Kainga, where Roses bloom, life is lived at a gentler pace.Living Simply, doing all those good things like stitching, gardening, cooking and reading.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Looking after your scissors in the correct manner they deserve.


I usually start a sewing session with a cup of tea. I get the sewing things organised while the kettle is boiling. Then I sit and have the cuppa and think about what I will be doing.

 I usually drink a tea like English Breakfast or Earl Grey but lately I have decided to try something a little different. Stinging Nettle Tea. It is supposed to be good for you. It tastes like ..... but sometimes you learn to like things you didn't think you would. I make the experience a little better by having my quilted tablecloth and a mug rug on the table and drinking it out of my quilters mug.

Sometimes your sewing days are filled with surprises which make you think what the heck is going on. Just make sure you don't get frustrated like this gardener did in the above photo. It can be puzzling at times but it will all work out in the end.

I read quite a few machine embroidery newsletters and one this week had a wonderful tip which I put to use.

 To protect your scissors just cut a length of plastic straw to cover the end. This is a great idea because when you think about it when you pass someone scissors you are left with the sharp end facing you. Plus when carrying them in your bag to class etc the ends are protected.

I had some fun making up these mug rugs for my scissors or they could be used for your cup of tea or coffee. I have them beside my sewing machine. They are so handy to have and it was all done in the hoop on the embroidery machine. You can see the reverse side in the previous photo. This freebie is available from Michelle's blog.

Can you believe it is over a month since Christmas. I had such a surprise when I opened my Christmas Bon-Bon. Guess what the little joke said inside.

What do you call someone who collects Mug Rugs?

Celebrating National Mug Rug Day.

Happy days.
Bev C

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cross stitching and some Cucumber growing.


The tennis is over so I can get back to blogging. I did a little stitching while watching and cheering on the players. First up a Lizzie Kate design which is a freebie on her site.

 I made it into a pin pillow, of course I added some Lavender. I used some star buttons Chris sent me ages ago. The little heart button she got for me from Hong Kong this time last year.

 This pattern for the Babushka doll I have had kitted up for far too long. It only took a few hours to get done. Also used Chris's buttons from Hong Kong on this little hanger. It is currently hanging on a set of drawers.

The Cucumber growing has/was a success until we had that awfully hot weekend of the fires. Only one of the plants from this punnet that was growing has survived. We had picked a few before this happened. They were so delicious  Other seeds that were planted following the moon planting guide have taken off. I am happy to see this working in the garden and look forward to our next 11 days of prolific growth to get out into the garden.

Happy days.
Bev C