Saturday, April 11, 2015

I'm on a roll...

This is what's in my sewing box for my work in progress....

What's in your work box at the moment? The project I'm working on has so far used in excess of five rolls of cotton. How many rolls do you normally go through when you're making a quilt? 

Have a fantastic weekend everyone! 

Carole x

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A little Sunday gorgeousness...

This afternoon, I decided to make myself a small wallet to keep my cell phone and my ear buds in. It has two pockets and fits my eftpos card and my coffee card. I love it! 

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend! 

Carole x

Saturday, March 7, 2015

It's a playing with thread kind of day!

Not sure where I'm going......buckle in!

Carole x

If you haven't been to visit my Facebook page,

 I have some news....

I am off to Sew Marlborough!! 
July 2016! 

For more info...

Exciting times 

Carole x

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Summer in a jar

A productive afternoon in the kitchen yesterday. Plum jam, mmmmm. Totally summer in a jar! 

Hope your weekend is fabulous! 

Carole x

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to market we go!

This morning my friend and I took our wares to a local market at Ohau. It's the first time we've had a stall together. 
Of course you all know what my tables look like! I had lots of pretty lavender bags and gorgeous fabric cards and the coffe card wallets.

I also took a pile of my novels to sell. 

My friend was selling here beautiful hand made soaps.

We had a lovely morning selling and I was thrilled People even wanted to buy copies of my book, and I was happy to sign them! 

Thank you to everyone who called into visit and say hi, to those who supported our table with all their purchases and all the lovely comments we got! We decided it was well worth the effort and we'll be back again next month! 

Carole x

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday is off to a flying start!

Well, this morning I woke when hubby got out of bed. I was in the middle of a long and very vivid dream at the time, (and yes I do remember my dreams).
I rolled over and looked at the clock, it said 6.18am. I panicked and jumped out of bed and started rushing around. Then it suddenly dawned on me that my alarm had not gone off because it was Sunday NOT Monday and I had turned it off.
So, I'll get back into bed and check my emails.

Yesterday evening hubby took me to a local beach and we went to the little pub and had dinner. Sat outside in the last of the day's sunshine and watched the comings and goings. It was lovely.

So next Saturday I will be at the Ohau Market and I needed to make some more lavender bags and cards to sell. Above are some of the finished cards ready to package.  

Then I decided to make some coffee card wallets. I thought they might look a little different, I've never made them to sell before. What do you think? I use one all the time, they are great for your eftpos/credit cards too.

I haven't done a market for just over twelve months, I've missed them. I think I'll take some copies of my novel along too, may be I might sell one or two!

I got a lovely comment from Nancy on the last post. She has made a Snippet Roll and invited me over to see it. Of course it was gorgeous, but I knew it would be! If you want to visit Nancy's blog just click on the link. I have to say it was lovely of Nancy to credit where she got the idea, I really appreciate it. Snippet Rolls are infiltrating the world, but not many people credit it back to it's source. I'm guessing the wee SR's are a long way from home now.

Well, I really must get up now. Oh and if you were wondering what the dream was about - well I was living with a very elderly and forgetful aunt in a huge two story rambling house and I remembered that she had turned the bath on upstairs over an hour ago, and I was running to turn the water off. When I got to the bottom of the stairs there was water dripping from the ceiling and spilling down the stairway! The top floor was awash. And then I woke up. :)
What does it mean I wonder?

Enjoy your weekend!
Carole x

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Perfect Valentine's Day is spent doing..........

So far it's pretty much a perfect Valentine's Day. I mean to say, I'm in the Studio, the radio is playing some 'sing out loud' songs and I'm stitching up a storm. 
What more could I want?

What would you like to do on Valentine's Day? 

When I was at work in the quilt store this week I made a whole pile of red roses using fat quarters of red fabrics. They looked nice nestled amongst a display of black and white fabrics.

Whatever you do on Valentine's Day, have a lovely one. 

Carole x

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Today's mystery....

Today we found a birds nest on our roof. 

Normally I don't think this would be a big deal. However, where did it come from and what kind of bird made it? 

It's huge! And it's got all sorts of goodies in it. There was bits of plastic, lots of feathers, a lot that looked like chicken feathers, there was even horse hair.

When I loosened it there was an old tissue tucked in there. Perhaps we have some very emotional birds living around here? LOL 

I wondered if it belonged to a magpie? But how did it end up on the roof? 

Carole x

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Last days

Here's a chance to win a copy of my book 'a tide too high'

I'm running a giveaway over at Goodreads, hurry on over and add you name. 

      Book Giveaway
        A tide too high by Carole Brungar



          A tide too high

            by Carole Brungar
            Giveaway ends February 10, 2015.
            See the giveaway details
            at Goodreads.
      Enter to win

Good luck!
Carole x

Saturday, January 10, 2015

I think I've fixed the problem!

What do you think?

I think that works much better, don't you? I found a vintage looking velveteen leaf and it looks kind a neat with the flower. 
Thanks so much to all of you who left messages! 

Now to work on the next WIP - there's a few of them! 

Hope you're having a fantastic weekend! 
Carole x

Sunday, December 21, 2014

I need your opinion on this new journal!

Hi, thought I'd share this journal with you. I started it a few months ago and it needs to be finished. I'd like your opinion please. 

