Sunday, 10 February 2013

York , Camera and stitching + goodies too :)

Hi every one :) thank you so much for all the birthday wishes again ... and also the lovely parcels that have turned up this week at the mouse house too ... will show and tell more of them later :)
As some of you know DH and I escaped to York for a night and day to get my birthday present of a new camera .... we stayed in a lovely hotel called "The Churchill " which was a two minute walk from the town centre and the York Minster :) Saturday dawned beautiful and sunny but rather BRRRRRR to say the least .... glad I took my winter coat to be honest .... we pootled round the town taking in all the new shops and of course the obligatory visit to the Viking loom  where I just HAD too get a few bits and bobs as you doo  before going to the camera shop where I decided on my new toy ... a Panasonic Lumix  DMC FZ62  and I love it .... can't fully use it properly yet but so far so good .... you can really tell the difference from this one to the old one .... will show a few compare piccies to make the point ... heheheh
Right where to start hmmmm ..... Sarah Beth sorry not a writer for a living I  just like talking ...I try and describe things as I see them so that you all experience what I see ... does that make sense ????
next ..... the goodies .... Mylene  sent me a beautiful fob , soap and some chocolates for Valentines day :) the chocolates almost made it to the day heheheh ....  Pumpkin sent me a lovely Easter chart with a cute rabbit charm and some gorgeous dinky dye thread in purple which for some reason didn't get in to the photo ... think its camera shy  ...DJ with some help from Astrid  chose a simply perfect chart The Flowering Crown which says "The Queens needle never sleeps" by Just Nan :) Anne also sent me a wonderful RAK/belated birthday present .... don't care how belated just love getting goodies in the mail .... heheheh  of a  wee ornament pillow stitched in a gorgeous reddy plum thread with a matching silk ribbon ruched around it along with some other goodies too .... the tea smells divine and I can't wait to try it now I have found the tea infuser :)
As it is the 10th today and the new moon its TUSAL time again and this time my jar is half full whoop whoop .... I have been stitching and have finished one giftie and started another piece for an exchange and I have done quite a bit on that too ... I dug out a WIP the cross stitch kit that Yiota sent me a wee while ago and did some more of that after I had popped it on a frame ...I've worked on the SAL with DJ and babs after the threads arrived that I forgot to get
this is where you will notice a difference between the old and new camera :)
hmmmmmm what else was there to tell ???
I went for a walk with Master Bentley in the woods yesterday .... it was lovely and peaceful , the air was still and the only noise was the chirpping and cheeping of the chaffinches and the blue tits until Woody Woodpecker joined in .... I actually found his nesting place but this time I didn't have my camera on me  but I know where it is .... the ground was still covered in copper leaves but today they will be covered in the white stuff ... not quite as much as some of my friends over the pond have had ... hope you are all safe and warm :)
Well its nearly time for this wee mouse to go to bed as she has acupuncture again in the morning so I had better get the photos up for you to drool over .... hehehe 
our room

the hotel :)

want one of these 

huge staircase with the paintings on going up to room

York Minster

close up of the window

Side view of the Minster

and another

the Mount at York
these were taken with the old camera .....  
with the new camera ( have done more to it than this :)
told ya 

DJ my orchid :)

stash from the Viking Loom

Travelling Pattern Finished :)

Stained Glass Window  kit from Yiota 

from Mylene

from Anne

from Pumpkin

from DJ with a little help from Astrid :)

February 2013 TUSAL

and last but not least Master Bentley :)
So there you have it in a nut shell ... and realised didn't say I had finished the Travelling Pattern from CraftyMoo .... it will be sent on its way this next weekend as I didn't get the snail mail for its next traveller until it was too late .... ho hum .....but will let you know when it has got there so you can follow its progress ....
ok it is now time for this wee mouse to say good night and sleep tight and hope you all have a fabulous stitchy week ooooo and its hermitting next weekend too :)
t.t.f.n :) love mouse xxxxxxx


Beth said...

Lovely Mouse! My paternal line is from Wakefield and someday I hope to get to York and visit the Borthwick Institute and the Minster too.

Ziggyeor said...

Goodnight mouse. I like your late birthday present :) I should drag out hubs and learn to use his. Lovely new stash. Thanks for reminding me of the TUSAL I don't think the widgit I have works very well. It's past the new moon image already :p But I knew I hadn't seen anyone elses TUSAL pics. I guess I will have to go get my Eeyore jar for a picture.

Ziggyeor said...

Goodnight mouse. I like your late birthday present :) I should drag out hubs and learn to use his. Lovely new stash. Thanks for reminding me of the TUSAL I don't think the widgit I have works very well. It's past the new moon image already :p But I knew I hadn't seen anyone elses TUSAL pics. I guess I will have to go get my Eeyore jar for a picture.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

What a great post, Mouse! Can you imagine how many smalls you could display in the huge bookcase wall?? Or how much stash you could store.... hmmmmm....

