Tuesday, November 24, 2020


 This has been my project during the past month, Paul and I bought this dolls house for daughter Jan when she was about 3 years of age that makes it 51 years ago, some of the original furniture had survived and the rest was from the second era for the house when about 22 years later we repainted and refurnished the house for Jan's daughters .At that time a sixth room was added by making it possible to open the roof and put the attic space to use.  We wallpapered  the rooms added carpets and some "Sylvanian  family"furniture. Now Rachel and Caitlin have decided to pass the house on to their small cousin,  We have seen photos of Eve at playgroup  enjoying the dolls house there, I am sure she is going to love having one of her own.

The master bedroom and the lounge   there was very little to do in these two rooms. I have only re upholstered the lounge suit.

Up stairs on the other side of the  house the bathroom is all original furniture While the nursery has all new furniture. below the kitchen dinning room has quite a mixture  of  old, very old and new.

The new family moving into the house this time is the Sylvianan Cat Family. 

When these arrived I realised we had more animals than beds so a new set of twin beds had to be added to the attic.

The house has gone to Wellington and its new owner, I have kept this records so that I can  add more items when sending gifts to my littlest granddaughter. Because of her age some of the smallest items like plates cups and food have been held back for later.

The Guild Challenge
 The guild challenge was to dress a peg doll for display at the Christmas party here are the ones I have not been able to show till now. This is my favourite "The Lady" Her dress has bulluion stitch roses down the front and the hem is edged with buttonhole loops. The cloak is cream silk lined with deeop red silk  and has a stiffened Elizabethan style collar and the headgear is from even early period in history.

The my next favourite of my designs is my witch which is on an earlier posting and then there
is St Lucia(from Sweden)  with her crown topped with candles.

and my snow queen

I took a photo on the evening but realised afterwards thee were 4 that were added later, but all in all it was a great project and quite varied selection 

 it was judged by popular vote and the winner was Helen's Strawberry doll. don't you just love the hat.

Maree has another fun project for the beginning of the year, I look forward to sharing that too. Meanwhile it's back to the Christmas stitching this year its a stocking for Ronan, Caitlin and I have talked about the design and i have the same background fabric I used for Finn and Eve's stockings.

Saturday, October 24, 2020


I made some tiny hats to share ideas at guild for the peg doll challenge, including this witches hat, the next step was to make a tiny witch

what  followed next was another witch, this one is my favourite.

I have my entries ready for the challenge next month and will share photos after the meeting. Now I am working on some new Christmas decorations. Last year I made a Nutcracker doll decoration  for each of the three of us who stitch together on Wednesday mornings, this year I am adding the Sugar plum fairy hope to show these to you soon 
meanwhile its back to the stitching..


Thursday, September 17, 2020


I am currently stitching the final decorations for the "1 a Month Club", each month apart from the occasional one for myself I have stitched just five decorations  for those who joined the club and committed to buy 1 a month for 10 months.  This has been my fund raiser for church instead of doing a stall at the church fair as I did in the past two years. I am grateful for the support I have had from five friends which meant I was sure of raising the amount I set out to do.

Here are the ones from the past nine months. I have been asked about the pattern for the Robin on the jingle bell.  there isn't one !,   My method of working is to cut the pieces as I think they should be, make one up making adjustments as I go, then once I am happy with the results, repeat using the improvements I made. The only one shown above that I used a pattern was the Owl, I just loved Whimsylandia's owl brooches so bought the pattern on Etsy and it was perfect for my wreath design.

I have some ideas for next years project and will share when I have finalised my plans, wont be committing myself to too much stitching as there is always other projects to stitch as well.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020


Ready to be collected, this month decoration was fun to plan and create, I had bought the large jingle-bells last December but had not really a plan how I  would use them. I do have a weakness for robins and they proved to be just the perfect idea of what to sit on the bell. I love how each one is a little different and takes on its own character.

I used two different ribbons, not sure which one I like best, and this month made an extra one for myself.


Next month while be the last one for this project as I planned it to just be for 10 months, I need to get on to some Christmas stitching, which will include a Christmas stocking for Ronan, Caitlin and I have talked about some ideas I need to draw up the design for her approval.

