Monday, 3 October 2016

A flurry of finishing :)

Hellloooo every one from a very BRRRRR mouse atm .... who has sent the cold weather and the frost huh??? The kettle has boiled and there are kit kats and club biscuits today ... unfortunatly all the cake has been munched by my work mates ... we had a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday and my cake won the best presentation ... not bad for it being the second cake I have made in about 20 years the first one I made on the previous monday as a tester  we raised nearly £300.00 all in all ..
Autumn has well and truly arrived with foggy mornings and this morning we had the first frost of the season .....Master Bentley loved the crunchyness of it as he pootled around sniffing the grassy areas of the park this morning ... I was wrapped up except for gloves :( will get some for tomorrow .lol 
I  managed to get a photo of our resident hedgehog  the other night ... I heard her snuffling around and quickly grabbed my camera and popped the flash on in the general direction and got her wooo , the cygnets are almost fully grown with the white feathers showing through .. I think one must have flown the nest as there are only two left with the parents atm ..The trees are starting to lose their leaves and I can see lots of robins around now .. hopefully more photos will be snapped in the coming weeks ...Master Bentley and I went for a wee pootle tonight and got a fab shot of him sniffing some enormous mushrooms that had sprung up in the field ... there were some gorgeous lilac flowers a bit like a single petaled chysanthermums (sp) and the red berries looked fabulous in the dappled late afternoon sunshine ....
ohhh eck.....I am waffling again hahahaha .... I  mentioned finishes ....and boy do I have some as well as some stitching to boot too ...
This last weekend the weather was supposed to be yuck sooo I said to myself ... wooo hooo craft room time hehheeh ... I did the barest of chores ... and snuck down to my wee room and got some finishes finished .... I worked on my LHN ornaments and got seven made up , I also made up the "Friends are like Angels" into a small cushion and then got out my unfinished exchange piece from Lynda and made it into .. a small stitching bag, using her stitched piece as the pocket and the fabric she sent me as the main outside fabric .... its quite cute even if I say so myself
I have started to work again on "promise of spring" by Silvercreek Samplers and filled in all the snow at the bottom so just words and snowflakes left ... I have even picked up my "Casting a Spell " by Blackbird Designs in the vain hope I may get it finished for Halloween this year  and ( deep breath ) I have finished the first of many blocks  heheeh of my Lucy Boston EPP quilt ... told you I had been busy hahahahah
I have got my new Christmas Edition of Just Cross Stitch and have picked out some more christmas ornies to make .... some I hope :) I will be sending out as wee raks ... wish me luck and smoking needles 
My blog win from Southpaw Stitcher arrived this week too :) love postie days like that, she sent a lovely wee note and a few extra charts to make way for some new ones at her end I have used her photo as I took them stitching to Chris's and forgot to take a picture DOH ....but have decided what to stitch on first ... the LHN ornament as I seem to be in a ornie mood atm
I think the kettle needs to go back on again to revive you all hahaahah
Promise of Spring by SilverCreek Samplers

LHN ornies

and some more

fabric it is on is the backing fabbie

my wee stitching bag

lovely lilac flowers

sniffing the mushrooms :0

gorgeous russet reds on the pub's ivy

selection of goodies from the Macmillan coffee morning

first block of Lucy Boston's EPP

My Cake

first one as a tester with a brew of course

one foggy morning

love this shot of Master Bentley

annnddd Stretch

our resident pheasent baby

last roses of summer

Mr Robin near the mouse house

spot Mrs Hedgeee
my win from Southpaw Stitcher (sorry borrowed your photo)

 Sorry some of the photos are a wee bit naff but they were taken on my camera phone so not quite as good a quality ...
Hopefully this week will be just as productive .. and I shall endevour to get round to see you all too ... I have missed visiting you all ....
I  shall say tootle pip and wish you all a wonderful stitchy week and I shall squeak to you all again soon :) love mouse xxxxxx

