Between You and Me

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Festive Season 2016

Happy Festive Season to you all.  I hope you have had fun with your families, eaten too much, and hd a few glasses of the bubbly stuff.  We did!!

The days leading up had been totally frantic, I had a bit of a meltdown, but things did get done - mostly.  I had been making things for a friend to gift to her family, and time really did just get away on me.  I think I just lost the motivation for a few days (weeks). Don't usually lose my cool either.  I did get finished and this is what was made....





Three beach bags.  I was totally thrilled with how they turned out.  All fully lined with a three pouch pocket inside.  I really enjoyed making these and will made some more I think.  One for me anyway.


This is a knitting bag I made.  It has a lot of little compartments for needles and plenty of room for all the wool you will need for a garment. There were three table runners too,  see the last post for their pics.


A couple of Santa ornaments, loved how these turned out too.  My very first log cabin anything. Instructions were in Spanish I think, but I got the gist of it all.



A sewing machine pad, I really like this too.  A bit more log cabin for a lady who loves French General.  I will make one for me eventually. Need to practice a bit more on my stitching in the ditch, this one is a bit wobbly I think.


This is a Christmas pillowcase, gee I absolutely loved making this.  All the seams are enclosed, with making a french seam.  Made for a special 8 year old!  Annie Downs fabrics, from Hatched and Patched.



Here is the finished pillows I send to dear friends.  I so love stitching these Gail Pan designs.  I have traced of a whole to more to stitch and make up in the coming weeks.

So that is me for the moment, thank you for popping in and leaving comments, it's great to hear from old friends.

xx





Sunday, December 18, 2016

A While Between Posts

Yes it has!  Too long.  I did actually write a post way back in Autumn, had issues with posting it so have deleted it and started again.  What else is a girl to do??? Windows 10 has had its challenges.

A lot has happened since I last posted, and I have kept it quite to my inner circle and myself until quite recently.  Sadly my position at work was disestablished and I have been unemployed for a few months now. A company reshuffle that no one saw coming and some offices lost up to five staff.  Receptionists were hit hard. I have had interviews, but alas no offers.  To say it is not disheartening is an understatement, but it is one foot in front of the other each day.  I keep telling myself I am unemployed, not unemployable.  So, each day I look.  Sadly in our area, jobs are hard to come by and I may need to move yet.  I hope not, I love it here.  I have always worked and need some real normality in my life.  I am sure others in this situation would understand what I am saying.

I have been sewing a bit, some lovely sewing for friends, and that has kept me going mentally.  My head is always going 90 miles an hour with ideas, but putting them into fruition is another story.  My confidence has been badly knocked and I second guess a lot of what I do, even with my crafting.   Having said that, I have watched a lot of tutorials from YouTube, and there are some marvelously clever people in craft land. I have learned a lot. Here are a few pics of what has been made, and finished!

Some lovely little pouches....


A table runner or two...\



I have done some embroidery





And even a bit of cross stitch



Spent a lot of time with the boys



And celebrated another '0' birthday with some wonderful friends and my eldest daughter Lauren.



The angels are ready for Christmas, and I just love this display each year.  The latest addition to the group is the beautiful rose gold angel standing right in the middle.  


So that's me over the last few months. Who know what the New Year will bring, but a job would be good!









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. 

Thanks for dropping in...






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.

Topping

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. 

Thanks for dropping by.