Friday, December 28, 2012

Don't you hate it when....

... your very most favorite needle starts to get so bent from use that you have to toss it out?
Does anyone else use their needles until they look like this? (or is it just me?)

Oh well, all in the pursuit of happiness! lol

Carole x

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas everyone!

The pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) New Zealand's official Christmas tree
Merry Christmas to my lovely friends and visitors! Although it's not actually Christmas day here in New Zealand, it's the day after, abut in many places around the world it is Christmas! I hope your day is as lovely and relaxing as mine.

Neve and Nana
We had a lovely day celebrated with family, extended family, great food and our six month old grandchild. We consider we are truly spoilt. Yesterday was 29 degrees Celsius with a high humidity factor thrown in caused by the remnants of the cyclone which damaged Samoa and Fiji. I was thankful that we had cold meats and cold salads, followed by cold desserts, and a lovely slushy punch!

Neve and Grandad
 Now that Christmas is over, we are off on a house hunting expedition! Yes, the fabulous news is, that we sold our property! It was on the market for one whole week, it sold almost too quickly, I wasn't quite adjusted to the idea of moving yet.

So we will be moving in February, but as yet we can't find anywhere to buy that we like. I think we've been spoilt in that department too. We've searched all over the North Island and perhaps we have way too many boxes that need ticking? The search continues - I'll keep you posted!

I am going to miss my strawberry garden
With the holiday season here, please don't take risks if you're driving on the road, and I hope you get to enjoy time with your family and friends.

Thank you so much for all your comments and emails over the last year, I love hearing from you, you give me encouragement and motivation in my creative journey.

See you back here soon!

Carole x

Friday, December 7, 2012

Moving on...

We have decided to sell our lovely lifestyle property and move. Although we haven't decided where to as yet. Hopefully we'll be able to find somewhere with a paddock for my little twins but I'm going to miss my daffodils!
However, as you'd expect there's been a little madness -especially when the agent rings and says she would like to bring a client through the house! Eeeek! Just look at the state of my kitchen!
Of course I was right in the middle of making lemon honey and apricot jam, I'd made a beef and vege pie and a lemon meringue pie for pudding and I hadn't done the dishes!
I'm going to have to lift my game! lol

Carole x

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Al fresco in the vegetable garden

Lettuce, peas and radish are ready right now in my vege garden. 
 And it's time to start picking strawberries again!
With a little help from a friend :)
Thanks Wednesday!
Do you have a helper in the garden?

Carole x

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

nesting problems solved

Oh oh, problems in the hen house!
I've run out of bedding for the nest boxes. The lady who owns them, (I'm baby-sitting) says they don't like straw, she had the nest boxes filled with wood shavings!

They are very fussy hens, I've grown loads of silverbeet in my vege garden especially for Dianna Ross and The Supremes to eat, but oh no, they don't like silverbeet. I hunted through the strawberry patch and removed all the fat juicy snails for them to eat, not on your nelly!!

So I decided that I'd scrunch up some newspaper and put that in their nest boxes and see what happened. They were very curious at first, but they slowly got used to it. But then I found an old birds nest and I put that in too.

Wouldn't you know it! They love it!
Now I've just to find 3 more birds nests!

Have a great week,

Monday, December 3, 2012

thought you might like an update

Here she is! Five months old, sitting on her mum's knee. Is she cute or what?!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Two bloggers meet

Last Monday I took a day off work and caught the train to Wellington. The reason being was that my friend Doreen, (from Australia) was arriving in town. You may know Doreen from her blog. She and her husband were on the cruise liner Sea Princess which was in port for one day.
We had Wellington to ourselves 2 days before the world premiere of The Hobbit and the City was buzzing with Hobbit fever.
Poor Doreen, we walked all round Wellington, visiting Minerva and bead shops and craft stores. And then we visited the Hobbit Artisan Market where we enjoyed a lovely raspberry gelato!
It was a fun day and I don't think I've talked so much! It also felt like I was meeting an old friend, and not someone I've never met before.
She'll be home again soon, so pop over and visit, she'll probably have some photos to post too!

Thanks for a lovely day Doreen!

Back soon,

Saturday, December 1, 2012

disestablishment and doilies

Recently our unit at work was told it would be disestablished. Don't you just love that word?

Although I won't lose my job, our unit will be split up and our GM will become redundant. There are some pretty upset people in our team right now. Some of the guys in my unit decided we should go out to the local riffle range and shoot some rounds.

I've never fired a gun before, thought I might have to check this out.

I had a few emails asking about my skirt I embellished recently. It seems a few of you want to see it.
Well as it happens I was wearing it on the afternoon that we went to the shooting range.
I thought the contrast between feminine and masculine was interesting. I bet I was the first person to wear doilies to a shooting range!
I loved shooting the pistol, but after a few shots my arms got tired and the gun became rather heavy to hold steady. My very favorite was the 12 guage shotgun!
This outing was an excellent way to work off some stress, I definitely recommend it!

Back soon,

Thursday, November 22, 2012

don't look....!!

I'm just having one tiny Vanilla Crisp with my cup of tea - don't tell anyone!

