Saturday, 20 July 2019

What's been happening?

Hello Peeps,

How are you all? A few of you have asked how Miss H, the Mother and I am so I wanted to let you know that we are all really good.

Miss H finished her placement at the centre she didn't like, and then she did her final placement at a truly wonderful centre where she knew the teachers and they were wonderfully supportive! It was the best placemnet EVER! But the BESTEST and COOLIO-est part is that she got a job there! Wahoo! She is soooooooo happy and is about to start her second term of work tomorrow. (Not all early childhood centres follow school terms, but this is a rare one that does as well as having the session between 8:30-2:30.)

But before Miss H started work, the Mother, the Boss, Miss H and her friend Kit-Kat's family went for a week's holiday in Rarotonga. Yay!

The beaches were so beautiful and clear. This is one of the ones filled with rocks so we didn't go swimming here, but at night we saw lights where the locals were out spearing fish.

There was beautiful coral in the water that we saw when we went swimming. The dead coral (from both natural and man-made causes) was washed up on the rocky beaches and it was amazing to see the intricateness of it.

The little hermit crabs were the best part of walking along the beach. Though they were quite scared little fellows. Miss H had to wait for ages for this little fellow to pop his head out and start scuttling around after she had accidentally scared him.

While on a walk up the mountain it started to rain. The Boss saw these huge leaves and said they would make great umbrellas. A few minutes under them disproved that crazy idea. 

 This was at the top of the mountain that the Boss and Miss H climbed.

And there at the top of the mountain was this grumpy old rooster. He followed them up the last few hundred meters. I'm not allowed to tell you that the Boss feed him a little... 

This was one of the views from the top. 

Miss H, the Mother and the Boss went snorkeling lots and lots. They even used underwater scooters (like in James Bond) to see turtles.


In June Miss H graduated and got to walk across the stage and get her official certificate. Don't worry, I was there in the Mother's bag and got a fantastic view.

Miss H doesn't usually allow her photo to go on the blog. She likes to remain in the background as the fabulous assistant. But I convinced her that all you lovely followers would like to see her all dressed up in regalia.

Miss H (Hannah) with the Mother (Karen) at Hannah's graduation of a teaching degree in early childhood education.


Now, I'm sure you are all wondering if any sewing or stitching or crafting has been going on in all this time. Yes, it definitely has! 

Miss H stitched up a couple of super cute stitcheries for the Mother which she turned into cushions for her and the Boss' room. 

This is a delightful stitchery by Jenny of Elefantz. 
Miss H matched the threads to the fabric. Usually, Miss H chooses threads and then tries to find fabric that matches (NEVER a good idea!)

In fact, it is very special fabric because Miss H bought it from Wales when she went a few years ago. Now it has been made into such a lovely cushion. 

Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare are two of the Mother's favourite characters, so it was perfect when Miss H and her found fabric with them on. 

Miss H then used a free colouring page as the pattern for her stitchery. 
Aren't they just soooo coolio?

There has been lots more crafty stuff going on, but that will have to wait until another blog post. Now that life and work have settled down into a steady routine my wonderful assistant will be able to blog more often. Yay! I know you all have missed me soooooo much - and I have missed you all soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much too! 

Now, I must be off. I saw the Boss buy a bar of my favourite chocolate, so I need to think up a plan to steal borrow it. 

Lots of LURVE
Baa. xxx

Friday, 11 January 2019

Not What We Were Hoping For...

Hello Peeps,

I wish you all a VERY belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Miss H and I have been rather quiet on my blog lately because the placement she was soooo very excited about has not turned out the way she was hoping it would. In fact, Miss H has found it incredibly difficult as she struggles with their philosophy and teaching techniques. At times, it is just plain awful! But, thankfully, there are also some fun times like one little boy who rushes over to give her a hug each morning.

This was Miss H's first week back after a two week break in the middle of her 6 week placement for Christmas and New Year's. I am looking forward to showing you the coolio wall-hanging the Mother made her for Christmas and the presents Miss H made for the Mother that she managed to keep a surprise (Miss H is terrible at keeping presents as surprises because she gets sooooo excited about what she is making for the person and how much they will love it that she can't resist telling them! Oh dear!). But for this first blog post in 2019, I wanted to show you what Miss H has been stitching over her placement (to keep herself sane)!

