Friday 30 March 2018

Hawthorns Photoscraphunt Challenge

Gosh here we are and a quarter of the  year gone,I  am looking  forward to  seeing all the  photos you have chosen  for  the  challenge.Thankyou Kate  once again.

3.Reading now
4.Black and White
5.Starts with an  H.
6.Own Choice.

1.My other half is an amateur archaeologist and one  of his trenches  has filled  with water with all the rain we  have had this winter.   So this  is a whole in the shape  of a heart ,could be H as  well lol.  There is a hole under the water.
2 Making.
I have  started this Flower a day SAL ,design by Carolyn  Manning  not sure what I will  make  it  into yet.

3.Reading now.
I am enjoying this ,but I have  quite a pile to  get through ,just happened to be this one that I am  reading.

4.Black and White.
Just had to share this one as we do not get snow often here and these poor blackbirds were  trying to find food  under the bird  feeders.

5. Starts with an H.

Hellibores at Kingston Lacey ,just  so like  paper petals.
6. Own Choice.

An Effie trying to work out what the funny white stuff was.
Thanks  for looking and  hope you like  my choice I shall pop along and see yours. See you in April.
Hugs  Barb.

Monday 26 March 2018

A catch up from my little corner of Dorset.

So almost at  the end of March and a  little catch up is  called for.  I hope  to be  doing the  Photo scrap hunt at the end of the week so I must try not to duplicate things.Not once but twice we have  had  snow this month which for us is most unusual. The first time we had freezing  rain too which was interesting to say the least.A thing I  have  never  experienced  and as the rain landed it froze  ,it  made for  crunchy snow   and  a slip slidy surface.  Effie did not  like it  at all.  She did a great Bambi impression.  It only lasted a  day and when we looked out the following morning  it was gone. The next snowfall we had  was  more like snow   and the grandchildren had a snow day from school  and had great fun building  snowmen.
A few pics  of  snow.
Himself feeding the birds at the start of our first snow fall.Just a sprinkling.
Then the icy snow which Effie did not like at all.
Then we had this.
My poor tropical plants , I think some may have been lost we will see.It was a little deeper too this time.
However a certain little lady thought this better to play in.
My poor Camilla was not sure.
We decided to walk in the fields before it all melted . However look how dark the sky and sea look.
A certain little lady went for her daily dip ,brrr silly girl. I am not sure if the next photo shows the patterns that were made on Chesil Beach,but I will give it a go.
No  that did not work ,oh well.   So that was  our snow  , we will probably be snow free for  years now  .So onto stitching   news.

Is this  not the cutest thing, a  new design from Madame  Chantilly ,I am  really looking forward  to stitching this. Then you all  know of Lizzie Kates  retirement , Sally my stitching  friend has  just finished this and I really liked it.She had borrowed it from someone so I thought should I . Asking himself he said  to go  for  it.Not  wanting  to be  told  twice I managed  to get it.  The three little parts of a Little Mystery and the buttons beads  etc.
So  that is my purchases stitching  wise, we did pick up  this when we went shopping, I had  wanted to go to the cinema to see it but no one wanted to see it. So of course when  I saw  it ,yep I had to have it.
The other one  was a book,  well  I expect  you have already guessed.  I have just started to read this one.
 My wips for last week.First my Flower a Day design by Carolyn Manning, I am  stitching this on Tuesday nights  with Lainey.  I do a few flowers usually but not  one a day.
I stitch Lizzie  Kate with Sally ,so I will not show you that till next time as I may just have a finish. The  Prairie Schooler Santa  is  almost  done so again a finish is planned for next time. On Sundays I sal  with Sally and Sue on the Farmhouse series LHN and here is where I am with Horsin' Around.
I started a band sampler by Shepherds Bush in the Parlour at Needlecraft Haven last Wednesday I cannot show that as I have not shown the ladies there yet ,so again another next time. The Christmas List is  growing and I am almost two thirds done. 
I have got another new addition  .Our cooker of 20 years gave up the ghost and so the insurance company replaced it under the conditions of the contract.  Here is my new cooker.
Despite all the snow and cold these little flowers have shown their faces, not sure what they are I planted little bulbs about November time.
They are in blue ,purple ,white and pink.Very pretty,
We did have a bit of a fright this morning I was in  the shower just before 8,when I heard  the front door open,  Martin had  taken Effie for her morning walk so I was a bit bothered as to what had  happened . Only to find it was Martin back  with her , she had suffered a slight seizure in the fields. Oh no not Ollie all over again as  he had Epilepsy. So Martin took her to the vet as I was still  dripping. He did give her a full examination and took bloods.  She has not been herself all day and not wanting to eat.  The vet phoned with the info there was nothing remarkable in her blood results so we wait and see. Keep your fingers crossed for her.I am now off to play Lizzie Kate. Take care and  thankyou so much for your comments.I do read  them and am really thankful for them. Have a good week and I shall be back hopefully with the scrap challenge.
Love and hugs

Tuesday 13 March 2018

March Madness .

Hello  all well  yes March is almost half way through and I had better have a catch up ,before  it has  disappeared before my eyes.So  March lambs  , awww so sweet  .  I  had  a gift from  my friend in the U.S.A. and I was thrilled, I saw these had been released and when I opened the packet and saw them well happy dancing I  was. She also sent me this little pattern by Shepherd Bush ,a lightbulb moment and I have made this.

It  worked out at three  quarters of  an inch square. How about those scissors ,whoo hoo sheep. I also had these from Tina a few days after  my birthday ,we have been having a Halloween Exchange for  many years now and  so  my witchy stitching will reside  in  these.
2 rather spooky project bags.
Last Sunday was Mothering  Sunday in the U.K. My daughter popped over  in  the morning  and brought  me a clip for  my new  bracelet. Which is  lovely. Then my son invited us to his for Sunday lunch which was lovely and  he gave me a bead for  the bracelet with has Son  on  one side and Mother on  the other in  the shape of  a heart.  Sue had  excelled  herself with pudding ,arghh not good for  the waistline, but then  I  haven't had one of those for a while lol. This is the Toffee  Apple Cheesecake .

Then  there were these. Which Sue knows I cannot resist.  They were salted caramel  brownies.
We also saw Ella who has been  suffering with Bells Palsy , it was lovely to see her more like her old  self with her smile  coming back.
On Saturday  Effie  decided  she would attack  a sheep,not a real  one  I hasten to add.This is one  side.
This is the side she destroyed.
Caitlin  is  going to see if she can find me  a replacement as it was a gift from her.  Effie  is a  sheep  worrier.

Lots  of new things  coming out of Nashville  and  I have sinned BiG Time.Oh dear,Martin  said what would I like for  our upcoming anniversary ,is it really a  year since the Big celebrations. I told him  don't worry it is sorted.So lots of  bits to show  you.
Then  these.
 Just really loved this one.
I saw this one on  someones blog and wondered if  it was still  available ,it was so it got popped  in  the basket.
I am also doing the farmhouse series and the second one was in the parcel.
Part one is finished .  I had the little magnet to attach to it .

I had not realised that every design  in  this series has a magnet you can buy to go with . I think   I will stick to just the one. Talking of magnets.Today I received these from  Lisa at No more lost needles.
2 Jane Austen  ones to use when I am stitching  one  of the designs featuring her quotes etc. The flying monkey one will go  on  my spooky stitching . I am using the owl  one on my A  Flower a day sal piece as I don't want  to put it down  and  need to realise it is bed time. I am  sure I will  find  a use for the Day complete one.
Oh forgot  this one  that I had too.  I have ordered the spring smalls from Lizzie Kate but it is not available until  the end  of the month.
So as you see I do not need anymore stash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Famous last words.
Some  wips I have on the frames.
Christmas list still growing.
Prairie  Santa 2015
 A flower a day last Tuesday evening progress, I  will stitch on  this tonight.
The Lizzie Kate A tidy House .Stitching with Sally on Mondays. On Fridays is our sheep stitching day  evening and I am  stitching  this.
So there you have it March Madness.  Hope I have not enabled anyone out there reading this.  Enjoy your stitching  and i shall  see you next time. Take care

Lastly the sheep  worrier , butter wouldn't  melt!Caught her mid wink.

Hawthorns Scavenger Photo Hunt June

Well hello everyone ,super sets of photos last  time. Mine this time  again has been last  minute so shall we begin. The  words this month ...