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.


04 November 2014

Crosses Granny Square Blanket

So happy to have finished this awesome blanket - one of my favs!

I love granny square blankets - mainly because you can crochet the granny squares wherever you go without having to lug a giant blanket around with you!  I also really enjoy putting the blanket together at the end, and with this one I put a lot of the crosses together before I started doing the final arrangements.  The worst part of a blanket for me is always the threading in of the ends!  Such a relief when that is done.

I love the fact you could do this same blanket in any colours, or even a black & white or grey & black version would look awesome.

Looking forward to getting on with a few other crafts on my to do list, but this has been such a fun blanket to make.  I'd totally recommend this pattern to anyone, even to crochet newbies!

To check out my other finished crochet blankets, click on the photos below...

For more crafty makings, go here 

31 October 2014


There's been so much happening this last month - here's some of the good stuff...

Got to hang with these awesome blogger chicks... some are current bloggers, some retired bloggers, new bloggers and also a few bloggers currently in hibernation - but I think they are all pretty awesome and there are always lots of laughs when we catch up.  It was extra special having the awesome Leonie come along.  We miss you Leonie!!  Also welcome to Hope from The Carpenter's Helpmeet!

There was some time for crafting in public too...

My Nana, Mum, two girls and myself had the fabulous experience of travelling to Auckland to see the Sound of Music Stage Show at The Civic a couple of weeks ago!  For those of you not familiar with The Civic, that place itself is an experience with it's golden adorned interior, sparkly star ceiling and amazing stairways and design.  The show was so good and such a treat for this Sound of Music loving bunch of girls!  I kid you not,,, the drive down and back home was filled with much song and laughter.

We came across some of the chocolate milk that has been sending New Zealand into a frenzy with security guards needed at supermarkets, black market stuff being sold on the internet and ques for hours to taste this stuff (I'm not kidding!).  My view - delicious and my most favourite chocolate milk.. but I wouldn't cry myself to sleep at night about not having had a taste yet... it will come your way soon people!

Loving making Penguin Pie with my girl - actually Bacon & Egg Pie, but penguins on top totally makes sense aye?!?  This one is obsessed with penguins... thankfully she now wants to work with penguins when she grows up, rather than 'be' a penguin when she grows up...

Loving local sunsets - God's artwork in the sky...

Loving my church family - I love the heart this place has for each other and it's community...

I have finally finished my Crosses Granny Square blanket!  Just currently threading in about a million ends and then will show you it!

Really enjoyed a recent family reunion of Symon's side of the family down in Auckland... great bunch of people if I do say so myself!

So much happening right now - including my eldest prepping for NCEA Level 1 exams.  Like they say, they do grow up ever so fast, all the more reason to stop and enjoy every moment, take stock of the blessings and look forward to making many more memories.

So much to be thankful for. xoxo

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