Sunday, 27 September 2015

A perfect pumpkin day

Hi peeps :) please pull up your chair and grab a cuppa ..... today was a perfect Pumpkin day ..... many of you know of Pumpkin our friend and fellow stitcher who touched many lives with her kindness and her wonderful stitching as well as her bloggy posts of life as she knew it ... about her and Junior (who will be starting play school or pre school by now )and other things .. she was a wonderful photographer too :) when she began to be really poorly the blogging world decided today the 27th of September we would fill our blogging posts with pumpkins to show her the love from all of us .... and we did , she saw the posts and was touched but was too poorly to respond herself ,we found this out later .....
today was also a month since my dads passing so I lit a candle in memory for both of them in the votive jar I got for Pumpkin just after she passed.
The weather started out foggy today then cleared for a wonderful warm and sunny autumnal day .... and I went for a drive to see Frances and the route was lined with trees of many hues of green and gold and russet and copper with the sun dappling over the tops of them to begin with , and the foggy mist was present in the lower parts of the valleys I drove through to get to her ... it was a lovely drive :)
I took to Frances's my RR that our group is going to stitch on , I chose the "Sweetness of Life" (translation ) by Jardin Prive which I brought from the Patchwork rabbit when I was perusing the site for something for the RR and I thought that this was rather apt with a lady stitching on it :) It is being stitched on Sparklies slightly nutty (rather apt again 32 count linen with the recommended threads ...., so it is now on its long journey around the world and I will see it back again next year now .... I loved stitching this and actually didn't want to let it go ..... but I was brave and passed it over quick before I changed my mind 
I also took with me the needlecase that I am stitching for my partner Ann from the Friendly Stitchers and I am on the home straight with the finishing sooo hopefully it will be on its merry way to her and then I can show you :) I stitched on it while I was there after having our lunch outside as it was a gorgeous day , I have bobbed up a photo of the lovely one I received from Ann which is now residing on my stitching box waiting to be used, when I am stitching in my chair :)... I even managed to take some photos of the robin and bluetit that turned up to say hello and also some of Frances's lovely garden flowers too ... when I got home I messed about with the settings on the camera and touched up a few with the creative settings ... that was wayyyy cool ... loved the results on the camera hope they look good larger for you ....

 I have this last week been busy sorting out my craft room and even managed to sit down and stitch in there too, go me ... fingers crossed and paws willing I may be able to show it to you finished the next post  ....!!!! it has been a nice relaxation from work.
I told Master Bentley that his fan club was missing him soooo he kindly posed for you all out on his walk to springy parks ...  sooo on that cheerful note I had better get the photos ready for you :)
my lovely needlecase from Ann of Friendly Stitchers

candle for Pumpkin and my dad

Mr Robin saying hello

loved this movement shot

surprised to have his photo taken 

gorgeous autumnal day 

messing about with the settings 

star effect

one colour effect 

star filter 

one colour

soft focus

one colour

start filter ... I was having way to much fun doing these :)

and posing for his adoring fans :)

supper moon with starlight filter ....

Sweetness of life by Jardin Prive my RR 2015

soooo there you have my week in a nutshell .... refill any one ??? hopefully by the next post I will be able to show you more stitching or a least some finished finishing .... or even the room done ... wish me luck ;)  wishing you all a wonderful stitching week , take care one and all :) love mouse xxxxx

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The Small Harrogate stitchy show

Good evening everyone :) the kettle has boiled and I have a selection of goodies to tempt you with , so please pull up a chair and join me here for a few moments :)
firstly I would like to say thank you to everyone that sent me kind words, thoughts, prayers and cards too ..... it has helped me tremendously since my dad passed away , his funeral was a lovely affair and he would have been proud of  how everything went and he would have enjoyed the party afterwards too, the sun shone the entire day and it was good to catch up with friends and family you don't often see these days due to busy lives.
In between everything was the small Harrogate Stitching and Quilting show and I wasn't going to go at first but I know my dad wouldn't have wanted me to miss it and so I tootled over in the mouse mobile with Chris for the day .... which was another glorious day too .... it was in a different hall this time and was muccchhhh bigger .... we browsed round the beautiful quilts on display  and oooo'd and aahhh'd at them all , there was such a stunning variety of designs and ideas I can imagine that judging was a hard affair , I didn't take the camera with me either so cannot show you any off them :( .... I only took my small quilted bag as wasn't intending getting much at all ... whooops 
Normally Chris and I would have finished browsing around two ish but at 4.15 pm we were  still going where was it we wanted to go back too 
I got quite a few bargain fat quarters at a £1.00-£1.50 and a few charts and a couple of bits for presents (these I can't show you  and Chris got quite a good haul too :)
Stitching wise I have kept busy and finished Abracadabra by Blue Attic on Polstitchers fabric Taboo and using gast thread stormy teal .... the backing fabric on the photo I got at Grace and favour in Thornton Cleveleys Marsh Mill, I have also started my needlebook for my partner Ann on Friendly Stitchers as well as kitting up my RR  , so I have been busy ... I have even managed to do a teeny weeny bit more to my craft room ...go me :)
other than that life goes on ... busy as a bee at work and no sign of it slowing down as yet, although I have a wee bit of help doing a bit of the back log of filing etc and on Thursday I am off to Hessle for the day to do their group interviews , hope the weather is kind to me 
ok I shall go and put the kettle on again then will sort some photos out for you to drool over heheheeh

Abracadabra by Blue Attic 

only a couple of charts :)

wee bits of bargain fat quarters 

and some more :)

whoops and a wee bit more
Reg the hedgehog asleep in the garden :)

Sooo I think that is all for now folks ... I will try and bob round to see you all once again as life settles back into a "normal "routine (what ever that is )
Thank you all once again (((hugs)))) love mouse xxxxxx

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Broken hearted

On Thursday the 27th August my dad passed away peacefully after his short illness at the age of 77.
Jennifer and I were with him at the end, Jennifer slipped out of the room briefly as my uncle was on the phone and I said to my dad "its ok to go now" ... the room went very still, peaceful and calm  and I knew my dad had gone and was at rest.
We spent some time still with him , taking to him and having a cuppa before we felt ready to leave him there .
Thank you for all your support and kind words throughout this journey of life, which has helped me greatly to cope ((((hugs))) to you all back 
love mouse xxxxxx