Monday, 31 October 2016

Two journeys , stash and stitching :)

Hellooooooo every one :) please grab your cuppa and cookies and get comfy in your favourite chair here as this will be a long post.... thought I would warn you first hehehehe ... well what can I say except I have been rather busy dashing here and there for the last few weeks ... so I shall start at the beginning and finish at the end ;)
I took a quick trip over to Blackpool via Harrogate ... Jennifer was doing a spot of emergancy child sitting on the day I was going over to visit her, as said child had an insect day as I call them and mum was busy working sooo Jennifer popped over and I went to pick her up after work .. the journey to Harrogate should have only been just over an hour from the Doncaster Branch but what can I say except it took nearly two and a bit hours and there was absolutely no reason for it to take that long ... no accidents, no road closures at all, just plain old ?????? any hooo we went on our merry way and called off at a lovely pub on route over looking the canal and we could see the barges from where we sat ... the food was delicious and of course we had to have a pudding as you do .... hehehehe
On the Saturday Jennifer and I went to visit my dads grave as the stone had been put up and it is very simple and perfect ... it was a lovely day and it was nice to see so many others visiting the cemetery on a Saturday... from there we took a detour to Marsh Mill to go to Grace and Favour but I was rather dissapointed to find they were closed, even though I had said to them the night before on FB that I was going over and they never said we don't open on a Saturday any more ... as luck would happen a young lady also came to their shop and mentioned of another fabric shop at Fleetwood and where it was sooo guess what .... yup thats right we went to Fleetwood and found it straight away and I got some stash and some photos of the said place ... the owner was lovely and there was a craft session going on and all were very helpful in the enabling deptment  hahahahah ...  
soooo I just had to buy a few bits and bobs 
It was a lovely weekend all in all as we also went to Stanley Park and I got some wonderful photos of it ...espcially of a wee squibble  .. didn't get any stitching done even though I took some just in case ... I have been working more on my Lucy Boston EPP quilt and have almost finished two blocks now ... I haven't done any more on my quilt yet ... but this weekend I am going to ( paws crossed ) get more done ... sooo watch this space .....
I have stitched and finshed two more ornaments but I cannot show you these yet as one is on its way to its new home and the other just needs to set off ....I have done a wee bit more on my Casting a Spell by Blackbird Designs and had hoped to get it finished for tonight Halloween but it was not ment to be but I shall work on it a wee bit more tonight once finshed writing this prose ....
Sooo the second journey was to .... The Nimble Thimble in Wales ... On Saturday bright and early Chris and I went down there to meet up with some fellow blogger stitchers for a day of stitching , stashing and scoffing and not in that order either hahahahah
We arrived I think around 10.30 ish  and met up with everyone upstairs and downstairs as some were already in the stash enhancement mode hehehehe ... I had brought a list of threads I wanted and anything else was a bonus including the wee mouse needleminder I got :)
It was a lovely day and there was one famous quote from Tina ... How many of our charts can we finish by the next meet up which was greeted by howls of laughter from every one 
soooo I shall dig out the photos and let you drool to your hearts content heheheheh .... any one for another cuppa >?????

tina working on her sal with Lynn

Pat , Tina, Lisa, Jayne and Chris, the others Urzula, Lynn and Maggie were stash enhanching I think

you can just see Maggie on there now .lol

as we arrived at the Nimble Thimble

gorgeous view from the garden at the shop

inside full of delicious goodies

last minute must haves

gorgeous autumnal colour

sounding area around the shop

just look at those gorgeous colours

we were up in the second floor

Marsh Mill

Jennifer pull

fleetwood centre

tram tracks to Blackpool

said tram to Blackpool

inside the stichy shop at Fleetwood

Stanley Park Art Deco Cafe

and I didn't have any of them

squibble in Stanley Park

stash from the shop at Fleetwood ... thought the sign was very apt

Band Stand at Stanley Park

same Squibble photo bombing
Whoops missed this out originally sooorry

 I've just remembered about the mushroom walks ... but if I tell you about them now you will be here all night hahahaha .....oooooooooooooooooo and I forgot my spate of finishes ... eeek hang on 

