My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Crafting at our house

I wasn't on dinner duties on Friday night so I thought I had a nice long creative evening ahead of me.
At the end of the night 11 measely crocheted fancy looking bobbles is all that I achieved —
I could blame Timmie-cat and say it's all her fault I was so slow but I'd better own up and say it was a very tricky part of the pattern which took me a while to nut out..... using 2 colours at once was a challenge too!

So at this point in time I can say my Mandala Madness is growing VERY slowly.
To see what other FNSI-ers got up to click *here* - it's always fun to see what others around the world are working on. Thank you Wendy for hosting us :-)

I said earlier on that I wasn't on dinner duty so I'd best explain. We now have flatmates with our YD and her hubby moving in. They've left the big smoke and are living and working in Northland now -yaay!! They've made the downstairs area very cozy and it's just like a small apartment :-)
Nice to see the quilt I made for her DH lovingly used :-)
As well as sharing dinner duties I now have another crafter in the house.
YD's first completed cross-stitch project —
She figured out the french knots by herself so I was most impressed!
She's now full steam ahead on her first major knitting project; a jersey for her wee dog.
( I say 'first major' as years ago she knitted a scarf for her pet pig.) (Do you detect a pattern there!)

It's nice to have the extra hands around. These are starting to come thick and fast -
Yes, new calves, the 'spring' calving season is upon us.
The chorus goes something like "Will you feed us"
In between time I'm trying to get a bit of quilting done on the mystery quilts I'd basted in my last post. Too many distractions and progress is slow!
I'm using Aurifil threads for this one and I'm very happy
with how they are going.
Best get back to it :-) Till next time,
Happy stitching ♥

20 comments:

Maria said...

Sew nice to have you DD and hubby staying with you and sharing dinner duty and also have help on the farm..
Your Manadla Madness is looking lovely and does look very difficult...
DD cross stitch is beautiful and I'm sure the wee dog loves having a new knitted coat...
Enjoy your quilting...

shez said...

good morning Raewyn ,wow lots going on at your place,wow your daughter is just as clever as you and how nice you have her and her hubby home with you.
Love seeing your baby calves,hope you have a good day my friend xx

sunny said...

How lovely to have help around the farm. I'm seldom on dinner duty, as DH is a much better cook than I am! Enjoy your stitching time.

Needled Mom said...

It is nice to have the extra help and I am sure they love it as much, if not more, than you do. Her cross stitch is beautiful. It will be so much fun to have someone to create along side of you.

margaret said...

Nice to have someone to stitch and share the cooking with and the twins will be soon be with you too what fun you will all have together.
Good to see the calves such dolefull eyes they have.
No doubt those bobbles are well and truly learnt now and will not be a problem next time.
Cross stitch looks lovely too

loulee said...

Its nice to have another crafter around, lots of inspiration for each other. Love your YD poppies, can she remember the name of the pattern etc? I would love to stitch that one.

Deb R said...

Soo lovely to have YD living with you...and a fellow crafter...ohh happy days!!

Lin said...

Well if it's any consolation your bobbles look perfect! Great fun to have your family around I am sure. xx

KaHolly said...

I know you're loving having your YD home, not just for the extra help! Plus, it's fun to have more creative energy flowing through your house! Now that you have 11 baubles done, the rest will be easy! Your quilting is coming along very nicely! I love cows! Have you seen that video of the cows listening to the jazz musicians? XO

Karen's Korner said...

Every little stitch helps. Nice to have another fellow crafter in the house. Enjoy.

desertskyquilts said...

Nice that you can divide the duties, and also double the fun at the same time!

Karen S said...

That crochet work looks gorgeous but very tricky. Glad it isn't on one of the big, last rows.
How lovely to have extras staying with you. Great company and wonderful help.
I am surprised you even have time to post when all the calving happening.

newsurfiegirl said...

Your crochet is looking amazing! YD's cross stitch looks fabulous too. It's nice to have someone else to stitch with isn't it?

Sue said...

How nice to have your daughter and hubby as flatemates, nice way of putting it!! We have our youngest son back 'flatting' with us, I am still waiting for that weekly dinner he promised to cook us!! Baby calves!! I visited a friends farm and cooed over the baby calves with their huge eyes, knobbly knees and loud cries.

kiwikid said...

Lovely to have your daughter and her hubby staying, very nice not to have to cook dinner! Your mandela is looking great, nice to have a helping paw with that too!! 😊 Busy time for you on the farm. The calves are very cute....love their big eyes, no doubt they let you know when they want food.

dotty and the owl said...

Your mandela is looking gorgeous and very complicated........how lovely to have someone to share your crafting time with.

Jennifer said...

How nice to have your daughter and hubby there with you and to have a crafty buddy in house to share craft time with. Love seeing the cows and their calves.

Jennifer said...

How nice to have your daughter and hubby there with you and to have a crafty buddy in house to share craft time with. Love seeing the cows and their calves.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Love the bobbles...they look very hard. What fun to have someone to craft with. I've done absolutely nothing.

Chookyblue...... said...

Nice to have the kids around..... I've got a pile of dairy calves at the moment to......