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August 15, 2012  |  Featured Posts  |  12 Comments

As you can see the sisters are getting along just fine.  Poppy is gradually getting used to sharing us with Rosa and Brandy, of course.

Rosa is growing so quickly and is as wild as the heather.  She’s a very naughty kitten and I’ve had to have a major tidy in my craft room as she keeps stealing things and running off with them.  That in itself wouldn’t be a problem but then Brandy steals the stolen item from her and chews it till you are hard pressed to know what it was in the first instance.  I suppose what I’m saying is that currently my house is a little chaotic.

The little angel.

I couldn’t resist including this photo of Poppy that I took last week.

How to relax.

Last week when I was on annual leave the weather was gorgeous for most of the week so it was lovely to get out and about in the sunshine for a change.  It was also good being home when the Olympic Games were on as I could watch some of the highlights.

I’ve managed to do a little stitching.  I made a start on a new band sampler which I’m looking forward to stitching.  I’m adapting a couple of designs to make one that suits me.

I had also started this little bargello piece and was intending to stitch a pincushion but I think I’ll make it longer and finish it as a bookmark for a small gift. I adapted the design and the colour palette from a Rosewood Manor chart.

I’m hoping to finish it fairly quickly as I’ve got a few other bits and pieces that I want to work on.

I’ll leave you today with a photo that I took a couple of days ago.  The garden has been odd this year with the weather being so unsettled.  In fact our magnolia has a new bloom on it which is very peculiar at this time of year.

I hope you are enjoying sunny days wherever you are, take care and thanks for dropping by and also for your lovely comments.

Meet “Rosa”.

August 2, 2012  |  Featured Posts  |  9 Comments

This little whirling dervish is the reason I’ve not had a chance to post as usual.  We collected her on Saturday and I’ve not had a minute since.

She is a full sister to Poppy – there’s roughly nine months between them.  We made a twelve hour round trip on to collect her and she has settled in really well.

She is a chocolate Burmese whereas Poppy is a lilac Burmese.  You can see the difference in shading in the photos.  Rosa will gradually darken down in colour but her underside will stay a lovely rich creamy shade.

Poppy looks huge alongside her and it’s hard to remember her being this small.  Initially Poppy was extremely unhappy at her presence but we’re making gradual progress.

As you can imagine, I’ve not been stitching or knitting.  I’ve abandoned the Bargello Etui as I went completely off it as it started to grow.  I’m hoping to start a band sampler which I will perhaps be able to show in my next post.

I’m on annual leave next week and I’m hoping to find time to craft despite two kitties running amok.

Thanks for dropping by and for taking time to comment. I do enjoy hearing from you all. Take care.

Shades of orange.

July 20, 2012  |  Featured Posts  |  14 Comments

I love the colour orange, it’s so warm and welcoming.  Although the rain has ruined most of the plants this year, the roses are doing okay.

Several people asked what a caravan looked like so I thought I’d include a couple of photos.

I’m looking forward to our next trip but we haven’t made any firm plans yet.

On the topic of stitching I’ve been a little more industrious – just a little mind.  If I would spend less time online then I would achieve so much more.

I’ve finished the front of this little sachet and I think I know what I’m doing with the back so will get cracking with that hopefully.

This etui is so relaxing to stitch and it’s fun to see how it changes as each colour is introduced.  I started a small needlepoint design this week but haven’t done enough to take any photos yet.  It’s a Sue Hawkins design and I decided to work it on congress cloth instead of 18 mesh canvas.  I find the canvas hard on my hands and wrists so thought this might be a better option for me.  I tend to go back to needlepoint from time to time.

I’m hoping to get back to doing a little crochet again, it’s not that I don’t enjoy it but finding time for stitching, knitting and crochet isn’t always easy.

I’ll leave you with another orange rose, a softer shade of orange this time.

I hope you have a lovely weekend wherever you are and that the sun shines for you.  Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments too.

PS Has anyone heard of a “Friendship Cake”?   One of the midwives where I work gave me a portion of  friendship cake mixture which is sort of like a chain type thing.  You are given instructions on what to do with the mixture each day and then you divide the mixture and pass on four portions before you bake the remainder.  And so it perpetuates.

Seemingly it originated in Germany and when I was given the portion I did a web search and found lots of information about it.  I think it’s called a Herman Cake (if I remember correctly.)

Back home.

July 11, 2012  |  Featured Posts  |  16 Comments

Well, we’re back from holiday and although we really did enjoy our first trip in our new caravan the weather was awful.

We changed our plans at the last minute and started off in Bedfordshire where my sister lives.  I took this flower photo in her garden.


We then moved onto Oxfordshire and stayed in a lovely place called Burford.  We’ve been there many times and I always enjoy a visit to Burford Needlecraft where I bought my only needlework treat whilst away.

It’s a lovely book, I’ve really only just started to dip into it.


We then moved onto Wales where we stayed on the north coast – one of our favourite places.  Here’s a photo of  Alan and Matthew with Brandy.


The weather was probably at it’s wettest in Wales so we moved a day early up to the Lake District where we got our one beautiful day/evening. I took this photo in the evening when the clouds started to move in again.

Our two little friends enjoyed their trip and although it was the first time away for Poppy she took to it like a duck to water.

It was a lovely break that we all needed but as they say in Scotland “it’s back to old clothes and porridge”.

I took some stitching and knitting with me but didn’t do an awful lot.  Since we got back I’ve started on this etui to match the florentine needlebook that I made previously.  The pattern was different but when I made a start I didn’t enjoy it so basically I’ve doubled the needlebook design to achieve the etui size so hopefully it will come out okay.

I’ve also picked up this little design again and I’ve sort of fixed the mistake I had made. I am going to stitch a border on it and I think I’ll do the back separately with a verse on it.

I’ll leave you with a photo that I took in Wales.  It will give you an idea of how wet it was – this was water cascading down at the side of the road.

Thanks for stopping by today and for your recent comments too.  I love reading your comments whether you visit frequently or drop by on the odd occasion.

Take care wherever you are and hopefully the dreadful wet weather here will improve and also the extreme heat that I’ve been reading about in parts of America will abate as well.

Beaded Needle Case

June 27, 2012  |  Featured Posts  |  13 Comments

This is a quick post as I’m running around this week like a chicken with it’s head cut off.  We collected our new caravan yesterday and I feel like I’ve got so many things to do and prepare but not enough time to do them.

I wanted to quickly post before we head off as I was recently lucky enough to win a lovely prize on Lindsay’s blog “Caring Stitcher”.  Lindsay does lovely bead work and she had a prize draw for a beaded needle case which I won.

Inside the case were some of my favourite stitching needles. I just love it.

The stitched cat was a design I worked on ages ago to fit into the Olde Colonial basket and then never got round to finishing it.  I decided it was time to finish it and use the basket  for my stitching tools etc.

I feel that it fits quite nicely and pads the bottom of the basket so that my bits and pieces don’t rattle around inside.

Our weather is still not great with rain most days.  I’m hoping it picks up for our holiday but even if it doesn’t it will still be good having a break.

I’ll finish with a photo of Poppy in one of her favourite windows.

Penny for them.

Thanks for popping in, I hope to be back next time with some holiday snaps. Until then, take care wherever you are.

Holiday Plans

June 20, 2012  |  Featured Posts  |  8 Comments

Melissa over at Words and Blooms asked the question on her blog about people’s holiday plans.

Up till last week, we had no idea what we were going to do but now we do.  I must admit to being quite excited as we went out at the weekend and bought a new caravan.

We’ve caravanned before, in fact we’ve had three vans previously and decided we would like to have another as we quite enjoy this type of holiday.  We’re heading off to North Wales soon and then when we return we’re going to a site near Ben Nevis.  We’ve stayed on this site before and it’s situated on the edge of  Loch Linnhe – very bonnie.

This little bluetit has been visiting our garden daily as it has a nest in next door’s garden where it is feeding young.  I didn’t have time to centre the image as they are so quick to fly off.

Stitching progress is almost non existent as all our free time has been spent choosing the right caravan.  I’ve not even managed to knit a row or two either.  The SB little person came to a halt last night as I’ve miscounted and will need to see where I’ve gone wrong and unpick the mistake.

Mind you, I’ve found time to go out and buy wool and some books.  I have this idealistic image in my head of sitting inside or outside the caravan with my stitching/knitting in hand enjoying a lovely view.

Finally, I want to say a big thank you for sharing your views on blogging replies.  I love the way that fellow bloggers will share their views or give support to others.  I know I’ve said it before but it’s lovely to connect with other stitchers the world over in a way that wouldn’t have been possible before.

I hope the sun is shining in your part of the world and that the rest of your week goes well.  Thanks for stopping by today.

A New Friend

Bee Happy

June 9, 2012  |  Featured Posts  |  17 Comments

It’s a reasonable day here with us but still not June weather.  I felt sorry for all the people last Sunday who turned out for the Flotilla on the Thames to celebrate the Jubilee.

I’ve been trying to adjust my stitching and knitting habits this last week or so to see if it helps my neck and shoulder problem.  I’ve also been given some exercises to do by a physiotherapist at my work.

I think the combination of the exercises and the smaller projects has helped.  I decided to work on a small part of a Shepherd’s Bush design taken from a larger piece.

I think compromise is going to be the way forward, I’d rather stitch something small than not stitch at all.  It’s the same with knitting, I tend to work on small designs.

I saw these flowers in Edinburgh this morning and couldn’t resist, they were so eye catching.

