Thursday, April 26, 2012

One Xmas Item A Month Finishes

Well I was not onto it last month and never got my Xmas item done, so this month I have done two items to make up for it.

First was a wall hanging I whipped up last night from some material I happened across in Arthur Toye a few weeks ago.  I was going to make a banner but thought after cutting out the angels a wall hanging would be better. I do have some more if I want to make a banner anyway.

The second is a Xmas stocking I have made for my niece Alyssa over in Australia who was born only last month.  I will be sending this one over closer to Christmas time.

If you would like the simple tutorial go over here to Fabricworm 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Today is ANZAC day here in New Zealand and Australia and it commemorates all New Zealanders and Australians killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women.

The date marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers – the Anzacs – on the Gallipoli Peninsula in 1915.

Thousands of men lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign.  Among the dead were 2721 New Zealanders - almost one in four of those who served on Gallipoli, 8500 Australians, 44,000 men from France and the British Empire and 87,000 Turks. 

ANZAC is the acronym for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.

The red poppy has become a symbol of war remembrance the world over. People in many countries wear the poppy to remember those who died in war or who still serve. In many countries, the poppy is worn around Armistice Day (11 November), but in New Zealand it is most commonly seen around Anzac Day, 25 April.

In the early hours of this morning all around New Zealand there were dawn services and again there were services mid morning. There are always big turnouts with the younger generation now taking the places of the soldiers who fought and have now passed on, in the parade.


These services as also taking part around the world and at Gallipoli as they have done for many years.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Eeekkkkssss....Less Than 24 Hours To Go

Less than 24 hours and will be dropping off Miss 16 and her friend at the Reece Mastin concert in Napier.  Someone is very, very excited and I can say it is not  Told Miss 16 right from the start is was a drop and run.  Going to be to many screaming girls for me.

Reece Mastin
For those that don't know Reece Mastin, he won X-Factor Australia last year.
Here is his song Goodnight

I know Miss 16 is going to enjoy herself very much.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Finishes and A Couple of Swaps To Join

Well Easter has been and gone, and I got a lovely hollow Easter egg from my hubby which I was good and only ate half off then let him have the rest.  Being Easter I joined up to a swap over at Our Craft Forum with the theme being Easter of course.  I made Colette this lovely wall hanging stitched with Cottage Garden Threads I have recently acquired from Norma over at her shop.

Easter Swap sent to Colette

Then from Guliana I received this lovely bunny.  She is gorgeous and in her little basket are some cute eggs Guliana has sewn up

Easter Swap received from Guliana

There are a few swap sign ups at the moment happening around blogland.
Click on each of the pictures to get to their respective pages.  You never know, you may get me as your partner.

Quilting Mumma is holding a Mug Rug swap and sign ups close on the April 16th 

Lydias Treasures is having a Colour Swap and sign ups close April 21st

And only today the OASS sign ups has opened again for the Winter Swap and close on April 26th

Off swaps now.  Last year in the mail I received from Bev over at Kainga Happenings three lovely machine embroidered pieces.  When I got them a few things went through my head what to do with them.  First was a wall hanging, then cushions, back to wall hangings, then back to cushions.  I had material to do both.

Well finally I decided cushions and last weekend I added the inner borders on them and before doing the outer borders lined them up side by side and instantly thought table runner.

And finally, over the Easter period and the days leading up to it Mother Nature unleashed her fury onto us here in Gisborne again.  There have been some major road washouts in the country side and travel was difficult getting out of the East Coast, especially down to the Hawkes Bay.  I did get some photos but did not want to get out of the car to get to many as it was very very wet.  
The first two photos were taken of the river in the morning.  The rest were taken about 1 hour from high tide in the afternoon

Looking over at the Wharf

Gladstone Road Bridge - Wharf side

1 hour before high tide

Gladstone Bridge North side 1 hour before high tide

Marina Restaurant 1 hr before high tide

1 hr before hightide

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mug Rug Swap at Quilting Mumma

Quilting Mumma is having a Mug Rug Swap.  So head on over to here and join up by April 16th

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

And Snowy went to Doggie Spa on Wednesday.  He is white