Monday, 14 April 2014

A little bit of sunshine in a hoop

Thank you all so much for your kind comments on my last post.....something a little happier today......I've been carrying on with my hoop embroidery.
An embroidered vintage tablecloth.......some doilies [vintage and new ones] and lace......buttons and beads.
I think I'm going to make a wall display once I have enough of them.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

RIP Chester

RIP Chester......we will miss you so much.......such a grand old boy

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A little bird told me.....

We have our pre-Easter meeting at my local W.I. tonight.......there's lots of activities going on at the meeting.......and there's a contest to bring along a decorated egg.....I thought I'd have a go.....but sort of steered away from too much of an Easter theme.
I rather like him.
I had a lovely day at the Hobbycrafts Exhibition on Saturday......there was far more variety of sellers this year.....some delightful exhibitions of quilts, embroideries,knitting and more......
 an amazing knitted '4 seasons'
and some equally amazing clothes.
And I was so pleased to have a brief meet up with my bloggy friend Sandie.
I didn't actually buy much [that is a good thing]......some fabric [top secret]......beads.....a knitting pattern....2 paper pads......and I did succumb to one stamp. All in all.....a good day....even the trains were on time!

Friday, 4 April 2014

A weekend of sunshine

March ended well.....with a weekend of sunshine.....which meant time in the garden.....and while OH, DD2's boyfriend and DS began repairing fences....the 'ladies' played and pottered in the garden.
doing puzzles and eating plates....she actually far preferred eating puzzle pieces.....but this was discouraged!!

 babies needed undressing and putting to bed with teddy

 there was an empty toy basket to sit in
and books to be read
people to watch
 and sweet peas to be planted and watered
 with wet,muddy leggings having been discarded
let's hope this is a good omen for the summer that follows.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Cards in pinks

Back to some cards.....I'm trying to always make more than one at a's so much quicker and easier to build up the stockpile.....especially making them from one lot of limited stash......I'm also pleased to be using up some pretty old stash [I think these are some K &Co papers].
 The images are LOTV layered on papers......with just a few gems and sentiment added.
I'm off to the Hobbycrafts Exhibition at Excel on Saturday......I found it a little disappointing last year.....but I've got free tickets.....and a new found stitching there may be more to interest me this year.....and as our conservatory is essentially being rebuilt on Saturday it seems a good day to go AWOL!!!! 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all the UK mums out there.....I was lucky enough to receive a few lovely gifts including this picture which S made herself......I love it.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

It started with a book...

this book......that DD1 gave me for christmas......I love all the ideas in it......and have spent ages perusing it.....but not actually made anything.
But then I bought an assortment of embroidery hoops very cheaply.
And then this month's 'Mollie Makes' magazine arrived......with a great idea for using embroidered vintage fabric in a hoop.
Then I saw this on Ebay.....just perfect.....with the embroidery threads as well.
And I was inspired to make this
 Using part of the tablecloth.....crochet doilies......and buttons......adding an inspirational quote.
I so enjoyed making this....such a calm and peaceful pursuit surrounded by threads and fabrics and boxes of buttons and beads.....while watching TV.
And yesterday I couldn't resist these in the hospice charity shop.
I think I may have a new addiction......I've already started the second one!!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Holiday Fun......S.J.Crafts challenge

The challenge at S.J.Crafts this month is a photo inspiration.
I went with the colours......which worked well with a couple of photos of DS and his littlies on holiday in Tenerife last month.
I thought the tiny splash of blue brought it alive
And it was the perfect page to use up some beach embellishments that I've had for ages.

Friday, 21 March 2014

2 little girls

I don't often buy scrapbook kits......but was tempted by the pretty gorgeousness of SJ Crafts February kit.....perfect for a sweet photo of my two little granddaughters taken while they were on holiday last month.
I added some aqua letters [there weren't enough pink for my title] and a couple of word stickers.....everything else is from the kit.I cut some flowers and butterflies from a couple of the pages for embellishments.I love the enamel spots.....and may have to add some to my stash!!
I have plenty of the kit left to make another couple of's well worth looking at Sarah's monthly kits......she puts together some really lovely ones.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Christmas begins....

I know that there are some who read my blog who have already started their christmas makes.......and others who will be horrified at the very thought of it. 
I enjoy making christmas cards......but hate feeling under pressure to get them made in a limited am happy to start making a few each month.
I've found it's quicker and more enjoyable to use a limited set of supplies to make a few cards at the same time.
These 3 have all been made from one winter decorative paper pad......some plain card......a little white fun flock.......and snowflake punches.
 And so my christmas crafting begins.....
A few challenges....'holidays' for Crafty Creations......'christmas' for CRAFT Challenge......'wings' for Crafty Little Fairies......'pretty in pink' for Allsorts.....'cold outside' for Christmas at Sweet Stampin......and 'cute' for Chrimbo Crackers.

Monday, 17 March 2014

London part 2 - Camden market

We got off the canal waterbus right in Camden of London's permanent to all the stalls cooking and selling food from all parts of the globe......the smells were very enticing......but we decided to have a wander round before succumbing!!!
The warm sun had brought everyone out.....I think it may have been the most crowded place on the planet!!
There are hundreds of stalls scattered over quite a wide area.......though I think they may have a few central many of them were selling the same stuff.
My favourite part was the underground Horse Tunnel market which was full of stalls selling vintage items......though it always makes me feel ancient to see items I've once used classed as 'vintage'!!
We had a look round the shops.....loved the 3D shoes advertising......but most of the stuff is geared at those much younger than us!!
Returned to the food stalls for a bite to eat.......such a choice. 
Before returning to Little Venice on the waterbus.......pausing to look in the 'water bookshop' as we returned to the hotel.
We certainly didn't decide to snack at the hotel....we could have had a whole meal in Camden for the price of a bag of M&Ms!!! A drink in a local pub seemed a far better option.
And as we returned to the hotel from the pub we played 'spot the porsche'.......I've never seen so many expensive cars parked in one street before......5 porsches,2 mercedes,3 jaguars......and a host of others.......according to my London based brother a house in this area can cost up to 3 million problem affording a porsche then!!
Monday was spent with said brother......which was a wonderful way to end our little break.

Friday, 14 March 2014

London part 1- On the canal

We had a couple of days in London to celebrate OH's birthday and decided to stay in Little Venice as we'd never been on the Regents Canal.
We found a very nice hotel with a last minute deal.....only a few minutes walk from the canal.
We couldn't have chosen a better weekend as the weather was glorious.
 We decided to catch the waterbus along to Camden and visit the market.
We passed under bridges
alongside houseboats
through one very dark tunnel
by amazingly grand houses

through London Zoo
 near houses with gardens on the water's edge
a Chinese restaurant
 before arriving at Camden
right in the heart of the market
The trip took 45 minutes to travel about 3 miles!! We really enjoyed it though....and were ready to hit Camden Market.