 I also made a wee bag from the unfinished exchange with Lynda over on Friendly Stitchers but can't find the photo atm ... * sigh 
ok I realllly had better finish now and catch up with a few more peeps  ... I did go round and visit quite a few of you  before I started this wee waffle ... sooo i just hope you have seen my comments as it still keeps coming back as not being sent even though I can see the messages on your blogs .... take care one and all and Happpppy Stitching :) love mouse xxxxxxx

Monday, 3 October 2016

A flurry of finishing :)

Hellloooo every one from a very BRRRRR mouse atm .... who has sent the cold weather and the frost huh??? The kettle has boiled and there are kit kats and club biscuits today ... unfortunatly all the cake has been munched by my work mates ... we had a Macmillan coffee morning on Friday and my cake won the best presentation ... not bad for it being the second cake I have made in about 20 years the first one I made on the previous monday as a tester  we raised nearly £300.00 all in all ..
Autumn has well and truly arrived with foggy mornings and this morning we had the first frost of the season .....Master Bentley loved the crunchyness of it as he pootled around sniffing the grassy areas of the park this morning ... I was wrapped up except for gloves :( will get some for tomorrow .lol 
I  managed to get a photo of our resident hedgehog  the other night ... I heard her snuffling around and quickly grabbed my camera and popped the flash on in the general direction and got her wooo , the cygnets are almost fully grown with the white feathers showing through .. I think one must have flown the nest as there are only two left with the parents atm ..The trees are starting to lose their leaves and I can see lots of robins around now .. hopefully more photos will be snapped in the coming weeks ...Master Bentley and I went for a wee pootle tonight and got a fab shot of him sniffing some enormous mushrooms that had sprung up in the field ... there were some gorgeous lilac flowers a bit like a single petaled chysanthermums (sp) and the red berries looked fabulous in the dappled late afternoon sunshine ....
ohhh eck.....I am waffling again hahahaha .... I  mentioned finishes ....and boy do I have some as well as some stitching to boot too ...
This last weekend the weather was supposed to be yuck sooo I said to myself ... wooo hooo craft room time hehheeh ... I did the barest of chores ... and snuck down to my wee room and got some finishes finished .... I worked on my LHN ornaments and got seven made up , I also made up the "Friends are like Angels" into a small cushion and then got out my unfinished exchange piece from Lynda and made it into .. a small stitching bag, using her stitched piece as the pocket and the fabric she sent me as the main outside fabric .... its quite cute even if I say so myself
I have started to work again on "promise of spring" by Silvercreek Samplers and filled in all the snow at the bottom so just words and snowflakes left ... I have even picked up my "Casting a Spell " by Blackbird Designs in the vain hope I may get it finished for Halloween this year  and ( deep breath ) I have finished the first of many blocks  heheeh of my Lucy Boston EPP quilt ... told you I had been busy hahahahah
I have got my new Christmas Edition of Just Cross Stitch and have picked out some more christmas ornies to make .... some I hope :) I will be sending out as wee raks ... wish me luck and smoking needles 
My blog win from Southpaw Stitcher arrived this week too :) love postie days like that, she sent a lovely wee note and a few extra charts to make way for some new ones at her end I have used her photo as I took them stitching to Chris's and forgot to take a picture DOH ....but have decided what to stitch on first ... the LHN ornament as I seem to be in a ornie mood atm
I think the kettle needs to go back on again to revive you all hahaahah
Promise of Spring by SilverCreek Samplers

LHN ornies

and some more

fabric it is on is the backing fabbie

my wee stitching bag

lovely lilac flowers

sniffing the mushrooms :0

gorgeous russet reds on the pub's ivy

selection of goodies from the Macmillan coffee morning

first block of Lucy Boston's EPP

My Cake

first one as a tester with a brew of course

one foggy morning

love this shot of Master Bentley

annnddd Stretch

our resident pheasent baby

last roses of summer

Mr Robin near the mouse house

spot Mrs Hedgeee
my win from Southpaw Stitcher (sorry borrowed your photo)

 Sorry some of the photos are a wee bit naff but they were taken on my camera phone so not quite as good a quality ...
Hopefully this week will be just as productive .. and I shall endevour to get round to see you all too ... I have missed visiting you all ....
I  shall say tootle pip and wish you all a wonderful stitchy week and I shall squeak to you all again soon :) love mouse xxxxxx