Monday 31 October 2011

Double,Double toil and trouble

Fire burn and Cauldron Bubble!

ooohh just had the broom overhauled ready to go flying tonight! We had the family over yesterday and well just had to make these cauldrons for the treats!

The witches kitchen was the free design for the Monthly Challenge over at Needlecraft Haven ,the design was by the Primitive Hare and I stitched it over one as I did the Take one my pretty by Plum Street Samplers. The Cauldrons I picked up for 80p each and just filled them with sweeties.
It seems ages since I last spoke , sorry but you know by now pain sometimes gets the better of me ,and although I have good intentions of keeping you informed of the happenings here, things get away from me.
Firstly I have to tell you that I was thrilled ,absolutely thrilled to win Carins blogaversary giveaway . Carin is just lovely and does such wonderful quilting with help from her witch Brumhelda who I would love to have to live with me. She certainly is a good witch.

The design is from Simone at Atelier Soed Idee and Carin arranged for me to have the pattern and the charms sent direct ,which Simone did and also put in the skein of silk as a little gift from herself,then a few days later Carin sent me the rest of the threads to stitch the design. I found the fabric for the backing of the card holder on the net but could not get the red here in the Uk ,so settled for the taupe.
Now I just have to find time to stitch it before the man in red arrives . Thankyou Carin I am not usually lucky but I think Brumhelda must have sensed just how much I liked the design when she saw my name. Are you sure she would not like to live in England with me.
Well my pretties I have so much to share with you , as it is almost a month since I last posted and I keep saying to Sally ,I will update my blog ,she must think I have not been stitching here on a Monday with her but I have honest and to prove it here is my progress on Christmas Carol Stocking (By Primitive Hare).

Tonight I am starting the roof, Sally started the roof first so she will be almost finished with the dust and builders.I am not a lover of building houses as you know but most designs I like seem to have them in , so just have to make lots of cups of tea for the labourer. The Primitive Hare - or should I say Isabella is really sweet and I have become hooked on her designs -Oh my! I should be locked up or my card should be for safety. I have just finished her Christmas Carol not the one above an ornie design and although it is in its naked finished state

it has got to be finished into something. Have to get thinking how to head on , as I have an idea but have not worked out how to yet.I have also finished another of her designs and as it is a pressie I cannot show that yet either. Then at the weekend I got her advent calendar on PDF , so yet another to get done. Maybe not this year though. She has a book out and I am sorely tempted but maybe the man in red will help out with that one.Wonder if Martin will read this?!!!!
Talking of Martin my dear husband, he has had his eye operated on and now is seeing in colour again and is really happy with it. I must admit to being nervous for him when they came to take him to theatre but he is such a good patient and I did not have to find a nurses uniform to fit me ! He had to have an urgent endoscopy which showed up a duodenal ulcer so he has medication for that ,which also seems to have settled down. Alfie the grandson with the broken leg is out of plaster but is afaid to put leg to floor and walk properly. Kate has another 2 weeks to go before she finds out if she has to have surgery or not.Other than that all are fine.With all the hospital waiting etc it was just as well I had some reading matter to hand.

I did not take these though:-

Having been a fan of Beatrix Potter for many years I at last have the set of her books. I am currently reading the autobiography

A fascinating and wonderfully illustrated book about Beatrix with some old photos of her and her family . Martin said I should be ok reading the little books at night as they are not too heavy hmmmmm ,he probably meant they were right up my street. The Tale of Oat Crag is another Cottage Tale from Susan Wittig Albert, she has just released the last one but I will wait until it is in paperback.
Oh hope you are not too bored as I seem to be whittering on a bit. I have for many weeks been stitching in the Parlour over at Needlecraft Haven and at last I have finished Mansfield Park.
Fanny has her house and all is well.

Sorry about the dark photo,think I need to have a look on how to work this camera!!
Michelle stitched this design and asked if anyone would like it, I am still planning to have a blackbird wall and thought it would add nicely to the ones I already have anyway what do I get through the post is this

Thanks Michelle I will put it on the list, which gets ever longer .Talking of birds this one I spied and Michelle when I have stitched it,it is yours.

I also have some more stash one a Christmas one from Homespun Elegance and not one ,not two,but three from Little House Needleworks. There is no hope for this stitching woman and everytime I say thats enough now someone posts a lovely on their blog or a missive comes through from an internet shop and I am away.