This little hedgehog and praying mantis are for a cushion Miss H is planning which uses up the leftover fabric from a charm pack. The charm pack was used to make a wall-hanging so the cushion will pair nicely. 

How cute is this golden retriever? No plans have been made yet as to what he will be used for. 

These two sets of camping themed stitcheries are going to be made into bookmarks for Miss H's library that has taken over the spare room. 

Quack! Quack! Quack!

I think this one is shrimply the best!

Roses are red!
Miss H's favouritest flower are roses.

Miss H finished this stitchery just before Christmas but there wasn't time to make it into a mini quilt. 

Miss H's Auntie went to a quilt shop last week and when she came across this fabric she instantly thought of Miss H. 

Isn't it gorgeous? It has words related to birds.

And this matching fabric has the most beautiful birds on it. Look at those amazing flowers, too!
Miss H can't wait to make it into something... the hardest part is what should she make?

Love from
Baa. xxx

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Face Cloth Presents

Hello Peeps,

Miss H has really started to LURVE crochet. Especially because it can be taken EVERYWHERE! However, it is also because as the weather grows hotter and hotter with the approach of Summer, Miss H's hands get sweaty which leaves stains on the fabric when she is stitching. So, away goes the hand stitching and out comes the crochet. And it is a lot safer for Summer holidays with friends as they have little kids and Miss H is notorious at losing her scissors or needles when hand stitching.

So I thought I would show you some crochet presents Miss H made for some of her classmates.

They are square(ish) crochet face cloths done all in double crochet. Miss H looked at a few patterns but just worked out how many chain she wanted as she went - hence the different sizes. Hee..hee...hee...

I am somewhere under all those cloths!!!

Ah... that is much better! Here they are wrapped up ready to be given as gifts. 

Oh, and what do you do with left over wool. Turn it into the coolio-est little handbag/basket.
(Please note I am just the model - this handbag/basket is WAAAAAAAY too small for my chocolate stash! And it is PINK!!!)

Lots of love,
From Baa. xxx

Oh, and guess what! Miss H just found out where she is going on placement and it is the place that she was really hoping for so she is SOOOOOOOOOOO happy and excited. She starts the first week of December.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

More stitcheries

Hello Peeps,

Tomorrow (Friday) Miss H submits her final two assignments for this year. So why is she writing a blog post instead of doing study? Well, she has already finished them. YAY!!! Now, I need to convince her that she needs to get chocolate to celebrate so I can eat it all have some.

Miss H has completed lots more stitcheries for her "Made for this" quilt.

The duck and her duckling train has been completed. Isn't it coolio? I do hope that the last little ducky gets into the train though...

Miss H found this cute stitchery pattern that looks just like the Mother. 

Ewwww! Bugs! Hee..hee...

Looks like Snowy has learnt how to sit on a stool and drink tea like the Mother. 
And a vintage chicken timer. Did you ever have one of these? The Mother had one for a while until it broke - Miss H loved using it to time her baking. 

Summer is almost here! So that means bikini time is fast approaching... 

Norman the Gnome and the Christmas mouse. 
Guess what - there are only 6 weeks until Christmas!!! No wonder Christmas Mouse is soooo happy!

And speaking of Christmas... Here is a sneak peek of the theme the Mother has chosen for Christmas. Any ideas? 

Love From
Baa. xxx

Sunday, 28 October 2018

Mummy-Daughter Fun

Hello Peeps,

The Mother came down to Tauranga for the weekend. It was the last time to do what they wanted in Tauranga together before Miss H leaves at the end of November to go home. This has been the 3rd and final year of Miss H's degree so she will be moving back up to Auckland where she will do her 2 final placements in ECE centres.

Friday: The Mother arrived on Friday afternoon and once things were unpacked they headed to a tea cafe that had a whole menu filled with tea options.

First in the row from left to right is a green tea (it had a special name, but it was commonly called snail tea - though they assured me there were NO snails in it). Then, Golden Kenyan Milima tea - SOOOOO yummy! Even Miss liked it and she isn't that keen on black teas. The Mother loves both green and black tea which is why she got those two - and then shared them with Miss H. 
Miss H got the one on the right - Lovers Rose - a DELICIOUS herbal tea. 

