End of Year

December 29, 2019  |  Uncategorized  |  3 Comments

It’s been a tough year and part of me will be glad to move into 2020.

I’ve found time to craft in the midst of everything, at times it’s kept me grounded as I know a lot of you will relate to.

Making little teddies is fun but fiddly so I have to be in the right frame of mind to do it.

I’m working on a little bright blue one at the moment as a gift for a friend. I’m also still knitting little mice which make handy little fun gifts.

I’ve just finished a boy mouse and I’m working on another one at the moment.

I’m still enjoying my foray into the world of Instagram under the name of cats2stitch but would like to continue with this blog as well.

I’m trying to find time to read up on how to use this new WordPress set up as I can’t just sit down and write a post quickly.

I’ll leave you with some garden photos and hope that all is well in your world as we approach the start of another new year.

Take care wherever you are and all my good wishes for the coming new year.

Much Sadness

September 15, 2019  |  Uncategorized  |  9 Comments
To live in the hearts of those you love is not to die.”

It’s hard to write this blog post even though it’s two months since Alan passed away. I’d like to try to return to the blogging world in time as I do miss it. My life has been turned upside down and nothing prepares you for this but I’m taking things a day at a time. I’ve wanted to write this for weeks now but just couldn’t find the words.

I’ve taken a small step into the Instagram world too as I think I may find that an easier way to connect sometimes. WordPress have changed their settings since my last post so I’m not sure how to add the link for this but you can find me under cats2stitch.

I hope to be back soon. Take care.

Where to begin?

December 9, 2018  |  Featured Posts  |  7 Comments

It’s been a while and over the course of this year my visits to blogs has been erratic to say the least. ┬áIt’s been a tough year for one reason and another.

This pair have caused us endless stress after a simple visit to the vet for teeth removal (Poppy). When she returned Rosa wouldn’t accept that she was her sister and full blown aggression ensued. It’s called non recognition aggression and is a really serious issue.

They have been kept apart since September and only now can we have them together as long as they are supervised. We had to have the help of an animal behaviourist to get us started on the right road. It’s been tough but we’re persisting in the hopes that they might return to being best friends.

I’m still crafting and enjoying making little birds and teddies – I’ve been teaching myself to sew mohair teddy bears and it’s a fun process but addictive too.

The birds are more fun to make since I started to use the pre-made legs. Trying to fashion them from wire etc was a real pain and took ages to do.

I’ve not been taking many photos so although I’ve got quite a few things finished I won’t show them today as the light isn’t great for photography.

I took this photo one morning a few weeks ago and by the time I put the camera down the image had gone in the blink of an eye.

Hubby is still attending hospital for treatment and scans etc – we try to live as normal a life as we can but some days it’s hard.

Hopefully this week I’ll find time to take some pics and do another post. I do miss blogging and think that it would be sad if everyone moved over to Instagram. I love the personal aspect of blogging and know that without this platform I wouldn’t have made friends with some lovely people.
I’m hoping that life may settle down so that I can get back on track with visiting blogs and posting more regularly.

Hope things aren’t too hectic in your part of the world. Christmas has a way of stressing everyone and it’s good to take a moment to breathe and relax.

We’ve still got some lovely roses blooming in our garden and this is one of them:-)

Difficult Decision

May 8, 2018  |  Featured Posts  |  11 Comments

Well at last Spring has arrived here in Scotland. We had one of the longest Winters that I can remember, it seemed to go on and on and I know it was the same in a lot of other places too.

At least now we have colour back in our garden.

We’ve also had this fellow back visiting although not as much since I stopped feeding the birds a week or so ago.

I’ve been knitting more of late rather than sewing so I have no finished sewing to show, only a couple of knitted shelf items.

The frog is my first attempt and I changed the pattern quite a bit – I’m not sure if she needs a mouth. I had a few attempts at giving her a mouth but none of them seemed right.

She was fiddly to knit but still fun. I hand painted the glass eyes which was a first for me.

This little bunny seemed to take ages to complete and I almost gave up a few times but decided to keep going and I’m glad I did. I quite like the end result and I’m currently knitting another in a brighter colour scheme.

Knitting is so therapeutic, it keeps me grounded at a time when life around me feels like shifting sands.

My blog title today refers to a very hard choice we had to make just after my last post. Given that my husband has moved on to a more harsh treatment we made the choice to return Bruno to the breeder. We had him eleven days and it’s taken a while to accept that we couldn’t keep him in our current circumstances. If we had known this prior to bringing him home then we wouldn’t have gone ahead.
He is now with a lovely lady who has kept his name and keeps in touch with regular updates.

The cats settled very quickly back into their usual routine.

Rosa turned six a few days ago and Poppy will be seven in August and yet it feels like they have only been with us a short time. Am I the only person who feels like time is running away from me.

I’ll leave you today with a photo of a lovely gift sent to me by Julie. It was such a thoughtful thing for her to do and actually crossed over with a package I had mailed out to her – it was as if we had been thinking about each other at the same time and not known it!
I’ve always admired Julie’s little rabbits when she’s shown them on her blog and now I have my very own which I’ve named Belinda.

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

Ups and downs.

March 28, 2018  |  Featured Posts  |  11 Comments

Well life hasn’t calmed down at all. Since my last blog entry, hubby’s mum passed away on the 28th February. She too was in a nursing home and was in her nineties so had a good, long life.
It’s sad to see both mums gone in such a short period of time.

In the midst of arranging everything the weather here was awful, trying to get around was hard but it did bring one bonus and that was some birds came to the garden that don’t usually visit us.

We had a thrush, a reed bunting and a pied wagtail.

We also had the usual robins – I think there were two who were here every day for weeks.

Unfortunately we won’t be having the birds visit much in the near future as we’ve had to stop feeding them. I’ll tell you more at the end of this post.

Hubby finished his treatment in February but is having to begin a different type in two weeks due to a complicated result showing on his last scan. Not the news we had hoped for unfortunately.

I’ve still found time to craft and am enjoying working with some new patterns and some old.

This little bird was a little challenging but I enjoyed the process so will be sewing more of them.

This little mouse is another of the same in a more spring colour way this time round.

The little knitted bear was similar to the bird, a little more challenging but still fun. I have already started work on another one.

Finally the reason we’ve stopped feeding the birds is a new addition to the family. Having lost our poodle Brandy last July we took the decision not to get another dog at the time as I was visiting my mum every day in the nursing home. Now that I have my afternoons free once I finish work we felt that the time was right to introduce a new puppy into our family.
We love poodles so the choice was easy but finding one isn’t so easy. I was lucky to speak to the right people and found a really good breeder in the north of England who had pups available.
We chose the biggest boy in the litter – there were five pups – two black and three brown. We had the choice of two brown boys.
We have named him Bruno due to the fact that he is like a big, brown bear. He’s currently ten weeks old.

As you can imagine we haven’t had a minute since we picked him up on Sunday. The cats are keeping their distance but have thawed a little since he arrived. It will take time as he is so full of energy and is wild as the heather.

I hope all is well in your part of the world and that you are enjoying the advent of Spring or Autumn. I love Spring but it’s still so cold here that it doesn’t feel as though it’s arrived yet.
Take care and thanks for stopping by.

January brings……………………..

January 19, 2018  |  Featured Posts  |  13 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 with a circular saw with a good cut capacity 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.