Monday, 24 November 2014

Stitchy stuff.

Yesterday I had a play-date with a pal. Debbie came to play, she brought along a project, her daughter and her sewing machine. She put together this cute wee discovery bag.
Debbie is a child carer/teacher, she has up to 4 preschoolers in her home each day and thought these bags were a great idea.
While Debbie was busy with her project, I finished off a wee gift bag, but forgot to take a photo! 
I also finished this little cutie. It was lying neglected for over two years. I had put the borders on, but never got around to backing it.
Yesterday was it's day!
It's now all packaged up waiting for a trip to the post office.
Debbie brought her daughter with her, while we sewed, Courtney looked through some of my books and asked if she could make a pin cushion. I helped her to make two cute wee nine patches, then I sewed then onto a gusset for her, alas I had no stuffing! But Debbie said she had some at home and would help Courtney to finish it off this week.
Courtney was also looking at my cross stitch pictures and asked if she could do one of those too!
I found a Christmas card kit and sent that home with her. Debbie says she will teach her how to do that too!
Another convert. :-)

Friday, 21 November 2014

A new friend.

Way back in May, just not long after I started work at the pool complex, this guy was handed in over the desk. Someone had found him in the car park. He sat for a while on the desk, we were sure someone would come along and claim him, but alas no one did.
 After a while, one of my colleagues moved him into the lost property room.
Well I was in there the other day looking for something and came across him. Poor soul, left in a dark room with a load of smelly gym gear and togs.
I felt so sorry for him, so I sat him on the bosses desk with a note.
I mentioned that he had been in the pound for nearly 6 months and surely I could adopt him.
Now he sits on the back of my chair, and watches while I sew. :-)
Speaking of sewing.
 I bought a quilt hanger for this advent and got it into the post yesterday.
It is on it's way to my beautiful little grand daughter Faith, along with a bag of chocs for the pockets.
Almost done with the secret stuff, So hopefully I'll be able to blog about my sewing again soon.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

It's here already!

My SSCS giver is Shez.
How do I know this?
Well I panicked when I realized that moving house was coming right about the time we would all be stalking our posties.
I sent an email to Elf Chooky who emailed Shez, who was ready, willing and able to send my package early, just to allay my worries.
Thank you ladies, I realise now, there was really no need to worry, I guess I'm used to things taking a little longer to get up to the Northern hemisphere! LOL
So anyway, my package arrived today. Carefully wrapped in red paper.
 The big black label on the larger package says I must save it until Dec 25th. :-)
But the figgy pudding label says it is my ornament and I can open it now.
So I did just that!
I got a cute wee stocking ornament.
Yes, Shez, I do like it, in fact, I love it.
It's all hand stitched, with gold beads and gold string and cute robins on the back.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. xx
Thank you also to Chooky for all that she does at this time of year.
Love you.

Monday, 17 November 2014

It's that time......

No, I'm not moving house just yet, that's in another two weeks!
No, this is far more important.
The time to get all of our SSCS packages onto the sleigh has arrived.
This week, all around the world crafters will be heading to the post office with packages made up of carefully and beautifully crafted items. 
Here is mine, all wrapped and ready to go.
But where is it going?
In other news, we went to the Geraldine Arts and Plants show at the weekend. The local quilters always put on a great exhibition. 
Guess who forgot the camera?
I did take some pictures on my phone, but didn't figure out how to get them off there yet!
While we were there, I visited the local quilty shop and bought a couple of end of bolt pieces, they just sort of jumped into my hand!
At the quilt exhibition I picked up some bundles of New Zealand quilter magazine.
I was a little disappointed with them and glad I hadn't paid full price.
They are very glossy and expensive feeling, with lots and lots of pictures and features about exhibitions and individual quilters. Not too much advertising, but only two or three patterns. Not at all what I'm used to with the UK, US and Aussie magazines, where you get loads of patterns and ideas, amid all of the inspiration. I think I'll stick to 'Country Crafts' for now.
Right, time to head out to the post office.