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Stirling in the rain.

June 22, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  10 Comments

On Saturday morning we went to Stirling and the weather was dreadful.  We got soaked just going from the wool shop to the car.

I was there to buy some wool to knit a “Doctor Who” scarf for Matthew.  He is going through a phase of watching all the old Doctor Who dvd’s and asked me to knit him the original style scarf that Tom Baker wore.

I’ll post a photo of it soon (when I’ve made a bit more progress).

It was too wet to get any decent photos of the castle etc so I just snapped these shots very quickly.

The photo above shows the Wallace Monument in the distance.

Our weather has continued to be very wet – it’s been ever so slightly warmer but not like summer at all.

Hopefully when you next pop in, I’ll be able to say that the sun is shining.  Thanks for the comments and for stopping by.

To stitch or not to stitch?

June 16, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  6 Comments

I bought this plant on Saturday even though the rain was pouring down, I couldn’t resist it. It reminded me of something from my childhood and I still can’t think what it was.
Our weather has been the same old mix of sunshine and showers but mainly showers and not very warm for this time of year.

So to cheer myself up I ordered these scissors as they looked such a fun design. I don’t know if you know the Moomins – but the scissors I chose are called Moominmamma. There were four designs to choose from – two were large size and two were for children.

I’m still working at improving my skills in crochet and I bought the above workshop to help me along the way. I’m going to work through it a step at a time and hopefully I’ll become more proficient as I go. (At least that’s the idea).

The little pouch is a small extra that is on it’s way to someone who bought some of my destash items.
I’m finding that I can’t seem to get going on cross stitch at the moment and it’s very frustrating. I don’t want to start anything new till I finish the SB kit I’m working on as I know I will then be reluctant to go back to it.

I’d like to share a poem with you today that I think has a lovely feel to it. In parts of Scotland there are moors where a lot of heather grows.

“Moorland Song” from “Kingfisher Days” by Mary Sheepshanks

Wind in the heather sings me a song
of mountains and moorland where freedom is strong
– where mist round the fir-trees drapes curtains of sleep
and tear-stained with water, rock faces weep.

Breeze in the bracken murmurs a rhyme
of city-free spaces un-cloistered as time
while chimes from the harebells wild honey-bees ring
and crooning and droning, a cradle-song sing.

Pipits are piping; they flute me a chant
of cloud patterned hill tops with sunlight aslant
on weathered grey boulders where lichens have grown
a rusty green tracery printed on stone.

The wind and the wildness tell me a tale
to heal me and help me if courage should fail
oh blessing of beauty – my heart must belong
where wind through the heather blows me a song.

Thanks for dropping in today, perhaps when you next stop by I’ll have returned to some form of stitching (I hope). Take care.
PS Thanks for the lovely comments about my new banner, they are very much appreciated.

New banner – at last.

June 8, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  9 Comments

At last I’ve finished my banner – trust me this will be the last I will be stitching for a while.  It took me much longer than I thought it would.  Now I’ve moved back onto stitching a gift I was working on months ago.

It’s a combination of two Shepherd’s Bush kits.

I’ve not posted for a couple of weeks due to the fact that I’ve been under the weather with some kind of virus (at least that’s what I think it is).  I can’t seem to shake it completely so some evenings I feel like crafting and others I can’t seem to motivate myself.

Two of the items I’ve been working on were for an exchange so I can’t show them till they reach their destination which is literally the other side of the world.  It’s my first ever exchange so it was a new experience for me.  One item is knitted and the other is beading.

I’ve revamped the photos in my gallery to include the letters from my banner for a short while.  The reason I did this is that several people have asked me about the lettering and I thought it might be nice if anyone wanted a closer look then it’s easy to click the gallery photos and get a close up.

The letters are all taken from Cricket Collection seasons charts and all I’ve done is customise them to suit.  I hope you like what I did with them.

