Change of weather.

September 7, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  2 Comments

I knew our good weather couldn’t last. Today I got up to very heavy rain which improved as the day went on.
I hope everyone in the States enjoyed a lovely, relaxing holiday yesterday.

I’m not going to say much today, I just wanted to drop in to let you know that I’ve added some NEW ITEMS to my destash page for anyone who’s interested. There’s a few kits and some threads and ribbons.

The charts I’ve been waiting for should have arrived today but didn’t so I am really disappointed. I expected three things to arrive today and not one of them did. Can you relate to that??

Thanks for stopping by and remember to comment on my Giveaway post by tomorrow lunchtime.

Poem of the week.

September 6, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  No Comments

I hope you all had a lovely weekend. The weather here continued to be lovely and sunny – much warmer than it was for the whole of August. It’s so typical that when the children go back to school, the weather improves.

This week’s poem isn’t really a poem as such but I liked it anyway and I hope you do. I never get a reaction to any of the poems so I don’t know if you like them or not.

“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.

I think it’s important to remember all of the above but the one that struck a cord with me, whilst typing it, was number 12. I guess most of the readers of this blog will relate to that particular one.

I didn’t stitch much at the weekend. I had hoped some charts would arrive in the mail but they didn’t so I had to work on existing projects. Why is it that the charts you desperately want are the ones that take the longest to arrive?

I bought some more wool at the weekend – I have some ideas of what I want to knit with this mohair and silk mix. Hopefully I’ll have time to make a start this week.

Thanks again for the lovely comments. It’s been fun to read what Autumn means to you all and if you haven’t left a comment on my Giveaway post then please try to do so before the closing date on Wednesday 8th.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you can drop in another day to visit.

(Thanks also to the ladies who have bought my items for sale. I’ll try to add more things this week.)

Scotland on a Saturday – or NOT!

September 4, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  2 Comments

“The best laid plans of mice and men ……”  as they say.  Unfortunately I didn’t manage to visit St Andrew’s this morning as something cropped up at home.

We did a quick visit to Edinburgh instead and I didn’t take any photos so I’m going to do a post today from a recent visit to north Wales.  Wales is a lovely place to visit and we try to go once a year.

Llandudno Bay - looking one direction.

Llandudno bay looking the other direction.

The Great Orme is at one end and the Little Orme is at the other.

Llanberis lake in Snowdonia.

Open slate mining.

The view across the lake to the slate mining is very rugged – it’s a very dramatic drive through the mountains but not what you would call pretty.

Snowdonia is a lovely area of contrasts going from the really rugged to the very pretty within a short drive.

Betwys Y Coed

Thanks for visiting today and also for your continued comments on the Autumn Giveaway – I’m loving reading your comments. If you haven’t left a comment on that particular post yet then please do so before the closing date next week.

One of the bonus things I have gained from your comments is finding lots of lovely blogs that I haven’t seen before.  It’s great to find new places to visit.

Thanks for popping in, I’ll be back on Monday with my poem of the week.

What to stitch?

September 3, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  No Comments

Thanks to everyone who left a comment yesterday on the giveaway post. It was really lovely to read what autumn means to other people. The interesting thing is that it means slightly different things depending on where you live in the world.

It truly amazes me that through a blog you can have contact with such lovely stitchers all over the world.

Please remember to comment as I’d love to see more names being added – it makes it more fun!

I know from reading other blogs that we stitchers sometimes hit the “doldrums” with our existing projects. Well that’s where I am at this moment. Since I’m taking a break with the canvas work I really don’t feel like working on any of my existing designs.

I can’t decide whether to pick up on this one that has been languishing for a while –

– or whether to wait and start on a new autumn style banner for my blog.

I’d probably prefer to work on a new banner but I’m waiting for some charts to arrive that I need to work from.

It’s been another beautiful, warm and sunny day with us. What a great start we’ve had to September. I just hope in continues over the weekend.

Thanks for visiting today, please pop back tomorrow for Scotland on a Saturday. I will most likely be visiting St Andrew’s tomorrow (the home of golf) so will take some photos whilst I’m there.

PS I’ve added a lovely little French kit to my destash/items for sale area. SOLD.

Autumn Giveaway.

September 2, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  15 Comments

As promised, today I’m giving details of my early Autumn giveaway. To enter this draw, please make a comment on this post between now and the closing date which is next Wednesday (8th) at twelve noon British time.   It would be great if your comment could be on what Autumn means to you personally.

For me Autumn is all about colour – the reds and the oranges etc are just so rich.

I hope you like what I’m offering in this month’s giveaway.

This is the chart by Chatelaine for Autumn/Herbst.  The little fabric insert is included and I have added the full skein of Waterlcolors along with the Mill Hill Treasure pack that is needed.

Full Circle Designs  – Autumn Sheep includes the chart and felt etc to finish.

Finally, Elizabeth Designs chart with some Butterfly Couture heart shaped buttons in autumn shades.

On the personal stitching front I’ve been making progress with the canvas work I’m doing but it’s been causing me problems.  Since I’ve been enjoying doing this piece I haven’t been doing any cross stitch at all and I’ve ended up with a sore shoulder and neck.  As soon as the needle is harder to pull through the fabric, I end up with problems – I’ll need to take a break and concentrate more on some cross stitch on linen for a while.  Here’s a pic of the progress to date.

Thanks for visiting today.   If you were here you would be enjoying a beautiful, sunny and warm day with a gorgeous clear blue sky.

PS I couldn’t resist including the photos of the hoverfly visiting one of my roses today. If you click on the photo you can get a close up view. Thanks to Karen for her info – I got it wrong and edited this post. How true is the saying “you learn something new every day”.

Some housekeeping changes.

September 1, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  No Comments

I hope you can bear with me today as I’ve made several posts (which you can see below) with some small changes in the way I am going to post in future.

