Sunday, 20 July 2014

Its been a funny ole week ....

Hi peeps :) hope every one has grabbed their brews and a comfy seat as its that time of the week again .. a mouse house update :)
This week as the title says has been a funny ole week .... Monday started soooo well then in the afternoon we got called in to the back office and our lovely boss told us he was leaving !!!!!  Well you could have knocked us all down with a feather we were sooo shocked ....he left it till the last moment to tell us as he didn't want us to get upset hmmmmm bit of an understatement ....
any hooo we carried on our normal day to day working life in a daze and arranged a surprise leaving lunch and goodies for him .... apparently it took me and Emm 3 hours to go to the bank one day .... hehehe it really was only an hour and a half ... normally only takes about 30 mins ....
So on Friday we said goodbye to him and put on a spread and we had oodles of cake as he had brought some in as well ... he got us all some fun "thank you" presents ... and wrote us all a  personal card each .... and we hope he enjoy's his new post .. if not we will have him back .... :)
Stitching wise I haven't been up to doing any until about Thursday when Chris came to the mouse house I started a new start ... a wee baby sampler for my apprentice "K" aunt who is due to pod any day now ... we don't know what she is having so I have stitched everything I can from the Lizzie *Kate baby sampler until we know what the wee one is and name and then I can finish it off ... it was a lovely stitch ....
I started another start too ... as I just had to ...lol..... a wee while ago I stitched the same piece for Lisa from the inspired stitcher  and I am going to finish mine the same way ... I found my box ..lol  its the stitchers companion piece from BBD stitchers journey .. I am stitching it on a piece of Sparklies slightly nutty I think ..... 32 count with the DMC equivalents or at least most of them .... I started my initial just before I came on here to do this post .... and I hope that it will fit ....eeekkkk .... 
Yesterday we were at the Sweet Shop when it got awfully dark and then the thunder and lightning started .... wow it was fun watching it but scary at the same time ... we thought it might do as it has been sooo hot and humid here and the same sticky  hot weather we had again today but so far no sign of anything extra PHEW ,..... just feel like I'm melting ..... its midnight here at the mouse house and its still 23.5 degrees C ... feeling hot hot hot .....
Sorry I haven't been round to visit many peeps I will get round to it as they say .... and thank you for all the lovely comments you have been leaving .... in answer to some ... the photo of the moon was taken with my bridge camera .... it has a 28 x zoom and I just pointed and shoot and took a few to get the one ... 
Master Bentley has enjoyed his cuddles and his extra biscuits off you all ...No photos of the new house yet as not been down into the basement during daylight hours ....hopefully soon when I have got two weeks off I can do some more and show you progress photos :)
The Quilt idea for the CCS charts is just that at the moment ... I will have a play with some paper and draw out an idea and wing it from there hahaha ... that is what I did with Sally's quilt last year and it turned out fine heheheh ....
eeee I'm parched again sooo I will bob the kettle on for a top up ....
sooo what else has been happening .... DH has started his new job and is enjoying it muchly ... he can't wait to do his blue light training :) I went to do some training on Wednesday on Direct Payments  and was surprised at how well I did .... see the brain still works on occasions hahahahah but other that that not much else to be honest ....
I suppose I ought to put up some photos  sooo here goes ....
Lizzie*Kate Baby Sampler
all ready for the final bits :)

taken at 8.30pm tonight ... 

my new start :)

just love those eyes :)

ohhh to be a fish right now cool and under a waterfall ...lol
Well I had better finish waffling now and get my wee body up the stairs to bed .... I do have work in the morning ...but it will be very strange .... 
hope every one has a fabulous stitchy week ... and enjoyed their hermitting weekend :)
take care one and all and I will squeak to you all soon :) love mouse xxxxxx

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Here I am again with some more finishes :)

