Monday, 25 August 2014

Can you tell what it is yet?

A quick Christmas project.
 Before my next biggie!
Sleeping Beauty finishes at 15 x 16 inches.
She has about 50 shades of thread and three shades of blue beads.
She may take a while!
I shall try not to bore you with her.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Men at Work

 And here they are!
Right outside my house.
They are chasing a leak in the water main.
A couple of months ago it was away down the road, they repaired that and another one sprang a little higher up the road, so they came back and fixed that, then there was another one...... I think we are up to the fifth one now.
maybe they should just replace the whole lot!!? LOL
While I was taking their picture, I remembered that I had wanted to get a pic of the big magnolia tree over the road. I have always loved magnolias and love to see them here around my new home.
They are all so much bigger than any I saw on the Isle of Man.
Still with me?
Your reward is to see my new stash.
Yesterday we had to go up to Christchurch.
Tony had to visit a certain store to be fitted for a best man suit.
I had to find a posh frock too.
Getting there and back means driving passed Annie's Country Quilt Store, not once but twice!
Well you know I had to call in!
I have visited the store before, (last picture in this post), way back in 2009. It hasn't changed. Oh, there are new patterns and new items on display, but it is still an Aladdin's cave of quilty goodness. :-)
As you can see I treated myself to some kiwiana charms and jelly slices and a sweet kit.
The washing machine is all finished, so I'm off to the washing line.
I have to say after years of apartment living, it's wonderful to have a washing line again. :-)

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

A Finish!!

Yesterdays progress is todays finish! 
I don't usually sit down to stitch until after lunch, but today my Geisha was shouting very loudly, so I bent my own rules.
"Oriental Lady, Beauty" by Joan Elliott. Featured in the book A Cross Stitcher's Oriental Odyssey. Kit produced by Design Works Crafts Inc.
(The website I purchased the kit from also called her Spring Geisha, but I have found no other reference to that title.) She is a little untidy as I didn't rinse and press her yet. Forgive me, I'm eager to share.
I'm off to dance happily, while I do a few chores before stash diving for my next project.

Monday, 11 August 2014

A weekend away.

My beloved and I took off for the weekend. A two hour drive from home, takes us into the mountains.
Although snow storms had been predicted, there really wasn't that much snow about, most of it seemed to fall further south.
 And higher up!
 Meanwhile, we were able to explore in the sun. We came across a hydro-electric damn that Tony hadn't visited before. Just look at the size of those penstocks!! 
 I will never tire of seeing the lakes, their colours and the stunning views.
 Tekapo was bathed in sunshine. Not quite warm enough to do without the woolly layer though!
 Here's a peep at the bach we stayed in. (Pronounced batch)
 Of course I was delighted by the locals.
 And put out bread crusts to encourage them.
 Before driving home on Sunday we visited Mount Cook. The tallest peak.
There was a little cloud around, but the sun shone for us.
 We watched some movies in the theatre. Hows this for a screen?
 The dome was lowered over the seats. Made movie going a different experience.
There is also a small museum dedicated to the early explorers and settlers to the Mount Cook area.
It was a bit of a challenge to get to, until quite recently.
We had a lovely weekend.
But it was nice to be back home last night and curl up on our own sofa, before climbing into our own bed.