Sunday, 5 February 2012

Travelling pattern, Snow and kettle is on ..lol

Hi every one :) well the world outside the mouse house is white... brrrrrrr but the sun is out and looks ever so pretty ... I have stocked up the bird feeders so they are chirping merrily at me in thanks ....
the kettle has just boiled soo brews all round ???  I have some bourbon creams or custard ones if any one wants an elevens iz  with it :)


Well as the title says the Travelling pattern "Thankful for Ewe" is ready to move on ..... so if you would like the chance to have it next,  please squeak up :)
 I didn't have any of the colours in that the chart requires so I did a floss toss and picked out ones that were near to them and then decided on the fabric as to which looked best on it ... surprisingly enough it was down to two choices an antique white 32 count linen and 18 count rustico aida and I decided to go with the aida ...... now bearing in mind I haven't stitched on aida in quite a few years .... I have become a linen/ even weave snob ...lol .... you would have thought it would have been a doddle ... the finished size is wee compared to what I normally stitch BUT NO !!!!!! I have un stitched more times on this small piece than I have in the last few years on everything else .....  so next time I have a thought to do something on Aida prod me hard will you !!!


I must thank every one for their birthday wishes and cards and emails and presents  :) I have had a fabulous week of the post man bringing goodies and there is something still to come *VBG .... I think it is lovely that you can spread the celebrations out and sorry that there isn't any cake left for those who missed out on it ....


I decided on Monday to sneak up to the town and go and have a look around the charity shops and I am so glad I did as I dropped on quite a few bargains for a change ...lol ..... I got a lovely wooden box perfect for putting some stitching on , a frame that is the perfect colours for to bee or not to bee LHN , just needs a wee bit of tlc , a small white urn that will be perfect for a pin cushion and also a couple of stitching mags one of which is the very first issue:)
I have been stitching as much as I can this week and have finished a present for some one who reads the blog so I can't say or show atm but I will be making it up this afternoon to go on its merry way hopefully in time for her birthday ....
I have got the stuff sorted to get the rest of the 200 follower winners stitched and finished ... won't be long girls ...lol (and I'm over 300 now *VBG mmmmm thinking cap on here ) 
I have also been working some more on Kaths present sooo with any luck she will get it this side of Christmas hahahahah .....
I got further on with I sew's my heart by Heartstring Samplery too ... just love working on 40 count too :) 
I did a bit more on the Cottage SAl on Thursday night over at Bev's in between munching on hot freshly made scones and jam and a cuppa or two .....
and also been working on my Band Sampler that I have designed for my group the Friendly Stitchers ....... the release date is march so I am stitching away at it to double check there are no mistakes ??? I think I may need a model stitcher or two ... any takers hehehehe ;)


Fresh cuppa is here again ...:)
The girls wanted to get a coat for Bentley for next week when he will be able to start to go out in the real world and meet more doggies ... so off we went to Pets at Home (just as the snow was starting to come down ) and he came away with ...... a lovely warm waterproof coat and a jumper which he loves to bits and asked for it putting on last night to go out in the snow with .... he was so funny chasing the flakes and trying to eat them as they were coming down .... I did try to take some photos but he was moving that fast it was very difficult .....


well I had better show you some photos now hadn't I otherwise you won't believe I have actually done some stitching this week hehehehe ....
goodies from the charity shops 

little urn 

goodies from Michelle 

I sew'd my heart Heartstring Samplery

perfect colours or what :)

BOO snuggled up as cold out there ...lol

Birthday goodies from DD1

lovely card from Teejay

cottage sal  CCN 

start of the snow 

WOOO HOOO finished !!!!


new coat 

love my jumper 

a touch of spring 


see I am getting further with it ...lol 

birdies at the feeder 

this morning :)


So there you are this week folks .. I din't realise how much I had to tell you all ...lol .. off to go and get that finishing done and a few other bits and bobs ..... hope you all have a a fab superbowl sale / day over across the pond .....
squeak to you all later (don't forget to say if you want to be next for the TP, will draw it next weekend 11/12th Feb :)
take care and happy stitching :)
love mouse xxxxxx





61 comments:

Vickie Niggemann said...

