Sunday, 2 June 2013

lazy hazy nights of stitching :)

hi every one :) glad to see you are all still there on the other side of the screen ...:) the kettle is on for those who want a cuppa  and also some cold drinks are in the fridge .
well as you can see I have finally manged to get on to DH's computor ... he is watching a film so I had better type fast ...lol 
first of all before I show you all the finishes and yes there is more than one ...lol 
my friend Bev has joined the blogging world so could you pop over if you haven't already found her and say hello :) and  Stitching Peanut is looking for a chart ...so I said I would bob it on here to see if any one can help she is looking for the prairie schooler  oop #34 New world sampler to borrow or whatever ....

ok here I go.... are you ready for this  ... I have participated in the Friendly Stitchers  Christmas in July exchange/ challenge and I actually managed to get the three done that I had set my self .. two have already been received one to my partner Ravensong and one to Gillie  and the third is awaiting posting so I can't show you that one just yet ..... but I can show you the one I got from Raven song and she also sent me a couple of her own hand dyed threads which are gorgeous .. can't wait to try them out ... I have found a pattern I want to use for one of them :)
I have also finished the Sal with Sally Gentle Stitches .... part of the collaboration with LHN and Shakespeares Peddler , we had stitched the LHN part last year ... and I am sorry to have got round to finishing it as I have loved both parts so much so I think when I go to the Nimble Thimble on Friday I shall get the threads again :)
We have started another one with Lainey.... Curly Q and I will show you how far I have got with that one ... I have also worked on the Friendship Blooms Sal with DJ and Babs this week too ....
what is the plural of a sal then ???? one sal two sal three sals ???? heheheh 
Then I got France's RR and started and finished it in one day .... I had to stitch it the  opposite way to how I normally stitch and some one told me a trick to turn the fabric and the chart 90* and it works ..... see photos below ...lol ... I just had to pick one of my favorite colours  and stitched Seahorse no 5 
I have also got DJ's RR but haven't started it yet , I have got a few days off after Wednesday so I will tackle it then ... it is gorgeous and I want to be able to stitch on it in good day light and when my eyes are not tired :)
Bev as from above ...lol and Chris came to the mouse house on Thursday and we had a lovely night nattering and drinking lots of cuppas and did lots of stitching .... I worked on Dandy Dreams and was soooooo close to a finish I did finish it on Friday Whoop WHoop .... a few down and a zillion and one more to go hahahahah ....
oooo DH has just made a cuppa ... any one for another ????
I took Master Bentley up to the woods last weekend and took some photos of the blue bells that are covering the ground at the moment ... it had rained the night before and the smell from the flowers was gorgeous .... the birds were chirping away merrily and the cuckoo kept cookkooing  throughout the walk ... and we didn't meet a soul ..... it was sooo peaceful and there was just a gentle breeze floating around making the leaves dance gently as we pootled past.
I have also been taking some photos of the flowers in my garden ....
Vickie my peonies have bloomed so I have took a couple of photos for you :)
Today was another lovely day so we got lots of things washed and blowing on the line while in between sorting it all out, I worked on my Ladybugs by LHN and I am about 3/4 of the way to finishing it :) I have altered it slightly as we spell travelling with two L's and also I have added a the in there to make it scan better, for me at any rate .... this is one of last years crazies so I shall be pleased when it is done too .... I want to try and get some more finished but peeps keep bringing out lovely chart to stitch heheheh ....and I am off, as I said earlier to the Nimble Thimble again this Friday ... any one want anything ...lol luckily for me I have a few pennies saved up ... so there could be just a wee bit of baskitis going on heheheheh ....
reety ho I had better get these photos on for you to drool over ..lol
million bells 

from Ravonsong to me
along with a couple of her own hand dyed threads

pink bells in my garden

the man on the moon taken with my new camera :)

three finished and awaiting to be finished properly off :)

mine to Ravensong

for Gillie from me :)

bluebells in the woods

and some more

and more :)

having to stitch this way for France's RR

getting there 

and finished :)

a closer view 

Gentle Stitches finally stitched 

one rather wet Master Bentley ....

