Sunday, 6 October 2013

A few stitches goes a long way and other tall stories :)

Hi every one :) hope you are all well and doing lots of stitching ??? Maggee grab a comfy chair and your cuppa .... its gonna be a long post ...lol... but there is cake too ... lots of it to keep you all going hehehehe....
well apart from the Pumpkin Day post for Cathey which was wonderful to see all the pumpkins springing up every where ... I have been rather quiet which I know is unlike me ...lol but there has been a couple of good reasons ....
1) been poorly with an upper respiratory infection and when I laughed it sounded like my bellows had broken, fortunately antibiotics have made things much better :) and ...
2) last weekend there were four large celebrations going on .... We at the mouse house threw a surprise 80th birthday party for my MIL and it was also my youngest DD's 21st birthday last Thursday and to combine it all we celebrated our 25th Wedding Anniversary (slightly early I might add) but while all were there why not ....and my DH retired from his "normal job" and is loving being at home at the moment except that he is never in ...lol 
Ally came down from Scotland to be with us from the Friday till the Monday which was lovely and she helped with all the chaos  ...lol we were frantically making flower pompoms right up until the last minute  not to mention we were both blowing up balloons and getting the room ready ... I did manage to get a photo of one of the tables ....
There was 80+ of us and we all had a fabulous time and got some gorgeous presents and my MIL has forgiven us ...lol  She was like a social butterfly going round to see every one and thoroughly enjoyed herself ... PHEWWW ... she says we can throw her a party any time but not to be secret again ... we said next time we threw one for her she will have forgotten that bit ...lol 
While Ally was here we did manage to get some stitching done ... in fact Ally surpassed herself by finishing one RR on 36 count and almost got another one done while she was here too .... I managed to get the ABCD by La D Da finished and started on the second one ... sooo it won't be long before its on its way to Cath and back on its way to Peggy :)
I reversed stitched the Sheep on Curly Q this last week and re stitched a bit more in the right colour thank goodness ...Sally  has finished hers but I don't think mine will be done that quick ...lol  .Thursday night I managed to do a tiny bit more on the Needleworker ..... I think the weekend was catching up on me ....and instead of stitching I was cuddling Smokey Chris's cat and nattering to her and Bev....
Saturday saw me stitching away merrily on the Autumn/ Halloween exchange piece for my partner Jan .... I can't show you yet of course but hopefully soon as I am wanting to get it into the post for her next weekend all being well ....Today I worked on it some more in between doing the gardening as it was a gorgeous day and I wanted to start trimming things back and generally tidying things up for winter ......My neighbour had the same idea so we spent a pleasant afternoon with the secateurs ..lol and a  cuppa too .... 
I managed to remember to take a photo of my TUSAL too Phew ... so I shall bob that up later  on too ....
Well Autumn has finally appeared at the mouse house ... the trees all around are changing their hues from green to gorgeous reds and russet browns .... interspersed with scarlet berries and orangery rose-hips... in fact on the pootle with Master Bentley I was trying to figure out the DMC numbers of all the colours on them .... sad I know hahahahha it was like the confetti stitches on a HAED ....and no Cindy I haven't done any more but I did show Ally it ...lol  ...
Things are hopefully going to calm down abit at work as we have two possible apprentices coming for a trial run tomorrow to see if they can cope with what I have to do on a daily basis ... hopefully one will make the grade and I can get on with stuff that has been put to one side while I concentrated on the important now stuff .... so please send positive vibes for me tomorrow :)
In a couple of weeks DD1 and I are going to London for a much needed break on my part at any rate .... we are going to the Harry Potter Studios and also to see Wicked and if the weather stays nice we will be going to the Zoo  as well :)
Then it will be almost time for Harrogate again ....  haven't got a list this time as I have got everything I need.... said no stitching mouse ever hahahahaha...
Ok I shall bob the photos up while I  make another cuppa for every one ....
Gillies RR

My Flower on Gillie RR


Ally's RR 

My wee bit 

 love those french knots ..lol 


table decorated with the paper flower pompoms 

one of MIL's many flowers she received 

rather large cake for us all 

Ally and Bently High Fiveing :)

