Saturday, 28 March 2015

Life has been a bit of a roller coaster

*mouse taps the screen ... hellooooooo any body there ??? I have cookies and a cuppa or two ....
Gosh I have realised it is ages and ages since I was last on here tapping away telling you all my news.... well there certainly has been some since last time .... some good and some not so good but hey that is life .....
the good bits are we have finally moved into the new mouse house and the old one is up for sale ... we still have a bit to clear out which will be done over this next week .... bit later than anticipated but at least we have got here .... My craft room is still chocker block with stuff although last night I did spend an hour in there putting drawer liners into the chest of drawers and emptying a few boxes sooo I can see a wee bit of the work top now ... it is my task over the up and coming long weekend to get it done .... I am fed up of not being able to sit comfy and stitch in my wee chair .....
Master Bentley has been loving the new house as we have some land at the back and he now loves to bob out for a sniff and to see if his "girl friends " have come out to play .... they have two black labs next door which adore him ... but of course 
I have been stitching and finished the RR I was doing and sent it off and I have managed to get an exchange piece stitched but not finished off yet that hopefully is tomorrows challenge ... I need to find what I need to finish it off ....
Work has been interesting to say the least as we are merging into our new parent company sooo lots of changes going on least of all I have been moved from my large comfy office to a small shoe box so that my old office could be used as a training room ....makes sense but I didn't go quietly hahahahha ..... I have also been bibbing to my old office site to get work there done for them too as they have had no one to do the wages and such like sooo my Tuesdays have been a bit like ground hog day ... doing three different branches in one day ....
DH has changed jobs again and a whole new routine has had to be learnt again .....just when I was finally getting when he would be in 
Then just two weeks ago my dad was admitted to hospital with a suspected stroke but it turned out worse ... he has a 5 cm large tumor on the left side of his brain that has affected his memory and his speech ....soooo I hot footed it as fast as the mouse mobile could get me to his house and stayed for a few days till we knew the total outcome of the tests he had done .... he will be going to Preston Hospital next Tuesday to discuss his options .... his partner Jennifer will be going with him and she will relay all information to me as soon as possible ... Its a bit hard for me to escape due to the work load that is going on and I know he is in good hands with her :)
So there you have the ride in a nut shell .... another cuppa any one? or I do have some excellent elderberry cider .....
Well I suppose I ought to show you some photos .... so you can see I have been stitching at least something 
new front room

look no craft room left

spring has sprung

new hallway

RR my section was the middle bit :)


new bedroom just as moved in soo furniture not up

DD1 room

DD2 room almost there 

purdy my firbaby at dad's 

sky before the eclipse


some fabric I just had to have ... think table runner quilted :)

took crochet to keep me sane 

the budgie thinks it s a guinea pig ... he lives with them :)

my gorgeous exchange piece off Mary 

and the back

the guinea pig was making sure there were no air locks in the water ...
soooo there you go folks ... I am hoping that normal blogging service will be resumed very shortly ... we have only just got internet back soooo I haven't been able to do the rounds yet .... DH is on nights these next few sooo I hopefully will have chance to pop by and say hello :)
hopefully you have managed to make it this far so I shall say good night and wish you all a wonderful stitchy week ... take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxxx

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Making Progress

Hi peeps .... yes I know its late but I have only just got the computer to myself long enough to keep you updated brews are ready and I am sure there are some cookies hiding in the cupboard if you want a dunker to go with it :)
Well this last week is a wee bit of a blur with being soooo busy with work and getting the room sorted ....I didn't go to Chris's on Tuesday as she was poorly so DH and I went down to the new mouse house to do a bit more on it .... DH painted out the storage room while I was polishing the furniture that we got moved ... luckily with it being empty * for now;)  it was easy to move ....
Saturday saw me tootling round the office supply shop for a pair of matching filing cabinets for under my work top and the nice guys let me have some for a decent price ... they loaded them up in the mouse mobile for me and when I got to the house DD2's fiance (sp) was just pulling up sooo I borrowed his muscles to get them into my room ... well you just have too don't you 
I pottered around for a couple of hours touching up the paint where we had done some work ... tried out my rocking chair and my new fleece blankie  and thought yes I can see myself falling asleep in this .... and measuring out the gap for the work top and the other big filing cabinet .... must have done a good job as it all fitted together no problem with room to spare woooo hoooo ....
I have taken some progress photos for you as promised and hopefully with a fair wind and good sails I will get my all my craft stuff over this week ... a few boxes at a time in my boot .....then I can at least sort out at my leisure ... 
I was sat stitching on Sally's RR last night doing great when I ran out of the thread for the last couple of words .... agghhhhhh .... what was a girl supposed to do except nip to hobbycraft the next morning to get a thread ....ohhh my they had lots of nice fabric on offer and other stitchy goodies ..... any hooo I digress ... I was sat stitching when I heard a rustling noise ..... I sat very still thinking I was going to see a wee head pop up out of the boxes or something when ..... a butterfly came towards me and landed on my arm .... bearing in mind this is February and it was about 11.00 pm ... well I tried to get it out as it would have killed itself going into the lights and in the process managed to actually get a couple of decent shots when it was still ... (I did manage to get it out btw) still can't believe that it was in my room and obviously been there a wee while as DD2 mentioned at least three weeks ago that one had flown in and actually I didn't believe it to be honest ... whoops .....
I was pottering round the garden today as it was a lovely day , the sun was out and the sky was a pretty blue and I took some photos of the snowdrops in my neighbour's garden and the crocus too ... while I was there my gray doves where in the tree sooo I managed to get a good photo of one of them at any rate ....heheheh 
right I had better pop some photos up for you .... and then I will be off to the land of nod ....
Full moon on Friday night 

