Saturday, 25 June 2011

Frogs , stitching , and new beginnings

Hi every one :)  cooo what a week in the mouse house ... I warn you to get a cuppa and settle down for a long read with photos as well honest ..lol :)
Frogs >>>>>>> the bain of my life last Saturday .... I was merrily stitching on the CA as I had promised to DD1 and I set too, to do the left hand large motif  thats at the bottom of the photo ... when I realised that the small section in the middle was one thread out AGGHHHH soooo I duly unpicked, as you do and re started again .. zoomed round the whole motif to find I then was a stitch to close to the top as I had forgotten about the bead that was supposed to go there AGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH ... by now I was ready to lob the whole piece across the room ....... the kettle went on and I found some chocolate AHHHHHHHH ..... 
Celtic Autumn 18th june
after pootleing around I got back to it un picked again and re stitched and finally got it all in the right place and beaded it as well ..... sooo this is where I left it last Saturday .... I have done some more to the skirt which didn't get in the frame so to squeak ..lol 
I did some more to my Needle work Shop , LHN ... the Star SAL , Mary Wigham , started one of the twin birth samplers I have been asked to do and also done the middle rose to the Romatique SAL just need to do the lace at the side and then I have caught up with this one with time to spare PHEW all being well the frogs don't make a blooming come back ;)
so here are the offerings up to press from the stitching :)
first twin sampler


Needlework shop LHN






Romatique SAL


Star SAL
closer View
Soooo onwards and upwards to the new beginnings .....
our new additions 
we have as of last Tuesday two tiny baby Buff Orpington's hatched out and hopefully another on on its way out now (fingers crossed it is taking its time to come out) soooo here is a little picture of the little ones which I took this morning ...


We also were visited next door by Mr Hedgehog and I managed to sneak round and take a photo .... he appeared early for his supper that my next door neighbours put out every night for him so I got chance to watch him having a right good old nosh ..lol
Having his supper
He was quite happy having his photo taken at this time soo I got some lovely shots of him but I shall only bore you with one of them heheheh :) 


 In between all the animal antics and the stitching I had to sneak some cards in as we had a cousins wedding on Thursday ..up North by the "angel of the North or  near Newcastle  for those not familiar with it ..... 
I also did one for DN (dear neighbours)  for their DD's and SIL 25th wedding anniversary.....
We travelled up on Thursday afternoon for the wedding which was being held at a very posh hotel up there called the Close House Hotel...... the grounds were fantastic for any one who plays golf too ....
 The bride looked gorgeous and had us ladies, traipsing down to the lake to set off some lotus flower candles .... I tried to get a good shot of them but hey hoe you get the idea ......
For Cousin's wedding

DN 's card
the blushing bride






















we  travelled back the same night and driving down the A1 in the pitch black is not my idea of fun seeing as I was driving back ..... needless to say have been resting ever since as it was 2.45am when we got back and I have been rather ouchie  since but it was worth it as we had a fabulous time and it was great to meet up with all the family again :) 
lotus flower candles
a girl after my own heart ..comfort !!!
Ok think it is time the kettle went on again ..... been a busy old week hasn't it ..lol..... ok the kettle has boiled orders please :)
And finally I had a lovely surprise delivered by the postie yesterday :) I received a Just Nan birdie kit that's a pin keep :)  from Gracie of http://needlespinsanddragonflies.blogspot.com/....... as a thank you for sending some threads to help her out with a match for one of her beautiful projects she was doing :)
From Gracie


Well today I managed to get all my washing dry as it turned out nicer than first forecast yipppeee .. so I can spend tomorrow doing some stitching heheheh  ........
 I want to try and get the Romatique Sal up to date so that hopefully on Monday the postie will bring my model stitching piece and I can concentrate on that :)


Thanks for making it to the end of my waffle ...lol .. and I hope every one enjoyed their drink with the bun thrown in ..lol  and that you all have a wonderful weekend :)
take care and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxxx




36 comments:

Parsley said...

My dear friend...how tired your fingers must be! You have been one busy lady! Beautiful WIPs!

Pete's Pixie said...

