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April 16, 2015  |  Featured Posts  |  13 Comments

Thanks for your lovely comments on my last blog post. I am one of those bloggers who keeps meaning to sit down to post and never seems to find the time to do it.

Spring has finally arrived here in Scotland, we’re always several weeks behind the south of England. Our magnolias are getting there – one stellata is out and another is just about to blossom but one of our bigger types isn’t nearly ready to open out yet.

Don’t fall over when I say that I have actually picked up stitching again. I started a couple of small designs but they weren’t inspiring me so I switched back to a design I started a while back. I’ve not made a lot of progress but I’m trying to take it easy.

I’ve also continued on with my knitting and this time round tried a new pattern that was fun to knit but I don’t think I would repeat it. I enjoy knitting some toy patterns over and over but this wasn’t one of them. The same designer has a turtle pattern that I think is really cute so I’m going to work on that shortly.

I bought the pattern from The Twins knitting shop via Ravelry – they have a lovely selection of toy patterns to choose from. I can’t decide on a name for this little one.

Recently Brigitte from At Brigitte’s Place was really kind and sent me a lovely surprise package – she had the delightful contents wrapped inside the fabric you can see in the photo.
Thank you again Brigitte……………

This butterfly was sunning itself on some garden chips and it kindly stayed put whilst I snapped a photo……………

I know it’s a little while since the needlework market but I thought I’d show a small kit that I bought (I did buy quite a few other things too) as I’ve not really seen it pop up in many places.
I’ve not started it yet but the design idea appealed to me.

Penny Bag

Thanks to all of you who have sent such good thoughts and prayers to me for my husband – we both really appreciate it. The whole process is very much a roller coaster ride for us and people’s kind words and thoughts along the way make a huge difference.
Since my last blog entry I have also been in hospital having a repeat procedure done. I’m now back at work and it’s good to get back into a routine again.

I’ll leave you today with a photo of the “girls”. Poppy is such a lady and Rosa is such a free spirit:-)

I hope the sun is shining on you today, thanks for stopping by.


March 4, 2015  |  Featured Posts  |  12 Comments

How did we reach March so quickly – each year races on more quickly than the last. My mum used to say it was a sign of old age to think this – I hope not.

Life has continued to be busy with hospital visits for both my husband and myself. His treatment has started and then stopped due to issues. It will most likely begin again next week. One thing I’ve learned is to expect the unexpected – life is like that for everyone really.


I’ve still found time to knit as you can see and although I’ve stitched a tiny amount, I’ve not enjoyed it. I can’t seem to settle to anything stitch related, I see all these lovely designs that I want to stitch and then when I sit down to work on them, I lose interest.

I’ve started to knit a doll for a change, it’s by an Australian designer and her patterns are very different. It’s been fun to work on so far but the deciding factor is how it looks when finished.

I ordered this strawberry emery after I saw a similar one on Margaret’s blog (Days of a Sampler Lover). I must say I love it. Little things make me happy and this takes me to my blog title for today’s post.
Someone going through a rough patch recently made a comment to me about looking for happiness and it got me thinking.
Personally, I never think about looking for happiness – even when things are tough it’s important to be happy in little things each day. I think this quote sums it up……
“The place to be happy is here,
The time to be happy is now,
The way to be happy
is to make others so.”
Robert Ingersoll

This pair make me smile every day…………….

I’m not usually a fan of black and white photos but this snowdrop image looked more dramatic when shown without colour.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope the weather improves for you if you live in one of the many areas hit with so much snow.

At least Spring is just around the corner for many of us. Take care and thanks again for your lovely comments.

Moving forward.

January 22, 2015  |  Featured Posts  |  12 Comments

Thank you all so much for the kind comments and thoughts after my last blog entry. I passed on all your good wishes to my husband.
He had major surgery two weeks ago and is making steady progress. It takes time but he’s getting there.
We found out, today, that next month he moves onto the next stage of this journey which will be follow up treatment.