MIL 

See Ally did stitch ..lol

ABCD by La D da done on Sparklies slightly nutty
with Highland Garden Gloriana silk thread


whoops more goodies 


Curly Q looking a wee bit better 


and more cake 

Bentley and his new passion Balloons and yes it is in his mouth
getting there slowly 

ABCD done again on Sparklies Glacier Fabric
stitched with Blueberry Gloriana Silk thread
and yes I am stitching it backwards ...lol

TUSAL :)
OOOO seeing the photos reminded me that I actually got two RR's done for when Ally came so that she could take them back with her ... one was Gillie's Funky Flowers and I did the right hand pink on and the other was actually Ally's RR where I did the wee bird house ... cooo fancy forgetting I had stitched on them *DOH ....
OK I had better get this post finished otherwise you will be here until tomorrow reading it heheheh .... hope you all have a wonderful stitchy week and I shall catch up with all your posts soon :) 
take care one and all, love mouse xxxxxxx



40 comments:

Jo said...

Great stitching and I can't believe that you got Ally to stitch. Lovely seeing a photo of her and Master Bently. The paper flower pompoms are fantastic, what a colour. x

Cindy said...

Looks like a lot of progress. Way to go. I haven't touched Afternoon Tea for a looooooooooooong time either. Must see about that. It just hasn't been yelling at me (not a peep). Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time.

Almira said...

Oh it sounds like you had quite the party. Your stitching is coming right along... love the La D Da finish. Such a cute design.

DJ said...

Happy Anniversary!! And Happy Birthday to the others celebrating! What lovely stitching!! I love the La-D-Da and would have a hard time choosing which I liked better!! Your RRs look wonderful too! So nice to see Ally...and give Bentley a pat for me. Hope your DH enjoys his time off! If he's like mine, he has a hard time NOT working!! LOL *Hugs*

Pete's Pixie said...

Hahaha - hope I helped with the chaos not added to it! Had a lovely time as always and just didn't want to come home (as always :( ). Don't our pompoms look good and I really can't believe they left two asthmatics to blow up all those balloons! We did have a giggle while we were doing it though. So glad "Mum" has recovered enough to forgive everyone - hope to see her again when I am down in November for Harrogate - 5 weeks and counting!!! And yes everyone I DID stitch and in fact when Mouse was back at work on the Monday I was out in the garden with Bentley and several cuppas working on Lynda's RR in the sunshine. xxx

Barb said...

Love all the stitching photos. What a nice party for your MIL. And to think that I think my 12 for Thanksgiving is a crowd. That is nothing compared to your party. Hope you are all better. My DH has been down with the same sort of thing. Your trip to London sound great! Take lots of pictures! As usual, Mr. Bentley looks to be in great form!

Margaret said...

Happy anniversary and happy belated birthday to your MIL too! Hope you are feeling all better from the nasty infection you had. I love the RR's! So beautiful! I always love to see Bentley too -- he's such a sweetie!

Simply Victoria said...

What a lot of fun celebrating! ABCD thread colors are quite nice.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

I'm not sure which is prettier, Bentley or your stitching... oh - wait - he's handsome, not pretty! : ) Beautiful job on the ABCD piece. Love it!!

Tricia

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Happy anniversary! Great job on the RR's. Love your "backwards" take on the alphabet. That lion cake looks really good--but nothing surpasses Master Bentley now, does it?

Beth said...

Exhausting! A year's worth of entertainih in a week's time. Super table decorations btw. Enjoyed yourvstitchind and DD's as well. Looking forward to hearing about your
London jaunt.

Beth said...

PS Hope you are feeling much better now.

Annette-California said...

WOW! Happy Anniversary to you and Happy Birthday to your MIL:) What a great party you gave her.
Loved all your Beautiful stitching. Love the ABC - LA DE DA, haven't seen it before and the color of silk is gorgeous. Happy Retirement to your hubby. So glad you are feeling better now (I bet all the work you did with the party broke down your resistance). Those cakes and goodies love too good:) love Annette

Christine said...

You've been busy, I'm exhausted just reading about it!
Great stitching. I love the funky flowers RR

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like a great weekend of celebrations. Lovely photos.

Denise SA said...

