All pictures and entries on this blog are the © copyright of the author unless otherwise stated.
Please do not take anything without prior permission. Thank you.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Blooming lovely....

I bought a friend a rose bush for her birthday some years ago.  The label on it read 'friend' and it was a lovely yellow, it fitted in perfectly with the colours of her garden.  It was a spindly little thing but has grown well and provided lots of lovely flowers over the years.

Each year she gives me the first bloom from it as a mark of our friendship.  Today was that day.  We were discussing when it flowered last year - we think this year its a bit later and neither of us could remember.  I decided to take a pic this year of it with my perpetual calendar that sits on my kitchen window ledge so I can remember it.  This year it is more special as she is undergoing some not nice medical tests at present which we are hoping will turn out to be nothing at all.

 
Last weekend was a bank holiday weekend and that means an extra day to stitch on the UFO project.  I was really good and managed two borders on Irish Garden.  It's almost finished!
 
 
LHN SAL got a little attention and two grey squirrels came calling. Their paws are empty and they don't look very impressed, but I'm sure they'll be holding a little treat after this weeks stitching.


We've been asked to make larger clothes at the charity knitting group as well for babies and toddlers who are taken into care for any number of reasons and arrive with nothing.  A small cardigan and two hats flew off the needles this past week....



My "lucy bag" I crocheted quite some time ago has wanted lining, that was last Thursdays craftshare project for me.  Some lovely fabric now makes it more useable.  The pattern for this crochet bag is on the blog from Lucy at Attic 24.


Another birthday in the family this week too.  Isabelle turned 4 ..... I know.... where have four years gone to since I was so excited and honoured to be present at her birth. Just look at her now .... all growed up and ready to start school in September.


This weekend is the stitchers meet up so i'll be back real soon with some pics of the day.

Love and blessings to you all


 

Monday, 18 May 2015

Friends and family

A big birthday in the family.

My sister-in-law was 50 at the end of April.

A little bunny helped to celebrate the day...

 
and I made a quilted envelope to hold her gift...
 

The stitched design is from Just Nans 'Heartfelt' chart

 
My brother organised a surprise birthday party at their caravan at the seaside.  We went along for the weekend and had great fun.  She was totally surprised by her party and all the family that dropped in for the BBQ.

DH and I decided to spend an additional few days at the coast just by ourselves after everyone went home.

New babies that came to say hello each morning, even in the rain ...


New places to wander, a beach filled with pebbles that stretched for miles .....


and another shared with others having fun ....


 Visiting some interesting places ....

 
 
A wander along the shops where you can see the sea at the end of the street ...

 
a bookshop that you could hardly get into, it was crammed full of such lovely titles...
 

 and shops that sell vintage makes and patterns etc ....
 


Walks in woodlands .....


  




 
Feathered friends playing hide and seek with us in the undergrowth ....
 
 
and a very familiar walk seeing all the beach huts newly painted ready for the coming summer months ....
 
 
Fish and chips on the green, with hungry ducks hoping to share with you ...
 
 
and at the end of the day enjoying a coffee as you watch the sun setting over the sea just a five minute walk away.

 
We had a lovely time away, a very last minute decision, sometimes they are the best times to be had.
 
A little crafting has happened since I last posted.
 
Isabelle's cardigan is finished and wrapped up for her 4th birthday next week
 
 
 
10 little pink triangles handed over for the charity knitting
 

Irish Garden has 2 more little borders filled in


and Sugar Plums, my choice in the Wednesday SAL is now finished to add to my growing pile of small ornaments


A new start last week for this SAL.  This time LHN Woodland Snowfall from the JCS Ornament Edition 2004.  Stitched over 1 on 22ct (still using up old fabrics from my stash).


Being away you get so behind with computer things so I've enjoyed catching up with all your blogs this weekend.  You have all been so busy stitching, knitting and crocheting some wonderful things.  I've seen amazing quilting happening and lots of nice times being had.  Some people are experiencing sad times and health issues and my thoughts are with you.


Last week i spent a lovely morning with Clare and her friends raising funds for the MS cake bake. Well done Clare, you raised a lot of money. You can read all about it on Clare's blog. 

At the end of this month another exciting get together. It's time for the spring stitchers meet up.  Not so many ladies coming along this time, we are meeting quite late compared to previous years but I am still looking forward to seeing some familiar faces and getting to see their lovely work close up.  There will be the usual book and goody bag exchange together with a raffle and plenty of fun and laughter on the day.  Must remember to pack the camera!

Wishing you all lots of crafting time, or maybe you are not finding so much time recently with the spring growth in the garden and the extra time needed to tend to flowers and plants and you are spending what spare time you have outside with the birds and wildlife.

 

 
Thanks for dropping by, I see some new people have been visiting, welcome to you all.
 
Love and  Blessings




*** Edited ......  Our few days away were in North Norfolk.  The ruined arch is Walsingham Abbey and the woodlands are its grounds.  The shops Wells Next the Sea.  The beaches are Weybourne and Old Hunstanton.