Saturday, 19 May 2018

Grab a brew ... its gonna be a long post

Helloooo...... cooo it has been rather a long time since I posted you think I have forgotten you all ...well grab a brew and a cookie and I will fill you in on what's been happening at the mouse house .....
the kitchen redo got done ... took a few weekends to get it all finished and I just need to order the cooker hood to come when I am off in a few weeks to make sure I am in to receive .. nothing worse than missing a parcel ... not to be out done we also redid the front room too, giving that a wee makeover while we had all the stuff out 
In between all that I finally finished all my NVQ work and there is just one section that my manger needs to do a statement for as it couldn't be observed due to confidentiality and then I will be certified woooooo hooooo heheheh .........I have since found out that I have PASSEDDDDDDDD :) I am now certified hahahhah
Chris and I went to Wales for a few days to the Nimble Thimble meet up with some fellow stitchers and had a fabulous time , we also went to the WalesWool Festival on the Sunday before we tootled off home ... think I prefer the stitching shows did have live sheepees and goats there so I was impressed ( took some piccies ) The weather was kind to us and the scenery was amazing and so was the A483 .. not a pothole insight for the 63+ miles it took us to get to the show from where we were staying. We had lovely long nights chilling doing some crocheting and I also did a new start while I was there as well .... done quite a bit more on it too but not sure if taken an up to date photo yet ? Of course there was a wee bit of stash enhancing done .. not as much due to lack of funds hahahaha
I have sent the blogerversary gifts off to Lynda and Daffycat sooo I will be able to show you what I have made for them soon :)
Don't fall over but .... I have finally finished off my birthday quilt ... yes you read that right hahahah..... I have had a get stuff finally finished head on ... I have also made a needle book and today framed up 6 pieces that have been bugging me to get done ...
I have worked a wee bit more on my Linen and Thread Sal 2017 , did an exchange piece for Chris so I can show you that as she has got it and loves it .... hmmmm what else ... ohh yes made a wee crocheted blanket for a little one due in June .. mum has got it and loves it .. done quite a bit more on my blanket for our bedroom  .. I am on a roll 
In between all this we had a three day weekend where the weather for once was gorgeous and I got everything washed in sight and dried to boot neighbour thought I had changed into widow twanky hahahahah ....
Cooper has now turned one and I managed to get a couple of gorgeous photos of him finally looking at the camera ... bribery with a ball is a wonderful thing hahhahah
Not sure if I showed you the wonderful exchange pieces I got from DJ .. she did me a belated birthday gift as well and added some more stitching etc just because ... I was really spoilt 
1938 cast iron fireplace fits perfectly back into place

all out let the renovation begin

My stitchers exchange gift to Chris 

Kitchen finished bar the extractor hood

Goodies from an antique shop :)

Merry Mouse getting there 

start of the front room spring clean

and finished :)

chilling in wales 

curtain of knitted/ crocheted poppies at the wool show

gold added in for contrast 

Linen and thread slowly getting there

quilt finallllly finished woooo

redoing my sewing chair

feels so much nicer to sit on now when at the machine

Needlebook finally finished

hawthorn flowers 

we had a wee visitor at work

fabric enhancement 

new start specially for this weekend 

at the bottom of the Nimble Thimble Garden

Whittington Castle opposite where we stayed

Goodies from the Nimble Thimble 

when I had finished the weekend

Master Bentley snoozing

Waiting for the ball to be thrown

lily of the Valley in my front garden

Master Cooper at 1yr old 
My stitchers day exchange piece from DJ :)
Another of the pieces from DJ :)
Scissor fob and another wee stitched item in the background from DJ :)

Finally framed some pieces 

Soooo there you have it .. finally an update of a busy few months at the mouse house 
today I watched the Royal Wedding and it was lovely , we sat outside at the neighbours drinking Pimms :) it was a glorious day  and still is ... 
right I had better finish for now as we have some friends coming over and I need to get ready .... take care one and all and happy stitching and squeak to you all again soon :) love mouse xxxxx

