Tuesday, 12 April 2016

April showers bring forth -atishoo

Well hello all who are reading this. Would you believe it I have ty
ped this once  and just had to post a goodbye ,and  whoosh it all disappeared grrr, wailing  and gnashing of teeth, I had hoped that I had escaped the winter cold ,but no it has caught up  with me.  I think Martin  was  beginning to despair of me last night. Cough cough cough and  in the end  at 3 a.m  I took myself off to the lounge to sleep on the sofa. What little sleep I got. No voice  today and so I thought I would speak to you .
Things to share so better get on with it.
April is  almost half done  so I had better show you some more  of the header and the mantle.
The tree has a weather boy and girl that Martin made me . He also put some  umbrellas  and boots onto acetate ,and some raindrop crystals. It certainly has lived up to its name  this month with lots of heavy showers.
Last Friday we decided after the weekly shop, we would venture afield and visit a  woodworking show about 40 miles away. We have been there often when Martin did more woodturning and as they had advertised they were having craft exhibitions we decided to go. We did have a longer journey of about 5 miles as neither of us recalled places , we did get there in  the end with the help of Sat-nav. It is so lovely to smell all the wood , my dream is to have a woodburner. When we went to Kate and Iains for dinner on Sunday he  said he was thinking of getting one, I said oh when can I move in. I hope I have not put him  off with thoughts of putting mother in law up. lol.
Anyway lots of nice things to oooh and ah at and a couple of purchases made. Loved these trees but walked on by.
Also loved the wise old owl made in wire, underneath was a spade with a little mouse perched on the handle.
Of course had to take this picture of fused glass sheep just as a hint to himself.
A lady was there demonstrating wet felting , and so Martin bought me the chicken one and a pair of bunnies.
Here are the kits I chose, so you may see them in a future post.
Lots of things to see ,origami, crotchet ,knitting, Tilda stall too which I had a quick look at . Quite fancied this hare ,but it wasn't until I looked at this I realised there was a mirror behind it so I  am looking at you too.
What about this fine fellow a snap at £87 .
He is rather handsome isn't he. I think that is about it for news from the show. I have done a little stitching but not a lot. I said last time that I would show you what is in the knitting bag. Well I have done the back and a sleeve of Martins jumper. It has certainly given me the bug for knitting and  hence stitching hasn't had much attention. The colour is all wrong on this as it is in life a deep rich brown.

I think Martin had given up on it ever being knitted. So half way there . 
I have been stitching with Sally and Chris ornaments from the JCS Christmas ornaments magazines. A pic of the piece to show you size , a thimble next to it. 
Today I finished and here it is . Ta  da.

I have done a bit more on the journey,step is more of the frame for the next 6 blocks.
Now I am on April with Chris and Sally and here it is from JCS 2006 can you guess what it is yet. These will be for my daughters tree and as she has 4 children  I thought it quite apt.

I have started a new Sampler Girl design in the parlour at Needlecraft Haven so will give you an update on that next time. I also  have started the bag that I showed you a while ago. In pieces at the moment so will give you an update later. Ithought you may like  to see just how messy I  get. This is the dresser that sits by my stitching chair.
Books bought this week, why do I need more hmmmm. 
I could not resist either of them.Not sure when they will get read.Last week I was taken to the range by Kate and I succumbed to this,
This is a tablecloth sorry the picture isnt too good ,but it is still in its wrapper.. So the sheep fix has been satisfied  for a little while. 
Thanks for  staying with me and for all the comments , I love to get even a few words. Take care and I will see you in a while. 
Much love.
Barb, x

Sunday, 20 March 2016

A little thing like tea....

and cake.
Last Sunday we were invited to an extra special tea party. The mad hatter was nowhere in sight thank goodness. Sue our dear dil and her brother invited us to their parents 75th and 80th birthday celebration. It was held in the same place as Graeme and Sue had their Silver Wedding Celebration . It was all laid out as the picture and a total surprise to her parents. We weren't sure we would get there in time as we got delayed due to traffic being held up by an accident. Which thank goodness looked a lot worse than it was ,the cars were a bit mangled though. After the sandwiches and small cakes ,they brought in hot scones and cream and jam. Argh diet blown. Then they had birthday cake.  
The flowers were all done in  vintage tea cups . It was held in what was once a manor house;I quite fancied my self as lady of the manor.However I would not be posh enough!!
A lady said to me it would be lovely coming down that staircase as a bride. Bit late for me. This week saw our anniversary of 49 years of marriage and although we did not buy each  other big presents ,Martin did buy me this. 

