Sunday, 14 September 2014

Stitching, Stash and the Same Celebrity :)

Hi every one :) hope you are all as well as can be expected ... the kettle has just boiled and I do have some cookies in and I think some cake too ... help yourselves with your brew :)
Well I must apologize for not bobbing round as promised to your blogs this last week but I haven't had any spare time to do much to be honest ... hopefully normal service will resume asap :)
The stitching side of my title is not very much I have managed to finish the exchange piece for Libbie my partner over on Friendly Stitchers  and have decided how I am going to finish it and that is a far as anything has got .... and as such I can't reveal it any hoo
The stash side is a wee bit more heheheh .... Its not all stitching stash but to do with stitching ... I have bought some fabulous bureau drawers and a cute sewing box for my new room when it is finished ....and a couple of items from the charity shop which caught my eye .. I even remembered to have my camera with me to show you them and how the room is progressing a wee bit :)
I did buy some more fat quarters but that is another story
On Saturday morning Ally and I took the mouse mobile to a wee village not far from the mouse house where my celebrity was signing his book again, yes you've guessed it Stuart Hillard was at the Oh Sew Sweet Shop and we called in on the way and got Chris to join the merry gang to go and say hello again :)
We had a fabulous couple of hours were I got to be the photographer for a few peeps while they had their photos taken with Stuart ... even I managed to have one taken as well eeekkkk  and Stuart is as lovely and entertaining in real life as he is on the tv:) he was telling how things were done for the Great British Sewing Bee and he also had some of his quilts with him (the ones that are in the book ) and boy are they nice and my kind of level of quilt making too .... soooo much sew that I have booked in for his class there in October .... eeeekkk I will have to get the machine out and have a practice :) I joked that I was his number one stalker (in a nice way ) and one of the ladies said "well you know you have made it when you have one " hahahahah.. I bought some Christmas fabric just because  and also some lovely pastel fabric for my new room to do something with .... and I wasn't going to get anything whoops .....
My other bit of stash is a chart from Belinda  from Samplings  from a blue ribbon ....she is doing another 60 mile walk over three days to raise money for Breast Cancer research and other excellent avenues with her team "Twinkle Toes ... if you click on the link it will explain it all in more detail ... I donated last year and also this and can't wait to get the charts kitted up and started :)
Gaynor from StitchersAnon fame is also doing something for this worthy cause ... for every euro you donate you will get a raffle ticket and you could win one of the lovely prizes donated .. I need to wait until my next pay day now to get my raffle ticket due to being skint now ...see above 
oooo and I remembered I have got the "Without a mouse " chart by BBD .. I ordered it at the Harrogate show from Trudy Ann and it arrived this week :)
I have it authority that the sweetie bouquet I made for Jennifer was delicious and I realized that I hadn't show you the finished project .... that I shall remedy in a few minutes ...
This morning Ally and I took Master Bentley for a pootle in the woods and I took my camera with me ... there were thousands of mushrooms all over the place and I managed to take a few decent photos of them too and we bumped into Jasper who is a wolf hound crossed with a lab ... he can smell yummies a mile off ... he sat for a photo for me with the promise of one ... this I gave to his dad to give him as once you have given him one ...he bounds at you all the more  It was a lovely walk and you can tell the season is changing ... the leaves are starting to turn brown and fall from the trees like a flurry of snow and there are signs that the squirrels are hiding the nuts for through the winter .... It was a lovely walk and we were out for ages .... needed a restorative cuppa when we got in ... Ally was amazed at how many grapes we have on the vine and they are just about turning from green to black .... once the birds have had their fill on them the vine is going to be cut right back and hopefully we can claim a wee bit more of the garden I was amazed as well to see that the million bell clematis that is on the fence had a flower out in bloom today too .... 
Well I have just made another brew and shall join you in sipping it mouse like while I upload the photos for your perusal :)
hellooooooo :)
this is soooo me :)

my new welsh dresser

found the perfect mirror for the room too

start of operation back to black :)

just a wee bit more to go heheheh

Stuart signing some books at the shop

my new sewing box 

my new big  fabric drawers :)

stitching box closed 

new door ...getting there :)

Ally , Stuart and Chris

one of the ladies helping Stuart show off his quilts 

another colourway which is just me :)

apparently this one took a weekend 

charity shop finds :)

whoops a wee bit of stash 

inside the Oh Sew Sweet Shop

Mouse and Stuart :)

the moon last night

this made me giggle ... zipper lighter ,

million bell flowered in September 

escaping back to the car 

Hellooo from Jasper

grapes any one ???