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Who won , who won

Helllooo hope you are all ok and have had a wonderful week stitching ??? The kettle has gone on and there are goodies galore for you to contentedly nibble on while you are here :)
This weekend we have had enough sunshine to dry my washing even though it has been bitterly cold and they are threatening us with snow ... I know lots of you get snow but we don't get that much these days and go into panic mode at the first hint of it ...I carry a bag in the back of the car for emergency stop overs at work ...touch wood never had to use it as yet ...I have had a good week with the stitching and crocheting , even almost getting another finish .. just got a tiny bit of border and then my initials and then My Pink Rose by Blackbird Designs will be another finish for the year wooooo :)
I have started on a new blanket for my bedroom just because I could as a wee celebration of finishing and passing all my assignments for my NVQ .... I just have three more Q & A's to write up and do a discussion on one and that is it done and dusted wayyyy before time phew .... My new blanket is in duck egg Arron wool with flecks of gold and red in it .... I have done more than in the photo and sorry it is blurry, it was taken the other night at Chris's when we were having our crafty night ...
We are starting operation Kitchen next weekend so it could make life interesting to say the least as we are unsure of how much work we will have to do to change everything ...first thing we will be taking out is the breakfast bar and cupboard underneath it  and we hope that there is still a fireplace behind it ...I will of course take some progress photos :)
Soooooo onto my blogaversary winner (s) yes there is a wee S in there ... I wrote all your names down and folded them up and popped them in my wool bowl and DH picked the main winner as Lynda .....and then I picked a second one to receive a wee stitching as .... Daffycat so ladies can you please send me your snail mail address's to my email that's on the side bar...along with a few likes and dislikes of things you like stitched etc colours designers and then my wee paws will do the rest :) Congratulations to you both :)
almost a finish :)

new start blanket for my bedroom 

the perfect cuppa and goodies as a celebration :)

Master Bentley Chilling :)
this is all for today folks as I am now going to go and put the kettle on again and do a wee bit of stitching to get the My Pink Rose finished hopefully by the end of the night ... T.T F N  xxx love mouse xxxxxxx

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Blogaversary and a fini......

Hellooo everyone ..... today, 8 years ago to the date I started my wee blog ... well my DD1 did, as I wasn't very technically minded  back then  and not much better now hahahahah ...
269 posts , 7521 comments and a whole bunch of new stitchy friends from all over the world :)
SOOOOO I thought of doing a wee giveaway ...  a stitched small , some fabric and some other bits and bobs that will go with said stuff ..I  think have one or two bits floating around in my craft room hahahahah ... DH would totally agree on that one ...
Rules are: you must be a follower ... have a blog so I can be nosey( pop the link on as well please ), to see what you like/ dislike etc, say you would like to be considered on this post...... and I don't mind posting abroad so this is open to all :)
I will chose someone at random next weekend and will let you know if you are chosen, so I can get your snail mail address :) good luck :)
On to other news ... the wee break away was lovely ... the hotel was really nice ,  nice room but a wee bit  on the small side but bathroom was fabulously big was really nice too and the staff were lovely ... it had snowed the day before, so we were lucky we got there in my new mouse mobile ... on the way back DH and I dropped into some antiques shops looking for inspiration for our new "rooms" eventually ....found some fab stuff .. just hope there is something left when we get round to it ...
I have finally finished the last of my written assignments for my NVQ level 4 in Business Administration and you probably heard the rather loud squeak when I put the last word in I can now get back to my crafting full time when I am not working squeeeeee .....
As this weekend was hermitting , I treated myself to some me time and sat down today and got the Why is it by The Cricket Collection finished .. I stitched it on Sparklies fabric 32count , slightly nutty with threadworks thread number 11011 for your information :) This design I saw at a friends many moons ago and have always wanted to stitch it and I finally found the pattern last year funnily enough on the Sparklies stand at Harrogate and nabbed it quick :) don't you just love hermitting weekends :)
During the week when I have gone to Chris's I have been crocheting and can show you my progress on the blanket for my car ... also bought some more wool at hobby craft last week as there was 20% off so it would have been a shame not to hahahahah.. Its a duck egg coloured Arron wool with flecks of gold and red and black in it and will look fabulous made up for our bedroom as it is duck egg colours :) 
Today started out a beautiful spring like day so I got my camera out to take some photos of spring like flowers coming up in the garden .. as well as a wee bird that was singing its heart out on my wall :)
New wool for bedroom

Fireplace in the hotel dining room

Fireplace in the lobby

must have been a wedding on at the weekend before ?

History about the Hotel

ornate ceiling in the dining room

progressing nicely on the blanket for the car :)

Hermmiting finish :)
house sparrow singing outside front room window

Spring is sprung the grass is ris
I wonder where the birdie is

Durkerood Hotel 

There was a wee bit of snow there 

So there you have it .. all the news for this week folks ... oooo hope you got your cuppa's and cookies I left out for you all .... will be back soon with the winner of the blogaversary and hopefully some more stitchy progress ... take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxxx