Sunday, 28 August 2016

Would anyone like a scone?

 Freshly baked scones available. I did try and post this yesterday ,I thought I was saving  it as I went  but no,  I pressed something and poof  lost  all  I had written. I think I have a gremlin lurking in this confuser. 
So my friends I try again , I am very trying!
It is now Sunday morning and I have just been handed a gin  and tonic (without the gin) I pretend you see. What a day we had yesterday thunder ,lightning , and loads of rain. Today is drizzle and as I cannot get out there to mow lawns , I am going to catch up here. 
Hope you are all well, thankyou so much for coming to visit and leave comments. Well first of all I can show you what I have been working on, I did mention I would send an unbirthday gift to someone whose birthday I had missed.  It was for June of Butterfly wings blog. Thanks for the card June. The needlebook  was a success, I was pleased with it and June loved it. I do not profess to being a neat embroiderer or a great put togetherer but it worked.
Inside is a scissor holder and needlecase.
I managed to find a butterfly button , and a blue tape measure as I know June likes blue. The pen has flowers on it and I stitched a Shepherds Bush scissor fob In my garden. The needlecase is next to it and I took the words from a Drawn thread chart I had when I am sewing. The button I had been given and was in my button box so I added some flowers. Also got a butterfly needleminder.
inside I put size 26 and 28 needles and these pins which I found , then comes the pouch I made to put a little  notepad in and a french pattern featuring a garden . 

Sorry forgot to show you the pins,
When you fold the pouch over ,this is the stitchery I did for the back.
So there you have it. I really enjoyed finding the bits and bobs to put in it and putting it together , I think I may need a new one. Or maybe I will have a giveaway at some point and do one of these what do you think. 
Talking of gifts I had  a gift from Lainey , I sent her a gift of a sheepie design that I had 2 of. I  was surprised  to receive this from her as a thankyou. 
It was the second attempt at a biscornu , I think she did great, I did send her a message to thank her but if you read this Lainey thankyou so much .I have also been stitching and got a few things done ,but not put together yet. In the previous post I told you about the Christmas  ornaments from the JCS mags of Christmas. I showed you the ones I had done already but I was  way behind  Sally and Chris. So I cheated a bit and chose some small designs so that I could catch up. Here they are designs are  by Jeanette Douglas Designs and will be finished up sometime this week. I will be starting on another on her designs on Monday with Sally.


I mentioned these will be for my daughters Christmas tree, I wondering how to finish these.. I also had a finish on a Wednesday in the parlour which is for  my Santa bowl.

Sorry it is rather blurred , I put Miss Julies tape measure she sent me a while ago now next to it to give  you some idea of scale. He was  stitched over one ,only about 10 more to do  lol. This last  Wednesday I picked  up the Christmas Cubes again ,finished I ,

This is where I picked it  up , I  have finished it just not  got round to a photo.I  will be starting S on  Wednesday, that is all the stitching at the moment. I have read  a couple or maybe 3 books since  last time and I am currently reading A wicked stitch at the moment.Oh forgot to add photo of sheepie design I am working on Fridays with Sally. Spring Makeover by Madame Chantilly. There are sheep in it !!
I have taken some pics of the front garden as you have seen the back.  We have some really exotic plants  at the top including a banana tree.  I somehow do not think we will see  any bananas, there are several bamboos and Martin is thinking of getting a sign saying beware of the  pandas  . The view toward the house.
This  agapanthus is almost over but has been wonderful.
The view from the jungle at the top of the garden.
See what I mean about jungle  and there is a T.Rex lurking  in  the corner.
Well  that is its nick name real name is Tetra Pannex. We do not have a lot of flowering things in the front. We do have cannas  etc. 
So my friends  thanks for staying with me and my ramblings.Ollie is still going strong,  swimming twice a day and is being rather naughty not wanting  to come out. We had a stand off the other evening when he would not come out,and we had impasse  for an hour.  Not best pleased with him.
The daughter and family have gone on a canal  boat holiday for a week, have heard the weather for them was awful yesterday. I have to say I am so proud of her at Slimming world she has got to target and lost 5 stone. So you see why I cannot have cheese scones. 
Take care all and I shall be with you again next month,wonder what I can achieve by next time. 
Hugs 
Barb.