Saturday, August 29, 2020


Today is Caitlin's birthday, 23 years ago I was mounting an exhibition of antique embroideries in Coromandel  when I got the call that my second grand daughter had arrived in the world, I was not to know then, that here was the next embroiderer in the family and a fifth generation needlewoman. We have been able to share the love of stitching together from when she first started stitching at the age of five. Last year we stitched together  a collection of animal decorations,  and I shared this photo at the end of the year.
we had managed to stitch 17 and planned to add just one more, then the plans changed. Caitlin decided they would be great as an Advent activity with Ronan add one a day to the Christmas tree during December, so more were needed, another 7 in fact plus a star for December 25th. I have stitched the seven needed and added them to her birthday present. When I checked my photo's just now I find I did not take a photo of the penguin so here are the other six.

the rooster

and the hen

                                                                      a koala Bear



                                                                        Sea horse.

Next birthday in the family is Rachel's and she has requested some Christmas decorations... cats. for her tree which is silver blue and white theme. and its time to make a list of my Christmas  stitching for the three wee ones. I am blessed that I am still able to keep my needle busy. 

Thursday, August 13, 2020


I think my favourite set of peg dolls at this stage is the .... four seasons. Each of these ones has a little embroidery on the costume.

Spring.... as you can see has a daisy theme.

Summer... the dress is Liberty fabric  and there are Bullion stitch roses on the cloak and hat.

Autumn... along with the autumn tones of the braid,  leaves and berries decorate the cloak.

Winter... all rugged up for the cold weather... what we have here today with forecast for tomorrow even colder. the  dress is a tiny piece of embroidery left over from another project.

Now I am working on my challenge doll.... 

Sunday, August 2, 2020


I had lots of fun creating this month's decoration, I had been given some lovely large walnut shells, these I cleaned and bleached before using clear nail varnish on the outside and a dark red one inside,  my little mouse which I have made many of over the years was the perfect size to sit in the shell. What you can't see  is the two extra leaves, one going under the mouse and the other at the back that were glued to the shell to hold the decoration of leaves and beads in place.

I am also having fun with blogger  the layout has suddenly changed  and frustration I can't do as I want, so posting this before I lose it and will experiment more on my next post.


Monday, July 20, 2020


I have shown sunshine before, but now meet my full set of weather folk..






 How is the weather at your place. Have a nice day.

Saturday, July 4, 2020


My  "1  a Month Club "decorations are finished ready for collection .  This is my snowy Owl.    I bought the Owl pattern from  Whimsylandia on Etsy. She has several owls brooches patterns and they were the right size for my project, yes I would like to make more. The white leaves are glitter felt the photo does not show their sparkle and the wreath is made from the Chocolate plant vines  Do you know it ?

At present I am working a set of weather folk, using  wooden, peg dolls here is the first one- Sunshine. This  one would be the right one for today, its a bright sunny winters day here, the mountain got a good blanket of snow this week  so looks like the photo on my header, it has meant that it has been very cold, but guess that's what we expect in winter. The ski field is now open so there will be people up there enjoying the lovely day which is a change from all the stormy weather we have had.

We have also been given the challenge from guild to dress a peg doll, the completed item must have some embroidery on the outfit. and they will be judged by popular vote at our November Christmas dinner.  As always I have too many ideas so will do a couple of outfits to decide which I like best. Have seen some lovely ones on Pinterest, there are some very clever craft people.

I am not sure if I blame lockdown for upsetting my calendar plans or maybe I should admit to being a little absent minded in my old age, but my blog anniversary slipped by last month, and I have not even thought about it! 
I now have to go away and think about what I can make for the special person I will honour from my blog friends to commemorate my 11th Anniversary. Thank you all who read and follow my ramblings,
I have decided to select the person who has commented the most times during the past year.....  and that is...       Vickie from a Stitcher's Story . 
Vickie has also been following my blog for the past 8 years, joining in about the time I share making the little hearts, Did you ever get one made Vickie or should I make one to include in the parcel? 

Hope everyone is staying safe and if in lockdown still able to get plenty of stitching time.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020


I  made a unicorn cake topper.... because I could ! 
I wanted to have a play with the left over fondant from doing Ronan's cake  and after watching a video  this is the result. Would love an excuse to make another one as I think I could do better, with the head.

What has Kaytu's attention ?  I am taking photos of my latest work in progress, and I know what she is thinking.... which one shall I grab first. This cat is a thief and my stitching is never safe and often pieces are rescued from her mouth. I am making a game for Finn and Eve, match the birds to their houses, it will be an easy game for Finn but will take Eve a while I think. I plan to make another harder one for Finn next.

My little thief keeps bringing items home, not sure where she goes as there are only two houses on this block the rest is parkland, and she never seems to be away for long.  To add to the game last night she kept bringing wetas in quite large ones and as fast as I rescued and put them outside she would find another one. 

Hope everyone is keeping well and safe in this worrying times.