Saturday, 6 July 2019

July update

After a few lovely sunny days it is now pouring down with rain again and we were hoping to go to one of the villages that host an open garden scheme. This is the third one this year that I've had to miss for one reason or another but I'm sure that I'll find something to fill the day.

Not a lot been happening again, this bout of depression and panic attacks seem to be lingering but as long as I can get out in the garden and do some stitching then life's not all bad.

I did have some nice post to open in the week. I've been in a little group for years and we send gifts just twice a year so we have plenty of time to stitch or craft whatever we want. This Summer's gift was from Gail.


I love reading so the bookmark will come in very handy, the fabric is such a pretty colour and I'm sure I'll enjoy stitching the Mill Hill kit though it's on paper, something I've not tried before. The sweets are made from maple sugar but I've not tried them yet.


These are the gifts and stitching that I sent to Donna, I hope she liked them.


And this is the stitching on it's own, it was a freebie from here. I did it one over one so it worked out quite small. The photos are a bit dark, it was dull when I took them.


This was my new start from a couple of weeks ago, I have done a bit more on it but not taken any photos yet. 

I have a Summer dress cut out ready to sew so hopefully the weather will brighten up again so I can wear it.

The garden is looking lovely with all the rain that we've had but too wet at the moment to go and take any pictures so that's about it for now,

love and hugs,
Sue x

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

June in the garden and stitching

Time has a habit of slipping by at the moment, always something to do whether it be housework, gardening or simply enjoying my crafts.

This time of year the garden takes up a lot of my time, not that I'm complaining, I love being out there, hands in the earth and hoping that the seeds that we've sown will all produce a meal or two once they've grown.

After grassing over the vegetable patch a couple of years ago I've missed growing vegetables and salad crops so this year we've made some raised beds and although it's a little late for this year I'm hoping that we will have something to show for our efforts,


Not a very good photo but we've done two of these, made a bit higher than usual so that I can sit on the side and plant. This was taken about two weeks ago and already we have seeds growing so fingers crossed we might at least manage a salad or two.

The garden is looking good this year and we are lucky that our tulip tree is blossoming again. Last year we had one flower but we've counted at least ten this year. This is the first one to open.



I've still been doing a bit of cross stitching but not as much with the garden taking over and I forgot to show my Easter exchange that I received from Chris at Needlecraft Haven.


This is what I received, such a pretty little bunny stitch,



and this is what I sent along with a picture of the extras that went with it.
                                    

A little Easter stitch at last finished off 


And another that has been waiting to be finished for a while.


I'm still plodding along with Never stop dreaming, I enjoy stitching this but I never seem to get anywhere with it.

That's about it for this catch up but here's a couple of pictures of the garden until next time




Love and hugs,

Sue x


Thursday, 4 April 2019

Where does the time go?

I think I'm losing the will to live, this is the third attempt at writing a blog post, the other two just disappeared while I was writing and if it doesn't save this time then I don't know what to do.

The weather is miserable, it's been such a mixed bag lately, snow, hail, sleet and rain and of course we've had a few glorious days when I've managed to make headway in the garden which is looking a lot tidier after a winter of neglect. The blossoms are out on the fruit trees and the spring bulbs are beginning to open up though most of the daffodils have almost finished.

There's not a lot of stitching to show as I've been sewing for a couple of exchanges which I can't put on here yet but I did stitch this for me as I thought it looked bright and cheerful. It came with the fabric to finish it off so I must get round to that along with all the other finishing that needs doing.


                                                         Hip Hop by Lizzie Kate


I got my sewing machine out and made this skirt, it's not a very good photo as the light is so bad with the weather being so miserable today. It's almost finished apart from a good press and a hook and eye on the waistband which seems to have disappeared, I know I bought a new packet of them so they must have gone into hiding.

I've had a bit more time on my hands as my computer has been playing up, my email page keeps turning blank and things don't seem to be in the same place as usual so I've been keeping off it to keep my sanity intact and apart from playing games which I do all too frequently I've not missed it......too much.

My daughter bought me a needle felting kit for last Christmas and so I thought I'd get it out and have a go with all this free time. I've been to craft fairs where I've watched ladies standing round prodding a needle into a clump of wool making wonderful creations and apart from stabbing my fingers a few times I found it very therapeutic and I'll certainly have another go sometime.




Here he/she is, my little hedgehog that hasn't come out too bad.

Mother's day last Sunday came with some beautiful flowers and chocolates and the smell from the blooms is gorgeous.




The chocolates have sadly been eaten, not all by me.


Well that's about it for now so I'll see if blogger is being kind and will let me send this post, until next time,

love and hugs,

Sue x

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Sunshine days

It's been so lovely to have some sunny days and actually manage to get out in the garden in the fresh air, January and February aren't very good months for me but a little bit of sunshine does wonders for the soul. 

I have a few things to show, I finally finished "Ladybugs and Bumblebees" after about three new starts and goodness knows how many changes of thread, at one point I was ready for throwing it but I got it out a few weeks ago and everything seemed to drop into place. I still don't like the pale colours, they hardly show up but it's done.


Ladybugs and Bumblebees by Country Cottage Needleworks

I know I should have ironed it but until I know how I'm going to finish it, it can stay as it is.

I also joined in with the ladies at Needlecraft Haven in their Valentine exchange, this is what I received from Deb, lots of lovely goodies and the chocolate was yummy.
 


This is what I sent to Clare, I'd had the pattern for a while and just needed the right reason to stitch it.


Happy Heart Heart Day by the Trilogy


A late birthday present came through in the post and it's just the right time to stitch it, pansies are such pretty flowers.


