Saturday, 24 September 2016

~ Deliciousness Abounds ~

A little while ago I had a birthday and I decided to treat myself to some more of Rachael Kinnison's beautiful creations. I ordered two more slate frames and a thread palette set and asked her to decorate  in her own original black work style. I had seen her do this for another client and I was hooked. It so reminds me of the black line drawings on the canvas of the 16th century embroidery style. Well, when they arrived today on a grey and rainy Saturday morning I could not have been happier. They are everything I could have dreamed of and more ~ I LOVE THEM ~ take a look and you will see why ~ what's not to motivate me to pick up my needle and thread now ~ thank you Rachael you are truly a beautiful and creative being and your talent brings me great pleasure ~ 

~ Jaw Droppingly Gorgeous Collection ~

~ Everywhere you look there are things to see ~ 

~ That Leopard I LOVE him ~

~ The flowers, the berries, the caterpillar, the butterfly ~

~ And that Lion and that Squirrel ~

~ There's even some Tiger Lily's there, thx Rachael ~

~ Love the snails too and that sweet Monkey ~

~ Beautiful Things ~

I couldn't be happier ~ now where did I put my needle! ~

~ May Your Days Be Filled With Salubrious Stitching ~

Friday, 23 September 2016

- An inkling of life again in these stitching fingers -


Last weekend, Sunday in fact,  I managed to sneek in a little bit of time to do some day time stitching. It's been a long time since I have been able to hang out in my studio space. I emptied it out in February this year so the builders could commence the renovation and it has dragged on for six very long wintery months as it is a building boom due to housing shortage here in Auckland and it is very difficult to get a builder to come focus on a renovation project when there is so much new build demand. But finally they are finished in my studio area and I have been unpacking all my goodies and arranging my stitching treasures around me once again.



One of the goodies I uncovered was my beaded mirror project. I got all excited and decided to break out my beads and make a tiny tiny inroad. What a pleasure it was to once again be spending some time on what it is I really love to do through the pleasure of spending a little time with my needle and thread.




~ My castle is finished ~ I carried on where I had left off &
added the grass ~ It's SO sweet isn't it!! ~ even if it is
my first attempt at beading and it's somewhat 'rustic' ~


~ The oak tree was already done but I finished the wee bit of
grass missing under that too ~



Now ~ what shall I do next ?

~ Can't help soaking up the cuteness each time I walk past that
adorable little castle ~




~ May Your Days Be Filled With Salubrious Stitching ~

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Finally A Finish ~

The past year has passed in a blur. Yes, it's been nearly that long since I last posted. There's reasons for that of course ~

~ the loss of my husband in March 2015

~ returning to full time work in September 2015

~ a shortage of time and motivation to work on my needlework due to work and life

~ the only project I have worked on all year is a Sue Spargo BoM and you are banned from talking about it or posting progress pics until she publishes it as a pattern the following year. Yes it is controlling but you risk removal if you do not adhere so adhere I did

~ BUT ~

~ that year is over and I have finished the project so now I can sing like a bird about my achievement ~ FOLK TAILS is complete and hanging on a wall in my home and I LOVE IT! ~ wool and embroidered embellishment rocks and it is so easy to pick up and put down with many daily distractions coming at you ~ 

~ FOLK TAILS 2015~
~ Animals for Africa ~ 













Whilst there have been many trials this year there are positives too. Along with the love of my two beautiful daughters I have met a special someone through a mutual friend. It is so nice to be living and loving life again with a very kind and caring man. Recently I celebrated another wee milestone and I was totally spoilt and the gift he found and gave me was ~ well you'd never have guessed but how totally appropriate for a rural countryside residing stitching ladye such as me ~

~ Isn't it just so fabulous ~
Though I did make Maisie and her friend Meredith Mouse a Jill Maas design quite sometime ago never knowing she would be eventually driving a 'Singer tractor', the sewing machine was re-purposed by a clearly very talented and creative New Zealander ~ it's fantastic thank you Spence xoxoxo
~ May Your Days Be Filled With Salubrious Stitching ~

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Slate Frames & Sisterhood

I am so blessed to be a part of the stitching sisterhood. The group of women who enjoy the gentle art of creating with a needle and thread.The worldwide community of women who just 'get' you and your passion. I have made some lovely friends over the past three or so years since I have been blogging and have been able to indulge my passion full time. Many of those friends are online and I have never met them in person, others I have met but the miles do not seem to make one jot of difference to how close you can become and to feel like you know them and have known them for an age and just 'get' them too.

My life took an unfortunate turn of events in March this year when my husband and partner of twenty years was killed in a work accident ~ it's taken a while for my daughters and I to adjust but through that time my needlework sustained me as did the kindness and caring of those 'like minded' friends, many of whom sent such kind thoughts and gave with such generosity ~ I am so lucky to have such a fabulous passion and to be a part of such a great community and I do so appreciate you one and all. 

As I headed back to the workforce this week, for the first time in three years to my vocation as an accountant, the girls and I are  adjusting to our 'new normal'. Things are busy and there will not be anywhere as much time now to indulge my passion ~ the evenings will be my only stitching time ~ but no matter how small the snatching's of time, the satisfaction of such a great past time will endure.