Hellloooo its me again .... and the title says's it all *VBG ... soooo please pull up a chair and grab your favourite brew ... there are some cookies :)
This must be an all time record for me ... as these two new finishes makes it five in the last month ... smoking needles or what ...lol 
I am doing a happy dance to "A Bushel and a Peck " by La D Da  ... the only thing I need to do is my initials which I am going to have to chart ... I need to find a similar alphabet to the one that Lori has used as although we share the M ... I need a G too ...lol ... I stitched this one on a Sparklies  solitaire that I bought at Harrogate a couple of years ago and the colours are just plain ole DMC that looked some what near to the original chart and worked perfectly with the hand dyed fabric  .... and I stitched on 28 count over two ... I omitted the charted border as it framed without it on the picture at the front and I like it that way and it will be easier to get framed too ... method in my madness heheheheh.
My second happy dance is I started the February Country Cottage Samplings garden series a week last Thursday at Chris's while Ally was there too and finally put the last stitches in it today at tea time YAHHHH HOOOO ...  I am stitching the whole series individually so that I can make it into a quilt for my new craft room .... well that is the plan at any rate heheheheh  and while I have been on a roll with the stitching I have been putting some more stitches into my Casting a Spell by BBD .......I am going to try and get this finished and out for this Halloween ....
My Apprentice "K" has asked me to stitch a wee birth sampler for her aunt who is due to pod any day now ... we chose the Lizzie *Kate baby sampler and I ordered it and ermmmm a few extra items fell into my basket ... I blame the Prim Stitchers on Facebook for their terrible influence hahahahahha as I just had to get A Beggers Night by Threadwork Primitives , Count Twice by Plum Street Samplers  and Victorian Postcard by By The Heart ooo and some plain cream evenweave ....a girl can never have enough ....lol I was quite proud of my self for restricting  the basket to them few ... hahahaha 
Well I have been looking for a Welsh Dresser for the craft room as you know and so far no luck but I have found something I do like that would do but by the time I get back to the shop it will probably be sold * sigh .... I spent an hour on the fireplace last Sunday trying to get the paint off and I can tell you now it won't be a quick process ....lol I didn't realise but the metal surround is actually a chocolate brown metal ... and it looks quite good with what I have done sooo far which is about 10 inches on one side .... there isn't any photos at this stage ... I have however discovered our local DIY shop sells the black paste for the range :)
Today DH and I took Master Bentley to a new walk we have discovered which he loves as he can get the birds up .... I took the camera today and uploaded the photos and there are a couple of corkers .... I am still giggling at the face's he is pulling when running .... He loves it up there and settles down for the day snoozing merrily for most of it when he gets back from the walk :)
Friday  night was supposed to be a super moon ... I didn't realise this until the next day after taking some photos of it when I got back in from shopping .... and they have turned out golden yellow and brown ... almost sepia and no filters were used ...really unusual ... and tonight there was a fabulous red sky ... I did manage to take some pics but they haven't turned out as red as it was ... but you get the picture ...lol 
soooo I shall go and pop the kettle back on and up load the photos for you :)
Bushel and a peck by La D Da

Super moon

grinning as he is on his favourite walk

come you two ... hurry up

just look at his face

and this one is sooo funny

love those ears :)

casting a spell by BBD

February  ..Country Cottage Samplings 

a wee small stash enhancement

gorgeous red sky tonight 


Sooo there you have it folks ... don't think there will be tooo many finishes in the near future ... but you never know heheheheh...hope every one has a wonderful stitchy week and take care one and all .... love mouse xxxxx

Saturday, 5 July 2014

A stitchy hat trick :)

