Monday, 26 January 2015

Stitchy and craft room progress

Morning peeps :) well today this wee little mouse is having a sick day and staying home with Master Bentley for company ... think its something I have eaten blugh :(
any hooo this gives me a few mins grace to squeak to you all and keep you fortified in a cuppa and some goodies while I waffle along as per usual
I have been travelling to work and seen some glorious sun rise's these last few days / weeks ... and as always never have my camera on me or able to stop to take photos to show you all ... the sun's colours have been spectacular and there has been mist swirling around in the air just above the ground level .... 
they do say "Red sky at night is a Shepherds delight and a Red sky in the morning is a Shepherds warning " but  apart from a wee bit of snow we had so far sooo good 
I went for a wee drive to the bank on Friday and there were daffodils nodding in the gentle breeze that was about .. and its only the back end of January ... in fact two days to my birthday wooo hooo .. the postie has just dropped some cards off hehheeh ... my daffies are just starting to poke through in the front yard and I have the most gorgeous wee snowdrops in the back sooo spring is definitely around the corner .....
We have been busy at the new mouse house the DD's and I along with my MIL and  wonderful BIL who happens to be a decorator ... DH has been helping but his work schedule leaves very little time to do much ...  we have made tremendous progress and my wallet is much lighter with all the new paper's, paint and other niceties to go with the new mouse house ... we even have splashed out on a corner sofa .... and it will be hopefully made and in situ in about 9 weeks ...
Most of the walls have been scraped and some remedial work needs to be done along with sanding some of them and sizing them too ....but all in all for the age of the house I think we have got off lightly BIL bless him has painted my craft room for me and up the basement stairs too and hopefully will do some of the ceilings for me as well ... and he said he would help with the papering too .... I have taught the girls how to sooo we should get things ship shape in no time paws crossed .... I have taken some progress photos for you as I know you all can't wait to see the room 
Stitching wise I have finished another ornie apart from the beads .... worked on Sally's RR (no photos of this though yet) and started another ornie ... this time "He's a flake " by LHN  .... sooo I am on a roll ... two finishes and two starts ....
I have also been naughty and bought some charts from the bay of evil a couple of LHN ones I haven't got and some lovely prim ones too ... unfortunately no photos of them either ... I know I know very remiss of me ...hehehehhe...
I have just made a fresh cuppa for you all while I go and sort the photos out before settling down to some stitching ... well I may as well, while I have some me time 
I was ere by Master Bentley ...

up the stairs wall paper nearly off

the master bedroom fully stripped :)

DD1's room getting there

hmmmm can tell what they were having when I am not there 

up into DD2's room

scene of destruction 


so I will finish and even with the steps too small to reach the ceiling
wall paper on is what we are going to have now :)

down the stairs to the creative room 

colour before and colour after ...

squeee white walls (door has been stained since this was taken)

First coat applied :)

view from the kitchen window 

gorgeous snow drop :)

another finish :)

and another start :)
Soo my dears there you have it ....another update from this wee mouse .... 
I am hopefully going to be much better tomorrow as the family and I are going out for a birthday meal as DH is working on my actual day and I am going out on the day with my friends Chris, Wendy and Bev for a meal too (joint celebration with Chris as her birthday is the beginning of Jan sooo we spread it out for her ...
Hope every one has a wonderful stitchy week and I will squeak to you all soon ... take care one and all  :) love mouse xxxxx

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

A finish , a new start and I've started packing !!!!

