Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Blog #30 - Sampler Frisien 1750

Saturday,  24 January 2015  -
If you have been following my blog, in Blog #21,
I showed a reproduction sampler I had previously put aside
but picked up again and was determined to finish.

This is how it looked on the 8th of November 2014 -

and this is how it looks today
and when I finished it just before Christmas last year -

I am 
with it.
I especially
love the colours
in it
as they are
MY colours -
and greens. 

And to make
this sampler
a little unique,
I have added
my name
and the
year date
in which 
I stitched it
the year
of 1750
in which 
it was 

This particular design is a reproduction of an original 
from the extensive private collection of my Belgium friend, Gigi.

If you would like to stitch this piece for yourself,
please request a copy to be sent to you.

Details are:

Design Title:
Sampler Frisien 1750




Other designs by Gigi R can be seen at:
and are available from:  Heirlooms

1821 Pakowhai Road,   RD 3,   Napier   4183,   New Zealand

Phone & Fax:  +64  6  878  1260

Email:  heirlooms@clear.net.nz   or

Email:  barberryrow@clear.net.nz

More sampler stitching news in my next blog.


Saturday, 23 May 2015

Blog #29 - Christmas Day 2014

Tuesday,  30 December 2014  - 
By Christmas Day I was beginning to climb out of my big black hole -
but I wasn’t in a very festive mood and so Keith and the other menfolk
in my life took care of that day for me by hosting what Keith called,

“A Bloke’s Christmas”. 

 That is, he, our son-in-law, Ross, and our grandsons, Jacob & Jackson
took over the preparation, cooking, & cleaning up of the Christmas meals
whilst I spoilt and sat in the lounge like a lady and was waited on.
The only proviso for them doing this is that I was not allowed to complain
about how the day and meal was executed - but they did a marvellous job
and I was so proud and grateful to them all!
What a loving, thoughtful thing to do for me.
Melissa was supposed to do the same as myself
but as we celebrated the day at her home she could not cope with sitting still
and not doing anything and so ended up setting up the nibbles tray,
making a salad and setting the table.
A lovely day.
Returned home late afternoon and I began my traditional Christmas gift
of a jigsaw puzzle.
I receive a new one every year and enjoy myself for the next day or two
as I work on it and nothing else until it is finished.
(I am addicted to jigsaw puzzles and so restrict myself to one a year! 
Although, occasionally I will do another over Easter Weekend or Queen’s Birthday Weekend).
This years puzzle was one of numerous photos of William and Katherine -
the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.
Lots of pieces with teeth on them!
But SO lovely when finished.
I sincerely hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day
with lots of happy memories to treasure forever.