Here's the recipe which came from the Quarter Acre Cafe in Levin:
125gm butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup cornflour
1 tsp baking powder
raspberry or strawberry jam
 Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease two baking trays. Cream butter and sugar until white, then add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Sift in the flour, baking powder and cornflour and mix gently. 
Put generous teaspoons of the mixture onto the trays and bake for 8 to 10 mins or until golden brown.
Cool on a rack and when completely cold sandwich pairs together with jam and icing.

To make icing put 125gms icing sugar, 100 gms butter and 1 tspn vanilla essence into a bowl and beat until light and fluffy.

To finish dust with icing sugar.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A new born yoyo

I've had a number of emails about the cuteness of the yoyo's that I use to embellish with and I'm also asked how I make them.
Hope also emailed to say she is having a little trouble with her yoyo making and asked if I could help her, so here is how I make mine.
I use the Clover yoyo maker, these come in all manner of sizes, but I'm using the tiny one (due to the cuteness factor). If you want, you can make them by hand, but for a few dollars this makes them quick, easy and uniform.
I put my piece of fabric in between the two discs, as per instructions.
Then I trim round the discs so that I don't have too much fabric bunched up when I'm 'pulling' the yoyo.
Time for stitching. The above pic shows the top side of the yoyo, start stitching from underneath, and continue round the plastic discs until you get back to the start.
This is the underneath of the yoyo. I've stitched right round and am now back at the beginning.
Unclip the plastic discs and slip the fabric off.
Now, here comes the bit where you witness a baby yoyo being born! Slowly pull the cotton and as you tighten the yoyo gathers.
Until it looks ... sort of ... well ... almost like a small bag. Now, a word of warning at this point: if you are a sensitive soul, please turn away now, we're going to be practicing a wee bit of tough love.
I'm a bit ruthless at this point and I squeeze the living daylight out of the wee thing.
And then I have to just slip a couple of stitches to hold it in place.... cut the thread.
And there you have it, a new born 3/4 of an inch yoyo. Isn't it just gorgeous!

There you go Hope, I'm sure this will help. If you haven't made yoyo's before, I hope this inspires you to have a go at making them.

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Sunday, November 18, 2012

embellishing myself

a couple of weeks ago i bought a skirt at an op shop. it seemed fine although the previous owner had left a scorch mark on the pocket and some detail stitching had come undone. but it did look nice on. i decided i should buy it seeing it was only $4.99.
so i decided to embellish it, and of course you'd expect nothing less that some vintage fabric or doilies and perhaps a yoyo or too. i doubt you'd ever know there was a mark on the pocket.
now to address the detail stitching. some torn fabric, some vintage trim and a few yoyo's. this is soooo me!
i love embellishments, you can use them on anything, anywhere.

back soon

Saturday, November 17, 2012

picking roses

Wow, a whole month has gone since I was here last. I really need to get my act together.

I have been busy trying to loose some weight. As you will know, it takes dedication and commitment and above all time. I've been walking twice a week and attending exercise classes twice a week. I'm told the endorphins I get from doing all this exercise will carry me through and help me feel great and give me more energy. I'm wondering if it's possible to overdose on exercise? All I want to do is eat chocolate and sleep!! It's going to be a long road......

We have also decided to sell the Madness and Mess home and that has meant spring cleaning from top to toe. Of course I've had to fit this in between sleeping and eating chocolate so it's cutting into my creative time. 

However, I did slip unnoticed into my sewing room this morning and you might get to see what I've been up to....

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Over coffee,

i have been neglecting you,

i miss you.

we need to get together over coffee sometime soon!

Carole x

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Warning, farm type blog post happening...

Hi blog buddies!
It's been a busy week here at our wee lifestyle block. There's been loads of exciting spring activities, and some sad ones.
One of the exciting things to happen over the last week was the arrival of two new lambs. It's lovely to see them bouncing around the paddocks.

But something else exciting happened this week too. Wait for it......
Diana Ross and the Supremes!! Woo Hoo!!
And they sing some lovely songs, especially while they're sitting in their nest boxes!
And look what they give me each day....
But yesterday bought some sad news, and it's the part of having animals that I hate. One of our lovely friendly ewes went into labour but got into difficulty having her lamb. I needed to try and help her but couldn't find the legs to help pull the lamb out. In the end we had to call the vet, who not only managed to get one lamb out, but pulled 2 lambs out!
It was exciting that the lambs were still alive after the mother had had so much trouble during her labour, and it lasting for 8 hours or more.
But sadly she lost a lot of her internal organs and the vet had to put her down. I felt silly sitting in the middle of the paddock holding her head and crying.
I bought her 2 wee lambs inside and they slept the night in our laundry. A ewe lamb born first and a ram lamb.
I didn't expect the little one laying down to survive, he didn't seem too strong and wasn't very interested in drinking any milk. But this morning I got up at 4am and fed them and he drank a little milk. Then this morning they looked excited to be alive and I put them outside to enjoy the sun.
Then I made a small pen for them.
They seem quite happy, and they cuddle up to each other while they sleep.
What a joy.
Would you like to come help me bottle feed them?
I think my days are going to be busier for a while!
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend,
See you soon,
Carole x