Great finds. Lovely gifts. Your stitching looks great. So does Bentley. :) Puppies are such fun in their first snow!

Shari said...

wow, what a post/update!!!
Everything looks amazing...you are stitching so many neat projects...
love the Jan. house...still haven't bought those!!! Keep thinking maybe I will find someone selling it cheap! The porcupine(?) is adorable!!!!
would love a chance to share in the thankful for you travelling...
have a super day!

Michelle said...

Lovely pictures of all your new stash and stitching. I think I have started everyone off visiting charity shops - so many bargains to be had though - the box is lovely. I would love a chance to be entered for the chart. Keep warm and well and cheers for the cuppa xx

Margaret said...

I enjoyed reading about all you're up to and seeing the stash and stitching. (I loooove that hedgehog!!!!) I love that Bentley enjoys wearing coats and jumpers. Every pet we've ever had -- there's no way they would have worn anything. lol! Nice finds at the charity shops too. And the stitching -- great projects you're working on and nice finish too! (What exactly is elevenses?)

Nicola said...

A really lovely to post to read. Bentley looks so cute in his coat. Are you passing the custard creams around?

Ali said...

Great post lots of lovely pics - Bently looks like he has grown loads!!! Could you put my name in the hat for the thankful for ewe pattern - thank you xx

Julie said...

A lovely post. Great finds in the charity shop.
I've stitche 'thankful' such a lovely design to stitch, the next person will love it.
Nice updates on your Wip's.

Gillie said...

I am coming over soon as I get back to meet Mr B! Laughed at the aida - will definitely remind you!

Catherine said...

Great post of goodies! Bentley looks dashing in his new duds. Wish I could just pop on over for a cuppa and a custard!

butterfly said...

Hello mouse , love your stitching, you have been busy.
I love the charityI always find bargains it's such fun.
Can you email me your address I have a little some thing for you thats just right.
Bently looks so warm and cosy.

I love the ewe pattern mind you I love sheep can you count my name to the list.
Have a great week.

cucki said...

hello deary, i love your stitching so much..
lovely finds..and great wip..
i so much wanted to stitch the traveling pattern..please count me in..
thank you
hugs cucki xxx

Krista said...

Lots of lovely pics, mouse! Your WIPs are coming out great. Stay warm and enjoy your day!

Rebecca said...

Oh girl...love all the pictures of your stash and stitching! You are one busy little MOUSE!

xoRebecca

Christine said...

More great goodies and stitching. I love browsing the charity shops, you never know what you will find.
Enjoy your snow, we've escaped it so far

Joyce Clark Frank said...

Birthdays are such fun. Never get tired of them. It is wonderful to have great friends and family. You never have enough stash, always room for more, right?

MoonBeam said...

Little antique finds - cute.
Stitching pix - wonderful.
Bentley in his red and white sweater - priceless!

Bobbi

Sweet Sue said...

Lovely post Mouse, that sweet little white urn is a beauty of a find, good for you!

Teresa said...

You received some lovely goodies. Like your finds at the second hand store. Love your stitching.
Cute coat, I really love the jumper.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches.

Jennifer M. said...

Lovely stitching Mouse! Sounds like you had an awesome week. The snow is very pretty. I live too far south to enjoy any. It has actually been a warm winter where I live.

Jen

Ziggyeor said...

Oh cute the doggy has a coat. I had Siberian Huskies growing up they never needed a jacket!
Gorgeous stitching the hedgie is looking so cute. Love the Thankful for Ewe! My friend was trying to quill a sheep yesterday. She has stitched a cute sheepy thing for another friend of ours and her foster dog ate it! Out of all the presents and everything else in the bag it was the one thing the dog got when she left the room for a min. She's got to start it over again :(

I'd like to be on the list to stitch the pattern. If I don't keep the stitching for myself if will go to our friend :)

Susan said...

Wonderful thrift finds! Snow? What is ths snow you speak of? I have only worn my winter coat once this season! As always, lovely stitching - he hedgehog is too cute. And speaking of cute, Bentley looks very handsome in his new coat and jumper.

Maggee said...

alright--Bentley got his winter coats before a snowfall! Good going! Nice post with lots of pictures! I like how your hedgehog is coming along... too cute! Please enter me in the Traveling Pattern... such a cute pattern! Hugs!

Sarah said...

Keep warm with the snow Mouse, there's lots of it here too! Lovely bargins, the box will look so splendid with some stitching.

gracie said...

Nice gifts....nice stitching and I love how you stited the TP! It will be fun to see where it travels next.

Ruth said...

Great post and it looks like you got some really great finds for a bargain, well done you !. Will most certainly give you a prod should you decide on aida in the future lol...How cute is Bentley with his jumper on...love him...eh who ate the last of the bourbons ! :(

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely charity shop finds. I never seem to be very lucky when I go. Your stitching is gorgeous as is Bentley in his new jumper and coat. I would love to be entered in the draw for the travelling pattern.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I love Bentley's new wardrobe--and what a model that pup makes!!!
You did good treasure hunting, and love all the work you showed--but somehow the hot brew and goodies I did not see, nor have they arrived yet!!!
And I love lambs!!!!!!!
Hugs, Di

Nancy said...

What an enjoyable post! Love all your goodies and that little hedgehog you are stitching! Enjoy your Sunday and stay snug and warm with Bentley!

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

I love charity shops but I'm steering clear at the mo - I had 40 small frames at the last count!
I had deja-vu seeing TeeJay's card - I stitched that one for a friend this year. They are great designs, I'm planning on doing all twelve for other people.
I'll pass on the TP, did 3 last year, someone else's turn for the luck this year!

lynda said...

So glad you had such a great birthday! I would love a chance at the traveling pattern. Yours turned out great.

Linda said...

Great stitching as always Mouse. Love the snow pics. Now that I am retired, I wish I lived where it snowed cause I wouldn't have to go out in it. lol
Would love to be entered in the giveaway for the traveling pattern.

Thanks, Linda

blue star stitcher said...

I hope you had a wonderful birthday. And pups look so cute in the new winter gear.

Rhona said...

Great finds! And doesn't Bentley look even more adorable (is that possible?) with his new gear on!

Solstitches said...

What lovely things you found in the charity shop.
Love Bentley's red and white striped sweater :)

Margaret

Barbara said...

Bentley looks so handsome in his new jumper and you also received some nice goodies. All of your stitching is so pretty and how nice to curl up with the cold winds blowing and the snow on the ground and just stitch.
blessings

Heather said...

Love your finds!! Your puppy looks so adorable in his new jumper! ;o)

Isn't it fun when your birthday stretches out so long! ;o) My hubby always says he gets on day (the 3rd of Feb.) and I get the rest of the month to celebrate! (Mine is the 12th of Feb)!! I really don't see anything wrong with that!!! ;o)

I hope you are staying warm and finding lots of time to stitch!

I have enjoyed my cuppa with you! ;o)

~Heather

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

What fun things you got for your birthday and the traveling pattern looks wonderful. I don't need it though, cuz I think I started it! : ) Give puppy dog a shnuzzle for me, won't you? :)

Patty C. said...

I hope your birthday was lovely!
Great photos -
Would love to stitch your travelling pattern
Yours turned out too cute - i understand the aida issue- lol

Laurie in Iowa said...

I'm in love with that wee hedgehog. Bentley looks adorable in his sweater and that coat should keep him nice and warm.
Lovely birthday goodies.

~*Shar*~ said...

Beautiful stitching as always hun; I'd love to win the traveling pattern; it's so cute...

Hugs, Shar

And This Little Pig said...

Whoa Mouse you have been busy and very lucky, beautiful gifts. Sorry I missed your birthdary, so happy belated.
LiBBiE in Oz

pam said...

Happy birthday miss mouse! Looks like you got quite a haul of goodies. Bently seems to fit right in to your life:)

Joysze said...

Since I read about the kettle being on, I've had "Polly put the kettle on" running around in my head. Thanks!! LOL!!!!

Oooooh, purdy snow!!! Are you keeping warm??

Great pics of your shopping trip, flowers, and stitching. I love hedgie.

Kate said...

