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Saturday, 24 February 2018

We have Spring ! but not for long.

Hello to all my friends , 
What a beautiful sunny day today the sun is shining the birds a singing the sweetest of songs , and boy it makes you feel good.
But yes we have winter heading back to us from Russia it is going to get very cold this week maybe even some snow with it.
I was a little late getting up today , last night we were out with some friends having a meal , and when we were about to leave some friends from the past came to talk to us , so we never got to bed until 1.00 so needed to catch up a little ha.
Well I have been stitching and playing with those paints and will show you soon.
I have also been blessed with a couple of gifts one from my sweet friend Ann we were not able to see each other till this week so I had a lovely late Christmas parcel of goodies , and this morning from my friend Titty a lovely Valentines gift arrived , I am so bless with so many lovely caring friends .
So first up I showed you my needle box in a past post.
Now I have made a pin box YES I have so many pins and wanted to put them all together .


 Stitched on 28ct linen and using a mix of threads .



 This is one of our friends Dany's charts , you know how much I love her designs. This one is called Cussin Aiguilles, I could do one now for my scissors .
  



This is just a few I found so now I need to gather them all to fit into my box then I can find them ! when I need too.

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And now my lovely gifts from my dear friend for many years Ann ( no blog ) 

 lovely gift Ann thank you so much , I will enjoy using the materials and ribbons , they are just beautiful , and love the Christmas tree and love the candle too . I will look forward to using them the end of the year.
And look at this beautiful box Ann made for me .

 Beautiful stitching and what a lovely verse .
And wait when I opened the box look at these sweet glass bubbles , beautiful pastel colours.



Thank you Ann from the bottom of my heart.
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And this morning the postman came and what a lovely gift from my lovely friend Titty from Italy (no blog) 
A Valentine's gift .

 Titty always wraps her gifts so beautifully , and inside.



 Wow lovely chocolate and beautiful heart material.
Thank you also my sweet friend for your kindness .
                Love and kisses to you both .
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 Well I did say Spring was with us this week and here is a peek at my wall garden I planted .

             It's really starting to come alive .
            And here are a few flowers I picked to bring Spring inside for the weekend.




They smell so sweet.


Thank you again for such wonderful comments .
And I wish you all a wonderful stitching weekend. 

Saturday, 17 February 2018

CRAZY WEEK.

Dear friends,
Hope you are enjoying you day , it's been very nice here this morning and I worked in the garden for an hour this morning . It's a bit early but I needed to get outside in the fresh air and I loved it.
So this week has been a crazy busy week lots of appointments, our date day out for lunch and yesterday I went with a few friends to the craft and stitching show.
Not allot of cross stitching there but I brought some lovely bits and bobs.
Thank you for your lovely comments last week you really are the best friends. 
So first up a little gift I stitch for a lovely lady who is catching up with me, ha.
I stitched this one for Barb I know she just loves sheep .
little abc's sheep folk art pottery .
From Cross Country Stitching magazine Feb 25 2003 


Stitched on a 28ct cream even weave with dmc threads.
Just a few things I brought yesterday at the show.

I did buy some thing new that I can show you soon that's what the paint is for , so watch this space.


This book is lovely I had to buy it .
Here are a few pages from inside.




We had a lovely Valentines .
 

No red roses I wanted these daffodil's and they are fragrant 


  And here in all it's glory one of my favorite plants

 Have a wonderful weekend all I am ready I sit and stitch
now, or shall I knit ! one or the other.

     

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Saturday wash out.

 Hello dear friends ,
Today is a wash out , it's cold and raining so I am resting and maybe watch some TV this afternoon while stitching .
There's lots of sport today that's if you like sport , I must say I love most sports .
I have spent most of the week sorting upstairs and getting rid of loads of junk where does it all come from ?
So I can sit with an inner peace that my work for this week is done until Monday.
I will start today's post with a little stitch I stitched for our friend Ann who needed a hug , and I could not reach Scotland so I sent her a little something to brighten her day.



             Winter pansy from CS Collection 2006 
                       28 ct white sparkle evenweave and dmc threads , and the material you see is the backing.