On the day of his operation I knew I would be home all day so decided to make my mum a necklace for her 90th birthday.

The style of necklace has to be fairly simple as she can’t work a clasp by herself so it has to be able to go over her head. She wears plain round neck jumpers all the time so a necklace of this style sits nicely on her.

This photo is my mum on her 90th which was last Saturday……………..

I’ve done a little stitching but nothing worth photographing. I’ve been knitting a bit too and finished this little bear – “pseudo Rupert” I call him…………..

I’m not all that happy with the way he turned out – I love the knitting part but not the sewing up – I can turn a decent piece of knitting into an untidy mess in the blink of an eye.
I’m gradually getting the desire to stitch back and I’ve enjoyed the little that I’ve done. I’m hoping that if things settle down and hospital visits are reduced then I might manage a bit more.

You’ll see from the above photo that we’ve had a bit of snow, fortunately not too much but January has been a very stormy month and also very cold. Poppy was mesmerised by the snow falling.

Today we’ve had sunshine so I thought I’d post a photo of her enjoying a sunbeam.

I hope all is well in your part of the world and that January isn’t being too harsh.

Once again thanks for your lovely comments and for stopping by.

A New Year Begins

January 2, 2015  |  Featured Posts  |  18 Comments

I’m sorry that I’ve been absent from my blog and also from commenting on other blogs. Life has a way of taking a turn that you don’t expect and that’s what happened.

It all started on Halloween when I had to rush my husband to hospital with appendicitis. His appendix perforated and the surgery wasn’t straightforward. He had multiple emergency admissions with subsequent infections. This took up most of November so you can imagine that little crafting or blogging took place.

We spent most of December going to hospital whilst he underwent more tests as they found some issues during the surgery.

I won’t go into too many details but things were found to be not as straightforward as we hoped once the infection was cleared and he’s having to have major surgery this coming week. It’s been a very stressful time for all of us and I wasn’t sure how much to share here but wanted to let you know why I have suddenly disappeared.

I’m hoping to get back to a little blogging and crafting very soon as I’ve missed it so much. I did take some knitting with me each time he was in hospital and found it quite therapeutic as it gave me something to focus on.

We had a relaxing and quiet Christmas – I really just wanted time to catch up on some rest and relaxation – I took the chance to tidy some needlework and knitting. I have stitched a tiny amount of a frog just for fun but not enough to share.

I hope this coming year brings good things for everyone – thanks for stopping by.

Autumn Abounds

October 21, 2014  |  Featured Posts  |  14 Comments

This month has brought autumn with a blast to where I live. Today it’s pretty windy and the leaves are literally everywhere. These words sum it up……….

“I love the fitful gust that shakes
The casement all the day,
And from the glossy elm tree takes
The faded leaves away,
Twirling them by the window pane
With thousand others down the lane”
John Clare

Our two cats are fascinated by them twirling about outside every window.

The last two photos made me smile, I couldn’t quite think of an appropriate caption for them.

Since my last post I’ve been under the weather twice with viruses and busy in my role of caring for my mum.
I have managed some knitting, crochet and ….. wait for it…..some stitching – at last!

I’ve not finished any toys but Fred and Mabel did find a home together. I’m trying some new things out which takes a lot of time but it’s fun to do.

On the stitching front I’ve bought quite a few new designs and also quite a few older ones. I’ve made a start on two but don’t have enough to show a photo. One of them is Miss Isabelle ……… I couldn’t resist her.

The other is a Norah Corbett design which is a total change of style for me. It made me think of Jeremy the Crow from The Secret of NIMH who loves “sparklies” – I must be in the mood for some sparkle and colour and this design just drew me to it with all the beads and treasures included.

So much so that I bought this one as well………

I’ve also bought a couple of kits to make up a pin cushion and the lid insert of the new Liberty Hill box. I have the Berries and Pyn box from years ago which is the same shape and size so couldn’t resist the new one.

I’ll leave you today with a photo of Brandy who tells me that he doesn’t get nearly enough “air time” on this blog.

