Sunday, 18 February 2018

Last Week.....

Last week..... came home from work to find this parcel at my front door.....
Inside......
Yes....another project!
The same time last year I started a project from Lucy at Attic 24 - it was a CAL (crochet-a-long) - the design was called "Moorland" blanket...... I was drawn to the lovely colours she chose as they depicted the heather on the English Moors....this is where it is up to at present.....
The pattern was "ripple" design....... I had ripples everywhere - not just across the width but the sides as well!! It was starting to look like another UFO in the making!! I have decided I will go back to it - as soon as the weather cools off!! Meanwhile...... she has another CAL called "Woodland" blanket based on Autumn colours with the blue sky filtering through the trees.... as I love Autumn I just HAD to order this as well...... but am thinking when I do start it may just be rows of granny squares - something simple!! 
My "secret sewing" has also been finished this week - no peeking yet! 
Back to reading.... during the week I finished this book.....
....inside the dust cover of this book it describes it as a collection of "new and uncollected tales of murder, mischief, magic and madness"...... well, some stories I really enjoyed, others I didn't and the last left me feeling quite....saddened.... I feel like I now need to read a much happier and light-hearted book..... off to browse through my bookcase & see what I find......
I will leave you with a photo of Miss Dora enjoying a balmy Sunday evening in one of her favourite spots.......
Till next time...
Happy Stitching
Asta




Sunday, 11 February 2018

A (Very) Little Trip Away....

After a very busy and somewhat stressful week at work I headed off to Canberra on Friday afternoon - a 2 hour drive dodging (unexpected) storms along the way!! You've heard of "storm chasers"? Well this time it was me being chased by storms - the black skies and lightning being very menacing but no photos - I wasn't stopping for anything!! 
Saturday was a much more pleasant day as I headed out for some retail therapy - including one of my favourite shops.....
After an hour of browsing - and being very tempted - I finally left with just these purchases....
The latest Homespun magazine has a lovely BOM using some of the Tilda fabrics but, though my initial reaction was "yes, I must make this", having some time to think on it while browsing,  I decided I had enough projects on my "to do" list and will be happy enough to maybe create a block or 2 ....perhaps some cushions?..... I did buy some Tilda fabrics though.......at this point in time I'm just adding them to my stash!!..... And a charm pack to make a "table topper" - also in this issue of Homespun.
Then a stop off to Myers - and new shoes came home with me!
Next stop to visit friends where I enjoyed a few hours lunching, having afternoon tea and catching up before heading home again - this time no storms! 
Sunday has been spent doing some "secret sewing", reading....this book was finished and again Kate Morton didn't disappoint - really enjoy her books! 

And so another week starts...... another book will be started, more "secret sewing" - it's not huge but it seems to take forever when I work full-time and enjoy my reading time as much as stitching time..... oh - for more hours in the day!! 

Happy Stitching
Asta

Monday, 29 January 2018

Sydney Weekend

A long weekend and a trip to Sydney, stopping at a lovely  park in Berry along the way
...........being a public holiday on the Friday my favourite embroidery shop and a patchwork shop I frequently visit on any trip between Sydney and home were closed - maybe a blessing in disguise?? Didn't even make it on the way home on the Sunday as they were shut by the time I was coming through....Oh No!!
The occasion for this Sydney weekend and for the family congregating at our parents place again was to celebrate my sister Linda's birthday with a Saturday morning brunch....... here we are with the birthday girl in the middle, our parents, my sister Vivien, her husband Graham and a very, very close family friend who is considered "family". 
And.... just to make sure we all keep the "innner child" within us alive - I made up lolly bags and our party "favours" were glow in the dark bracelets!
Now that my secret sewing has been gifted I can show you what I made.....an Anni Downs pattern......
the front......
the back......
the inside....
After an afternoon siesta a few of us headed into the city to see Vox Clamantis at the Sydney Recital Centre - the concert being part of the Sydney Festival and the group being Estonian (our family's heritage) made it a "must see"..... here we are enjoying pre-show drinks.....
The weekend wasn't over yet....a bit of retail therapy on Sunday morning for Linda & I - followed by a cup of tea - no photo we were too busy talking!! .....
The weekend over.... I headed home, Linda is staying for another week before heading back up the North Coast and Vivien and Graham are back home in the Southern Highlands....... till our next get together! 

I have some more secret sewing happening so will be back soon to update on the progress and "yarn" about anything else of interest!
Happy Stitching
Asta


Monday, 22 January 2018

The last couple of weekends...

