Sunday, January 28, 2024

January-ing .............................................

Greetings lovely friends & readers

This sweet miniature petunia is flowering so happily in Mum's pedestal pot - it makes me smile  😊

This past fortnight has been mainly about occupying the Grandsons - I am thankful that school returns here next Tuesday.    One hot sunny day I took Alec out to Raglan & we had a delicious lunch of fresh fish sitting outside on the cafe's deck with wonderful sea views.

Then we drove down to the beach where he spent a happy couple of hours digging for crabs - luckily the tide was going out & there were plenty to be found.

Yes we returned them back into the sea afterwards.

We went to the Berry farm to pick berries only to be told no more public picking til mid February ... so we ate berry icecreams instead.

Sid came lots of days & there was lots of crafting.  Yes they made weapons but they used their imaginations (& LOTS of cellotape!!!)

We went to the movies twice & saw the film Wonka & a wonderful movie called Migration.  We are so lucky here in our small town to have the most special movie Theatre still running & filled with all manner of antique movie-related memorabilia.

In between entertaining the Grandsons I managed to stitch a teatowel for my friend Gail's birthday next week.  This is a free download from my dear friend Jennifer - you can find it * Here *.  I also knitted a matching green dishcloth & added a coffee scented soap.  

All of the framed stitcheries in this area have been hand-stitched by me

I had taken this Stitchery to be framed in late November but the Framer has been most unwell & had closed shop for several weeks while recovering.   I was thrilled to get a text saying my framing was finally ready to be collected.  Once again this is a design from my friend Jennifer - go here to her pattern shop - she has the most wonderful designs.  I am so happy with the simple wooden frame that I chose.  

When I unwrapped it Madam Pip gave it her seal of approval .... though she is more than likely saying You've missed a stitch just there!!

I made & posted a wool blanket Rabbit down to my friend Jane who chose this lovely pink & caramel toned vintage wool blanket from my stash.  

This weekend we are getting some much needed rain & it is wonderful.  I have been indoors making candles.

These heavy glass containers were from Mum's China Cabinet & I decided to make candles into them as I would not necessarily use them otherwise.  

I am finding myself really drawn to rather masculine fragrances lately & these ones are made using Oakmoss fragrance (above) & the one below is a new-to-me fragrance called Spiced Black Oud.  

I am delighted with how these turned out. I like to leave my candles at least a month to really harden before burning them - possibly even 8 weeks if I can wait that long.  

The next 3 pictures are especially for Lynn & Precious who are knee deep in snow & have requested I "send pictures of flowers please".  I have had to tie my Christmas lillies up as they have all flopped.  I no longer pick them to bring indoors as they are toxic to cats unfortunately.

Thank you as always dear friends, for your welcome visits here today.

Wishing you a most wonderful week ahead - remember to be kind to yourselves & to each other,

With much love & friendship to you all,

Julie & the furry three x0x0x


  1. Beautiful garden pictures Julie. I love the framing of your gorgeous embroidery. Nice to make use of that lovely glass ware. Lots of fun with your grandsons and that Cinema looks amazing! xx

  2. What a busy month you have had with the grandsons , Julie. It's good to see them being creative like that. I had the joy of my granddaughter working with me in the garden on Friday, and she is a good, and interested, student of gardening.
    Love your candles - I don't burn a lot of them, so have quite a collection accumulated, including a trio of coffee scented ones!
    That wee blanket bunny looks cute. You stitching looks lovely framed - we also have a good framer here, and she has such a good 'eye' for colour and size/type of frames too, and fits them together beautifully so they are complementary.
    We also have welcome rain here - the vegetable garden is loving it.

  3. Oh! Wow! Julie...looks as though you ALL had a wonderful
    time..and the boys seemed to enjoy everything you did..
    Reminded me when l was a boy, we used to go to a place
    called Sandbanks, down by a ferry, and we used to tie
    limpets to string, dangle them between to rocks and catch
    the crabs...HaHa! Great fun..! :0).
    And l love the old movie theatre..those places are quite unique now,
    lots are being restored over here to...! :).