In fact, Miss H and the Mother loved the last two teas so much that they bought some. The Mother is going to put the Kenyan one in the Christmas game that they play every year with friends, and the Lovers Rose will be used cold for the family Christmas lunch. 

After the tea cafe, they went op shopping and found lots of treasures. 
Friday was finished with a drink and slice from a lovely bakery. 

Saturday: started with a trip to Spotlight (of course, hee...hee...) to get fabric for Miss H's signed memory quilt of her three years of study. 

Then, the Mother and Miss H stopped at the Historical Village. Each building had a shop, cafe, or art gallery inside. One of the shops was a vintage shop and the Mother got a lovely top and Miss H got several white blouses to go with her vintage skirts that she recently got. 

 Doesn't it look like the perfect place to photograph a quilt? Miss h is planning on convincing a friend to some back and help her with a photo shoot. 
(Remember it is Spring in NZ)

Lunch was at their favourite cafe - which is vegan. 

The Mother's BBQ jackfruit burger...

...and carrot cake muffin!

Miss H also got BBQ jackfruit, but she got hers in a salad. 
Jackfruit is delicious and has the texture of pulled pork which makes it perfect as a plant based substitute in burgers. 

Miss H got a dark chocolate muffin for dessert. 

After the cafe, Miss H and the Mother went to the library where they got a stack of quilting books and magazines which they looked at snuggled up on the couch back at the house. 

After such a big lunch, toastie sandwiches were perfect for a light but delicious dinner. 
The day was finished by watching the All Blacks (rugby) beat the Aussies! 


Mmmmmmm... do I want the Mother's yummy fruit salad for breakfast

Miss H's...???
CHOCOLATE walnut fudge! I think I will have Miss H's!

Oh... Sorry, Miss H. Did you want some fudge too? 

After breakfast they headed to one of Miss H's university friends who had started a baby quilt when she came to do a placement in Auckland and stayed at our home. 
She didn't have time to finish it then, so we had a day of quilting on Sunday. 

Isn't it coolio? Miss A just needs to hand stitch the binding. 
Miss A made it for a friend's baby but she doesn't know if it will be a boy or girl so she decided on doing modern colours which she knows the baby's parents will love. 

And looky at the blue spot on the back. 

The Mother left just before dinner time on Sunday. It was such a wonderful weekend. 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend too!

Love from
Baa. xxx

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Stitching, Crocheting, EPPing

Hello Peeps,

It's Spring down in New Zealand - and how lovely it is! Although today has had a LOT of rain rather than sunshine.

Miss H has been on a break and starts again at university on Monday.

During her break, she has done some of her favourite thing - stitching! 

She found this beautiful fabric in the scrap box and decided it would be perfect surrounding a stitchery. It is all that's left of that fabric in their stash. 
 It is one of the few times Miss H has found the fabric before doing a stitchery. 

Miss H decided to stitch up this beautiful pattern by Jenny of Elefantz to go with the fabric.
Isn't it coolio? The red roses are my favourite, although the pink daisy is a close second. 

She also finished this cutie...

...and is part way through these noisy ducklings and their mummy. 
Both the squirrel and the duckling train will be added to her Made for This quilt

Miss H has also been busy with some crocheting.

After two failed attempts to make something with this ball of wool (one of the failed attempts turned into my coolio waistcoat), Miss H decided to make a set of dish cloths for the Mother for Christmas. (She did note that you are supposed to make them out of 100% cotton wool, but she has no idea what this is as she has lost the label - ah well, hopefully they will work.)

I can only show you one as the Mother has already see this one. In fact, this one perfectly matches my waistcoat. The other two are coming along nicely and look totally different. None are perfectly square or straight and this one curls up at the corners - but that is part of the joy of hand made things. 

You may or may not remember Miss H's massive Grandmother's Garden quilt project. Well, she has been continuing on that as well. 

Slow, slow, slowly... 
She's not sure at the moment whether she loves hexagons or hates them. 

Oh and in food news...

Miss H went to a friend's 21st and they had high tea! Because Miss H is gluten free now she had her own plate. Apparently it was delicious and did not at all taste like the usual nasty gluten free stuff that you get. I was definitely jealous of the brownie and banoffee pie cheesecake! 

Love from
Baa. xxx