Some lovely flowers inside...... and the last couple of weekends have been spent......
 ...... lunching at one of the delightful cafes in Mogo with a dear friend from Sydney....this was followed by some "retail therapy"! 
Another book has been finished - that's the 2nd one already this year!! 
And last Saturday I REALLY needed to pay a visit to my local patchwork shop -  Steph's Fabrics !
I did go with a purpose - I needed some fabric for one of my "secret" projects but it is lovely to wander around, get inspired - and then frustrated wishing you had so many more hours in the day!! 
Some more stitching did get done on my "secret" project..... and actually was finished but will reveal all when it has been "gifted"!
While I've been waiting for photos to download here I've started yet another "secret" project - but more on that later and meanwhile I will have to finish my 2nd "secret" stitching project.... all these secrets!! I do plan to start some projects for ME.... but they won't be secrets : ) 
And that's what I have been up to the last couple of weekends - apart from house work and some gardening - the latter leaving me with a swollen arm where something has bitten me - the gentleman next door has bee hives so I'm suspecting it may have been a bee!!
So.... till next weekend.....
Happy Stitching!
Asta

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Happy New Year

Well, Christmas has come and gone..... and our (small) family did have a lovely Christmas this time spent in Sydney..... We celebrated in style.....
..... were entertained by one of my sisters.....
...... and who said you need "little ones" to enjoy bubbles.....
..... between days spent relaxing some of us decided to venture out to IKEA .... here enjoying well earned refreshments..... note we had a trolley and some of those BIG yellow bags!!
.....another day and another outing to a great book shop Constant Reader ..... a few more books to be added to my "to be read" bookcase!!
....there were outings to cafes and catching up with friends..... and time to do a bit of reading.....
New Year was spent in Sydney (watching the fire works on television) and the following week it was time to return home....  time to un-decorate the house.... but before all was packed away for another year one more photo - a new member of my Santa family (!) taking centre stage....this one came from England as part of my present from Megan.....
Over the last few days some "secret" stitching has been started.... but more of these 2 projects later......

And this week it's been a return to work..... holidays are over..... 
Hope 2018 is a happy and healthy one for my readers..... and may it be a "creative" one!! 
Happy Stitching
Asta 


Thursday, 21 December 2017

Leading up to Christmas.....

Only a few more days and the festive season is upon us..... one of my favourite parts of this time of the year is decorating the house...... with a little help!


This year I have not added to my Santa "family" - about 52 at last count - but decided to add some lights to "brighten up" the scene.......

What else have I been up to since last here? Well, early November a "like-minded" friend and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Gerringong Quilt Exhibition....some of my favourite quilts.....



A few books have been read......
..........This book based on facts from those that new Anne Frank was very interesting 
though very  moving.



and one of my favourites......both funny & light-hearted ......inter-mingled with a few spiritual lessons 
At the end of November Hayley left the warmth of Burleigh Heads for a weekend and came south to attend a friend's baby shower.... we did manage to enjoy some quality time together as well - including sharing old family recipes - while devouring a bag of chocolate mint balls....and a bowl of chips! 
On the creative scene.... another pair of socks was knitted up (wool bought on my holiday) and were then packed up in a Christmas box heading to England for a certain someone about to have a cold Christmas.....
And a Christmas present to myself.......... this inspirational book..... SO many  lovely projects in it - I think the Tilda fabric range will now have to be added to my stash!! 

And that about brings me up to date - once again..... 
While Megan will be spending a "Winter" Christmas in England with James's family, Hayley & Mark will be having a sunny warm Christmas in Queensland and I will be in Sydney with other family members............all that is left is to wish my readers a "Happy & Peaceful Christmas" spent with their loved ones....may 2018 bring lots of good times and creativity your way.
Happy Stitching
Asta



Sunday, 5 November 2017

Catching Up......

Has it really been 3 weeks since my lovely holiday came to an end?!! Well.... where have the last weeks gone - it's definitely time to catch up! 
A first stop in Sydney visiting mum & dad, then to pick up my sister Linda on the mid North Coast and we were on the way....an overnight stop in Grafton was needed as we had an extra long lunch stop with a friend in Nambucca Heads.....with the weather slowly deteriorating......here just past Grafton the following day.......
 But..... a few hours later from our apartment at Burleigh Heads! Nothing but sunshine!!
The following few days were spent with these 4 wonderful people.........a rare photo to have all 4 of them together!... James, Megan, Hayley & Mark
........... Mini-golfing
........ Breakfasts out
......... exploring Burleigh Heads National Park
All too soon our days together came to an end..... time to say goodbye ......
Megan & James flew back to Sydney for the weekend before flying back to England......

.....Hayley and Mark continue their idyllic lifestyle in beautiful Burleigh Heads! 

Linda and I made our way back to her place where I enjoyed another relaxing week....
........ Visits to an amazing nursery

..... a picnic or 2 - this one at Flynn's Beach in Port Macquarie - we had family holidays at "Port" in the 60's and 70's and used to go swimming here at Flynn's with our rubber surf boards!! 

........visits to numerous "Op" shops

........afternoon teas out - delicious lemon myrtle cheese cake at this one! (Miss Nellies in Kendall) 

.......... and the occasional walk.

All good holidays must come to an end and it was time to pack the car and start the journey home....... plants and all!!
.... with a weekend in Sydney on the way ..... celebrating Dad's 95th birthday!!......
...... enjoying an outing with mum - while dad rested at home after all the birthday excitement......
And..... then finally home!
Now....did I do any stash shopping while away you ask? Of course - how could I resist......
and have I been busy creating? Well....not a lot but these socks have been finished - another pair has been started with the wool bought while away .....  
So ....back to my knitting.... certainly has turned cool enough to be knitting again!

Happy Stitching!
Asta