Hi every one :) the kettle is on sooo pull up a pew , get comfy and enjoy the post :)
Well I had a finish on New Years day .... frosty flakes got finished and embellished too ... go me .....and I started Joy to the world also by LHN and I am now half way through it .... not tooo shabby a start considering I have been packing stuff away and not just mine either 
I even have put in another couple of rows to my crochet blanket too .... really enjoying it when I do as you can switch off and don't have to concentrate to much heheheeh
I got my results back and I have got an infection ... well Sherlock I knew that bit and I have to go for some lung function tests in a couple of weeks as I need to be clear of antibiotics for four weeks and no coughing ... well the cough has died down an awful lot but it is still there a wee bit ...sooo we shall see and I know there is still some infection lurking around ....ho hum .... but otherwise I am loads better phew :)
Well to the packing side of the title .... Ally has moved from the second mouse house last Sunday to her new wee pad nearer her work ... and for some one who only had a one bedroom flat she sure had a lot of stuff ... now she has the wonderful pleasure of unpacking that end now ... hopefully everything survived the journey ok ....and her bookcases are filled again with her favourite reads :) and that her craft corner is coming together ....
And I have been packing my craft room up in readiness to start the short journey to my new craft room ... DD and I have taken some stuff down there already and as the dresser was empty managed to shuffle it forward enough for some one to get round the back and finish the wall off it was lent against... hopefully this weekend we will be able to get some more done and I can take some more piccies for you :) we have been out and about and choosing wallpaper and furniture that will hopefully be purchased ready for the move eg a corner sofa ...sooo I and the DD's will be beavering away striping wallpaper and more than likely my MIL will join in the fun ... there is something satisfying about stripping ... of the wall paper kind heheheheh
I will be brave and show you the photos of the "old" room at the moment 

In two weeks time as of today I will be entering into my last year of the 40's .... eeekkkk where does the time go ....and I have already received a wonderful present from DJ which is part Christmas and part birthday ... I had a sneak peep before it arrived as I had the choice of how I wanted it to be finished :) well I chose it to be framed as it was only 7x9 design ... welllllll lets just say it arrived in a much bigger box than I thought it would and it is absolouttteeelyyy gorgeous and all mine ... DJ found this pattern which I am lead to believe is a Merry mouse one and thought it was just me ... and I have to agree .... and the frame will fit into my new craft room perfectly ..... I will let the photos do the talking .... I haven't opened my card and am saving that for the big day :)
ok doke I need another brew ... I am awfully thirsty today and the boss and I realized at 4.15 that we had only had two brews all day till then ... she rectified it and we had another
Spring is also showing signs of arriving and I have managed to take some very blurry photos ... not sure if its me or the camera  more likely to be me .... 
photos on way .....
Frosty flakes by LHN finished and blinged up :)

parcel of goodies
how adorable are those stockings :)

full picture beautifully framed :)

snowdrops signs of spring :)

see told ya I've been packing 

progress on Joy to the world by LHN

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

And the count down begins to a New Year .....

Hi every one :) well here we are again .... its 8.41 pm at the mouse house and we are excitingly waiting for the New Year 2015 to begin ... Master Bentley is sat at the side of me and wants to wish every one a wonderful new year .... he would like to raise a toast with his cuppa to one and all .....
Well I have had an exciting postie week since the other day ... I have had two parcels from over seas ... one from DJ who has sent me a beautifully stitched and beaded ornament of a mouse and a key ring that has me in fits of giggles when you press the "press here" .... I wish I could record it for you ... it says "hey you I LIKE you ....I rrreallly LLLLL Like you  " with the rolled R's and L's 
and the other from Ann who has sent me a gorgeous crocheted snowflake which will be kept out all year just because I can ... heheheh... I also got a RAK from Heather which I plum forgot to mention and show you so I shall rectify that as well and Michelle sent me a beautiful handmade calender which in  the tidying up before guests came on on Christmas day has got put in the craft room some where under the archaeological layers ... so once I find it again I will take a photo ... thank you girls sooo much :)
Well as the want to do, is at this time of year, is a recap of how the year went ... on the whole it was pretty good with many highs and the odd whoops ....
Kidney stones and a cold/ cough are the odd whoops.....
 the highs well ...
I got to meet Stuart Hillard a few times and had a class with him...started to make a quilt... and made him a wee present ....I started to crochet again and am doing quite well to say the least ... it isn't perfect but hey its just me :)... I had a couple of trips to the Nimble Thimble in Wales and then there was a couple of trips to Harrogate or three ... sent out a few RAKs and won some wonderful blog winsand RAKS too  ... still working my way through the charts :) and I have managed 22 finishes ... which for a wee mouse that works full time I am impressed with :)
My Goals for the New Year ... well lets just say... hopefully to stitch more, do some more quilting , visit more blogs to say hello and move into the new mouse house with my bigger craft room, which still needs finishing off and to be as healthy as I can be :) 
And this I wish for you all too ... to stitch more, to chat more with friends and to be as healthy as you can be :)
I shall leave you now to bring in the New Year however you celebrate .... I have a cuppa (I do have some cider to toast in the New Year for later chilling in the fridge) , a toffee crunch Chocolate Orange and my stitching .... what more could a wee mouse want 
Rak from Heather