And a little bit of Spring to lighten the days,


I've done a little more knitting and a bit more stitching but no photos of them so they'll keep until next time.

Sue xx

Monday, 31 December 2018

It's been a while again since I've been on here but I've not been idle, far from it. We've redecorated the front bedroom which is looking lovely, just need to find some new bedding to go with the colours we picked. The kitchen has had a move round as we had to have a new cooker and after they'd installed it we found that the smalll oven door wouldn't open far enough for me to move the shelves. We decided to move it to the other wall which meant other cupboards being moved around but we managed to get it in some sort of order so that we could cook the Christmas dinner.

We had a lovely Christmas albeit rather noisy with five boisterous grandchildren running around and after three days of thirteen people being in our tiny house I was ready for a nice relaxing few days before we have another family dinner tomorrow for my birthday. No cooking for me this time as DH has said that he will do it all........we shall see.

With all the work on the house there's not a lot of stitching or knitting been going on but I did take part in two lovely exchanges which I haven't shown yet.

The first was one that I do every year with a small group of ladies, mostly all in Canada but I did get two of my daughters to join in this year. I had a lovely present from Jennifer; she sent things that represented Canada and a lovely stitched piece.




 
These are the gifts that I sent to my partner Donna.


The second exchange was with the ladies over at Needlecraft Haven, these are the gifts that I sent to my partner Dusty.

                                        
                                        And this is the lovely gift that I received from her.


I'm hoping to get back to my knitting and stitching next week when everything has calmed down, the diet doesn't start until then as I'm sure to get some chocolates for my birthday and it would be rude not to eat them.

I hope everyone is looking forward to the New year, I know I am. It's been a bit up and down healthwise this year so hoping that the new one will be better.

That's all for now,

love and hugs, 

Sue xx

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Autumn is here

I love this time of year when all the leaves are turning to their rich golden colours, a fire lit in the evening and hopefully some good TV to watch while I'm stitching. The only problem is that the spiders like to visit at this time of year and I'm not one of their biggest fans.

I finished another little stitch last week,


Gingerbread House number 2, by Country Cottage Needleworks.


I also put a few more stitches into Never Stop Dreamingby Design Works. Hoping to get some more of this done during the week, it's been hanging around for a while.


While I was clearing out my craft cupboard I found this jumper that I was knitting for DH ages ago so I've spent a few hours doing a few more rows and hopefully one day it will be finished. Goodness knows when though as I am such a slow knitter.


Last weekend we had Lily and Callum come to stay, Lily wanted to make cakes but all Callum wanted to do was play on the computer so I didn't get a photo of him as all I could see was the back of his head.


Youngest grandson Alex modelling a new pattern that my eldest daughter Sharon was testing out for the designer.


And these were a present from DH, just because, one of my favourite flowers.

Lots of wind this week and plenty of windfalls from the apple and pear trees that need sorting out, we've had a good year for fruit but not so good with the salad and vegetables, I don't think they liked the hot weather that we had.

Thank you for dropping by,

love and hugs,

Sue x


Wednesday, 22 August 2018

40 years on

Last Saturday me and DH celebrated our Ruby wedding. 19th August 1978 was a lovely sunny day and we got married at our local registry office in Burton on Trent. It was a quiet affair, neither of us wanted the big white wedding but it was a wonderful day. Our honeymoon in Wales started off badly as we ran out of petrol and had to spend our wedding night in a car park in Bala waiting for the garage to open so we could finish our journey but it's a memory neither of us will forget along with the thousands of other memories that we've shared over 40 years. 


I'm still trying to keep up with some stitching and I managed to finish this one, a lovely quick stitch.


Strawberry Sampler by Lizzie Kate.


My latest book which is a lovely read if you like wartime sagas, the next one in the series is
Telegrams and teacakes which I'm eagerly waiting to read.

There's not a lot left in the garden, everything has been given a good haircut in the hope that it might produce a few more flowers before the end of the season.


And the pond has needed a lot of topping up over the past few weeks.


And just to finish off a couple of photos of the cats, Gizmo at the top and Troy  underneath. Neither of them have liked the hot weather so they are both enjoying the cooler days at the moment.




Thank you to those who keep popping by and I'm sorry if I haven't replied to some comments, it took me a while to start getting them through again.

Until next time,
love and hugs,
Sue x

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Keeping busy

 It is so hot and I'm not enjoying it, I love all the sunshine but the heat is really getting to me. The garden is in desperate need of rain, we are lucky in the fact that ours is an old house and we have a cestern underneath the kitchen that collects all the rain water so we should be ok for a while, it's just pumping it out thats the pain and filling endless watering cans.

It has been too hot to get in the room where my computer is, even with the fan going and the windows open it is still stifling. I am now grateful that our drive is like a wind tunnel and whatever breeze there has been has filtered through the open windows in the lounge so at least we have one room that's cool enough to sit in.

I've been trying to get back into the habit of stitching and I'm finding smallish patterns with a fairly quick finish are what I need at the moment.

This is one of Dany's that was a freebie with another pattern that I purchased. I've not decided how to finish it yet, probably a job for next week.




 I'm also hoping to get some dressmaking done. I used to do a lot when the girls were growing up, this is a quick summer skirt that I just wanted to practice on and it's not turned out too bad, at least it fits.


 I've just finished reading this, a follow on to The Bookshop in Rosemary Lane, a lovely light heaarted read.


 Not many flowers left in the garden, they flowered and that was it. I've got new plants growing but I've noticed that a lot of the petals are coming through distorted so perhaps it's lack of rain that's made them like that.








 We are due some rain over the next couple of days, we had a quick shower tonight but it dried as soon as it hit the ground.

Well that's about it for now,

love and hugs, Sue x