January brings……………………..

January 19, 2018  |  Featured Posts  |  12 Comments

January has never been my favourite month due to the cold weather and dark evenings. Spring is too far away to be thinking of it here in Scotland – I always feel happier when I see some snowdrops peeking through.

Unfortunately the start of 2018 has brought much sadness to our family as my mum passed away just before her ninety third birthday. I took the photo below a number of weeks ago out in the garden of her nursing home.

My mum loved flowers and really enjoyed the sunny days where I could take her out into the garden, even when it was cooler.

In between spending time with her in hospital over Christmas and then sitting with her in her final days at the nursing home I did find time to craft. I know all stitchers and knitters are very aware of the therapy in crafting but I also find baking very therapeutic too.

This little fox was a new pattern that I tried out and quite enjoyed knitting.

I made this little bird as a gift – the colour is nicer when you see it, it’s very dull in the photo.

I’m currently sewing a different bird pattern which is coming together quite well so far.
I’ve been knitting a mix of things and knitted this little mouse for one of my mums friends in the nursing home.

Recently this lovely bird of prey visited our garden – as you can imagine the little birds made themselves scarce for a while.

It’s been very wintry this last week and today is no different. I’ll leave you today with a photo of Rosa and a few words of wisdom.

“Let your life lightly dance on the edges of time like dew on the tip of a leaf”.

Fluttering By

October 25, 2017  |  Featured Posts  |  13 Comments

It seems like no time since I last stopped by but so much has happened in between. Suddenly autumn is here and it will soon be winter.
It’s so dark in the mornings when I get up to go to work – not my favourite time of year.

I often wish we could keep summer all year round as here in Scotland it isn’t that warm even in the midst of summer.
The colours are what I miss the most as winter here is so very grey.

I’ve been busy knitting and sewing in between visiting my mum in the nursing home and going to hospital with my husband.
I find making teddies very therapeutic – I think there is something eminently soothing about a teddy bear – they are timeless little creatures.

I’ve also been making some “Little Chirps” which are fun to make …………….

On the knitting front I’ve been knitting these little mice – they are a lot of fun to knit.

Almost all of the above have gone to charity, I only kept the little grey bird and the ted which will most likely be gifted at some point.

I’ll leave you today with a little blessing………

May your day be filled with blessings
Like the sun that lights the sky
And may you always have the courage
To spread your wings and fly!

This little one says thanks for stopping by and take care wherever you are.

Shifting Sands

September 19, 2017  |  Featured Posts  |  10 Comments

I know it’s been a while since my last post but life seems to continually throw up serious issues that take over everything.

On the first of July we had to say goodbye to our beloved poodle Brandy. He was sixteen and a half and had a good life but it was hard to see him go.

He had really lost ground in the months prior to losing him and on the day it happened we knew it was time.
He now has a little “purple patch” in our garden where we buried his ashes.

The cats have adjusted into a new normal for them as he’s always been here. Poppy has missed him but Rosa seems to have taken over as the one in charge and is enjoying her new role.

I’ve been sewing and knitting quite a bit but haven’t had time to take some up to date photos. The only one I could find was this little bear which I gifted to a colleague.

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I can’t get to any of my other finished items as we have joiners in today laying some wood flooring and the house is upside down. We’ve been doing quite a bit of renovating these last few weeks and have quite a bit more to do over the coming weeks.

We had a week away in July to Wales visiting our favourite haunts. These are some of the photos I took.

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Little speckled red breast appearing.

If you are ever in north Wales and get a chance then it’s worth a visit to these gardens.

Bodnant Gardens

We saw this heron whilst walking alongside the river in Betws-y-Coed.

The reason for the title of today’s post is that my husband is unwell again and we’re currently in limbo as to what might happen next. Waiting is very tough and I’m trying to be patient.

I’ll leave you with these words……………

“Life is mostly froth and bubble
Two things stand out alone
Kindness in another’s trouble
Courage in your own>”

Where to begin?

June 24, 2017  |  Featured Posts  |  14 Comments

Where have I been for the last six months – well life once again took a turn that made it difficult to fit in blogging along with a few other things.

At the end of January my husband was told that his cancer had come back. We then went through lots of tests, scans and appointments. The upshot was that surgery was possible and it happened at the end of March – this went well and the good news a month later was that no chemo was needed at present. We’re taking things a step at a time just now.

In the midst of all this my mum went into a nursing home and we then had to put her home up for sale and empty it in readiness.
I visit her every afternoon and she’s doing okay but it’s not what I would have chosen for her – it was so hard to take her from her own home but I know it’s for the best.

I have been crafting to a degree – lots of knitting which I haven’t photographed and quite a few birds and bears.

