Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Advent with Pallets

Hello Paw-Pals,

The Mother works at a community centre/church not far from home.  A week or so ago the boss and Pastor of the community centre/church said "Karen we need something creative for Advent - we usually just have a little wreath and 4 small candles on the Altar table. You can do something better, can't you? Oh, and as usual - no budget! Ha!"

A night on Pinterest and TA DA...! ( The Mother does love Pinterest )

Yep, pallets are free down at the industrial area.  We brought them home and the Boss chopped a few up so the Mother could paint them white shabby chic style and then stencil the words on.

That's me!  The Mother says I bring her Joy!

And here they are all displayed in church.  Pastor Jo was very happy!

Joy and Love.

Hope and Peace.  One candle is lit each week - starting with hope.

Doesn't Luna (affectionately known as Loony, Lunatic, the Loon) look beautiful against the pretty blue flowers?

Slobbery kisses,
From Snowy! Woof!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

2017 Christmas Theme

Hello Peeps,

The Christmas theme for this year is...

The Nutcracker!

Isn't he a handsome fellow? 

Do you know how the Nutcracker came to be? 
Miss H found the original version (translated into English) of E. T. A. Hoffman's "The Nutcracker" which also contains the story of the "Hard Nut" that tells how the Nutcracker came to be. 

Here is a hint. 
Miss H is planning to have the Christmas themed dinner on Christmas Eve and will tell the story. But first she needs to rewrite it to make it shorter as it is quite looooog. 

Oh, and here is a sneaky peeky of the Mother's Nutcracker themed wallhanging. Miss H made one too. They just need binding put on. 
I think Snowy is in trouble - look at him snuggling up with the wallhanging! I hope he isn't get it dirty!!! 
Love From,
Baa. xxx

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Made for this...

Hello Peeps,


What do a flamingo, vintage telephone, and a cheeseburger have in common? 

(Apart from being handstitched...)

Well, it goes back a couple of weeks ago...

Miss H was looking through her numerous projects for something to whip up quickly. She couldn't find anything though, so she looked in the stitchery jar...

This is the stitchery jar where most of the stitcheries go to wait for the Mother or Miss H to make them into something - some have waited for years... 

Inside the jar Miss H found an assortment of stitcheries (including the above ones). Then she remembered some fabric she had found that would go perfectly with the stitcheries. 

This poor fabric was once a jelly roll which Miss H was going to use to make a quilt for the Mother. But then the plan was changed, and instead the Mother was given the fabric. Once again, ideas changed and it was given back to Miss H where it sat until she thought of something to do with it. By that time it was already cut into smaller pieces.

And now, at last, she has! 

Originally Miss H was going to surround a few stitcheries to make into smaller projects...

...but then she thought, "Why not make them into a quilt? Then they will all have a use!"

Unfortunately her next thought was that if she is making a quilt out of all the stitcheries that she thinks are cute, funny, or weird that she will need to make even more!!!

So instead of designing something to quickly whip up, she created another big project for herself... oops!

Hand stitching makes her happy though! Plus, she is choosing all sorts of quirky stitcheries to do that she really wanted to stitch but had no use for. 

Like this sword, hanging terrarium, and mouse with a cuppa.

These stitcheries have truly been made (and are being made) for this quilt. 

Love from
Baa. xxx

P.S. Did you know that Fiji has only ever won 1 Olympic medal. Only one! It was a gold (wow!) in the Rugby 7's at the 2016 Summer Olympics. As you can imagine they were sooooo proud and happy that they decided to print $7 commemorative notes!

 How coolio is this note? It has the whole team on it. 

It is legal tender in Fiji. The Mother asked at every shop if they had one when she went on her cruise to Fiji. 
So next time you are buying something for $7 and have to use coins or get change, remember that in Fiji they have a convenient note you can use. 

P.P.S  Pop by this weekend to find out Miss H's Christmas theme for this year!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Woof! Woof! Ruff!