atmospheric shot

on my kitchen ceiling

how pretty is it against the fabric

think this is the male of the doves 

ohhhh nooo she's got the camera out again 


isn't this lovely 

here you go

looking good if I say so myself 

my treadle machine in place

Sally's RR my bit is from Libero down to aspettati
soooo there you have it folks .... can't wait to get the room fully sorted and in it either for that matter stitching away ....
I shall leave you for now and will catch up with you all again this week .... take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxxx

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Birthday celebrations and some stitching too :)

Yoooo hoooo every one :) hope you are all cosy and warm with the bad weather folks seem to have been experiencing on both sides of the pond .... going to work the other day was a wee bit scary mary as they say .... but I was prepared with my snow boots and change of clothes and food and a blanket on my back seat in case we were stuck at work once I had got there .... 
I must thank every one for the lovely birthday wishes, cards and gifts too ... some decided to go the scenic route first before they got to the mouse house  Michelle  sent me some lovely fabric from Sparklies  which took ages to get here (mind you it didn't help that the post code was a teeny bit wrong ..) so it was a good job she posted early, as it arrived the day before my big day :) and a couple of cards  from friends  who have known where the mouse house is for years also had the wrong post codes on ... must be catching heheheheheh... good job my postie knows me 
Jo sent me a beautiful stitched mouse card ... which is on my mantelpiece with my other cards and I haven't photographed it yet .... whoops ...
June sent me a gorgeous stitched needlebook with a wee mouse on it and a bobbin and some scissors on it as well as pink polka dot tin full of goodies and a wee notebook and cards. Chris and Wendy got me a kit of a tall pincushion holder to make and something else that hadn't arrived before my big day and Chris had also knitted me a snood and some matching finger-less gloves which has come in very handy with the weather we have been having in a lovely soft wool ... not photographed either as I wasn't doing a selfie heheheh.... Bev's is an IOU as she has not been well and it wasn't finished .... sooo my birthday is extended wooo hooo .... from the family I got some headphones to go with my boom box I got for Christmas and a lovely flake birthday cake .....  some gorgeous flowers and pennies to spend on something that takes my fancy when I see it :)  Oooo I feel a browse around the internet coming on
My boss also got me some chocolate and wine for my birthday ... I can share out the chocolate if you want some but the wine is mine hahahah....
OOO the kettle has just boiled ... off to go and make a cuppa for every one ...
here you go and some cookies too ....
Well we have been doing some more to the new mouse house and tomorrow all being well my sink is going to be taken out and popped onto a new work top and re plumbed as the pipe from it is lead .... once that is done I can paint the shelves and after much consideration and consultation with the DH I have decided to paint the fireplace with the proper black paint rather than try and take the old crackled paint off as it is too much of a job to be honest .... and I want to get into my room and get it sorted ....
Apart from DD1's room and the top of the hallway .. all the paper is off the walls and they are ready to be sized before paper going back on .....any one fancy giving me a hand .. we have had to buy more masonry paint for DH's side of the basement and he has started to paint that today  sooo all in all things are going almost to my schedule
Stitching wise I have been busy on Sally's RR ... its going slower than normal as I am having to stitch the opposite to the way I normally do ... that and I don't want to make any mistakes(personalize) with it not being mine ... DJ has just done her bit on mine and its up on her blog if you want to bob over and go and have a peep ... its soooo cute :)
And that my dears is all the news from the mouse house this week sooo I will bob up the photos for you :)
From June beautifully wrapped :)

see all the goodies

how gorgeous is that wee needlebook ...

headphones and cake .... yummmmmm

lovely fabric from Michelle

flowers from the DD's :)

Bentley say's Hi

see the door is done 

looking better 

more the right bright white colour it should be

Sally's RR :)

from my lovely Boss ....

part of my goodies from Chris and Wendy

had a busy ole day ....
I hope that every one has a wonderful stitchy week and looking forward to bobbing in and saying hi to every one ... may take me a wee while as you have all been rather busy this last week ... take care one and all and I shall squeak to you all soon :) love mouse xxxxx

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