Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Its that time for Celebrations again :)

Yooo hoooo every one ....hope you are all well and stitching away merrily ..the kettle has just boiled so grab your cuppa and pull up a chair ... you may want to rest your wee paws for a while :)
This year I decided was going to be my year of finishes and new starts but mostly finishes of all my WIPs ... well as much as I can at any rate ... and soooo far so good ... I have finished my  second La D Da  Alphabet  and just need to make it up now ... think it is going to be a needle book but that is subject to change heheheh ... then I got all the hem stitching done on my Heartstring Samplery piece that the stitching was finished back in 2012 and ..... I am almost there with Curly Q after a few stern squeaks to myself about wanting to give up on it ....  and now I am loving it again :) and really looking forward to getting something else done and finished  too ...lol :)
I managed also to send out most of my wee late (early ) Christmas presents , only one hasn't been sent yet due to family illness but I can show you all the rest as her's is slightly different to the others :) To see Michelle's you will have to bob over to her blog as forgot to take a photo of hers *sigh ... I have got more things to make and send out to peeps  but you will have to wait until I have done them ..lol ((wee raks ) )......
And I got a late present too from Ally :) the  wee gingerbread mouse by Just Nan ... how cute is that ....even DH was impressed ...lol She went to great lengths to get it for me too ...Thankkkkyoooou :)
Last weekend DH and I travelled in the mouse mobile over to Sunny ??? Blackpool to go and see my Dad  and while I was there we nipped over to Marsh Mill so that I could go to the stitching shop there ... well there was a bit of disappointment as it wasn't but ..... there was a wonderful sewing place and patch work shop ... called Grace and favour.... http://www.grace-favour.co.uk/
we arrived before the shop had opened but Emily kindly opened the shop up for me and promptly made DH a cuppa (and me too ) she just knew I was going to be there a wee while ...lol ... and I was heheheh ... I bought some lovely fat quarters and trims  but guess what I haven't actually photoed them !!!! whoops .. well I shall have to keep you in suspense ...lol  and I want a shop like that too ... they had old machines out on display and it was lovely to see the girls who worked there and also chat to them as they had tons of experience and they all were all young .... can you tell I was there a wee bit ...lol ... I think I am going to make some bunting out of some of the fabric I got ... :)
                                 ♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫♫ 
Sooooo on to the Celebrations bit... next week .... 28th to be exact is this wee mouse's birthday .... and I want to do something again, to have some one celebrate with me as well ... well after much thinking and asking DH what I should do, we decided that a Gift Certificate would be the best way forward ... then the lucky person can choose what they need the most, especially if they are stitching from stash ... and desperately want this or that chart  but can't ...lol 
soooo there you go ...  I thought probably the best would be to have a choice from either 123.stitch  or the Patchwork Rabbit depending where you are if you are lucky to be the winner .... amount will be £20.00 or $34.00 dollars (approx) .... and that's it .. no hoops to go through just be a regular visitor and  I shall choose the winner on my Birthday and will let them know as soon as I can from there ....
ok I shall go and pop the kettle back on while I find the photos of stuff I did take ...lol 
how pretty is my orchid at the moment :)

Christmas present from Ally :)

the sky outside  the mouse house early this morning 

nearly there wooo hoooo

just love this piece 


oooo ello every one :)

Marsh Mill Windmill 

Ally's wee gift 

La D Da Alphabet all finished :)

Chris, Wendy and Bev's goodies :)
soooo there you are folks ... I hope you have enjoyed your wee visit to the mouse house .. as soon as I can I will be scampering over to your blogs to have a cuppa with you all  :) take care and happy stitching one and all  love mouse xxxxxxx

49 comments:

Ali said...

Great post!!! Loving all your stitching - well I've finally started my Dandelion Dreams that you made me buy *cough* thats what I told my hubby anyway lol ;-) and I'm loving it :-) - wow what a very generous birthday celebration!!! thanks for the chance to be in xxx Thanks for the cuppa - off to do a few more stitches (p.s. have you started your quilted bag yet??? I havent but I've made progress in that I got my iron on wadding stuff from York - it was reduced and I didnt have to pay postage yay - am sure that enables me to buy more stash even though I said I was going on a stash ban lol

Denise SA said...

