Monday, May 27, 2013

Okay, so I promised...

I have been busy working on my sampler for symposium, mostly embellishing. 
It's for the tutors exhibition and I need to get it finished, I have so many other projects I want to start. I think I might call it my Never Ending WIP. 
I am having fun though. :)

Can you tell I'm favouring pretty buttons and yoyo's?

Happy stitching campers!

Carole x

Sunday, May 26, 2013

It's winter, I'd like to hibernate!

But I can't.
There have been so many things happening, and exciting changes!

The first exciting thing is that our sign has gone up, now we are officially a studio! Tui Glen is the name of the road we live on and we have large numbers of kowhai trees which means our gardens will be full of tuis once they are flowering.Mr M&M (aka Dennis) made it himself, very clever!

And today I discovered a little touch of yellow in one tree, it must be an early flowering variety, but it's an exciting sign!

Mr M&M is, as some of you will already know, is a watercolour painter who specialises in landscapes. He has been busy assembling paintings for his very first solo exhibition in a gallery in Palmerston North. It opened last week for two weeks, and after a week he has sold seven paintings! I am very proud of him!

He is having another exhibition of work in Wellington in mid July and wants me to include some of my work! I think it might be a bit short notice for me! Mind you, if I canceled hot dinners and house work never made the bed and had some days off work pleading a mysterious illness......... ?

Here at Tui Glen Studio it's winter. We have loads of beautiful fallen leaves covering the ground, in fact we are getting buried under them! But the colours are gorgeous and I love walking through them. It's exciting to see the changes with the season.

I'm pleased we've got lots of firewood because there's been a lot of this happening during the evenings! It's most unusual to see them snuggle together, they must be mellowing in their old age. lol
Of course when I'm out walking round both Buddy and Wednesday like to follow me. They love all the places to sharpen their claws, and hide, and they have now have little bells (much to their disgust!) round their neck. We have some lovely walks, they run after me and 'talk' to me. As if I know what they're saying I chat back. I hope the neighbours aren't listening!

So you can see there have been a lot of things happening. As well as working in two jobs now and preparing for teaching at symposium and working on projects for the quilt store there has been no time to sit still for very long!I hope you'll all forgive me for not posting here as often. I take the photos, but run of of hours at the end of the day to post them!

Well, must go and light the fire, and do a little more stitching. Hopefully I'll have some stitching photos for you soon :)

Hope you are all well!
Carole x

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

I'm getting left behind!

I can't believe it's May already! The world is spinning much too fast for me!

Quite a lot has been happening here in our little piece of paradise. First off we had a wee visit from a special wee person.
Neve at 10 months
The kids came to visit for a long weekend and we got to have loads of cuddles and see just how much she has grown since we saw her last! She is busy pulling herself up onto the furniture and will be walking in another month or two. She crawls at the speed of light too!

Things are also changing here as autumn comes to an end and winter officially starts in another couple of weeks.
New Zealand Weta
We have loads of these looking for nice cosy places to hibernate over the winter. I don't like them one little bit, however, I was very good and didn't stand on it and it thanked me by posing for a photo. It disappeared shortly after and I missed where it went, so I shall keep the windows closed for a few days I think!!
I was delighted to see some of these come up on our lawn under a large old silver birch tree. They are more orange than red and look pretty and mysterious.

A perfect dance floor for a fairy? And it's lovely to see a pair of tuis making themselves at home in our garden. I love hearing them call to each other.

pretty batik fabric

And of course I'm having fun at our local quilt store, the KC. and am going to start on another project this week for them. Must remember to take some photos!

What have you all been doing over the last week?

Carole x