"The Quilters Stitch Bible" is a gem of a little book that I received from my parents this year for Christmas. It is full of numerous hand and machine decorative stitch's for embellishing quilts and I'm sure lots of other sewn items as well. It contains over 200 stitch's along with step by step instructions of each stitch. It's the perfect book for those of you who want to extend your repertoire of stitch's and add further dimension to your work. Can't wait to try some of them out!
My other favourite gift was a camera that my DH bought back from the States last month. Previously I've had to share my camera with my husband who takes it with him when he goes away overseas which means I then have to share my daughters camera so I really wanted one of my very own. I went with a Canon Powershot SX210IS which has lots of really cool features like a "Miniature lens" that blurs the top and bottom of the photo giving the effect of a miniature scene. I used this for the above photo which is a view over part of Whangamata and out to sea taken from our kitchen window.
And this is the same scene taken a couple of hours later with the "fish eye" lens. Cool eh! The girls and I had fun with this lens the other day and took some photos of each other which were hilarious but way too ugly to show here!
This weekend I will be :
- doing some training runs with Amelia who is participating in a triathlon on Monday.
- taking down our Christmas decorations.
- going to the gypsy fair.
- grocery shopping for our camping trip next week.
- packing for the aforementioned camping trip.
- swimming at the beach.
- mowing the lawns.
- playing with my new camera/toy.
- Enjoying the summer sunshine that is forecast.
I think that should keep me busy! How about you, what do you have planned for the first weekend of 2011?
Happy New Year !!!