I’ve made a few other birds of another type and a couple of other bears too which I’ll need to photograph so that I can add them here.

I’ve been really enjoying a family of blackbirds that are visiting our garden every day – the male has been singing his heart out every evening – it’s been a joy to hear.

I’d like to leave you with a short quote especially for Grace over at Needles Pins and Dragonflies.

Some people just can’t help making a

difference in our lives

By simply being who they are.

They make the world a little brighter,

a little warmer,

a little gentler,

and when they’re gone we realise

how lucky we are to have known them.

I’ll leave you with a photo of Poppy.

Thanks for stopping by and take care wherever you are.

New Beginnings

January 4, 2017  |  Featured Posts  |  14 Comments

A regular visitor to our garden these days.

I thought I’d drop by with a quick post for the new year. My life is currently dominated by work and my role as a carer but I’ve still been crafting and dropping in on the odd blog or two in between.
I haven’t picked up cross stitch in a long time but have turned my attention to sewing which is very odd as I’m not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination.

These birds are evolving each time I make one – I’ve since finished another one which I’ll show next time.

After making the mohair mouse I decided to have a go at making a wool teddy bear. Working with the wool was much easier on the hands as the needle glides through the fabric with little resistance.
WDW wool is ideal for this type of project.

Knitting has taken a back seat since I started to sew a little and the last thing I finished was Mickey – he was a challenge to photograph due to the black yarn.

I hope this coming year is a more settled one the world over. I’ll leave you with a photo of little Rosa.
Thanks for stopping by and take care.

Autumn Already!

September 26, 2016  |  Featured Posts  |  9 Comments

Well autumn is here and I feel as though this year is rushing by so quickly, I can’t keep up.
My life is still dominated by my caring role and things have been particularly trying of late.

I try to focus on the positive things and nature is certainly one of those. Colour in nature is so inspirational.

I’ve managed to find some time to try a couple of new crafting ideas – well one of them is new and the other I’ve made before but not for a very long time.
The little mouse is made from mohair and was my first attempt at sewing a little mohair toy.

The little bird is a fun project and I’m planning on making more of them as gifts.

Our weather has most definitely moved into autumnal mode and this morning I found it really quite chilly when I headed out to work.

I’ll leave you today with some words of wisdom…………….

“Twelve Things To Remember”

1 The value of time

2 The success of perseverance

3 The pleasure of working

4 The dignity of simplicity

5 The worth of character

6 The power of kindness

7 The influence of example

8 The obligation of duty

9 The wisdom of economy

10 The virtue of patience

11 The improvement of talent

12 The joy of originating.

Thanks for stopping by. Take care.

Saying hello.

August 1, 2016  |  Featured Posts  |  11 Comments

I thought I’d pop in to say hello as it’s been so long. I simply haven’t had time to blog or do much crafting.
Life is currently taken up caring for two elderly mums which doesn’t leave much time once work factors into the equation.

I’ve managed to pop in and out of blogs on the odd occasion but not as often as I’d like. I do think that there is a major change in the way people are blogging these days.

I think sometimes we get too caught up with trying to say too much in one go and it can be off putting as it takes time to sit and write a long post.

I’ll leave you today with a short quote ……….

Every morning, lean thine arms awhile upon the windowsill of heaven
and gaze upon thy God, then,
with the vision in thy heart,
turn, strong to meet the day.

Thanks for popping in, take care.

Where do I begin?

January 27, 2016  |  Featured Posts  |  12 Comments

Well the title says it all – where do I begin?
My long absence from the blogging world has simply been down to lack of time.

We did manage a couple of days away to North Wales where I took these pictures. We love to visit Bodnant Garden and they have two beautiful lily ponds.

Last year went by so quickly – after my last blog entry things went from bad to worse in some ways.
My husband finished his treatment in August and then went on to have extremely painful kidney stones with the necessary hospital admission.

Prior to this his mum was admitted to an Edinburgh hospital for two months and we had to drive there most days. I felt we spent most days driving there and back and in between that we had to deal with her home situation which took so much time and energy.

In the middle of this Poppy decided to add to our woes and developed very worrying symptoms.
After countless visits to our vet and some laser acupuncture, she was referred to the Glasgow Vet School.
She was seen there in September and spent two days being thoroughly assessed – much to her dismay. The news was good in that she didn’t have a serious spinal issue as first thought but she did have some joint issues. We had to rest her for a month and that alongside medication made a big difference.

We then had to look at why this happened so that we could avoid any future occurrences – one of the main problems was that she loved to jump down from the kitchen boiler and wall units.
We took the decision to go ahead and change the kitchen completely and also our main bathroom and additional upstairs toilet.
This took time to choose and plan and then most of December was spent with tradesmen here doing the work.

