Friday, November 9, 2012

A Bloggy Break

Just a note to say I may not be around for a while. Everything is fine here, but life is just busy! I'm barely finding the time to stitch or craft, let alone post about it. I'm also trying to break my life away from screens a bit at the moment. So I'm going to be taking a break from blogging. I might still do some blog reading, but I probably won't be commenting much.

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas in advance! (and a Happy Thanksgiving for those in the States)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

In a Frenchy mood

I've been in a bit of a Francophile mood lately, probably due to the resumption of French lessons (via audio on my half an hour daily commute to work, which is working brilliantly). So this weekend I thought I'd give Macaron's a go. I've been meaning to try them for a while, but like many others have been scared off by their delicacy and complexity - they're regularly used as a final challenge in cooking reality TV Shows. But nothing ventured, nothing gained. . .so. . .

They have a lemon zest flavoured shell with a lemon curd filling. This is what they ideally look like:

Overall I was pretty pleased with my first go, especially as every recipe I've seen has emphasised that it's very unlikely you'll get them perfect first time! Mine were a little undercooked and the shell's definitely show my lack of piping skills. But they taste like they supposed too and I learnt lots, so I'm looking forward to next time!

If anyone else wants to give it a go I used PastryPal's excellent downloadable e-book (free) and Alison Thompson's book 'Macaron'

That's all for now,


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

IHSW October!

I totally almost nearly forgot to post this, so forgive me for my lateness. Am I the only one whose reaction to October is 'nooooooo, not alreeeaddddyyy?' I really have no idea where this year has gone.

I got a bit of stitching in on the Iris over the weekend. Just filling in more gaps! It is getting there slowly, though I'll need to take another break from it soon to get in some Christmas stitching. At this rate I might have it done for next mother's day . . . . only a year late!

This photo is actually fairly accurate with colour. It's turning out a little blue-er than I expected, but it still looks nice and cohesive and Iris-like, so that's ok!

Hope all of the rest of you ladies had a sucessful IHSW,


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Christmas is that close?!?

It's ok really, I hadn't actually forgotten. In fact I just finished a Christmasy project (no Joysze it really wasn't boxers!). It's hubby's first Christmas in New Zealand with my family, so just so he matches the rest of us I thought I better make him a stocking.

I think we did quite well picking Christmassy but not to unmanly fabrics! Aren't those deer cute?

Not much stitching going on at the moment. . . I need that to change quick smart though so I can get some Christmas stitching done. Luckily it's IHSW October and a long weekend for us this weekend, so fingers crossed for some work on Iris (and maybe a new start). In other crafty news I just started a dressmaking course, so at the end of the next 7 weeks I should have a beautiful dress (fingers crossed on that one too).

That's all for now!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Finally! A Finish!

It feel's like so long since I've had a cross stitch finish! Here is Lizzie Kate's 'A Good Marriage.' I stitched it with the threads provided (Crescent Colours, Gentle Arts Sampler & DMC) on 32ct Permin Lambswool Linen. I charted up hubby and I's names to put at the bottom - this isn't our marriage sampler (my lovely mother-in-law has that in hand), but considering the piece is special to us because it was a reading at both our weddings I couldn't stop myself from making it a bit unique!

Now I just have to get it framed quick smart! For some motivation to get it finished I've entered it in my home town's annual Agricultural and Pastoral show (in the home industries pavillion) at the end of the month! 


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

IHSW + TUSAL September!

Yay I'm back on track. . . a IHSW and a TUSAL post in one! I have to admit there wasn't thaatt much stitching done this weekend. I added two and a half lines to LK's 'A Good Marriage,' which is looking beautiful but a crazy wrinkley mess at the same time :)

Over the weekend I also picked up some fabric for a new sewing project for hubby. Anyone care to guess what it is?

Finally, here is my September TUSAL. A wee mound of browny threads on the top.

Enjoy your week everyone!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Insanely Proud :)

I finished my first quilt top! Yes I did! It is in no way perfect. In fact it's completely inperfect. You can really tell that I don't yet have a rotary cutter and than my best measuring tool is a tape measure (good thing it was mostly charm squares, so limited cutting). Some of my points are 100% spot on and some of them are woefully off. But I love it!