I have also ordered a Sampler Girl witchy one ,but that will be for next Hallowe'en. On that note I am off to find my witches hat and a cat that will not be afraid to fly me! Take care all thanks for those continuing comments 19 most ever last time. Can you beat that?!
Hope the rambles have not left you too thirsty , if they have I can make you a cup of builders tea.
WHoo hoo off into this Hallowe'en night,keep safe and from the old witch herself
Hugs n stuff.
Barb x


Christine said...

I just love your cauldron idea Barb! You've got som great stash there and your blogoversary prize is gorgeous.
Some great stitching there too, those Primitive Hare designs are super.
There are some wonderful things in this months MM don't you think? I suspect a lot of people will be getting mug cosies from me for Christmas this year ;)

Julie said...

Your cauldrons are super, i bet they were a great hit with the children yesterday.
Poor little Alfie, i can fully understand him not wanting to put foot to the floor, i was just the same when my cast came off and i am a lot older than he is!!!
Super stitchwork, you have been busy even with the sore hands.
Lots of lovely goodies have been dropping through your letterbox, you'll have to be good and make a wish to Santa for the book you would like, although i am sure he will be happy to oblige and it will be in your Christmas stocking.

Michelle said...

Oh Barb I adore your Cauldrons - how sweet are they. I always love reading your posts and so enjoy looking at your photos. Hey we do think alike - guess what chart I went out and got - yep! Poppy Kreations Crows and Crocks - lovely isn't it.

Carin said...

I'm glad you liked the give away present !!!
Your caldron idea I love it, its wonderful !
Your stitchings are so beautiful and I also love the stories of Beatrix Potter. yesterday the BBC send the movie of her and we watch it (for the 5th time LOL), the books from Susan albert wittig I also have and they are a joy to read, just as her herb mysteries. Love your stash and the newest patterns of LHN, my pattern for the ornament is on the way and i hope to get it this week. I'm also going to buy the one with the sheep because that is so beautiful !!
Hope you have a happy halloween !

Tina said...

Great chatty post Barb,love all your stitching and new stash,soon as i saw the sheepie one i knew it would find you,i too have my eye on the advent calender,will enjoy watching it being stitched and you might just enable me again.
Great idea for the cauldrons might just have to copy for next year,hope you had a lovely day with the family and enjoyed all those delicious treats you made
hugs xx

Jane said...

Oh Barb, I've just loved this post and all the pictures ~ I love absolutely everything. I bought that same material from the Alli Palli show last month, it's so cute but I didn't see it in red so have the taupe like you. I love the 'Such Delight' chart, it's going on my birthday wish list right away ~ I shall DH it's all Barb's fault!!!
Have a good week Barb, nice to have you back and best wishes to your DH for a speedy recovery xxx

Mouse said...

ohhhh love those cauldrons :) way to go on all the stitchy updates they are all fab the stash ... wing some charts this way when you've done heheheh am only up the road well at least in the uk glad to hear DH op went well and positive thoughts for every one else to start feeling beter :) love mouse xxxx

Sally said...

Lovely to see a post from you Barb and everything looks wonderful. I love those cauldrens! What a super idea.

Your Christmas Carol sock is looking gorgeous as is the ornament. I can't wait to get the house done so I can move onto the other bits.

Love your Mansfield Park. The colours are so rich.

Nice new stash! I've just ordered the Snow In Love chart with the latest Loose Feathers chart and I'm not surprised you got the Wooly Mittens one!!! Lol!

Glad Martin's op went well and I hope Kate and Alfie are fully fit soon. {{{{hugs}}}}

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow lots of wonderful stuff here! I wish you pain free days so you can enjoy your days!

Mylene said...

A great post, Barb and such lovely new stash!!

Jennifer M. said...

I love your little cauldrons Barb. They came out really cute. Congrats on winning that giveaway. It really does make your day when you find you have won one of those. Fabulous charts you picked out. I too just picked up one of the Little House Needlework charts you just got. The one of the two snowmen. I think Snowmen are so much fun for Christmas decor.

Enjoy your week Barb :)


Colleen said...

Hi Sweetie, love the post & all the pictures! Congrats on the win at Carin's blog. Bromhelda is a cutie...she must have loved all of us flying around on our brooms, Halloween night...LOL. Hope Martin is doing better & you, as Florence Nightingale, bless your heart for the care you are giving your family. Tahke care & big hugs to you & my friend Ollie!

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