Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Life Administration

I am taking a break.  No posts for a week or so until I have some sparkle in my eye and some spring in my step again.   Time for some life administration.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Spring in my garden

There may not be too much spring in my step these days but the garden continues to delight.
Aren't these beautiful?
The freesias in my pots upstairs were decimated when the apartment committee decided to have the wooden walkway and steps chemical washed.   But these bluebells and freesias by the front gate escaped and give pleasure to the HD3QBEM on her daily walk around the estate.
Last night I was gaily stitching away, thinking to myself "I will have progress to show tomorrow" when oh dear oh dear!   An error way back so I reversed out of that problem but there is no photograph to show.   Perhaps tomorrow:-(

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Almost there

For the past few days I have been helping the HD3QBEM with her knitting.   We have these bright ideas but sometimes they are just too much for aged eyes.   So I picked up the 'needles without eyes" and valiantly knitted and purled halfway through a small sweater.   But I really do not enjoy knitting. For me it is a necessity when I want a new cardigan or sweater for myself.   My days of knitting happily to give generously are past- even if temporarily.  Although I may find that when I am in my late 80's I will become my mother?!@!
Anyway no photos of that.
But I needed some light relief and decided to begin construction on the Christmas Noel Tray.  It's cute and I am pleased but the teeny tiny buttons supplied with the chart are not a true Christmas green.  That, coupled with the fact that I am not using Dinky Dyes floss means they do not match.  So a roadblock. I will tack this together and then leave it until I find teeny tiny buttons in the correct green or red.
The inside looks pretty too.
A good press and the right buttons and this could be called a success.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

At long last

For some time now I have been meaning to take my dressmaking scissors to the House of Knives.   They needed sharpening.   So now I have no excuse for not starting my summer sewing :-)
Tonight I will be backstitching around these two squares and then this can be added to the "Great Pile For Construction".  
One day soon (when the Christmas Chook is finished) I will begin a marathon of finishing.   Until that time I merely continue to fill the basket.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Collective noun for the Tui - a cacophony, a chorus, a nuisance??

Some years ago in its wisdom the City Council suggested that residents plant flowering trees, especially flowering native trees,  to encourage the native Tui to return to urban areas and to increase the population of this beautiful bird.

The beauty of the bird is not in question.   Undoubtedly the flowering trees make Spring in Auckland a sight to behold.   But the cacophony of tuis that has resulted drives inner city residents mad each Spring.

Glistening iridescent wings swoosh past unsuspecting heads.  Raucous birds have no internal volume control.  Nor is their time clock set for dawn and their chorus starts well before that.

Today I stood at my window looking at the flowering Kowhai tree in my garden and caught a culprit on camera.

A very pretty noise!!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Using up stash

Today was Embroiderers' Guild and I needed a simple project to stitch so started a Snippets Tray.
Fabric and threads are all from stash and the chart is a very old acquisition.  
This is the inside of the tray.   The outer has Noel and snowflakes (in red and green) around all sides.
There is also a Christmas Chicken!   I stitched the chicken for a gift back in 2009 ( here) but I want one for myself.  
It has rained all day but the chores got done, the HD3QBEM had a skype session with GreatGrandDaughter#2, I went to Guild, I cooked a new recipe for dinner and now I am tired and off to bed/

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

A finish and a start

Tonight I have finished one ornament and started another.
The Cricket Club "christmas wish" is gorgeous and I am thinking I might make one for myself too -  just not yet.
And I started the 3D Holly Band ornament - an old design by Jean Farish.   Just two things : I don't think these look anything like holly berries and I don't really want to stitch three identical pieces.   But onwards and upwards :-)  Three pieces are needed to form the 3D ornament.
But right now....I am off to bed.