Sunday 9 December 2018

Christmas Blog Hop Day 9

Gooood morning everyone :) it is a beautiful December day and today I have been chosen to be Door number 9 in 2018 Christmas Blog Hop 
Jo asked us to say what was our favourite  Christmas Music memory was and to show a photo of some Christmas Stitching we had done sooooo 
At the mouse house when the wee meecies were very little every Christmas Eve we would play my Pinky and Perky Record  as it was full of Christmas Songs and they loved it as much as I did as a child … well sadly I cannot play it any more atm as although we do have the record we don't have a record player … that will be remedied one day …
Now as a " grown " up one of my favourite songs is the one done between David Bowie and Bing Crosby which is two songs combined together Peace on Earth and Little Drummer Boy … if you type it in it will come up with them on You Tube to watch … I am listening to it now,  ….. see below ...
Many Moons ago I actually sung "In the Bleak Midwinter" for local radio station in their studios in Preston Lancashire … somewhere I have a copy on a tape ...I love singing Christmas Carols and Songs and can still do a passable descant on certain ones 

We are at the mouse house today are actually getting the house looking festive so I may be able to pop some extra photos up later but here is one of my pieces that I have stitched .. Holly & the Ivy by Little House Needleworks which will be hung out later in my craft room ...

Hope you have enjoyed your visit today and I shall be back soon with what has been going on here at the mouse house and show lots of wonderful stitchy goodness too :)
take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxxx

Sunday 30 September 2018

a couple of trips away ... and some stitching

Helllooo everyone :) grab a chair and a brew .. there should be some cookies too :) ..since I last squeaked I have been on two trips … one to Wales near Llanbedr and the other London … DH and I took a trip over to Wales as he had a job to do so we booked into a lovely Guest House over looking the sea and while he was working I explored and did some stitching and then on the night time we went into Barmouth and I took some lovely shots of the harbour after our meal in the Indian .. which was lovely btw …
DD1 and I took a day trip to London last weekend and we had a fabulous day despite the rain, we scooted on and off the tube, went to Covent Garden found a fab Harry Potter shop that sold LOR and GOT stuff too, got to see the British Science Museum … outside of it, as the queue to get in was a tad long and we didn't think we could get round in the time we had left at this point, called in at Harrods which was lovely, we strolled along Oxford Street seeing Selfridges and DD went into John Lewis's to build her own Quality Street tin 
We had a Macmillan day at work on Friday and raised £112.00 not bad considering and I just had to have a slice or two of the cakes on offer ….
The weather has certainly started to be more fall like with misty mornings and a touch of frost on the grass and flowers and the temps have started to come down... the trees are all turning to beautiful russet browns and greens with the odd bit of copper in them.. I do love this time of year …
Stitching wise I can't really show you much as most of the things I have been doing are for Birthday/ Christmas presents for a few peeps ...I have only got a few more to do then they are going to be sent on their merry way and be early and organised for once hahahahha.. I have been working on Scissors by Cherrywood Designs part of the dictionary series and made a new start on With Thy Needle and Threads " Sew a needle pulling thread" I started the grass and have done the magnificent amount of … wait for it ...  20 stitches hahahahah and done a wee bit more on my " Merry Mouse" as well 
I was talking to Sally today as she had a query re a finish and wanted someone else to clarify what she had read was right … can't wait to see the finish Sally.. we had a right good natter and must do it again soon :) and I said to her I really must get a blog post up sooo here we are … I have taken a few autumnal photos so will bob them up as well …

gorgeous guest house we stayed at in Wales

Stitching it a second time 

Welsh phrase book!!!

All the above are in Barmouth

Harlech Castle

nearly finished this now no photo update as yet 

London outside Hyde Park


Covent Garden 

British Science Museum

Wellington's statue

His house 

Presents given

Bag for Roz 

isn't he just gorgeous :)

Our Room at the guest house 

Merry Mouse

Back from the framers 
Well considering I didn't think I had much to say or show there are rather a lot of photos hahahaha… right I had better get off and go and make another brew and get some stitching done :) T.T.F.N  take care one and all and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxx

Monday 27 August 2018

Stitching and finishing the days away

Well hello everyone … bet you thought I had fallen off the blog world as it has been a rather long time since I updated you all on everything …. I have been really busy with the stitching front and finishing things off as well … you will be impressed .. I have got all my "presents" for work stitched finished and handed out … made a few things up that needed finishing , stitched a couple of smalls for a gift but can't show that as of yet, made a bag for Roz …, made a project bag and matching smaller bag just because ... been away to Blackpool and back and saw the Lancaster Bomber, got to see a Spitfire called Rebecca very close up and then a Dakota flew over the mouse house the other day too …
And in between all of that I have been working and done the Function Skills English test level 2 and swotting up on the same one for Maths too ….test yet to be done, as well as going to the NEC for the Festival of Quilts show where I bumped into Stuart Hillard, Sherrie Falls and another nice lady who's name escapes me for the moment but I am sure you will be able to tell me who she is just had a brain wave and she is called Sarah Payne :)
SOoo have you got your cuppa's ready ??? I have some cookies and if you look in the cupboard there may be some cake left.
The Festival of Quilts was a lovely show and we got to see the 300yr old quilt as well .. it was amazing how bright it was and some of the pieces with it still had papers in too ...I got a small amount of stash enhancement … not much as apart from being skint hahaha I am also trying to work from stash I already have to stitch with and make up too .. and so far so good … I decided to have a go at making a project bag and I was sooo impressed that I did it I can see more being made in the future for possible gifts as well :)
I started Hands on Design " Stitching is my Hearts Desire " yesterday and fully finished it off today … and started it again because I can on different fabric but with the same threads and different finishing fabbie ..
Today is the 3rd anniversary since I lost my dad and so I decided that it was a good day to get things finished off … my dad loved to see my work and would often give his choice of colourways on things too … so I thought it was rather fitting that I should get stuff done. DH helped with cutting the mount board for me :)
presents for work

Bag for Roz

Flypast  Spitfire 

me in front of Rebecca the Spitfire

Dakota that flew past my window 
worked some more on this 

more finishing off :)

another gift for work

My gift to Mary over on Friendly Stitchers 

Finished this ..awaiting the right frame

Small progress on this one 

Sherrie Falls designer from America 

loved this work 

cream tea anyone ???

Stuart Hillard and moi at the Nec 

Sarah Payne 

The 1718 silk patchwork coverlet 

small stash enhancement from the show

and a bit more 

fully finished this one 

first project bag made

small bag to match 

Merry Mouse getting there :)

Painted the frame to match the piece :)

finally made this up 

Love this one.. stitched and finished in two days 

Hurrahhhhh … finally finished this one with some mouse changes .lol 

finished these off 

birthday present for Butterfly

finally finished the stitching on this one 

if you look carefully you can see Mars to the left 

My exchange piece from Mary 

finished this into a needle book 

Cooooo I think that is all of the photos to show you... actually think there are more quilts but if I bobbed them up, you could be here all night hehehheh
Well as it is getting late here at the mouse house now I shall say good night to you all … and hopefully will squeak to you all again soon … take care one and all and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxxx