Sunday, 27 September 2015

A perfect pumpkin day

Hi peeps :) please pull up your chair and grab a cuppa ..... today was a perfect Pumpkin day ..... many of you know of Pumpkin our friend and fellow stitcher who touched many lives with her kindness and her wonderful stitching as well as her bloggy posts of life as she knew it ... about her and Junior (who will be starting play school or pre school by now )and other things .. she was a wonderful photographer too :) when she began to be really poorly the blogging world decided today the 27th of September we would fill our blogging posts with pumpkins to show her the love from all of us .... and we did , she saw the posts and was touched but was too poorly to respond herself ,we found this out later .....
today was also a month since my dads passing so I lit a candle in memory for both of them in the votive jar I got for Pumpkin just after she passed.
The weather started out foggy today then cleared for a wonderful warm and sunny autumnal day .... and I went for a drive to see Frances and the route was lined with trees of many hues of green and gold and russet and copper with the sun dappling over the tops of them to begin with , and the foggy mist was present in the lower parts of the valleys I drove through to get to her ... it was a lovely drive :)
I took to Frances's my RR that our group is going to stitch on , I chose the "Sweetness of Life" (translation ) by Jardin Prive which I brought from the Patchwork rabbit when I was perusing the site for something for the RR and I thought that this was rather apt with a lady stitching on it :) It is being stitched on Sparklies slightly nutty (rather apt again 32 count linen with the recommended threads ...., so it is now on its long journey around the world and I will see it back again next year now .... I loved stitching this and actually didn't want to let it go ..... but I was brave and passed it over quick before I changed my mind 
I also took with me the needlecase that I am stitching for my partner Ann from the Friendly Stitchers and I am on the home straight with the finishing sooo hopefully it will be on its merry way to her and then I can show you :) I stitched on it while I was there after having our lunch outside as it was a gorgeous day , I have bobbed up a photo of the lovely one I received from Ann which is now residing on my stitching box waiting to be used, when I am stitching in my chair :)... I even managed to take some photos of the robin and bluetit that turned up to say hello and also some of Frances's lovely garden flowers too ... when I got home I messed about with the settings on the camera and touched up a few with the creative settings ... that was wayyyy cool ... loved the results on the camera hope they look good larger for you ....

 I have this last week been busy sorting out my craft room and even managed to sit down and stitch in there too, go me ... fingers crossed and paws willing I may be able to show it to you finished the next post  ....!!!! it has been a nice relaxation from work.
I told Master Bentley that his fan club was missing him soooo he kindly posed for you all out on his walk to springy parks ...  sooo on that cheerful note I had better get the photos ready for you :)
my lovely needlecase from Ann of Friendly Stitchers

candle for Pumpkin and my dad

Mr Robin saying hello

loved this movement shot

surprised to have his photo taken 

gorgeous autumnal day 

messing about with the settings 

star effect

one colour effect 

star filter 

one colour

soft focus

one colour

start filter ... I was having way to much fun doing these :)

and posing for his adoring fans :)

supper moon with starlight filter ....

Sweetness of life by Jardin Prive my RR 2015

soooo there you have my week in a nutshell .... refill any one ??? hopefully by the next post I will be able to show you more stitching or a least some finished finishing .... or even the room done ... wish me luck ;)  wishing you all a wonderful stitching week , take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxx

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Small Harrogate stitchy show

