Wednesday, 28 December 2016
Friday, 23 December 2016
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Saturday, 3 December 2016
Thursday, 1 December 2016
It's been a couple of weeks now, working on my little robin only on a Tuesday and Wednesday. at first of course there is little to show, but things are starting to ease in. I think the main issue is not having a needle organiser (as they're loaded with threads for my other BAP), therefore time is taken swapping threads.
Monday, 21 November 2016
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
I'm usually quite strict with myself sticking to just one BAP at a time, but on a Tuesday and Wednesday each week I'm planning on working on a Christmas Wreath with my Butterfly Heart being picked up on the other evenings.
I was late starting my Robin tonight as I fell asleep after tea.
I'm very fortunate to have such lovely family and friends. A simple thank you doesn't seem to be enough, particularly after the week I've had.
I had such a lovely birthday; shopping and lunch with TMTC, with a family dinner to finish the day.
Then this week I had two surprises. Firstly a bouquet of flowers from a friend.
Then a lady came into my office and handed me £50 worth of shopping vouchers which I'd won in a prize draw!
Sunday, 6 November 2016
Our friends came to visit today. Lots to eat and drink, a good natter and a few stitches added to my butterfly heart.
For the last 18 months, this fabulous cross stitched Eddie Stobart lorry was painstakingly created by Richard. The chart was made from a photograph of the actual lorry named after our Colly!
Colly herself has just put the last stitch in a crocheted blanket.
While I finished another page of my butterfly heart.
Thursday, 3 November 2016
A few years ago I was in the unfortunate position of having to endure regular hospital stays. As part of my packed-ready-to-go case I collected a number of freebies from various cross stitch publications to help stave off the inevitable boredom. Thankfully those days are behind me now, but I have hung onto the freebies which come in handy when travelling.
Last week we visited London for a long weekend; the 2 hour train journey was the perfect excuse to break open a wee kit.
This little fella should make a nice birthday card.
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
As I move onto the easier part of the fairy, Essie begins the wings. She has also already picked out all the detail with backstitch.
I have opted for a different colour for the skirt and fairy dust, using cream thread with Kreinik for a subtle hint of sparkle.
Both beautiful in their own right. Another week or two and we'll have completed her!
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Sunday, 2 October 2016
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Sunday, 18 September 2016
Monday, 12 September 2016
Friends are the family we choose.
My lovely friend is having a bit of a hard time at the moment and is struggling to stitch. I have therefore happily agreed to finish the hardanger part of a ring cushion.
The design is by Col's Creations.
I started it at a get-together on Saturday and I'm pleased to have got this far over the weekend (despite so many pleasant distractions).
As you can see we're a happy bunch. Among our number here, we have a lady from The Netherlands and a lady from Canada!
We were all spoilt by so many gifts! Colly made each of us a gorgeous cushion in our favourite colour:
Maria made up a gift bag each filled with so many crafty bits and pieces. Her granddaughter made each of us a pretty little bracelet too!
And Sarah made us each a beautiful angel:
It's good to have such great friends
Sunday, 28 August 2016
Saturday, 6 August 2016
Friday, 3 June 2016
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
I belong to a crafting forum called A Crafty Natter where a few of us share an update of what we are working on each Wednesday as a way of encouraging one another to finish our projects.
This is my update. We've had a bank holiday weekend and I've had a further two days' holiday so I've managed a couple more stitching sessions.
It looks a little more like a butterfly now.
Sunday, 29 May 2016
My favourite place on earth is home to all manner of creatures in a garden so filled with happiness and love, you can hear, smell, taste and feel it.
At one end of the garden is a beautiful railwayman's cottage.
At the other is a cabin filled to the brim with fabrics, yarns, threads, and so many beautifully created craft items both made by the owner and all the people whose lives she has touched.
I consider myself one of these lucky people to have her part of our family as our adopted mum/granny for around the last 10 years
She never complains about me plaguing her to overlock my fabric. She has taught me to do hardanger and speciality stitches, the basics of quilting and how to make a patchwork bag, how to crotchet and introduced me to the delights of Yankee Candles. She is always there if I have a problem or if I just fancy mooch round the garden centre!
There are little bits of her all around us, from granny's bonnets in the garden to cushions and quilts and bags she has made me as gifts. I have even immortalised her garden in cross stitch.
This lady also happens to be none other than the designer of Cols Creations!
Fabric all secured, I did manage half a dozen or so stitches today. However I'm always so relaxed at their's that I was simply happy sitting, chatting and watching the birds.