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Needlework finishing.

August 16, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  1 Comment

Why is it that I can stitch happily on my needlework but when it comes to finishing I turn into a different person.
The photo below is an example of why this is the case. The little cube pincushion you see was supposed to be an amulet bag! Everything went wrong and in the end, I wondered why I stitched it in the first place. Am I the only needleworker out there who has these problems.

In the end I take the easy way out and choose most of my pieces as items that can be framed. The photo below is Humphrey – I’ve only shown part of him – he was a challenge to stitch, so much so that my husband had to step in and help. I find stitching with wool on canvas very tough on my hands and wrists and Humphry was hard going. We stitched him many years ago and I have never tired of seeing him every day.

This week’s poem is called Time is Short and I think if we are honest we can all see something of ourselves in the lines.

“Time is Short”

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go round?
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die?
Cause you never had time
To call and say hi?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift…
Thrown away.
Life is not a race.
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over. Anon.

That’s it for today, thanks for visiting – see you soon.

Scotland on a Saturday.

August 14, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  1 Comment

Welcome to the first ever Scotland on a Saturday. The idea for doing this came from visiting Mary Kathryn’s e handcrafts online where she does Rocky Mountain Wednesdays each week. I really enjoy seeing another part of the world in an informal setting and thought it might be nice to share a little bit of Scotland with you. From time to time I’ll probably share other parts of the UK as well.

Today’s photos are all taken in Edinburgh where the world famous Fringe/Festival is on at the moment. The city changes when the festival is on during August and becomes very busy and very cosmopolitan in feel.

Scott monument – set in Princes Street Gardens. You can climb the monument but it is very claustrophobic at the top.

St Andrew’s square. St Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland.

Finally for today – a little bit of colour from my garden. I love orange and have had quite a few orange roses flowering this year.

PS Thanks for the comments and messages you’ve kindly been sending to me, they are very encouraging. Have a good weekend and stop by on Monday for poem of the week.

Shepherd’s Bush and Giveaway winner.

August 13, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  2 Comments

First I’d like to congratulate Tina S. for being the winner of my early giveaway. My son drew the numbers and yours was first out. Please get in touch with your details Tina and I’ll mail the package out to you straight away.

I love to stitch Shepherd’s Bush designs, I find them so calming and relaxing to work on.  I thought you might like to see a few of the little sheep that I have stitched most recently.

My son has claimed them for his room!

Finally for today, how do you stop a dog from licking an open wound (especially one that is coated in Manuka Honey).  Brandy was bitten earlier this year by a very large dog.  He had to have surgery and it seemed to heal but last week for some reason the wound popped open and started to leak a little poison.  The vet doesn’t want to perform surgery as he’s had several operations already this year so the hope is that the wound will heal naturally.  The problem is that I don’t want to put an Elizabethan collar on him so we are trying to find alternatives that work.

Finally, I hope you don’t mind me adding in a little poem that I saw and liked.

“When the tide of life turns against you,

And the current upsets your boat,

Don’t waste your tears on what might have been,

Just lie on your back and float.”

That’s all for today, I hope you can visit tomorrow for Scotland on a Saturday.

Beading is fun.

August 12, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  1 Comment

If you’ve never tried any form of beading then I would say give it a go – I did and I’ve loved it.  There is so much to learn and  so many places offer classes these days it’s easy to find help.

I’d like to share two of the techniques, I enjoy, with you today.  The first one is an example of simple beadweaving – it’s a scissors fob made with seed beads, sterling silver beads, black onyx, swarovski beads and a swarovski fish pendant.

The second is a necklace and ear-rings which are done with straightforward stringing techniques and some wire work.  They are made from Venetian daisy beads, a venetian pendant, sterling silver beads, seed beads and beautiful faceted black garnets.  The heart shaped clasp is sterling silver as are all findings.

I always use professional quality beading wire as it gives a much nicer drape. I hope you like them.

I’d like to offer these items for sale.

“Think Pink” scissors fob costs £5 or $7 (USD)

“Daisy, Daisy” necklace costs £15 or $20 (USD)

“Daisy, Daisy” ear-rings cost £7 or $10 (USD)

If you are interested in any of the items please contact me.

The Daisy necklace measures 17 inches long.

Please remember that entry to my early giveaway closes at twelve noon tomorrow. (UK time). I’d love to see more names being added.

Finally for today a little quote

“God never dreams

of blaming a daisy

for not being a daffodil.”

Thanks again.

August 11, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  No Comments

Thanks again everyone for the lovely messages and comments.  I love animals and of course think my two are just the best!

I would fill my home with cats, if I could, I am so soft when it comes to animals.  I just adore them all.