Sunday, 18 September 2016

By jove a long post

Hellooo.... well golly gumdrops a second post from me in two days .. I hope that this finds you all well ... I hope there is enough room for you all in the craft room to sit awhile and have a brew and cookies :)
I have been a busy mouse with one thing another since I last squeaked .. thank you for all the get well wishes they certainly helped :) ...
Master Bentley and I have been out and about taking photos for you ... we have been varying our walks to catch different things for you to look at ... I have even managed to take a photo of a dragonfly too .. it did help it was sunning itself on a rock at the woods otherwise there would have been no chance... we have some stunners at the canal but they are wayyyy to fast for me to capture atm ... my wee cygnets are not soo wee now, their feathers are changing to white and they are almost as big as their parents ...
The weather is changing too ... we are having some glorious autumnal days ... almost like spring in reverse .. we have had misty mornings and sparkling dew on the grass then long hot days as well ... not to mention fantastic lightning storms with hailstones and rain you couldn't see the end of your nose in... and I was driving home during that one from Ikea ... we had to pull up under a flyover for protection for about 20 mins until it had calmed down enought to drive again ... rather scary to say the least ....
Stitching wise ... well I had better make another cuppa
Lynda has received her exchange piece and I have also got mine of hers ... she stitched me " stitching Buds" by My Big Toe ...  I have yet to make it up as I can't make my mind up ... *sigh 
for Lynda I stitched a freebee that I had in my freebee files with a peacock and a crown with it ... if any one recognise's the designer let me know so that I can credit to them ... I stitched hers with gloriana silk  and sent her some peacock fabric and some ribbons to match for her to choose what to do with hers ... not seen it made up yet either
I have finished off a magazine freebee from mannnyy moons ago and just need to add the stars to it ... I was going to do them in a sparkly thread but ... any hoo it is stitched on a off cut of a polstitches grab bag and I have another one to match it to stitch too .. 
I have finished my "Peace on Earth" by LHN and I am in the process of back stitching them all to make up , these were stitched on Weeks Dye Works "Straw "... this is one fabric that I am not too fussed about using again in hand.. as it moves sooo much but it looks good :)
I have also finished "He's a Flake " by LHN and stitched this one on a peice of jobelan sage green ... he is ready to be cut and put together.
I have made two cushions up for Jennifer with her favourite things chickens on them ... they match the quilted runner I did for her last christmas as well as altering a couple of dress's for folks ... seee I told you I have been busy heheheh
ANNDDD I have started another quilt ... Lucy Boston EPP one .. and I love it ....its all Chris's fault as I have been watching her do hers all year and just had to start one for me ... Chris and I went to the "small" Harrogate show at the beginning of September and it was a fabulous day .. there were lots of gorgeous stuff to look at not to mention the beautiful quilts there ... I will show you a few of the ones I took piccies of on my phone camera ... I got lots of lovely small print fabrics to do the quilt with as well as a few cross stitch charts that were I must have
we made a full day of it and went for something to eat at the Weatherby Whaler and then we  got back to Chris's house and did another oooo ahhhh and love thatfabric session before settling down to start on my Lucy Boston ....
DH and I had our joint 50th birthday bash last weekend and we had an 80's  themed one with all 80's music played .. we had a fabulous night with oodles of peeps there to help us celebrate and we even danced together ..a rarity hahahahah ... needless to say the next day I spent resting We also had a 12 week old back labrador staying with us then too ... Master Bentley wasn't too sure on him .. bless his cotton paws ... he was really glad when he went home and his toys were his again 
well if you have made it this far  here's another brew ...
Ma teakettle  that rug from Ikea does't stay cream with pooches around ... just saying .... I have one half original colour that is under the table and the other that Bentley lays on isn't any more hahahah ....
Hmmmm I am sure there was something else to tell you .... let me think while I find the photos for you :)
my exchange peice to Lynda with her goodies

finally finshed after many moons

these are all LHN ornies stitched on Weeks Dye Works fabric

he's a flake

dragonfly :)

front of my stitched peice for Lynda

shattered after lookng after a puppy

said puppy also shattered

our joint cake made by DD2 and it was delicious to boot too

all dressed up

autumnal morning

sparrowhawk in flight

Master Bentley in flight

Lucy Boston Quilt EPP ... my first three blocks in progress

cushion for jennifer

small stash haul

and the rest !!!

not so wee cygnet

fresh blackberries

my exchange from Lynda :)
 and there you have it folks .... I remembered what it was I wanted to tell you, DH and I went to Newark over the bank holiday to the English Civil War museum .... it was a lovely day out  just the two of us .. the museum was nice but wasn't enough for DH who is a war buff ... we had a lovely walk round Newark to the Castle and the river .....before heading back home to a local pub for a lovely meal ...
Hope you have enjoyed the post and I shall be back with more stitching etc soon ... I shall be bobbing round to see you all as well now life is back to as normal as it can be at the mouse house .... take care one and all and happy stitching to you all :) love mouse xxxxx