Monday, June 27, 2016


This morning I'm heading off to a new Patchwork Class with my neighbour.  I'm quite looking forward to it.

I found a few small UFO's that I can take with me to work on.  But I think I will be gas bagging more than sewing! I'm hoping there are some ladies there of a similar age to me.

After we get home, I will be turning around and going out again.
I want to return the carpet samples and get the carpet square ordered.

Then I'm getting some slippers, I've been meaning to for ages but never got around to it.  I'm going to check out the local Warehouse, so will probably get the slippers there.

I've got a few more photos of activities yesterday:

ABOVE:  Little Archer learning the trade.  He is just so adorable, getting tools off Steve's belt and trying to use them.

ABOVE:  I was worried he would thump Steve on the head with that hammer!  Archer can be quite.... rough!  But, oh so cute.

ABOVE:  The sewing room wardrobe with shelves, and everything in it's place at last.

ABOVE:  I am just so bloody happy with my sewing room!  

ABOVE:  I got this lovely card in the mail on Saturday!  Thanks Felicity! 

And now... I am off to get ready for the day.


OMG another really wet, shitty cold day here.
I can certainly tell we are back in the Waikato!

Patchwork class was nice... it's quite a large group!  I ended up just chatting for 2 hours!
Next time I go the group has a guest coming to sell/show laser cut patterns.  I've already put a deposit on one.
Quite a few of the ladies have done the same.

Now I am home awaiting the arrival of an Electrician to give us a quote on adding some powerpoints and a couple of other smallish jobs around the house.

The heater is ON, my feet and hands are frozen!

GRIFFIN just learnt a big lesson.
When Mum tells you to put the cherrios (little sausages), in a container with a little water, and zap them in the microwave for 1 minute... she DOESN'T mean PUT THEM IN A METAL POT, then put the pot in the microwave!!!!!

I could smell a dreadful smell in the house, took me a while to figure out what it was!

KIDS.  You would think by that age he would KNOW ... clearly not.  My bad.

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Today the guys are making the two garden sheds, rain or not.

There's a few other jobs on the list, but all I really want done is shelving in the sewing room wardrobe.  Then I can get it properly finished and I will be like a pig in mud. 

ABOVE:  The little Harvey boys, playing with the new toys.  They love them as much as Amanda and Andrew's kids, and Keera.

ABOVE: The two solar lights the guys mounted by the driveway last night.  Hopefully I can now tell which is our driveway when I come home in the dark.

Well, time to get moving, and supervise the jobs!  Oh and play with little boys of course.  *smiles*


Well... clearly I slept in! Poor Steve is out in the pouring rain assembling garden sheds. I feel dreadful. It's so cold and wet today. He really is a wonderful son!

Dante had coco pops for breakfast, and now he's hyper energetic and all over the place.  Archer is having a ball chasing the dog's tails, they seem to be irresistible!  

ABOVE:  My sewing room is a mess again, as I've had to haul everything out of the wardrobe so Steve can make the shelves later on today.  That's Bex and Archer tidying up my wool. 

Well OK, Archer isn't really helping, in fact he got all tangled up himself and had to be rescued!  *smiles*

 ABOVE:  The boys watching Stew and Steve building the first shed.
Once it's made, Steve is doing my shelves, then if he has time he will assemble the 2nd shed.

 ABOVE: Tallulah has spent a lot of time growling... she didn't recognise the guys in their raincoats! 

ABOVE:  The weather is so fickle today.  Torrential rain, then lovely sunshine. When it rains it's bloody freezing!

ABOVE:  the solar lights in the daytime, charging up in the sunshine.

ABOVE:  The first shed almost finished, with Dante driving around on the baby motorbike.  He put the first little dent in the shed!

 ABOVE:  Sadly this bike runs on a recharge battery, so it doesn't last for long, maybe an hour?
Just enough time to have fun.

ABOVE: Bex made a lovely banana cake for afternoon tea.   Steve put the shelves up in my sewing room after the first shed was made, then he went out and made the 2nd shed.

The 2nd shed didn't take as much time as the first one.  

I've got chicken casserole in the oven for dinner.

Steve, Bex and the boys are leaving for home after dinner.

Then it will be time to relax for the evening and  watch two programmes we've been following, that are ending tonight.   Blindspot and The Family... both have been very interesting to watch.

Saturday, June 25, 2016


Today I can finally reveal our finished lounge:

ABOVE: Throught 'the gap' is the front door to the left and my sewing room.

 ABOVE:  In the front door entrance is the antique credenza, and behind it is our big mirror, that is waiting to be hung up on that wall.  I hope it gets done this weekend.

ABOVE:  It is a lovely, warm and inviting room.  The kids watch their programmes in here, and Stew watches sport in there too.