Jennifer's present :)

Soooo there you have it folks, another chapter in the life of the stitching mouse :)... I hope you have enjoyed your visit today and that you all have a wonderful stitchy week ... take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxx

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Stitching , Stash and Celebrities :)

Hi every one :) ooooo you had really get a large mug of your favourite brew and get yourself comfy as I take you on a whirlwind tour of this mouse's activities of this  last week soooo are you sitting comfortably ??? then I shall begin ...
Last weekend I took a wee trip in the mouse mobile with DH to see my Dad and Jennifer as it was Jennifer's birthday and we were having a celebratory meal at a local hotel and staying over too .... I decided to make Jennifer a sweet bouquet and spend a few days before making it up and for a first time on my own doing one, I was impressed and so was she ...
We tootled over on the Sunday and had a fab time that was only marred by some one setting the fire alarm off on Sunday night ....not a good plan .... any hoooo the next day I persuaded DH and my Dad to take a wee trip to Marsh Mill to the lovely Grace and Favour sewing shop with the promise of a cuppa and a cake ....
I was greeted by the lovely Em who said I must have heard the kettle click and I spend a wonderful few minutes (well at least half hour) oooing and ahhhing over the new fabrics they had in .... and tried to narrow it down to" not much stash" to buy .... whoops ;) DH and my dad disappeared  into the cafe opposite sooo I was safe to browse some more and add to my pile of goodies .... I have got loads of ideas what to do with the fabric just need some more hours in the day ... I am even featured on their website under the blog section... *waves a wee paw helllooo  looking forward to another cuppa :) They have a wonderful sewing room opposite the shop where they have classes for all ages and their junior sewer's are fab ... I have seen their work on the FB page they have ... keep up the good work girls :)
I wasn't very well on the Tuesday and ended up having the Wednesday off and I sat feeling sorry for myself while stitching away on the baby sampler and got it finished as the wee chap was born while I was away on holiday ....  I also managed as well that week to make up the "stitchers companion "piece by BBD into a box top very similar to the one I did for Lisa   and I continued to work on "Promise Me " by Lizzie *Kate which I can now say is another happy dance .... I put the last finishing stitches into it last night  yahoooooooo :)
So where does the celebrities come into it? I hear you say ..... you had better get a top up ... I have some cookies too if you want a dunker :)
On Sunday Ally , Chris and I got into the mouse mobile and tootled of to Harrogate for the Stitching and Quilt show held in at the Showground  just before you get into the town ..... we got there bright and early and managed to get a spot right by the door ....  soo we didn't have far to walk to the main entrance ... I noticed a poster on the wall saying that Stuart Hillard (from the Great British Sewing Bee fame) would be at the show that day .... well blow me down with a feather if we didn't bump into him as we went into the show and he recognized me from last Harrogate show  ... well once seen, never forgot heheheheh .... we had a few moments chatting before I promised I would bob over to his book signing later that day and have a look at his new  book that had come out :)
We then went and tootled around the show getting a few bargains and goodies to add to our stash piles again  we go up and down each aisle so that we don't miss anything and try and remember the inspirations that we have seen and thought oooo I like how they have done that etc etc .... I got to the place where Stuart was doing his book signing and I must have got the only spot when he was free to chat to me for quite a few minuets and show me what he was making while he was there ... I got his new book and he kindly signed it, as well as a few more dyes for doing some more quilting etc ..... Chris and I read his book later that night and I must say that is it a fun and inspiring sewing book full of good tips and hints and Stuarts sense of humor shines throughout the book ... I can't wait to try some of his ideas  and he takes his tea the same as mine ... white no sugar .... heheheh ...
well I had better get some photos added to this post before it gets sooo long you will be here until next time reading it 
Baby Sampler by Lizzie Kate finished for the wee man

stash from Grace and Favour

stitchers companion by BBD made into a box top

spot the clue it is mine ;)

casting a spell getting further along :)

charity shop find to display my autumnal smalls :)

ohhhh nooo she has the camera out ... look away quick !!!