Hello Paw-Pals,

Is anyone still out there?

We have all be taking a break from blogging the last couple months, but Christmas is quickly approaching so we decided to start blogging again before the end of the year. Plus Baa and Miss H LURVE Christmas and are very excited for the theme that they have chosen this year.

But, it is still only November and my favourite human in the whole world has their birthday in November - the Mother! Woof! Woof! Woof!

Friends of the Mother and Boss have a bach (holiday house) on the Coromandel and every New Year's - well, every holiday no matter the season - that is where we go. Unfortunately, they do not allow the four legged kind inside the house (woof!) and so we have to sleep in a tent or the converted garage.

But there is also this caravan which is usually used by Miss H and her friend Kit Kat. The Mother had an idea to shabby chic it and then it would look nice enough for her to use when she goes down to the beach. 

The caravan was put on the property 11 years ago and hasn't moved or had a warrant of fitness since. 

This tree grew up and trapped the caravan in. It will never leave again. 

The curtains are raggedy and ripped. Miss H and Kit Kat put up with it as it was a place where they could get away from everyone and relax. 

The beds are quite comfy! 

As you can see, it is very dated and old. 

A few years ago the Boss built this double bed. It gets my stamp of softness!

At some point in the last eleven years, the kitchen was taken out - but it wasn't until recently that they decided to cover the giant hole in the floor (under the blue mat). Yes, Miss H and Kit Kat had to use -4 degree Celsius sleeping bags to stay warm!!!

Here I am hard at work helping the Boss take the handles off the drawers. 

Zzzzzzzzzz... it was a loooooooooong day. 

The Mother, Boss, Miss H and I have given it a complete make-over and I hope to show you in the next couple of weeks once it is all finished. 

Love From
Snowy. Woof!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Left Behind :(

Hello Peeps,

The Mother has sailed away on a cruise heading to a few Fijian islands with the Boss and friends. Snowy and I teamed up and tried to hide in her luggage so we could go too, but... the Mother found us. Ooops!

Now Snowy just looks longingly into the distance waiting for the Mother to come home (he has separation anxiety, poor thing).

Don't worry though - he is going to get lots of walks and treats, plus Miss H will let him on the couch for snuggles (shh, don't tell the Boss). Hee...hee...

While the Mother is away Miss H has decided to do some craft that she hasn't done for a while. 

These "L-O-V-E" letters were once very pretty covered in scrap-booking paper but now they have been dreadfully faded after living in Miss H's window sill for a couple of years, so she decided it was time for a change up...

She stripped off the paper and was left with the original make over of the plain brown letters. 

After a little sanding Miss H used modge podge to attach stamps. These are the first two completed letters.

Aren't the stamps beautiful? They are pieces of art in miniature. Miss H used a mixture of very old stamps and newer stamps. 

Tonight Miss H is sitting down with some stitching of London-themed patterns while watching The Sound of Music. Miss H realised that her 6, 5, and 3 year old nieces know more about it than she does (she hasn't seen the movie as far as she can remember) when they wanted to play it with her. They assigned her the role of "governet" before explaining the story to her and she wants to be more knowledgeable next time they play. Hee...hee...hee...

Love From
Baa. xxx

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Jeans Bags!

Hello Peeps,

The Mother and Miss H used an old pair of jeans each to make two denim bags.

Aren't they coolio?

The Mother's is made out of more traditional denim and is extremely comfortable. 

Of course birdies are the prefect choice for everything, including denim!!!

Miss H's was made out of black denim - not as comfy!!!

It is Alice in Wonderland themed, complete with a red rose (which is not at all covering up a hole...). 

The Mother had some of the coolio-est multi-coloured thread. Perfect for the straps of Miss H's bag. 

Here are the backs of the bags - sparkles and classic denim. 

Love From
Baa. xxx

P.S. From Snowy:

I went to the groomers. Don't I look handsome?