Monday, January 30, 2012


Rowyn from Stitching under the Southern Cross Blog here recently shared one of her Shepherd's Bush Charts ( along with the left over thread) and I was the lucky one to be selected in the draw.
It arrive late last week and I must admit other things were put aside so I could stitch it straight away, I really enjoyed stitching this little design and would now like to offer the chart to another embroiderer.
For my piece I stitch on 35 count Lambswool permin , not the 32 as suggested and kept a note of how much thread I used of each colour. The threads were silk and the number given apply to
Kreinik    Soie D'alger there is not enough of all colours to stitch another one however I have checked the colours against my DMC chart and made a list so if anyone else would like this chart I am happy to pass it on. Please leave a comment and in a weeks time  on February 6th I will do a draw and pass the chart on to another embroiderer,

I plan to make this into a Needle book and havin looking at some of my Shepherd's Bush designs for small motif to finish it.

Simple threrads which to the work belong
Remember in your silence - my hearts song.
quote from a Shepherd's Bush Sampler.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Happiness depends on the power to see and enjoy beauty.

I really love this photo by my nephew,  David Poole of the little Australian blue wren.   I have as the wallpaper on my computor where I can enjoy it every day . I decided to update my signature for this blog and after much playing around on the scanner/computor this is the end result.  I have reversed the bird, and am happy about the way he is sitting  but  possibly have his colour a little bright ? what do you think?
On my other blog 'other side of the mountain'  link here I have posted about my dolls' house  to share with a friend who has not seen it yet , Today I have only shown the outside of the house and the folk who live there, further postings will explore the house. Do come and visit.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Had a great start to my taking part in the International Hermit and Stitch Weekend, with a good effort on Saturday and very pleasing progress. I decided to work on the bands of running stitches in the centre and at that stage was going so well I thought I would get it that part all finished by the end of the weekend.

However pride comes before fall and Sunday was a different story, my body was telling me I had sat too long the day before and so little stitching was achieved, even so I am now back working on this piece that has sat untouched for so long. during the month I will try and finish this section so that at next months IHSW I can start on the outer rows.
Hope everyone else made good progress with their stitching will try and visit later.

Friday, January 20, 2012


I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. 
I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. 
~Mother Teresa
Life has been very quiet here as we adjust to changes in our lifestyle to cope with Paul's on going health problems. We now know that they will not go away, there is no cure, so it just make some changes and  get on with life. I have managed a little stitching but can't show anything yet as they are all for posting out later in the month but all will be revealed in time.

 To give myself  some extra incentive to stitch I have signed  signed  for the International Hermit and Stitch Weekends. The first one - January is this weekend.  If you want to know more about this weekend where you stitch at home having set your self a project visit Random Ramblings Blog.
 the details can be found here.-

I have decided to work on the Latvian Mat from Ann's workshop last year, it would be good to get it finished. Here is what it looks like at this point of time
I will post again at the end of the weekend so you can see my progress. My colour choice is not really tradition colours for this work but as I was having troubles accepting the brighter colours I changes to what i feel i could live with 

 See you again on monday with my progress.

Saturday, January 7, 2012


I'm having a good day and its great to be catching up with everything , so this posting will cover several things.......................
Firstly to Anntte who contacted me re the junior embroiderers group here and offered to send some threads for their use. A BIG THANK YOU to Annette for the parcel that arrived, as you can see it much more than threads.

When the family gathered before Christmas, I let Caitlin as the oldest in the group to open the parcel 
( I had had a peep before hand) we have put it all back and will take it to the first stitching afternoon when school goes back in February, so all the group can see what came. There was also something for me in the parcel as well.

Thank you Annette we specially enjoyed the small Christmas scrapbook you made for me. Annette also asked do we decorate the doll's house for Christmas, the answer is yes, here is Sarah and Henry Barker admiring the Christmas tree which has tiny light that work( by power but not turned on for the photo.) Gifts for the Children are put under the tree, there are tiny Christmas cards on the mantlepiece and a holy wreath on the front door. their daughters... Emma with her Rocking horse( Scotish pewter) and Caroline with her teddy bear.( English) Ihave a note book in which I have recorded each room of the house and what is in it and where it came from.....BUT as it was in the wet, wet room I can't  find where we put it when we rescued everything.

My Stitching Friends December Challenge was to stitch a quadrielle using the outline I had given in my SAL on this blog but with their own choice of designs.  I used the one I had stitched for the blog SAL as my challenge and in the end stitched  a second one  with colour variations.

And here is Lyn's one. I love the ribbons on hers.

And below is Naomi's quadrielle, I was the lucky person to receive this one, she had chosen purple and gold as she kinows I dont like red against my pink walls, not the best photos but I wanted to show the designs she had chosen.   I hope to be able to share more of these  with you soon

I have just read Mouse's blog and she is stitching on some lovely peachy shade linen... well it just happens my present piece is on  a soft peachy- apricot Belfast linen and quess who I am stitching it for?
I leave you with this quote, source unknown.

Today there is a smile floating on the breeze
smile with it because you know it comes from me..........

Sunday, January 1, 2012


Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The New Year has arrive here... an overcast day with out the heavy rain of yesterday...and we have enjoyed a quiet day by the fire.
To all my blogging friends and followers I send you greetings for 2012 may you  enjoy each day to the fullest and be blessed in  the year ahead

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