11 December 2014


How are you all surviving out there?  It's that time of year where things can get a bit crazy with a million and one end of year functions and Christmas gatherings.  How do you handle the stress?

Here's a few of the things that have been happening in my world lately...

*I survived another birthday!  Yay!  Had a lovely day and felt super spoiled by my friends and family.  I even had an Instagram cake made for me by my lovely friend Jackie (she knows me too well)!

*Our awesome first born decided to be baptised - so proud of him coming to this decision on his own.

*Our two "middle kids" (hehe) both received special achievement awards at their recent school awards night (our poor youngest was a sobbing mess at not receiving anything - oh well, we told her to congratulate those who did and try again next year!).  Schools out - yay for holidays!

Apart from that, it's rather busy around here, with not much time for crafting, lazing about or breathing... but my one survival tip for getting through this crazy time of year is to make sure you keep your priorities in the right order... for me that's getting first with God each day and facing each day out of an attitude of REST rather than STRESS.  Secondly (and I'm not perfect at this), my husband and family come next - without them I'm totally undone.

So here's to putting your priorities right, remembering to laugh and keep the reason for the season at the top of the list.  

04 December 2014

Lost Dharma Cross Stitch

My son is a Lost fanatic... and I'm a craft nerd.  

There is something beautiful that happens when your child (especially your tall teenage man-child) appreciates your crafts, and even requests one for himself.  I think it all started with this Star Wars Cross Stitch I did for our bedroom.

Recently my eldest asked for a 'Lost' cross stitch for Christmas - so I found a design online and got to work.  For those of you that don't know much about Lost, my son would say you are missing out on the most amazing 6 seasons of TV gold... I haven't chosen to be sucked into the Lost vortex just yet.

It's a small cross stitch and quite simple, but I like it!

For more crafty makings, go here

18 November 2014


Life seems to be flying by lately with so much happening (and a lot of crazy thrown in there too if that photo above is anything to go by...).  Here's some of the things we've been up to...

After finishing my Crosses Grannysquare Blanket, I needed a different project, so have started this "Lost" themed one after my 15 year old teen requested it for Christmas.  Yes, you heard me right... a teen has asked for a crossstitch (fist pump for getting my kids to like crafty stuff!!!).  I still have a tonne of half finished projects - is it just me or is this the norm for most crafty peeps?  I've had a half sewn Yeti softie sitting in my drawer for over a year, coffee sack totes and cushions half done, half a crochet blanket stuffed in a drawer and who knows what else!

I bumped into these two awesome people today... Alex and Corban from the Block NZ!!  They were randomly doing some shopping up in one of our local supermarkets in Whangarei and my hubby (who wouldn't have a clue who they were) was told by a friend who worked there that they were in the store.  When he got back to the car where I was waiting he said, "Hey, I dare you to go and wait outside the store and get a selfie with Alex & Corban".  I took up the dare - they are sooooo nice!

My eldest boy has been sitting his NCEA Level 1 exams (5th form School Certificate for those of us from back in the olden days).  I didn't think I'd get as nervous as I have for him!  Thankfully the big ones are over and only a couple of internal exams to finish.

We did our traditional Guy Fawkes thing by sitting in the cheap seats (across the river) and watching our local fireworks display.  Heaps of fun and so many others had the same idea as us.

If you haven't already noticed, my youngest daughter has a slight obsession with Penguins.  She draws them, owns soft toys of them, dreams about them, makes up stories and songs about them and even wants to have a pet one when she grows up.  Recently she decided she would make a penguin flag and also create a penguin National Anthem (click here to check that out)...

I have a feeling things are only going to get busier from now on with Christmas on the way.  Enjoy the good moments and keep a thankful heart.


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