We built a fence

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It looked like this



now it looks like this after two days of hard work with some help from great friends we have a finished fence!


I haven't been doing much sewing as fence building has taken up most of our time the past few days. I have started making some of the wee felt things to go in our advent calender


and cute stocking for the cat and dog.



I don't plan on doing much else to prepare for Christmas today- feeling sleep deprived and grumpy! Hoping for a better day!

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Photo Friday

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Take a guess at what we are replacing this weekend!
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It was a long weekend

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We had Canterbury Anniversary day on Friday. We didn't take the day off Friday \ and go to the Canterbury A&P Show, we had a quiet day at home.

Sago is settling in well. She is doing really well with learning commands like "sit", "come", "stay"- and it sure does help if there is a treat for her! She is very content at sitting under my chair while I sew. The downside to having her around while I am quilting (laying out the batting and basting) is she quite likes to chew on the cotton batting!

Quilt waiting for binding

Binding 

Here are both quilts finished!




Front

Back
I made the lap quilt finished size 106cm wide and 127.5cm long (41.5'' x 50 '') 



I made this square block lap quilt finished size 101cm wide and 147cm long (39.5'' x 57.5'') 


My knitting is coming along.



I have also been working on these needle books as gifts for crafty friends. They just need some hand stitching for finishing





I harvested Rhubarb



Rhubarb and Hokey Pokey Ice cream for dessert :D Yummy!!!
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Quilting, stitching, painting!

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This quilt is a gift for a friend. Looking forward to getting it quilted and the binding on. I hand stitched some words on basic cotton and added them at the end. Words like- smile, family, friends, hope, love.
Front quilt

Close up

Close up

Close up

Quilt for Kathy is now quilted and waiting for binding. Love how it looks and love the pattern on the back!

Quilt front

Quilt back

Close up back

I started our Christmas tree skirt. Its very green and red (Christmas tree theme this year) I used the blocks I had made for the table runner but decided they looked better here!

Tree skirt

Advent pots with numbers


Font used
I printed out a sheet of numbers 1-25 then used charcoal on the back and a fine pen and drew over the numbers and it transferred the number. Used black acrylic paint to paint on the numbers. Easy and it looks consistant and pretty!

Our christmas cards are coming along! Still lots to do but should have all 60 made up this week.



Hooray for productivity!!!

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New addition to our family!

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Introducing our new puppy Sago. She is 8 weeks old and really sweet, full of energy and really happy to lie down and nap! Master B and Master W thinks she is pretty cool!

Sago

Me and Sago playing outside
Now the plan is to get a full nights sleep and get her over being away from us during the nights!
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Photo Friday

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Christmas Fabric!

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Its November!

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I got to do some knitting while away on holiday

Baby Blanket in 9ly wool
 I also brought some felted wool from Fine Wools Wanaka- this one ball will apparently be enough for one adult sized crochet hat. Just need to track down the pattern!

Felted Wool Grey

The Book of Needlecraft- $10 from an op shop!
I have also finished another lap quilt front for a friend- just needs batting and to be quilted together

Front 
Backing Fabric
And since Christmas is fast approaching - I have seen a friend making a non chocolate Advent for her family, I wanted to do one for us as well. My pinterest has a few things pinned for advent. Just purchased 25 mini terracotta pots today!


Getting excited about Christmas and also enjoying this beautiful weather and my garden flowering!

Iris's

Vegetable Garden

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Holiday photos

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We are home!! LOVED our holiday. Master B and Master W enjoyed it and were really settled considering the distance we traveled and also not being in their own beds but the wonders of routine is that its the same no matter where you are.

I was amazed at how much more I got to see of New Zealand and of course how beautiful it all is (if you get a chance to travel to see it- do it!!) and thankfully the weather was awesome the whole time for use and even got to visit and stay with some of Mr B's family.

Here are some photos of our travels and here is a map of the south island - photos are in no particular order of our travels



Bluff

View from Bluff

Catlins walk to Nugget Point Light House 

Nugget Point lighthouse

Master B in Alexandra

Shaky Bridge Alexandra (clock in background)

View from the top of Alexandra's clock

Clyde Dam

Arrowtown

Me and Master W on the Gondola Queenstown

View from top of Gondola Queenstown

Wanaka

Dunedin Botanical Gardens

Dunedin Train Station


Caroline Bay Park Timaru
Invercargill- view of Stewart Island

Queens Park Invercargill

Oreti Beach Invercargill





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