Friday 3 June 2011

Buzzy Buzzy Busy

Bees are a buzzing in my garden, I love bees and have been a little concerned that there did not seem to be as many this year , I have changed my mind on that, as with the heat and various flowers coming into bloom we have loads.

Sorry the mallow looks so messy with the willow behind it but the bees love it and I did not have the heart to pull it up .
Anyway enough about the busy bees, this busy B has got some wips to show you , I have a finish but it is for an exchange at the end of the month so it will be a while until I can show you.

Before I show you the wips, I have been so fortunate to "meet" some lovely ladies through this blog and NH, and this week I had 2 little packages pop through my letter box. Oh talking of things popping through letter boxes, I am so sorry if you tried to leave me a comment on my last post,about Sallys wonderful box, silly blogger has been playing up, just hope it behaves itself this time. I have tried to leave comments on various blogs too with no luck . If you manage to leave one this time oh I would be such a happy B.

I know ,I know, get on with it Barb, here is my first parcel

This was a little scissor fob ,well that is how I am using it. and oh ELISA how you knew I liked Sheep I really do not know lol. I have attached them to my Sajou scissors and it looks really good.I also had the Tailor of Gloucester card too, I like Beatrix Potter animals and Iknew when I opened it that it came from Elisa. OK i knew anyway because her name and addy was on the package ,but I think she uses the TOG as a little 'her mark'. Also in the package was some sheepie fabric and a bar of yummy chocolate, I took pic before I ate choc,which is slightly obvious as I couldnt after could I dur!!!

So how about that, Elisa said it was a little something for me as I had sent her a Rak she was delighted with, I love it this and as I use my scissors every day I shall be reminded of her.
So thankyou number one. Thankyou number 2 came this morning, a lady I met over at Stitch and Stash before we went over to Needlecraft Haven, this is from Barbara,who has not got a blog but we keep in touch every now and then and she saw this thought of me (you ladies you know me too well) and send it me.

Isn't he twee, I have not seen these sheepies so tiny so he has joined the flock and I have named him Eric. Why Eric well he just looked like an Eric! I know Barbara reads this so thankyou once again my friend and he is now part of the fold.
So am I the lucky one or what.
Ok now onwards to the wips I have to show you,although may I ask do any of you get problems with your arm joints (I am right handed ) so more pain in right wrist than left and now I have started with pain in my left inside elbow, do you know what I mean, I know the elbow is on the outside!! I have suffered tennis elbow in that arm in the past but this is on the inside and seems to be after I have been stitching of an evening . Probably holding it too tight or bad posture I guess.
I digress!!!!

This is last week Wednesday night and this weeks progress on Mansfield Park ,another TSG Jane Austen piece. Will be pleased when the alphabet and numericals are done. I would like to know what happened to J and U though.

Now is my new start on Monday with Sally and Colleen , it does not look much but it is so pretty and I love the special stitches they put in. This is the top left hand corner.It is a kit from Shepherds Bush as it is our SAL with SB and is called French Heart.

Arent the colours so soft and Icecreamy,just yummy.
Pics are clickable for you to look closer , just don't look too close though as I had not done the weekly dust lol.
Then and I hope to get brownie points for this as T is almost finished , U start next week.

Just got more leaves to attach to more branches .I think Julie and Mr Stick will be impressed as I am now 2 letters off finishing this ufo. I really do not know why it has taken me so long as I love it. Perhaps because it is over one hmmmm don't know.
Just started is this RAK that I had from Jane ,Tilly and Oscar it is Lavender Hill by LHN ,not a lot done yet though.

So that is my stitchy news for now.
Family news is Ella went for her first Guide Camp this week and loved it but has got Wellie rash. She has a birthday next week she will be 11 and this weekend Sue and Graeme have booked into an upmarket camp site near them with swimming pool etc, for her party with a few of her friends for 2 nights . Rather them than is quite warm though.
Sam went off to Cub Camp yesterday , he has not been away from home before only here for sleepovers. So wonder what he will think of the limited Sanitation !!
This Sunday is Martins 66th birthday, he will not thank me for mentioning that!! He has lots of glassy making things to open so I may have more bits for you to see next time. Then next Friday yipee the BIG day arrives and he retires (for good,we will see, I am not holding my breath here) I think he may be called on from time to time.
We are apparently going to the dogs, (ok I know what you are thinking) next Friday evening for a meal (hope its not dog) and then the dogs as a leaving do . This will be a first for us both, we are being collected in a stretch limo Oh my goodness !along with the 2 bosses and their wives ,the workers are coming in a mini bus. I think it will be a mixed reaction with Martin as when you have worked all your life since leaving school it will be hard not going back to work .
Well my friends I am now off to get dinner for the worker and this weekend we may get some work done on the garden .The Royal 'we' you understand.
Ollie is well by the way as I have not mentioned the hairy one of the family.
I will leave you with a pic of a busy in the Thrift.

Take care all and BEE busy stitching. Take care
Hugs n stuff
Barb x


Sally said...

What a lovely photo Barb:)

Hope you are well {{{hugs}}}

Sally said...

Lol Now that your full post is there I shall comment again:)

Lovely gift from Elisa. It is so sweet. I saw it on Facebook adn wondered if it was for you:)

Cute gift from Barbara as well. You have a lovely collection of sheep there:)

French Heart is beautiful. Those colours are so soft and pretty.

Love progress too on your TSG piece and Autumn.

Happy Birthday to Martin for Sunday :) Enjoy the weekend!

Christine said...

Lovely RAKs Barb, and great progress on your WIPs. I love the colours in the TSG piece

Michelle said...

Elisa is so sweet - lovely gifts she has sent to you. Your WIPs are lovely Barbara and thanks for sharing your lovely photos x

Mouse said...

wonderful prezzies you recieved :)love your work and I can help you on the wrist n elbow bit ... wrist poss be repetitive strain .. and the other sounds like golfers elbow (had both !!) golfers is opposite muscles to the tennis elbow . Happy birthday to DH and hope that he does enjoy the retirement as specially as he has something to do to occupy him :) love mouse xxxx

Deb said...

Very sweet RAKS, and your projects are wonderful.

jane said...

Yay Barb I can comment on your blog at last! Lovely to see your RAK gifts, that little sheep is so sweet and Elisa's gift is lovely. Great to hear about your family's doings too and Martin's 2 big days.
Lovely progress on your WIPs too, all are so very pretty.

Elisa said...

So glad you like the little sheepie fob Barb...your WIP's are looking fab too xx

Julie said...

Super gifties from Elisa and Barbara, Eric is really a cutie amongst his larger friends.

YAY!!!! Mr Stick is sending me dizzy whirling around with excitement at seeing Autumn out again LOL

Belated Birthday wishes to Martin, have fun at the dogs

Heather said...

Wonderful wips, RAK's and photos Barb.

I get arthritis in my thumbs. I'm right handed, but do most things with my left and it's my left that's the worst. My Mum told me to take glucosomine tablets (there is a gel too), it takes about a month to actually notice a difference, but my thumbs aren't painful all the time like they were. I get mine from Holland & Barratt, it's where I picked up the gel (keep it in the fridge).

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