So glad you are feeling better such fun at the mouse house love the stitching especially the ABCDs

cucki said...

aww sound like a lovely weekend of celebration..fun time :)
i love the La D Da finish. Such a cute design....
big hugs x

Joyce Clark Frank said...

What fun. Love all the stories and pictures. WIPs are coming along.

Gillie said...

I should look so good at 80! What a lovely lady and coo er my RR is looking good, thank you! Lovely food too!

thegreytail said...

so happy to read form you again! :)
all those celebrations, and 80+ guests, WOW!
such sweet designs you're working on, I especially love the backwards idea ;)
enjoy Leavesden, I heard it's fantastic!
hugs and happy xxx,
chiara

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful stitching! I really love those flower pompoms too - you did a great job! :D

Melanie said...

Wow all that partying and stitching too, we'll done. Loved the long post gave lots of time to eat cake! Curly Q is lovely, think I might have to indulge in this one myself x

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

You have been mighty busy for sure! Sweet Bentley and your DD :)
And all the treats and sweets and beautiful flowers! Its been a delight catching up!

Vickie said...

Oh such lovely color choices on ABCD. A backwards one?!
Bentley likes balloons?!? But what about when they pop?

butterfly said...

Wow sounds like little mouse has been having lots of fun. Photos look great thanks for sharing.
Stitching looks great as always.
Can you send me your full address little mouse . Not sure if the one I have is the right one, hugs.

Linda said...

Looks like all the celebrations were a great success Mouse. Congrats on the awesome finishes and great progress on the other pieces. Love the balloon in Bentleys mouth.

Linda

Ali said...

Glad all your celebrations went well they sound great. Loving all your stitching enjoy London heard good things about HP studios and Wicked both supposed to be excellent. Guess what I've only got tickets to Harrogate!! Discounted price with Prima magazine - so bless my hubby he is bringing me but we are also having a sneeky night in the Holiday Inn next door got tickets for the Sunday :-) xxx

Kay said...

Wow!! You have been so busy, congrats on a wonderful party and some stitching too. The La D Da is especially pretty. Hope you are feeling better.

Meari said...

Sounds like there was a lot of partying going on! Loads of fun... and ooooh look at those goodies. Your MIL looks fabulous for 80.

Nice stitching, too. Surprised you were able to do any with all the festivities.

Catherine said...

What fun times and so much to celebrate!! Your mil is so pretty and I never would have guesed she was 80!!!
Loved all of your stitches and fun photos!

Kate said...

Lovely stitching. ABCD finish looks great.
I'd like to see your backwards one when it is finished.

Michelle said...

Lovely stitching Mouse - thanks for sharing your photos looks like you had a lovely weekend x

Julie said...

Lots of congratulatory wishes to you and the family members, what fun you must have had. Nice eats, yum yum! Master Brantley looks very pleased with himself catching that balloon.
Beautiful stitching, hope the new person works out and you find a new friend to help.

Andrea said...

Congratulations to everyone. Wonderful party d├ęcor and cake! Great stitching progress to show us. I love the ABCD piece, beautiful thread colour.

Teresa said...

Happy anniversary. sounds like a lot of celebrating.
Love the stitching.

Sally said...

Lovely photos Mouse. You have been busy with lots! Happy 25th Anniversary, happy 80th Birthday to you MIL and Happy 21st Birthday to your DD:).

Hope you are doing much better now.

I can't remember so will have to ask. What fabric are you stitching your Needleworker on?

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

I don't know how you find time to work with your busy social life!!

The photos are all great as usual, I love the random cake ones thrown in just for me!

The RRs are particularly lovely.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I'm glad you are feeling better, my friend! Looks like it was a grand party. I want to be like MIL when I grow up. She looks great. Love all the stitchy goodness too. Have a great week. Squeezes from here.

Kaisievic said...

Congratulations to you all - what a fun time you have had. So glad that you are feeling better and lovely stitching as always. hugs, Kaye

Anne said...

Hope you're feeling better my dear! Also sending you good vibes too from across the pond :D Wonderful stitching progress on all your pieces!! The party looks like it was fun!!I'm really jealous of the photo of Ally and Bently high fiving! Wish I could high five him!! So funny that he likes balloons! What happens when they pop?? Does he run? Hugs to you and Bently!!