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    I was feeling a little under the weather this past week and yesterday I received a lovely HAPPY package of our sweet friend Lynda who is a stitching sister of mine .
My Sis brought me the four season charts well that cheered me up no end I love new stash so I have already started to get the threads together for the first chart of Spring.
Thank you so much my dear stitching Sis .
                       
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Valentines day this week so I thought I would show you some of my past stitching .
                                         
              Happy Valentines day friends for this week.

                    2015 ! where did those years go .








And a red rose for all my friends to wish you a happy 
                               Valentine's .

Just a quick run into the garden this week.
This is what I found.









Have a great week and thank you once again for your lovely comments . Well what do you know the sun is trying to come out ! 

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Snow Drops

Hello Friends ,
Wow another week passed by so fast and now we have February.
It's been a funny week here , and lot's going on .
The weather is kind one day with beautiful sunshine , I almost wanted to start working in the garden I could see more lovely snowdrops every where .
Then a bitter cold day and windy , then more rain lots of rain and more rain and yes more rain . No wonder people get down this time of the year. 
So no photos of flowers today it's far to wet.
I had a few nice days out with hubby and then out with my friend Sally .
I have been busy stitching and trying to tidy up my sewing things then gave up . I have so much and want to stitch it all , so will sort it out again when I am in the mood.
Not to much to show because allot what I am stitching is mostly gifts at the moment.
But first up is a little sewing card I sent to our friend mouse for her birthday .


Rose Scroll from  Cross Stitch & Bead weaving 
Issue 81 by Jill Oxton.
I wish we had more Perforated paper charts out there .
I love stitching on paper it's such a lovely change.




I started a new SAL with Lesley Teare 
I love sunny bonnet sue designs , and have a few in my box to start   but I love this one, this little boy is for January I want to stitch them onto my bread cloth , all around the edge facing out then I will back it and use as a table topper , that's if my GDs let me keep it ha .
Lesley is running two SALs the other one is Floral and yes I will be stitching both of them , SALs are so much fun .
Thank you Lesley .




We went out to do some shopping and lunch .
And it was so dull but look what we spotted they just walk around .
 (I know I always show these pretty guys when there is nothing to show in the winter months.)


And below you really have to look hard to see a geese and a robin who is not there ! but was when I took the photo.

Thats what happens when you get older to slow he flew away.



I really need to get a little house work done .
So I can sit and relax for an hour later with out feeling guilty ha.
Thank you again sweet friends for your lovely comments 
Have a lovely weekend. 
Oh the sun is out now I need some sun , see you soon.




Sunday, 28 January 2018

IT'S NOT SPRING YET !

Hello friends ,
 How are we today , I feel better after my head cold .
Well my garden thinks it is Spring and it's not it's still January . I just looked outside and more plants are coming alive I will have to show you next time.  but will show you what came out last week .
But first up you want to know who the WINNER of the snowman is drum roll please ..................
It's Shirley from NEW ZEALAND congrats Shirley you will enjoy stitching this one, and thank you to all who emailed there will always be more through out the year.
Thank you also to our dear friend Sally .
Ok moving on to my stitching it's been a up and down week of stitching with my head cold but happy to say I am better now , it would make me so giddy at times I could not sew .
But I did manage to do some stitching and a finish .
So first my finish , I wanted to make a box just for my packs of needles , I have many lovely needle books , some have been made by wonderful friends.
But it is nice to keep the others in their packs . So I was looking for a small box that is not to deep and I found one in my craft room , my DH goes mad because I keep everything well why not ha.
Any way here it is .



                    Needle Lady Pocket by LHN  stitched on a raw 32 evenweave and mixture of threads .
           I set it on to a gold box that was just the right size and for holding my needle packages.







My cherries will take a rest now so I can work on one of my other UFOs for Feb
This way I never get tired of what I am stitching and it's fun.
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Dh came home with more flowers this week  it really does lift your spirits having flowers all around you.





 And in the garden .



A Christmas rose about to open



                         Snow drops just coming out and crocus .
                                               
     



They have taken allot with the rain and winds .
But so mild here today.
 But these flowers below should not be open yet.



Jasmine.






Camellia. 
I could not believe it when my DH said they were out .

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Thank you for all your lovely comments have a fun week .
I am just going to do some lunch and then get ready for an hours bird watch , like many of you are doing today .