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Weekly craft update

Its 3 weeks till Christmas.

I’m running out of time  and have had to face a couple of realities.

Nobody in the family will get back to me with a photo of Levi with his Nan so I am just going to have to scrap it for now.  I won’t give up on this but reality says its going to be a next year project.  So I am going to do him up a BBQ gift box also.

Ralph and I have agreed to no presents to each other this year as we are a little poor.  I usually agree and then get him something anyway, he very rarely gets me anything.  I have scrapped the idea of making him something for now as I just don’t have enough time left.

I still don’t know what to do for Ronnie but its not going to be a knitted bunny.  I will need to do some googling and come up with a plan.  I’m not going to scrap here present because she will not be the only child without a handmade gift.  Trying to treat them all equal blah blah.  I might make something that uses up some of the left over silk flowers from making this!

Its currently hanging a bit low as I have just popped it on to an existing hock but it looks fantastic 😀 Will add a bit more light and colour to wine time during the summer 😉 Not even close to helping get the Christmas stuff ready and not a part of the decorations but I have been itching to make this for weeks so 😛

Kayla finally left the house on Saturday afternoon! The poor little thing.  She has never lived in Tauranga before so hasn’t any friends locally and hasn’t gotten a steady job yet so can’t really afford the petrol to go visiting.  She’s had a couple visit her but its a busy time of year.  She went and babysat her little cousins so I got her cushion made 🙂


Because I had the machine out I got the one for the Lunam family Christmas made as well 😀


Apart from that there was just a bunch of stitching on a Scary Movie cushion.  1750 stitches to be precise 🙂


Its only 2 more of the big letters then on to the small ones.  After that I have to pull the waste canvas and we are done 🙂

If I knuckle down this week I might just get it all done 🙂

This weeks planned achievements:

  • Finish Natalies cushion cover
  • Jordyns dream catcher
  • Make rubs for BBQ boxes.  At least research some sauces for same
  • Figure out what the heck to make, then make, something for Ronnie
  • Finish putting together the memory stick gifts

Last weeks planned achievements:

  • Turn the elephant and dragon stitches into cushions Achieved!!!!
  • Finish Natalies cushion cover Nearly
  • Jordyns dream catcher Nope

Christmas Homemade List Progression:

  1. Kayla: Elephant cushion – Completed
  2. Levi: BBQ Basket same as bosses
  3. Jordyn: Dream catcher – Have wrapped first hoop
  4. Veronica: Not a clue
  5. Natalie: Scary Movie cushion – Nearly finished top row.  She also wants a small stitch for her favourite band – not started.
  6. Jamie: Photo with beach boarder – Completed
  7. Lunam Family Christmas: Dragon cushion – Completed
  8. Dad & Siblings: Memory stick of Great Grandad’s war diary’s and postcards – Found appropriate boxes on the weekend.  Just need a quick note inside to explain what is on the stick and name tags.
  9. Tash: Cross stitch photo – Finish it! Not going to happen I feel but worth a shot.
  10. Marie & Margaret – Completed
  11. Housekeepers – Completed
  12. The bosses – BBQ Gift basket – Make the rubs and possibly a couple of sauces? Jack Daniels?
  13. Neighbours – Pistachio & lemon shortbread


Cross Stitcher, knitter, home cook, HVAC specialist, avid movie and TV watcher, reader and mum. I work full time and I'm not very good at sitting still so I love to try all sorts of crafting things from scrap-booking to ceramic work, but mostly I stitch. Heaven & Earth designs would be my favourite. I have had some major health scares in the past few years that I would not of expected to experience for at least another 20 odd years (born in 1971 so am currently only 45). Due to this I have a bucket list and its full of things right from books I must read to adventures I must achieve before I croak. I am always at the gym making myself stronger and healthier to fight my challenges and achieve my goals. Before the challenges I thought there would always be enough time and was just drifting along. You know how it is. Work, chores, kids, sleep, get up tomorrow and start again. I didn't really have any clear goals. I knew I wanted to travel but that was pretty much it. I was gaining weight steadily and didn't do anything much outside of the house and work. Since the challenges I have managed to get almost front row for both the Eagles and Elton John (expensive but you can't take it with you right), have had a day tour Kayaking around a lake and hiked the Tongariro Crossing. None of these would I even have considered 3 years ago. This is only the beginning :D Life is a gift and its what you make of it. You want it then you best be prepared to go get it :D

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