3 months of crafting !

So here it is.  What I’ve been doing since February.

A few of these items are for sale over in my Felt shop.

Pink Pixie Coat



Robot Duffle Coat




Dr Who coin purses


Other coin purses. Love how cute these are and they keep your card secure as well.




Little red Pixie Coat



20 zip pouches for a customer.  10 each of Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

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Some cushions to match…

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A Red Riding Hood quilt



Some bandana bibs


A zip pouch


Some balloon balls


A laptop cover



A fox coat




A pink quilt



Dr Who tops for the boy


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Toiletries bags for the 2 girls and the small boy (I made the girls big enough for full size shampoo and conditioner bottles)

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A new quilt for our bed. Long overdue. This is HUGE.




A Matt Smith cushion for the big girls 16th birthday



An applique quilt



A purple quilt



A Star Wars glow in the dark quilt


Another Red Riding Hood quilt



And last but not least, a seriously cute cot quilt.



Wild weather !

Boy we were battered about here yesterday.  The wind was gusting up to 135kph at one point.  That was probably when our trampoline went flying :-(  It was chained to a 20 x 20 post and had 4 ground anchors.  Still it went over 3 fences, onto the road where it nearly hit a bunch of cars and then over one more fence.  Arse.  That’s the 2nd tramp we have lost. Needless to say we won’t be risking another.  This time we didn’t lose any trees, just a few branches, a bit of guttering and my Rhubarb took a hammering.  It could have been worse. The carpet is a bit wet in a few place, the wind was blowing so hard that the water came in under a few doors and windows.  We survived a few hours with the power off.  It was so dark with the cloud cover that we had all the candles out at 3.30pm.  I was pleased that the power came back on in time to cook dinner.  It did highlight our need to get a small camping gas cooker.  My Mum was not so lucky. There power went off about 9am yesterday and it’s still off.  Not much fun at all if you can’t even have a cup of tea.

Here’s a pic of the trampoline, it’s across the road about 200m from our place.


Well, I better go do some housework.  I’ll be back later with the promised craft update.


Autumn already. That snuck up fast. I thought today might be a good day to start blogging again. I’m working on my tablet, so no photos. but maybe next time. I have a few items of sewing to show off, plus a holiday to blog about. For today I will be content to note down a garden update.

The garden has been a bit neglected. the only producing plants are the herbs, rhubarb, spinach, silverbeet, buttercrunch lettuces and some baby self-seeded spring onions. We did end up with a bumper crop of tomatoes this year. they were late but we had heaps. I turned most of it into roasted tomato sauce for pizza and pasta. I only stopped picking the tomatoes last week. today I pulled out all the old plants and weeded 3 garden beds. then Ian and planted seeds of broadbeans, snow peas, beetroot, carrots, kale, spring onions and peas. im not sure what else can be planted at this time of year, but I plan to find out and plant some more tomorrow. if we had any spare money I would buy some more fruit trees to plant.

I have some people from the council coming to see me on Monday. The city council now own all the land surrounding ours, which has its pros and cons. They are wanting to plant some shelter belts so are coming to let us know they’re plans. I  don’t know if we get to object if we dont like the plans, but at least they are talking to us.

okay, that will do for tonight. later.

February’s quilts

February is a busy month for my quilt making. I’ve been busy with lots of custom orders, but felt the need to make a couple of ready to sell quilts as well.

These 2 quilts are both available for purchase through my Felt shop.

Queen of hearts.  The photo’s of this quilt just don’t do it justice at all, but it’s hard getting good photos of a queen size quilt.  I designed the pattern myself, so it’s a one-off.  I’ve used a mix of different reds for the hearts and a mix of print neutrals (mostly text prints) for the background.  It has cotton batting and a plain red polycotton backing. It’s the sort of quilt that would be a fantastic wedding or anniversary present ;-)

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The other quilt that I have made for sale is this beauty:

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I’ve made this to be a VERY generous single / double quilt (190cm square).  The fabric is an organic cotton range called Fort Firefly.  The prints are just stunning, lots of woodland creatures and Penny in her garden.  A lovely quilt for a special girl.

I did make one other to be ready for sale, but after posting pics of it on Facebook (look up Sew Vivid on there) it sold immediately. It was received yesterday by a very happy customer.

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I have one custom in progress right now, and 3 more to do before April, but I will try to fit in a few more ready buy quilts when I can.

Loving Summer!

