Saturday, August 27, 2011

sewing in the sun

yesterday, instead of doing the ga-zillion jobs i should have been doing, i sat in my couch on the porch in the sun and made this little embroidery.


last year i found a set of 5 linen placemats at an op shop that have a selection of native NZ birds printed on each of them.
i chose the 'morepork' and 'silver eye' for this embroidery.


(do you know, i have never once seen one of those ceramic deer while thrifting. ever! but i'm totally thrilled with this hand-carved deer for 50c i found)

we have lots of silver eyes and moreporks where we live - and while i was sewing it, the Tui were putting on a real show singing and dancing (must be 'courting' season!)

if you're interested in teaching your kids about or observing common garden birds in NZ, there is a fantastic print out here.
our kids are getting really good at naming all the birds we see. 

happy weekend! X

20 comments:

  1. That is so so cool Dee......! xx

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  2. What a fantastic idea Dee! I have just added your blog to my list of daily checks. Quite enjoy seeing your creations. I had to cull off a hand full of other blogs, and I must say yours has made up for their absence 3 fold. :)

    Rochelle J.

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  3. cute! I've never seen ANY deer in the oppies. I must be too slow! xx

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  4. I REALLY love the embroidery. Such a great idea, Dee.

    For the record, I've never seen the deer here either, but I would see them from time to time when I lived in the States. Still, you have to be quick.


    Talia Christine
    http://taliachristine.blogspot.com

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  5. THANK YOU for the link to that bird-sheet. Printing and laminating!

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  6. WOW! Just found your blog via Meet me at Mikes. I think I'm really going to enjoy following your blog.

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  7. Hi Dee,
    Cute cross stitch and great print out. My Mother - in - law recently bought out kids 'Know that Bird' by Marion Rego, printed where they live in Otaki. See http://www.wheelers.co.nz/books/9780958201421-know-that-bird/?view=list

    Jen x

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  8. its gorgeous Dee!
    Im really enjoying listen to the tuis at the moment, beautiful.

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  9. Your embroidery project turned out beautifully. and looks lovely in its little display spot x

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  10. Beautiful! Sewing is the sun always wins over house work or projects.

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  11. beautiful embroidery work- I love how you combined the images with your own stitching. And thanks for the bird poster link- we have heaps at the moment as I made some bird seed cake and they are loving it!

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  12. I love it! We have been visited by many fantails lately which is strange because we are right in town, the kids and I love bird spotting.

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  13. Beautiful stitching Dee and what a lovely way to up-cycle

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  14. Wow - I love it!!! (almost makes me want to trade my satchel for it.... hehe). Seriously cute.

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  15. WOW Dee! I just stopped by for the first time in a long time and I have totally been missing out! Your blog is taking OFF!!!!! Seriously amazing. Pimped out sewing machine is the best! L.o.v.e. And, most importantly, congratulations!!! So excited for you guys.
    The Other Dee xx

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  16. p.s. "grabbed" your button babe!

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  17. I wish I could whip something like that up-you are amazing!

    Hope you had a great weekend and best wishes for a lovely week.

    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

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  19. This is soooo greenful house and enjoy, love it! :-) by Theeeeee

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