Monday, 7 May 2012

May day ramblings :)

Hi everyone :)  today we celebrate may day in the uk .... sooo I thought I would celebrate with lots of eye candy to show you .... not the male hunks that Joyze usually shows us hahahahah... but finally some stitching I can show you and other goodies whoop whoop ....
so grab a cuppa and a biscuit settle down and let the show begin ;0
Last Thursday Michelle celebrated her birthday and I stitched her a wee cushion .. bird in hand by BBD on some blue silkweaver (i think) fabric in two different dye lots of Midnight by Gast .... I managed to do the bird and the border in one and the branches in the other .... and then finished it mouse style with a matching chiffon bow :) She loved it Phew ...lol ..
and then she emailed me to tell me I had won her blog give away and it arrived on Saturday ... how lucky am I :)
We went to Bev's again on Thursday night and we celebrated Michelle's birthday with some wonderful buns that Bev had cooked with aero bubbles chocolates on top and lit a candle in her honour  .... Kate look away when you get to them heheheh ;)
I managed to send off the goodies to Catherine soo they are winging their way across the pond and hopefully she can stalk the postie soon ... also a RAK is on its way as well soooo when they arrive I will show you those then :)
I did some more stitching on my summer splendor while at Bev's and on Saturday I thought I am going to get this finished and I did  whoop whoop and not only stitching finished .... I finished it off into a no sew cube today using some lovely strawberry fabric that Kath gave me as a gift from when they went to the NEC last year :)
I've finished part three of my Dawn of Spring band sampler which I will show you next week as the parts go to the ladies this Thursday and I don't want to spoil it for them :)
 I've also done a wee design called "Panoply of singers" which would make a very nice needle case or pillow or pin keep.... only 60 x 40 size wise :) I will put a photo to show you and if you would like a pdf copy just email me  :0)


The weather hasn't improved much at the mouse house although the sun has shone for a couple of mornings and I've been able to get a couple of things dry on my wee line (most it can take is four tee shirts ) but I did take a few photos of the flowers improving in the garden for you all ....
Anne :) the colour is Miladys teal from Crescent colours 
photo of car (hopefully will work ) mines black though;)  http://www.nissan.co.uk/#vehicles/crossovers/qashqai absolutely love it now I have got used to everything  ... well almost hehehe ...
well I had better get to the eye candy and post some photos for you too look at ..lol 
for Michelle's b/day Bird in Hand by BBD

peonies almost opened :) 

truly scrumptious :)

candle for michelle

spot who's place this is :0

tree done on Thursday night at Bev's 

my blog win :)

fatsia plant

lily of the valley and my sedum 

love this aubritia 

pink bells

whoop finally finished no 3 crazy :)

new sew cube :)

back of the cube :)

and another view ..lol

panoply of singers my design :)
Soooo there you are ..... kettle is going back on if any one wants another one ???
ooooo forgot to put this one up of Bentley .... just look at the grin .. I said cheese and snapped this beaut ..lol ....can I have another biscuit look  hehheh
right folks I shall leave you for now and go and check out your blogs ..lol 
take care and happy stitching :)
love mouse xxxxxx











60 comments:

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hey I am first tonight----
love all that beautiful stitching that you do--and you do do alot of it--even when you don't think you did much!!!
and I love the garden photos--so pretty!!
we have rain here again today and they say it will rain all week--
but I guess that is ok--I need some sewing and count cross stitch time--
Smiles and hugs, Di and kitty

♥ Nia said...

Lovely gift :) And congrats on your win :D Lucky you!!
Oh! I had never seen a peony like that, before it opens :) thank you for always sharing such pretty pictures :)
Love the cube!! Great work :D
Hugs&smiles

Beth said...

May Day fun and food! Good deal. Like your blue BBD and your Sew Cube fniish is fab...and Bentley - what's not to like?

Joysze said...

Oh... I *love* your eye candy! :D The flowers and stitching are amazing and awww, Bentley.... :D

dulcinella said...

The cube is lovely! the stitched piece goes very well with the strawberry fabric. Glad to hear you're done with the part 3. I almost finished part 2, and I cannot but notice: the peonies opening look very much like spider stitches done with silk:-)
happy stitching and let's hope the sun will start to shine soon...

Shirlee said...

Good grief Mouse! You have been busy! I am tired just reading about all the things you've been up to!

Margaret said...

lol! Love that pic of Bentley!! Love your cube finish -- it's wonderful! Love all the stitchy goodness. And nice prize too!

stitchesnscraps said...

