I wanted to get back into crafts, but I knew I had to start with some small projects, or I’d get discouraged and not finish them. With my sewing machine currently out of order, I had to choose something that I could finish by hand.
Here is a cute little project I’m doing using cross stitch and hand stitching. The cherry design is found in “Stitch!” by Cath Kidson.
I started out just doing the cross stitch, and when it was finished found some material that matched the colour scheme.
Here’s the finished product, filled with smelly rose buds and waiting for me to post it to my friend 🙂
One of the best things about living in New Zealand is the amount of beauty you find literally everywhere.
Here’s some snapshots I’ve compiled over the last couple of years:
Huxley Lodge: (Near the bottom of the Southern Alps)
Over the past couple of years I’ve been catching up on my reading. Here are some short little reviews (I’ve tried not to let any spoilers in!!) to help you decide what to read next. I might upload some more in-depth reviews later.
Tess of the D’Urbervilles (Thomas Hardy) – a very emotional book centred around the life, relationships and hard times of a young woman. A very frustrating read that is more useful for a message about the society of the times and a challenge on how you treat and affect others than a satisfying read.
Persuasion (Jane Austen)– Not one of Austen’s best works, as it’s shorter and seems a little rushed in places of the plot. However, it is clever in layout and in the development of the characters in their relationships with each other. There are some particularly hilarious characters, and it is a good easy read.
So I love writing (and receiving) letters.
I also have a couple of books that circulate around friend circles. It’s easy to lose contact with people, but this is a nice way to keep up with everyone’s news without having to rely solely on facebook!
Here’s some nice inspirational photos: (Note: the address is long outdated~~)
Robert Laidlaw was an influential man, and a bit of a hero in New Zealand. He started up one of our major chain stores, and was one of the founding fathers of Laidlaw College (where I got my degree, whoop whoop!) He is still a major source of inspiration to me, so I thought I would share. Here’s a little project I did on him a few years ago:
My husband and I are the kind of people that struggle to meet our daily fruit intake. This is one way we manage to smuggle some fruit into our stomach without really noticing it.
Note: This recipe uses pulp from a juicer.
This year I’ve been on a pie binge.
Here’s a recipe that I’ve had a lot of use out of!
Chicken and Camembert Pie:
So this is my blog!
I’m not quite sure what form it will take, but I’ll be posting things as they come up. The things I’m interested in are crafts, books, games and animals, so you might see more of those.
I’m still figuring out the whole “blog” thing, so this is a bit of an experiment.