Thursday, 9 January 2014

Dont Mind me I'm just stitching..

Christmas is well and truly a memory with all the Christmas decorations away.
I am starting to enjoy my holidays now that I have been able to get a bit of crafting done.
There has also been some socialising. I had a wonderful day out with Elyte, Robin, Jo, Anne and Annie on Tuesday with a trip to Threadbare in Castlemaine. What an amazing shop! There were so many beautiful fabrics and all I could manage to come home with were 3 threads that I hadn't been able to find locally. Pathetic isn't it, and I call myself a patchworker?
A few trips to the movies have eventuated. No 2 son took me to see the Hobbit movie, Mum and I went to see the Railway Man and I saw the Hobbit movie again today with the girls from work. I have enjoyed both movies and I have some more on my wish list to see before it's back to work.
Now to that stitching I mentioned.....
There has been some quilting on this....2 rows done, so many still to do.

Some stitching  here.. The March winds Stitchery from Kathy Schmitz...

Now just had to share some flower pics...
I have been waiting over 10 years for this orchid to flower. It seems it just needed the right position with enough light that it was needing to flower.
It is a crucifix orchid. I must say a very unattractive plant on the whole but if I have tolerated it for ten years in anticipation of a flower, I figure I can definitely tolerate it now that it has made spikes of flowers.
The flowers are just a little bunch of tiny blooms at the end of a very long spike. quite amazing really.
Hopefully it will flower again for me next year.

my hand to show the size of these babies.
No 1 son is doing a tour of Europe. While in London he visited the Harry Potter Exhibition. When it was in Sydney a few years ago we both really wanted to go but unfortunately we didn't make it. 
He sent me some postcards from the exhibition in the mail this week.





What a comedian!
I told him I want him to bring me home a house elf.

Cheers for now.... back to the stitching
Marina

25 comments:

Grit said...

Wow Marina, I love your stitching so much.
Greetings Grit

Jeanette said...

Lovely projects you are working on. Beautiful flowers. I would so love a house elf too. :). Hugs, xx

Michelle Ridgway said...

Glad you are enjoying your holiday. I visited Threadbare when we were in Castlemaine last year and it sure is an "ahhhh!" kind of shop. Loved it. Your quilting and stitching is lovely. I have some if those orchids growing too... Lovely!

Mistea said...

Good luck with that wish!
Sounds and looks like you're making the most of your Holidays post the silly season.
Enjoy all those holiday stitches.

Cath said...

I love your stitching. How lucky you are to get to the movies THREE times... I never seem to get there anymore.
Cath @ Bits 'n Bobs

Sue said...

Lovely stitching and pretty flowers. I hope your house elf comes along I need one as well!

Raewyn said...

Sounds like your holiday is going well Marina. Your stitching projects are gorgeous and the orchid was well worth the wait - such patience - I don't think I would have been able to keep the plant alive for that long! Fun postcards, a house elf would be so nice...!

Lib said...

Your son sounds as if he is enjoying himself, cross fingers you get your house elf lol. The orchids are so pretty and worth the wait!

Lin said...

Crucifix orchid! Those 'eyes' are more like the devil. Amazing flower though. Love your hexie quilting. xx

Susan said...

Oh wouldn't a house elf be a wonderful Christmas gift! Love what you're working on for the holidays. How are you hand quilting through the seam allowance of those hexies? The quilting looks just right. Your new stitchery is lovely too, great colour and such neat stitches. I have been doing one of Kathy's stitcheries too (a circle of seasons). Her designs are so good.

Christine M said...

Great stitching Marina. I love the comments on the postcards. Wouldn't everyone just love a house elf! I know I would.

shez said...

beautiful work as always Marina,a few of us are going to gold class to watch the hobbit this sat,we were to go a couple of weeks ago but they have been booked out.xx

Fiona said...

my last comment disappeared... the elf must have taken it!!!

I love your such neat quilting and the March stitchery... fun ones to do...
worth waiting for those orchid flowers.... I see faces in them??? and I love DS1' sense of humour... maybe he can bring an elf for me too.... pppplllllleeeeeaaaassseeee

Hugz

Wendy said...

Marina, your tiny stitches on the flower garden is just beautiful...and your stitchery is coming along nicely...I have these same stitchery's and need to finish them up...cute post cards as well...wouldn't it be nice to have a house fairy...then we could get more creative work accomplished.:)

Lynda said...

Very pretty hexagon and stitching. You're not alone - I have found myself walking out of shops with very little or nothing bought. I think it's because the stash is so healthy but I would sometimes like to buy something new. Love the postcards (my kids would too). They went to the exhibition when it was on in Sydney. How beautiful is your orchid! Worth the wait.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

very nice projects you are working on....

katherine said...

You sound happily busy. Great sewing and love the fact that your orchid has flowered for you after so long.

elliek said...

Can he bring me a house elf too PLEASE!!! Love all the stitching.

Sheila said...

Your stitching projects are lovely ! I guess the Hobbit must have been enjoyable that you decided to go again , I have been tempted but haven't made it there yet . Happy new year .

Karen said...

Great to see the quilting happening and the stitchery looks lovely.
The orchid is so pretty.

Josie said...

Your hand quilting is so neat... I'm so impressed. Love your windy day stitchery too. Hope you get your house elf ;o)

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your hand quilting looks lovely and your stitching is beautiful. Loved your son's cards, I could do with a house elf too!

O'faigh said...

Enjoyed seeing your stitching Marina, Hugs O'faigh

Elyte said...

Those hexagons are looking very, very nice. If you could wait for those vibrant orchids, then the hexagon quilting is nothing!
Don't you have 2 house elves already?

Janet said...

Lovely stitching, lovely flowers and some humour. And humour that I get, yet. :)