Monday, 16 April 2012

Stuck for a title ..lol

Hi every body :)
well I have sat here trying to think of a witty title for today's post and nada, zilch, nothing sooooo there isn't one hehehehe ....
I've been shopping so there are plenty of choccie biccies to go round today along with the usual tea and coffee so grab a mug, pull up a chair and we shall  begin ;)
those wee blue flowers in my hay basket are called Lithodora heavenly blue  while I remember ...lol 
The weather at the mouse house has been very changeable and has gone from washing hung out and drying outside to being on the radiators inside as we have had one extreme to the other including a hail stone storm .... I know we are not having it  as bad as some but I do wish the weather would make up its mind ...lol 


The trouble with doing secret stitching for folks is you haven't got a lot to show folks for the long awaited blog posts hehehehe..... I have finished the one for Catherine  as the tusal winner but need to finish the box to put it in .... hopefully will get that a bit further on tonight or tomorrow :)
I'm about half way mark on DJ's stitching and I am loving stitching on this one :0 once its done she can see it and decide how she wants me to finish it :)
I've worked on Needles by Cherrywood  designs each week when we have gone to Bev's for stitching night with the Barnsley Babes as we have been nicknamed ...lol and yes she baked some more yummies :) I showed Bev how to do spider web roses for the second  part of my Band sampler .... every one is really enjoying doing this on the group and the colours that they have  picked are all lovely ... I would be hard pressed to say which I liked best :)
and I've worked on the Sal "Summer Splendor" by LHN with Sally  on Wednesday night and I am really pleased at how much I got done in between all the yackking ;) in fact I was giggling at my copy as the chart actually says "Summer spendor" .....


On Saturday Kath , Chris and Bev and I went to Bakewell for the day with me driving the mouse mobeal .... the weather wasn't particularly warm to say the least but with a chip buttie and a cuppa to fortify us after we had been shopping at the Wye Needlecraft shop there .... we went for a walk round and found some lovely shops and the odd bargain .... I found a scissor frog for Ally finally so she shall have one now too :) and there were some "real statues" raising money for some cause and I managed to get a lovely photo of them for you :)
the drive home was fun as following the signs we nearly ended back on the route to Bakewell again hehehehe ..... I didn't buy any real Bakewell  tarts much to DD1's disgust but at £5.00 for a large one that wouldn't have done  two of them really, I wasn't going to splash out. I did how ever have a wee splash out on stash ..... no where near as much as the others either ..... felt positively angelic on that score ....lol 
I got some thread there too  to start a birthday prezzie for some one who's birthday is quite soon and I am hoping to get it done on time paws crossed ;)


Yesterday was a rare day when DH and I actually had time free soo we decided to tidy up the back garden and plant some potatoes in pots and tubs before the rain fell again .... it was lovely to get most of the small garden weeded and sorted ..... he did the heavy work , I did the raised beds ....  there is still  a bit to do along with the front garden but that will have to wait until it is a bit warmer .....
I went to visit my friend Carole the other day and her pheasant "Phil" popped into see us  with his partner and luckily I had my camera on me to take some photos for you :)


Ok I have popped the kettle on again for you while I upload the photos for you to nosy at ...lol  
Easter Buns from Bev 

thursday 5th april 2012 update

Summer Splendor LHN 11th April update

Phil 

and with is wife ..lol

look at that dark sky behind





12th April 2012 update


hail stone storm 

wet round the edges from the storm

real statues at Bakewell
Parts one and two of the Dawn of Spring by Me :)

Thorntons Hot chocolate and billionaires cake :)

my orchid flowering again 

for ally 

small stash enhancement :)


I am sure there is something else to tell you but I can't remember at the mo .... soooo I hope you all are having a wonderful stitchy week and getting loads done ..... I have been trying to keep up with all the blogs I follow and if I haven't been and commented yet I will do soon .... DH has been on the comp a lot on an evening so I am trying to get round folks while I have my breakfast :)
ok think I have waffled enough sooo take care every one and I shall squeak to you soon :) love mouse xxxxx





53 comments:

Deb said...

Oh Mouse - I love, love that flower frog that you found for your friend. Lucky lucky girl. And what is Millionaire's Cake - I've never heard of it before.

Vickie said...

The color of that orchid is just stunning. Nice stitching,you have good progress. :)

Thoeria said...

Between the yummy cakes and the stitching and stash I can't decide what I like more :) Love the frog too!

Autumn said...

Always love stopping by and catching up with your week. Got my SECOND POT of tea waiting for me. Oh I'm going to jitter so much I won't be able to stitch later! lol

Babs in Alabama said...