Ooooh and oooooh and ooooooooooo cutie!!!! I wanna hoghedge!! Love the romantique rose its lovely - not far to go on NS you'll catch me up yet (roflmao!!!) I like the idea of the lotus flower candles mmmmmm. Hugs, Ally xx

Christine said...

Oh dear, sorry about the frogs, lovely stitching though. The wedding looks beautiful, the floating candles are a delightful idea.
Sweet hedgehog, I've not seen a single one since I moved to Cornwall, I don't think there can be many of them around here.

Lesleyanne said...

So sorry to hear about the frogs but your stitching is gorgeous. Lovely wips. Great picture of the bride in her boots. The chicks look very cute as does the hedgehog.

Susan said...

Oh, you did have a week didn't you? A nice sit down is definitely in order! Beautiful stitching! I love the wedding photos! No hedgehogs here, although I had a friend that had one as a pet - not exactly cuddly, but he was cute.

Jennifer M. said...

Such beautiful WIP's you have. Don't you just hate having to rip out stitching that took so much time to do? The time it takes to rip out stitches is double what it takes to put them in! I actually had to frog some stitching I did the other day and I was almost near the end of the piece! Quite frustrating but it comes with the job right?

Good Luck on finishing these. I look forward to seeing more of your updates. :)

Jen in Miami,FL USA

blueladie said...

I sure do admire your persistence in conquering the FROG! :) You're a better 'mouse' than I am! ;) Love, love, love your blog, the pictures, everything. I always enjoy it. :) Cathryn

Denise said...

I'm exhausted! You did all of that in a week?? Lovely stitches, cards and brides! I've never seen a real hedgehog - too cute.

I would have tossed that project out - you redid it twice? You have much more patience than I.

Ali said...

Gorgeous stitching - how spooky I was at a wedding at close house not so long ago - had never heard of it before and now it pops up again!! You could of popped in for a cuppa as you were passing - lol. I am cracking on with another design on linen I'll have to get a blog post done - it is getting easier but some of the rows dont look very neat - Iykwim?? xx take care xx

Joyce Clark Frank said...

What great WIPS going on. Love all of them. Enjoying seeing the pictures of the little animals.
The wedding looks like it was neat.

Nancy said...

Those frogs do like to drop in and visit don't they! Autumn is beautiful as are your other WIP! Looks like the wedding was fun, love the floating candles and the brides comfy boots! Cute little baby birds and hedgehog! Enjoy your stitching!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I hate frogging! I would rather re-chart the whole thing. Hedgehogs, on the other hand, are cute. There was one in the school playground this week, goodness knows what it was doing out in the daytime!
Your stitching is looking great as ever.

Rhonda Polk said...

What a week you have had, yes I got a drink out-----kool-aid...
love your stitching, and the frogs have been to see me too...a hedgehog huh? that is different...cute ...but different.
glad you got to enjoy the wedding.
Happy Stitching to you this next week !!!!!

Deborah said...

You have been one busy stitcher! Love the picture of the hedgehog. Too cute.

mdgtjulie said...

Wow, you have been a busy mouse!!! Lots of progress being made. Your CA looks lovely, and that Romantique SAL is gorgeous (my fave color is purple, lol). Everything looks good, including the chicks and the hedgehog (I don't think I've ever seen a live one, lol). I bet the wedding was beautiful. I've never had one! I hope you're having a good weekend too. Cheers!!

Ruth said...

It just so happened I'd sat down with a cuppa and saw your update and thought perfect reading to accompany said cuppa and I was not disappointed !
I love your progress you made on your pieces, I especially love the needlework shop, sorry to hear the frog visited but I hope he has moved onto greener pastures, but not here !!
Your cards are wonderful both very beautiful and I love the brides choice in footwear, its what should be worn with all the running round that you do on your wedding day...or was that just mine lol
Looking forward to next weeks update

Myra said...

Your posts are just delightful even if I did have to read about the dreaded frogs. It looks like you made progress even with all the unstitching and your pieces are just beautiful. Hope you are having a great weekend.

cucki said...

yup..really very lovely stitching..i love it so much xx

Sari said...

Ooh, you have so lovely stitchings here. Especially the Celtic Autumn looks gorgeous!

Ma Teakettle said...

Mouse, dear sweet mouse, where do I begin? LOL.