Wonderful update! Love all the stitching! You have been a very busy wee Mouse!! It's a wonder you ladies get any stitching done with all the goodies and treats! lol! Thanks for sharing!

Melissa J.

p.s. Love Master Bentley! What a ham!

Ruth said...

Oh love the cushion, its very pretty and good progress...those buns just look so yummy, perhaps I should have tasted them to make sure they were edible for you all ;-p.
Will you check out the grin on Bentley !

BeckySC said...

Lot's of lovely colors in today's post :) I love your cube! GREAT finish :)
hugs to you :)

gracie said...

Wonderful stitching....and love Bentley.

Barbara said...

Love your flower pictures!! It's so nice to see what's in other stitchers gardens. The finish is stunning!!! I must try that!
And of course Bentley is his usual handsome self.
Blessings!

marly said...

Wow. What gorgeous flowers....and sensational color on the peony. Great stitching photos and those cupcakes......oh my!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

You know whenever you mentioned you had wash on the line I was picturing a long double clothesline with sheets and towels blowing in the wind and thinking how amazing you were to go to all that work... and now I find out it can only hold four t-shirts! That's my kind of clothesline!! : )

Your stitching is so pretty! I like the no-sew cube and that beautiful pillow for Michelle. The cupcakes don't look too bad either!!!

MoonBeam said...

I love Bentley! Oh, and your stitching and flowers and food all look wonderful.

Seriously, Bentley is too darn cute!

Bobbi

Susieq said...

Your stitching finish was so pretty, and I really admire your garden. I don't garden(I have no green thumb) but love looking at the flowers, yours are lovely.

Catherine said...

Great garden pics ~ love the hidden duck! And the cheese smile is priceless! Your stitches and gifts are lovely ~ congrats on the win too! I'm going to start stalking the post...hehehe.....

Jennifer M. said...

Lovely photos Mouse! Your cube turned out terrific and the photos of your flowers are stunning. I really like your new little design of the birdies. I'm catching up with DOS! I'll be done with Part 1 here real soon.

Jen

Laurie in Iowa said...

Love Bentley's grin. Your stitch cube is beautiful. Love all the stitchy photos.

Linda said...

Bentley is so cute. And he does look like hes grinning. Congrats on the finish. It turned out great and I love the way you finished it.

Linda

mdgtjulie said...

Your garden is beautiful Mouse. Just love all the wonderful things. And your stitching is up to your usual standards. Grats on the finish. I love the fabby you used for the back too. Bently is adorable, as usual.

Denise said...

Oh my goodness - where to begin! Bentley is adorable, the goodies you won are awesome, your stitching is gorgeous, and those cupcakes look deadly sweet (and tasty)! Loved the cube!

Ziggyeor said...

Too cute of Bently. Love your stitchy pieces and how do you do a new sew cube?

Veronica said...

I just had much lunch and now you got me all hungry again :P Love that Bentley grin ^.^ Your garden sure is looking fresh and wonderful. Lovely finishes as usual.

Hugs,
Veronica.

Lesleyanne said...

A gorgeous gift for Michelle. Love your LHN finish. Your flowers are looking lovely. Great picture of Bentley.

Michelle said...

Mouse I loved my cushion it was lovely. Love your stitched pieces. Thank you for lighting the candle for my birthday - wished I lived much closer. Lovely picture of Bentley x

Christine said...

Beautiful work Mouse, I love the no sew cube finish.
Looks like at least your garden is enjoying all the rain!
Congratulations on your blog win

Sarah said...

Your no-sew cube looks lovely, love the finishing fabric! Congrats on the win, the piece you stitched for Michelle is gorgeous.

Thoeria said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! All of it! From the stitching to the flowers to dapper young Bentley :) I must however admit that I went back about 5 times to drool over the scrummy cakes - I need some!

Chris said...

Wonderful finishes! The color of that peony is wonderful.
Sending you and Bentley some sunshine.
Hugs!

Joyce Clark Frank said...

What wonderful pieces you have done. love your pets too. Happy stitching

newfie princess said...

Beautiful stitching Mouse. Loving the bird in hand...and the flowers are so pretty. We went for a walk yesterday and the trees are starting to bud and I saw one wild flower. It is wonderful to see your pretty flowers. Thank you for sharing and you make the most excellent tea!

newfie princess said...

Beautiful stitching Mouse. Loving the bird in hand...and the flowers are so pretty. We went for a walk yesterday and the trees are starting to bud and I saw one wild flower. It is wonderful to see your pretty flowers. Thank you for sharing and you make the most excellent tea!

newfie princess said...

