Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The 40s

I can't believe I haven't blogged in over a month. So much has been happening and I have been super busy. This isn't going to be a long post but I will briefly update you with some of my goings on. 

I turned 40 last week. Massive milestone. To celebrate I decided to go to a log cabin in a forest with a hot tub to chill and relax. The place was recommended by a friend and I was very happy when I arrived to find this beautiful little place all lit up for us on arrival.

The hot tub was ammmaaazzzzzing. It was great to sit back and relax with the forest surrounding and the sounds of birds twittering away. The kids loved it too. It was was peaceful and I would definitely return. 
Whilst there, we took a little trip out to Filey along the East Coast. There were fields of rape all along this route and it was simply stunning. 

I got some great gifts from dear stitchy friends.Here are a few.
 Lesley bought me a LHN chart from my wishlist and included some of the threads to go with it. Thank you so much!!

Tracy also sent me a LHN chart from my wishlist which has been on there for a long time - The Bookshelf" and she made me a lovely framed picture as a gift along with some fabric that I had previously agreed to purchase from her! 

Isn't it lovely! I have it on my bedside table. Thank you Tracy!

Another friend of mine made me a lovely frame.

Look at the amazing detail! So clever. Thank you dear Helen. x

But, one of my biggest birthday treats was to have a little trip to Nimble Thimble nr Oswestry. When I got there, Chris, the owner, asked me for my name which I thought was unusual. When I told her, she said, "Oh I have a surprise for you. Tina has gifted you with a £15 credit for the shop." Wowza! Thank you so much Tina. This was a huge surprise and a real nice one too. I did have a spend in the shop - well, I should say my husband did. This was his present to me. I got a few things that caught my eye:

The Victoria Sampler Heirloom Christmas. 
I got this in the red and green colours. I have never done a Victoria Sampler one before. Looking forward to the challenge of it. 

Drawn Thread Morning Glory.
Again, I have never done a Drawn Thread before and loved the colours in this one. Nimble Thimble will kit these up for you using the right amount of thread so there is no wastage. 

After finishing my Mill Hill kit, I couldn't resist getting these two as well. I once again fell for the glittering gold and sparkle. 

Blackbird Designs Abecedarian series
I have seen this series framed and on the wall and it looks fantastic so I think I want to collect this set. This is my first. 

The Sweetheart Tree - Blackberry Heart. 
Couldn't resist the sparkle!

On our way back, we went through a village called Ellesmere. It was stunning and there was this beautiful pub/ restaurant that we decided to stop off at and have my birthday lunch. It was fab. This was our view.

Grilled halloumi and cous cous salad.

Well that's me for a bit. I still have some stitchy and crochet updates to do but need to get better pictures. Till then, 


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

And the winner is.................

You have won the Tranquility chart! 

Please email me your address details and I'll get it sent out to you as soon as. 

I am so sorry for the delay in doing this giveaway. You see, for the last two weeks, I have been doing Jury Service at the Crown Court and have been involved in two trials. Very exciting stuff I can tell you. Pleased to say we gave two Not Guilty verdicts and now everything is back to normal and back to work.

Stitch wise, I have done a little but my pictures are seriously nothing to shout about. First up is that one of my goals for this month was to do the word PEACE on the My Big Toe sampler. Well, I actually did the word and also finished the border so all I need to do now is the backstitched scriptures. I am sure this will be a finish very soon. 

Next up is a UFO from a couple of years ago which I have decided to get moving on with. It is Nan's Garden by Just Nan. I wanted to stitch this for my mum as her name is Nan and she has the most beautiful garden. I really hope I can get it finished soon. It is working up quite nicely now I have all the bits needed for it. I think after my lovely LoopyLou finish, I really have a thing for band samplers. 

And lastly, I have been feeling the need for some cosy and comforting crochet but nothing too taxing, nothing too difficult, just something simple and soothing. I had a rummage upstairs to see if I had any wips ongoing that needed finishing and really, I was surprised that there weren't that many outstanding projects. A couple of hexie ones and then this Vintage Vertical Stripe one in which I was going to use all my scrap yarns up. I think it looks a bit like a rag rug but I have seen some lovely inspiring finishes on Pinterest here and here for example. So I am back at crochet - just a little. 

Tracy is joining in and we're starting a CAL on Needlecraft Haven if anyone would like to join us! It would be great to see your stripes. These are very easy - probably theee easiest blankets to make in the world and clear instructions can be found here.

So that's me for now. Sorry it's taken me so long to post! I am trying to sort things out for a special birthday coming up - yes I am hitting the big 4 0 - so I might not post for a few weeks. 

Hope you're all well.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

April Showers...

....bring Puddles Of Love.

This is a new start I had this month. I just couldn't resist it when I saw it up on the wall of a needlework shop. It was so glittery and pretty and my dd will just love it. It isn't my usual thing but it is nice to do something different for a change. 

By way of other news, I spent a lovely weekend away with stitchy friends the other week. I went to their LNS and spent a few pennies....

I bought, 
Robin's Song - LHN Needleworks with the called for threads.

School of Needlework - LHN

And the Charlotte Bronte Sampler which I had to have after seeing the original at Hawarth.

I also had a few new starts. Hmmmmmm how did that happen? This is supposed to be a finishing year. No new starts!!! Ahhh well. I figured I have been doing so well on my goals each month that I could afford a few new starts. 

So, I started:

Peace - My Big Toe designs.
 I am stitching this on Cream Cashel and using Victorian Mottos threads (always a pleasure to work with)

I started:

January Anniversaries of the Heart - Blackbird Designs. I am stitching this on Vintage Country Mocha and using the called for threads.

'Scuse the dodgy fingers!

I started:

In the Meadow with Jane Austen - The Sampler Girl. I have had this kitted up ready for a while and so here it is. It is being stitched on a pale blue fabric but not sure which one it is. Very pretty though.

As for my April goals....

All met!

A Quaker Christmas - 2 pages done

CCN ornie - done. 

Tranquility - Loopylou Designs - Finished!!!!!! Happy dancing indeed. 

This project was started way back in 2008 as part of a Jane's Attic weekend away where the dear Lynda did a drawn thread workshop. I made a mistake on the Kloister blocks and never picked it up again. Well I decided last month to have another go at it and I am so glad I did. I wanted to get the rows complete for this month's goals but I decided I was enjoying it that much I just wanted to carry it on to completion. The pictures really don't do it justice as the beads and Kreinik give it much more sparkle than it is showing. I am now looking at other Louplou designs to begin. 

I would like to gift this chart to somebody who likes drawn thread work. It does require some concentration so would be suited to an intermediate stitcher. I can include the rest of the Dink Dyes Ocean Grove and Silk Serica for the Kloister blocks that I have left. There should be enough of it left. The rest of what is needed is a 3 DMC colours, Perle 12, beads and Kreinik. If you would like this chart, please say so in a post below. I would like it to go to one of my dear followers who would get some pleasure out of it. If there is more than one then I will do a drawing at the end of the month. 

Julie said my stitching mojo had definitely returned. I think I agree! I haven't decided on next months goals yet. I might have a goal free month. 

Although I began this post with April Showers, it has indeed been rather sunny here in the Peak District. I decided to go for a walk around our estate. It is so pretty in the sunshine. Hope you enjoy some pics of my hometown.

Another lovely thing this month is enjoying a Gingerbread Latte - Nescafe. Thank you Tina for introducing these to me. 

So that is the end of my Easter Hols. It is back to work and school tomorrow and so I might be quiet for a while. Take care all and happy stitching/crafting.