Wednesday, 14 December 2011

School finishes today, so this afternoon we're decorating the Christmas tree.  The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are ready and waiting.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Snowflake time again

This morning I have been teaching a class of 9 and 10 year olds to make 3D snowflakes.  I may need a little rest but first to get all the glue off my fingers.

Instructions can be found here. I glue it all together rather than tape and staples. Use a tacky glue, I use Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and you don't need much.

A reindeer in the garden

 Reindeer are not often seen in New Zealand but here's one found roaming in our garden.

A Christmas gift from the LEGO club

Monday, 5 December 2011


I've never tried Limoncello before so have no idea what the real stuff tastes like but this is very yummy.  The recipe is from the December NZ House & Garden and can also be found here:

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Christmas cat

 Some Christmas knitting, a Christmas cat. It was meant to be a bear but I think the ears are more cat-like. The pattern is from Little Cotton Rabbits:

Christmas Cat with Playmobil Santa

Friday, 2 December 2011

Beaded Stars

Not much going on here at the moment so here's something I made earlier. The pattern is from a kit bought from a bead shop that unfortunately has closed down.  I haven't managed to find a similar pattern online but if anyone knows of one, let me know and I'll post the link.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Paper Stars

I love looking at all the magazines around now, all the lovely Christmas ideas which would look so perfect in my house if I just had a empty spare lounge and had oodles of money to spend. Of course, that's not in the realms of possibility, instead it's more of a case of "Where are we going to put the Christmas tree?".  And while I've been pondering on this little problem, I've been making these.

I used these instructions:
which are very clear and easy to understand.  Once you've made a couple they are quite easy to make, I find cutting the strips of paper the worst part but that might be because my paper-cutter is a bit broken.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Esmeralda was totally ready for Christmas this year.  The tree was up, the presents wrapped and it was time to kick back and play with the dog.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Rescued from the wind and rain.

Though I'm not sure the flowers themselves think they're been rescued when they're cut and brought inside.  However we get to enjoy their lovely colour while sitting nice and dry inside.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Jelly Baby

My daughter is holding a Sweetastic themed camp this weekend.  The activities are based on the Sweetastic Challenge which you can find here:
Of course no camp can be without a mascot so I had a quick look on the internet and found a pattern for a Jelly Baby pattern and you can see the result above.  The pattern can be found here: The fact that it references Doctor Who is just a bonus.

Snow Globes

We made snow globes at Brownies last night (as part of the Sparkle theme for those of you in NZ). The girls had lots of fun making them with glitter ending up all over the place, there's some sort of magical attraction between Brownies and glitter that means it will end up in hair, on clothes and throughout the hall no matter how careful you are. To make them  you need:
  • a small jar and lid (we used baby food jars, make sure the lid fits well)
  • water
  • glitter
  • glycerine
  • glue (we used superglue, well the leaders used it as we didn't want any Brownies stuck to their snow globes)
  • a small decoration or model (make sure it can fit in the jar)
  1. Glue the decoration to the inside of the lid. 
  2. Half fill the jar with glycerine. Add water until the jar is 3/4 full.
  3. Pour in the glitter.
  4. Screw on the lid tightly.
  5. Shake it up!

Monday, 24 October 2011

A Stole

 This project has been hanging around for a couple of months now, mainly because I have been refining my procrastination skills.  It's not difficult sewing, the hardest part was actually finding a pattern.  I used a kit from Church Linens, which has very detailed and helpful instructions. Because our church is named Holy Trinity I wanted the decoration to be related to that.  I thought about embroidering the design but after talking over a few ideas I realised that I could actually make a knot and sew it on.  Here's the first sample, using the Triquetra knot from Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery by Suzie Millodot. 

And here is the completed stole.  It's not perfect but I am relieved to have it finished and I know what to do differently next time.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

We finally made it into Auckland to check out some of what has been happening for the Rugby World Cup, in particular the Waka Maori.

And this is what we went to see, the kids' grandfather's name on the list of Maori All Blacks at the Maori Rugby exhibition.


At the Backing Black HQ, don't think that my daughter is going to make it to All Blacks shoe sizes but that's probably a good thing as I don't think there would be a lot of nice womens shoes in those sizes.

 Maori Warrior by  Molly Macalister

  The Sky Tower

Walking back up Queen Street

We're going back on Sunday night to check out the Fan Trail, though not going as far as Eden Park as the ticket prices are not quite in our price range.  Instead we're watching the game on TV with fingers and toes crossed.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

In the garden

I love the colour of bluebells, it is my favourite blue.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

The Poorly Quilt

The last couple of days I have been mending this:

I made this quilt for my son, when he moved from the cot to a big bed.  I freely admit that my quilt making skills are not the best and this is the first quilt I ever made, however it did the job and at some stage made the move to my daughter's bed where she shared it with the dog. Unfortunately one of the fabrics I used totally fell apart, at first I just patched or oversewed the rips but then it reached the stage where it was just one big mess so I chucked it in the cupboard and ignored it.

The other day I pulled it out to use as a picnic rug as I thought we might as well use it and it couldn't really  be wrecked any more than it was. Since then it has been lying on the sofa while my daughter talked about how it was her favourite quilt (we won't mention that it's her only quilt) so I decided to bite the bullet and try and mend it.  I have used up every reel of blue thread I own and found that I don't have many blue cottons in my fabric stash, but the poorly quilt is now not so poorly and ready to return to my daughter's bed, where I shall ignore the dog sleeping on all my hard work.

Monday, 12 September 2011

My new necklace

Made using the instructions for the Horizontal figure of eight chain necklace in 
Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery by Suzie Millodot
The necklace is just knotted at the back as my cord was a bit thicker than recommended so I couldn't thread it through any necklace clasps I had,  the figure of eight chain is also a bit shorter as I ran out of cord. 
It's another month already, Christmas will be here before we know it.  However there are ninety billion weeks of Rugby World Cup to get through before then, or maybe it just seems like that. Non-related rugby activities have been occurring though.  I made another zipper purse and another birthday card.
And on Saturday we went to a birthday party at the Botanic Gardens. No pictures of the party but here are some of the sculptures around the place.
Butterfly - Llew Summers


Campsite - Peter Lange
And some of the wildlife.