Friday, 26 August 2016

Up Up & Away

What have I been up to lately? Planning, planning, planning.....although this was planned quite some time ago and is finally happening!! 
Hayley and I are off to ........
 Megan will be joining us in Estonia (my family background is Estonian - hence the reason for the visit there) - we haven't seen Megan since she departed on her travels in March 2016! - I'm sure it will be quite emotional - the tissues are packed!  After a week or so getting to know Estonia we fly down to Italy for a few weeks!  .... a great holiday coming up with my two beautiful daughters!!! 

While away the inside of the house is being painted and some small renovations in the bathrooms will be happening so life has been rather busy working, packing up the house so all  books, ornaments, crockery from cupboards to be moved, etc have all found places - somewhere! My sewing room no longer exists as it is now a storage room! I sometimes questioned whether this was a good idea - but.... better than living with all this happening around me! 
Meanwhile I have found time to do a bit of crochet..... I think these will become a cushion - will take me forever to become a blanket - they are quite small! 
and .... more reading for my book challenge - "a book recommended by a friend"...... haven't read any of Michael Connelly's books before but am enjoying it so far.....

That's about all  from me for now..... will be back with stories of my travels! ....No stitching being taken - took some once before on a trip and didn't do a stitch! 

Happy Stitching
Asta

Monday, 8 August 2016

Hello!

Well.... here I am back again..... not that I've been anywhere.... but the time just seems to slip by and before you know it another week has disappeared!
Firstly I must thank the lovely ladies from the Fat 1/4 Birthday Swap.... some lovely fabrics with little extras were finally opened last Wednesday (my birthday).....
.... my "special" gift was made by Michelle..... she certainly "stalked" my blog to add in all the things I enjoy into the beautiful stitchery!
There were many reasons to enjoy my day - a long lunch with a good friend and dinner with another dear friend, Dzintra.... many birthday greetings sent by various means of technology..... and some beautiful flowers from Hayley and her partner.....

But, I must back-track a little...... before my birthday it was time for OPAM and although the update here is a little late I did finish another felted bowl for the end of July.......

That though was the only "creation" I've managed to finish of late..... but did buy this little kit from Anni's lovely shop.... after seeing it on her emailed newsletter - hopefully will be made in time for Xmas!
And.... of course I'm still reading - though this book was not part of the "reading challenge" I'm taking part in.....
This was one of my favourite Agatha Christie "who done it" stories from all those years ago....but as I was reading it I did remember who the "culprit" was so though I did read it to the end it did spoil it a bit.... 
So that's about it for now...... will be back soon again.... till then.

Happy Stitching
Asta

Monday, 11 July 2016

Just A Little Catch Up

Well what have I been up to lately?... Not a lot!..... Another "bowl" sits ready to be felted....

Then ended up with my kneck "out of sorts" so after a couple of weeks decided I should visit the doctor - a pinched nerve was probably the original culprit - maybe take a break from knitting! Who would have thought a tiny knitted bowl could cause so much inconvenience!!
So no crafting is happening here but I have been reading and now another challenge can be ticked off my reading list...... "A book written by an author with the same first name as you". Well.....there were very few books that fitted that category but while searching came across this  book - "Asta's Book" by Barbara Vine (aka Ruth Rendell) and what a good book it was!! "Obsessively readable" said one review and it certainly was!!
I bought the book through Fishpond for $8 - it came through their 2nd hand book warehouse..... the book was reasonably well used with the original sticker on the back showing it had been bought from Dubai Duty Free.... I wonder what tales the book could tell as to where it had journeyed from there to me!!

While not doing any crafting I did spend time in my sewing room - tidying, looking, thinking.... and am contemplating this project next - have some larger ones but thought a smaller one - achievable within a month might do for now.... (not started yet though!)

Then last Saturday arrived and I decided after a week of miserable weather (and work) I NEEDED some retail therapy so I took myself off to my favourite local patchwork shop.....
....and some lovely flowers came home too.... :) 
That's about it for now....the knitting and sewing are sitting there to be worked on but I'll give my kneck a bit longer to recover...

Till next time.... happy stitching!!
Asta

Thursday, 30 June 2016

A Birthday, A Reunion & OPAM

Here we are at the end of another month and already half way through the year!! 
This time of the year it is time to celebrate my younger daughter Megan's birthday..... as she is off travelling..... still ..... and will be for a while yet her birthday cake has to be sent via means of technology........
....although this present made and filled with some of her favourite chocolates has gone via "real" mail! 
Meanwhile another felt bowl has been made.....which will be a gift for a friend.....
And while I was away on holidays a couple of weeks ago just a few purchases were made - some to add to my stash others with a definite purpose - including another ball of wool for yet another felted bowl!....perhaps I'll keep this one for myself.....
Last weekend a visit to Sydney for a school reunion of...... my 6th class primary school!!! It had been at least 50 years (!!) since I had seen some of the class members and out of a class of around 50, more than half turned up for the reunion.....and surprisingly we were able to identify each other quite well considering the years in between.......We had a reunion about 20 years ago but not as many turned out then but we have decided that we should now get together every 5 years.... not 20 at our age! The reunion was held at the Kirribilli Club in Sydney and as we all caught up with each other this was the view we overlooked....
And..... here is little Miss Dora soaking up the sun on these bleak cold days that we have been having lately!! (Mr Mezzie must have been in front of the heater!) 
The little stitching I had done this month for OPAM was Megan's purse and the felt bowl...have spent most of the time reading but more on that next time.... time to cosy up in front of the heater with my knitting. 