Well it seems late but we are finally getting a good Summer. Temperatures in the high 20′s or early 30′s (°C not °f).  We’ve been spending heaps of time at the local outdoor pools.  We are so lucky to have FREE swimming pools all Summer.  This year Cameron has graduated from the middle (kids) pool to the big pool (3ft 6 graduating deeper).  The deal was he had to be able to swim one width before he can swim in the big pool without a grown up being with him.  Yesterday he managed 3 widths freestyle (he is still learning the breathing technique but has mastered the rest). Now he can be in the big pool (with me watching) as long as he doesn’t go past the 4ft markers.  He’s pretty good at obeying the rules.

Excuse Lilly’s facials :-)


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Sibling love.



The garden is slowing coming back to life after being totally replanted in December (except the herbs which were doing fine).  We have started to lay pebble down for the paths between the beds, but its such hot weather that it’s a very slow process.  Slowly but surely.


You can see 2/3 of the garden is still overgrown, it’s a work in progress.  I will be adding a second herb spiral soon for the Thyme, Tarragon and Parsley, which all got a bit smothered by the Sage. Don’t the new fences look fabulous?20140212_171945

Ta da!!  A new garden shed, for all the tools and seeds etc.  Soon to have a small bike shed built on the right hand side.  Then we might have a bit of space in the garage.20140212_171953

I don’t yet have any ripe tomatoes, but local ones were 99c a kilo, so I grabbed some and roasted them with the elephant garlic we grew.  12 containers of Pizza sauce for the small sum of approx $3.  Pretty good value for money I think.  I will get some more today and do another batch if I can find some suitable containers to store it in.     20140219_195630


At the beginning of Feb Ian and I went to a concert held locally.  It was Eclipse, Pink Floyd Tribute, held up at Stonehenge Aotearoa.  What a fantastic night!  If you get a chance to see these guys playing you must go.

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I think that’s all for now.  I’ll be back later with a crafty update separately.

Freezing February!

So much for Summer!  So cold today that I have 3 layers on, plus my woolly socks. At least it’s good weather for quilting.

The last couple of weeks have been pretty quiet, with Nathan away working and staying with a friend.  It’s was almost like he has already moved out.  Only 2 more weeks and he will be living in Wellington and going to Victoria University.  So proud of his results, which he worked very hard for.

The last week before school involved getting organised and a bit of relaxing and enjoying the last week off.



I can’t believe how much the small boy has grown in the past few months. I used to have to add elastic to the waists of all his pants and shorts or buy narrow clothing, but now he is wearing a size or 2 bigger than his age number.  Amazing. Not sure why, could be getting the tonsils removed, or the milk in schools programme which they started last year (which we kept up with during the holidays). Maybe a combination of both?  It’s lovely to see him so healthy, he hasn’t even had a cold since his tonsillectomy in Sept.  Going back to school has been hard though. No more sleep ins and cruisy days :-(  Not much summer swimming either due to the weather.

I however have been very pleased to be able to get back to my normal work programme :-)

Proof of this: all the sewing I have been able to get done.

Fox cushion for the Fox obsessed boy


Fox swimming bag for the Fox obsessed boy


Custom ordered ZIg Zag cot quilt


and matching cushion


Custom ordered Fort Firefly cot quilt


Tablet / i Pad cover


Kindle cover


Tablet / i Pad cover


Queen size heart quilt – Now for sale. Email me if interested (email address in sidebar).

9 Feb


Hopefully lots more to come for the rest of February.

Making the most of summer.

Yesterday we managed to drag Ian away from his garden shed building and had a family afternoon out at Ocean Beach, which is the closest beach to us.  It’s not a swimming beach, more a fishing beach, but it was nice to visit anyway.

We played down in the surf for a while then climbed up the big sand dune so the kids (and Ian) could have a go sliding down. We went prepared with a bag full of snacks and water that we ate while enjoying watching the view, then went home via Martinborough where we stopped and got the BEST fish and chips for a late dinner, which we had picnic style at one of the quiet parks there.  A nice day out and no cooking or cleaning when we got home. Even better!

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They did get wetter than this (well the big two did) ;-)

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The view from the top of the sand dune was fabulous, you could see the South Island in the distance.

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The ever gratuitous “selfie” which Lilly generously included me in. ??????????????????????????????? ??????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????

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All sorts of fun.!

The only thing that would have made it better would be to have had my Mum there too.  Wish you could come out on some fun days with us :-(