Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Stitching the days away and other bits and bobs

Hi everyone … hope you are all coping well with the lockdown all over the world still continuing with slight adjustments here and there …..now … grab your brew and a cookie or two, as I have one or two things to show ..lol 

I am still working from home at the moment and only go into the office when required and when there is not a lot of others in there .. the bonus of this is I get more stitching time in a day as I manage to get some done before I start work and I am home a minute or two after hahahhahaha

Apart from my stitching and crochet finishes, I have become … A GRANNNIEEEEEEEEE... can you tell I am excited heheheheh….  my DD and SIL to be, safely delivered a wee boy on the 5th of May at 15.48pm weighing a healthy 9lb 7oz after a long labour bless her … both are doing fine and I am currently doing Grannie duties by helping out where I can... I haven't lost the art of doing nappies, bottles and absolutely loving the baby snuggles ...and when I am off in a couple of weeks I have offered to do a night shift or two :) and I even got his blanket finished on time too …. and he has used it as well ….
there has been some lovely weather since he has arrived so we all took the little man to meet our horses and they were ever so good with him too.

ok onto the stitching bits ...

I have finished The Inn at Fox River Mill by Littlehouse Needleworks ,  a SAL I was doing with Tina on a Sunday and a Monday night sooo I have added two new stitches into the rotation " Beneath a Sunlight Sky by Blackbird Designs on the Sunday and doing When flowers Blossom by Brenda Gervais on the Monday night … I am working on a combined Home of a Needleworker and A Stitchers Prayer both by LHN using the recommended threads apart from I have changed the house to a bright blue and using a dark blue for the main words.. I am stitching it on 28 count Country Mocha fabric sooo it is quite a big piece .
I have also finished I am a Stitcher by Cherrywood designs .. I stitched this one on Sparklies Oatmeal with most of the recommend threads just changed the background colour to a paler pink rather than the clover that it was orginally done in.. I am sooo glad that it has got done ...
Now if you can cast your minds back * cough one or two ish years and the rest I started Celtic Autumn … well you will be pleased to know that I have now started to add more stitches to her as it is time to get her finished at last ….
As well as the stitching I have also managed to finish the blanket I started two years ago for our bedroom at long last … and it is soooo cozy too ...

Hope you are keeping up ...lol 
we have had a lovely visitor these last few days and tonight I managed to get some lovely photos of the Deer that has come into our back field …. he is adorable and we are unsure as to where exactly he has come from as there has never been any round here at all before now ….
ok the kettle is going back on again while I find the photos for you :)
Baby bear was two days old here

Design by Littlehouse Needleworks

Meeting one of our horses  for the first time 

our visitor to our field 

Combined charts,designs by Littlehouse Needleworks ,
 I have done more on this but no photo as yet 



I am a Stitcher by Cherrywood Designs fully finished 



before stitching again on this 

After 

third lot of masks made 

stitching by Chris given as a gift to me
made into a little project bag

more bunting
Beneath the Sunlit Sky by Blackbird Designs 
Where Blossoms Bloom by Brenda Gervais 

#Bewell stitching by Rosewood Manor fully 
finished into a Hussif 





Soooo there you have it, I hermitted this last weekend and got the masks made, the hussif fully finished , the bunting made to match my other set and also made the wee project bag with stitching on it from my friend Chris H as the front pocket ...when I showed her she also had some of the fabric that I had used and we both got it in a grab bag of fabric miles apart from each other .. how cool is that ..lol … I will have to show you the blankets next time as can't seem to find where I have bobbed the photos ..lol 
Until next time, take care one and all and happy stitching etc 
love mouse xxxxxx

Thursday, 26 March 2020

February done and gone and the rest

helloooo everyone ...gosh the year is flying by … January seemed to stretch for ages and ages and then poof we are almost at the end of February. I have been busy with some stitching and finishes too … I have also done an accountancy / bookkeeping course which I have passed Phew ...lol and done some more courses for work and again passed … brain still works hahahahah
Crickey time has flown on from then and it is now Covid 19 Season … its a bit like being immersed in a film and not knowing what is going to happen next in the plot …. I am currently working from home and learning new skills to boot ...
Before things went pear shaped DH and I with a couple of friends went to Ashworth Barracks which was really interesting and we had a great guide Steve who talked us through everything … DH was in the Army when he was younger so they talked shop a lot … they even had some stitched postcards in there ..I have bobbed a few photos up for you





couldn't believe how close my wee robin friend was to me


fastest fully finished piece ever ..lol

new start Stitchers prayer and home of a needleworker done together 
both LHN patterns 

Song of the Season's fully finished stitching wise :)

New Sal doing with Tina … Mill at Fox River Inn by LHN

Wip in progress .. I am a Stitcher by Cherrywood Designs 
Fully finished and awaiting framing " Needle and Thread"


See I have been busy ..lol I am also trying to get the blanket I am crocheting for my new to be grandson ... 5 weeks left and counting finished ... I am about half way there sooo fingers and paws crossed  will make it in time.
One good thing working from home is I don't have to drive there and back so I am using that spare time to get a wee bit more done... well there does have to be some high lights of the whole situation hasn't there ..
soooo before I leave it far to long again I will get this up and posted and hope that you are all keeping well ,.... getting loads of stitching / crafting etc done ... take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxxx

Thursday, 2 January 2020

stitching away 2019-20

hellooooooo every one, coooo time flies when you are having fun … desperately trying to put my wee grey cells to work here thinking what I have actually been doing since I last squeaked ..lol 
ok the kettle is on … that's a start …
I've been stitching on a few bits and bobs, progressing on some Sal's … decided what I am doing for a RAK , and Christmas presents I think I have made my mind up what I am going to do this year … subject to change hahahahah
The decorating has almost finished just a few bits to fully finish off and my bathroom has had a lick of paint too … 
ok I started writing this blog post wayyy back in hmmm... September 2019 methinks and never got any further with it at all ….sooo the kettle is on again and I definitely have loads of Christmas goodies to eat … help yourselves :)
Since then I have worked out that I had finished 59 projects ( one a quilt) mostly fully finished them off, made gifts for friends included in that and a few bits for myself too in 2019 .. had my tonsils out and was off work for three weeks so missed Harrogate show but did manage to go to The Nimble Thimble in Wales back end of October so all was not lost in the stash enhancing department heheheh and …… I am going to be a Grannie to a wee boy due around the beginning of May this year SQUEEEEEE ….can you tell I am excited ..lol
This year started off walking the trail near the mouse house looking for our neighbour's dog Rosie who had been scared by a firework while out on our back field .. we were out until 4.00am and by this time thought all was lost but early the next morning she was found a few miles away, safe but hungry soooo all's well that ends well and we are sooo relieved that it didn't happen on our watch as they say.
This year my goals are to finish a few projects started and start some new ones ...lol I am very tempted with the Linen and Thread SAL for this year which is Quaker inspired but having dug out my Mary Wigham, I think I need to do more on that one before I start the other heheheheh
I am going to try and blog more this year as I have missed keeping it up to date and seeing what you have all been up to … sooo that is one of my "things to do " the rest I am just going to wing it and see what takes my fancy hehehehhe, Although I did have a new start on New Years day "Mice in the Sewing Room" by Brenda Gervais … I thought it is quite apt for me ...lol
I will see what photos I have to show you too …..
took this fab shot by accident ..lol


made this for Tina 

Song of the Seasons 

Nimble Thimble all decorated up



I haven't been able to upload any more photos as my computer says no ..lol I also need to get some off my phone as most of them have been taken on there and it has taken soooo long to try and get them off my camera tonight you will be waiting for ages if I don't get this posted now ….
I will be back with another update soon sooo until then take care one and all and I will squeak to you with more photos asap :) happy stitchy New Year to you all too … love mouse xxxxx








Saturday, 14 December 2019

Jo's Christmas Blog Hop

Hellooooo .. yes it is me ... I have been writing a blog post for months in my head but not managed to get it done .....that is until Jo from serendipitous Stitching invited me to do her Christmas Blog hop .. I am day 14 of December 2019
The theme of this years hop is films ... what do you watch over Christmas ..
well at the mouse house there are usually 3 films that  I watch ... Polar Express, Muppets Christmas Carol and Elf with the Snowman cartoon as a must 
DH on the other hand is a Zulu kind of guy ...lol 
Jo also asked us to put up some Christmas Stitching soooo I will just go and bob the kettle on and get out a mince pie or two for you while I find some :)
Merry Christmas from 2018 JCS Magazine

I Believe from 2012 JCS Magazine ( I think ?) 




I will be back in a few days to update you all on the hetic life of the mouse over the year ... take care and squeak to you all soon :) love mouse xxxxx

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Summer ???? holiday 2019

Helloo everyone … hope you are all well .. the kettle has gone on and somewhere I do have some cookies for you to grab.. make yourselves comfy :)
I go back to work tomorrow and have had two whole weeks off and it has practically piddled it down every single day I have been off …
I escaped to Blackpool the first weekend and on the Saturday it blew a hooley as well as rained, , we went up to Cleverley's as I wanted to take some photos of Mary's Shell as well as the Ogre and got some but they are not as clear as they could have been due to the inclement weather *sigh ...Sunday however was fabulous … there was a car rally on at Stanley Park and I got to photograph various bits of wildlife that I have not managed before :)
We as you know have been doing a wee bit of renovation at the mouse house and finally with only a few bits of snagging to do, have finished it unless I decide to get the bathroom a freshen up hahahahah 
The wallpaper for the bedroom was rolled the wrong way would you believe so had to re roll … that kept me out of mischief for all of five mins … The door has been hung to the cupboard now, just need to adjust a wee bit the skirting board and bob on the architrave and voila it will be fully finished … one of those snagging bits ..lol .
Did manage a tiny bit of stitching , I finished WinterWoollens by LHN with my own colour way, I finished off an ornament for an exchange , made a present for Butterfly for her birthday which needs to be posted to her, got another word added to my "I am a Stitcher", did a wee bit more on my "Song of the Season's by LHN and a bit more on my Block Party Sal ...I also spent today doing some fully finishing off COOOOO … I know I was impressed with myself too ..lol
I have made another cuppa while I find the photos to show you …
LHN Winter Woolens with my own colourway

washboard to go with my tub :)

Poppy in my garden

Space decorated :)

Chair upcycled and re upholstered by me :)


Song of the Season's by LHN 



wall papered :)

Block Party Sal 

Fully finished the word Gift no update pic though








I forgot to mention I have painted and re upholstered a chair to match the bedroom as well for my dressing table .. quite impressed with myself too if I may say so hehehhe







Photos I nearly forgot of the wildlife at Stanley Park in Sunny, well at least that day at Blackpool ..lol 
ok its time for this wee mouse to head to the land of nod so I will wish you all a good night and a wonderful stitchy week .. until next time, take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxx