Wednesday, 4 May 2022

Nimble Thimble visit 2022

 HI everyone, hope you are all well and stitching merrily away ... I have just got back from a long weekend away to The Nimble Thimble in Wales with a few like minded stitchy friends , we had a fabulous time, chatting, eating gorgeous pavlova and of course the stash hauls The journey there was a bit horrendous but the weather was kind and was warm and sunny, my accommodation was lovely with a great view of the castle and the moat surrounding it .... The Napoleonic's Society were also there this weekend and it was lovely to see them all in their costumes, Napoleon was staying in the same guest house as me.. hehehe

I bought quite a lot of threads to kit up thinks from the sewing club book and the new My heart remembers both by BBD, just need to marry them up with fabric and away I go heheheh. On the Sunday I met up with Tina , Pat and Hazel who had rented a cottage at Wem and had a lovely few hours chatting , drinking and eating as well as stitching, as I got a finish of Ripe Pear by BBD too ... I did work on Winter Rose by With Thy Needle and Thread while away ... I am doing this one as a stitch along with Sally and I am loving it more now that huge house has got painted 

My wee grandson and grandaugter have kept me busy as well and my little man is 2 tomorrow .. time sure flies ... we went shopping today to get his presents and DH said we ought to have took him with us and let him choose as it was hard work hahahah ....

Master Bentley and Master Cooper are doing fine and enjoying the nice weather we have bee having too as well as snuggling up near to the new multi fuel burner we have had installed in the front room .. we have had the room re decorated and it looks sooooo nice even if I say so myself hahahahh, I even have got my Celtic ladies back up again ... the rest of my framed pieces are waiting for my friend Amanda to come and help me get them up on the wall leading up to my craft room. I have been busy in there too making project bags for Lainey and a bee bag for Tina and I have a few other items in the pipe line to get finished and started too ... I have been good and organised my quilting fabric into colours and labelled all the kallax drona boxes so I know what is in them now ... sooo much easier that routing through ...

ok doke I will leave you with some photos of said visit to Wales and my bits of stitching too .... until next time , take care one and all, love mouse xxxxx


The Nimble Thimble

The view from my room

Ripe Pear by BBD finished 

View of the river from The Nimble Thimble 

Progress on Winter Rose Manor by WTNT

sun shining onto my stitching seat 

small stash haul .... not been for 3 years 

Thursday, 14 April 2022

Easter Blog Hop 2022

 Hi everyone , it is almost Easter and today is Jo' blog hop once again 

My photo is of an Easter piece I did many moons ago and mounted onto a box top . Of the top of my head I cannot remember the name of the chart but it was one that did the rounds.

My other photo is of some blossom taken today whilst out with my wee grandaughter for a walk to get her to nap ... it worked 

My letter for the blog hop is ....L 

And the next blog to hop to is .....

Enjoy blog hoping and solving the word puzzle , take care one and all mouse 

Sunday, 13 February 2022

Secret Sweet Valentine Hop

 Today is Valentine's day and I am participating in Jo's blog hop again where we are doing the secret valentine hop again  ....

I have received this beautiful lavender and lace stitched piece from my Secret Valentine and hopefully my valentine will reveal themselves whilst going round the blog hop ... details are on Jo's blog 

My choice for this year Valentine Blog hop included two hearts , one I received many moons ago(2012) from Lee ( notes from under a mountain) which is simply gorgeous and one heart that I stitched called the Stitchers Heart by LittleHouse Needleworks that was a joint pattern with Shakespeare Peddler ... (I did do both pieces of the collaboration ) and these pictures have gone to my secret Valentine,  so I will need to go blog hopping to find who has them 

Thank you for visiting my blog today and please nip over to Jo's to see everyone else's Valentine choices 

take care and merry stitching one and all, love mouse xxxxxx

Monday, 24 January 2022

Happy New Year

 Happy New Year everyone ... I hope you all had a lovely Christmas however you celebrated the festive season ... we spent the days with the family having meals out at the daughters, sooo not a pan or pot was used at the mouse house for the first time in 34 years whoop ....I got thoroughly spoilt with lots of goodies and the odd bit of chocolate .yummmm and I have some pennies to spend too :)

I finally got the extra sockets put in my craft room and my stitching chair is finally up in place and has been used these last few days soooo all is good .. still got a wee bit of sorting to do which should be finished this next weekend all being well 

Doing a tot up of how many pieces I got finished last year and I managed to get 15 done .. some of those were big projects too .. not as much as previous years but with the arrival of my wee granddaughter on top of my little man has made life a tad more busy and interesting as I had to virtually live there due to my DD having an emergency C section. And then 10 days before Christmas our wee granddaughter came to "live" with us while her mum and dad had a new kitchen fitted. as it was much easier for me to look after her here at the mouse house .. so not much got done stitching wise at all over that period , the house was definitely less full of stuff when she went back hahahahah

my wee GD with her protector Cooper 

Master Bentley was a trouper with her and let us know if she stirred awake in her pram if we were in another room and  he had to check on her every morning to make sure she was ok too  ... Master Cooper has the role of protector and made sure she was safe at all times ...( she is never left alone with the boys btw just in case anyone worries about this ) 

