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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.

Anyone for tea?

April 13, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  5 Comments

I bought this camellia at the weekend.  It’s actually really small but in the photo looks quite big.  With our weather being so severe in the winter, we can’t keep camellias from one year to another as they won’t flower again.

I’ve just finished baking a spicy tea loaf, hence the title for today’s post!

It’s a very easy recipe and keeps well for several days – in fact it improves with age given the chance!

I’ve not made much progress with my banner, I’ll post a photo next time.  Several people have left really kind comments and asked some questions too.  I’m choosing each letter’s design as I go so I don’t know what the end result will be.

I’ve been doing a little more knitting as well – I sometimes think I’m a butterfly when it comes to craft work as I flit from one thing to another.

I’m looking forward to having no work next week and we’re hoping to get out and about on days out if the weather is good.  It would be nice to have some photos of Scotland to post from some places I don’t normally visit on a regular basis.

I’ll finish with a photo of a dwarf rhododendrum which is in our front garden – it’s a lovely colour but is really tiny – I thought the winter had finished it off so was surprised to see it flower.

Thanks for stopping by today, take care and enjoy the rest of your week wherever you are.

Sunshine and showers.

April 7, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  8 Comments

As you can see I’ve made a little progress this week.  I’m enjoying the stitching process but I seem to be so slow at the moment.

I’ve also been doing a little knitting – I’ve finished the little red pouch but I’ve still to sew it together.  I’m planning on making one in green, black and pink as well – one to match with each animal.

They are fun to knit, very relaxing.  I’m currently knitting a needlebook as well which I’ll post a photo of when I’ve made more progress.

It’s been a mixed week with us – we’ve had extremely windy weather mixed with sunshine and showers.

Our schools break this Friday for Easter and Matthew will be off for over two weeks.  I’m planning on having a week off work too so hopefully I’ll get a bit more crafting time.

Thanks for the continued comments, I always enjoy reading them and they very often give me a smile.

Take care wherever you are.

Mother’s Day gifts.

April 4, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  6 Comments

Yesterday was Mother’s Day in the UK and one of my gifts from Matthew was the Camellia above.  As you have probably guessed, if you pop in often, I love the colour red.

I also chose one of the new Pin Cushion kits by JABCO which I loved the minute I saw it.  I need a pin cushion for my knitting and couldn’t resist Pin Feathers.

The last little gift was a beaded spider made by UK artist Lorna Storey  – I’ve placed Esmerelda on one of my resident orchids.

I’ve made a little more progress on my banner (I’m stitching a new blog banner Margaret) and I’ve also made some knitting progress but I’ll post those photos later in the week, hopefully.

Finally for today, I don’t know if I’m stating the obvious to all you technology minded folks but in case I’m not then if you want to get regular updates on my postings then please click the little link at the top right hand of my home page and it will allow you to subscribe to a feed for my blog.
Thanks for visiting today, I hope all is well in your part of the world.

A bit of everything.

March 31, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  6 Comments


As you can see, a new orchid has appeared at our house. I know you can keep orchids and bring them on again but I’m not green fingered at all so it’s not an option for me.

Today’s post is a random mix of everything. I’ve made a very little progress on my banner – last week I couldn’t stitch because of a streaming cold and then to top it all I ended up with a very sore thumb on my right hand.

Brandy (our poodle) bit me last Thursday evening. I was picking up the stuffing he had ripped out of his latest toy and he took exception. He’s a very possessive little dog but it’s the first time he’s bitten me – he’s always been a bit of a boy, ever since we got him.

Recently I’ve found a few new blogs which I’ve really enjoyed. I think it’s great when a comment pops up from someone new and through it you find a new blog to visit.
It’s even nicer when you find your own blog listed there in the sidebar – I always take it as a compliment.

I’d like to share a poem with you that was inspired by visiting Beth’s blog Garden Grumbles and Cross Stitch Fumbles. (I found her blog recently for the first time).


Woodpecker is rubber-necked
But has a nose of steel
He bangs his head against the wall
And cannot even feel.

When Woodpecker’s jack-hammer head
Starts up it’s dreadful din
Knocking the dead bough double dead
How do his eyes stay in?

Pity the poor dead oak that cries
In terror and in pain
But pity more the Woodpecker’s eyes
And bouncing rubber brain. by Ted Hughes

The necklace below is a gift for my mum – she wanted a necklace similar to one I made her last year as she finds it easy to wear. I’ve still to put the catch on it. I’ve made it from Aquamarine and Lapis Lazuli beads along with sterling silver.

When my thumb was really sore I managed to do a little knitting instead of stitching. I am knitting a little gift pouch which I want to embellish with beads of some sort. In fact, I’d like to knit several in different colours as I want to send a couple away for fun little gifts.

I should manage to get this one finished in a day or so but I’m a terrible ditherer when it comes to adding the little extras. I tend to change my mind several times over.

Anyway, thanks for dropping by today and take care wherever you are.

All about colour.

March 23, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  3 Comments

I love colour in all it’s forms but especially the colours found in nature.

I took these photos in our garden this week and what amazes me is that we are seeing flowers so soon after the bad weather.  Some plants were badly hit by the prolonged snow we had but others seem to have bounced back very quickly.

I think the windflower above is a very pretty colour.

I was drawn to the flowering cactus as  it was the only one of that colour in the shop and it reminded me of one that Edgar posted on his blog before Christmas.

I like the fritillary below but the colour isn’t so stunning – it’s really the overall appearance of the plant that appeals to me.

Not one single stitch have I done since my last post as I have had a dreadful cold.  The kind where you constantly blow your nose, have a sore throat and generally feel miserable all over as well as not sleeping properly.

I’m hoping that I will feel more like stitching in a day or so – instead I did a little chore for a beaded piece of knitting that I’m ready to tackle.  I need to thread 1300 beads onto the wool and so far I’ve done 700.  I’ve not decided whether to knit a jewellery pouch or a needlecase.

Thanks for the recent comments and for popping in for a visit.  Till next time.

Scotland on a Saturday.

March 19, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  4 Comments

We were in Edinburgh this morning and I noticed these signs advertising the annual science festival.  It’s always a really popular event with both the public and schools.

It was a lovely sunny morning in town and there were a lot of Italian visitors there for the rugby international this afternoon at Murrayfield.

Bit o’ fun.

March 17, 2011  |  Featured Posts  |  2 Comments

Although I don’t celebrate St Patrick’s Day, I made this little chick as a gift to give to someone today. It’s actually more green than it looks in the photos.

The books in the photo below are for both myself and Matthew who is studying History at school. I love reading about the First World War and both these books are really interesting. Some of the animal stories are very touching.

My banner is slowly coming along. I should really be managing a letter every couple of days but I’m not coming anywhere close to achieving this. Having said that, it’s fun to work on and I suppose that’s the whole point.

I hope your week is going well wherever you are. Enjoy each day and take care.