Our destination was the small town of Pukekohe, just to the south of Auckland.
At the quilt shop we found some fabric to back Christmas ornaments (yes I have begun the stitching for those!) and buttons for six garments that the HDHBEM has completed for the local hospice shop. It was a cold cold day so we rugged up . Hat, gloves, scarf and leather jacket - you'd be forgiven for thinking there was snow!
The shop had a quaint old fashioned cash register.
Do forgive the quality of the photos. I forgot my camera and my cheap phone was the only alternative.
I have been stitching steadily on my UFO hardanger piece and should have it finished this week. In anticipation of a finish I have pulled out floss for the Christmas ornaments for the nieces and nephews. Each year a stitched ornament is included in their Christmas Card and while the HDHBEM writes the cards I get to stitch the ornaments. This year the Prairie Schooler Christmas Alphabet, DMC floss and Belfast Linen will constitute the ingredients for the Christmas mix.
And, while clearing out a cupboard in my garage I found a large square box containing ..... this!
I had forgotten I had this. Some years ago(perhaps six or seven?) the Embroiderers Guild had an exhibition and the theme was "A View of Auckland" I stitched this and called it a view from space! The inspiration came from a freebie off the Piecework magazine site. I didn't stitch on silk as per the instructions and was never really satisfied with the completed piece- hence the sealed box in garage I expect. It will go back there now. And I will go back to my beloved counted work - stem stitch and surface embroidery are not my best friends!
Hope you all have a great evening.