The thing is . . . what on earth do I do next? I presume I need to finding a backing fabric and some batting and join it all together. Does anyone want to point me in the right direction as to how to do that? Another question for my quilty followers: Can I quilt this on my normal sewing machine? It's not a big quilt, lap sized, and according to the instruction manual I can get a walking foot for my machine (a modern Bernina). But advice I've received from others is that this isn't possible/practical and I should hand-quilt it or send it to a long arm quilter. I just want to quilt straight lines (but not in the ditch). Help?!

In other news I'm taking part in the IHSW for the first time in months! (wedding tended to get in the way). Here's my very wrinkled before shot - I'm hoping to put in some good needle time on LK's 'A Good Marriage' over the weekend.

Good luck to everyone else joining in!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Weekendy Things

Hubby and I are having our first properly relaxed weekend since long before the wedding. Last weekend was our first with no guests, but I spent the weekend catching up on cleaning the house and an assignment for my Librarian study, while hubby was preparing for his chartered engineer dissertation presentation. Now everything of that type is finished and we have been spending the weekend doing the things we like best!

I've been working on my quilt. The top is soooo almost finished now, but I need to pick up some more white fabric before I can do the last two strips.

We've also been reading, eating yummy food and sleeping! I'm about to settle down to watch mythbusters and start writing a few of these for the wedding.

The weather here is starting to turn towards spring and summer. This week we had our first true Nor'wester for months. That is a unique wind that blows through the plains where I live. It is a hot wind and creates strange effects in the sky. It is very beautiful and makes it pleasantly warm, but it can also have a strange effect on people's moods and feelings! Today is not as nice, you can see the sea raging outside, but it is still surprisingly warm.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend too!


Sunday, September 2, 2012

I've actually done some stitching!

Yes! It's true! I've actually done some stitching. I've been working on LK's 'A Good Marriage,' which is based on a reading that we had at both of our weddings and really suits us down to the ground. It's being such a pleasure to stitch again and this piece in particular.

Here's to getting back to craftyness :) Hope you're all having a great weekend!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Deer friends! (you'll see why this is funny in a minute)

I'm back! Hopefully anyway. The wedding is over. (Most of) the guests are gone. It was a fantastic time, but hubby and I are both looking forward to having some quiet time! I'm looking forward to having some crafty time :). The day itself was amazing. From two weeks before the big day it rained and rained and rained. Roads flooded, there were days I couldn't get to work because of flooded bridges. Power and water went out. And then the day of the wedding dawned with perfect bright sunshine. The day after it went back to rain. People keep telling me God must have been smiling on us, I think they may be right!

The official photos are still a few weeks away and will be shared with you when they come, but good friends of ours pulled us separately outside during the reception to snap these shots, which I just love.

You'll see some craftyness from me soon, and hopefully you'll see me commenting a bit more regularly too!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Waving from far away!

Hello friends!

Life has been even busier than I expected and I have to admit, I don't think there's going to be regular blogging again until after the wedding (now less than 3 weeks away!), because balancing the wedding stuff, work, studying and having a steady stream of houseguests has meant that at the moment I don't have a life outside of those things! Yesterday I packed up my sewing machine and stitchy stuff completely for the next few weeks, because 3 men will be staying with us from Tuesday (in our small apartment with one spare room) and I could just predict how that would turn out!

I'm missing my craft :(, but everything else is going well. I had my final wedding dress fitting last weekend and it is all ready to go, this weekend we do our final meetup with the caterers, photographer etc. Lots of friends and family are coming in from overseas and around the country, so it is lovely to see everyone, if a little overwhelming in terms of space sometimes.

Forgive me for my lack of commenting, I have been trying to keep up with my blog reading at least. .  sometimes more succesfully than other times!

Be back soon!


Monday, July 16, 2012

So what's going on?


How is everyone? Things are still rather busy around here, and to top it all off I've had the flu! But I'm still stumbling along. I'm loving my job and started part time study this week towards my postgraduate diploma in Information and Library studies. Wedding planning is ticking along too! My dress has arrived (it was being made overseas) and hopefully I should have the fitting this weekend.

Be assured, the craftiness has not stopped either (it has slowed, but not as much as blogging). Iris is still coming along. I need to get a move on though, because the walls in Mum's newly refitted spare room are looking rather empty.

In a fit of exasperation with Iris last week I've also made a new start, Lizzie Kate's 'A Good Marriage,' which is based on a poem that was and will be read at our wedding ceremonies and means a lot to both of us.