I really haven’t been happy about including items for sale in my regular posts so I’m going to keep them separate in future.
Because of this I’ve changed the categories to try and make things more straightforward.

I mentioned an Autumn themed Giveaway on Monday. I’m going to post some details and photos of that tomorrow so I hope you can drop in for a visit.

Items for sale.

September 1, 2010  |  Destash/Items for Sale  |  14 Comments

Updated on 12th January 2014

I’ve donated most of my unwanted charts and kits to charity. I still have many that I know I won’t stitch so if you’re looking for a particular chart then please feel free to email me. I may just have the one you’re searching for.

Information details.

September 1, 2010  |  Information  |  No Comments

This is a post giving information for anyone interested in buying an item in “Destash/Items for Sale”. The following details will hopefully be helpful.

1. The cost shown is for the item only. I have not included post and packing as it will depend on the weight etc. This also allows me to reduce costs if someone is buying several items.

2. All prices are shown in pounds and dollars.

3. Items will be sent out very quickly and overseas packages will be sent airmail.

4. Unless stated otherwise any charts/books etc have only been owned by myself and are in excellent condition. My home is NON smoking.

5. The items I am selling are at very low prices. I would rather another stitcher had the pleasure of a chart/fabric/thread etc instead of it being hidden in a drawer in my home.

6. I will update this area regularly and remove items that are sold.

7. Payment is by Paypal only. Please contact me for details regarding any queries etc.

The next area deals with Jewellery and Needlework Accessories that I make.

1. 2. 3. and 7. are as above.

4. All silver components are sterling silver – this includes crimps, clasps, jump rings, headpins etc.

5. In gold coloured jewellery, the gold used is Gold Filled which is more expensive than vermeil. It does not tarnish.

6. The beading wire I use is of a professional quality and the beads I buy are from reputable sellers.

Finally If you should buy an item and be unhappy in any way then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. I buy from around the world and I know how important it is to feel that you have been dealt with fairly.

Poem of the week.

August 30, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  No Comments

Welcome to Monday’s poem of the week.  This week I thought I’d go seasonal and so I chose a poem that reflects this time of year.

“August Ends”

A nip in the air today, and autumn

Playing hide and seek with summer;

Winter takes a first grip on plant, insect and bird,

Last blackberry flowers fade,

And fruit, moving from green to red,

Dangles foot long purple clusters

Over downy hedgerows, wasps go numb,

Fall drowsy on dropped plums, honey and smokey wax

Perfume the spidered loft, barley shines.

Swifts on curved wings wheel overhead

Printing broad arrows on the leaden sky;

And now I catch the echo of the far north wind

And over the shorn and stubbled land

The dreaded hawk hovers, and a cloud of peewits cry.

Leonard Clark.

When I was teaching I used to love to read seasonal poetry to my class. I think autumn poems were always my favourite.  Perhaps I’ll find an autumn one to share with you next week.

Talking of autumn – look out for later this week when I’ll be posting about an autumn themed giveaway which I’m planning to have very soon.

Today is a beautiful, sunny day although this morning’s temperature was very chilly indeed.  When Alan left for work it was a cool 8 degrees.

In my post on Saturday, I mentioned visiting a wool shop in Edinburgh.  I am trying a new wool for me which is a mix of kid mohair and silk.  I did a couple of trial pieces yesterday and they came out nicely.  I want to try to do some colourwash effect knitting with it.

The threads above are for an upcoming project – it’s a little canvas work bag.  Do you see a pattern in the colours I’m leaning towards at the moment?  I truly think it’s the time of year – it draws me towards warm colours.

The crewel wools arrived in the post on Saturday from a shop in Oxfordshire called Burford Needlecraft.  It’s a lovely shop to visit – and Burford itself is a very nice place with some lovely individual shops.  Lots of arts and crafts.

I thought you might enjoy this fruity photo – I shop a lot in Marks and Spencer for food and they often have limited edition fruits which I like to try.  The most recent one I tried is the tiny apple you can see sitting beside a normal size apple.  It’s all the way from New Zealand.

Finally for today, can I just say thanks for the continued comments – I’m glad many of you enjoyed a stroll through Edinburgh on Saturday.

Thanks for dropping in today, I hope you can visit again.

Edinburgh today.

August 28, 2010  |  Featured Posts  |  4 Comments

Welcome to the weekend and thanks for the continued comments and messages.

I spent this morning shopping and having my hair cut in Edinburgh so I took some photos. It’s the festival at the moment so the city is very busy with tourists. I was asked for directions on more than one occasion – even though I was sporting a camera which I thought made me look like a tourist.

Edinburgh is a lovely city to visit at this time of year as there is so much going on.  Most of the festival fringe shows sell out very quickly.

No matter where I walked this morning there were billboards, like this, advertising what is going on.

I don’t know which play this actor had escaped from but he was in a hurry when I took this photo.

I took this photo when I was heading to the wool shop inside the store you see called Jenners.  It used to be an independent department store till a few years ago.  Inside you can see the great hall – every Christmas they put up a huge tree which looks lovely.

I’ll post some photos of the wool that I bought next week.

Finally, a view looking over the river Forth – the land you see at the other side of the water is the county of Fife.  The bridges I showed in a recent post cross over to Fife.

Thanks for dropping in to see Scotland on a Saturday.  Please pop in again on Monday for poem of the week and some photos of wools and threads.

PS. Denise asked if there is a needlework shop in Edinburgh.  There used to be a wonderful shop called The Embroidery Shop which closed several years ago.  It was located in a lovely street that was like something out of a Dickens novel.  In fact it was used not so long ago to film a period drama.  Unfortunately there isn’t a needlework shop that sells the range of things I would be looking for.  I think it’s a sign of the times.