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Where are you Kreative Kiwi?

Where are you Kreative Kiwi?

Where Are You Kreative Kiwi?

 

For most of you, it would be a long hike, plus a very big swim!!

I live in New Zealand, a 'small' (although we think it’s big) island at the bottom of the world. We have a total population in both islands of about 4 million.  

 

We are named after our unique flightless bird - the Kiwi - hence Kreative Kiwi!

Unfortunately, while we are an island in the South Pacific, we do not live an 'island style' life. We are very westernised and modern and our day to day life is the same as yours - ruled by time and computers!  

The wonderful World Wide Web, has made the world smaller and enabled a business like mine to survive. Probably the biggest difference, is our Time Zone - we are about 18 hours ahead of New York. This means that most your orders and queries come in while I am tucked up in my bed.    So, if you are asking 'Where are you Kreative Kiwi - there is your answer - probably in bed.    Never fear, I will get back to you - I'm normally logged into my computer about 6.30am weekdays!

New Zealand is Amazing 

New Zealand is well known for its beautiful scenery - such a lot in a little country.  You can view NZ’s official Tourism website, 100% Pure New Zealand here.

Our other 'claim to fame is not so nice. Another name for New Zealand is the 'shaky isles.’ Unfortunately for me, I happen to live in Christchurch, which had one of the world's worst natural disasters 6 years ago. 185 people were killed and I'd hate to think how many have died since, just from mental health issues stemming from living in a place that is no longer safe.

While myself and family were not hurt and pretty much just by luck, we happened to live in the 'stable' side of town (quite funny, as it was considered a lower end working class suburb).  Our lives have been shaped by the earthquakes.  Our entire central city was destroyed - plus we lived thru something like 10,000 after shakes.   I could go on and on about the impact of a natural disaster, and if you would like to know a bit more about the 2011 and 2016 earthquakes, you can click here.

For me personally, I was so glad to have Machine Embroidery - I could 'hide myself away and create something beautiful.  Creating something out of nothing on my embroidery machine is my happy place!, 

Free Machine Embroidery is my Happy Place

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Where are you from?  Tell me a bit about yourself, because I would love to find out where you are from and what you love to do too!

 

 

