Sunday 29 January 2017

Birthday Musings :)

Helloooo :0) I hope that this finds you all well and not toooo cold atm ... please pull up a chair , grab a brew and some birthday cake while you are here too ..
I would like to thank everyone who has sent me cards and gifties and also for all the messages and pictures on FB too ...  also to my work colleagues for getting me candles for my cake and singing to me :) you have made me feel one special wee mouse :)
I have been busy on the stitching front and sent out two little gifts of my own ... one to Jo of serendipitus stitching and the other to Butterfly and as they have landed safely at their end I can now show you all ...
I have done some more stitching on the Linen and Thread SAL, worked on some more of my new year's day start at Chris's the other night .... started a new L*K peice when DH and I was away yesterday and I have also finished the top of my 50th Birthday Quilt now known as the Quilt of Friendship :) thanks Jo .... I have even got the wadding in place now and need to quilt it asap so that I can get it finally finished .... DH got me the variagated cotton thread today for my machine while we were on our way back from our Christmas Present break that was booked on my birthday weekend at the Palace Hotel at Buxton.
The break was just what we needed, especially as I have had a wee blip in my health and I am having some tests done tomorrow .... I have found a lump and at the same time my coil has gone missing ... DH says when they find it can they change the frequency so we get a better music channel hahahah ..,,, Seriously though I am hoping that they are both related and the coil is the main culpit of my symptoms ..... I will let you know how I get on once I get some answers :)
Soooo on to something nice ..... our wee break at Buxton was lovely ... the hotel is a huge Victorian house with oooddles of rooms on every floor ...our room was way out the back of the house and was very quiet and although basic it was clean and very comfortable .. I started my new L*K peice "Do your best " while DH was chilling with his book and the sandman;)
We went out for a look round on the Saturday evening before our dinner was due and got us a bun to celebrate my birthday... I did take a photo .lol 
Sunday dawned bright and crisp with a hard frost overnight sooo walking down to the Pavillion Gardens was fun to say the least .... I managed to stay upright and got some nice photos while we were out and about ....I said to DH the things we do for my blogging friends , we couldn't cross to the other side of the bridges in the Gardens as they were soooo slippy ...  and in the back ground of one of the photos you can see it is white over .
The journey back as a different way to the journey there and we travelled past the Blue John mines, through Castleton and Rivelin .... I manged to get some decent shots from the car and some not sooo but it will give you an idea of the road we travelled on and the gorgeous scenery we saw ....
Master Bentley was overjoyed to have us back ... we didn't know but the hotel takes well behaved dogs so next time he could come with us and wear his dickie bow and fit right in :) he doesn't like us leaving him behind ...even though both DD's were at home ....
I have got all my RR peices now so I will be starting them this week as I don't think I will be going to Chris's as normal on Tuesday, as bless her she has come down with a head cold ....
Hmmmm think that this is all my news sooo I shall find my photos for you as I go and fill the kettle again for you all :)

For Jo

Quilt top ready for quilting :)

early morning sunrise

hotel room

university of Derby

Opera house

Very slippy bridges in the Pavillion Gardens


this is a Dipper ... I checked in my new book :)

The old baths turned into a shopping center

look how white it is on the hills

just loved the look of this shop front

The Palace Hotel

Lady Bower resevoir

L*K Do your best ... new start

getting further

moving along a bit more

my birthday buns ... I had the Bee ...

dinning room ceiling

For Butterfly

Sunday 15 January 2017

A week off = lots of stitching :)

Hi everyone :) please pull up your comfy chair, grab a brew and a cookie and I shall begin ....
The week off was unexpected as I caught a bad cold and was unwell and not able to cope at work ... I am a lot better but unfortuately DH and DD1 seem to have got it now too :( .... but as my reginal boss said turn a negative into a positive ... I did ... got oodles of stitching done whoop whoop ... well I wasn't much good for anything else hahahahah
I finished a gift ... it needs to go in the post ... finished two christmas ornaments .. they are all prepped ready to finish finish , found a UFO that is now stitched ... just need to finish it off ... worked on my RR from last year and ...... started a HUGE SAL  on FB .....that was all Liz's fault she showed me the link and I was hooked ... line and sinker and boy is it a big sal ... there is a part out every month and it will be approx. 34 inches long by 15 inches wide once finished on my 28 count fabric ... I am using nearly everything from stash ... the fabric and the Gast Threads and one of the threadworks ... I bought 3 extra just in case ,so definitely have enough threads now, she says paws crossed ...
Before I got poorly DH and I went for a walk with Master Bentley and it was one of those gorgeous days where the sun was shining but there was mist around ...I have got a couple of atmospheric shots and we saw the kestral again ... I checked in the book that DH bought me at Christmas and its a female ... and the book came in very useful as my neigbours have put up some feeders that I can see from my kitchen and I was able to identify we have two types of tit at them, a bluetit and a great tit ...will mark the photos for you
I have had a play with my new sewing maching at a couple of the stitches and I am impressed .. just wish I had felt up to doing the quilt as it would have been finished by now as I have got the last square from Chris :) .. fingers and paws crossed I manage to get more done this next week as its not long till my next birthday EEEEKKKK
well not much else to report so I shall find the photos for you ....
last square for quit from Chris

great tit

Christmas Rose by LHN

Blue tit ... sorry taken through my kitchen window

UFO Little Tree by La d Da  now finished

moon the other night

managed to capture some stars

weeeee having fun

signs of spring
LHN ornament finished

Huge SAL

our little bobbin

the female kestral on our walk

one of the views on said walk

and this one too ..

ooo Mr Bobbin again

ermmm help i seem to be stuck

yooo hooo how do I get out of here ???

present ... not showing you the rest of it

RR  getting nearer to a finish

swan in flight .. taken from Kitchen window

Miss Jenny Wren 
Soooo there you have it for this week folks :) hope everyone has a wonderful stitchy week and not get ill to do it with either ..... take care one and all and I shall squeak to you all soon :) love mouse xxxxxxx