We’ve been trying to encourage Poppy out into the garden on the warmer days.  We started off with a harness but she turned into the Tasmanian Devil when it was put on so we tried a collar and lead instead. You can see that she isn’t exactly taken with it so we’re not sure what to try next.

Finally for today, I’d like to finish with a small question about blogging etiquette.  I love when visitors leave a comment but up till now I haven’t usually followed up with a personal reply to each person.  Is this something that is considered “the thing to do” in the blogging world and am I being rude by not doing it?  I’d love to hear your opinions.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the weekend wherever you are.

In the Pink – or not?

May 30, 2012  |  Featured Posts  |  10 Comments

Although the colour of this rhododendron looks pink, it’s actually a distinctive purple hue.  It’s got two beautiful blooms at the moment but there’s more to come.  Our recent heat wave has made a difference to all the blossoms and everything looks so much healthier.

I love seeing all the lovely photos of flowers on other peoples blogs.  It’s great to see the variety of flowers from around the world.

I’m in a bit of a slump for stitching at the moment.  The only thing I’ve completed is this small scissors sheath.  I love gingher scissors but I don’t like the stiff black sheath they come in so I decided to make this one to match these scissors.

It’s much softer and it matches the colours nicely.   The Flock design that they are sitting on has reached a standstill for two reasons.  Firstly, I’m having neck and shoulder issues at present and stitching on anything other than a very small frame makes it more painful.

Secondly the colour changes that I’m having to make are driving me round the bend.  I still love the design but have put it on hold for the time being.

I’ve made no progress on the knitting front as I find it hard to knit when the weather is warm.  It’s gone cooler since yesterday so that should change things quickly.

This little one has found a new place to sleep using my full body pillow.  Matthew has a folded fleece in his room and she loves to curl up on it.

I’ve been having a major clear out of my craft things recently and I’ve been ruthless in what I’ve given away to charity shops so far.  I’ve kept a couple of things to give away here as well and today I’d like to offer this chart to anyone who would like to stitch it.  If you’re interested then please just mention it if you’re leaving a comment and I will randomly choose a name in a few days time.

ABC Hornbook

Finally I’ll leave you with a couple of photos of a recent visitor – I love bees and their fuzzy bodies, this one especially with that deep orange colour.

Thanks for visiting today, thanks too for taking time to say hello.  Take care wherever you are.

Edinburgh at the weekend.

May 16, 2012  |  Featured Posts  |  7 Comments

On Saturday morning I was in Edinburgh and took some photos from a different viewpoint.  Most of these were taken from either the Royal Mile or North Bridge.

The Royal Mile begins at the top end with the castle and finishes at the bottom with Holyrood Palace.

St Giles Cathedral


This afternoon I spent a little time finishing this simple pincushion.  I had a similar one which had seen better days and I loved using it so decided to make another but in a different colour.  I filled it with natural coloured wool roving which gives it a nice feel.

I’m not making enough progress on “Flock” as I keep changing floss colours.  In fact, I’m just about to go and unpick some stitching I did last night as I don’t like the result when I see it in daylight.

Our local area is awash with yellow at this time of year – if you drive around you are surrounded by lovely fields of yellow.  It looks good but causes a lot of problems with allergies.

I’ll finish today with photos of my two little friends.  Poor Brandy takes a back seat these days with the little live-wire taking centre stage.  Mind you, when she oversteps the mark he soon lets her know.

We like to relax.

Thanks for visiting today.  I hope all is well in your part of the world and the weather is being kind to you.   Take care all.

Promise of what's to come.

Little to show.

May 9, 2012  |  Featured Posts  |  13 Comments

We recently added a weeping cherry to our back garden and when we brought it home it had a lot of lovely blossoms on it.  Unfortunately a cold snap has not been good for any of our flowers/shrubs these last couple of weeks but luckily, I took a few photos before it stopped blooming.

My stitching progress has been sporadic to say the least.  I am so easily distracted and end up trying new things and then going back to what I should be doing.  Flock is still slower than it should be as a result of numerous colour changes.

I should receive the third part this week, I’m trying to keep up so that I don’t end up with part twelve arriving and me still stitching part three.

I’ve been working on the little knitted bunny, mainly putting it together – knitted toys are quite time consuming.  I also started a neck warmer in a sort of Norwegian design. It took me a while to work out how to do the knitted braid edging.  It’s the sort of thing that you would pick up quickly if someone was showing you but trying to work out written instructions wasn’t so easy.

I’ve also been doing a small amount of crochet.  I wanted to crochet a Kindle cover rather than knit one so I decided to use hand painted yarn to save me lots of colour changing. I don’t know how it will work out but it’s worth a try.

I’ll finish with a photo of this little lady who has a fascination for a toaster grill that sits on our kitchen unit.

Thanks for dropping in today and for your recent comments too.  It’s always nice to welcome new visitors and also I’ve found a few new blogs to visit as well which is great.   Until next time, take care.