Here are some photos of the kitchen and bathroom – both are more or less finished apart from some little tweaks here and there.

It was a lot of hassle at the time in the lead up to Christmas but it was as good a time as any really to have it all done.

On a crafty note I’ve not had time to stitch and little time to knit but I have managed a few little bunnies etc. I only took photos of one of my finishes which my mum decided she would like to have. By the way she turned 91 just over a week ago.

I’m hopeful that this year might bring me a little more time to do some of the things I enjoy such as visiting all your lovely blogs again.

Thanks for stopping by, take care and stay warm (unless it’s summer with you).

Mission Accomplished.

June 29, 2015  |  Featured Posts  |  12 Comments

I must be drawn to the colour purple as I noticed that I chose a purple flower for my last blog entry as well.

I was determined to blog before we reached the end of June, the months surely do fly by these days. It doesn’t feel like summer here in Scotland as June has been a very cold month with temperatures averaging around thirteen degrees.

This has meant that everything in the garden is much later in blooming this year – we’ve even got magnolias out just now and our roses are just making an appearance.

I found this little fellow in the house recently and I noticed that instead of spots it had stripes – it is in fact a striped ladybird.

I’ve not stitched at all this last month, the mood just hasn’t taken me but I can feel myself being drawn back to it again – I don’t know why I am going round in this circle at the moment.
I did, however, buy myself a new sewing box which I’m enjoying immensely. It’s proved to be a good choice which I can’t always say about my accessory choices.

I’ve still been knitting some bits and pieces and finished this little fellow last night. I think my son has laid claim already.

I’m currently knitting a different style of monkey from the last one I knitted and a little doll. I would really like to knit a neat little frog but it’s hard to find a workable pattern that I like. I started a few but have given up as they’re not what I want.

I’ll finish today with the photos that relate to the blog title – “mission accomplished” – since Poppy joined our family she has desperately wanted to join Brandy on his bed. From day one, he has refused to allow this to happen and will growl at her to let her know that she’s not welcome…………..

As you can see, he finally relented and let her join him for around ten minutes one evening recently. I have a feeling it was a moment of weakness that won’t happen again!

Thanks for stopping by today, I’m off to enjoy some Wimbledon. Take care wherever you are.

Edinburgh Castle

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Trivia, trials and a teapot!

May 20, 2015  |  Featured Posts  |  14 Comments

Today’s post is a mix of the subject heading. I’ll start with the “Trivia”.
Several weeks ago Vickie chose me as a recipient of One Lovely Blog Award. Thank you Vickie.
I’m not going to choose any blogs to keep it moving forward as I know so many blogs have been included but I will do the seven facts about myself (hence the Trivia in the title).

1. I was a primary school teacher for almost twenty years and gave up when I had my son.

2. I have lived in the same area of Scotland all my life, it’s around twenty miles from Edinburgh.

3. I once taught a class of eleven year olds to cross stitch.

4. My current job is a complete change for me, I work as a part time receptionist in a very busy health centre.

5. I don’t like flying at all.

6. Animal welfare is important to me.

7. Tea is my favourite drink – I never drink coffee.

Now onto the “Trials” – We’ve just spent around three weeks going back and forth to the vet with both Poppy and Rosa and then Brandy. The girls both ended up being hospitalised at one point but they’re fine now and Brandy’s issues are really just age related problems.

Finally the “Teapot”. I recently bought a new teapot which I couldn’t resist. The only reason I’m mentioning it here, is that the design by Wedgwood called Mythical Creatures is based on old textile patterns – hopefully you can see the detail that looks like stitching.

I’ve been knitting quite a bit and also stitching. I’ve put the LK design to the side while I work on a Mosey n Me design for my husband. I stitched this pattern over ten years ago as a gift and when he saw it framed he loved it. I recently stumbled on it in my stash and decided to stitch it for him.

It’s very much a fun design to work on and I’m only going to make a couple of small changes from the original. I hope he likes it as much as he did the first one.
(He’s currently on cycle five and is doing better now that his treatment has been reduced). Thanks to everyone for the continued good wishes and prayers.

I’ll finish today with a word about a theme I’ve noticed when visiting blogs. Quite a few bloggers have mentioned that they are thinking of stopping blogging. I feel quite sad about this (even though I don’t blog very often) as I think blogging offers something that other media platforms don’t.
I’ve “met” so many lovely stitchers and knitters through blogging and I’m frequently inspired by the varied craft work that I see.

I hope all is well in your part of the world and that the weather is a bit warmer than it is here in Scotland. Take care and thanks for dropping by.