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Progress On BrightSea Village’s Cinema

Hi, fellow stitchers. I hope you’re all keeping safe out there.

The back wall and roof of the Lido Cinema have now been stitched and it just gets more interesting from here. I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the front.

Productivity In Isolation

What a crazy time this is. I hope you and those you hold dear will come through the pandemic safely.

Like many parts of the world New Zealand is in lockdown. We stay in our homes with only the people we live with or, as we call it, “our bubbles” and only venture out for essential purposes. I’ve been making use of this time in isolation to work on my stitching. I have been distracted from stitching by my one year old grand-daughter (first grandchild). Anything dangerous seems to draw her like a magnet so scissors and needles get hidden well away while she is here and often get left hidden away. I dearly miss her visits while we are in lockdown but now that I can keep my stitching out I am progressing well on the BrightSea Village Needlecraft shop.

As well as getting back into my stitching again I’ve felt inspired to design again too. I had begun to think that the “Nifty Needle” would be the last building in the BrightSea Village collection but over the last few days I’ve been working on a new building and I’m so looking forward to stitching it now so I imagine I’ll be racing to get my current and next projects stitched so I can start it.

Wherever you are please keep safe and, as we Kiwis say, stay in your bubble.

Picking Up The Needle

The fabric of my life has frayed a bit over the past few months but now I’m gathering the threads together again. (See what I did there?) Even my stitching got put aside for a while and the longer I left it the less inclined I felt to resume stitching. Yesterday I made myself pick up the needle and stitch, just for fifteen minutes I thought. Boom! The joy of stitching surged back through my veins. Now I’m keen as ever to stitch so I’m back to work on the BrightSea Village Needlecraft Shop and having fun.

On Holiday

From Thursday my site will be temporarily closed for business until the end of April while I go on holiday. (Wheeee!) I’m off to Singapore and Melbourne.

Fingers crossed that soon after I’m back the Bee Happy Pyramajig will be released.

Festive Wishes

December. While most of the world revs up into a frenzy of activity, preparing to celebrate I freeze like a deer in the headlights and feel overwhelmed. Presents bought – nope. Decorations up – thinking about it. Cards sent – not going to happen. Stitching done – . . . you get the idea.

I’ve still been stitching every day but only for a short while. My wrists threaten to play up if I stitch for more than an hour. So, progress has been very slow but I’ll show you what I’m working on. I think I mentioned a while back that I manage to lose my scissors fairly often so I felt the need for a scissor fob. I’ve been working on a set of three in the form of birdcages. While I’m not keen on the idea of caging birds I do love fancy cages. They would look silly empty so I’ve compromised. There are birds in the cages but the doors are all open.


I’ll keep plodding along, stitching a little each day, and hopefully these will be released as patterns sometime – I’m going to be very vague here – next year.

Wherever you are and whatever you celebrate around this time of year, I wish you peace joy and laughter and the company of those you love.