Lovely update - I did have a giggle about the aida.
Great charity shop finds, it can be feast or famine though, I haven't found anything for ages.
I'd love to be the next stitcher of Thankful.

Meari said...

Nice gifts and thrifty finds. Love the white box! The urn will make a nice pin cushion for sure.

Thankful for Ewe is a cute design. Sign me up!

Denise SA said...

Hope you are keeping nice and warm that snow looks a bit cold.I do miss the charity shops I have not found any here in Saudi.
Still trying to decide about the colours for the band sampler but found some threads that might work.
Please enter me for the travelling pattern.

Mary Joan said...

Belated Birthday wishes to you. Oh, I love the hedgehog, it's coming along nicely. It's going to look great when finished. And you have found some lovely stash in the charity shop, well done. I'm also on the look out for anything in charity shops, you never now what you might find. I've found some great things in the past.

Please enter me for the Travelling Pattern. It's so cute!

Mary Joan
http://maryjoanstitching.blogspot.com/

DJ said...

What treasures you found at the Charity shop! My Mom always said, one man's junk is another man's treasure! Isn't that the truth...you sure can see the potential in those items, can't you? You're right, there are more birthday items on the way to you! Bentley looks quite smart in his new duds! And as always your stitching is lovely. I'm going to bow out of the traveling pattern this time, I really am swamped with all that I have on my plate at the moment, though I would love to stitch it one day. Off to stitch! *Hugs*

Sally said...

Am I too late for a cuppa and custard creams please Mouse???!

Love your Sew'd My Heart. I started it last week. Was going to do a blog post with a progress pic but my camera died on me and needed charging. Very inconsiderate!

You got some lovely gifts and what fantastic finds from the charity shops. I keep saying I must look round the ones we have here more often.

Lovely progress on the cottage and your finish of Thankful for Ewe is gorgeous.

Love your snow photos. It's still hanging around up here.

Cute photos of Bentley.

Siobhán said...

I can't believe you got snow!! I feel cheated (though I hate driving in snow over here--too many people who've never seen the white stuff & so can't drive in it!) because our winter has been so mild. Lovely stitching! Great stuff from the charity shops, too.

Veronica said...

I'll be sure to remember that the next time you plan to stitch on Aida :P I can't bring myself to stitch on Aida anymore too. Really enjoyed your photos, especially the flowers. Bentley looks so cute in his striped jumper. Keep warm, Mouse.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Anne said...

Aida!! It's now my bane too. I started on Aida when I was nine and didn't discover evenweave/linen until last year!! Now I can never go back!! Great finds from the shops!! That urn is so pretty!I looooove that bee or not to bee. Anything with a bee in it is good! Or lavender for that matter.

Bentley is just so kissable!! Lovely goodies too!!

I would love to be considered for the Traveling Pattern since I also like sheep!

Hugs

Mylene said...

Great post Mouse, really enjoyed it. You sure a busy bee!!

Quiltsmiles said...

That frame is perfect for your finished to bee....and love the shape of that urn, will be back to see what you do with it. I'd love to get the PIF thankful for ewe. It's too sweet and looks like it would be a quick stitch.
Happy Belated Birthday,
Jane

Brigitte said...

Wow, I love your finds. I wish we had something similar around here. A bunch of loder magazines, what a treat. I usually find more in older mags than in the new ones, lol.
Great stitching progress!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Lots of great stitches there mouse! What great charity finds.

Susan said...

Stay warm!!

I love your progress pictures - especially the blue in the CCN piece - I've seen this one on a few blogs - I think that I am going to have to order it!!

Sherri said...

A newbie to your blog and love it. You do fun things! Love the idea of the traveling pattern. Bet it sees more places than me! Thanks for a chance to be entered.

Justflo said...

Lovely stitching, great ideas Adorable photos of You Know Who!!!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Just now getting around to visit some blogs today! I love your goodies and what about that snow?! Happy belated birthday from across the pond!

Kathy Ellen said...

Wishing you a very happy birthday! Oh what fun to receive so many wonderful birthday goodies from friends!

Wonderful stitching progress on so many different things, and especially love "Thankful for Ewe". I would love to stitch it too. I would be delighted to have the chance to stitch the 'Traveling Pattern' too!