Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Snow! and Awards and Bits and Pieces


This post is going to be a bit all over the place, so hang on! First of all I thought I'd show you a few pics of the snow we've had this week. It isn't a lot, but for the middle of a coastal city it's quite novel! The most Christchurch has had in 15 years. There's a good saying going around on Facebook . . . “Christchurch is like a snowglobe, shake it enough and it will snow!”

Here's my poor car (after the initial thaw, so not as much snow as there was) and one of our rose bushes looking surprisingly pretty still. 

 

What else is going on? Well the lovely Bekca at The Stitching Lion awarded me a stylish blogger award! This is my first blog award so I was pretty excited, thank you Bekca! You should check out her blog, it's one of my favourites. 

 
Here's the rules:

  1. Thank the person who has awarded you.
  2. List seven things about yourself.
  3. Pass the award to 15 other stylish bloggers.

Seven things about me!

  1. My fiance and I get to have two weddings! Being a long distance couple for a long time, we have plenty of friends and family in both Europe and NZ. The solution – have a ceremony in both.
  2. I have 4 months to go of my undergraduate degree. I'll graduate with a triple in Anthropology, Sociology and History.
  3. I can ride a unicyle! It's something I've wanted to do all my life and I finally got the chance to learn 3 years ago.
  4. I'm out of space in my bookcase (it's a small one, as I have a very small room in my university flat) and I really don't know what I'm going to do, because I can't bear to double stack them or get rid of any
  5. I have one younger brother, who currently works on a farm in the UK. Soon I'll get two sisters-in-law as well!
  6. I want to, and plan to, live in Europe someday soon. I love France and the UK and can't wait to go back. If nothing else, I miss that the French have a whole supermarket aisle for cheese!
  7. I just joined pinterest! I've seen lots of other bloggers signing up lately and I felt like I needed a place to collate my wedding inspiration photos :) If you're on pinterest too then look me up, you can find me here


Other Stylish Bloggers!

  1. Becs at CraftyOldMaid. This is a very new blog, by a friend very dear to my heart, check it out!
  2. Ady at CraftyAdy
  3. Natalia Lynn at Ma Nouvelle Mode
  4. Abbie at Virtual Stitch. Another new one I've got my eye on!
I'm going to stop at 7. I know plenty more stylish bloggers but I know many of them have had this award before, many recently. So I thought I'd keep it for my favourites and some newbies. 

Finally I just wanted to mention some awesome giveaways you should all enter! 

Gabi at Lady of the Floss is having a blogoversary giveaway of a $100 gift voucher to Anita's Little Stitches, how generous is that! You should really check it out, thank you Gabi. 

And Jennifer at Feathers in the Nest is giving away this lovely pair of Gingher scissors and one of her own sampler patterns. These scissors are the best of the best, so you should definitely pop over and have a look.  



That's all for now, thanks for slogging through!

Sarah

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Engagement Stitching


A few years ago I received a kit for John Clayton's 'Calm Waters' from my now future mother-in-law as a Christmas present, after admiring one in the same circle series they have on their wall. My fiance loved the pattern and together we agreed that I would stitch it when we became engaged so we could hang it on the wall of our first home. So now's the time! 



 

It's going to be a BIG project, a 25cm diameter circle of solid stitching. Should keep me busy! But there's something I love about stitches of this size. If it's a pattern you love then it's such a joy seeing all of the subtle tones coming together to build up into a beautiful picture. You can see it happening already. . I've already used 4 different colours in just this small section. 

 
We also just received our first engagement present, which will probably go on the wall of our first home too! This stunning stitch was from my fiance's grandmother, who I've been learning a lot from when it comes to embroidery. 

 

You might have noticed that I like hanging embroidery on the wall. . . and fiance likes pictures of boats!

That's all for now,

*Sarah*

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P.S Like the new winter layout? I thought it was about time! 

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Little Bit of a Love Story


My apologies that this is going to be a wordy post with not even a little craft. But I will finally reveal the exciting news which has kept me busy all week! So stick in there.

You can see 'my man' (as he is usually referred to) hovering in the back of quite a few of my posts, supporting my crafty life. His name is Ben. We've known each other the greater part of ten years and have been dating the past three. Some of you may have picked up on the fact that we've done the majority of those three years 12,000 miles apart.

We 'met' through his cousin, who has been one of my best friends for many many years. Through a very strange chain of events which can only be described through the minds of a gaggle of 12 year old girls, we began emailing each other on a fairly regular basis – me in New Zealand along with several other friends and him a 14 year old schoolboy in the UK. In over a year of emails we built up a firm friendship, where his were often the highlight of my week. I never saw a photo of him and he saw only one of me (a group shot where he didn't know which in the group I was). Time went on and first he, then I got distracted by that point in high school where things start getting serious and you actually have to do some work. Our emails became less frequent and then ended altogether, though they lasted far longer than any others in the group.