Present for Bev a sewing machine tidy 

from DJ

From Anne 

Christmas presents from my Dad ...
yes I know I have been stitching these but charts were borrowed and going back

ooooo ellloo again

almost finished ... wooo hoooo

so there you go folks a wee recap of 2014 ..... hard to believe that another year is almost over ... there are fireworks going off already and Master Bentley wants to go out and see them ...  I have told him its tooo cold 
well I think another cuppa is in order while I get on with my stitching ... so take care one and all ... have a wonderful evening and I shall squeak to you next year ... love mouse xxxxxx

Monday, 29 December 2014

Not quite the last post of 2014

Hi every one :) hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and got lots of lovely goodies from Santa :) Master Bentley was really spoilt from Santa Paws .. and had a fabulous day .... I tried to take some photos but unfortunately they are all action shots ....he wouldn't keep still long enough ...
We had a wonderful day with 10 of us for dinner (+bump) and there was enough food cooked to feed an army ...and we are still munching our way through the goodies soooo please make a cuppa and help yourselves :)
I am feeling a wee bit better thanks ... cough still here, but not as often as it has been sooo hopefully it is on its way out, she says paws crossed ... the voice still sounds bad but hey, its  good job I wasn't needed to sing any carols this year ....
At the weekend DH and I took a quick road trip to Blackpool to see my Dad and we nearly didn't get there due to the snow fall on the previous night ..... the journey over normally takes us 2 hours ish well you could double it this time ... the views of the snowfall were fantastic but I didn't have my camera with me only my phone sooo please excuse the naffness of them
I even managed to go and shop in a closed sewing shop .... DH and I bobbed up to Marsh Mill to see if Grace and Favour was open ...and it wasn't but Caroline and her DH was in and they opened up just for little ole moi ... how cool was that I just had to buy a few things as you do, well I could't leave empty handed now could I heheheheh....
The journey home was a little quicker than the journey in so that was good ... its amazing how so little snow can cause so much disruption especially when the council are on the Christmas break and no gritter vans go out until a few days later *sigh .... the journey into work today was not too bad the -3 degrees on the dash board was a wee bit disconcerting ... but the views with the sun coming up were amazing ... such a pity I can't stop to take a photo
Stitching wise I have done a wee bit more on Frosty Flakes .... well done Jane ... and can show you the progress ....I will have to do a recap on New Years Eve once I have dug out my trusty note book with everything in it I have stitched for the year ...
I have received some lovely gifts and want to thank every one for their cards as well ... I am sorry that I haven't sent out as many as I normally do due to being ill for so long but hoping to make up for it in the new year with some little RAKs being sent out :)
well I had better go and bob the kettle on for one last brew before bed and I will sort the photos out for you to nosy at :)
OOOOOO Santapaws has been 

wagging that fast at his new moose toy

our Christmas cake yummmm

catching his new talking ball .... and boy is it noisy 

From my Secret Santa on Friendly stitchers

From Bev

From Chris and Wendy

from DD1

from DH and DD2

hand stitched by Chris

and again 

hand stitched by Jacquie

from June (sorry blurry)


spot who went out

from Grace and Favour Marsh Mill 

Frosty Flakes by LHN progress

view from car on way home

so there you have it for now folks .... I hope you have enjoyed bobbing in and I will do a wee recap of the year on New Years Eve ... well DH is working the graveyard shift as it used to be called so I shall have to do something to keep me awake to see the new year in  ... take care one and all and I shall squeak to you all again a couple of days :) love mouse xxxxx