I do love her books the little illustrations  are gorgeous and she writes a delightful blog too. I am  looking forward to the following book in this series. Martin also wrote  a little something in  it.
He is a sweetheart.  Next year will be our  big one . We used the voucher Graeme and Sue gave us as part of  our Christmas present and went out for lunch , then took a trip down to Abbotsbury where I longingly drooled over a mirror,not literally I might add, It was so wonderfully made, the border was a hunting scene ,with all the mediaeval   characters done in Marquetry absolutely stunning but at £1,465 ,  yes you read that right ,we thought we would leave it where it was. Martin said there would have been  so many hours gone into it.
We then went on the the Abbotsbury gardens where we bought a plaque the saying of which is me to a T,  "I am afraid my train of thought has left the  station",Martin says if anyone finds it will they please return it.
So a lovely week and although MIL still gives us cause for concern , we have a  meeting with the carers and social services  this coming week. Things are not as bad as they were. We did not take her with us to the  party ,which was a shame but we are not sure how she would be and she can be rather unpredictable in mood at the moment. A pic follows of the parents cutting the cake.
Of course we had to have  a picture of  our grandaughter Ella ,who has had her blonde (natural)hair dyed dark. I keep ignoring her as  she looks  so different lol.
As you can see it is a very grand ,scuse the pun,  place. Now onto other things.  I do now  have  a spring mantle  shelf with my latest finish.
Carin sent me this with the 3 special threads to stitch it and  so thanks Carin  here it is stitched .Moving  along comes these and the first few bluebells  from the garden ,as too are the daffodillys. 
The blue vase was the first ever present I bought my mum  for  mothers day I saved up my pocket money and bought it for  her to put bluebells  in. It was  in  the good old days when we still had  shillings and pence and it cost me a lot ,or  so   I thought, it was  1/6d . She treasured it and when we found it after she died ,it just had to come  home  with  me. Will show you what I did for mothers day for her,we cannot  visit her grave as she was buried 300 miles  away. More of mantle first.

Sally's sheep and Julies Easter card with March behind. Of course at the base of the tree I had to have the needlefelt hare I made.

Now for what I did for my angel mum.
Just a little rose bush in her favourite colour pink with  a pic of her underneath in a silver frame.

Whilst on this train of  thought, and being flowers how about these  in the manor house we went to . 

Lots of these nooks  and  crannys with elegant flower arrangements in. I wonder who lived in a house like this. At the bottom of the stairs ,where I was standing in pic, There was a sign carved in wood saying To the nursery , do you think they needed that in case they got lost .

Not many finishes this time just Welcome  Spring and  something hopped off my needles this week. She is a little shy.
Now come on just turn around.

Oh dear Lily the pink is not playing nicely . Shall we try again,
See it is not too frightening being on this blog. I was really pleased how she turned out.Seymore ,Rose and Milly and Maisie have made friends. Those are bunnies that my great friend Julie knitted for me.  I will show you what is on the needles next time.  meanwhile it sits in here.,
I have also been trying to banish a frog on my Miss Violet stitching or non stitching with Sally, I have got so fed up trying to cope with the wishy washy colour and trying to see where I was ,I  had a moment and threw it  in the bin and started again ,now I am  way behind with Sally, I do not often give up  totally with something but this I did. I usually throw it in the box of  abandonment and take it out as  a ufo at some point.  I am still stitching on my Prairie  Santa  but sorry forgot to take a photo for this post,  I am stitching honest Mr Stick. Also another block completed on The Blackwork  Journey.

Hope to get some more done this evening. Tomorrow is  my Christmas  Ornament sal with Sally and Chris, we are choosing to do them from the Just cross stitch ornament Magazines we have. I am sure Sally will guess this one as it is almost finished. Maybe tomorrow,  I am doing it over one and I wish I had stitched it as the chart. Never mind. So Sally can you guess  what it is yet. I need more of yours as I am  not quite sure yet.

You may remember this one too , I stitched the CCN Christmas ones with Sally last year,but while Sally got them all done, I was one not done so I have finally got it finished and here is Merry and Bright.
Still with me , well done. I am almost there. It cannot be Easter already next weekend ,need to stitch, knit faster. We did see a few sheep whilst we were out and about but not near enough to photograph ,so make do with the ones I backed my Welcome Spring with . lol.
This was a gift of fabric. I wonder how people know I   like sheep. Last week I was busy taking my 2nd grandsons trousers up of his fire cadets uniform . He looked so smart and grown up ,they all tower above  me now ,,even Alfie who is 9 I can rest my chin on his  head  .
Sorry there has to  be one or two skew whiff photos  I had only been drinking water honest. This is my gorgeous Sam and of course daughter. We are hoping it may lead to something in the future as he is really keen.I was going to show you my new haircut but decided not to give you nightmares. Have an enjoyable week and not too many eggs or chocolate .A blessed Easter to you all.
Much love and many hugs

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A little bit of everything ....March is here.

