Sunday, 14 October 2012

A Stitchers Heart :)

Hi every one :) thank you all for your lovely comments on my epic blog post .... I promise this one won't be as long ;) ... the kettle has just boiled and the brews are ready for you all ... along with a wee cookie or two as well :)
This week at work has been soooooo busy that I have collapsed most nights in a heap and only summed up enough energy to have a wee chat with my friends on Face book .... but I promised my self that come weekend some serious numb butt was happening  ..... and it did  whoop whoop ... I have a finish :) 
Way back many moons ago ... Sally  and I bought "The Stitcher's Heart and the Gentle Stitches " collaboration by LHN and Shakespeare's pedlar with the intention of stitching it on a Wednesday night  each week and posting progress .... well then life got in the way .... I got a full time job and Sally had a few weeks with time on her hands to do nothing but stitch ... so she did and finished the Stitchers Heart way before me and has been patiently waiting to start the next one while I got mine done .... well I have done it ....whoop whoop ..... 
I have stitched mine on 32 count Silkweavers fabric called sun down and I shall also stitch the companion piece on that too .... it was a lovely stitch and now all I need to do is cut it out and sew up .... 
Now I hope you are all sitting comfortably as I actually put some more stitches into the Romantic Sal too  ... yes I did honest but forgot to take a photo ... I almost finished a band that I had left it at before .... even the stars were shocked as when I went out I saw a shooting star
DH has kindly painted the box for casting a spell for me and I eagerly started it this morning and had got the measurements to find that stitching on a 28 count fabric (even though it uses 30) was going to make it tooo big to fit EEEEKKKKKKKK ..... so what has a wee mouse got to do but go and order the correct fabric off Karla so that I can get it done hopefully before Halloween ... I said to DD1 there is an initial in it ... do you want it to be yours and she said yes of course I have a claim on anything Halloweenie !!!!
So after I had a wee baskititis session I went to start the "All Hallows Eve" by Waxing Moon .... I pulled out some fabric and Gast thread wrought iron and started to stitch ... well it started to knot and tangle and in disgust I got up and went and started on my ironing pile !!!!!
hopefully by the time I get back to it after I have waffled to you all it will behave itself ???
As tomorrow is Tusal Day I took the photo today as by the time I get home tomorrow night it will be dark and no good to take one ... sooo Master Bentley kindly posed with it .... can you tell from the look he is not impressed by the lack of threads in there either 
I now know my Halloween ornament has got to Shaunterria safely but unsure as to whether she has seen it yet as it was in the back of her DH's car ... so I won't show it just yet  until I know :).....
DH has just put the kettle on so I shall get the photo's ready for you to look at :)
casting a spell box already and painted 

the stitchers heart by LHN finished Saturday 13th October with the backing fabric

started on the halloween decorating

awwww isn't he adorable :)

he is not impressed with the tusal amount

start of the "all hallows "

so there you go folks ..... this week at work promises to be as busy but hopefully I will get some stitching done when I get home .....
take care one and all and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxx

Sunday, 7 October 2012

An EPIC Blog update !!!!!

