Monday, 23 May 2016

I have another finish WHOOOPPEEEE

Helloooooo every one ... I hope that this finds you all well and stitching madly away on your current projects :)  I must admit that I have been subjected to a viral thingmajig which has been a wee bit troublesome with a cough, snots and sneezes , slight tempertature and even more tirdness to boot .. but hopefully I am on the mend now (paws crossed ) as DD1 and I are off on our jolly hols next week ......leaving Master Bentley in charge of DH and DD2 
 I have as you can see from the title a finish :) I put the last stitches into Melicent Turner by LitttlehouseNeedleworks the other day ... I think I started this as one of the crazies in 2012 whoops but at least it is finished now hahahaha ... I stitched it on an unknown evenweave with the recommended Crescent Colour threads which if you have got this kitted up or want to stitch it please buy two lots of each thread apart from the red ... I almost used up all of the darker brown so just saying to get two to be on the safe side for that colour if you are stitching it on 28 count fabbie like I did ...
I have made some mistakes with this one ... and left them in as couldn't be bothered to reverse stitch to sort it out ... sooo if you can spot them I will be mega impressed ....there are more than one .... I really did enjoy stitching it even with the mistakes ... as I have made it unique to moi :) and I have added the date to it to sooo that in 100  years to come if it is still around it won't be mistaken for an earlier antique sampler .... I think I may frame this one if I have a suitable frame to fit it in my stash :)
I can also let you know that my wee gift arrived safely and is loved by Kim at ..... she is having one of those *cough big birthdays later in the year and is stitching a massive 60 RAKs to send out to peeps soooo I thought that I would send one to her so that she got one back :) I loved the pattern that much I have started to stitch it for myself now too .... I put in the first stitches the other night ..... (no photo yet)
Well it has started to rain here but is still warm .... and the light is just starting to fade gradually ... so I think its time I made you all a cuppa and raid the cupboards for some goodies for you all ... hang on ........
Ok hope you have all got your brews ... now where was I ... oh yes cookies are on the table help yourselves 
Even though I have been feeling rather ughhh I have been going out for short walks to get some fresh air and some sunshine and took my camera with me too ....and happend to tootle up the canal towards the swans as I wanted to see how they were getting on and if any eggs had hatched .... and was lucky enough to capture the swan turning the egg(s) in the next ... sorry the picture is a wee bit blurry but didn't have time really to focus properly as it happened rather quickly .... I think you can just make out that there are two possibly three eggs in the nest :) sooo hoping that they hatch soon and I can get a photo of the wee ones .... and on the same trip I got a photo of the water turtle too .... along with a bull finch or two a coal tit  and a partrige in a pear treeee hahahahh ... well not the last bit .. toooo early for that hahahahah
one of my lovely neighbours works for the RSPB and has a wonderful garden dedicated to our feathered friends , and I managed to snap a blue tit , one of our robins and another bull finch and I think the female bull finches too ... really must learn more ....
Stitching wise I have picked up my RR from 2013 and going to try and get that finished too ... and a few others while I am at it ... I recieved two more squares for my quilt too from Gille and Frances and I am hoping to get working on it more when I am off ....
I think that is all for now folks ..... so I shall get the photos ready for you ... any one else want another brew ???
oooo yes while I remember that wee blue bird is a nuthatch .. thanks to Beth and Jo for letting me know ....
Bentley resting after another ball throwing session

Mr Blackbird

Phil the pheasant

Female Bullfinch I think

Gorgeous male Bullfinch ...

getting out of the rain
Love this wee bird :)

Full Moon

singing in the rain .....

