Monday, 27 February 2012

A few stitches here and few stitches there

HI every one :)
hope every one is enjoying this wee bit of spring weather we are having ... the mouse house windows have been open most days to let some of the gorgeous fresh air into the house ... I've even had some washing out on the line :)
the kettle is boiling and the cups are ready ... sooo as you are armed and dangerous with a cuppa and a biscuit, read on heheheh...

last week I was pootling round my little room as often do when all of a sudden while bending over to get something out of a drawer ... I let out a huge scream ... of pain .. my back decided to spasm and tell me it wasn't happy with the current situation ... me neither it was not a pretty sight 
sooooo things ain't going to well in that dept atm as it has been screaming at me on and off all week and again tonight ..., just when I had got used the humming chorus yesterday as well
sooo what has a girl got to do but stitch on a few bits and bats .... get taken on a gentle stroll with DH and Bentley and have a thunk ......

sooo stitching ....
I've finished the Jan cottage of the CCN sal and moved onto February's one :) , I finished and sent Inky  her prize and worked on Kath's prezzie and am over half way now :) I did a wee bit on the Mary Wigham sampler andI put a few stitches into Lady bugs and Bumble bees .. worked some more on my Band sampler that I've designed for my group Friendly stitchers , stitched on the Needle dictionary series by Cherrywood designs , drooled over the new releases and yummy charts that are being stitched at the moment in the blog land and started to make bloom into a cushion ... 
I was looking at Becky's blog  yesterday after I had started Bloom and had to laugh as we have seem to have the same tastes in fabric for little pillows ... now bearing in mind that the piece of fabric was bought for making a skirt (I think) by my mum many years ago I don't think she will mind too much me using it for this and Becky lives over the pond I would love to know where she got hers from 

the stroll with DH and Bentley was lovely as we went to Wentworth house please get a tissue ready now to mop up the drool when you see the photos ;) and on the way back DH and I popped into a pub we know allows poochies and looked up the garden to see a wee spaniel that was very similar to Bentley ... in fact it was almost a spit of him ..... we approved the couple who had the wee dog as said at the same time coooo they look so like each other ..... and to cut a long story short the wee dog Jeff was actually Bentley's litter brother and they don't live to far from us at all !!!! photos were taken before the camera batteries died on me .....
oooo before I forget I did take a photo of my tusal orts on the correct day and a picture of the new moon too but obviously haven't posted it till today (sorry daffy )

soooo on to the thunk bit ..... I would like to send out some RAK's over the year(s) ahead and although I have a few address's from private exchanges etc I would love to be able to send something to my regular readers and commenter's as a wee thank you for reading my blog and encouraging  me to keep on stitching and waffling to you all each week ..... soooo If you like to receive something from the mouse house could you send me your snail mail address's to me (email is on the right hand side under my profile picture) I promise not to sell on to third parties even if bribed with chocolate and a cuppa heheheh 

right well I suppose I ought to put you out of your misery and show you the photos ????? 
mmmm are you ready ... another cuppa ???
my wee snowdrop has grown :)

tusal orts taken on 22/02/12

Mary Wigham sampler

Stable block of Wentworth house 

Wentworth house 

isn't this gorgeous :0

looking into the stable block to the fountain

a bit of a  closer view

Part of the gate into the stable block

top of the gate 

Bentley before the pub

Now this is Jeff :)

Jeff again 

Jeff having his tummy tickled

Jeff at front and Bentley not tooo sure

New moon taken on the 23/02/12

Bentley in my chair 

Finally got round to putting in a frame :)

Needle by Cherrywood designs

Ladybugs CCN 

Cottage Sal by CCN 

Bloom being made into a cushion 
soooo there you go ... I hope you have enjoyed this weeks photos :) I am off now to find a comfy seat ;)
take care and happy stitching until next time :) love mouse xxxxxx


Michelle said...

Wentworth House looks beautiful - I can see Mr Darcy being at home there! You have been busy with your WIP's Mouse - love the Bloom one. Sorry to hear you are suffering a bit - take it easy xx

Christine said...

Hope your back is feeling better.
Lovely stitching and your day out looks wonderful

Beth said...

Wentworth House is magnificent! I love the Quaker you are working on too. Hope you feel better soon.

cucki said...

hope you back feel better soon..
beautiful stitching..and lovely day out pictures..
hugs xx

Laurie in Iowa said...

Wentworth House is gorgeous. Thanks so much for sharing the photos with us.
Awww.... Bentley was reunited with his brother. How sweet... but he does seem a bit uncertain about the meeting. Will you be arranging future playdates with Jeff?
All your stitching is beautiful.
I do hope your back is better soon.

Autumn said...

So sorry about your back! Be better soon!

Love Bently and his brother. SO CUTE!!!

Solstitches said...

Beautiful pictures of Wentworth House. I love stately homes and gardens and really miss being able to visit them.
You have lots of lovely stitching going on. I love Bloom and think it will look fabulous made up into the cushion with the wool fabric.
Hope your back is better soon.

pandy said...

aw I'm so sorry about your back! I hope it fixes itself soon. Conga rats on your January finish, it looks wonderful! :) Bentley is cute as EVER! I'm sure there are a few of us who wouldn't mind puppy sitting him! :) Take care!

Deb said...

I'm so sorry to heart about your back! I hope that it gets better soon - there is nothing worse, I don't think. Love the pictures of Wentworth House. Do they give tours of the inside.

And yu have some great projects in the works!

Thoeria said...

Lovely stitching there mouse! You've sold me on the gingham fabric and I have ordered some :) Now mind you I confuse easily, and it took more than a few seconds to realise that there really are 2 different dogs that just look the same :-D Hope the back stops singing a soprano soon!

Babs in Alabama said...

I just love your posts and I almost feel like I was at Wentworth house with you :) Jeff and Bentley are adorable as is all your progress pics. I just got the ccn cottages and have meant to already start.

pam said...

Doesn't getting old stink! Hope your back is better soon.:)Hugs

Sarah said...

Ouch Mouse! I hope the problem sorts itself out soon. Wentworth house looks amazing. Your stitching is as lovely as always, I'm particularly liking your fabric and thread for Needle by Cherrywood!! Do I count as a regular enough visitor to send my address your way? I would love to have a chance to own some of your beautiful stitching

Ruth said...

I really hope your back gets better soon, its not nice I know I've a dodgy one at times. Now when you called to Wentworth why didn't you ring the doorbell..Me and Mr Darcy were home that day, we'd just come down from London for the weekend ;-)
Isn't that gas meeting Jeff and they do look so all the progress you made but I think Mary Wigham is my favourite, the colours in it are gorgeous.

Margaret said...

I hope your back is feeling better soon -- not fun! Love all the stitchy goodness! Wentworth House looks gorgeous! And Bentley is adorable as always!

Nancy said...

Hope your back stops giving you trouble soon! Love all your stitching projects! Bloom is so pretty! Bently and Jeff do look like twins! Wentworth was a joy to see in your pics!

Joysze said...

Oh sheeeesh!!! Mouse-y!!! You poor darling. How is your back? Can you put something on it? Heat? Cold? Anything?? :( Feel better, k?

The Wentworth House pics are amazing and Bentley has a twin!!! They're so adorable. :D

Love the stitchy pics. My fave is the colors in Ladybugs. :D

Deborah said...

Wentworth House pics are gorgeous! Love all of your wips . Bentley is getting so big.


Hi Mouse--it is the weather that is messing with 'our' backs, me thinks!!
I love that Bloom stitchery-and I love the colors and the work you did on it! thanks for sharing all the photos with us--and how 'funny' to meet Bentley's brother, Jeff--cool!!
I got my ufo allll done--
Hugs, Di

Catherine said...

Ouch on the back problems! I hope you are feeling better! Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures from your walk ~ and the cute pup pics! Love all of your stitches ~ the colors on Mary, the framed piece and Bloom! It's so sweet and springy!

Carol said...

How lovely Wentworth house is, Mouse!! You're so lucky to live in a country with such wonderful historic homes...

Lovely stitching--especially like your Bloom soon-to-be cushion :)

Back spasms are the worst--sure hope yours calm down very soon!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

So sorry that your back is complaining, Mouse dear! I can empathize with you!!

