time away

We just celebrated our 8th Wedding Anniversary (last month). I was so excited when everything came together so that we were able to head away.We found someone to have the boys for the night (they were so excited about this which of course makes it easier) 

We found a place to stay- just out of Christchurch. The Oaks of Darfield.

They even had a restaurant so we got to get dressed up and head downstairs and enjoy an amazing meal! (I say the best meal I have ever eaten in my life amazing- and I wanted to eat more amazing food but had already eaten way too much amazing food)

So thankful to be able to have time away. I came across this link the other day and it has some awesome suggestions for 13 ideas for a date night at home - well worth a read!
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being kind

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Its a month till Christmas Day. This year seems to have flown by.

I saw this post on Facebook recently (I couldn't find the original post to give credit) and nodded in agreement with every word.

Some thoughts as we enter the holiday season...It is important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large wonderful families. Some of us have problems during the holidays and some of us are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. And many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness. We all need caring, loving thoughts right now.

Now don't get me wrong I love Christmas. I love the excitement and have many great memories of my childhood around Christmas time. The simplicity and the joy. 

But no one has a picture perfect family with everyone always getting along. We live in the real world and in reality relationships are hard, expectations weigh us down. Its can be easy to smile and pretend all is okay.

I want to remind myself to be thoughtful of others, be kind and patient. No one ever gets to see everyone's big picture. We only ever get to see what people are willing to share. 

I know I love the ideal of Christmas more than the reality of Christmas- and you know what- I'm okay with that.

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crochet mixed stripe blanket complete

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I was inspired by SophieSlim's  blanket  so I started my own using this pattern early this year.

It started growing quickly. It was nice learning new stitches and it required lots of counting! Getting to 100 rows was very exciting.

I wanted to use as much yarn as possible for the edges of the blanket. A mix of single and double crochet all the way around.

Its now finally finished. The finished size is  35'' (89cm) x 54'' (137cm)

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I now have new cushion covers

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I now have 6 new cushion covers. I posted that I wanted new cushion covers. I finally took the time to sit down and make them.

They are a simple square cushion cover with grey polka dot linen on the back and print fabric on the front with a calico ( to make them firmer) and a simple zip opening at the bottom of each. Nothing too fancy- simple and effective.

I brought from briscoes 6 cushion inners 50cm x50cm and I can't complain at these prices. The inners are slightly larger than the cushion covers.

I had thought about using our old cushion's inserts (fluff) but I needed 6 cushions worth and I only had 4 existing cushions. Buying the inserts seemed like the easiest/cost effective and least messy way of filling the cushions.

I do love how they turned out!!

and they look great on our couch.

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actually finishing projects

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I'm finally taking the time to finish those forgotten projects...the ones in the too hard basket, not so exciting anymore basket or *cough* just need a few stands of thread cut and washed project.

I'm feeling a huge sigh of relief as each project is getting accomplished. 

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boys stitching

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I was working on hand stitching the binding to this quilt. Master W asked if he could do some stitching with me. I set them both up with white homespun, a hoop, thread and a needle large enough for their little hands.

I love watching their deep concentration using the needle going up and down.

They were loving the freedom of thread choice every time it ran out. They haven't yet mastered re- threading the needle....but I'm sure it will be another skill they learn- soon.

I love they are so enthusiastic and proud of what they each created with Master W saying stitching is just like painting mum but without the paint. (such wise words from a 6 year old)
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many fat quarters later

I received many fat quarters from the Birthday fat quarter club  back in March.

The fabric sat in my stash till the middle of winter before I started on a giant star quilt. The only fabric I purchased was the cream homespun and binding fabric. I was very pleased to be able to use fabrics I already had.

I am so glad I unpicked all the machine quilting that was holding it together. I decided that I would hand quilt it in cream thread.

Thats me (you can see my feet and hands-just) holding up this quilt!

I'm so proud this is finally done. It will be going to a new home in the next week. I hope the recipient loves it as much as I do (and the exciting part is they have no idea it's coming!!)
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to market to market

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I've been busy preparing these two markets. More details on the links below!

Did you also see...... shop.creativemama.net- coming soon- Exciting!!!!!!
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Milestone Press Master Planner 2015 Winner

The winner of this awesome Master Family Planner is (thanks to the random name picker).....

Thanks to everyone who entered this awesome giveaway. I will be in contact with the winner by email and thanks to Milestone Press- The Master Plan Family Diary for 2015 diary will heading to Rachelle in the post.

Thanks again Milestone Press!!

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