Curly Q sal with Sally and Lainey

Dandy Dreams by Silvercreek Samplers finished :)

slowly getting there 

spot the wee darlick

peonies for Vickie


another clematis by the craft room window


almost there 

Well I do hope you have enjoyed the stitch fest .... and enjoyed your cuppa ... I had better get off and get some snap done for tomorrow as back to work for a couple of days first before I get some time off ....
hope every one has a wonderful stitchy week .... take care until next time :) love mouse xxxxxx

45 comments:

natalyK said...

Beautiful stitching! Love the pics you shared and I popped over and viewed Bev's blog.

Have a wonderful day!

Ali said...

Thanks for the cuppa its going down a treat!! Great catch up post - so busy (or should that be sew busy - lol - ah I'll get me coat!!) Anyhoo loving the stitching, Dandy dreams is my favourite xx

Catherine said...

Wonderful post! It was great seeing and reading about all you have been up to. Busy, busy lady!! I left a note for Stitching Peanut as I have the chart she is looking for.

Joyce Clark Frank said...

Your ornaments are really pretty.
Love the ones your received also.
Your other stitching is coming along really good. I only stitched one ornament for the exchange as I seem to have so much on my plate.
It went in the mail on Sat to Judith in Germany

Kaisievic said...

Wow! Mouse! Such gorgeous WIPs and finishes and those bluebells in the woods - "Oh, be still my beating heart", so beautiful!

I am thinking that more than one SAL needs a collective noun - how about "A Salvo of SALs"?

hugs, Kaye

Laurie in Iowa said...

Oh my, so many wonderful projects in the works. I love bluebells.

Margaret said...

Beautiful projects! Love your finish and everything! The bluebells are wonderful!

Barb said...

So many wonderful projects!!! Also lots of pretty flowers. As usual Mr. Bentley looks very dignified. Mouse is in the works, just a busy artist .

Peggy Lee said...

Beautiful pictures and gorgeous stitching...as usual. You have really been busy, huh?
Bentley looks like he's having too much fun. He's such a cutie.
~hugs

Carol said...

Beautiful stitching and nature photos, Mouse! Especially love your Gentle Stitches finish :)

Julie M said...

Wow! Lots of wonderful stitchy stuff to look at! You've been a very busy mouse!

Our flowers are just getting going, irises are finishing up and the lillies are getting ready to bloom now.

Linda said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing Mouse. Love it all. Great pics of the flowers.

Linda

Vicky L said...

Beautiful stitching Mouse! I love the bluebells.

Lynn said...

Gorgeous stitching and finishing! You've been busy! I also love the finish that you received from Ravensong.
Is the ladybug design by LHN? I haven't seen that one before.

Scattered Threads said...

Hi there Mouse, I have enjoyed your post with all the beauties. Lovely flowers and gifts, both given and received, along with the progress of your stitching.
I am partial to pink and red colorways, so I especially love the Gentle Stitches and Lady Bug piece.
TFS and hope you have a wonderful week.
Jackie

Jan said...

Such pretty finishes and progress. Love them all.

Christine said...

Lovely stitching, I especially like the seahorse.
Great flower pictures too

Cath said...

Oooh ,lovely finishes and progress. Enjoy your days off and the trip to the shop.xxx

Mii Stitch said...

Great post with some lovely updates & pretty finishes x

Shirlee said...

My my! You have been busy! Love those bluebells! All the stitchings are great, both sent & received, but wow! What a great idea to have those little snowflakes dangling from your ornie for Ravensong! I gotta remember that : )

Chris said...

fab post! The flowers are amazing. I love the clematis.
And the stitching! Oh my! Wonderful exchange pieces. Your other finishes are just great too.
Bentley is still handsome even though he is wet.
Hugs

Meari said...

You have been one busy stitcher, Mouse. Everything looks great!

Petitesxxx et Cie said...

Lovely post! your stitching is, as always, perfect!
Bisxxx

Angela P said...