checking she is ok :)
I got some lovely gifts from my friends for Christmas and DH and I swapped our usual Toblerone's ,... we buy stuff throughout the year when we see things we want, soo when it gets to Christmas it is really hard so we have made a pact 
photos will be at the end .
I am on the last leg of Our Lasting Friendship which will be my first finish of 2022 , I am also trying to work on an ornie a month as a Sal with Tina and working on Sally's new birthday start, which is Winter Rose Sampler by Brenda Gervais and I have changed the house colour to GAST Cottage Blue just to be different .. mine is a very dark fabric Vintage Shilock by The Wee Linen Company and the recommended colour didn't show up. I have also started Bluebirds Message but not got very far with that at all at the moment but once OLF has been finished then I can get back to my rota of stitching again. 
Yesterday I took a wee road trip to The Viking Loom at York to meet up with a long time internet stitchy friend and her husband who had come over for a visit to the UK . I think her husband is a hoot in the enabling dept as he was you like it you get it ... said to my DH I need to borrow his philosophy when I go stash buying hahahhahah. We spent a pleasant few hours browsing and buying and for once her stash haul was greater than mine hahahahha
Today at the mouse house we are having a new gate and matching railings put up .. it is something we have been wanting to do for ages and they look really nice ...
then we just need to get the chimney swept again and the we can get the wood burner in :) update got a new sweep coming to see what the problem is with the chimney on Monday whoop whoop ... things are coming together :)
Well a few more days have passed ... the sweep came ... still clearing up the fine soot that gets everywhere 
I have my first cross stitch finish of 2022 .. Our Lasting Friendship by Blackbird Designs, stitched on 32 count country mocha fabric using the recommended threads one over two. I have worked on as well this week Bluebirds Message BBD, Feed your Soul , Primitive Merry Christmas and AOTH too .. trying to be good here
ok I had better find the photos otherwise my birthday will be here ( friday 28th ) and I will be 21 again hehehehe
for Tina's 60th birthday 

from Lynn in an exchange( sorry upside down ) 

                                                                            from Sally 

from Lainey

from Butterfly

from DJ 

from Roz 

from Barbara B

from Wendy and Chris 
from DD .. its soooo cute 

first finish of the year Our Lasting Friendship 

Ok I had better sign off now .. will try and find the progress photos of the other stitches as soon as possible , might have even worked on them more by the next instalment 
Take care one and all and HaPPyyyyy stitching ... love mouse xxxxxx

Wednesday, 22 December 2021

JO's Christmas Blog Hop

Hi everyone .. its that time of year again Jo from Serendiptious  is having her online advent blog hop and today is my day , the theme is Christmas Tree traditions and whether you are a star, angel or fairy tree topper .... that bit is easy I have a fairy on my tree that is older than moi and had always been on my tree at home when I was a child ... I remember my mum giving her a new dress out of a scrap of lace when I was small ....

I am trying to stitch enough ornaments to have a stitched tree and along with those that have gifted to me I think I may make it for next year ... this year the tree hasn't gone up due to a couple of technical hitches ( me being ill, fire been ripped out and new hearth laid , sweep coming last Friday and now we are looking after my 11 week old granddaughter while her parents are having a new kitchen fitted and dining room plastered etc ... )

Our traditions normally, are to have the tree up and house decorated by the 6th of December as this is our wedding anniversary and then they are all taken down by 12th night. We normally buy one new ornament a year to hang on the tree so it is very eclectic in its look and colourway too ... 

Below are a couple of Christmas stitching I have done .. jingle has been stuffed and finished since this was taken ...

I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy going through all the blogs that have participated in this years hop.

Merry Christmas to one and all and squeak to you all soon :) love mouse xxx

Monday, 1 November 2021

A Quick catch up :)

 Hello everyone ... long time no squeak ... hope you are all well and have been stitching away merrily ... the kettle has just boiled and I have cookies too :)

well this year has simply flown by ... I am now a Grannie to a wee girl who was born 4 weeks ago now by emergency C Section and she stopped breathing twice but all fingers and toes crossed is all well now ... I am there every day doing my bit to help mum recover and keep an eye on both my wee grands :)

Oh I forgot to say that everyone has now moved out so there is just DH , Master Bentley and I at the mouse house now ... aaandddddd I have moved into my new craft room too whoop whoop ... currently in the sorting out stage where everything should go etc etc etc ... My best friend came over for a few weekends and helped me clean and decorate the room before we took a trip to Ikea and got all the shelves and desks for it ... 

I haven't done much stitching at all these last few months and have only just started again and  doing an exchange piece for Christmas, which I am really enjoying getting to stitch again ...

not as tidy as this atm hahahah

all filled with boxes and stash now ... sorry no pics 

progress in the making 

Anniversaries of the Heart by BBD 

little man sat in what was my chair at his age too 

my new wee grandbairn :)

soooo there you have it in a nut shell why not been around hahaha.... hopefully won't be as long before I am squeaking again to you all ... take care one and all and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxx

Friday, 2 April 2021


 Helloo everyone ... bet you thought I had disappeared ... today I am participating in Jo from Easter blog hop

My photos are of a birthday exchange with the theme of Spring ... if you look closely at the alphabet you will notice done those letters in a different green :)

My letter is T...... and the next blog to hop to is.....

enjoy the blog hoping, Happy Easter and squeak to you all again soon ... love mouse xxxx