How fun to find one of Bentley's brothers. I'll bet he seemed like family. : )

Your stitching is beautiful, and to think I'll have one of your stitched pieces in my hands soon!! I'm so excited! : ) Feel better soon!!!


marly said...

Hope your back is OK. How sweet the "boys" are! Nice stitchy pics too.

Ziggyeor said...

Sorry your back is not feeling well. Get some heat on it and feel better soon.
Love all the stitching and too funny finding Bentley's brother.

Veronica said...

Hope your back feels better soon. Sweet little snowdrops :) Thanks for sharing those photos of Wentworth House. It sure looks grand. Bentley and Jeff sure are splitting images of each other (except for the patches on their backs). Pretty WiPs as usual.


Ali said...

Hope you brought the right doggie home!!! gorgeous stitching xx I do sympathise about your back I managed to get some physio last year for siatica (sp??) and touch wood I've been ok since then just little niggles I have my hot water bottle on hand lol - take it easy lovely xx

Lesleyanne said...

Hope your back is feeling better. Your stitching is looking great. Wenworth House looks stunning.

butterfly said...

Soooooo sorry little mouse you are having a little pain in your back , you must use your four paws for getting around like Bentley.
Fab stitching you have been busy love the little rabbit one.
Take care hope you will soon be up and running.

Chris said...

Beautiful pics of your ramble :) Bentley is a sweetie.
Lovely stitching.

Kate said...

Take care of your back, I hope you are feeling better.
I always love your photos, thank you.

Rita said...

Beautiful stitching!

I loved the pics of Wentworth House and the "puppies".

I hope your back feels better very soon.

Susan said...

I hope your back is feeling better - there isn't much worse than a back pain. Wentworth House is beautiful - although my first thought was, "I'm glad I don't have to clean it." 8-) How amazing that you found Bentley's brother. As always, your stitching is beautiful.

Sally said...

Oh Mouse I thought you'd been quiet. I hope your back is on the mend real soon. There is nothing worse.

Wentworth House is gorgeous.

Love your stitching. Bloom has to be my favourite. Looking forward to seeing it as a cushion.

Awww how wonderful that you found Bentley's brother!

Vickie said...

Wow! That's quite an update! I love the colors on Mary. Imagine finding Jeff while with Bentley. That's neat. :)

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Mouse, I do wish I lived closer to you! Your jaunt to the Wentworth house looks so awesome. We don't have such things here in Ohio!

Love your Bentley pics. How about meeting his brother?! Fancy that! I love the tummy scratch pic. Pure puppy joy! Love that!

Bertie said...

I never realized that Mouseville was near Wentworth house LOL.
Lovely pictures, lovely Bentley and don't mind at all listening to your waffling:)
I am a bit the same (not the waffling lol) but giving away more then keeping it myself:))

Rhona said...

Sorry to hear about your back...hope you're feeling better soon. I'm sure a cuddle with Bentley makes it a bit better!
As always, lovely stitching. Love those snowdrops too!

Lizzy Pizzy said...

Are you sure you put your back out by just bending over bc when I first saw your snaps of Wentworth house I just imagined how lovely it would be to do cart-wheels on that open, flat, manicured lawn hahaha...
How cool to find Benltey's bro - or cool for you and hubby at least. I note that Bentley doesn't consider anyone on all fours with long silky ears to be his 'family' any longer [I guess we can be a bit like that with our siblings at times...]
Love all the stitching you are getting done, and finishing too, well done.
Praying your back stops misbehaving so you can enjoy the start of spring :)
Liz x

TinaTx said...

Wow - that's some house! Thanks for sharing.
You have managed some nice stitching. Hope your back is better soon!

Julie said...

Your day out looks beautiful, a lovely place.
WOW! good job the pooches were on their leads, you could easily have gone home with the wrong dog, they are so alike.
Super stitchy progress, i do so hope your back improves this week and you are not in so much pain.
I'm a new follower here so will not email till i have been following a while.

DJ said...

What a treat it is to visit your blog! Always something interesting to look at and admire. I love the fabric you are using on Bloom, can't wait to see it finished. Wentworth house is just lovely...what a lovely pootle you had with your guys! How fun is that to run into Bentley's brother? Do they have another sibling who would like to be their American counterpart? LOL Lovely stitching and I like the way you are putting the cottages on the same piece of fabric...Thanks for the cuppa...see you next week!!