It looks a bit nonsensical at the moment! My quilt top is still coming along too, although I haven't had much time for it recently (for me stitching is easier to pick up and put down than sewing). Everything else is going to be put on hold this week though so I can make some pew bows! I have the material, but haven't made anything like them before, so hopefully it works out well. Wish me luck :)


Sunday, July 1, 2012

I'm still here :)

Hello friends!

I am still here, I promise. Work has been good, but busy. I started at the second library I will be working in this week and from now on will spend half the week in each. I've also been trying to sort out my enrolment in the librarianship course I will be doing part time. So there has not been very much crafting of any type going on! I have done a little bit of work on my quilt top, and no cross stitch at all! Here's my progressing quilt top - I haven't spread it out though, because our floor needs vacumming and I don't want it to get dirty!

We have also had two visitors this weekend. My dear friend Becky is with us for a week from Australia and another dear friend of hers, myself and DH came down for the weekend from the North Island to catch up. So things really have been busy! Becky has brought her cross stitch with her though and it is inspiring me to pick mine up again. I might start something new though, because I think the Iris is just a bit to complicated for my current frame of mind :)

Here's my very late June TUSAL while I'm here. Lots of purples on the top from Iris.

That's all for now,


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

My Apologies! Briefly MIA

So, I've hit the new job point when it's after the inital excitement and the tiredness that comes with adjusting to full time work hits! Crafty time has been significantly reduced this week, there was no IHSW stitching this weekend at all! I've been doing a little bit of sewing, but that for now is all. Things will settle down quickly hopefully though - until then, I'll be around, just posting a little less frequency :)


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Starting my first quilt!

I've been pretty busy with my first week at work (so much fun), but when the fabric for my first ever attempt at a quilt arrived in the post I really couldn't resist getting started straight away. Yesterday evening I put together the layout for the centre of the quilt top while watching the NZ Masterchef final. .  and pestering hubby every ad break for advice. Tonight I managed to sew my first couple of rows together

My 'sewing table' in our lounge
The design floor!

Sorry for the bad light. It's midwinter here, so working from 8.30-5 means that I'm not home for enough natural light for photos.

I'm having lots of fun with the quilt so far. I'm pretty confident with my sewing machine, and at the moment I'm just sewing squares together, so it's easy. I chose a pretty simple pattern with precuts, so I can concentrate more on the skills I don't already know. I must confess though that because I haven't invested in a quarter-inch foot for my machine yet, I've been drawing them in with my dressmaking pencils just so I can make doubly sure I'm right instead of eye-balling it!

That's all for now,


Friday, June 8, 2012

An update on Iris

There hasn't been too much stitching lately, I've been rushing around getting things ready for going into work full time. Wedding prep has gone into overdrive! But these last couple of days I've slowed down a little just to enjoy my last days 'off' as such and Iris has gotten some work.

It's starting to look a bit more like a flower now that the outline of the base is in, though it looks a bit lopsided without page 2 (to the left)! I'm enjoying it, the purples are lovely and when I get momentarily sick of them I just swap to one of the middle colours for a while.

Have a happy stitchy weekend friends,


Joining up with: 
There and Back 

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Newsy New Stash

When we were living in France we were based up in the tiny alpine town of Oyonnax, at an outpost of hubby's Grandes école (for those of you not familiar with French, that's a particular type of university outside of the normal system). But we also took regular trips into Lyon, a city I absolutely love. Often our trips would be for DH to go to classes or meetings, so I'd be left on my own in the city for a few hours. One of the things I almost always did when I was by myself was go and wander the bookstores and admire all the beautiful craft books they have in France.

There was one particular slim book that I absolutely fell in love with. .  Sweet Home: petites maisons a broder au point de croix (little homes in embroidery and cross stitch).

The patterns in this book are just gorgeous. The French really know their cross stitch and embroidery!

At the time we were on an extremely tight budget. The book wasn't massively expensive at all, but it was enough that I couldn't really justify buying it without a reason! DH saw how much I loved it and said some magic words: 'I'll buy it for you, and it can be your congratulations present when you find a job back in New Zealand' (I'd just started putting in applications anticipating coming back).

