Friday, May 19, 2023

Puppies are delightful time wasters!

So, I asked the hubster this week if he had any idea how busy a puppy would keep me. He said yes, but I'm not sure I believe him. Wow, they're such delightful time wasters :-) Little Rowley has gone from a shy little guy to a ball of energy resembling a baby shark! He's grown so much already too, and he moves so fast I haven't managed to take any good pictures of him, hopefully next week.

Stitching time has been scarce, and I'm kind of not feeling like it anyway, so I've only really put a few hand quilting stitches into Lily Rosenberry.

It's definitely not going to be finished any time soon, but every stitch is one stitch closer to completion right?

And I painted up some more coloured Elf heads for the mmmCrafts Twas the Night elves ornament pattern. Some for stock, and some to go to a new home. I love that they've been so well received in my Etsy store.

Last week I also promised to share some more holiday snaps etc. First up the items I purchased at the quilt store while were in Kona:

I was absolutely happy to purchase some souvenir style fabric, and given our location, I was thrilled to buy some Hawaiian applique patterns - a kit, a book, and a pattern. They'll go on the long list of things to do, but when I finally get to them it will be a wonderful reminder of our trip.

We stayed in the Hilton Gardens Hotel Waikiki Beach. We didn't do bunches of research about our hotel, and hadn't specifically asked for a view, so we were pleasantly surprised when we were able to see the beach from our suite. It was a great place to stay, we had a two bedroom suite with a lounge, little kitchen area and huge bathroom. We were so very lucky.

It was absolutely on our bucket list to visit Pearl Harbour, and I'm so glad I've checked it off my list of things to do in this life. There really aren't words to adequately describe the memorial, and it's hard to imagine the chaos and horror endured all those years ago.

This far away picture is of the Hula Kahiko dancer statues outside the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Our tour guide pointed them out to us, and I found them fascinating. Also, aren't the tropical gardens just lovely. There were so many things to see, and I just wasn't fast enough with my camera. I feel like there will be another trip to Hawaii in our future, we just didn't have enough time to see all the things we wanted.

So that's all I'll share for today - I'm catching up with Amy on Sunday, so I'll check her phone and see if she has any pictures to share with me - she's always so much better getting the happy snaps. Hope you all have a great weekend, and I'll chatter soon! xox


Kyle said...

Hawaii is such a remarkable paradise. Little Rowley will keep you busy for quite awhile. Have fun!

cityquilter grace said...

i can imagine your pearl harbor experience just from how you describe it...i felt the very same way when we did gettysburg....awesome hallowed places...and yes you do feel it...

kiwikid said...

Lily Rosenbury is beautiful and one stitch is one more than you had done, so is all good!! Great photos from Hawaii, I visited there a few years ago, Pearl Harbour was great to see, but for me hard to imagine it being bombed and attacked. The white memorial building was closed when we were there, some kind of refurbishing was happening.

Janet O. said...

With a new puppy, I'm surprised you get ANY stitches added to your LR quilt! :)
Those little elf heads are so cute.
Oh, how fun to get to Hawaii. We were supposed to have gone a couple of years ago--a choir hubby sings with was supposed to participate in some memorial service at Pearl Harbor, but COVID shut it down. Maybe I'll get there someday. *sigh*. But I do have some of that sea turtle batik, which I ordered from a shop in Hawaii. I love sea turtles. Do you have a plan for yours?
The applique projects will be beautiful (and something I don't think I could ever tackle).

Janet said...

Lily is coming along. YOur purchases are fantastic. I did one Hawaiian applique and I was so afraid of a miss cut put it came out great. I made a pillow.
I still like the WWII movies. Such history there. Maybe one of these I will make it there. Thank you so much for sharing.


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