Linda said...

Great stitching progress. Love the pics of Bentley and Jeff.


Meari said...

Wentworth House is really cool. Thanks for sharing that bit of your stroll with us. :)

So sorry to hear about your back. Been there, done that! I hope it's feeling better now.

Your stitching is beautiful as always...

♥ Nia said...

I hope you're feeling better!
Beautiful snowdrops, I love them =) And lovely stitching! Those cottages are so pretty, can't wait to see your progress! :D

Rebecca said...

You and my Miss Mollie and your back problems. If I was closer to you I'd help carry you around, too! :) You crack me up!

Love Wentworth House. Shhhhhhhhhhh...


Nicola said...

I loved seeing your Wentworth photos especially the stables. One of my favourite horse paintings is Whistlejacket who was stabled there.

Sorry to hear about your back, take care.

What a coincidence meeting Jeff.

Joyce Clark Frank said...

Hope you are feeling better soon.
Love yourstitching.The buildings are great and your bently is so cute.

Barb said...

Hi Mouse
Ouch know how that feels ,hope you are getting lots of tlc.Bentley looks less than impressed with meeting his brother again. Lovely stitching going on there and the pics of Wentworth house are super duper, yes I agree with Michelle ,Darcy and Elizabeth would be most at home there.

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

Ow for the back!
I need to see pictures of the Friendly Stitchers Band Sampler too!
The Stately Home is gorgeous, I had no idea the Mouse House was so grand from the outside, which wing is the Craft Wing?
I'm collecting addresses too, I have an address book just for stitchers and I'm starting a Birthday Book too.

Anonymous said...


Your photos are lovely.

Your stitching is great and your framed peice is so pretty.

Jennifer M. said...

Gorgeous photos Mouse :) I love the ones with the dogs. That is so sweet and coincidental that you ran into your baby's sibling pup. I love it. That house is magnificent and HUGE. Is that a palace?

I'm sorry your having some trouble with your back. For me, back pain is the absolute worse pain to have. I can deal with any other kind but that.

I would love to be on your RAK list if you don't mind, but I'm moving within the month. So I'll be in touch with my new address. ;)


Charlene ♥ SC said...

Lovely little flower popping in from the crack! Very nice tour around, as well. Cute pups - look like friends. Very nice stitching and finishing! Address via email.

Valentina said...

What a nice post, full of nice things: snowdrops, an ancient manor, two sweet dogs and lots of great stitching!

Anne said...

Ooh, Im a wee bit behind in commenting..that's okay! I love Wentworth house! I bet it was just like Downton abbey in it's day!! Gorgeous stitching progress too!! Ooh that Bentley and Jeff are just the cutest!! So nice that he can play with his brother!!


You already have me snail mail :D

mdgtjulie said...

Wow, Mouse, you've been a busy little squeak, haven't you? I'm amazed at how much Bently and Jeff look alike. Wow! And they're both so cute! All your progress looks good. I love the colors in MW. They're lovely. And your Bloom colors match the backing fabby exactly. Awesome!! Love your snowdrop. And I would LOVE to have something from the Mouse house. I'll definitely go leave you my addy!

Cindy said...

Love the pics of Bentley & Jeff.They are so cute. Your stitching is progressing nicely also.
Hope your back gets better soon.

Cindy in Ma

Peggy Lee said...

I hope your back is on the mend by now. I too have back problems and it's a pain no one can know unless you go through it yourself!

I am not usually a fan of anything "purple related" but that shade of lavender you are using on Mary Wigham is so beautiful! Very Spring-like.

The pooches are adorable. Any plans on keeping the brothers in contact?

EvalinaMaria said...

Oh, dear Mouse! I hope you're feeling much better now. Love your stitching and love your photos. I didn't start on February cottage yet, now you are ahead of me!


Jenny said...

Wow Mouse, you have been so busy! How cool that you met Bentley's little brother - what are the chances of that! The pics from your walk are so pretty and I am green about your snow-drops! I have been trying to grow some in my garden, but with no luck at all. Who would have thought? I always grew up with them - they werer pretty much wild in Sweden, but I guess thay don't think much of the KY weather...