Sunday 12 December 2010

Christmas Decorations for France

Amidst all the chaos of the usual
Christmas preparations
I've been sewing
decorations for
my daughters Christmas tree.

I found some vintage
Christmas images
that I love
and transferred
them on to calico fabric.

and then the sewing began!
 I chose calico/muslin,
and a red striped fabric
as the background.

Then the fun started
with embellishing,
using gold trims and thread,
and tiny pieces of lace
and ribbon saved
from other projects.

some red stitching
to circle a Christmas tree

Tulle, lace, pearls
and a little
gold bell

more lace
and a little
gold glitter!!!

gold thread and beads
for the carolers

The decorations have all
been posted to France
and should now be on their tree.

my favourite one
the Nativity scene
in the stable at

Thank you to all my dear friends
for visiting.
We've only got 12 more sleeps!
Be kind to one another
Christmas hugs
Shane x

Saturday 11 December 2010

Light a candle and remember the children

This Sunday is
Worldwide Candle Lighting
to honour and remember
the children who
have left us too soon...

Each year
at 7pm
on the second Sunday
of December
we light candles
in memory
of the children
of the world
who have died.

New Zealand

is the first country
on Earth
to light our candles.

Please honour our children
who have gone before us
by lighting your candle
for an hour
on Sunday 12th December
 at 7pm
in your time zone.

 You will help create
 a wave of light
 that will travel the globe
 in quiet remembrance…

Thank you dear friends
for your comments
and emails
of encouragement.
I'm back on track
and getting into
the Christmas spirit.

Be kind to one another.

Christmas hugs
Shane x

Friday 3 December 2010

Lost for words....

It's been a difficult week...
and everything's finally
caught up with me.
There are no words left...
I'm feeling incredibly

Please enjoy
these quintessentially
New Zealand

A Maori waka (canoe)
such as the ones used in
the great migration from
to New Zealand
1000 years ago.

The Sky Tower
in my home town

The indomitable majesty of
Mitre Peak in the

These images are
who I am -
They give me strength.

Have a wonderful Friday
I'll be back to my
old self tomorrow!!

Take care of one another
Shane x

Thursday 2 December 2010

The rainforest wept in grief today

A Memorial Service
was held today
at Pike River for
the 29 miners
who lost their lives.

Pike River mine
is in a tranquil location
in a rainforest

The New Zealand native fern
is our national symbol
it tells who we are.
It is also a symbol of

Each miners family
had a "tribute table"
where they had placed
memories of their
loved one.

The ferns were placed
on each table also.

Todays final tribute
was a haunting rendition of
'Going Home'
by a solitary piper.

May their souls Rest in Peace.

Wednesday 1 December 2010

They are coming home.....

and I couldn't possibly
be happier!!!

"Going Home"
is the title of the beautiful
song on this video clip.
When I heard the words
I thought
how appropriate it is
for my theme this week
"my family is coming home". 

Please take the time
to listen.
It will only take a few
precious moments
and I promise it
will make you feel
warm all over!

It comes courtesy
of Tiffany from
Tiffany's Writing Compendium
a lovely blog I found
only last week.
She very sweetly
allowed me to use it here
thank you Tiffany!
Please visit her
- I'm sure you'll be as
enchanted as I am
with her writings.

I'm listening to the
music again as I write
this post and the tears
are welling up.
The anticipation of my family
coming home is
my dream come true!

I hope you are all having
an enjoyable and happy week.
Amidst the Christmas preparations
please take time out to
be kind to one another and
put the Christ back in to

Shane x


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