I've collected up a number of photos of me from when I was, umm, younger! LOL my aim was to put them all together in a album, and what better album than one of my journals? (I loved fishing, still do!)

I want to write about the photos, where they were taken, how old I was when the photo was taken, who I'm with in the photo and anything I might want to add. I figure that it might make a lovely gift years down the track. 

My daughter may remember where she lived growing up, but she won't know much detail if any, of when I was growing up. 

So now the special photo album is finished - on the outside at least, all assembled. What do you think?

I've just got to add the text now, add some colour, some stamps perhaps, momentos. Above left is me with my little brother. I think I would have been about 9. (My mother made all my gorgeous wee dresses and cardy's!)

I added a couple of special cards into the journal, one was a birthday card from my parents and one was a birthday card from my daughter. 

So here's where I need your opinion.....

I'm just not sure about the faded old rose on the cover. What do you think? Is it too much? I'm not sure if I like there or not. 

What do you think? 

Oh and if you'd like to make yourself a journal, and make a very special photo album, the link to class details are on the right hand side of this blog. Click on the link to find out more or email me. 

Are you all prepared for Christmas? 
Love Carole x

Friday, November 21, 2014

Preparing my voice....

This is what I'm doing this Saturday night!!!
Need I say more?

Love their poster!

Carole x

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Changeable weather

Wow, can't believe it's the middle of November and one day it can be like this.......

And the next it's doing this and there's fresh snow on the hills behind us! 

Now I'm carting around a large box of tissues feeling miserable, suffering from a head cold. Darn! 

Oh well. That's what weekends are for! 
Where's that book? 

Carole x

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I haven't forgotten about you!

It's been a hectic couple of weeks and my feet are only now starting to touch the ground again. For those of you who know me via Facebook or maybe you get my newsletter, you will know my latest news. And of course right at this moment in time it's very exciting!
So of course I have to share it with you. I have been working on this novel for some years. It was on my bucket list and I have soooo enjoyed telling the story. But it has sucked up every spare hour of my day and then some. But now it's out there in the big wide world and I know some people won't like it and some will, I like it, and to me that's important.
The novel is similar perhaps to something author Danielle Steel might write. Although perhaps with a little more sauce added! LOL Would you like to read the back cover blurb? Now wouldn't you just love to have Alec all to yourself???? I would!

"The life of an international rock musician is fast and furious. Work hard and play harder. But when Mac collapses on stage in front of a packed Auckland stadium, she has no choice but to make some serious life changes. She disappears from media scrutiny to spend time recuperating at a private beach in the winterless far north of New Zealand.

London based Alec Stanford wants what his twin brother has…  a home, a wife and children. But just because he’s one of the world’s most successful and respected businessmen doesn’t mean he’s good at personal relationships. With a divorce pending, maybe he’s just not marriage material. Then he meets a burnt-out rock star who’s in hiding and she manages to shift the whole axis of his universe.
A novel about two people from different worlds who find a soul mate in each other and almost lose everything in the process."
It's out on as a paper back or ebook, and you can also get it from iBooks, nook, Barnes and Noble and kobo.
And today, I got my very first review, this is what the reader said.....

"What a great first novel Carole. I couldn't put it down. It was an easy read that took me on a journey of laughter sadness and excitement. I loved your use of some typically kiwi terminology! I became totally engrossed eager to find out what would happen next and was not disappointed. For me this book covered all the bases - a great story of two people which evolved into a steamy love story. Great characters, blended with the right amount of sexiness - baked in New Zealand - what a winning recipe."

I couldn't believe it! In fact it's a wonder you didn't hear me squealing in delight! So if you want something to read..... just saying lol.

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited along to speak at the Kapiti Coast Quilters meeting. The girls were all lovely and made me feel so welcome. I took along a few of my quilts and talked about them and after they all came up and chatted to me about them. They even gave me a beautiful bunch of flowers as a thank you!
Well, I'm off to make a cuppa. I'm planning on popping back here soon and I hope you are all busy painting and stitching and creating beautiful and loving works of art.

Carole x

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Forgot to show you the pics from the journal class!

A couple of weekends ago I had a journal class in Levin and we had such a great weekend! 
The girls all had such very different themes for their journals which means no two journals looked similar. Of course there was lots of kaos, very controlled kaos though with papers and fabrics and embellishments over every surface! 
Don't they look so busy. It was lovely to have girls come from all around the countryside to do the class. Julie and June from the Hawkes Bay, Susan from Marton, Trish from Masterton and Jules from Whanganui. Lisa came from Palmerston North, Wendy came from Otaki and Cheryl, Jude and Rangi all live here in Levin. 
Above is Rangi's journal. She decided to use the wee gift bag I gave each of the students in her journal. Great idea! 
This is the inside cover of Wendy's journal, love the colours, don't you? 
I think this was some of Trish's journal pages. I love how she is making that tea bag work for her! 
This pile of goodness belongs to Lisa, loving the pinks and all the little bits hanging out! 
This belongs to Cheryl, she's working on the cover. Lovely vintage colours. 
And we had lovely morning and afternoon teas made by Trish, the owner of Krazy Cow Quilts. She squeaked her way up and down the store with the tea trolley laden with yummy food! 
It was a great weekend and we all had loads of fun! Thank you to everyone! 

Happy stitching everyone! 
Carole x