Thanks for popping by.... till next time
Happy Stitching
Asta

Monday, 20 June 2016

A Little Holiday

Well it's now been just over a week since I got back from a very relaxing 2 week holiday up north visiting my sister, Linda..... 
Some supplies were purchased along the way..... more felted bowls?

An overnight stay in Sydney before I was back on the road with a late lunch at the beautiful Hunter Region Botanical Gardens.....
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 While away we caught up with an "old" and dear friend, Margaret... we grew up together as children living next door to each other... then went off in different directions and over the past few years have "found" each other again! She now lives not far from Linda so a perfect chance to catch up over a delicious lunch at The Old Bank Cafe in Gladstone......

Another lunch out - at the Westport Club......our view over the Hastings River at Port Macquarie.....
 ...... we did enjoy the occasional lunch at home....
....and a picnic lunch....

With all that eating we did have to "hit the pavement" with a bit of walking.... here we are out on the break wall 
Linda said I wasn't wearing my hat properly in this photo!

 The weather wasn't always so kind as we were hit by "that" big low that travelled down the coast....

 
 Time for a little op-shopping ....... an old ironing board to be used as a potting bench in the garden (love the orange colour) and a lovely old chair that just needs a little TLC...
All too soon it was time to start heading southward bound for home..... along the way a stop at a quaint little town - Nabiac - and another old chair was fitted into my car!
Talk about timing....who should I run into in Nabiac but my other sister Vivien and her husband on their way north to visit Linda as well!!

Another couple of nights stop over in Sydney with mum and dad.... and while dad kept the "home fires burning" mum & I are shared a girls day out at Chatswood.
So... did I add to my stash while away? Of course!  But that will all be in my next update......together  with my latest projects.

Till then.... Happy Stitching!
Asta

Sunday, 29 May 2016

A Quilt Finish & Other Bits

Well, here it is....my "secret sewing" finished! It will be "gifted" to my sister, Linda, living up the north coast early this week when I will be heading up her way for a short holiday! 
The front.......

The back..... all Kaffe Fassett fabrics!

The felt bowl...all dried to shape now.....

And who would have guessed that I'd find a book in my Agatha Christie collection to complete another book challenge!! "A book published the year you were born" (1953) can now be ticked off.

My weekend finished with the final show for the play I have been stage managing for the past month - the 10 actors all being aged between 12 - 16 (our senior youth group) I thought it was appropriate to make these for our after show party......


Chocolate Crackles!! (It's been years since I made these!)
I was given this beautiful gift as a "thank you" from the cast - all really great kids to work with!

And to finish off.... here is the most senior member of my household - 17 year old Mezzie - soaking up the early morning sunshine! (It is old in cat years.)... he is a beautiful family member who is always looking for cuddles...... 

Till next time..... happy stitching!
Asta

Monday, 16 May 2016

... and 2 weeks later...

Yes....time does fly and here it is just over 2 weeks since I was last here!.... a bit of catching up to do....

Well the needles were clicking away after my purchase of wool and a knitting book....
 to this.....

 then after felting to drying into shape......
 ...still drying as we speak but hoping it does stay in shape as a little bowl! 
Mug mats were finished a couple of weeks ago but had to be "gifted" before I could show them here.....
 ...using one of Anni's patterns from Gossip in the Garden - a mug mat for my friend Dzintra for her birthday and using hexagons (love EPP!) a mug mat for my dear Mum for Mother's Day.....

And talking about Mother's Day - my "travelling overseas" daughter Megan - now in England as her working stint in the French Alps finished mid-April -  sent me her Mother's Day message from a break wall in Kent!...
(Last year it was a big cardboard sign from Sweden!) 

 My secret sewing is still on-going.....
 ...but just today I handed it over to be quilted - and hopefully should have it back early next week to sew on the binding - this is being "gifted" at the end of the month so you could say we are under a little pressure here!!
                                                This.....

is now finished and I can tick off my book challenge list "a book with a number in the title". I did a bit of research about the title following on from a comment on my last blog and discovered that this book was published in England in 1939 under this title, in 1940 in United States under the title of "Ten Little Indians" and over the following years has been published and written as a play under the title of "And Then There Were None".....(thanks to Google) 
Our local theatre's latest production which I'm stage managing has now started so rehearsals are over - they always seem to take up so much more time than the actual show and except for the occasional Sunday matinee most shows are in the evenings so weekends are free again....time once more to catch up with friends over lunch... 


And if the sun hasn't quite got there yet climb to a higher spot!

Happy Stitching.... and thanks for visiting!
Asta