Such a beautifully delicious blog, Mouse. I can taste the delicacies, well almost, but I really can enjoy the stitching progress and the scissor frog.
I just got the rest of the thread needed for Summer Splendor. It's the prettiest little piece. Got to do it.
happy day, babs

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Always enjoy nosing around your photos! Hope the weather settles down and you snuggle into your stitchy nook to have tons of fun!

pandy said...

oh Mouse, you posts make me so hungry! :D I love your picture of Summer Splendor! I have that in my stash kitted up and ready to go, just need the motivation! (which you just might have given me!) Take care :)

Ali said...

Yum, thanks for the tea and cake - its going down a treat loving your stitching your design is gorgeous and am loving Summer Splendor xx Thanks for your help the other day xx

Beth said...

Oh Mouse - What wonderful goodies (See I'm always about the food first!) I'm particularly taken with the Hot Chocolate! Love Summer Splendor and Dawn of Spring. How fun to have Phil and his wife wander by too.

Mylene said...

I always enjoy your post, Mouse. Yummmmmy cakes and Lovely stitchings!

Shirlee said...

Oh Mouse! This was a very enjoyable post & I enjoy seeing all the photos but yowza! I have GOT to have me some of that Thorntons Hot Chocolate! So is there an eatery somewhere called Thorntons or ??? I would plan an entire vacation around a cup of hot chocolate like that!

Cross Stitch Crazy Mum said...

What fun youve had! Chocolate foods always seem to go so well with stitching and stitchy outings :D And I love your updates, good job :)

TinaTx said...

I've had those 'blank blog title' moments myself. Hate it when that happens!
Love that flower frog! They are so hard to come by around here (well, in decent shape and reasonably priced they are hard to find anyway!)
Nice stash enhancement!

Michelle said...

I adore Millionaires Cake yummy. Lovely photos and stunning new stash. Love the Just Nan Bluebird Sampler one. Yes we too had that hailstorm it was strange watching it from the window it looked like little golf balls dancing on the lawn! Glad you had a good time in Bakewell x

Deborah said...

Beautiful flower frog! Great new stash. I love Summer Splendor. Wonderful pictures.

dulcinella said...

Now this is a tempting blog...just trying to figure out if I was more tempted by the food or by the stash enhancements:-) Love your stitching projects you can show and curious to the secret ones. I love your band sampler part 2, but didn't meet the spider stitches yet.

gracie said...

I like all the picutes so much I had to go around a couple of times more!

Daffycat said...

Wonderful photos today, Mouse! I wish I has a pheasant come visiting my backyard, your friend is lucky. Your "Needle" WIP looks fantastic on the tan gingham fabric. I love this.

marly said...

Fun post! Enjoyed the photos, and the goodies, and great stitching, and the pup!!

Ruth said...

I hear you on the weather ! I can at the moment hear the wind and rain bashing the window and we had bright sunny days...ah well.
Great progress and you've got some really pretty projects going there I couldn't possibly pick one as my fav...but those buns now thats a different matter I think I'd need to sample one of each and the millionaires cake to..all in the interest of taste testing you understand lol. I think you were very restrained in the stash enhancement area and I just love the flower frog.

Laurie in Iowa said...

I always enjoy your posts... a wonderful variety of photos. Lovely stitching and the hot chocolate looks delicious.

Jennifer M. said...

Your posts are always so much fun to read. It sounds like you had a nice time with your friends. Its too bad about the weather but I can relate. Where I live in the US, it rains constantly throughout the summer. It is no fun. Lovely progress on your projects too. :)

Jen

Linda said...

Love the photos Mouse. Your stitching is looking great. I live in Northern CA. and we have had really strange weather this winter.

Linda

Maggee said...

I agree with some above me--I can't decide if I like the pictures of stitching and stash and statues or the FOOD!! Made me hungry! Were those birds in your yard? They look spectacular! Hugs!

Margaret said...

Ok, this was a very fattening post. lol! All that food!!! Yum! And the stitching is wonderful! And of course, Bentley is adorable!

Teresa said...

Well now I am hungry especially for that billionaire cake, what ever that is. Sounds like you had a lovely day out.
Can't say I've heard of anyone planting potatoes in their back yard, do tell us how they come out.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Ziggyeor said...

Great fun, love the new stash ;) I hope you have a good stitchy week.

Christine said...

Oh I LOVE Wye Needlecraft, I really miss not being able to pop over there since we moved to Cornwall, but I think DH is secretly relieved!
You've got some lovely stitching done, the spider-web roses on your band sampler are really pretty.

Solstitches said...

Like Christine above I am feeling quite homesick for Bakewell where we used to go often before moving to Spain.
Love your Summer Splendor piece and oh, do you have to keep showing those cakes and the Thorntons treats as well!.
Margaret

Kate said...

Great update - love the "needle" piece, haven't seen that one before. Where do you keep finding flower frogs? There are two things that you really must stop tempting me with - Summer Splendor, I must not start mine until I have some other things finished & CAKE!

Denise SA said...

Love all your stitching wish I could have come to Bakewell again but I would not have been able to walk around as sciatica still bad. Intrigued by your stash especially the one at the back.

Chris said...