You have been busy and I can imagine that your fingers must be smokin' at this point, but oh your WIPs are gorgeous, and progressing fabulously! Celtic Autumn is just awesome and so very intricate...you are doing great keeping the frogs away.

The pic of the baby birds is just adorable, and I am amazed at the hedgehog, as I have never seen one but in the books. :)

The wedding sounds wonderful, and I am so glad that you were able to attend and spend time with family.

You must be exhausted, I am just reading it all :) You are such a blessed little Mouse, and I adore the pics.

Have a wonderful Sunday, and I am lifting my cuppa in a salute to you, dear girl.
XOXO
Ma

Niina said...

It seems that there is mouse in wire! You have managed to do and see much :)

Carol said...

Oh, my--what a busy, busy stitcher you are! You have such a wonderful variety of projects going on :)

And that little hedgehog--oh, he is darling. I've never seen one in real life--not sure if they even live around here, so thanks for sharing your photo!

Val said...

You got through some lovely stitching despite mr Frog ! I have 'mistakes' on my CA but have just left them .... oh !! you were up here near me for the wedding ! lovely little chicks but can I ask what you do with them - are they for the table ??

Val x

Margaret said...

Oh goodness, what a cute hedgehog! I so wish I lived somewhere where they existed. You have so much lovely stitching!!! Just gorgeous!

Mylene said...

You sure a busy-bee...lovely designs you are working on and all coming along beautifully.

Meari said...

Beautiful stitching... they look great, even if you did have a visit with the frogs.

DJ said...

My goodness, the occupants of Mouse House have been very busy indeed! Especially you, Dear Miss Mouse! What lovely stitching!! So glad to hear you've been out and about, but so sorry to hear you've tired yourself out. I can relate, and when I have my wits about me again, I'll post what I've been up to as well. Thanks for the tea, I'll be back for more when you post again! *Hugs*

JillMN said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comments. I have been using Google Translate to aid me in diciphering the Spanish instructions for the Hardanger-a-long. It is pretty good. I will be watching for your progress! Happy Stitching :)

Kathy said...

Beautiful stitching. (as always) The Needlework shop is my fav. And your CA is just stunning. It will be worth the froggy headaches when it is finished.
Just love the photo of Mr. Hedgehog. More please. He is soooooo cute. :)
Thank you for sharing your tea with us. My coffee (drink of choice) was perfect. :)
Hope you week is a little quieter.

NunneryFarm said...

Hi Mouse
Thanks for the sprout assistance!! You will be kept fully updated as to progress!!!
Gosh you have been busy and the baby Buffs are adorable - it would be lovely if you have a Silkie I really like those. I am so jealous of your hedgehog visit too - I haven't seen one for years now I love the little things - I keep thinking about rehoming a couple of rescue ones but I think the rules are that you need an enclosed garden so that's me out!!
Anyway great as always to hear from you.
Love leanne

Sally said...

Sorry to hear you've had a visit from the frog. All of your stitching looks gorgeous :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow you have been busy! Everything looks awesome!!!

EvalinaMaria said...

Lovely chickens and hedgehog, the bride is awesome, very nice pictures of lotuses on the lake. And of course the stitching is fabulous!

Jackie said...

Mouse!!!!
Leave the frogs alone. LOL. They'd been beautiful on the lotus flower candles. LOL. Love the Lavender and Lace piece you have going. Just placed my hand on some of my L&L patterns the other day. Hummm, tempting.
And of course all your other pieces are coming along beautifully.
TFS darling.
Hugs.
Jackie

Tricia said...

Oh my dear Mousie! You are a better woman than I. I can't imagine frogging that once, let alone twice! Good for you!!!! Everything is just GORGEOUS!!

And I *love* the hedgie picture. Perhaps he's related to my needle minder. :) LOL

Peggy Lee said...

Good Sunday Morning to ya Mouse! I can't believe I have just found you. I've seen your comments on blogs but for some reason never "found" you. Thanks so much for entering my giftaway and YES...you WON!

Your stitching is just beautiful and the hedgehog is adorable!

Please contact me with your info as I have chosen to give a gift certificate to an online shop as the big MYSTERY GIFT.

So nice to "meet" you Mouse.