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