This week when I came home from work one day a parcel was waiting for me on the step ~ it must be karma ~ this parcel had been trying to get to me but customs had interfered and slowed the process ~ but that meant that this fabulous meaningful parcel was to arrive as the pace of my life shifted and to remind me of the personal joy in life received from the hands, time and generosity of others ~ I commissioned Rachael of Ladies Repository Museum to make and decorate a slate frame for me to fit the size of the fancy mirror from Thistle Threads I will one day embroider. It's not so easy to find a frame this size and so I was delighted when Rachael started offering them and with the added bonus of being decorated in your style of choice by her elegant and mega talented hands. My request to Rachael when asked what design was ~ and I quote ~ 

Here's where my head is at the moment....I love the floral twirling style vine around you twin been skep palette and was thinking maybe something like that (or berry vine) all around and maybe threaded into two needles coming towards each and on either side of my 'fancy pants' name....or it could be two little birdies holding the needles in their beaks with the vine threaded. Also like the idea of ribbon's and bows, swags or tassels intertwined with the vine. Lots of bees all around and of course a skep would be a treat and maybe a butterfly or two and I adore owls.....and I love squirrels too....told you I couldn't stop...

Please interpret at your leisure and it will be interesting to see how you de code my head...


~ blah ~ blah ~ blah ~ it was all a bit much of a request to be fair to fit on a not overly large area and I just left it up to Rachael and her talent really ~ but no matter what ~ when I received that frame back from Rachael I just knew I would love it whatever she did ~ AND I DO ~ Rachael has put so many personal touches into the frame for me, the girls and Craig and I just love that the flowers she chose were Tiger Lily's and Jasmine ~ for my girls Tiger Lily and Jazmin ~ Fabulous ~ Fabulous ~  Fabulous ~ thank you so much for your talent Rachael and for being my friend and for the sisterhood across the miles ~ I feel like I know you so well and yet we have never met ~ one day maybe ~~~~

Here's some eye candy for those others in the sisterhood who A) know just what a slate frame is and b)appreciate awesome talent when they see it ~ isn't it fab ~ but do please excuse the orientation and the sneaky foot ~


~ Not easy to get these very long pieces in the frame ~

~ Bee skeps, bees, roses,  tassels and bows ~
~ Yummy ~

~ Needles and ribbons, Tigerlilys and Jasmine AND
butterflys ~ & a mermaid ~ Gorgeous ~

~ If you look closely the bees are busy away from
the hive too with those roses ~

~ I feel blessed to have made such neat friends with
so much amazing talent ~ The glass is always
half full no matter what life throws at you ~


As for what I have been up to with my stitching  it's all Sue Spargo BOM and I'm not allowed to talk about that until she releases it as a pattern next year and so lucky  for me Rachael's not so precious so my blog can dust off the cobwebs and have something to talk about ~ have a happy weekend ~





~ May Your Days Be Filled With Salubrious Stitching ~

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Fun ~ Fun ~ Fun

It's supposed to be Spring BUT the days are not getting warmer or dryer or the skies less grey. The days might be getting longer and the daffodils and magnolias might be opening their pretty heads but it has not felt the least like Spring here in Auckland since it was supposed to have sprung on September 1st ~ still ~ it does mean that stitching of a cosy inside evening with wool and threads is still warm and fun, fun, fun ~

Sue Spargo's vases are starting to fill up with blooms and this project is just ever so much fun, fun, fun ~

Here's a peek at what my stitching fingers have been up to in the last little while ~

~ Two finished ~

~ Top row nearly done ~

I am doing my best to stick to a palette of blues, greens and golds ~ doing well so far ~ the trick has been to isolate my threads into their colour groups and put all the others in the spectrum out of site and out of mind ~ far too tempting to digress otherwise ~


~ Wool, velvet & cotton ~ makes you feel
like diving right on in to that stash ~

~ Blues, blews and more bloos ~

~ Fibre classification & seperation ~



I do hope that wherever you are in the world you are having fun, fun, fun  with your stitching too ~

~ May Your Days Be Filled With Salubrious Stitching ~

Saturday, 29 August 2015

What's Been Rocking My Little World

Well that would be the fabulous retreat I went on for three whole days. Three whole days of nothing of a domestic nature, no small humans to organise and just ladies, chatter and stitching. That is sure to be what rocks my little world. Just being free to unleash the creative being inside was a major highlight of the retreat. Not to mention spending time with ladies who are as passionate as I am about all things made with a needle and thread.

Thank you Mum for looking after my babies so well while I was gone. AND an even bigger thank you for helping to create this little beauty  for one happy little girl while I was otherwise engaged. Grandma and Grandaughter time wisely spent ~


~ How adorable is that ~

I met so many nice ladies at the retreat and Sue Spargo is so awe inspiringly talented. She brought along a trunk show of most of her work. It was just fabulous to see all the quilts for real and the dimension is just amazing. The appliqued elements just pop out from the quilting and it was such fun to be able to get hands on with them. Wool is such a neat medium to work with. Anyway I will let the photos do the talking while I come down off cloud nine ~


~ Day #1 and heads down ~ no time to stop and
admire that gorgeous view of Long Bay Beach
from Vaughan Park ~

~ That's Sue passing on her knowledge with a
pile of her finished work in front ~

~ Just look at ~

~ the state ~

~ of that ~

~ room !!! ~ Stash everywhere ~

~ Sue encouraged us to do random
cutting of paper leaves and flowers and place
them on the piece ~
~ no drawing with a pencil first ~
~ it was really rather liberating ~

~ Just look at the result but then folk art is
fabulous for imprecision and the
odd bit of quirkiness ~

 ~ First the paper shapes, then the wool
applique and a teeny 1/4 inch hexie
flower for good measure ~

~ Then for the really fun part ~ the
embellishing with all those gorgeous
threads and mega dimensional
stitches ~

I'm on my way with this project ~ acres of stitching to go but this project's a keeper so I will continue to wile away many, many, many hours making this my own ~ What's not to like!!!! A fun hobby and a satisfying result ~ gotta love it ~ thanks for coming to NZ Sue ~

~ May Your Days Be Filled With Salubrious Stitching ~

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