Fast forward almost 4 years and I was about to finish high school when I found out he was coming to NZ for several months to visit family and do some work experience. I knew from his cousin that he'd just finished his first year of an engineering degree in France. Some of the group that had emailed him originally restarted their conversation with him in anticipation of his arrival – I didn't, to this day I'm not sure why! In any case I hadn't said a word to him since we stopped emailing years ago when I saw him for the first time, his cousin dragging him to class still jetlagged! A tall, dark haired, extremely handsome man mumbling something about needing coffee. And much to my chagrin and attempts at self-denial, I fell in love.

It took almost the whole time he was in New Zealand for me to admit my feelings (to myself!) and him to admit he felt much the same way. Three days before he left the country we sat down and he asked me if I was in this for the long haul, knowing it would never be a traditional relationship where we could go on dates in the weekend, that we didn't know when we would see each other again and that it was likely going to be the hardest thing either of us had ever contemplated. He had 4 years to go in one of the most prestigious engineering courses in the world, I couldn't ask him to give that up. I couldn't relocate to a country where I didn't speak the language and still go to university myself, a lifelong dream, he couldn't ask me to give that up. But we loved each other and trusted God enough to say yes anyway.

That was, as I said, almost three years ago. We're still together. Of course it has been hard at times! We just finished our longest stretch apart – 19 months where as university students neither of us could afford the tickets to see each other. At the same time being 'his girl' has given me more joy than I thought possible. It's almost over now. We're together at the moment and have only two months of long distance left before we can be in the same country permanently. To make it even better? Last weekend Ben took me to the shores of Lake Tekapo (in the snow) and asked me to be his wife. 
 
I said yes!!!



Think you can all tolerate some wedding related craft?

That's all for now,

*Sarah*

Friday, July 15, 2011

Visiting the EcoShop


I've been busy lately. . You'll find out why soon. But I took some time out today to take a wander down the road to the EcoStore, which is basically a council thrift store, that I've never been to before because it used to be on the complete other side of the city. I didn't end up buying anything, but it was AMAZING. I'll be going back regularly and it took a very long time to pull the man away from the power tools. I managed to snap a couple of photos on my mobile phone that I thought I'd share.

If I ever need knitting needles again this is where I'll be going. . . $1 a pair and just look at how many!


This piano was in perfect working condition, we tested every key. It was $65!!! 

 

I really fell in love with this one, I so wanted to take it home. It would have been stunningly beautiful with some TLC and was still working, the rubber just needed replacing and the whole thing needed some oil. $50 for the table and sewing machine! I so wish I had somewhere to put it (and $50 to spare). 

 

That's all for now,

*Sarah*

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

FREE Craft Supplies


This is such a good deal that I had to share. Hop on over to the WholePortBlog and follow the simple instructions to get yourself one of the free crafting supplies on offer. It's open internationally and they cover the cost of shipping. Why would you say no?? Get in quick because the offer's only open for a couple more days. 


That's all for now,

*Sarah*

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Guest Post


Hi everyone!

I've been on holiday this week, but will be back properly next week with some EXCITING news and crafty stuff to share. In the mean time, I've just had the honour of doing a guest post on and today was a fairytale. It's a bit more personal than my general craftyness life on here and more in relation to my faith and what God's doing in my crafty life. But feel free to check it out here! Thanks Megan for hosting my story on your beautiful blog!


That's all for now,

*Sarah*

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Cabling the Day Away


I haven't been really. . . cabling the day away I mean. I've been spending my holiday so far enjoying quality time with the man and catching up with our respective families. I thought I'd show you a few bits and pieces though.

This was a “just because” present from my man, a new Textile Heritage of Scotland bookmark kit. I love Textile Heritage designs and their bookmarks are great as quick present projects, you can see previous ones I've done here and here

 

I've been keeping my mint plant alive for 4 months in this tiny little pot! Today I finally managed to repot it, it's looking much happier already. 


While I was finding a nice spot in the sun for it to settle into I couldn't resist snapping a shot of the snowy mountains you can just glimpse from the end of my parents driveway. A fresh wintery NZ day definitely has its own beauty. 

 

Finally we have the cables, my current work in progress. It might not look very impressive, but these knit cables are my first ever! It's nice to learn a new technique, though I need to do some serious knitting this week if I'm going to get the scarf finished and blocked in time for the occasion it's a gift for! 

 


That's all for now,

*Sarah*