    The flowers all look lovely and colourful, we've just about got Snowdrops
    and Crocus coming through, even though it's still very cold, though next
    weeks forecast is dry, and sunny, the temp. still around zero..Brrrrr! :(

    HaHa! Perhaps Miss Pippi would have a better opinion if you moved the
    framed stitching the right way up Julie...She looks confused, as it's
    up~side~down....HeHe! Bless..!x

    Best get on, just had breakfast, put some washing out, and the sun is out and
    about, so it should warm up later, home made curry for lunch to~day, can of
    lager, footy on TV at 2.30...Oh! And a bit of sowing to be done...HeHe! :)
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  4. What a beautiful post , love your beautiful flowers , and boy you have been so busy again .
    You are so uplifting bless you.
    Lots of Hugs June.

  5. Such lovely glass pretties for the candles. It must smell divine in your home, Julie. Your lovely stitchery looks wonderful framed and that little woolly bunny is sweet. You'll be able to put your feet up a little now that your grandsons return to school this week.

  6. What a wonderful little film theatre. We went to see Wonka on boxing Day, we came out of the cinema both grinning from ear to ear, we loved it. Hugh Grant stole the show.

  7. Talk about teeny tiny crabs! good thing they were not intended for a crab sandwich or you'd starve. I love the flowers of course, so thank you. Especially the holly hocks and I am jealous you have such a huge flower bed. I gave up that when we moved here 10 years ago and just have 2 small ones. One perennial and one irises and annuals. Evidently we are both getting wet now. The snow melted days ago and it has not stopped being wet since. The crystal "basket" is so feminine and looks to be a good candle for you. Give Miss Pip a pet for us. She is a good worker. Lynn and Precious XX

  8. Your posts are like a breath of fresh air - so much colour and creativity. The little crabs seem to have very long legs . . .

  9. Wow - again you have had a very busy time, but filled with lovely things! Your framed work looks really good and I love the little pink bunny! The cinema looks great too - we have something similar not too far away called 'The Kinema in the Woods' at a place called Woodhall Spa ( which is a real experience to visit - in Screen One, an organ with organist come up through the floor to entertain the audience too! Your garden is looking beautiful too.
    Have a happy week
    Best wishes

  10. Looks like a great time was had for you and the boys Julie, oh that lovely black sand of Raglan, brings back lots of memories. Love your framed stitchery and the tea towel and dishcloth, have never seen coffee scented soap before, have had a coffee scented candle, it was the best smell ever. Beautiful glassware, I have a glass basket but alas the handle is only plastic, and removable. Cute bunny. Have a great week Julie.

  11. You've been very busy Julie. Looks like Alec & Syd have had a wonderful time. Love the petunias in the pedestal pot. My Mum had a pumpkin pot in a wire stand that i kept & i've been wondering what to do with it. Now i have an idea. :)

  12. Another wonderful post Julie. Great to see you enjoying the summer weather over there in New Zealand - thank you for sharing the flowering pictures. Your garden looks amazing. Sarah is USA xx

    1. Thank you so much Sarah ... you are so kind xx

  13. Jackie has left a new comment on your post "January-ing .............................................":

    Oh my such pretty flowers. Even though our snow is melting, we are to get more later on. Love pictures of flowers when we are knee deep in ice and snow. What a busy person you are. I love using things from your Mom to make candles in.

    God bless.

  14. What beautiful stitchings!! I love them and will have to check out those patterns.

    Great ideas on the candles too. I have so many mugs that I have a sentimental attachment to, but I'm always drinking from the same few. Not to mention all the glass candle jars I have that I can't throw away, but don't have a clue what to do with.

    1. Thank you so much Elizabeth. I save my old candle jars too ... I often re-make candles into them to use them again or I give them as gifts. Its not hard to make your own soy candles - theres lots of good tutorials out there. Have a wonderful weekend & thank you for your kind comment x0x

  15. What a busy time Julie. I'll be glad of some rain tomorrow, the garden is a bit parched. I like that you honor your mum by using her things in a new way.

  16. kiwikid has left a new comment on your post "January-ing .............................................":

    Gorgeous garden photos Julie, I bet your house smelt wonderful while the candle making was in progress. Great to spend that time with the boys, they sure can create with the lego. Good to see Miss Pippi on the job, beautiful stitcheries Julie.

  17. Finally dropping in to catch up my lovely friend! Our internet is barely working since the cyclone, but it’s on right now so I have visited your blog. Those blessed grandsons! They do some wonderful things and go on excellent adventures with you. Have a wonderful February, dear Julie.
    PS: perfect frame and I love the tea towel and dishcloth!

  18. Your candles are lovely! Your garden is looking amazing!


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