Hi every one .... pleased be warned this will be long and photo heavy  as I haven't updated in ages and also DH and I escaped last week to Shrewsbury (UK) for some much needed R n R :)
OK the kettle is on and I have goodies to go with it as well ;0) ....sooo get settled, pull up a bean bag and away we go ....
The postie brought me some lovely gifts from Lee  and Jillann (friendly Stitchers) 
 Lee sent me a gorgeous heart ornament with bullion roses and bling and a dragonfly in autumnal colours and believe me it was well worth the long wait for it to arrive 
We had a Christmas in July exchange over on the Friendly Stitchers and this is what Jillann sent to me , the beads are lovely jewel colours and it is hanging from my stand in my craft room for all to look at :)
I won some lovely blog wins from Maggee  and Pandy . I have started a list of threads etc that I need to kit these up ... unfortunately I forgot to add it to the list I took with me on my hols ... more of that later... I also got some lovely bargains from the bay of evil too hehehe ....  sooo much so that I think I will need to do some pattern culling myself soon ... watch this space :)
While I was on a roll I got out my sewing machine and made up the Summer Garden (travelling pattern) into a wee cushion and just love it even if I say so myself ... I heard from Kaye that the pattern had arrived safely and she has started on it already :) I have also been chosen as one of her winners for a PIF which will be with me within the next year and when it arrives I shall pick three victims erm winners then hehehe .
My stitched prize arrived at Lisa's while I was away so I can now show you what I did for her too :) if you pop over to her's you will see what else was sent by Master Bentley 
Last weekend before we went on our jolly hols I nipped over to see Gillie to give her a wee hand to sort out some stitching stuff for her to take with her as she moves back across the pond again with WT work .. pop over to her blog for the full tale :)
cooo are you ready for another cuppa ????? 
sooo on to the jolly hols .... DH and I set off on Monday to Shrewsbury for a well deserved week of R n R .... we chose it as DH was based there many moons ago in the army and he wanted to go back and see how things had changed or not ... I was pleased at the choice as it was only 20 mins away from The Nimble Thimble at Llangedwyn and you know how much I love that place .... 
I drove down and the scenery on the way was stunning as the trees were turning from the bright greens to yellowish and  copper colours and you could tell the start of Autumn was here .... 
We found our hotel The Silverton very easily and booked into the most gorgeous room and once settled we took a stroll around the town and spotted a few must go in's and oooo love that building etc etc . We strolled into town over the Welsh bridge and came back via the English bridge :)
I found a wonderful material shop , filled with fabric and notions and I spent a lovely couple of hours on the Wednesday browsing and buying a few goodies as you do 
The food at the hotel was gorgeous and I had a  hard time choosing what to have each breakfast .... good job we did a lot of walking is all I can say heheheh .... we also went into the Shrewsbury Abbey which was full of children and adults doing all sorts of activities ... it was lovely to see it full ....the sun shone through the stained glass windows and I just had to take a photo of the wonderful arched ceiling above the alter table :)
On Tuesday DH took me to The Nimble Thimble where armed and dangerous with my thread list and fortified with a cuppa from Chris , DH settled down in one of the comfy chairs and waited while I browsed and ooo'd and ahhhed at the goodies there ..... We decided while we were so close I could go back again at the end of the week and  I got as many of the threads on my list as I could that were left on there ....... I have spent the last two and a half days sorting out my charts and putting all the threads in required and cutting fabric and popping in to A4 plastic wallets so that they are all ready to go .... It was much cheaper to get them from there than waiting  for Harrogate to be honest ... saves me running round as fast as my wee legs would take me trying to get them ... soo I can spend more time with my friends and have a leisurely stroll round with them :)
Thursday DH and I bobbed over to RAF Cosford  air museum .... I must admit it was a good exhibition but didn't really match up to the nimble thimble !!!!!
Friday arrived far to quickly and we set off back home via The Nimble Thimble as said earlier .... arriving back at the mouse house early afternoon.
Well I suppose you will want to see the photos now ... shall I make another brew ???
Master Bentley sorry blurry in his halloween outfit

for Lisa :)

Summer Garden made up

progress report

stitched on while I was away :)

a small stash haul from the Nimble Thimble

Dawn of Spring fully finished while away

from a lovely quilt shop at Whittington

from the fabric shop in town and a charity shop find too :)

Getting there with the Sal with Sally

Ebay wins :)

from the left from Pandy and the right Maggee

Christmas in July exchange from Jillann
From Lee my gorgeous PIF

hotel bedroom

view from one of the windows

this is the library

Shrewsbury Castle

View from the castle keep

one of the lovely houses in the town 

from the Welsh bridge

Shrewsbury Abbey

The Abbey Foregate

Inside the Abbey

and again

and again 

this needs £250,000 for up keep !

gorgeous stained glass windows

just look at that ceiling :)

view on one of our many walks :)

View in the park back to the hotel
OOOOO Roland Rat

amazing hung from the ceiling 

and another 

Well there you go folks just a wee trip to Shrewsbury and back ... while I was there I did manage to finish my Dawn of Spring whoop whoop and also worked on the Yellow Bird by La D Da .... since then I have stitched a lot on the Sal I am doing with Sally ... almost done love so we can move onto the next one :)
well I think that is all folks hopefully I haven't forgotten anything so I shall say t.t.f.n and happy stitching and hopefully see you all sooner with some more stitching updates ... take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxx