Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Blog #72 - A Busy Month

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Lots of travel this month.
Several trips to Palmerston North & Upper Hutt plus further afield.
Also a very sad month, but there were some happy times too.
The sadness was due to us having to say farewell
to one of Keith's lovely sisters, Bev
after the discovery of cancer a couple of months previously.
The first of Keith's siblings to pass away.
A few days prior to her passing we visited with her
and her final words to us were, "I'll see you in glory.  Bye for now",
and she began singing an old hymn we used to sing in church,
some of the words being,
"When the roll is called up yonder, I'll be there".
A woman of great faith.  We will miss her.
As you can see from the photo, she loved her garden.

Her garden was often visited by gardening groups
and over the years featured several times in the NZ Gardening magazine.
The happy time was that another of Keith's sisters, Dulcie & her husband, Stan,
travelled home to NZ from their home in Canada
to see and spend time with Bev and visit with the family.
Over the previous eighteen months Dulc had had an operation
followed by chemo and radiation.
In addition to all the family being at the funeral,
there was also a special get-together in Upper Hutt
for all the extended Whiteman family plus friends of Dulc & Stan's.
We were four days in Upper Hutt.
During that time Keith and I spent an evening
with my lovely cousin, Kevin Pepperell and his equally lovely wife, Merrill
to celebrate a belated 50th wedding anniversary,
and I met up with primary school friends, Jocelyn & Marie,
(Marie, Jocelyn & myself)
visited my 92 year old aunty at the Hutt Hospital
and lunched at Kev & Merrill's fabulous café - Café Blume,  *
(Anita, Kevin & granddaughter, McKenzie)
meeting up there with two of their three daughters,
Lee and Anita
(Lee, Merrill & Anita)
and I spent a morning at a wholesalers ordering lots of lovely new Christmas items
that I think visitors to the gallery will love to purchase this coming Christmas.
*  Since writing this, Kevin & Merrill have sold their café.
Returned home from Upper Hutt late one evening
and the next day Dulc & Stan arrived to stay with us for three days.
They left today to stay with another of Keith's sisters, Mave & her husband, Dave,
who live here in the Hawkes Bay.
Last night all six of us met at the 'Mission' to celebrate an early 70th birthday for Keith.
In two day times I leave for the States to attend the Needlework Trade Show
at Nashville, Tennessee.
I am SO looking forward to this trip as have not been for the past four years!
As for stitching on the plane,
 I'm taking a companion piece to
'Tidings of Joy' and 'O' Christmas Tree'.
I began stitching this a few weeks ago.
Design Title:  Joyeux Noel
Design Code:  JBW 336
Price:  $21.50
I should have lots of news for you next time.
Till then, sincerely hoping you have been able to have some time
with fabric, needle and thread in your hands.
We are truly blessed to have such a beautiful pastime.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Blog #71 - The Awesome Month of January

Wednesday,  17 January 2018

Christmas arrived - and went.
As per usual my Christmas gift from Keith was two jigsaw puzzles.
I know I have shared before that I am a "puzzle addict'.
Had finished both puzzles by Boxing Day evening.
They were  -  Sunset in Venice 
 &  The Baking Contest

 The baking puzzle was a lot of fun as one did not know what the picture would be.
One had to use their imagination.
And this was the result  -  absolute chaos!
I love creating puzzles as they involve my love of colour.
I call January my 'stress-free' month
as no monthly commitments of meetings, few deadlines, etc.
I can please myself what I do each day
without any guilty feelings.
Thus, spent a lot of time stitching and finishing the projects.
Finished the three little stockings I began in December
and stitched another set - this time more similar to Judy's original design.
Design Title:  Petite French Stockings
Design Code:  JBW 270
Price:  $15.00

I also stitched two versions of the following design -
Design Title:  French Country  -  Petite Stocking
Design Code:  JBW 173
Price:  $10.00
and finished them as ornamentals -

And stitched and finished a second version of Judy's lovely design, 'Tidings of Joy'.

However, this time stitched it over one fabric thread
and finished it as an ornamental.
Another JBW design I began stitching was a companion piece to 'Tidings of Joy'.
Design Title:  O' Christmas Tree
Design Code:  JBW 326
Price:  $21.50
One of the highlights of this month was meeting up with friends
(Yvonne & Jocelyn)  from "way-back".
Primary school days.
Below is one of our school photos -
Oxford Crescent School - Upper Hutt
Standard 3, 1959
Front Row, left to right:
Yvonne  -  6th girl
Jocelyn  -  7th girl
Me  -  last girl
I was 9 years of age.
Next month meeting up with Jocelyn again
and too, our friend, Marie.
Marie is pictured  -  second row, 5th girl.
No doubt there will be lots of happy memories to share.
We really did have a wonderful childhood.
Bye for now.