Friday, December 23, 2011


Today at 1.58pm a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch...followed some 20 minutes later by a magnitude 5.3 then an even worse, shallow one of 6 magnitude. The news reports are giving different timings on these, so I may have the times a bit wrong. The TV pictures are heart breaking to see..
It is so distressing for Christchurch folk who had hopes that the worst was over. Many were looking forward to some sort of normal Christmas!
Keep them in your thoughts.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

So long...

....since a heart has arrived.
I do get amazing feedback from people who have seen them all together in their splendour.

I saw this the other day....

Friday, November 4, 2011

Also shaken.

These four special hearts come from Darfield which is on the outskirts of Christchurch. Darfield also was and still is shaken by earthquakes.
The hearts makers are Hazel 6 years old, Elise 7 years, Sebastian 4 years old (with some help) and Angelina 8 years old. Wow! Great job! Thank you very much.
A note with the hearts said how much they (and I suspect Mum), enjoyed seeing the Heart Exhibition.
It certainly is a sight to behold.

Hearts from the UK

Six lovely hearts from Janet who lives in Beckenham, Kent.
Isn't it great to know Hearts for Christchurch is still in the minds of stitchers on the otherside of the world?
Many thanks.

More from the UK

Two lovely hearts from Pat in St Mary's Platt, Kent.
Pat and her husband Graham were in Christchurch at the time of the earthquake. Many thanks for these and I hope you can return to Christchurch one day and not be frightened out of your skin!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A very special....

Mmmmm....have no idea why the link won't work...trying to rectify...

This worked for me yet it looks exactly the same as the first one I put up!!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I forgot to show you....

.... my most favourite pic of the exhibition!
Here it is....
To be honest I love all the pics but this one, courtesy of Canterbury Museum, just takes me back to standing in the spot where this was taken.
I wish someone had taken a photograph over my shoulder when I first walked into see the exhibition...what my eyes saw and my heart felt is etched forever in me.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hearts in the News again!

Have a look at the link then scroll down the blog and you will find that heart amongst the collection sent by the Waikato/BOP embroiderers. It is a beautiful Hardranger heart made by Peta McMillan

How exciting!!

Not stitched....

.... but sent with love. This collage heart is from Tymm in Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada.
Many thanks.

TN15 6RL

With only a postcode to go on ,I believe these hearts came from Kent in the UK.
Thank you very much, Janis.
The following heart has been beautifully made by Hannah Leigh, aged 10. Great job!

Christchurch to Christchurch

Skilful hands of  the St Lukes Craft Group, Burton, Christchurch, Dorset, UK have sent 25 great hearts. Many thanks.
In this group Eileen has family in Napier where I also live so.... Hi from a very sunny and warm day in Napier.
Denise has a son Graham in Mt Manganui, another beautiful place by the sea in New Zealand.

The heart with the fairy was made be an eleven year old with a name that looks kind of like it Yvie? (the ink was a little smudged) and the same surname!
Oops, this one missed out....was hiding under a chair!

Three beauties.....

..... from Pam in Bracknell, UK. Thank you very much.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fine stitching....

....from the ladies of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Embroiderers. While on a retreat they made 32 gorgeous hearts. One came with a special request which I will make happen. A bit of intrigue for our other readers but we all love a surprise don't we??
Heartfelt thanks to you all.


....wonderful package from Solihull, UK. Thank you very much and so sorry about the delay in posting pictures.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

I am ....

....away from home at the moment. I have some more hearts to show you but I didn't bring the SD card!! A blonde moment. Back home in a few days so you will see them soon.
The traffic on the blog has sky rocketed since showing the the exhibiton photographs. So too has mention of Hearts for Christchurch on many sites so that is all very exciting and I thank all of you who spread the word. I get wonderful emails with people saying really lovely things... it is still as exciting as Day One.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Scroll down.

The best pictures on this blog are the Exhibition so please scroll down ....


...cute hearts.
The floral one was given to me when I was in Christchurch. I went to a great Shabby Chic Market in Woolston where the heart maker had a stall. It was a fantastic market and it was great to just be doing something 'usual' in a city that so needs nice things to be happening.

The beautiful redwork heart was made by Jane, Havelock North, NZ. Also given to me while I spent a lovely afternoon at Jane's house!
Hearty thanks to you both.

Shirley Patchwork Group....

.... Solihull, W Midlands, UK have been stitching up a storm! Thirty wonderful hearts.
Heartfelt thanks to you all.

Evergreen Elementary School . . . .

.....Spanaway, Washington, USA have sent these great hearts. Stitched (on sewing machines) by third grade students with the help of Ruth (a grandparent volunteer), each of these hearts has a message inside the front heart 'pocket.' The messages will be very well received by the lucky recipients. The children also made and sent hearts to an orphanage in Japan.
Thank you all very much, you did a great job.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

If you promise.... look kindly on me, here is a link to have a look at a TV news report.

I can tell you it is 4.33 from the start but do watch it all.

I have changed....

.... the post title of Home to The Exhibition which makes more sense. Though in some ways the hearts are Home.

Monday, September 5, 2011

I was lucky ....

.... enough to meet and talk to children from Harewood School. Their chatter, laughs, oohs and aahs and their interest made the hearts come alive. Check it out in their own words.

Thank you Room 7.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The exhibition!

The hearts go around this whole space. My point and shoot digi doesn't do them justice but professional photographs are being taken. I took pictures over two days so once I post these I bet I find some I have missed posting. Enjoy, play 'spot my heart' (they are ALL there) and feel really, really good that you made this happen.