Posted: Thursday 23 February 2017

Comments

  • This West Virginia gal was born in Kentucky, married a "Yankee" and lived in New York City and its suburbs for 30+ years. The job market took us to Virginia and then West Virginia in early 2002. We've been here since, about 2 hours west of Washington, DC. I've been sewing since the Second grade and made most of my clothes in high school and then sewed clothes for my kids who are now all grown. I started quilting just before I moved to WV. Now I have discovered Machine Embroidery through another nurse in my unit. She encouraged me to try it out and I am hooked. I use a 4 x 4 hoop and it is great to find designs that work in my machine. Thank you for your "how to videos." I have learned so much from you.
    Posted: 2021-03-19 06:34   by Nurse Patty
  • I live on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Have driven around various parts of New Zealand twice and stayed in Aukland once after a cruise. Wo love it all over your country and my husband has distant relative that we have met around the island. We also have been to an Austin Healey meet in Rotarua and met and traveled a bit with members of the clubs there and they have visited us here.
    I love your designs and appreciate the extra tips.
    Posted: 2021-02-05 06:17   by Karen M.
  • I’m from North Yorkshire and started my embroidery journey in October 2017. I absolutely LOVE being able to create something so special and personal out of fabric. I got PE10 software when I got my machine and am having a great time learning and creating with it. I make all my own cards and have used a range of your designs on them. I embroider onto white felt, mount on coloured backing card then onto the card blank. I haven’t bought a card in over two years! I love all your designs and am so inspired by all the amazing projects posted on the FB page and the newsletters. I joined a local Project Linus group a couple of years ago as I wanted to learn to make quilts. I have bought some of your designs with Linus quilts in mind 😍I’ve met some lovely ladies in the group who also do machine embroidery so we always have plenty to talk about as we are sewing. Can’t wait to get back to ‘normal’ to resume those monthly sessions 🥰
    Posted: 2021-02-03 23:57   by Heather W
  • I found you about two years ago after I bought my embroidery machine. I love your designs. I totally relate to earthquakes. I live on the central coast of California which is exactly between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s a beautiful area with tons of wineries. About 18 years ago we had a shaker that was centered about 30 miles from my town. We lost buildings and 2 lives in our town. I have experienced earthquakes all my life. And I hate them. I say that because my husband thinks they are cool. Except for the destruction of course. Thank you for all your beautiful designs.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 18:51   by Janet M
  • I found you about two years ago after I bought my embroidery machine. I love your designs. I totally relate to earthquakes. I live on the central coast of California which is exactly between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s a beautiful area with tons of wineries. About 18 years ago we had a shaker that was centered about 30 miles from my town. We lost buildings and 2 lives in our town. I have experienced earthquakes all my life. And I hate them. I say that because my husband thinks they are cool. Except for the destruction of course. Thank you for all your beautiful designs.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 18:51   by Janet M
  • I found you about two years ago after I bought my embroidery machine. I love your designs. I totally relate to earthquakes. I live on the central coast of California which is exactly between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It’s a beautiful area with tons of wineries. About 18 years ago we had a shaker that was centered about 30 miles from my town. We lost buildings and 2 lives in our town. I have experienced earthquakes all my life. And I hate them. I say that because my husband thinks they are cool. Except for the destruction of course. Thank you for all your beautiful designs.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 18:51   by Janet M
  • I live in Peoria Illinois USA. Just recently discovered your website from facebook. I think it's awesome how would can be on upset inside the world and get to make a new friend. Looking forward to doing more of your designs.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 15:37   by Lklou
  • Love, love, love 💕 your website! I live in the country about an hour NE of Kansas City, Missouri, in a little community called Rayville. Don’t blink or you will miss it.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 14:08   by Berlinda Garrison
  • Love, love, love 💕 your website! I live in the country about an hour NE of Kansas City, Missouri, in a little community called Rayville. Don’t blink or you will miss it.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 14:07   by Berlinda Garrison
  • Love, love, love 💕 your website! I live in the country about an hour NE of Kansas City, Missouri, in a little community called Rayville. Don’t blink or you will miss it.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 14:06   by Berlinda Garrison
  • Love, love, love 💕 your website! I live in the country about an hour NE of Kansas City, Missouri, in a little community called Rayville. Don’t blink or you will miss it.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 14:05   by Berlinda Garrison
  • Love, love, love 💕 your website! I live in the country about an hour NE of Kansas City, Missouri, in a little community called Rayville. Don’t blink or you will miss it.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 14:05   by Berlinda Garrison
  • Love, love, love 💕 your website! I live in the country about an hour NE of Kansas City, Missouri, in a little community called Rayville. Don’t blink or you will miss it.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 14:03   by Berlinda Garrison
  • Love, love, love 💕 your website! I live in the country about an hour NE of Kansas City, Missouri, in a little community called Rayville. Don’t blink or you will miss it.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 14:03   by Berlinda Garrison
  • Hi ,I'm Australian from Gympie in Queensland. Many NZ friends. Love your designs. They are different from the rest. Especially Anzac ones. Blessings to you all.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 12:24   by Lexi
  • Im in Victoria Australia and I got my embroidery machine for my birthday during the covid lockdown. Im still learning a lot but I love your designs and have used quite a few but there is so many I want to try. Thank you for all the work you do to put together such beautiful designs
    Posted: 2021-02-03 08:44   by Melissa
  • Hi I am from Eagle River,Alaska.
    I turn to sewing and embroidery in the winter when it’s dark outside most of the day. We also live with Earthquakes though our last major one 7.8 in 2018 no one died it was terrifying.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 06:40   by Cat
  • I am from south west Ohio in Fairfield. I've seen for many years then stopped for raising boys and work. I retired a few years ago and bought a new embroidery/sewing machine. I found your site about a year ago and it completely changed what I make. My friends and family are always excited when I say I am making something new!! Thanks for the wonderful designs.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 06:15   by Designer
  • I am retired and started machine embroidery 2 years ago. My husband surprised me by agreeing to let me purchase an expensive Brother DreamCreator Embroidery machine. It is my first one although I have been sewing for 50+ years. I love it and wish I had done it sooner. I love your designs and they were some of the first things I made on the machine. I have many of your designs and like your great directions especially on the placemats and zipper bags. Hope to see many more designs in the coming months.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 03:51   by Sharon L.
  • I am retired and started machine embroidery 2 years ago. My husband surprised me by agreeing to let me purchase an expensive Brother DreamCreator Embroidery machine. It is my first one although I have been sewing for 50+ years. I love it and wish I had done it sooner. I love your designs and they were some of the first things I made on the machine. I have many of your designs and like your great directions especially on the placemats and zipper bags. Hope to see many more designs in the coming months.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 03:51   by Sharon L.
  • I am retired and started machine embroidery 2 years ago. My husband surprised me by agreeing to let me purchase an expensive Brother DreamCreator Embroidery machine. It is my first one although I have been sewing for 50+ years. I love it and wish I had done it sooner. I love your designs and they were some of the first things I made on the machine. I have many of your designs and like your great directions especially on the placemats and zipper bags. Hope to see many more designs in the coming months.
    Posted: 2021-02-03 03:47   by Sharon L.

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