A trip to New Zealand and back to work...
A very belated but happy new year from me to you all!
We're now back in the UK after a 6-week trip to New Zealand reconnecting with Dan's family and friends. Ten days ago we were on a beach in Aukland, seeking refuge from the sun in the shade of the trees and dipping into the sea to cool off and now we find ourselves huddling on the sofa under blankets and quilts to keep warm. For those of you have been, you'll know what I mean when I say my eyes could hardly take in all the beauty and for those of you who haven't been - please go if you ever get the chance (and if they ever open their borders again!). Photos struggle to capture the beauty, but here is a view from the shore of lake Wanaka on the South Island where we spent a week camping and water skiing:
And from left to right: sampling the local rose in a vineyard in Central Otago; exploring the beaches near Dunedin; and me on the doorstep of the cute cottage we stayed in Naseby, an old gold mining village up in the mountains. Don't worry...no plans to move over there...yet...;-)
Just before we left in December, I shared the outcome of my first firing from the pottery pieces I'd made in the series of throwing lessons I signed up for with, Suzan, a lovely Turkish lady who runs a local pottery studio. I was thrilled to return to the news that the studio has now moved just a stone's throw away from my house into a beautiful listed building on the edge of the park and I have secured a spot in the studio to practice my new skills! So watch this space for more pottery updates and I'm aiming to launch a new pottery homeware product line in time for Christmas this year. Here's a preview of the first things I made. So much to learn and a lifetime of practice ahead of me but for now I'm enjoying drinking out of a cup, displaying flowers in a vase and burning candles in a holder all made by me!
WHAT'S COMING UP?
Behind the scenes there's a plan forming for the annual Still Point Stitching online community event: A Month Of Mending. This year it'll be held in March! Details on how to sign up to take part in A Month of Mending in March and join in with the series of online stitching events will be landing in subscribers inboxes over the next few weeks...
Click on the image below to join the online stitching community on Facebook:
Click below to read more about last year's Month of Mending event:
THE DARNING KIT
For those of you who are keen to get organised ahead of the Month of Mending in March online stitching event, there are a limited number of Darning Kits available to pre-order before the 14th February. Enter the code "MMM" to receive a £5 discount on all pre-orders before the 14th February. Click on the image below to see what's inside the kit:
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🧶 three neutral colours of L’aine St Pierre darning threads
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🧶a full set of DMC darning needles
🧶a limited edition needle case with hand stitched lettering and binding covered with vintage Welsh flannel
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