I hope all is well in your part of the world, take care and thanks for stopping by.

Scotland at the weekend.

September 15, 2014  |  Featured Posts  |  16 Comments

Saturday was a beautiful, warm and sunny day with us so we decided to take a drive.
We stopped first in Stirling where I took some photos of a dahlia garden that I had seen a couple of weeks ago………

We had morning coffee in Stirling…………

….but not at the castle.

We then moved onto Callander…………

…..which is a popular place with tourists. It was busy on Saturday with it being a warm day and holiday weekend.

We then drove out of Callander past Loch Lubnaig and onto Lochearnhead where we stopped and had a walk………………

This little wagtail followed us around for a while. We left there and moved onto Killin where we stopped at the Falls of Dochart………..

It was a lovely day that reminded me of how easy it is to find beautiful countryside without going too far from home.

I’m currently on annual leave for a couple of days and after I see the physio again this afternoon I’m tackling a major reorganisation of all my crafting bits and pieces before I have a new unit delivered tomorrow. The bunny in my last post now has his head – although if Rosa had anything to do with it he would lose it again very quickly……

I had to quickly rescue “Wilbur” before she ran off with him.

I’ll leave you with a photo of both Poppy and Rosa relaxing last week. Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.

PS It’s a momentous week for Scotland which culminates on Thursday with the historic independence vote. I don’t want to use my blog to state any political views but I feel that I have to say that I am proud to be British.

This and That………..Here and There.

August 30, 2014  |  Featured Posts  |  11 Comments

Once again time has flown by in the last month or so. June at Butterfly Wings was just mentioning that this year has been so quick and I agree with her whole heartedly.

I’ve not done a single stitch since my last blog entry and have not knitted or crocheted much either. This is due to a combination of time constraints and to neck and shoulder issues once more.
I’m currently seeing a physiotherapist once a week to see if we can settle things down a little so that I can do a little more crafting.

Last week I was on annual leave and we took a little time to get out and about when the weather was dry.
One of the things I wanted to do was visit the Kelpies which is a recent visitor attraction very close to where I live. We’ve passed it frequently on the motorway when we drive to Stirling but hadn’t taken time to stop and walk round.

I’ve still been trying to knit some little bunnies and I’ve also made a start on a scarf using a lovely new yarn made of fine merino wool, cashmere and royal alpaca. It should be very soft to wear. I’m using black all the way through and doing blocks of colour starting with the red.

Which pattern will I choose next?

The small amount of crochet I have done is this very simple lap blanket. It’s very relaxing to sit for a short time and do part of a row. I do enjoy a little crochet but knitting is most definitely my comfort zone.

It’s a lovely day here with us and I popped out to my front garden to take this photo………..

…………….and to the back to take this photo……………

Back to back and no nonsense.

We drove to Perth one day recently and I snapped these shots from the car.

It’s a lovely city to visit. We’re very lucky in that we live within easy drive of four cities – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Perth. Edinburgh is the closest and also my favourite.

I’ll leave you today with a couple of photos that I’ve just taken of Poppy …. she often joins me when I’m here at my desk.

I hope all is well in your part of the world, thanks for stopping by. Take care.

Meet Mabel.

July 14, 2014  |  Featured Posts  |  15 Comments

Well the summer is well under way and we’ve had some really nice weather here in Scotland. It’s raining today but I’m not complaining as it was dry all morning when I was in Edinburgh………

St Andrew’s Square

Just recently, trams started to run in the centre of Edinburgh – it was a long process from the outset with lots of political arguing back and forth and the budget rising all the while.

I’ve not ridden on them and don’t really see myself doing so as we tend to take the car into the city or I can easily take the train as well. We have a station close by which runs directly into the city centre.

I think they will be very popular with visitors and as it will soon be the international festival I’m sure it will make getting around the city easier.

I’ve been posted missing for a variety of reasons since my last blog entry. It’s been a mix of looking after my mum and her increasing needs, I was unwell and had to go into hospital for a repeat procedure under anaesthetic and we’ve been off on holiday in Wales.

I like the blues in the photo above and the greens in the photo below………

Wales is a lovely country to visit, it’s quite a contrast going from the traditional seaside to the rugged mountains and lakes.

On this visit we made time to stop at a church we always pass – it’s called Bodelwyddan Marble church and it has a great gothic spire.

The stained glass work is amazing…………………………..

I took quite a lot of photos of the windows and they came out surprisingly well.

I eventually finished Mabel, Fred’s sister:-)

Here’s the two of them together………

I’ve done the tiniest amount of stitching – I still want to buy new stash and yet I can’t seem to settle myself to sit down and stitch.

I’m currently knitting another rabbit and I’ve also started a new doll pattern that was just released by Susan over at Mary Jane’s Tearoom.

I’ve also spent quite a bit of time improving my crochet skills (if you could call them that) – although I’m still a beginner, I feel as though I’m getting more acquainted with the basics.

I’ll leave you today with a reflective photo of Poppy. She and Rosa are still causing chaos and Brandy stands by quietly watching – I think he secretly enjoys their antics.

Thanks for stopping by to visit, take care wherever you are.

One of these days…………………

May 14, 2014  |  Featured Posts  |  13 Comments

At last our garden is full of colour, April was such a disappointing month with nothing blossoming at all. Suddenly our garden is a riot of colour.

My title today reflects the fact that I still haven’t managed to do a single stitch. I’ve knitted a couple of things and read up on some techniques for beading.
I’d like to get back to doing a little jewellery making again – I saw a beautiful necklace last weekend and it gave me a notion of getting back to trying out some ideas.

I knitted this acorn pincushion and think it came out reasonably well for a first attempt. I didn’t knit it in the round as stated in the pattern and I knitted the cap separately so I had some sewing up to do.

I also knitted this little fellow……………..


Fred is Mabel’s brother………………….who is Mabel you ask. Well, perhaps she might put in an appearance in my next post:-)

A few weeks ago I received a lovely gift in the post – all the way from Canada. Melissa from Words and Blooms sent me this beautiful pin pillow after I had admired it on her blog.

It is beautifully finished with lovely fabric and trim.

I’ll sign off today with a photo of Rosa who has lots of nicknames and one of them is Rabbity Legs as her back legs are very gangly and long and often stick out when she is sitting down. One of her other nicknames is Pigtail as her tail sometimes curls round like the tail of a pig.

Thanks for stopping by today and thanks too for the lovely comments left last time. Take care wherever you are.

May Day

May 1, 2014  |  Featured Posts  |  13 Comments

Is it really the beginning of May? I had hoped to post once in April but my time has been largely taken up with caring for my mum. I’ve not been spending as much time sitting in front of the computer as normal – perhaps this isn’t a bad thing!

I am reluctant to admit that, in the whole of April, I didn’t pick up a needle and thread. Instead, I’ve been knitting a few bits and pieces. It’s the usual story of trial and error – if I just stuck to what works for me then I wouldn’t waste so much time but I’m always trying new ideas. This pair are the first that I’ve knitted in a long time that don’t have a home to go to – I generally sell them for charity or give them as gifts.


Sweet Pea

“Gal Pals”

Even though we had a mild winter, Spring blossom was very late in appearing in our garden. The cherry eventually blossomed, alongside two of our magnolias…………….

……………….another two didn’t flower at all, I think they need more time to become established as we only planted them last year……………..

The garden has been busy with birds lately and this little fellow spent a few days enjoying a treat……….

……..we also had a live one of these visiting a couple of nights ago. (I think this one would make a good pincushion).

Quite a while ago Melissa asked me about the cat run that my husband built for Poppy and Rosa. I’ve been meaning to post a photo of it and took time this week to take a few.

They really enjoy going out in it when it’s warm enough and especially when the sun is shining – yes we do occasionally see the sun:-)

Thanks for stopping by today and for your recent comments, I do enjoy reading them. Take care.