While he's doing that, I'm in the family room watching CORONATION STREET!  lol

ABOVE: Yesterday morning I was sitting in my chair in the family room, and I could see the girls in Brylee's bedroom.  They were just sitting on the bed, staring at me!

ABOVE:  They have a good view of the back yard from there.  I think they are really enjoying their new home.  So many places to lie in the sun and enjoy the view.

Now, today.
We are going down to the local carpet court to suss out some carpet samples to bring home.  We are getting a really big rug made to go in the Family Room, to protect the carpet from track marks.

And then it will be on with some more jobs around the house and yard.

I think Stew and Steve are going to be building garden sheds tomorrow.  


3.34 pm:  Well today is the first day I can say I've been really COLD!  It's wet and miserable out there.

We went down to the local shops, picked up some carpet samples and the garden sheds, took them home then headed into Hamilton.

While there we got the kids more jeans and sweatshirts, a new cuddly blanket for me... cos it is such a pretty dusky pink!  Another clothes airing rack, and a BBQ cover. Solar lights for the front driveway, so we can tell where our house is in the dark, and a little wooden stool for the front door area, to sit and put your shoes on with.

ABOVE:  While it was nice shopping, all I really wanted to do was come home and get warm... and I also felt rather ikk today.  Just so tired!

 ABOVE:  The little stool in the front entrace.  It's very solid, but not too big.

ABOVE:  The carpet samples we chose to bring home.  I've already made up my mind which one I want to go with.  

Steve, Bex and the boys are on their way.  Hopefully the weather stays rain-free so the guys can get the sheds built tomorrow.

Well the kids arrived safe and sound.
We are now enjoying a few wines and beers (the guys)... and watching Stewy cook dinner.  My night off.

Friday, June 24, 2016


Yesterday afternoon I had a visit from 'A' from next door.  She lives with her hubby, 'C'.  They are both retired.

Anyway, she is a sewer/quilter like me, she's been doing it for a similar amount of time as me too.

She came over to invite me to go with her next Monday to one of the quilting groups here in Cambridge.  Of course I said 'Yes'.  *smiles*

She was lovely for coming over and inviting me.
So far we have meet three of our neighbours.  

Today I am actually at the 'titivating' stage!!!
You know, tweaking things, moving things, hanging things, admiring things... lol.

And doing some housework.  The washing needs to be done and hung on drying racks, it's too wet outside to hang it... HANG IT!

Ha!  My new clothesline is not up yet.  So it has to be racks for now.

I don't mind DARLING... I know it's been too dark when you get home to get it up.  *smiles*

At some point today I shall be ringing around for an Electrician to come and do some work here.  We desperately need more power points!
I can't believe how few there are here.
Oh and we would like some lights above the kitchen sink.  At the moment when you stand at the sink you have lights behind you, and you are working in shadow.

So hopefully I can get someone to visit early next week.

Now, how about some photos from last night?  Yeah.... you know you want to see 'em!

ABOVE:  Gotta love this set up!  Littlies at the bench, Bigs at the table.  *smiles* 

 ABOVE: Master Smiley... little Liam ... what a poser!  He loves having his photo taken.

 ABOVE:  Cutie Emily... another cheesy smiler!

ABOVE:  Little Miss Muppet, giving me one of her reserved smiles.

 ABOVE: I just bought these new toys for the toy box.  The three of them loved them and played with them for ages.

ABOVE:  there's some advantages of having a lovely long kitchen!  They made a lot of noise, but were so happy!

Well... that's it for now.
I plan on being much lazier today!


Well I have been pottering around, got the washing on... feeling very content with my lot today.

 ABOVE:  Our bedroom.  When we bought the house, we thought the master bedroom was fairly small.  How did we get that so wrong?  It's huge!

 ABOVE:  Taken from our bedroom ranchslider.  Looking back ... that window in the distance is the Kit/Din/Family room.

 ABOVE:   Looking the other way.  As you can see, all our neighbours are a nice distance away.  And shielded by hedges, so it's quite private.  Well... except for the neighbour directly behind us.  I hope that hedge grows taller!

They have NO curtains, which we find a bit weird.  We can watch their big screen TV from our kitchen!

ABOVE:  It's a funny day today, some rain, then beautiful sunshine.  Ha ha, I fink that's called SHOWERS.  lol

I popped down the road this morning to get a few little things... and as I walked up the main shopping street there was a rather elderly lady coming towards me.
She was smiling at me, so I smiled back.

Then she said "Nice bosoms".

Now just what do you say when an old lady says THAT to you?

A myriad of ideas came to mind, but in the end I just said "Thank You"... and continued my walk!

It gave me a right chuckle.  *smiles*   

After lunch today I just kinda wound down... lost any energy I might have in reserve... so lay down and had a nap.

It wasn't really a good idea, cos you always wake up feeling like shit.