I'm so glad you had such a nice birthday!! Lots and lots of treats and a beautiful day away - and a fantastic camera, too! I love the all the pictures, but the one of Bentley is my favorite!! ;)

Happy stitching and acupuncturing!

Linda said...

Looks like you had a lovely birthday weekend Mouse. Great birthday gifts and stash. Your making good progress and your pieces and congrats on the finish.


Catherine said...

Loved this post! Your time away looks fun ~ love that wall!! And that staircase reminded me of Harry Potter!
Master Bentley is such a handsome fella.

DJ said...

So glad you liked your gift!! Would love to visit the Churchill sometime, when I win the lottery!! LOL Mike was looking over my shoulder when he saw the "wall" and asked if that was your stitching room...don't we wish??? I love all your goodies, and your stitching is coming along...what a difference your cameras make!! Give Master Bentley a pat for me! *Hugs*

Carol said...

Looks like you had a wonderful getaway, Mouse--love that wall with all those cubbies! Oh, what we could store in there :)

Enjoy all those lovely goodies that have made their way to your house and have fun fiddling with your new camera!!

Barb said...

What a wonderful get-away. I loved the photos especially that beautiful church! All your gifts are delightful! As usual, Mr. Bentley looks just wonderful.

Thoeria said...

What a great get-away Ms Mouse! What....more stash? :) Can't wait to see what you're going to create with that lovely fabby. And what lovely gifts too!

Christine said...

It looks like you had a lovely break, York is a beautiful city. Lovely gifts and stitching too.
Enjoy playing with your new camera

Annette-California said...

Fabulous camera and what a difference in the photos - they are really clearer. What a fantastic stay you had in York. Lovely birthday gifts you received. Great photos you took, thank you for sharing. And Happy Birthday to YOU:)
love Annette

Lee said...

Loved your photos specially those of York Minster
Enjoy your new camera

Jane said...

Lovely pics Mouse but of course Bentley has to be the clear winner!
DD's trying to choose a new camera at the moment with her birthday money ~ what a job, it's worse than choosing a new mobile! but you obviously made a good choice ~ as you say the pics show the proof!
Have a good week and enjoy your new gifts and stash xxx

gracie said...

Thank you for sharing your birthday trip...great pictures and gifts.

Chris said...

Looks like you had a wonderful getaway and Birthday! Yahoo!
What lovely gifts from you friends. Stitching friends are the best!
Hugs to you and Bentley!

Astrids dragon said...

Great pictures from your trip, looks like another place to add to my trip list!

More wonderful birthday goodies, so glad you liked what DJ sent you!

Master Bentley, cute as always, give him a cwtch for me.

Petitesxxx et Cie said...

Lovely post! Thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

Loved seeing the pics from York. Nice hotel and great sites! Lovely stitching -- the new camera is great! Lovely presents too, and stash! Bentley is adorable as always!

Anonymous said...

Hello Mouse

York looks lovely!
Your new camera looks great and your presents are lovely.
Your stitching looks nice too.

Anonymous said...

Your new Camera takes some wonderful, awesome pictures...well actually it is the photographer doing all the work. :)

Lovely gifts in the mail from friends. Your ort jar is full of pretty threads. Master Bentley is so adorable.

Thank you for sharing with us!

Vickie said...

Oh my! The last picture, of Bentley is beautiful. I love it.
Thank you for all the gorgeous pictures, love to see a bit of your world.

Anne said...

Yay! You got the RAK/Bday gift already! That was fast for once!! Isn't it lovely to get away even if it's for one night?! The hotel is so neat and that wall bookcase is splendid. I want one too! Love your new stash and all your lovely gifts. That photo of Master Bentley is the cutest! I could just kiss him!! xoxo Anne

Babs in Alabama said...

Wow! talking about some goodies and some really great stitching buddies. Loved them all and your's only as good as the photographer and you doing good :) Glad you got away for a bit and had a memory making birthday! hugs

Anne Sans Tete -- Nome de plume! said...

Ahhhhh...I'm so envious! I want to travel around England!

I love your orchid- my husband gave me one of those for our first V Day, but I had to leave it in Cambodia. They're so beautiful.

Master Bentley is adorable!

- Lisa N.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What fun, Mouse! I wish I could go jaunting about with you. The Viking Loom sounds wonderful. I can't imagine seeing the Minster in person. Wow! I love that picture of Bentley...ah-may-zing!!!

Emma/Itzy said...

Ohh! I am staying in that hotel too in October! My brother and his girlfriend are getting married at the Hospitium which is close by and all the family is taking over the Churchill for a night or two!

You got some lovely gifts, as you say it is always nice to have something in the mail other than doom and gloom bills :)

I will have to take a visit to the viking loom while I am in York (sssh don't tell the other half, instead we will "discover it by accident")

Take care and have a great week

Emma xo

Maggie said...