Sounds and looks like you have been a very busy Mouse :) Great progress on all of your projects! Have a great week :)

Bev said...

you have been busy this weekend, lovely finishes. I want a personal tutorial on finishes hehe I'm so jealous about the Nimble Thinmble might have to give you some pennies to spend for me xx

Lesleyanne said...

Gorgeous gifts both sent and received. Lovely stitching on your wips. Beautiful flowers. Poor Bentley looks a bit wet lol still a cutie though.

Denise SA said...

Lovely finishes wish I wasn't so tired all the time I need to stitch.

Sally said...

Lovely progress, finishes and exchanges Mouse. I'm enjoying our new SAL and it's keeping me out of mischief! Ha I think I've forgotten what the word means!

I'm so jealous of you going to the Nimble Thimble. I was lucky enough several years ago to visit and it was brilliant! Enjoy!

Vickie said...

Oh my! The color of your peonies is just gorgeous isn't it. Mine are not yet in bloom. I shall have mainly white ones I do believe. I do have the pale pink too though. =)
You have soooo many pretty projects going! I would faint and pass out if that were me. I get anxious with two!

Pete's Pixie said...

Hmmmppp suppose I have to go do my update now eh? Will try to get it done tonight but don't hold your breath. Lovely finishes as always and I adore Dandy Dreams and t'other one but then I always like them don't I lol? Can't wait to see what they end up as. Have a great time at Nimble Thimble on Friday and if owt falls into your basket with my name on - well you know where I am! Say hi to Chris for me (Nimble Thimble one) and a big hug to our Chris too. xxx

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow Mouse what a great and long stitchy update!!! You've worked on some great projects and received some nice exchanges!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Mouse, it looks like you were on a good roll! I love the sea horse! The cuppa was good today. Hugs and squeezes to you and Mr. Bentley.

Mylene said...

Great post, Mouse!
Such lovely ornaments you've made for the exchange, that reminds me i have to finish off mine and send it off soon.
Beautiful flowers as well as stitching!

Julie said...

Lots of lovely stitches you've been putting into your projects, super finishes.
Pretty flowers, your garden must looks so beautful.
Enjoy your visit to the NT on Friday

Andrea said...

So many wonderful stitched pieces. Master Bentley ... still the cutie.

Anna van Schurman said...

Great job on all those finishes. I need someone to take away my computer so I can stitch! ;)

Michelle said...

Love the gentle stitches design - must find out my chart for that

Ziggyeor said...

Oh pretty projects. I love the blue on that house.
I agree with Anna I need the computer and my phone away so I stop playing candy crush!

Maggee said...

You do such GREAT posts! As always, love everything! I am nearly done Dandy Dreams too! If I got off this computer and stitched on it every spare moment at home, I could be done this weekend. I will give it a good try! Hugs!

Olivia said...

Lovely projects.

We lost our Border Collie mix on Tuesday. She was 16 and could have been Master Bentley's big sister...same speckled face. I bet he's a great companion.

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

I certainly needed my cuppa after that lot!

Love the exchange pieces, so beautifully stitched and finished too.

The new camera is amazing isn't it, gorgeous clear photos.

I think the plural of SAL is SALs with a little s unless you're multiple SAL with Sally then it's "Sallies" haha

Susan said...

Beautiful stitching and finishes (as usual). Love the photos of your walk in the woods.

DJ said...

Lovely stitching and finishing, Mouse!! Can't wait to see what you'll stitch on my RR!! Master Bentley doesn't seem to be too happy to be wet...LOL *Hugs*

Stitching Noni said...

Wow, great update! You have been one busy little mouse ;)
Great finishes and progress
Thanks for the cuppa :)

Kathy Ellen said...

So many wonderful things that you have been stitching.....your needles have certainly been flying!

Lovely pink, white and blue bells everywhere....how beautiful.

I love your beautifully stitched The Ladybug. The pink flower looks just like the real pink peony blossoms for Vickie.

Blessings for a lovely weekend!