Sunday, October 16, 2011

A Finish! A Finish! ...and some new friends

It certainly has been a busy weekend.  The kids have taken their father for a cycle along the new Okaihau cycleway, which runs along a hundred or so year old unused railway track.  It is now raining.  I hope they're having fun.

I on the other hand have stayed home and put the finishing stitches into my binding of my Baby Billboard Quilt. Woohoo!

I have a lot of respect for those people who capture lovely pictures
of their quilts in all sorts of relaxed, natural scenes.
I completely lost my head and after congratulating myself on my rather limited purchases so far over the holidays, I ordered some new books (knew I should have stayed in bed), and some twill tape labels to add to the backs of my quilts.  I have put labels on two of the quilts I have made - I know - I'm naughty - but if I have some cool looking twill tape ones, there should be no excuse.  Fingers crossed that they are what I want... limitations of ordering over the internet I suppose... and they do actually look cool.

On a bit of a different topic, after much excitement (mostly me) and construction (mostly my husband) yesterday, we housed our two new guinea pigs - Cookie (the darker one) and Cream (the lighter one) in our back yard. 

Hutch a-la make it up as you go along design

The internal lodgings, complete with raised sleeping (and pooping)
platform and cantalevered steps (OK we watch Grand Designs too). And can
you see the guinea pigs cowering in the corner?
A bit of a closeup

They weren't too keen on getting their photo taken!

They are hopefully both female... and are slowly getting used to their new home.  With a bit of time they should get more friendly (instead of looking like their going to die everytime you approach them) and we should be able to handle them.  Well, that's the plan anyway.


  1. Did you know the Incan people used to keep guinea pigs for meat? Kinda think it's funny you've called them Cookie and Cream!

    And the quilt looks smashing (my new word).

  2. I love that quilt. If I ever get any grandchildren, can I steal your design? :)