Monday, August 16, 2010

Scrappin" and quiltin"

Cropping night at Hastings Ruber Stamps...  these are both canvas and I had aLOT og help from some more experienced croppers.        Im quite pleased with the result, but ended up spending      WAY to much moolah!!!

Having finished my sheep wall hanging I dove into my UFO box to see what i could pull out next and came away with Sisters Choice. In no time at all i had finished it ut now I am making some flying geese borders around it to add more size..I couldnt bear to make more blocks. !!

Im on a major overhaul of my organisation systems and decluttering. A lot of work to do there... I keep getting distracted by the Good Life on DVD. Despite being made in the 70s It is relevant today and was obviously well researched at the time thus Good ideas, so Really its educational!! And laugh out loud humour, one thing the English comedies always have  (But the Americans have come up with some good ones of late Big bang, 2 and a half men and Garry unmarried..but I digress.)
The flying geese will take up time for a while and Im sewing lots of lace i bought super cheap onmto a handmade skirt I made a while ago to dress it up a bit, otherwise I cant say what Ill be sewing next..Perhaps Christmas decs..
Love to you all

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Happy Birthday

To my gorgeous girl. Yesterday at exactly 11.43 pm Alexandra turned eight!! Oh the years they fly!! We took a group of eight girls to the Onekawa heated pools which has two slides and various pools and spas and the girls had a last. And Yes, earth mama ought them all maccas for lunch :(   and KFC for tea. And that is that. I HAVE got to keep away from the places I vocally spurn the most, what a hypocrite!!
Meanwhile I am growing various plants on the windowsill from seeds I have saved (apart from peas0 so far i have peas, capsicums, tomatoes and wheat. i would love the arty close up mega awesome image photos that my SLR takes, ut als the digital cant do photography justice and my SLR is a film camera. Sigh. Can I just say that I was a tad worried about bringing up the seeds so early in winter. ut then I was embraced y many days of mild spring like wether. Totaly fooled me. Today it is snowing everywhere that it usually snows and the cold snowy winds are lowing in off the ranges. it is truly freezing and suddenly it feels like winter again. maybe for the first time. I never feel as if its truly winter until the desert and Napier taupo roads are snowed in..and they are.
So this has cheered me up somewhat. im so daft though. Two glaring eye drilling mistakes to those in the know. And if youre even half a quilter they will stand out and punch you etween the eyes. Clue: a misplace sheep and no slashing where there ought to be.. Still its country enough for me, and I will hang it in the country home. Which strangely enough feels quite close by. Just a few people have suggested things and there MAY be a few options coming up..May..
At our School where i work we grew aaa whole lot of fruit trees. Well there were a few left over and for five dolars each I came home with a eating grape and a grapefruit treee. I was rapt. I will be having to juggle my small bay tree and GHIU has (kinda) promised to make me a grape frame but I am excited to get them in. The ubran farmyard grows!! Ive been selling off the surplus eggs at School too. Its quite funny how I think of other things to eat in order to keeep enough eggs to sell by the dozen. Greed pure and simple. Today my chooks humled me by only laying three eggs..just to remind whos really in charge of production around here!
Yours in eggcitement

Saturday, August 7, 2010

I love new zealand

I love our little country. Totally. The reason why I am making this comment is because this blog: has had me stewing . I kn ow I shouldnt read it. i know I shouldnt care. I know that the hatred she has shows in this blog portrays her to the general public in such a way that all sentiments towards her would seem anti American. But still.
Thankfully I know a lot of terrific Americans who absolutely do not agree and loathe what she is saying. They LOVE it here. They LOVE us They love that there isnt Walmart, big highways, big roads, zillions of people and God (and I say this as a spiritual faith believing person) isnt pushed down our throats so that words like HELLS pizza arnt scorned, that tv advertising isnt PC. 
There is a lot I like about America, Americana, the quilts, the over the top behaviour (sometimes) Green Day.. And if I lived there I certainly wouldnt spend time writing about all that I percieved was different and therefore wrong. yes we are Nz, we are not America, we DO have a different culture that we will not change. We DONT want to be a mini America. Just as other countries dont want to be a mini somewhere else.
So with my mini rave, and signing off forever from the above blog I shall list some of the things I adore:

The countryside the beauty
The small roads, the dusty antiquidated, bumpy windy un processed roads.
The way we can be free. We can be free to hang washing outside, no matter where we live in NZ.
I love that I can go to hospital anytime and not be sent away due to lack of money. That i will get top treatment, no bills and free care. I dont get off in slamming the free hospital system here, and I have had to rush off there with myself, my hubby, my brother my aging Mother, my (late) father  and my precious children many many times.
I love our old fashioned backward ways (as seen by other countries..big ones mainly)
I love that we have hardly any one living here...long may it last.
I love that we are so isolated..but then I love isolation. I will retire when the girls are independant adults to the far North (Kawa kawa) under the kaweka mountains or the Chatham Islands..
I Love that wherever we live  it can be only hours to the snowy beautiful mountains or to the long golden beaches, or half an hour or less in our case!
I love that we have our own accents, our own grammatically incorrect language (not my words but that from another blog..) with our own sayings and our own way of saying so often misted with Maori language.
I love that my children can trace their whakapapa back beyond 1000 years and that their ancestors were navigators long before any other and that that strong leadership trait is still in them and my GHIU today. I now proudly call myself Nga Puhi. I love too those ancestors of mine who jumped ship to get here, who arrived with nothing and made their lives here amidst hardship and poverty along with other pioneers and that that spirit of can do get along with anybody exists today.
We have social welfare for all those who need it and YES it is totally used wrongly in some instances but everyone has the opportunity to receive help when down on hard times. And despite that some people absolutely rip it off I AM GLAD IT IS HERE.
I have lived in other countries and have enjoyed what they have to offer but I always return here, it is my home I LOVE IT.
And I apologise to any Americans who read this and think What the??? As I said I know so many wonderful Americans Infact all of the ones I know are great, but sometime when your stewing you just have to let it out!!
Cheerfully yours and so glad to never again read the blog in question again

Thursday, August 5, 2010


For all those family and friends who complain I never update my facebook is because I update my blogger with much more enthusiasm. With that in mind sttraight from the camera today are the kiddles at the Library book awards. they had to go dressed in a winter sports uniform. hence the netball outfits..also the magpies rugby jersey(mine) that Alex has long appropriated. I am going to applique her name and the number eight on it for her one of these days..she wears it everywhere!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Scrappin' Bliss

So last night I went to the monthly scrapping night aat hastings Rubber Stamps. I almost fell over backwards when i saw the project we were doing that night..and the preview of the upcoming months were breathtaking...There is a Christmas advent calender made out of a wooden box that we can do in October that literally took me breath away, i could see it being passed down the generations and being a true heirloom!!
So anyway here is what i did with my project. Let me just tell you...

I was in...

I just love using tags and small envelopes and multiple little pages. I think this whole page uses somethin g  like eight photos and it is a project i will be using with different papers for my ongoing elevan year old wedding photos!!
happy scrappin'

Love Cherry