I think a Coaltit

Water turtle

Another Bullfinch

Mr Swan

looking down the canal

wonder what he had for breakfast

I think there are at least three eggs in there

peek a boo

sunning himself

Melicent Turner finished 20/05/2016

Mrs Pheasant

Peeking Ducks

shot at sunset

closer to the moon

from Frances :)

From Gillie :)

Well I hope I haven't bored you toooo much with all the photos ... not sorry one bit Master Bentley is snoozing atm looking ever sooo cute on his bed ....and i is almost time for The Great British Sewing Bee .. BBC2 9.00pm ... guess where I am heading in a few moments
I wish you all a wonderful stitchy week and I shall be bobbing in to see you all before I go on my jolly hols....I will take some photos for you heheheh .... take care now one and all and squeak to you all soon :) love mouse xxxxxx

Sunday, 8 May 2016

A Sunny Sunday in May

Helloooo every one :) well what a gorgeous day today has been ... the sun has been out all weekend, but today I actually managed to enjoy being out in its rays fact up until a few moments ago when I popped the kettle on for you all , the kitchen window was open and a lovely breeze was eddying around my shoulders while the birds where chirping and tweeting away merrily in the back ground .... I have been having fun with my camera and trying it out again .... I went for a walk this evening with DD and Master Bentley to the canal which is only two minute walk from the mouse house even for me and yesterday Bentley even posed for me for you .... I told him that you were  missing him so he smiled for you all :) he had his favourite toy out with him which atm is his ball .. he wants it throwing constantly and sits looking at you with his puppy eyes and squeaks and wags and paws you until you give in .... DH took him out onto the field and I managed to get some action shots of him ....
We have a nesting pheasant or two near us and one of them was posing on the neigbours wall the other day and I had to get my camera out and quickly take a few shots ... this chappy is the younger of the two males we did have ... he likes to let us know he is around with his crawk ....
I have been stitching a storm up this week and can see the end of the Melicent Turner Sampler LHN in sight ... a wee word of warning for anyone wanting to do this or if you have it in your to do pile please buy two threads of each of the cresent colours  apart from the red if doing it on 28 count fabric .... I was told this and was sooo glad I listened and bought the extras as I am almost down to the bottom as you can see and just about to run out of the green and already started on the second lighter brown ( border one ) I am hoping I do have enough of the white left as that is one I didn't get two of myself sooo wish me luck on that one ...
Last weekend was a bank holiday and as I was left to my own devices I started on my birthday quilt ... I didn't go overboard as I am still struggling with my shoulder and it lets me know when I have done to much .... just ask my physioterrorist ... who is actually a lovely girl
I routed out some fabric and did some hmmmm do I like that or not with them sort of thing ... decided what I was using and then decided needed more soooo raided my fabric stash to find the right colours to go with what I had chosen ... still need another colour but working on that one ... all the squares will have the same border round and then I am going to do a disappearing 9 patch square inbetween ( need another colour in this bit and  a couple of dresden plate type ones for a bit of interest ...I can show you where I got up to at any rate ... no sewing just cutting .... I also finished off  the thread gather by LHN and made it into a wee bag for myself with green wool felt and a matching button and ribbon and I am pleased how it looks ... I wanted to make it for myself after I did the one for DJ in blue  for her birthday/ christmas box last year.
In a few weeks DD1 and I are off to Longleat Safari park and house and Bath and Western SuperMare for a few days .... I can't wait and looking forward to taking picture of the lions and tigers and bears ... apparently there are no bears but hey ..... you never know what you might find even Mr Darcy hahahaha 
ok doke I think I have waffled enough sooo I shall sort the piccies out for you while the kettle boils again :)

yes I did roll over

crab apple flowers



Robin by the canal

Just loved the colours and the bark is on this tree

the two girls ... the one on the right is Master Bentleys girlfriend

Cuppa , cookie and stitching simply perfect way to finish the day off

Better view of the almost finish

dandilion clock

not sure if its the same one but ...

Blackbird by the canal ... zoomed in on this chap

love the light dancing on these flowers ...

peeping down onto the canal 

Thread Keeper by LHN finished my way :)

Well I hope I haven't bored you with the photos and you have enjoyed your visit today ... hopefully by next week I will be able to show you a finish and possibly a new start or a WIP or something equally exciting heheheh ... and even let you know who my RAK was for as by then it should have arrived ... I thought it might have got there by now but still waiting for a confirmation email from its new owner ... I did send it on a wing and a prayer ....
wishing you all a wonderful stitchy week and I shall bob by and squeak to you all again soon :) take care one and all, love mouse xxxxxx