Promise Me by Lizzie *Kate finished :)

stash from the small Harrogate Show

Stuarts new book 

and signed just for me

a bit more fabric stash :)

new start . CCS July :)
sooo there you have it folk's another week at the mouse house .... hope you enjoyed your visit and have washed up I shall be out and about visiting all your blogs this week  so I shall wish you all a wonderful stitching week till I get there .... take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxx

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Happy Summer! every one .... that's if it is still around brrrr 

I am the next person to receive a postcard in the Summer Postcard Blog Hop. that was thought up by the brilliant and witty Jo from Serendipitous stitiching where we get sent a wonderful stitched "postcard" from any where in the world and with a small wee note from them too :)

My "post card" comes from Maggee of Stitching Devotee -

Her message is: 
“This is one of my favorite pieces, Joyful Summer, by Country Cottage Needleworks. I did not follow the colors exactly, and I added beads instead of French knots. The FRAME is what makes it pop! When I chose it, my LNS owner agreed that it would make the piece pop! But my FRAMER actually refused it at first—she thought it was ugly! Of course, she acquiesced, and found out otherwise! I display this every Summer.

Summertime is the time of year that we really concentrate on our backyard Garden. With very limited room, due to trees shading our yard, we have learned to plant only what we like. This year my husband is more involved (he needed another hobby!) and has actually taken charge! He is so delighted and ‘Joyful’ to be growing foods he likes. He goes out most every day now, and comes back with a handful of veggies! Another ‘Joy’ of Summer is that it is when we see lots of birds! We have seen a nest built by the House Finches, only to be uprooted by Mourning Doves!  Then we saw our White-Headed Robin again—this is the 3rd year, because it couldn’t be inherited, could it? And just this week I saw 4 Flickers!! It is a very beautiful time of the year. ”

the Summer Postcard Blog Hop has been to a few places already so here is the latest list: so please go and say hello to these and grab a cuppa on your way :)

First postcard from Marcy goes to Gracie at Needles, Pins and Dragonflies
Second postcard from Krista goes to Jocondine at Jocondine
Third postcard from Michelle goes to Sharon at Shebafudge
Fourth postcard from Mouse goes to Vickie at A Stitcher's Story
Fifth postcard from Christine goes to Marcy at Stitching Plus
Sixth postcard from Astrid goes to Krista at Just Stitching Along
Seventh postcard from Vickie goes to Michelle at Michelle's StitchCraft Place
Eighth postcard from Jocondine goes to Deborah at A Patchwork of Crafts
Ninth postcard from Gracie goes to Maggee at Stitching Devotee

Off to go and put the kettle on again ... hopefully back soon with some stitching and other news too :) take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxxx

Monday, 18 August 2014

Epic blog update :)

Hellooooooooo every one .... I am back in the land of internet and back to normality the Kettle has just boiled so I suggest you grab a large mug of something and a cookie too as I think you may need it to fortify you  for this post heheheheh....
At the beginning of August DH and I escaped from the mouse house and traveled up some scary single track roads to our new pad for the week ... the scenery was stunning simply green for miles and miles ... not to mention sheep and coo's and such like .... and luckily for us we didn't meet tooo many cars coming in the opposite direction .... We stayed at a lovely apartment called Honeypot Cottage on a site called Stonelands Cottages  the owners were lovely and couldn't do enough for us .... there were lots of other families there and some had their wee pooches with them ... unfortunately our apartment couldn't have pets :( I did meet all of them and got to take a cute photo of a Labrador called Marley :) ... we have promised Master Bentley that we will take him next year :) The views were stunning and the sunsets too ... while we were away I took 738 photos eeekkk ... I won't bore you with them all though heheheh ... We took day trips out to Fountains Abbey, Skipton , Bolton Abbey and Ripley Castle  and we were only a couple of miles from where they filmed the original Emmerdale for those that follow it ... The weather was kind to us until on the way home .....
I managed to find the material shop in Skipton which was amazing for curtains or upholstery etc ... it did have some nice patchwork in and I did get a couple of pieces as you do DH just rolled his eyes at me when I said I was nipping in ... I rolled them back when I came out heheheh .. It was market day when we went in so it was really busy but we coped by finding a lovely cafe upstairs in the indoor shopping place where we re cooped our strength before tootling around the shops again :)
We went to Fountains Abbey on the Tuesday of our break and we had the most glorious weather to walk round ....I took photos from every angle and got some lovely shots of it ... which I will show it was lovely to see how many families there were there with younger children exploring the ruins :) Bolton Abbey we did by default on the Thursday as we set off to go to Ripley Castle and did a detour into there on the way ... the stepping stones caused much merriment as we watched a few peeps fall off into the river .. that is part of the excitement there ... I didn't brave it as stepping stones and a crutch don't mix and as the weather was again glorious the few unfortunate kids/ adults didn't stay wet for long .... Ripley Castle was just closing as we got there but the tea rooms were open so we pootled round and went in there for a cuppa and then had a wee look through the gates before wandering round the village.
Each night we were back at the apartment when it was still light as I would have hated to try and drive those roads in the dark .... and we spent pleasant evenings me stitching and DH reading or watching the TV. I managed a finish there "life isn't " by Lizzie * Kate and also started the " Promise Me by her too .... I have got on with this and hopefully will finish this soon as well ....
We arrived back at the mouse house on Friday evening much to the delight of Master Bentley as apparently he sulked while we were away awwwww...
The next exciting bit was Ally , Chris and I went to the Nimble Thimble ... you know that shop in Wales and the weather was good to us again and the sun came out so that we could eat our lunch outside to the sounds of the swallows feeding their young ... managed to take a photo of the nest and you can see two pairs of eyes looking at you :) Ally and I both saw the Kingfisher but it flew past soo fast we were not able to take a photo of it .... Chris of the Nimble Thimble fame kept us supplied with tea while we all browsed to our hearts content and we bought some lovely goodies to boot :) from there we moved onto the Castle Court Quilter Shop in Whittington and was greeted by Diana with ahhh your the lady who has the blog and had someone wanting the same fabric you had bought last time ... can you make your photos bigger  as it took me ages to work out which it was and thanks for the sale hahahahahha .... she then proceeded to put the kettle on  we had a good browse round too and found some lovely sale fabrics which I just had to get ... I separated the fabrics and will let you know which is which just in case ;)  see my fame precedes me
After we had bought a wee bit more stash we all decided we had enough time to wander round the castle before having a gorgeous meal at the local pub Ye Olde Boot and puddings too ....and yes I did take photos of them 
sooo once again I will bob the kettle on while I sort the photos out for you to drool over ..... 
How far I have got with it now :) Promise me by Lizzie *Kate

Looking into the Nimble Thimble

spot the babies :)

Toby Turbo Nimble Thimble grand puppy

looking down the river at the Nimble Thimble

Castle Court Quilters 

I threatened them with the stocks if they didn't pose

Whittington Castle

these came running towards Chris and Ally 

saw these and wanted a crumble 

whooooo are these ???

Trifle for Chris

Peanut Butter Cheesecake for Ally

Raspberry tart for me :)

rainbow at the end of the day at Wales

Sale Stash from CCQ

Not sale stash

yummie charts :)

gorgeous floss and fabbie and new scissors :)

our luxury bedroom in our apartment :)

views of the Dales

green as far as the eyes can see

Marley saying boo

Fountains Abbey

some one started to sing in hear and it sounded divine :)

fabric stash from Fents of Skipton

Life by Lizzie * Kate finished :)

Bolton Abbey

Famous Stepping Stones

Ripley Castle

Skipton Castle
OK I have added a video of the road back to the apartment ... I hope it works ...
I hope that you have enjoyed your visit to the mouse house once again ... I will be bobbing over to see what you have all been up to while I have been away so hope your kettles are on too :)
Take care one and all and happy stitching to you all... until next time :) love mouse xxxxxx