For over nearly 6 months it's been stashed away in the top of the wardrobe. I've been good, I haven't even looked at it in all that time. This week it's coming down and taking pride of place on my bookshelf :)

In just over a week I start working full time for the district council in two of their rural libraries/council service centres. While I'm working they will pay for me to do the post-graduate training I need to become a qualified librarian. Yay for having a job, a possible career path and one that I know that I'll love!

Now to keep working through the list of things I need to get done before then. . .


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Books, Glorious Books!

In New Zealand we have this thing called Bookarama. It's usually a fundraiser for local Rotary clubs and they happen all over the country. People donate their old books (+ jigsaws, dvds, records, magazines etc) at local petrol stations and the like leading up to the bookarama, and then it all comes together in one massive, amazing secondhand book sale.

I've been going to these things since I was knee high to a grasshopper, my hometown one is one of the biggest in the country. This weekend was our new town's one and hubbys first experience of it!

As you can see we came away with quite a haul! Lots of fiction and beautifully bound classics in DH's pile (though I love the classics too, he just got to the table before me). Fiction, history, cooking and craft books for me - the giant one on the bottom of my pile is the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlecraft. It is the most AMAZING book ever, I've been on the look out for it since I picked up its companion (Complete Guide to Sewing) at a previous bookarama. It has everything you could possibly want to know, from how to build a quilting frame at home, to how to design knitting patterns and what the best embroidery thread for your project is.

Needless to say we've spent our weekend with our noses in our new reads. Hope you're enjoying yours!


P.S I've been getting very excited this week about some other book related goings-on in my life. More on that in my next post.

Friday, May 25, 2012

My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Software Giveaway

This giveaway has now closed, the winner was Parsley, congratulations! 

Hi everyone!

Today I'm giving away a free copy of the My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software - you might remember that I reviewed the software a few days ago and found it a really useful and user-friendly thing to have around, not only for digital scrapbooking, but also for producing graphics in general.

Here's a reminder of some of the things I whipped up with it. . .

My Memories usually retails for $39.97 USD, so you'd definitely be making a saving! What do you need to do to enter? It's easy! Just visit the My Memories website and tell me the name of a scrapbooking kit available on the website that you would use in a comment on this post. Remember to leave me some way to contact you if your email address isn't connected to your blogger profile!

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A FOLLOWER OF MY BLOG TO ENTER. That's right, there's no hoops to jump through for this giveaway, just visit the My Memories website and leave me a comment to enter into the draw (of course, I'd love if you were a follower, but it's not mandatory).

If you don't win, but decide you just can't live without this software, you're still in luck. The code below will give you $10 off your My Memories software purchase.  It will also give you a $10 voucher to the My Memories store, just so you can pick up a few extras! This code doesn't expire, so there's no limit on your time to use it.

Code: STMMMS91201

This giveaway will run for one week. Good luck everyone!


DISCLAIMER: This giveaway is sponsored by My Memories. I have not been compensated for this post by My Memories and all opinions are 100% my own. I have recieved free copies of the My Memories V.3 Digital Scrapbooking Software to review and give away.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Software Review

I am really really not a papercrafter. As much as I'd love to be, the combination of scissors, paper and glue just don't work well for me. It's always been that way. . .  my mum has a kindergarten report from when I was four that says "Sarah is struggling to master the use of scissors." So I've never really got into the card making or scrap booking type crafts. I do however like playing around on the computer and have always enjoyed dabbling in photo editing and making collages (see my often-changing header for example). So when I got the chance to play with and review My Memories Digital Scrapbooking software I jumped at the chance!

My Memories is a Digital Scrapbooking software designed to make the process easy. I found it had a pretty self-explanatory point and click interface that was very user friendly. It comes with a variety of backing papers, embellishments etc preloaded and many more are available online both paid and free. I downloaded a few extra free kits from the My Memories website almost straight away and found them incredibly easy to install and use. I used them to make my FIRST EVER scrapbooking pages. Here's a couple of layouts I did using photo's from my last trip to France.

I think I'm very close to being hooked already! The biggest advantage of the My Memories Suite for me though, is that as well as digital scrapbooking it has almost endless other possibilites. I used it to make some custom gift-tags (this would be so handy at Christmas)

I also tried putting together a calendar page or two using some free calendar grids I downloaded from the My Memories Suite website. This one's not quite finished, but you get the idea!

All in all I found the My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Suite to be an extremely user-friendly program with capabilites that are really only limited by what you can think of! It would be easy to customise blog headers (I have a feeling I'll probably be using it for my next one), buttons, business cards, wedding stationary (yep I have a feeling I'll be using it for that too!) and of course . . . scrapbook pages. It simple usability in my opinion makes it a far better option than programes like photoshop for the average blogger or scrapbooker.

And now for the good stuff right? To accompany my review (well done if you've got this far), if you come back later in the week I'll be giving away a free copy of the My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Suite to one of my readers. This really is a useful programme and although it's not expensive, who wouldn't want a free one?

See you then,


Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review of the My Memories Suite and all opinions are 100% my own. I did recieve a free copy of the My Memories Suite V.3 Digital Scrapbooking Software for the purposes of this review.

Monday, May 21, 2012

IHSW May: Iris in progress

Yay, I actually managed to get my IHSW report up less than a week after it's happened, and I even managed to get some stitching done, which is more than can be said for last month :D

Here's my hastily-snapped-on-my-mobile before photo of Iris

And here is the hastily-snapped-before-the-sun-went-down-after

This piece is coming together insanely quickly, I'm enjoying stitching it so much. It doesn't really look much like an Iris yet but I can just see how it's going to come together in the end.

Hope all you other stitchers out there enjoyed your hermitting, I'll have to go and browse some of your blogs.


Sunday, May 20, 2012


I can't believe it's the 20th of May already. This year is going so fast! I finally got around to finding a nice jar for my ORT's and it's made itself at home under the coffee table in our lounge, on top of my pile of wedding magazines .

Piles of purple starting to gather on the top from my Irises. The heap of red is from some stitching I did briefly the other day to try and figure out the stitch count of some misc fabric I'd been given.

I've had some questions lately from non-stitchy readers as to what on earth the TUSAL is. . .  it's a Totally-Useless-Stitch-A-Long hosted by Daffycat, where we collect our ORT's (Old-Ratty/Ragged-Threads, offcuts from finishing a thread, pulling out mistakes etc) in a pretty jar and share them every month on the new moon. An artful but totally useless endeavour!

I'll be back tomorrow with the results of my IHSW (International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, for those of you still getting confused by all the acronyms!)


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Weddingness and Irises

Things are starting to get into full swing here for wedding 2.0, which is only just over 3 months away now! Most of the big things have been crossed off the list. . .  the location, the food, the dress (yes the dress!) and we're starting to get into the DIY territory of invitations, decorations and everything else. I took this photo yesterday as I was lying on our lounge floor putting invitations together. . .  there's the actual invitation, a general info sheet, and a second info sheet for people who aren't familiar with the town we're getting married in

I'm excited, but at the same time there's just so much to think about!! So cross stitching is a good relaxation-maker. I started Iris in Bloom on Monday. . .it's going to be a biggie! I don't have most of the threads yet (totally my fault, they don't come when you don't order them) but I have enough in stash to make a start.

Not the best photo in the world, sorry!

I'm enjoying seeing it come together already. I think that's partly because it's got so much purple, which also happens to be the wedding colour. So any three month out advice for this bride-to-be?


Friday, May 11, 2012

Rainy Days

The last couple of days have been grey and miserable here and I haven't got the threads to start on my new cross stitch project yet, so I've pulled out a UFO to do some knitting.

It's a nice pattern, ribbed with a cable centre, but I'm not the fastest knitter in the world, so these things take time. Still, there's just something about rainy days and knitting that go together, don't you think? If it keeps going on like this, it might be finished and ready for blocking before long. Only a year and a half after I meant to have it done . . . 

Enjoy your weekend friends,


(photo taken with the RetroCamera app for android, I haven't fallen into instagram)

Friday, May 4, 2012

April Showers Finally Finished!!

Oh gosh I can't believe this one is finally finished. It took me far far longer than I expected it to take! I was determined to finish it by the end of April and even that didn't happen. . . still the 3rd of May isn't too bad I suppose.

'April Showers,' by Country Cottage Needleworks. 
Completed on 28cnt Ivory Lugana with recommended DMC, Cresent Colours and Weeks Dye Works threads.

I love the pattern, it's such a cute design! But I'm not entirely happy with how it stitched up. . . . I thought I'd cut for at least a 2 inch border around the sides. Obviously not! and as hard as I tried some of the stitching just did not want to lie flat. Oh well, can't win them all. As soon as I can find a nice frame for it, it will be going on the bedside table anyway. 

Next on the agenda is going to be this almost-BAP, a mother's day present for my mum, who is currently redoing my childhood bedroom into a guest room. The room has a purple feature wall, so this will hopefully make a nice addition!  I think I have some suitable evenweave in my stash, just need to download the pattern and get the threads (thanks Jo for finding the right issue for me so I could track down some more details about the pattern before buying it. I don't understand why they don't tell you how big it is on the website!).

Enjoy your weekend everyone :) I'm off to un-kit my sewing box from April Showers. 


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Late, I know! IHSW & TUSAL April

This weekend was international hermit and stitch for April! Unfortunately for my stitching time (but exciting for me) it was also my graduation . . . yes for some reason here we graduate 5 months after we finish. Here's my before and after photos, can you spot the difference? hehe



Not much difference at all! Although that's partly because I had to frog the F in flower between the before and after shots. If anyone's interested you can see a photo of me in my graduation gear outside my university here. I now have a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History, Sociology and Anthropology.

Because I was away for the weekend I also missed the April TUSAL date. But here's my pic anyway, still no pretty jar.

Lots of pretty pastel colours in there from April Showers. Which I am determined to finish by the end of April so I can move onto other stuff! Speaking of which, do any of my UK followers subscribe to Cross Stitch Collection? Do any of you recognise this pattern and can tell me what size it is and approx how many colours? Unfortunately I don't know what issue it's from. Thanks!

That's all for now,


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Stash and some Crochet

Hi everyone

It's weird how I have so much and yet so little going on at the moment! I'm still job hunting, but there are only so many applications I can write in a day and only so many jobs to apply for. So while I'm waiting for the right one to come along some days are busier than others and I find myself inventing projects to do that stay within my limited budget and keep me entertained!

Some crochet last week was one of them. You might remember the hat I crocheted for my expectant cousin a little while ago . . . this time I added a wee jacket to make it more of a set. Hopefully they fit new baby (due any day now)!

I already had the yarn for the project (it's amazing how far yarn stretches when it comes to baby clothes) so the total cost of the project was 4 hours of my time! The pattern is available free here.

Despite the limited budget I did some stash enhancement recently. There was a bulk lot of brand new Lizzie Kate patterns that came up for sale on TradeMe (the NZ equivelent of the bay of evil) that I just couldn't resist. .  it's hard to get American designers in NZ, plus the patterns were at an INSANELY good price. Here are four of the six I picked up

Spring Button-up, Winter Button-up, Flowers of Tomorrow & Buzz on Inn

Why am I only showing you four of the six? Because two have been stashed away for a thank-you followers giveaway. Yes it is coming, I promise!

I'm off to take some apple muffins out of the oven and finish spray-painting a wooden chair for our spare room. Wishing you all a happy and productive week. . .  speaking of which, remember it's the IHSW for April this weekend. I'll definitely be joining in, because I'm determined to finish April Showers by the end of April!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April Showers + Quilting questions

Todays title is literal and stitching related. . .  it's April, it's showering. . . . and I was going to show you my progress on Country Cottage Needlwork's April Showers! Which is honestly not very much, because I haven't been doing a lot of stitching lately. The mojo came back last night with a vengence though so hopefully the needle will be flying soon.

In other news we had an absolutely gorgeous weekend in Lake Tekapo. . that place is seriously one of my favourite places on earth. Easter weather in NZ can be beautiful or horrible. It chose to be beautiful, which was nice. Here's a couple of photos. . .

I have lots of other stuff going on to share but I think some of that can wait until future posts. What I really want to do is ask my quilty followers some questions. One of my New Years Resolutions was to make a quilt and the dark gray couch in our white and blue lounge is really starting to annoy me.

So quilty friends . . . does anyone know of a website or blog that has a good learn-how-to-make-a-quilt series? Because my knowledge is not large. At all. Does this look like a good beginner pattern? It looks pretty easy but who knows!
Does anyone know of a fabric line that has lots of light-mid blue hues? I'd kinda like to do above pattern with white and blue to go with out lounge but I'm struggling to find a line that looks right. . . or even has mostly blue for that matter.

Any advice greatly appreciated!!

That's all for now,