I was asked if I stitch outside in the garden (photo from yesterday).  The answer is no – I find that the sun annoys me when I try to do crafts outside and my hands get too hot as well.  I prefer to stitch sitting on my settee and to knit sitting in a more formal style of dining chair.

Lots of people have asked me about my stitched banner.  I designed it myself using two Cricket Collection charts as the basis.  One was the recent chart “Summer” and the other was an older chart which I used as inspiration for colour choices.  It was a lot of fun to do and I would quite like to stitch one using an autumn theme as well.

My friend in Chicago asked if I was going to do a book review from time to time.  I’m not sure that I’m qualified to do a review but I will share with you what I’m reading.

At present I’m just finishing “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie”.  Unfortunately, I haven’t enjoyed reading it.  I found it quite disjointed in style and just not to my taste.  When I choose a book, I like it to flow and be easy reading but not “trash”.

I’m not sure what I’m going to read next but I’ll share it with you as soon as I decide.

The same friend sent my husband and I this card recently (our 32nd anniversary) and I thought you might like to see it.  She goes to some classes for card making etc and has recently developed an interest in paper folding.  I think she made a lovely job of this and her comment inside made me smile (to a wonderful pair).

Finally for today, I’d like to answer the question that I’ve been asked which is whereabouts I live in Scotland.   We live around twenty miles west of Edinburgh which is a lovely city.  We visit it a lot and I will share some photos of the area with you over the next few posts.  The photo today was taken in the centre of Edinburgh looking south.

I live in a new town called Livingston.  I grew up in this area before it became a new town – it was very little village called Livingston Station and the new town was built around it.

Well that’s it for today, I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit and please pass my details onto any friends you think may enjoy visiting my blog.

Getting to know me.

August 10, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  3 Comments

How lovely it has been to have received more messages and kind words from everyone. The stitching world is full of very generous people who are happy to share advice and help.

Mary Kathryn at e handcrafts online very kindly tweeted about my logo banner and Shay at the Stitching Post posted about my new blog.

Thank you to everyone who has left a comment. Now that I am a blogger, I feel guilty about all the blogs I have visited for a while now and never left a comment. I suppose you don’t realise how much it means to know that someone is reading what you write until you actually do it!

I’d like to share a few photos today of our pets. We have two pets, a fifteen year old Burmese cat called Duski and a nine year old poodle called Brandy. I took these photos of them earlier this afternoon.

Finally I’d like to offer some charts for sale. They are all in perfect condition (my home is non smoking). If you are interested please contact me with any questions about mailing etc.

The Blackbird Designs book “Tokens of Friendship” is £4 or $6 plus post and packing.

Tokens of Friendship is now SOLD.

That’s it for today everyone. I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Giveaway details.

August 6, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  11 Comments

The photo below shows the bits and pieces I would like to offer as my “new blog giveaway”.  There’s two charts from Acufactum, a chart from UB Design, a French threadwinder and a scissors fob that I finished a few days ago.

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is comment under this particular post and I will enter your name.  I don’t want to leave it too long before announcing a winner, so I’d like to make the draw on Friday 13th August.  I will close entry on Friday mid-day UK time.

Early Giveaway.

August 6, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  1 Comment

Thank you Edgar for giving me a mention on your blog – your blog is an inspiration, a delight to visit each day.

Can I just answer a couple of questions that I’ve been asked.  Firstly, yes I do take paypal if anyone wants to purchase anything and secondly, in future I’ll add prices in both pounds and dollars.

I want to share an early giveaway with you to celebrate my new blog.  I will post it later today so I hope you can visit again later to read the details and see some pictures.

PS to Amy.  I tried to mail you but your messages were returned to my mailbox.

Scissors fobs.

August 4, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  No Comments

One of the things I would like to do, via this blog, is to offer some items for sale. Some of them will be items I have made myself and others will be books, charts, kits etc from my very varied stash. I’m trying to reduce what I have and think it would be a good idea to offer bits and pieces for sale at a reasonable price. I’m happy to mail anywhere in the world.

The scissors fobs shown are made using a variety of beads including handmade polymer clay, gemstones, swarovski crystals and sterling silver findings. The only part which isn’t sterling silver is the trigger clasp which is silver plated.

If you are interested in buying either then please contact me and I’ll get back to you.

Selling price is £9 per fob. This doesn't include post and packing which would be charged at actual cost.

BOTH fobs are now SOLD.

Works in progress.

August 4, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  2 Comments

I’d like to share a couple of the designs I’m currently working on. The Prairie Schooler is a long thin design showing all the months of the year. It’s taking me a while to complete – I suppose it would help if I only worked on one design at a time!

The canvas work will finish as a very small hanging bag. It’s a new design to me which I have changed quite a bit from the pattern but I plan to finish according to the instructions. It’s working up quite quickly.

I hope you like them.

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