The above photo sums up our weather of late.  Last month and the start of this month we’ve had a mix of extremely wet, windy and cold with one day of extreme heat thrown in.

Thanks for popping in today, I hope you drop in again soon.

Crochet progress.

May 23, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  6 Comments

I recently bought a new lens for my camera and the photo above was my first attempt at using it.  I’m looking forward to trying it out.

Where does time go?  No doubt I’m not alone in asking this question but this last week has just flown past.

I was caught up with having a new carpet fitted in my sunlounge – it’s where we keep lots of books and dvd’s etc so emptying the room and then putting everything back took ages. Added to that I had some family health issues to deal with which took up time as well.

I’ve almost finished my new banner – it seems to have taken forever and I’m so looking forward to stitching some other bits and pieces on a smaller scale for a little while.

I went along to the first of my crochet classes last Sunday and then went back for part two yesterday.  I really enjoyed the whole experience and I’m so glad that I took the plunge.  In the first class I learned some basic stitches and yesterday I learned how to crochet in the round to make a “granny square”.

You can see my little practice pieces above – I think the secret will be to reinforce what I’ve learned so far before I try to move on.  I know what I’ve done is very basic but for me it’s a big step forward.

I’ve tried to teach myself more than once and failed so having lessons in a small class was ideal.  The class was only three of us the first week and then four yesterday – our teacher was a lovely young Icelandic lady.

Finally today I’d like to share a short poem with you and also a photo of a gift I gave to my mother in law recently.


So what is love?  If thou wouldst know

The heart alone can tell.

Two minds with but a single thought,

Two hearts that beat as one.

And whence comes Love? Like morning bright,

Love comes without thy call.

And how dies Love?  A spirit bright,

Love never dies at all.

Thanks for popping in today and thanks too for your recent comments, especially to Margaret for the information about the Daisy Winder.  Take care and have a good week.

Little question.

May 14, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  9 Comments

Today the colour is pink – I recently bought the above bougainvillea, it’s a very small one but it did quite well – even in our cold climate.

I’ve got a little puzzle today – a lady I work with asked me if I knew what the craft item shown below is called.  Her aunt used to use it to make cot blankets.  She made daisies by winding wool round the “spikes” and then she filled in the centre when she retracted the spikes and then crocheted them together.

I’d love it if anyone could tell me what it is called and what it’s main function was.  Obviously it’s very old.

Talking of Crochet – I’m really excited, as tomorrow I’m taking an “absolute beginner’s” class in crochet.  I’m taking the first of two classes in an Edinburgh knitting boutique which is situated in a very historic part of the city.

I’ll try to remember to take my camera and get some photos of the area.

Edinburgh this morning.

On the craft front, I’ve been busy with my banner and with an exchange that I’m knitting and beading for.  I’ll post some photos soon, hopefully.  If I have any success with the crochet I’ll show that as well.   I opted to learn how to make a granny square, I just hope I can pick up the basic skills.

Thanks for the recent comments, I really do appreciate them.  Having said that, I also appreciate the visits from any visitors who pop in but don’t comment.

I’m off to watch a little of the infamous Eurovision Song Contest.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

The colour purple.

May 3, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  8 Comments

We visited the garden centre yesterday and bought a few bits and pieces – for some reason the colour purple seemed to jump out at me. The clematis above was one of the purple flowers and the lupin at the bottom of this post was the other. Lupins make me think of my childhood as we had them in our garden and the bees seemed to visit them endlessly when they were in flower.

The next few photos show my banner progress and also a finish which was done for me by Karen V at “My Favourite Things” (there’s a link to her blog in my sidebar).

I wasn’t confident enough to tackle the scissors pouch finish by myself and so when I saw a recent blog post by Karen which announced her new business venture offering a finishing service, I couldn’t resist.

I’m sure you would agree that she has finished it to perfection – I am very pleased and would happily use Karen’s services again.

You can click on the photos if you want to see a close up.