Hello on this rainy grey morning the start of March. As I look out of the window it is pouring and windy , not a nice day for walking the dog. Hence the blog post as I am not venturing far in  this weather.

I do have bits and bobs to show you as I have had some purchases and I have not told  you about a couple of gifts I had for my birthday and would hate anyone to think they had not been mentioned. So shall I start with gifts .
This was a birthday gift from my birthday twin Angela , we both try and find something Jane Austen related and this year we both sent each other the same thing , Yes I did say she was my birthday twin, I loved it all of course , in fact I almost ordered 2 so I could have one,  unbeknown to me that she had bought me the mug and coaster as well . She also told me a little news and I know she will not mind me sharing her sister Rula is hopefully going to appear on Pointless the quiz game ,she also loves Jane Austen ,filming takes place next week. I do hope she makes it. The bookmark you can see is snugly fitted into my latest read. 
There is nothing like  a good read and a cup of tea to accompany it.  I also bought the next book which follows on from  this I think.
Staying on the subject of books , I am a sucker for a nice cover and saw this one and thought hmmm I like the look of that,does anyone else sometimes judge a book by  its  cover.
There are a few things I would like to stitch in it . So now onto stitching from Clare I received a voucher for Sew and So ,which I will use when they reopen. Thanks Clare so sweet of you , hmm I think it may go toward some fabric. My dear mil gave me a cheque , in one of her lucid moments she remembered my birthday and so I was able to buy some embroidery fabric ,yes I am going to be doing some embroidery ,just don't ask when lol. 

I have plans. Mother in law has been very poorly and it has and still is to some extent,been a very worrying time ,she is now out of hospital and respite but despite wanting to be in her own home is not being very cooperative with the carers going in. We wait and see. 
A few finishes to show you ,friends from  Needlecraft Haven will have seen these as they are January and February finishes. 
January Christine gave us this chart to make into something. I decided to use the chart to do the front and back of an ornament. 

Front /back whichever .

Back /Front whichever. I really enjoyed this one ,Then last Sunday was reveal day for February ,which I managed to finish on Sunday. Another monthly challenge  piece chosen by Christine. I think she has kept me sane the last couple of months doing these. Along with Sally SAL.we  do.
I made this into a little bag to hold Christmas foliage ,it has a plastic pot inside to hold water ,I thought I had taken one with the foliage in it but do not seem to have saved it. Oh well,you get the idea. Over at Needlecraft Haven there is so  much going on  ,come and join us you will be glad you did. On Wednesdays I open the parlour and we stitch on Little House needlework charts and Country Cottage charts. Hence it is named the little house in the country ,sal in the parlour night. I recently had a finish ,By the light of the Moon. 
Last week I started Welcome Spring a gift from Carin. 
Which I might add I hope is just around the corner. Another night I stitch with Miss Julie and here is progress made over one on my Prairie Santa. 
Next on to Sallys sal nights . Mondays in February saw a finish of the Gold Crown by Rosewood Manor in the Christmas ornament edition of JCS,2014. 
We have an exhibition this year in June and this year the theme is Royalty, I thought I would kill 2 birds with one stone.It really sparkles . I think I may have to look for other charts I can use on that theme ,Any ideas would be welcome. Maybe Queen Bee. So I have another christmas ornament to stitch with Sally starting next Monday. We are also stitching a sheepy design on Fridays , Sally altered Miss Violets dress to a darker violet ,and I am beginning to wish I had too as it looks a bit wishy washy. I will persevere though. Not much has been done on her yet , I think hospital and home visiting ,also giving Mums house a thorough clean has taken its toll on my stitching time.
I did do a little blackwork on Sunday evening and finished another block.Only another 125 to go lol.
Sorry it is a bit blurred ,I will have to have more lessons. The block done was the one on the right.It tried my patience just a little as I just could not fathom our where I was. So onto number 8 which I hope to show you next time.I cannot remember if I showed you the Be an Elf design I stitched for January with Sally from the JCS Christmas 2014. Over one it is a small one.
I think that is all I have to share with you today, oh forgot to say we had a visit from Oakley the other evening here he is at 10 weeks old weighing in at 19 lbs.
I think someone was rather taken with him, Or maybe it was 2 someones ,Ollie was not impressed. On that note I will wish you all a happy eventful week , If  I get back to you again this month ,I will try, otherwise keep well and for all who are catching the dreaded winter cold , get better soon. I just hope for a stressful free month , 
Much love
Barb xx