've been busy making a few plans for the winter months....

''Simply Charming''

Weekend Craft Retreats at the City Sanctuary

Indulge yourself this winter - come and join me for a ''girls weekend''.

The weekend retreats include accommodation, food, a tour of a beautiful historic home, stitching, coffee and cake, ''chick flicks'', relaxing in front of the log fire, chococlate (of course) and a project kit and tuition for one of these....

Lavender & Linen

Crochet Chic

Retro Vintage Home

Needles & Pins

Sound like fun?

A nice treat to brighten up the winter months, a girls weekend with your best friends, or simply a ''just for me'' weekend escape.
I've got more details on the web - .

Off to make a few more plans:)

See you