Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Busy, Busy, Busy...

We have been very busy lately and this meant that my blog took a little bit of a back seat.  I have kept up to date with what you are all doing and had chance to leave comments tonight.

We had a few ups and downs like all families and we are hopeful now that things are a little more organised.  My Mum isn't well, not life threatening but also needs new knees and she has always been a very active person so it is a big change for her to be sitting doing nothing whilst she waits for a date.  We lost a family friend who we spent alot of time with growing up and it just makes you think about your own family.  

We are also moving our son permanently to Dundee and when you live five hours away it can be a little demanding on your time trying to find all the information you need for a student.  He is coming back to have a holiday with us and a break with some of his friends then he will back to start year three of his course.

In September we are hoping to see him take part in some theatre work so I will keep you posted on the progress.

Happy Stitching all :)

Friday, 11 May 2018

FNWF and Mani Di Donna Black Ruby Sewing Purse...

I know - I am very late with my post - please accept my apologies.  I took photographs but life got in the way this week and other things took priority but as of tonight we are all sorted and I am back to sewing so thought I would show what I got up to last Friday before I do more stitching tonight.

I started on the Black Ruby Sewing Purse by Mani Di Donna, I fell in love with this pattern (and a couple of others!!)...

It is made with 32 count Confederate Grey linen and Weeks Dye Works Lancaster Red and Charcoal threads along with Weeks Dye Works Red wool to match the threads.

The pattern comes with the decorative wooden panels needed for the top of the main purse.

It took quite a few hours marking out each of the sections as you stitch it all on one panel and then cut it all out after completing. 

So tonight I will carry on stitching the purse area.  It is then beaded with Mill Hill black magnifica beads.

Friday, 4 May 2018

May the 4th be with you...

Okay, so call me corny, but I just had to as I am a huge Star Wars fan and Solo is due at the cinemas soon so couldn't resist.

I got a my first finish for May, WOW, that was fast I hear you say, so without any further delay here she is...

Shepherd's Bush Shepherd's Spring

I hope the colours can be seen.  It was quite difficult as it is a pink linen with pink, green and grey threads so I did try to get better lighting for the pictures.

The shepherd with the blackbirds surrounded by flowers (beads and stitches)

I love the baskets - the instructions were very easy to follow fortunately as they look quite complicated because they are layered stitching.  Each basket is completed with four rose and cream beads.  Followed by three little hedgehogs and a row of beaded flowers.

My favourite is the vegetables, they look quite detailed and enhanced by the rabbit charm.

I loved stitching this as it was a change from the usual colour of linen.  The amount of thread that was supplied with the kit was huge and will probably make another four of these.

It's off to the framers next week with a couple of other pieces.  I whizzed through this in two and a half days as I want to start on a Mani Di Donna pattern which I will share with you this evening in the stitch along Friday Night With Friends.

See you later :)

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

The merry month of May...

Well, I am calling it merry because I am out of plaster - yayyyyyyy!!!

The month of May is the month for love and success so I have had a great start, I got out of plaster this morning with my break now healed at 80% which is wonderful.  Can't drive yet - that's another story which also happened in an April that I would rather forget.

It is my Mum & Dad's Ruby Wedding Anniversary today and they have been treated to a wonderful four days in a luxury hotel that they love in the lake district.  Today saw them on Lake Ullswater for a steamboat all around the lake after a beautiful fruit breakfast - they are being really good and tonight is a special dinner for them.  They are wonderful people and do alot of charity work so it has been nice to see them doing something for themselves and enjoying being catered for by a fabulous team at The Inn on the Lake.

The Inn on the Lake and one of the steamers in the foreground.

The view from one of the beautiful furnished and decorated bedrooms.

I hope you are all enjoying some glorious sunshine wherever you are, it is beautiful here today and nice to have all the windows open for fresh air.

Sunday, 22 April 2018


Oh no ...

Happy Stitching Sunflower Summer from Shepherd's Bush Designs and the fabric just gave in...

I had made good progress with the stitching that I had started at the retreat last weekend and although it wasn't my usual colours or fabric was starting to think it looks pretty good then this...

There is no repair to this, it's gone in more than one place so it has to be a re-start on a different fabric.  I am so disappointed but at the same time I was not entirely happy with the fabric, it was a little strange and didn't seem to be the same quality I would normally use, it was just a piece from my stash.

Hope everyone had a great weekend and got loads done.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

How to be a domestic goddess...

or at least have a go!!!

I am having a little time out this weekend but because I am Coeliac it means I need to think about my food to go...

A two day salad of prawns, cheese and crispy skin salmon with all the trimmings...

Gluten Free Chocolate Orange Cupcakes, one box for retreat...

and two smaller boxes for hubby and work colleagues...

Just because my arm is in plaster doesn't mean I can't do their baking... however, the fracture clinic may not agree with that statement after seeing the amount of swelling and having to split the cast and then bandage.  It's now back in the sling and not doing anything but what it should be - resting!!

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

A little bit delicate...

Thank you for the good wishes about my arm.

It has come to my attention that there is a problem with the comments on my blog even though I have checked everything and can't seem to find any reason why it is so.  I have checked the settings and I am on blogger and not google so I am not sure what needs to change for everybody to leave their comments.  

Please be aware that I am a little delicate at the moment and finding it very frustrating not being able to go at the speed I usually go.  Hopefully the next seven weeks will fly in and I can get back to cooking, baking, stitching and creating.

Take care blogging buds and happy creating :)

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Fed up and FNWF ...

Well it wasn't for the lack of trying.

I couldn't stitch, I tried and it just made my hand very painful and swollen.  

I am totally fed up - can't do anything, not even cut my own food!!!

Sorry for not being able to join you on Friday, I did try.

It is slow going typing so I will be looking at all the FNWF posts and will comment but it will take a bit of time.  I was hoping because it was the left it would be ok, but I have even had to cancel my RSN class which I am not happy about either.  I seem to take two steps forward and six back.  Hope you all had a good weekend and got plenty done.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Just a little thank you...

Just a short post to say thank you to Radka for helping me sort my blog out.  I have sorted the no reply status - it only took three hours lol but I got there in the end.  I have also edited my profile and now everything seems to be working swimmingly.

Also thank you to all my blogging buddies for all the good wishes coming my way.  I will still be stitching on Friday and know that you all give me a wonderful pick-me-up when not feeling too great from the pain.  See you Friday stitchers :)

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

I knew exercise wasn't good for you...

We went for a six mile walk with the dogs on Easter Sunday and I managed to fall.

Yes, Borge laughed his head off, couldn't stop in fact.  I got home covered in mud, scratches, bruises and in pain.  Fast forward 24 hours and a swollen hand, hubby took me to A & E and it turned out I had broken my hand, it's a bit of a mess, all colours of the rainbow, they couldn't cast it immediately because of the swelling so it's been done today into a nice navy blue colour, that matches most of what I wear.  It's there for four weeks until a change and then another two weeks.  The hospital staff were brilliant, did everything really quickly as it is pretty painful.  No driving, no lifting, don't get it wet.  Ah well, I knew exercise wasn't good for you ;)