I’m glad I’m getting closer to the finish line with my banner – I wasn’t happy with it for a while but I feel as though it has grown on me as I’ve progressed.

It’s a beautiful sunny day with us today, still cool but lovely all the same.
Thanks for dropping by, I hope the sun is shining with you, wherever you are.

And the winner is …………..!

April 29, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  4 Comments

The winner of my Royal Wedding Giveaway is Mary Laird.
Congratulations Mary, please can you get in touch with me to give me your address details, via my contact link.

Can I also take this chance to tell you about Edgar’s Giveaway to celebrate four years of blogging. If you don’t already know, Edgar can be found at Blacksheep’s Bit of the Web and he has a great blog with a lovely informal, relaxed feel to it.
His blog and one other were the inspiration for me taking the plunge into the world of blogging. I look forward to many more years of reading Edgar’s daily posts Monday to Friday.

I’ve just been watching the Royal Wedding this morning and I’ve enjoyed the whole occasion and sense of history in it.

Thanks for dropping in today and thanks to all of you who entered my little giveaway and also to the people who mentioned it on their blog. I appreciate it.

Remember to comment.

April 25, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  No Comments

It’s a lovely day here with us for Easter Monday which is a public holiday in the UK.
I’ve been out and about shopping and then home relaxing with some tea and cake.

If you look closely at the photo you will see two ornaments which are the characters Ginger and Pickles from Beatrix Potter tales.
When we visit Keswick, in the Lake District, there is a little bakery/tearoom called Ginger and Pickles.

Enjoy your day, wherever you are and please remember to leave a comment on my Giveaway post below.

Thanks for stopping by.

Royal Wedding Giveaway.

April 24, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  16 Comments




You’d have to be on another planet to not know that there is a Royal Wedding this Friday.  Lots of shops etc have gone red, white and blue mad.

I would think that down in England it will be even more so than up here in Scotland.

As promised, I thought it might me nice to have a fun little giveaway to mark the occasion.

Royal Wedding Giveaway.

I’ve made a little knitted pouch in Rowan Cashsoft yarns and a beaded scissors fob made from a hand made lampwork bead (by an English artist) swarovski crystals, sterling silver findings and a sterling silver rose charm.

There is also a brand new set of Limited Edition playing cards featuring the Royal family and a Marks and Spencer chocolate lolly.

If you’d like to enter then please leave a comment on this post only.  It would be great if your comment could relate in some way to Friday’s event but it doesn’t have to.

UPDATE.  (I’ve had a few comments which mention posting overseas.  I’m more than happy to mail overseas, it doesn’t matter where you live, feel free to enter).

I will draw the winner on Friday at 11.00 am. which is the time of the ceremony.


PS  If you have a blog then I’d be happy for you to mention this giveaway.

How to relax.

April 20, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  6 Comments

Well the weather here has been lovely since the weekend.  I’m off this week so it’s good timing.

We’ve been buying some new bits and pieces for the garden – I love splashes of colour all over the garden so I’m always tempted by the brightest colours in the garden centre.  I’ll post a few photos of some of the plants we bought, over the next couple of weeks.

I’ve been doing a little stitching, a little knitting and a little beading so far this week.  Also lots of shopping!!

The title “how to relax” comes from these two photos.

I envy the way animals seem to be able to relax so easily.  I think I’m only truly relaxed when I’m doing some form of craftwork.    My banner is slowly getting there – I don’t know why I’m taking so long with it as I’m enjoying doing it.  I think charting as I go has something to do with it.

Finally, thanks for the recent comments – the bad news is that the tea loaf was only nice for about a day and then it went so dry I had to bin the lot.

I can’t remember the name of these flowers but I found them so appealing that they came home with us from the garden centre.

Now for a little giveaway update.  I’ve been very remiss at not having a giveaway for ages and thought it might be nice to have one with a Royal Wedding theme.  I’ve got one item still to organise so look out for the details in a couple of days.

Thanks for dropping in today, take care and  pop in again soon.