Happy birthday Mouse! Glad you had a good trip to York and a wonderful present too!

Mylene said...

A great post Mouse, such beautiful pictures and lovely gifts received. So glad mine arrived safely too and quite quickly as well.

Have a happy week.

Heather said...

Oh wow it looks like you have had fun fun fun! Love the LHN patterns :-)

Happy Stitching

Love Heather

Nicola said...

A wonderful post Mouse. I would like some shelving like that too.

Thank you for sharing the photos of your stay in York such a beautiful city, so much history.

CJ in OK ;-) said...

Love the finish congrats. And all these great pictures. Just Nan's flowering crown design is so cute I hadn't seen it before. Sounds like a wonderful trip, thanks for sharing. CJ in OK

Rhona said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! Great pictures of York minster. Lovely new stash and what wonderful gifts too! Love your orchid, I got one as a Xmas gift but I've no idea how to take care of it!

Have a great week.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Oooh Enjoy the new camera!!!

What wonderful gifts you've received!

Southpaw Stitcher said...

York looks fabulous. What a grand hotel you stayed at! Love your WIP! And Molly thanks you, as always, for the photo of that handsome devil Bentley!

butterfly said...

What a great post, Love all your photos of York what a lucky little mouse, beautiful gifts great stitching and a beautiful Bentley, hugs.

Lizzy Pizzy said...

THUD!!! Oooops! Sorry, that was me hitting the floor. Bentley is just drop dead gorgeous... all this time I thought he was just a cutey but that new camera has added a whole new dimension to the image looking out from my computer monitor :) Of course I love the pics of your trip and gifts and stitching too... I need to practice my ribbon ruching - Anne has done a great job on her gift to you... and once again I say 1 over 1 on 40ct linen - you are CRAZY girl - hahaha. PS extra special scritch for Bentley and a schmoozle too
(Aunty) Liz x

Brigitte said...

What a great get-away you had there in York. And that hotel and bed, wow, you were sleeping like a king and Queen. Wonderful pictures of York. I only visited once and one day I want to return and visit again. And go to that fabric store, too, lol.
Wonderful goodies from your friends.

Julie said...

Enjoy playing with your birthday gift. York is somewhere I have never been, but its on the 'one day' list. Lots of lovely goodies.

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely pictures from your trip to York. Your stitching looks great. Gorgeous gifts received. Stunning picture of Master Bentley.

Siobhán said...

Lovely stitching and gifts! Lucky you! I'm glad that you enjoyed your birthday. I loved the photos of York. I've wanted to visit ever since I read a Barbara Taylor Bradford book set there years ago. ;) Enjoy your Panasonic! I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC something or other. FS5 maybe? I figure anything with DMC in it should be good. ;)

Shirlee said...

Lovely photos mouse, & a very happy belated birthday to you!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Looks like you had a wonderful celebration -- yeah!! Lovely pressies and travel - and great stitching, too! Have a great weekend.

Sarah Beth said...

Happy birthday to you ...Happy Birthday to you:-) well I'm surprised you aren't a writer. The reason I say this is not everyone can write about something like you do on your blog and draw folks in from your descriptive writing:-) well congrats on new camera it takes beautiful pictures

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

You really can see the difference with the new camera!
York is lovely, I've only been once, many years ago. we stayed at the Royal York Hotel, right next to the railway station. That was pretty impressive too.
You've received some lovely gifts again, it's nice to celebrate your Birthday for a whole month!

Claire said...

Love all your photos.x

♥ Nia said...

I love the travelling pattern! Looks so pretty :D
Thanks for sharing those beautiful photos!! hugs to you!

RuthB said...

Hey Mouse! Happy belated!!! So sorry I missed the party. :(

That cube ornie of mine --- you wondered how much finishing was. Well I think retail it would have been about $55-60. As a shop not-really-employees (we're all volunteers) I get a break. God bless volunteering. :)

Happy belated. And, may I say that while your stitching is lovely, Bentley is just THE Cutest!!!!!!

Solstitches said...

What a lovely post.
I feel quite homesick after seeing the pictures of York. We had our honeymoon there and used to go to do our Christmas shopping there every November.
You got some lovely fabrics in the Viking Loom. Some great gifts in the mail too.

Peggy Lee said...

WOW...what a beautiful place! Thanks for the pictures.
You must be a well loved little mouse to get all those sweet gifts!
Awww...Master Bentley is such a cutie. Just adorable!

Jeanne said...

It sure looks lovely in York -that staircase looks like something out of Downton Abbey! What lovely gifts you received from your stitchy friends too. Hope you have a wonderful year ahead :-)

stitcherw said...

Loved your pictures from your stay in York, one of these days I'd really like to visit that area. What fun projects too, the LK one Getting Old is perfect. The Hinzeit for Easter will be very cute too, love the rabbit charm.