Good evening everyone :) the kettle has boiled and I have a selection of goodies to tempt you with , so please pull up a chair and join me here for a few moments :)
firstly I would like to say thank you to everyone that sent me kind words, thoughts, prayers and cards too ..... it has helped me tremendously since my dad passed away , his funeral was a lovely affair and he would have been proud of  how everything went and he would have enjoyed the party afterwards too, the sun shone the entire day and it was good to catch up with friends and family you don't often see these days due to busy lives.
In between everything was the small Harrogate Stitching and Quilting show and I wasn't going to go at first but I know my dad wouldn't have wanted me to miss it and so I tootled over in the mouse mobile with Chris for the day .... which was another glorious day too .... it was in a different hall this time and was muccchhhh bigger .... we browsed round the beautiful quilts on display  and oooo'd and aahhh'd at them all , there was such a stunning variety of designs and ideas I can imagine that judging was a hard affair , I didn't take the camera with me either so cannot show you any off them :( .... I only took my small quilted bag as wasn't intending getting much at all ... whooops 
Normally Chris and I would have finished browsing around two ish but at 4.15 pm we were  still going where was it we wanted to go back too 
I got quite a few bargain fat quarters at a £1.00-£1.50 and a few charts and a couple of bits for presents (these I can't show you  and Chris got quite a good haul too :)
Stitching wise I have kept busy and finished Abracadabra by Blue Attic on Polstitchers fabric Taboo and using gast thread stormy teal .... the backing fabric on the photo I got at Grace and favour in Thornton Cleveleys Marsh Mill, I have also started my needlebook for my partner Ann on Friendly Stitchers as well as kitting up my RR  , so I have been busy ... I have even managed to do a teeny weeny bit more to my craft room ...go me :)
other than that life goes on ... busy as a bee at work and no sign of it slowing down as yet, although I have a wee bit of help doing a bit of the back log of filing etc and on Thursday I am off to Hessle for the day to do their group interviews , hope the weather is kind to me 
ok I shall go and put the kettle on again then will sort some photos out for you to drool over heheheeh

Abracadabra by Blue Attic 

only a couple of charts :)

wee bits of bargain fat quarters 

and some more :)

whoops and a wee bit more
Reg the hedgehog asleep in the garden :)

Sooo I think that is all for now folks ... I will try and bob round to see you all once again as life settles back into a "normal "routine (what ever that is )
Thank you all once again (((hugs)))) love mouse xxxxxx

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Broken hearted

On Thursday the 27th August my dad passed away peacefully after his short illness at the age of 77.
Jennifer and I were with him at the end, Jennifer slipped out of the room briefly as my uncle was on the phone and I said to my dad "its ok to go now" ... the room went very still, peaceful and calm  and I knew my dad had gone and was at rest.
We spent some time still with him , taking to him and having a cuppa before we felt ready to leave him there .
Thank you for all your support and kind words throughout this journey of life, which has helped me greatly to cope ((((hugs))) to you all back 
love mouse xxxxxx


Monday, 3 August 2015

Lion's and tigers and stitching oh my !!!

Hi Peeps :) pull up a chair , grab a brew and there could be some doughnuts as well as some cookies in the cupboard .. help yourselves ....
Well I can't believe how time has flown since I last blogged, I took another dashing trip over to Blackpool as my dad had a fall ... which we later found out was due to a seizure and a small bleed on  his brain .... we (Jennifer,uncle Jim and I  ) spent a long night in ER and beyond while they got my dad stable .... 
Dad was transferred to a ward  where he has remained until they can get him in some convalescence to build him back up and regain confidence in walking again.
Mid week Jennifer and I decided to go to the Zoo  for a few hours R&R in between   visiting time as it was such a gorgeous day and I took lots of photos for my dad as he loves the lions and tigers , we got to see the new additions of giraffes while we were there too , the Zoo has improved since I was a member of the Junior Zoo Club a few moons ago and it was lovely to stroll round and see all the animals .... I was sad to hear that all but one elephant was left but she is going to a retirement place and they are then setting up a breeding program for them....
I even managed to finish my ornament for Chris and my dad got to see it in all its stages from the start to the finish and he loved it ... luckily Chris does too ... I stitched her a LHN chart from one of the Cross stitch Christmas editions (2012) one I think and made it into a hanging biscornu with bling .... Chris stitched me "Merry" by Mill Hill designs and added two wee bells so it jingles when it moves in the breeze .... apparently there was a technical hiccup till she found the wee bells  so it was a good job we couldn't exchange until this weekend 
I have been asked a lot about my memory quilt soooo here are some details for those that would love to stitch me a square to go in it .....
Stitch a design of your choice for me, using DMC or washable threads or let me know if you haven't ....  no larger than 5x5 inches square on a piece of white ,off white evenweave / aida etc that is 7x7 inches square (this is to give me chance to make them all the same size when I make the quilt up ....
to send the finished stitched piece to me in time for  Harrogate (back end of November 2015) to the mouse house .... this will give me chance to choose some fabric from there for backing etc  and make it up in time for my 50th  birthday at the end of January (28th) 2016 .....or at least that is the plan ;)
If you don't know the new mouse house address please contact me back channel via my email (right side of the blog) or there are peeps like Sally, Butterfly , Jo and Jackie that do know it , if you want to ask them I am sure they won't mind if you want to do it as a surprise :)
Soooo there you go in a nutshell .... if you want to ask any more questions feel free .... 
On to the photos while I go and make another brew for every one ....
I used to go to school on a bus like this ....

mute swan


lioness had a new cub with her
but couldn't get a picture as it was hiding

snoozing in the sun

one of the new giraffes


wee baby seal 

red panda bear 

blue moon 01/08/2015

My LHN Biscornu for Chris 

my Christmas ornie in July from Chris 
Brews are made .....hoping to get some more stitching done this week and to look for my next RR piece ... have an idea what I want to do ... just need to find the pattern ,... its in one of those safe places 
I hope every one is well and stitching loads and I will get to bob in and see you all asap .... take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxx

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Bobbing here and there

Hi peeps :) well it has been a strange couple of weeks to say the least .... I went over to Blackpool to visit my dad (if you remember was in hospital) for the weekend and ended up staying the week put it in a nut shell he isn't very well and won't improve to be honest, they have asked permission to put DNR on his records  due to the complications that have arisen since he has gone in ... 
I took some stitching with me as usual and my dad helped me pick out the colours for an exchange piece I am doing and I have almost finished it and know how I am going to finish it off ... had a discussion with dad about that too ... he does like to be involved in my stitching :) 
The nurses were interested in what I was doing as they were closet stitchers and .....I also managed to teach some one how to start a granny blanket ... go me !!
One of the evenings after visiting, Jennifer and I went for a walk around Stanley Park and I got some wonderful shots including a cute shot of a squibble .....and the ducks and the swans
I even managed to get some photos of my dad wearing my sun shades looking like the blues brothers when we went down to the peace gardens which is wrongly named you know .... those pesky seagulls are anything but peaceful 
I have been coming home during the weeks and have been travelling back at the weekends to spend time with my dad ... after three weeks he is still in the hospital and since I started this post they have found another tumour in his bowels and we now await to see what they are going to do or not as the case may be ... this waiting game is pants !!!!
I would like to say thank you to every one who has sent their love and prayers and kind thoughts ... it means a lot to me and my dad ... I do tell him :) 
I have managed some stitching and sent of Gillies RR off to her which should be on route to her very soon via her sister ... and loved it ... Jardin Prive  and can't wait to see it finished and what she does with it ...could be waiting a while 
I have almost finished my exchange piece and should have it made up for next week so I can then show you once Christine has received it :) as well as getting there on the birth announcement after having a wee technical hiccup of leaving my thread at Christine's one stitching night and wondering where it was 
OOOO yes when I got back the first time there was some lovely goodies awaiting me from Jackie and Butterfly .. I had won on their giveaways  and it was a nice cheererupera to get them :)
bottoms up

waling into stanley park

with star filter on

and again in sepia

how cute is this squibbel

all together now awwwww


whoops just had to sneak this in 

and this .... carrot cake was yummmmmm

my dad in my glasses in the peace garden

the noisy critters in the peace garden .....

goodies from butterfly

goodies from Jackie :)

Gillies RR :)
 sooo there you have it .... sorry about the ice cream and cake ...I just had to take a photo while we were at Marsh Mill having some lunch before visiting on the Sunday ..... thought you might enjoy ;0)
ok I had better scoot off and make another brew before this mouses snooze time ....hopefully I will sleep better tonight ... take care one and all and I will do my best to stop by and say hello to you all .... happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxxx