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

Wednesday, January 31, 2024


----comes to an end.
While it seems such a long time since Christmas and the New Year, I can't quite believe we are one month into 2024 already.
January has been a mixed month. We've had some long hot days, the odd cooler day, a lot of humidity and then none. We had a little rain at the start of the month but have missed out on much of what has fallen in Northland lately - even though we are only 45-60 mins west OR east to the coast, we have quite a different climate at times - they've had a good amount of rain this month. 
Which means things are drying out on the farm. The grass has changed and the MOML has started feeding out from our big stack of silage bales. 
(The kids have really discovered the bales this summer. The two older girls used to play on them a lot,  singing, acting and dancing.  The younger kids are now making their own games and fun on them.)
They'll be out of bounds soon as the bales will get moved around for the cows.
Soon the MOML will stop milking at night (just in the mornings) to reduce stress on the cows and the milker. Things change a lot in a month!

It's been a month of family busy-ness with visits from relatives and close family. We've child minded when parents returned to work. And dog-sat while their family went to the beach for a week.
The plums are never-ending, although I think, after this morning's pick, there will be just one more big pick of the main tree for the freezer. Add in the courgettes, cucumbers and tomatoes and I've made jam, pickles and chutney. The windfall apples are starting, and the Damson plums are ready to pick.
I've continued on with my daily hill climbs, just missing three days in January, and this morning I clocked over the 100kms mark for this month! Almost one seventh of my goal for the year.
It's always rewarding to get to the top of the first hill to see these great views —

I've fought with wee Tammy in the evenings trying to do handwork but have managed a few wee finishes. (She is slowly learning to do the cat-thing and nap in my lap instead of scragging and playing with everything I try to do!)
I had started this singlet back in November. A group of the ladies who belong to the stitching group at work are making singlets for a premature baby unit. 
It is my second one, and I have enough wool left for another, plus some beanies.

In my last post I shared that I started a wee Pin and Scissorkeep set, a pattern that I acquired up while at my Scrub Stitching retreat last April. I haven't yet made the scissor fob but when I get an empty night or two, I will 'whip it up' - it will be a fairly quick make.
My first make for this challenge was the pouch —
I had a big enough scrap left over from making the bag to line the scissor keep, so that was nice :-)
The pins are poked into the 'gusset' of the pin keep as the stitcheries are gathered around cardboard circles. I've filled it with crushed walnut shell. Check out those tiny cute scissors!
It was good to start the year well by meeting my Chookshed Chatterers challenge goal #6 of finishing these items.
I will link up with Deana's end-of-month link-up when I have posted this- there are a lot of people who have joined in so that's pretty exciting. 

There's been a bit of block sewing happening lately but I'll stop here as this is more than enough photos for one day!

'til next time,
happy stitches, 


  1. It seems to me there is lots of fun to be had on a farm if you're a child. The scissors and pin stitched pretties are sweet and the pouch is a lovely finish. All those preserves look delicious.

  2. I do love your scissor keep and pin cushion, what a lovely set. Must look out for a kit like that. Lovely busy month with lots of preserving and visiting. xx

  3. Seeing all the toycars in line... its a boything all over the world... my grandson of 3 does the same... ;)...

  4. you have been busy with farm life for sure and it looks like the perfect place for kids to have one adventure after another playing outside breathing in country air and leaving the electronic devices put away! I love to see kids actually playing outside

  5. Good to see family doing things together.
    Is this early to feed silage?

    That early morning walk...still and breathtaking. Lucky you!!

  6. Your stitched set looks lovely and using the blue floral for the lining ties it all in nicely. The kids look to be having lots of fun, as usual. Nice to hear that you are getting lots of produce. I love the photos from the top of the hill. The foggy one is gorgeous.

  7. Jam, pickle and chutney - so delicious! Plus lots of stitching too, such a busy life you lead.

  8. Bails make such great activity forts!! such fun... Great craft finishes you have done too...

  9. Lovely to see your chookshed challenge completed. You have had a very busy month.

  10. A very busy January for you with family ,walks and some stitching 🧵 as well.
    Well done on the No #6 challenge and sweet scissors ✂️ set.
    Maria lifeontheblock

  11. You live in such a beautiful part of the world and yes, those views from the top of the hills are worth the effort. Lots of yumminess there too.

  12. What an incredible view from your walks, the scissor keep and pin holder are very pretty well done

  13. I am in awe of all you accomplish--caring for kids, pets, animals, produce. When do you find time to stitch, and climb?!?
    Love seeing the kids climbing a round on the bales. Oh, how I loved climbing the hay bales on my grandparents' farm with my cousins.

  14. How cute is that Pin and Scissorkeep set!!! go so well with the bag - well done

  15. You always are so busy. Great to finish your bag and the scissor keep and pin cushion to put in it too.

  16. I love how country kids can make great fun with anything and that's an impressive leggo train.
    Lovely bag finish and the scissor keep and pin cushion are sweet.

  17. Always happy to see lots and lots of photos Raewyn!! It is so good the grandies can go and play outside and find fun things to do. You are going really well with your hill climbs!! Great finishes and photos for the end of Jan.

  18. Well done on keeping up with the walking, and also your first month's challenge. Hear me cheering you on, while I don't join you.

  19. You have achieved a lot, the project bag is lovely and the challenge done.. Well done! I love the photos from your walk. Hope you get some rain soon

  20. Quite a busy month and a lot has been done in between family activities. A busy Summer.

  21. You've got a lot done in all areas of your life! I love to see the photos of the farm, and the kids having fun... gorgeous stitching and great job on the jams and relishes! xx

  22. Wonderful projects and photos of the kiddos and those views!! Ahhh. You sound similar to us with the lake effect on our weather. Just 40 km away can be completely different. They get a lot more snow for example.


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