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Summer in full swing!

Hi again, nearly the end of January, here in New Zealand it’s been blue skies and plenty of sunshine, which is lovely,  since the children are off school for their long summer break, the beaches have been very popular and there is a well trod path to our neighbors swimming pool!
Most of our meals have been eaten outside under the trees, to our great joy we had a wonderful crop of apricots this year, (my mouth waters as I write that!) Now the tomatoes are ripening, the salad veggies, herbs are plentiful, and with lots of friends calling it’s been perfect, soul food!
And the renovations are finished!!
I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing although friends and I had a fun day making colorful fabric beads, they turned out gorgeous, I’m not sure how I’ll use them yet, but really enjoyed making them!
Looking forward to a busy year, several new teaching places, one being, Cushlas at Mapua, which is between Nelson and  Motueka, and Lisa has taken over the shop in Geraldine, The Pin Tin (formerly Needle ‘n Thread) always a favourite place to teach, both of these are in the South Island.
In the North Island I’m booked for Rotorua, Turangi, Whakatane, Te Awamutu, Palmerston Nth, and I can assure you, everywhere I teach the classes are full of lovely, interesting, clever people, I feel really blessed being their company. Check out our website for updates.
I have been busy with a new design, her name is Abbey, her parrot is Petunia and her little finch is Betty in a basket.  There’s  lots of work yet to do on the pattern but I’ll be teaching her first in June at Cottage Flair in Rotorua. Check out their website, it’s a ‘ most see destination’  wonderful shop, staff and classroom!
Meanwhile we are very excited as our daughter and granddaughter are coming over from the UK for a holiday, I’m going to teach a three and a half year old to sew!….. Oh yes I am!!
Catch you again soon, cheers Jill

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