But... I am fine again now.  Dinner is on, washing is on and I'm looking forward to a lovely evening, Coronation Street is on.  Yaaa hoo.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


Well... today I'm going to make a start on the sewing room boxes.  I did contemplate unpacking a few last night after dinner, but I just couldn't drag me sorry butt off me chair!

So... there's about 13 boxes and a few other smaller containers full of sewing stuff, and by the look of it, toys and odds 'n' ends.

ABOVE:  it seems daunting looking at them all!

ABOVE: Silly Tallulah all alert and interested... by a parrot on the TV last night.  She's so funny.   
We have Amanda, Andrew and kids coming for dinner tonight, so I better remember to get food out of the freezer. 


10.17 am: ONE.... BOX..... DONE.  Phew!

11.00 am:  THREE... yes... THREE DONE NOW.

12.29 PM:   And I have lost count.  Maybe 5? 6?
Whatever number it is... I am slowly getting there!
I've stopped for a lunch break.  

ABOVE:  It looked so TIDY before I started on the boxes.  But ... ya have to make a mess in order to get it all sorted. 

AND... 8 hours later... It's done!

 ABOVE:  All my fabric is found and put away again.  I've not had a chance to drool.... yet.  I'm too busy... and tired.
Maybe tomorrow.

 ABOVE:  There's still a bit to do to make it tickety boo... but it's close to being totally finished.

THIS is why it's not quite finished:

ABOVE:  Ummm... Steve?  Stew?  Anyone?  I need more shelves!

On a whole, I'm cuffed with my new sewing room.  It is all I have ever dreamed of having.  And I can sit and watch what's going on outside while I sew.  LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.

And now... I have to turn around and get dinner ready.  *sigh*  It's the last thing I feel like doing... but as we have visitors for dinner, I better get a move on.

9.43 pm:  well dinner went well... the family liked my pie and veges.  The grandkids had fun with all the toys in the toybox, lots of happy noise.  They have gone home now and the house is quiet again.
Time to relax and head off to bed in an hour or so.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Well... while there are heaps of jobs still to do around this new home of ours, most of them are ones that involve having Stew and Steve build sheds and the like.

My efforts have been concentrated on getting the inside of the house sorted.

I've finally got most things done, with just the sewing room to go!

That is my job today. I hope to have it finished by the end of the day. Fingers crossed I will find the few 'missing' things in that room too.

We have a garden waste 'bin' arriving today. It will be somewhere to put all the grass clippings and so on. Everything is slowly coming together. It won't be long now before we will be truly settled in. *smiles*

We are supposed to have wet weather for the rest of the week, so if it's raining at 8 am this morning, I will be driving the kids to school...

*sigh*... that means getting dressed early!

Shame I can't just jump in the car in me pj's! But knowing my luck and Murphy's Law, I'd get a flat tyre and end up on the side of the road in me pj's!

Nah, not a good idea. Clothes. I will wear 'em.


OOOOh! I just remembered... the bedside drawer for the spare bedroom is being delivered today too.

10.22 am: I did end up taking the kids to school. Hopefully Griffin has a better day today. He's really struggling to adjust, he always has been like that.

He doesn't take big changes too well. I can remember when he went to Kindy, he used to cry and vomit EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. For 2 years! And he did the same at school till he was 5 and a half.


 ABOVE:  But... I found them again in the sewing room.  Yaa, now I can SEE how much I lose each week in the marble jar.

ABOVE:  I am making some progress.  I have got most of the stuff that doesn't belong in there out... it's piled up in the hallway waiting to be put away.

Our garden waste bag has arrived, they put it in exactly the same place the previous owners had it.

The bedside drawer will be here within the hour... so the day is going great.

ABOVE:  How's that for a perfect match to the bed!  I'm very happy with it.  Now I need to find or make a little 'doilie' for it, and get a bedside lamp.

Right, back to the sewing room...

11.18 am:  And I'm taking a break from the sewing room.  It's quite daunting looking at 13 boxes waiting to be unpacked!

I will have to drag them all out into the hallway, and just do one box at a time, sorting out where everything will go slowly.  It's awesome that there's a double wardrobe to put stuff in as well as the shelving.

But OH man, I'm already tired.

ABOVE:  EVERY freakin' time I turn around, I run into a dog!  So, I got mad and yelled at them.  Poor girls.  They took themselves off to their bed in the garage!

ABOVE:  Well, it's 2.15 pm and the room has all it's furniture in it.  I was surprised I managed to fit in my BIG Horn Cutting Table in there too.

ABOVE:  Now to unpack the boxes!  But I'm taking another break.  It was bloody hard getting that table in there I can tell ya.

ABOVE: The 'business end' of the room.  

Ha ha!  I lay down on the couch at 4 pm and fell asleep till 6!  So no more work done on the sewing room today.
I will continue with it tomorrow.

Winding down... watching some TV. Then bedtime a bit later.