It looks like you have been busy.
It is so nice to spend time with friends.
I love the pics. The hot chocolate and stash are yummy looking.
Have a great week!

BeckySC said...

I am loving Summer Splendor dear mouse :)

pam said...

Lovely post dear. I am going to force life to slow down enough to read blogs again. I just miss them so...

Petitesxxx et Cie said...

I love reading your post, it makes me smile! Thank you.
I would have loved taking a Hot chocolate and billionaires cake with you! hummmm
Take care and keep writing articles
Bisxxx

Veronica said...

Man, I want some of those Easter buns and that billionaires cake and hot chocolate and... okay I'll stop :P I'm so hungry right now waiting for lunchtime. LOL!

Lovely pictures, Mouse. I hope the weather clears up and stays that way. Your Dawn of Spring looks great. I just love the fabby.

Hugs,
Veronica.

milly said...

Hello

I've just become a follower of your lovely blog.

You sound like you had a great day out!

Your stitching is beautiful. Dawn Of Spring is so pretty.

Lovely photos too.

Happy stitching!

Sally said...

Lovely progress on your WIPs Mouse. Cuppas and cakes will be ready for tonight :)

Hmmm I so need some of that hot chocolate and billinaire's cake. Yummy!

Anne said...

I'm all of a sudden really hungry right now!! I love Phil and his wife!! So cool that you have birds like that visiting you!! Awww, sweet Bentley all puppy wet from the rain. Lovely progress on all your pieces! I love that design you made!!! Good on ya!!

Those orchids are so gorgeous. I'm jealous that you, Joyce and my mom can grow them. My hand seems to always kill them :( Pretty frog you picked up too....ooh and that stash!!!

DJ said...

Aww...lovely stitching!! I can't wait to see all the secret stuff...maybe you and the Barnsley Babes need to meet twice a week? Hmmm...? LOL Oh the cupcakes took delish...if only I lived next door! Can't wait to see how your garden grows, and Bentley is adorable as always! Even your living statues scream "England"...Nice scissors frog, she's going to love it! *Hugs*

Carol said...

Oh, I love Phil and his wife--so cute! I've never seen a pheasant in real life... Your LHN Summer Splendor is looking splendid indeed, Mouse! Thanks for all the lovely food, today :)

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

Dawn of Spring is looking great, I'm really enjoying seeing all the different versions online. Will you do a big Round up photo collection of them all when it's done? Or a blog-hop so we can find new blogs!
I always name my posts after the main featured items but your titles would be incredbily long and always feature "cake"!

"pappi puikoissa" said...

It sounds so familiar to me what you wrote: too many interesting things, too many plans, too little time (too short life - I'll need 100 years more - at least!) But Tildas are so beautiful I cannot resist them :D.

That "needle = ..." -sentence is so funny and beautiful, I like that very much!

Kay Joy said...

Ooo, all your treats look so good! Especially the hot chocolate - mmmm. :) All of your stitches are coming along nicely, I love the deep colors in the Summer "Spendor". :) And what beautiful pictures of flowers and clouds! Oh and hail... Glad you were inside for that one! :) Enjoy your new stash!!

Julie said...

Cakes, cakes and more cakes together with stash, what could be a more perfect post to read on a wet Sunday afternoon, thanks for the eye candy - lovely stitching progress.

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stitchesnscraps said...

I just love your updates! It's always just such a feast for the senses! I can just taste all the goodies! And the smells must be heavenly! And your stitching is divine! Ohh, and Master Bentley is just so darn cute! Thanks for sharing all your adventures!

Melissa J.

Brigitte said...

... I like the title ... and all of your newsy post. But showing all these delicacies has made my mouth water and I think I'll have to go and see if there's someting eatable in the house. But before I do that I have to say that I love your pictures with all the wonderful sweet things, and I love Summer Splendour. And your new stash. And the pictures with all the cakes ... lol.

Kaisievic said...

Great post - love the stash enhancement.

hugs, Kaye xoxox

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a brilliant update! Look at all the yummy goodness!

♥ Nia said...

Most of the times, I write my post first and pick a title at the end :p LOL
Looks like Winter around here too =/ I just hope this will end in a few days, wishing for some warm sunshine in May! :p
Lovely little orchid =) gorgeous color!
Now I'm 'hungry', I have to go eat something sweet :p hheheheh
Hugs&smiles to you

Jenny said...

Phil with wife are adorable. And all your photos of yummy stuff are dangerous... LOL
Great stash haul and the flower frog is perfect - lucky Ally. Can't wait to see all your "secret stitchings" and the Needle sampler is very cool.
Sounds liek your weather is carzy - I hope that your garden was all right after the hail!
:-)

Catherine said...

Great yummy goodies and stitchy goodness!! Love the pics of Phil and his wife ~ perhaps Petunia? Love the sky pictures and of course the pup pic! Oh, and you have my curiosity peeked! ;)