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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

On the mend!

I should never have said that i was lucky to have escaped the cough/cold bug that i have seen so many bloggers suffering with.

I could have renamed one of my childrens all time favourite childrens books.....

Julie goes to the doctor
and she didn't like what she was told either ...... for the past 2 weeks i've been nursing a throat and ear infection, sinus and chest infection.

I'm feeling lot brighter now, but i have no stitching to share with you, i haven't pick up a needle for simply ages...... no parlour stitching, no stocking-a-long either.  I've missed the dealine for the monthly challenge this month too so that didn't get done either.

I can show you a couple of small things i finished before i was sick.

Isabelle celebrated her birthday on Sunday, she was 2 this time and i had already knitted her a topsy turvy dolly with 2 heads.  The pattern came from this Jean Greenhowe booklet.

Miss Pansy
 turns into Miss Rose

We bought her a wendy house for the garden, it was very PINK

It's even big enough for nanny's to play inside too!

My mum will be celebrating her birthday this weekend. Just a small something to add to her other birthday gift, this time i added a small stitched design to a mirror from framecraft.  I liked the muted colours of this scene, it made me think of the scottish highlands where my late maternal grandfather used to live, i hope mum likes it too.

I've been reading and finished the book i received from Maggie at the stitchers meet up last month. Me Before You was a fabulous book, i thoroughly enjoyed it. 2420 readers on amazon have given it 5 ***** and i agree with them.  There are so many recommendations from newspapers and magazines and individuals.  Not many books reduce me to tears, but the final chapters in this did.  I've passed it on to the ladies at the Book Borrowers and one has already read it, its now gone to a new home this week.  I can see this one being something we talk about a lot after they have all read it.  Thanks Maggie, Jojo Moyes is not someone i have read before, but i will certainly be trying more of her books.

Tonight is Parlour night stitching with the ladies at NH.  I've only got the bottom floral border on Little Hill to do, so am planning on having a finish this week.  It will be nice to have needle in hand again, i've missed it.

I see i have a couple of new followers, shouting a big WELCOME to you, it's nice to have new folks stop by and leave a comment.

See you soon with my Little Hill finish ....


  1. Oh, I'm so sorry you've been so ill, Julie--hopefully the worst is behind you now and you can get back to your stitching...

    I LOVE the little doll you made for Isabelle--just adorable!! And I'm sure the two of you will spend many happy hours having tea parties in her new playhouse :)

    Thanks for the book recommendation--just put it on my "must read" list!

    Take care now...

  2. Sounds like you've had a rough time of it. I hope you will be all better soon.

  3. I am so sorry you have been ill; take it easy for a little while. Love the topsy turvey doll: very cute. I used to love those books: the kids ones rofl. Happy memories xxx

  4. oh dear...i hope you feel better soon..sweet doll..i have one too :)
    big hugs x

  5. Glad you are on the mend Julie x

    Happy belated 2nd birthday to isabelle! Love the pink house! I can see many tea parties being held in there over the summer :-)

    So glad you enjoyed the book, i'm always a bit reluctant to recommend books really because they are so personal, but this one is so good i told everyone, lol. I have read a couple of her others but this is far and away her best, in my opinion anyway.

    Speak soon x

  6. Glad you are feeling better! What a sweet little doll and that pink house is adorable! Lovely gift for your mum too. I'm always looking for another book to add to my TBR list - this sounds like a good one! Take care!

  7. Sorry to hear you've had the crud . hope you recover fully soon.
    Love your finishes , and that doll is so cute , I love the idea of them.

  8. Glad you're feeling much better. You knitted a lovely miss Pansy little Isabelle is very lucky girl. , sunny kisses from Rio, Alice

  9. Hope you continue to feel better Julie.
    Miss Pansy is so lovely, I am sure Isabelle loves it. Happy Birthday to Isabelle.

  10. So sorry you have been feeling so poorly ~ I'm glad you are on the mend! That topsy~turvy doll is absolutely adorable! And the house ~ the will be many fun hours spent in there, I'm sure! Sweet gift for your mum!

  11. Glad you are feeling better,no wonder no stitching got done.
    Love the gift for your mum,pretty colours..misty looking.

  12. So sorry to hear that you have felt so bad, hopefully it's getting better and better and you'll be back to your old self very soon.
    Such a nice little doll for Isabelle and a wonderful stitched gift for your mother.

  13. I think I had what you had a few weeks ago, so glad to read you feel a lot better..I love the topsy-turvy doll so pretty, clever you.
    I too loved 'Me Before You'A lovely but sad story, you might like Patrick Gayles book 'A Perfectly Good Gentleman,' which is a similar theme and he when he came to talk at the Essex Book Festival recommended Jojo Moyes's book.
    Take care Julie
    Love and Blessings
    Isabelle 2! Wow, where did those years go???

  14. Love that little doll! So sweet & clever! :D Hope you'll get better soon x

  15. Well Julie you must have one really excited Isabelle on your hands ,super dolly and a house to play with Nanny in.I can see some fun times ahead.
    So pleased to hear you are feeling a little more like Miss Julie.
    Nice gift for Mum .
    Take care sweetie.

  16. Sounds like you've been having a rough time, Julie. Glad you're getting over it all now and hope all clears up quickly.

    Love Isabelle's doll and it looks like the two of you had great fun playing in her wendy house!

  17. Glad to hear you are feeling better Julie. Gorgeous topsy turvey doll and wendy house for your grand daughter.

  18. What a clever little doll, such a great gift to give. I'm sorry you've not been well, it's not much fun when something drags on and on. I love seeing book ideas on blogs as I'm always looking for new authors to read. The book I am currently reading was mentioned on another stitcher's blog.

  19. Hope you are feeling a little better!!!!
    The knitted doll is just adorable. I had one of those when I was a kid - a store bought one - and it wasn't half as cute as yours.
    Will definitely have to put that author on my to-read list. :)

  20. Glad to hear you are on the mend Julie,Happy Birthday to Isabelle,bet she has loads of fun in her house and playing with her dolly.
    Love the gift you stitched for your mom,beautiful colours,will look out for the book

  21. I love the topsy turvy doll, I remember those from my childhood. Great to see you're better too.

    I have followed your site - well I have been for ages but I think I have now pressed the button to say so - I'm going to try to do the followers for my blog too if I can work it out heehee

  22. I can't believe Isabelle is 2 already! Where did the time go? Love the topsy turvey doll!

    Glad you are on the mend. It sounds like you've had a very rough time. Take good care of yourself.

    Love the gift you stitched for your Mum.

  23. Julie sorry to hear you've been so ill! I hope you're back to your normals self soon and stitching/knitting up a storm!


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