Hellooooo every one :) lovely to see you all again ... please pull up your usual chair , grab a brew and a cookie and join in the fun :)
The sun has had his hat on all day today and DH and I have been busy at the new mouse house getting rid of all the rubbish that the previous owners kindly left us !  DH did most of the grafting bless him , I just passed him the light bits and the drinks when required ....
I was going to start on the stripping off the paint from the range but didn't have a glass jar to put the stripper in soooo hopefully I will find something that I can use tomorrow ..... my new craft room is fully empty and ready to start  "operation craft room" .... I have decided to block up the wall where the sash window is as it cannot be repaired which is a real shame but it does give me another wall to have something against .... like a dresser ? I have been perusing Pinterest for ideas for the new room and even DH likes some of them soooo I am on to a winner hehehehe .. I am going to paint all the walls white to maximize the light and also have a mirror on the range to bounce light back into the room .... I am really looking forward to showing you progress photos ....  I do have one of how it looked when we got it and how it looks now ... :)
Well with all the football madness that has been around I have had plenty of time to get some stitching done on an evening as I don't watch much, if at all telly ...lol and so I scored my own hat trick ...lol I managed to get three pieces finished and another almost there and a new start :)  not bad for a wee mouse who works full time ...lol It has helped that the nights are light and long and I have had the back door open to let in the breeze with Master Bentley at my feet stitching to the sounds of the birds chirping and the water splashing into the pond .... 
I finished the May Cottage  Garden Sampling's (have started the February one ;0) finished the tapestry off for one of the service users at work and also finished Rosey by Little House Needleworks  and almost got there with A bushel and a peck by La d da ..... in fact I may do some more on it when I have done on here ..... 
At the moment we are having Tour de France fever  here in Sunny Yorkshire ... there are bikes every where and roads are being closed left right and centre for the big event this weekend .... its been a fabulous day for the riders today so I hope the weather holds out tomorrow ... that I and I want to get some more washing dried ..lol 
Some good news is DH starts his new job next week he is going to be trained as an EMT ... he already is a first aid instructor and done paramedicing in the Army sooo I am sure he will fit right in and tell you to put your own plaster on hahahah... he is looking forward to it :)
I need to get out into our garden hopefully tomorrow as the plants are taking over .. the fatsia plant has grown soooo much and the grape vine has reached over half the garden ... I took a photo to show you ...  it needs a hair cut ...lol 
Other than that life has pootled on and it is rapidly approaching Christmas before we know it ...
I have booked the accommodation for Harrogate and looking forward to going and having a nosy at all the new stuff and may be buy one or two wee things for my new room hehehehe ....and next month DH and I are off on our jolly hols to the Dales ... to a wonderful cottage in the middle of nowhere sooo lots of nice scenery , plenty of stitching time and peace and quiet ... I will take lots of photos as always for you :)
talking of which I will go and find the ones to show you and make another cuppa while I am at it :)
before pictures


real Yorkshire stone floor ...
can't wait for it to be cleaned properly

May's Cottage Garden samplings

all tidied :)


this is being restored back to black and hopefully to work too :)

finished the tapestry 

oooo helloooo 

verbena in my garden 

getting there 

love this blue :)

Rosey finished design by LHN 

my new start ... done more to this no photo ..lol
Sooooo there you have it ... you are all up to date with the mouse house news :)
I have been bobbing over to peeps's blogs when I can ..  we have been having periodic bouts of no internet .... so I shall leave you all now before it decides to cut out again ..lol ... take care and happy stitching and I will see you all again soon :) love mouse xxxxx 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Good news , Travelling pattern and some stitching :)

Hi everyone :) see I was back a wee bit quicker this time ...lol ... pull up a chair and get comfy with your favourite brew ... I have chocolate brownies :) 
Well the good news is tomorrow the 16th of June we will finally own the new house after much problems with the mortgage company not communicating with its staff !!! we finally got the monies at the Solicitors Friday afternoon soooo a wee bit later than we expected we pick the keys up but WAHHHH HOOOOO ... I can start to get ideas for my new craft room in place for when we begin to make it to our tastes :)
I put all the names into a tub who wanted the Travelling Pattern and got my DD1 to pick one out and she chose Dani :) can you email me your snail mail address so that I can get it into the post for you by the weekend ... I can only get to the post office now once a week with me working full time ... 
This last weekend I have been tres busy with the sweetie shop as DH and future SIL have been down on the Isle of Wight doing the fire cover for the stars helicopters so there has only been a wee bit of stitching managed ....Chris came to help us out and she did manage to get a bit more done on her piece than I did ...lol 
Any hooo .... I have almost finished the May  Country Cottage Samplings chart and I have got the February one to Kit up ... so pleased with my progress , I have also been working on a tapestry for one of my service users who can't stitch on it any more sooo I have got over half of it done for her just doing an hour here and an hour there ... it is soooo different from the normal stitching but at the same time quite relaxing too :)
Last week it was MiiStitch's birthday and I stitched her a wee pincushion from La d da its better to give than receive and she loved it PHEW .... I was also going to do the same piece for Butterfly  but decided to send her some lovely coordinating trims for her birthday and had to giggle as Sally  had stitched her the same one .... great minds and all that ...lol
We have been having some horrendous down pour this last week and there has been lots of local flooding in the space of five mins ....  it has been warm with it as well we could have had a shower outside ...lol ... I have managed to get some flower photos and you can see the drizzle drops on them if you look closely :)
I will bob the kettle on again for a quick drink before bed .... while I get the photos on for you :)
Tapestry for one of my service users

have done more today to this since this was taken this morning 

View into my neighbours garden 

love in the mist 


Miistitch's pincushion

backing fabric

Sweet cart from the wedding we did last weekend 

hellooo I have missed you all ....

Hope you have enjoyed your cuppas and the nibbles ... hopefully next time I will be able to show you photos of inside the new house too .... have a great stitchy week and take care one and all from a very tired wee mouse xxxxxx zzzzzzzzzzz 

Monday, 26 May 2014

Friends :)

Hi every one :) good grief I was just looking earlier and nearly forgot to put the kettle on in my cooooo do you know its almost a month since I last posted .... have you missed me ??? ..lol 
And its my 201th post.... I have had 102,699 page views and 5,819 comments  cooo that's a lot of viewings and nattering 's ..lol and an awful lot of cuppa's hehehehhe ..... 
Sooo what have I been up to you ask .... well ermmmm not much to be honest apart from some stitching .... I've not been any where exciting or done anything extraordinary just been working or snoozing ....more of the first than the last ...lol 
Master Bentley has had a trimble and is enjoying having shorter hair , now he has been having fun, playing in the woods with his friends ...lol .
I have been taking pictures of the flowers in my garden and my next door neighbors ones too ... also had a play with the sepia setting on my camera ....
I have finished my Aprils Daisy by Country Cottage Samplings and started May's .... February's is hopefully on its way to the mouse house  as we squeak :) 
I have done some more on Rosey by LHN , spent three hours on the April Cottage by LHN last Thursday night at Bev's and had to reverse stitch what I had put in and re doo .... and I can't believe it took me that long ...lol I blame all the excess fabric I have to contend with ...that's my excuse and I am sticking to it ...lol
I've started a RAK for some one ... can't say much more as she pops on to here and she might guess soo won't show you either until next week hopefully it will be done and there by then paws crossed ....
The friends bit ..... cast your mind back to January .... yup that's right I have finally finished "Friends are like" by Lizzie * Kate .... I stitched it on 28 count white evenweave with threads I had that were almost near to the colours with a few changes .....  soooo now it is ready to travel on to its next stitcher ... please make sure you mention that you would like to stitch it and you are a good standing member in the blogging world and promise to stitch it a wee bit quicker than moi ( i did put it some where sooo safe it took me ages to find it again ..lol) and I shall draw the name next week and get it on its way :)
then still on friends ....on Face Book on the group the Prim Stitchers  there was a conversation about Tim Holtz pocket watches that some peeps had stitched a wee piece for ... there are some lovely patterns that fit them btw .... I mentioned that I was going to try and get one over here when Nancy *waves a wee paw helloo   ...said keep an eye out for the postie after she asked for my snail mail addy .... she very kindly went and got me not one but two of them .... :) Soooo this week I have been stitching away merrily on 40 count over one and chose some bits from With Thy Needle Valentine pattern  that I got for my birthday and it fitted  ..lol and I made it up  and it hangs in my craft room whooo hooooo ... Thank you once again Nancy :) all I need to do is decide on the other pattern to stitch :)
As I was on a roll with the over one stitching I got all the verse done on the Blue Ribbons Design  "Friendship Blooms" PHEW .... now I can get on with the rest of it now ....
Unfortunately my Hussif  that I made for the Primitive Hare competition didn't get any where as the names were randomly drawn  for the prizes .... there were some gorgeous pieces done and 85 entrants altogether and they were all different interpretations too :) I think she has put the winners on her blog, if not I know they are on her Face Book page :)
okkkk so I will go and put the kettle on again while I gather the photos for you to be nosy at ...lol 
My wee pocket watch :)

hellooo how are you all ??

Start on May by CCS

see that purple line ... that took me the three hours !!!

from here 

to here all done whooo hoooo :)

watching the world go by :)

Friends are like by Lizze*Kate Travelling Pattern finished :)

more done Rosey by LHN

peonies in colour

and now in sepia

watching the birdies 

next doors garden

and again 




next doors 

and again .... gorgeous blue on this one :)

my lovely RAK from Nancy :) 

and we have had some rain ...lol



and finished :)

my wee visitor :)
soooo there you go folks ... a few photos to make up for not seeing you all for awhile  hope you have enjoyed your cuppas and I promise not to be too long till next time :) hope you have a wonderful stitchy week and don't forget about the travelling pattern .... take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxxx