Friday, April 30, 2010

Miss Maude is coming......

Watch this space......

Miss Maude the House Mouse is coming.....

Carole :)

I'm home!

Just want to say thanks for all the kind wishes!
I am home, the op went much better than expected
big sigh of relief!

Just need to spend some down time while I nurse a few stitches....

Speaking of stitches,

Perhaps a little stitching is in order?

Carole :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A blogging mini-break

Unfortunately I have to go into hospital today for an op,
and so will be taking a small blogging mini-break - just till I'm up and about again!

Have any of you read the latest New Zealand Quilter magazine?
It's the one with my article in :))

I'll see you all again soon, as I will have some exciting stitching news to share with you!

Carole :)

Monday, April 26, 2010

A day out in Wellington

Fibre Flair

On Saturday my friend Christine picked me up and we went to Wellington for the day. Christine wanted to visit some scrap-booking stores for supplies and although I'm not into scrap-booking, I was more than happy to follow along and look at everything!

Our first stop was at Waikanae at Sister Act, which was full of delightful crafty bits, BUT just round the corner was Fibre Flair, a quilting store! How convenient is that??

Lovely Living

But also at the Waikanae Shopping Mall was this wee shop, Lovely Living. It was owned by a very friendly girl called Jacoline, who was busy stitching as we browsed, and it had the loveliest selection of gifts, many of them hand-made. She also had a lovely bunting hanging outside which immediately caught my eye.

Lovely Living

Then it was off to The Craft House, 47 - 53 Hutt Road, Thorndon which was full of all sorts of exciting bits and bobs for scrap-bookers. They also ran crafting birthday parties for children, and stocked the largest selection of papers that I've ever seen!

Craft House

And we went to several other stores, where I got a little engaged with looking at everything and completely forgot to take any pics! Sorry!

But this was worth remembering, we stopped for a quick break at Bordeaux Bakery, the coffee arrived cold, but this little number was worth it!

Hope you all had a fab weekend!
Carole :)

Friday, April 23, 2010

A milestone and some additions

This happens to be my 501st blog post!

I never imagined that I would still be blogging 500 posts later when I started this, I never imagined that I would have had as much to share with you, or that all you lovely "blicks" (blogging chicks) would be as interested as you have been in reading my blog posts!


I wonder if I can make another 500?

Any way, I have been making some slow progress with my stitchery,
A button here,
a french knot there.

I think it may take a lot longer to fill up this piece of linen than I anticipated, but it is slowly filling with memories...

Getting back to the blog posts.....

I think the friendships have kept me blogging!

What's kept you blogging?

Thanks :)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

It's amazing what turns up when you're least expecting it...

from a pile of old metal buttons,
there is a passing interest
to sort through them,
to feel what they are made of

to think about where they have come from
wonder about what kind of garment they were on
there's always a special one,
one you want to keep,
one you weren't expecting

what a lovely surprise!

what's the nicest surprise you've had today?

Carole :)

Monday, April 19, 2010

my garden advisors!

Today when I went out into the garden to check on how the pumpkins
were progressing, my garden advisor came too.

In the above photo, if Buddy could talk, what do you think he would say?
I reckon he's about to accuse me of something!

When I work out there I am usually accompanied by Buddy, Wednesday or Shelby.
Buddy and Wednesday seem to be content to sit and watch the comings and goings, while Shelby likes to sniff everything and eat random spiders, slaters and in fact anything which moves!
Quite disgusting really! LOL

At the moment I am trying to tame a jungle :)
and I have 9 lovely pumpkins which are nearing harvest.

Carole :)

Friday, April 16, 2010

needles and thread

I have a small amount of no5 perle cotton which I bought for $1.00 in a second hand
shop a while back. One of those purchases you buy because you know that one day you'll be looking for exactly that thing! LOL I considered my purchase a bargain, a find in a thousand.
I'm sure it was being used by someone on a project, guess I'll never know.
There were several colours and they were a bit of a tangle.
They are lovely to use, and deserve to be used on a special project.

My stitchery!

I'm adding a small piece of lace my Lace Merchant Nathalie sent me. It's old, and
very fine, and seemed just the perfect accompaniment.

What do you like most with old lace?

Carole :)

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Hunting for something to add to my stitchery, I found some old fabric
covered buttons of my grandmothers.

Don't you think it fits perfectly? It could have been made specially!

What is it about buttons that makes them so desirable?

Carole :D

Friday, April 9, 2010

My hard drive is home again!!

How have you all been, while I've been away?
My hard drive is home!! Devoid of any signs of life, it's been repaired and over-hauled, and is new and it is empty....
But it means I can tend my blog again,
and I've missed you all, our wee chats and your lovely comments.

But I'm back, and there will be more photos, and more chatting, and I'll be trying to catch up!

Watch this space! LOL

Carole :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

like stitcheries??

My hard drive is still away from home, :(
But in the mean time, I know a lot of you loved the stitchery quilts I made from Leanne's patterns.
Well the great news is that she is coming to NZ to teach a class in the South Island and a class in the North Island.
Above are the details if you are interested in attending the class in the North Island. It will be at Taupo. I am hoping you can click on the image to enlarge it and read it.

Carole :)

Friday, April 2, 2010

A brief technical glitch

Oh dear, we at Madness and Mess are suffering a wee bit of a technical malfunction!
I have had a bit of a falling out with the hard drive , and it went into melt down phase.

I am hoping things will resume to "normal", once Easter hols are over, and the repair man, to whom I shall pay large sums of money, has restored all my lubbly photos and all other very important stuff.

Please come back and visit soon....


Have a fantastic Easter, and drive safely if you are on the roads!

Carole :)