September 3, 2011

Blogging for Bliss

It's a quiet Saturday morning; the boys have left for soccer after an hour of housekeeping. I'm sitting with my coffee reflecting on my week. I've been knitting in class again; a new summer cotton top for myself. It was hit and miss whether I bought enough yarn but it seems that I have. I'm using the skinny dyed cotton by Blue Sky Alpaca from South Seas Knitting. I'm using a pattern by the same; a sleeveless wrap that ties with a ribbon.

I'm also finishing up the angora shawl that I showed you about a month ago.  I had a gentle reminder from a knitting friend that I should finish it before the Spring. Well, it's Spring in NZ but Fall in Canada. Perhaps it will become a Christmas gift.  The weather never dictates my knitting because I live in a virtual world where the temperature is always perfect for any yarn to be knit!

Just a quick reminder that I've moved my blog to

August 17, 2011

A Winter Wonderland

It's been a cold few days here in New Zealand. The blogs are showing snow covered landscapes.  Take a look over at where you will see an example of the weather in the south of the North Island!

Our views haven't really changed.  There is a little frost on the rooftops and smoke coming from a chimney.  We have a gas fireplace which is getting some use in the mornings.

Here is a quilt that my friend has been working on.  The squares aren't sewn together yet but we laid them out on the bed and took a photo.  Isn't it going to be gorgeous!!?

I have moved my blog to so please come and visit me when you have some time.  It's a work in progress.

July 24, 2011

The Winter Holidays

We're on winter break here in New Zealand. It's delightful to have time to knit, time to cook, and time to think again! I'm cozy, knitting a shawl, under a crocheted blanket that I found years ago in an antique store. It is a beautifully hand made wool throw.  This shawl pattern is really weird. Can you see the way the pattern is not symmetrical?  The stripes go straight up and down on the right, but angular on the left? I don't know whether to keep going or not? Any thoughts?

Naturally Sensation Yarn 70% merino/30% angora

July 7, 2011

Back in class with my knitting

It's great to be back in the classroom again!  Last month it was all about Human Resources, what motivates people, employees, and volunteers.  It's so interesting to consider what makes people want to participate in work and volunteer based organisations.  It begs the question, what motivates me to volunteer? What is it in my work or play that motivates or demotivates me to give of myself?

I recently decided to start tutoring French for my son's school.  I certainly don't have more hours in the day but I was motivated by the need to give back, the hope that my French would still be somewhere in the recesses of my mind, and the desire to be a part of my children's lives. My son, Ben, loves to learn and speak French.  He has found some keen students who also want to improve their French language and so we started a conversation class after school. If anyone has any ideas on how to get teenagers to speak French, please let me know!

What rewards do we need to help us keep going?  It's not all about money for me. I think recognition is high on my motivator list but that rarely happens. So maybe it's the journey? The sharing of knowledge?  Taking it to the craft room, I am motivated to finish a quilt when I have someone in mind who will appreciate it.  I would not get the same satisfaction if I were to sell it at a craft fair. I'd like to think that it's all about the cause, the person or group. Sharing knowledge of crafts like knitting and quilting are great ways to give back.  Last Saturday, a few women got together to make some quilts to give to a woman that I work with.  Jacqui goes to a local maternity ward and visits newborn babies and their mothers.  We made three cot quilts with another almost done.  I just have to quilt them!

One woman makes knitted toys like small teddy bears and balls to give to Jacqui for the newborn babies at the maternity ward.  I found two gorgeous patterns that I want to try but I'll probably just give them to Elizabeth.  She churns them out a lot faster than me!

June 10, 2011

Comfy Couch

Broadband is up and running today!! Yayyyy!  I'm so relaxed browsing my little world of antiques on trademe and quilts on my favorite blogs.  It's so nice to receive comments from my friends around the world who read my blog. Thank you so much.
Here's a quilt that I'm working on... it's been in the cupboard for years! Time to finish it and give it away!  I've been looking at Dear Jane again.  It's always fun to flip through the book and choose a new block to try.  I'll take pictures as I finish each one.

June 8, 2011

Starting to feel normal again

It's been a little while since I blogged the last post. Too long. I'm starting to feel back to life again.  The worst thing to lose in a move is your internet!  I've finally bought a plan that gets me around the lack of broadband. Hopefully I can keep up to emails and the blog now.

My sister is asking for some inside pictures of our new place.  Here are a few of the upstairs. The sunsets are gorgeous.  I'm pleased to also tell you that the sewing room floor is clean and I've been sewing quilts again.  Pictures to come soon.  I'm back!

May 11, 2011

Life is good!

I've been so tired lately, that I have found myself driving in the wrong direction. You know that feeling when the road just takes you where you have to go and you don't have to think.  Problem is, when you have just moved, the road doesn't know where you want to go?! I have been cleaning the old house and have finally finished.  OK, some of you who know me will know that by cleaning, I mean calling the cleaner, but really, I've been cleaning too!  Boxes and boxes fill my garage with no place to put anything. I have amassed stuff in my sewing room (yes, the spare room is mine!).  I just need to find the floor one day so I can actually do some sewing. I'm pleased to say that the house is warm and my furniture fits nicely in most rooms. I have not redecorated yet but when the boxes find a home, I'll go shopping. 

With all this moving, memories move too.  Boxes of junk that have moved with me since I was a little girl.  Prescious Moments, yes, those little figurines have made the move again!  I just unpacked perfume collections, hats, dolls and teddy bears.  What do I do with such treasures?  Maybe I need a bigger sewing room?

I'm thankful the move is over. But I'm also thankful for my family and my sisters who both emailed me this week. Here's to a new chapter in my life.  The Beachlands chapter.