Beautiful stitching Mouse. Loving the bird in hand...and the flowers are so pretty. We went for a walk yesterday and the trees are starting to bud and I saw one wild flower. It is wonderful to see your pretty flowers. Thank you for sharing and you make the most excellent tea!

Bertie said...

Such nice weather today Mouse!!It has been dismal lately but looking at your flowers the rain did some good there, they are gorgeous.
Your stitching is lovely, the cube has turned out beautifully.
Looking at Bentley, butter wouldn't melt..... lol

Julie said...

The no sew cube finish is beautiful.
A lovely gift for Michelle, love the colour thread.

BrendaS said...

Summer Splendor is just darling and I LOVE how you finished it as a cube!

Sherry said...

You got a lot done. I love the no sew cube. Congrats on your win. Looks like a lovely package. And I love Bentley's picture.

butterfly said...

Hi there mouse, lovely stitching, love the blue bird for Michelle , also love the giveaway you won and those cakes wow they look yummy, I would love one now with my cup of tea.
Your flowers are looking beautiful, they look more forward than mine, Poppy says woof to Bentley. hugs.

Patty C. said...

Your cushion & cube are awesome -

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Sounds like loads of fun, and a beautiful finish! Such pretty faces in your garden - and out of the garden, too. You tease poor Bentley with no cheese - he looks like he deserves a small slice!

Anne said...

WHAT?! No Hunks?!?! Hmph!! I guess I'll have to go search for some to drool, oops, stare at!!

Thanks for telling me that colour! I'm writing it down in my stitchy book :D

Love your "no sew" cube! That strawberry fabby is adorable! Pretty little pillow you stitched up for Michelle! Great cupcakes too. Congrats on your blog win! All the flowers are looking gorgeous...can't wait for the peony to be in full bloom!!

Oooh that Bentley! His grin cracks me up! It's like he's the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland!!

Hugs

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Love your cube finish and that pic of Bentley really made me smile today. Congrats on your win!

Petitesxxx et Cie said...

Your cube is just fabulous!
And your cupcakes... hummmm!
Bisxxx

Mylene said...

Reading your post always inspires, thanks for sharing everything.
Love your new cube finish.

Cute pic. of Bently!

Kay Joy said...

Oh the Bird in Hand finish is beautiful, I love those blues! And your crazy finish is so pretty! :) I love the pictures of the flowers - I don't think I have ever seen a fatsia plant before. And yum, yum, those treats sure look good! :)

Denise SA said...

The BBD finish is wonderful I could not tell it was 2 different dye lots . Summer Splendor finished into a cube looks very good. Thank you for sharing the pics of the flowers .

Shelleen said...

Your stitching is gorgeous! Love that no sew cube.

Milly~ said...

Love love love the cube finish. Nice job Mouse. And...Ohhhhh, Bentley is so adorable.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wonderful job on the no-sew cube!!!

Susan said...

Congratulations on the win - very nice prize. The cupcakes look delicious and such a fun way to celebrate a birthday. The fabric perfectly sets off the design on your cube - a great finish.

TinaTx said...

Wonderful stitching! Congrats on your win - nice prize!
You have some lovely flowers blooming. I so wish I could figure out how I want to do flower beds here. Hated to leave the ones I had just put in when we moved.
Bentley is a cutie, give the little fella a biscuit! :)

DJ said...

Wow you weren't kidding you had eye candy!! Loved everything about it, the flowers, the stitching, the giveaway you won, the finishing...I want to make a couple of cubes, but I don't have time to stitch, let alone finish anything. *sigh* I have stitch/finish envy! *Hugs*

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

What a great blog post! I love all the goodies, food and stitching alike.
Could you send me the Panoply of Singers chart when you send them out?
I have some great variegated browns to stitch the tree with!
I'm also a big fan of the no-sew cube. I'm a big fan of no-sew anything TBH.

Valentina said...

Nice finishes! The way you've finished Summer Splendour is great!

Sharon said...

Beautiful finishes! Love the no sew cube-pretty colors.

Meari said...

Beautiful stitching! And those goodies look soooo Yummo!

Lynn said...

A fabulous job on both of your finishes! I just adore the LHN one! Great fabric too. I spent all last summer trying to find fabric with strawberries and never did have any luck!

Mangogirl said...

gorgeous stitching :)

Jenny said...

LOL at the "gnome in the garden" pic!