I would love to be in the giveaway. I love the goodies you made such a good idea

Gillie said...

Thank you for my parcel! Was going to steal a picture of my gift but not there,sigh! Don't put me in the drawing but a lovely idea!

Pete's Pixie said...

Sooo glad you like the Gingerbread Mouse - as soon as I saw it I knew you'd love it but I had to check first to make sure you didn't have it and after much trawling through blog posts and chats decided you didn't but then I had a hard time getting it because it had already been retired! Thanks to Amy at Down Sunshine Lane for coming up trumps on that one! And I love my wee stitching tray - it has been much admired at Knit n Stitch and resides on the coffee table within easy reach. In saying that I suppose I ought to go and put it to good use lol. xxx

Linda said...

I saw some of those sewing basket that you sent out. They are gorgeous and so useful. Congrats on the finishes and great progress on the sheep.
I would love to be entered in your birthday giveaway.

Linda

Parsley said...

That Gingerbread Mouse is PERFECT! Stitchy friends are the best...and that includes YOU.

Hugs to Bentley. :)

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Love your pictures! You've been busy! Happy early birthday - yay!

stitchersanon said...

Have a wonderful birthday Mouse...love the stitching and the little trays are gorgeous...must check out how you make them, such a good idea!

Margaret said...

All your stitching looks great! Lovely gifties too. Love your la d da finish! Happy early birthday too!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

You've been a busy girl!! Wonderful finishes and gifts and Bentley is GORGEOUS... err... I mean HANDSOME! : ) Happy Birthday early!

Tricia

Lisa V said...

Some lovely finishes Mouse, interesting change to the La-D-Da alphabet to.
I would love to be entered in your birthday giveaway draw, thanks for the opportunity.

Maggee said...

Sometimes I see finishes, and I think to myself "I can do that"... that's my feeling about the alphabet sampler finished to be a needlebook. The way you changed up the border to accommodate the finish--brilliant! It just would not have occurred to me until too late... Love your fabric baskets. I have a note to myself to try and make those... saw it years ago! Bentley is ever cute! Happy Birthday soon! I would love to celebrate in your giveaway, which is quite generous! Can't wait to see the fabric stash enhancement pictures. Off to warm some cider and hunker down while it snows outside! Hugs!

marly said...

Hope you enjoy a wonderful birthday!

Vicky L said...

Your stitching is beautiful! You are almost done with Curly Q too but it is adorable! I love the windmill. I would be amaze if I saw it in person. Happy Birthday!

CalamityJr said...

What lovely gifts, both given and received. Happy almost Birthday! Master Bentkey is looking quite handsome today :)

lynda said...

What a fun post...love all the gifts and your stitching...you are making great progress! I woud love to be added to your giveaway...happy birthday a bit early!

capecodgirl565 said...

Always enjoy visiting your blog. What a generous giveaway, I would love to be entered for a chance to win. Hope your upcoming Birthday is wonderful and that you do something very special on that special day.

Christine said...

Lovely stitching and gifts. Have a great birthday

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful stitching! Curly Q is looking great :D You're having such a lovely giveaway! It's so generous of you. Have a wonderful birthday, Mouse :D

Robin said...

Nice work and good luck with the finishing. Everything is pretty and I am curious about your La Di Da alphabet. I did that same piece but your layout is different. Wondering what your plans are for it. I will be watching.

Julie said...

Wonderful gifts you sent to your friends, so useful and beautifully made.
Birthday wishes to you, hope it a lovely day for you.
Pretty stitching!

Cath said...

Just finished my cuppa ,lol.
Some lovely gifties there , you have been busy . Hope you have a fab birthday x

Chris said...

Happy Happy Birthday!!
Great job on the finishing and stitching WIPS.
Sorry to hear that the needlework store was closed but I am glad that you discovered a new place too.
Hugs to you and Bentley!

CJ said...

Happy Birthday!! I am celebrating this month as well, the 24th. Congrats on your finishes.

CJ

Kate said...

Brilliant post as always. Love all the gifts and that mouse from Ally is just perfect.
Have a fabulous Birthday when it arrives

Vickie said...

Oh you have been so busy! Good for you getting those WIPs done.
Please include me in your lovely Birthday Giveaway. =) Thank you.

Mii Stitch said...

Great post! Lovely work on your stitching & cute little goodies :) Please include me in your giveaway & a little in advance: Happy Birthday!!

Rhona said...

Enjoying my cuppa while visiting with you Mouse! What a great store you found, and wasn't that brilliant that they opened it up just for you....just like royalty!!! :) Your stitching, as always, looks fab and I love those gifts too.
Happy Birthday for next week!

Donna G. said...

What lovely gifts! I live the colors of Ally's wee gift. Happy (upcoming) birthday and thanks for celebrating with a giveaway!

Barb said...

Happy Birthday to come Mouse. Oh brought back memories you did, I have visited Marsh Mill many times,but I think it is almost 20 years since I last went when visiting family in Fleetwood,no reason to go back now as no one there. There used to be a wonderful cross stitch shop there . Have a lovely day on your birthday and hope someone makes you a cake!

Carol said...

I've enjoyed seeing your little sewing baskets around blogland, Mouse--such a great idea :) They would keep even the most disorganized stitcher organized!

Lovely stitching and such a sweet Bentley, too! I wish you all the best on your birthday next Tuesday--they do roll around quickly. Thanks for a chance at your birthday giveaway!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Mouse, I always love our visits together. Wish I could have taken the trip with you in the mousemobile. It sounds like a fun day. Happy early birthday! Hugs!

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely gifts for the ladies. How gorgeous is Bentley and all of your stitching.

Kay said...

Happy birthday!! I do hope you have lots of cake and chocolate to celebrate with too. I have used Grace and Favour over the internet, they had a very good sale at the beginning of January. Lots of lovely stitching, you have been busy. Thanks for a great giveaway too.

Meari said...

Cute gifts, and nice stitching Mouse. Happy early birthday! My birthday is the 24th. :)

And This Little Pig said...

Hey Mouse... but I haven't been anyone's regular visitor for the last 12 months :(

Lovely to see Bentley all grown an all your beautiful photos, gifts and stitching.

LiBBiE in OZ :@
with Meah, Quincy & Co

Brigitte said...

Sounds like a great plan - the year of finishes. And you were already jumping into it. Great finishes so far. When I will have finished the stitching on my Random Thoughts project I'll have to do the hemstitching thing as well and I hope I'll manage because it's ages ago that I was hemstitching.

I love the little sewing trays that you were making and that I have seen on several blogs. They are wonderful little gifts.

butterfly said...

Another lovely post lots of great stitching and sewing.
Bentley is so cute.
Love to enter your giveaway .
Also Happy Birthday, watch out for mr Postman, hugs.

Michelle said...

Lovely photos Mouse - Bentley seems to have grown x

newfie princess said...

Thank you for the tea Mouse, and Happy Birthday :) Loving your tales and stitching. I especially like the gift of just nan's mouse you received :) Lucky Mouse!
Would love to be entered in your giveaway too :)

Andrea said...

Beautiful stitching and wonderful finishing. Your trays are just lovely. Master Bentley ... in on the act again! He's so cute.
Would love to be entered in your giveaway draw. It is so kind of you to do this.

Joysze L said...

I've missed my visits with you!!!!!!!! Your orchid is sooooo purdy!! Mine have been sadly neglected, yikes! Good thing my dad will be here soon to take care them, hahaha.

Happy Birthday in advance, Mouse-y!!!!!

Thoeria said...

That's right....we share the 28th :) lovely stitching Ms Mouse......love all the fifties too!! I do hope you take some piccies of the new stash.....I promise not to drool all over it! Would love to play with in your giveaway please! Bentley sure looks like a mischievous teen!

Jo said...

Wonderful stitching, adore the orchid. So glad you found the stitching shop and she opened for you x

MartyG said...

Mouse, your finishes and stitching trays are lovely. MartyG

Heather said...

Happy birthday dear Mouse! !! I hope that 2014 is the best! What a generous give away! What lovely gifts and stitching! :-)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Mouse, I love your windmill shot!

Stitching Noni said...

Happy belated birthday! I am so sorry I missed your birthday - I hope you had a wonderful day :)
I love the basket you made. You have been so busy with all the sewing and stitching :)
Hugs xx

Catherine said...

Hope your birthday was wonderful!! Always love seeing what you have been up to!