Monday, 4 June 2018

Summer Holiday ... well... almost summer

Hello everyone … I am back again, a wee bit quicker than last time.. lol  … grab a cookie and a brew … kettle has just boiled , as you can tell from my title I am on my jolly hols … weather not been too bad so far and got another week to go freckles may join together to give me a tan yet hahahahaah
last weekend DH , DD2 , SIL2b and myself and the two pooches went over to Wales to Llanbedr to host the Snowdonia Fire and Rescue show …. which went really well considering the blooming weather …. day either side glorious … day of show ...grey and had a huge downpour right in the middle , but that didn't stop us having fun at any rate :)
The views were stunning where we were and I got to see the sea and have an ice-cream too … Master Bentley and Master Cooper enjoyed theirs as well . I even managed to get some stitching done as well ….so much so ,I have a finish of said project :) which is "My to do list" by Lizzie * Kate :) I did my own colour conversion for this one apart from one thread which I bought at the nimble thimble last time we were there … don't ask me the colours as I pulled some from a pile of unnamed Gast threads that looked about the right colours from the photo of said piece hahahaha…. 
While in Wales, I joined the RSPB as it has been on my mind for a wee while and I took the plunge and I took advantage of it when we got home a couple of days later and I went to the local RSPB site near the mouse house :) I got some lovely shots whilst there … I didn't manage to get all the way round this time as I didn't realise how tired I was to be honest and as I was by myself I thought I had better go home and rest …
I also learnt that both my gifts have arrived safely so I can show you what I made for the girls :) I did BBD wild lilies and made it into a bag for Lynda and did the Thread Gatherer by LHN for Daffycat and made it into an ort bag for her …. which I thought was apt seeing as she does the ort challenge every month :)
While off I am doing my Christmas In July exchange piece for my partner Mary over on the Friendly Stitchers … I thought I would get ahead and get it done and have almost finished it but can't show you yet of course …. I have also worked on my Linen and Thread piece as well and I shall have to see if I have an up to date photo of it … 
I have been busy in my craft room rearranging stuff as once again we have a leak but this time from the drainage pipes in the garage … we are not sure where it is leaking from, so we are going to have to dig it up and take it from there and also replace the whole section from the outside too …  we think a bit has to do with the water table as well as my room is lower than the garage … I shall keep you updated ….
View from hotel room window

Mr bobbin in hotel gardens

wind yachts at the venue

Master Bentley having five after a long afternoon 

stunning views at the show venue

Sunset from hotel window while stitching 

prepping for the show

we were in a big hanger luckily with the weather 
car from Heartbeat came to the show :)

welsh speaking police lady looking official :)
Green Goddess , Taka (sp) and Heddlu cars (police)

setting the stage for the show 

Children's air ambulance came for a short while 

very short firemen in here 

and it did rain !!!!

fab welsh dragon 

stunning views 

and there was sea 

thoroughly enjoying his ice cream

this years brood near the mouse house :)

Blue tit and Bullfinch

Reed Bunting 


Great Tit

Great Crested Grebe


no guessing who this is 

Linen and Thread Sal 2017 in progress 

worked some more on this one too 

mine all mine heheheh
Gifts for Lynda ( wee bag) 
and Daffycat thread holder 

done a few more rows on this 

My finish  whoop 
well I hope I haven't bored you with the photos …. there is one or two … think that is everything ?? if not I shall catch up with you all at the next visit …. while I am off I am going to bob over to see you all and catch up with all your news as well … as it seems ages since I have seen you all … so I shall say TTFN and night night and hope you have a wonderful stitchy week … until next time .. love mouse xxxxx

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Grab a brew ... its gonna be a long post

Helloooo...... cooo it has been rather a long time since I posted you think I have forgotten you all ...well grab a brew and a cookie and I will fill you in on what's been happening at the mouse house .....
the kitchen redo got done ... took a few weekends to get it all finished and I just need to order the cooker hood to come when I am off in a few weeks to make sure I am in to receive .. nothing worse than missing a parcel ... not to be out done we also redid the front room too, giving that a wee makeover while we had all the stuff out 
In between all that I finally finished all my NVQ work and there is just one section that my manger needs to do a statement for as it couldn't be observed due to confidentiality and then I will be certified woooooo hooooo heheheh .........I have since found out that I have PASSEDDDDDDDD :) I am now certified hahahhah
Chris and I went to Wales for a few days to the Nimble Thimble meet up with some fellow stitchers and had a fabulous time , we also went to the WalesWool Festival on the Sunday before we tootled off home ... think I prefer the stitching shows did have live sheepees and goats there so I was impressed ( took some piccies ) The weather was kind to us and the scenery was amazing and so was the A483 .. not a pothole insight for the 63+ miles it took us to get to the show from where we were staying. We had lovely long nights chilling doing some crocheting and I also did a new start while I was there as well .... done quite a bit more on it too but not sure if taken an up to date photo yet ? Of course there was a wee bit of stash enhancing done .. not as much due to lack of funds hahahaha
I have sent the blogerversary gifts off to Lynda and Daffycat sooo I will be able to show you what I have made for them soon :)
Don't fall over but .... I have finally finished off my birthday quilt ... yes you read that right hahahah..... I have had a get stuff finally finished head on ... I have also made a needle book and today framed up 6 pieces that have been bugging me to get done ...
I have worked a wee bit more on my Linen and Thread Sal 2017 , did an exchange piece for Chris so I can show you that as she has got it and loves it .... hmmmm what else ... ohh yes made a wee crocheted blanket for a little one due in June .. mum has got it and loves it .. done quite a bit more on my blanket for our bedroom  .. I am on a roll 
In between all this we had a three day weekend where the weather for once was gorgeous and I got everything washed in sight and dried to boot neighbour thought I had changed into widow twanky hahahahah ....
Cooper has now turned one and I managed to get a couple of gorgeous photos of him finally looking at the camera ... bribery with a ball is a wonderful thing hahhahah
Not sure if I showed you the wonderful exchange pieces I got from DJ .. she did me a belated birthday gift as well and added some more stitching etc just because ... I was really spoilt 
1938 cast iron fireplace fits perfectly back into place

all out let the renovation begin

My stitchers exchange gift to Chris 

Kitchen finished bar the extractor hood

Goodies from an antique shop :)

Merry Mouse getting there 

start of the front room spring clean

and finished :)

chilling in wales 

curtain of knitted/ crocheted poppies at the wool show

gold added in for contrast 

Linen and thread slowly getting there

quilt finallllly finished woooo

redoing my sewing chair

feels so much nicer to sit on now when at the machine

Needlebook finally finished

hawthorn flowers 

we had a wee visitor at work

fabric enhancement 

new start specially for this weekend 

at the bottom of the Nimble Thimble Garden

Whittington Castle opposite where we stayed

Goodies from the Nimble Thimble 

when I had finished the weekend

Master Bentley snoozing

Waiting for the ball to be thrown

lily of the Valley in my front garden

Master Cooper at 1yr old 
My stitchers day exchange piece from DJ :)
Another of the pieces from DJ :)
Scissor fob and another wee stitched item in the background from DJ :)

Finally framed some pieces 

Soooo there you have it .. finally an update of a busy few months at the mouse house 
today I watched the Royal Wedding and it was lovely , we sat outside at the neighbours drinking Pimms :) it was a glorious day  and still is ... 
right I had better finish for now as we have some friends coming over and I need to get ready .... take care one and all and happy stitching and squeak to you all again soon :) love mouse xxxxx