SAL SUNDAY – 2nd August 2020

Good morning dear Crafty Friends. As you may remember last time I was having difficulties and could not post a photo of my work. I did manage it a few days later and at that time I did a follow up post but I know many of you would have not got that so here again was last times progress.

I had just finished the fish pond. I have finished this block and now also finished the small following block which ended with the herringbone stitch. The hearts I am stitching now are the first row of the following block, although it is attached to the last block so does not feel like I am on to a new one.

I am not much of a machinist and my sewing machine cost £20 from Aldi a good while back but I have been persevering and have made hubby and I another mask each (we only had one each which my daughter had got for us, but its only in the last week that we have really been out of the house and I now feel that we are going to need maybe half a dozen each. I really don’t want to be standing washing them out every night so this sounds like a sensible amount to me. Maybe some of you will tell me differently. Anyway I digress – without the time its taken to make those two whole masks I think the next block would have been finished too. Still I feel like I have had a productive three weeks and have made a fair bit of progress so all in all i am pleased how things have gone on the Baby Garden.

Very different from other SALs each person is stitching there own cross stitch or embroidery design and the group is there to supply support and encouragement, especially to those struggling with large projects. We are all around the world so are as different as our stiching. Do visit and see what others are up to but remember there will be time differences.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLinda

Hugs to all,

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Missing from SAL Sunday.

Good afternoon my crafty friends.  Those who follow SAL Sunday will know I had a problem and I could not (for some reason only my computer knows), upload the photograph I had taken.    It didn’t help that I was starting to feel unwell either, but after a week in bed although I am feeling a bit weak my head is in a far better place, so I have tried again and brilliant – no problems at all.  So here is the picture I was trying to share with you in my last post.

2. baby garden 12.7.2020  I have a few cards to share that were finished before I became ill but as I do not want to be here long I will share them another day.

Hope you are all well


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Sunday SAL -12th July 2020

Good crafty morning to you all.

I think there has been fairly good progress on The Baby Garden though the fish pond, where all the centre has been done 1 over 1 has taken its toll on my poor eyes and has to be done over a good few days.  Thankfully I got it finished for this SAL session.  So if you remember last time I had just completed section one.  1. Baby Garden 14.06.2020

Well much as I would love to share the photo of where I am now for some reason this is not letting me add any new photos to the media library.  On top of that I am not feeling to great at the moment so please forgive this next step.  I am therefore going to share the picture from the chart I showed you before JN140 and explain that I have just finished the fishpond approximately in the centre of the chart.  I now have the rest of that section to do and once that is done I shall be about half way.  If I feel better tomorrow I will have another go with this and try to get the actual photograph that has been taken on here but just at this moment in time the computer is very lucky its not learning to fly out the window.   Please go and have fun looking at what everyone else is up to instead.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaSherrie,


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Bits and bobs I’ve been up to;

Hello my crafty friends.  On Sunday we had our first outing into the big wide world outside the front door.  We went to visit with my son and daughter in law but of course we did not go to see them.  My grandson was celebrating his 18th birthday and he was the person we wanted to see.  We kept our social distance but it was still nice to do something that felt like normal.  So here is a picture of the young man himself with the birthday present from his parents.  thumbnail_IMG_1674 he is mad about Land Rovers and Jeeps but not only are they extremely expensive but he would not be able to afford the insurance and running costs one of those beasts would cost.  However he did get one from us as you can see from this picture.FOR OSCAR'S 18THNot quite as expensive to run, this is  the card I made for him.   His other love is roller coasters and his mum made him a roller coaster cake which he thought was great.  I thought so too, what do you think ?thumbnail_IMG_1666  For me life has been about stitching and card making so I will just share a few of my favourite cards from recent makes.   Actually apart from Oscars card, the only other normal cards I have made in the last month have been for a New Baby, A New Home and a Get Well card.

2. For Maggie & John Pearson3. For Sheila & Geoff GathFOR JAN FLY

Everything else has been Christmas cards.   The monthly sketch challenge for June was this one from Freshly Made Sketches.

6.TNS SKETCHI cannot say that I was very impressed with this one, but using one of my recyled toppers and some paper which seemed to go (though I did not like it);  I ended up with a card I thought was fairly reasonable.


On the weekly card challenge I was much happier with the cards I made.  Week 22 challenge was an all white card.  this one was very white and very sparkly, though unfortunately sparkle is difficult to show in a photograph.  Made using an embossing folder that was gifted to me by a friend. Wk 22

Week 23  was to make An Elegant Christmas card.  I chose this Josephine Wall artwork from a Joanna Sheen CD.  I love all the artwork on this cd but this is a favourite Wk 23

Week 24 was Make a Scene (without having a tantrum) lol.  So another recycled card was used to make this one. Wk 24 - 1 Week 26 was Silhouette.  I made this backing paper a white ago using a gold gilding polish from Creative Expressions.  It seemed to team perfectly with this lovely little Christmas Story die.   Wk 25

and this week was week 26 and the challenge was to paint something.  I have been playing with watercolour paints recently so thought that is what I would do.  It was not as adventurous as some of the beautiful paint techniques that others in the group did but I was happy with it. Wk 26  So if you have managed to make it to here then well done.

I hope you are all still staying safe and staying aware. We are far from being out of the woods so far and it worries me a bit that everything is being really more relaxed just as those of us who have been shielding are getting ready to venture out into the world again.  Whilst I know life has got to get back to normal eventually I for one am going to be taking things slowly. Baby steps will be quite big enough for me to cope with lol.

As always I will thank you for visiting, it is always much appreciated and whilst I love receiving comments on here, I am just as happy with the comments I get from those who I know and speak to personally.  I know a number of people who have given up blogging because they do not have enough followers or do not get enough comments.  But I write my blog for me as a sort of crafty diary, and when you are kind enough to leave a comment, a like or decide to follow this little bit of me, its a lovely bonus, like getting the cherry on top of the cake.

Hugs to Everyone

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SAL – 21st June 2020 and a sort of apology.

Today is a special day and I have two events to share with you but firstly I must get to the point of the title.

Good morning crafty folks.  Well first I have to apologise though I am not sure what I did wrong.  I usually try to post my updates about three days before for this SAL (as mornings can be a real struggle sometimes and I don’t like posting late); and I schedule the post for early on the Sunday morning.  However last time I did this as normal but for some reason it didn’t post.  Why I have no idea but I honestly did post.  The thing is I don’t really go to look at my post so I didn’t even realise till well after the event. (like two weeks later when I went to post something else).  I guess I should have noticed that my email wasn’t informing me that worpress were not sending me the usuall posts to inform me of comments, but alas I didn’t.

I will show you the pictures I posted as a before and after i.e. the 10th May and the 31st of May as I thought I had made good progress.

With four new leaves along the bottom I was left with three more to do and a couple of critters I had missed on the way.   Well they went like the speed of light and on the 5th of June you may have heard me shouting with glee, when this happened – the first event

Ta da….. drum roll please :- EMS GARDEN ALPHABET Started 2006 Finished 5th June 2020 I have waited so long to finish this one and get it into the fire screen I had designed it for (I designed the layout, the flower alphabet was a monthly freebie from EMS Designs, and the critters came from here there and everywhere (with a few being altered to fit how I wanted them too).  So a few days later and this is what it looks like now:- DSCF8046

It was such a long time since I had actually stitched anything new so I had decided to pull in a new start (and hopefully finish) before I turned to the next UFO project.

So the 2nd event stepped up – Today we are breaking our isolation to go and hopefully sit in the garden at my sons house as we celebrate our much loved grandsons 18th Birthday.  I hope you, will join us as we raise a toast, “Much love and happiness for your future Oscar”.  You may wonder what this has to do with stitching and the SAL, but when he was born I didn’t make a birth sampler for him because my daughter stitched him a beautiful Precious Moments one.  Not long after though I saw a Just Nan chart called the baby garden which I couldn’t resist and thought I would make a birth sampler we could hang in our bedroom.   Almost 18 years later whilst looking for a new design I came across it and decided it was time it was done so here is what I have started for the SAL this time.  It may be 18 year late in the starting but I am hoping it will not take too long before I am at the finishing post.JN140 and this is what I have done so far.  I have just finished the first section.  There are some speciality stitches in this project and a lot of one over one.  So far the only speciality stitch I have done is the Smyrna stitches that are used for the butterfly wings. 1. Baby Garden 14.06.2020

I hope you will find the time to visit the others in this lovely SAL.  We all stitch our own projects and there are some unusual and beautiful ones to see.  Here are the links to the other members, but do remember some maybe a little later posting than others as we are scattered all over the world. Enjoy …

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

Well that’s all for now folks, I will try to stop by and check this has posted on sunday morning.

Hugs to all,

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SAL Sunday – 31st May, 2020

Good morning lovely crafty folks.   It took me a full two weeks to get round to all your blogs last time but I did it and it was lovely catching up with what you had all been up to.  I have started on the right side of the bottom border and have done 4 of the 7 leaves.  So I am hoping by next time the other three leaves and a couple of tiny animals (another snail and a mouse) will be done and I will be happy dancing.

This was last time

30. 2020.5.8

and now 32. 2020.5.27

If you have time please look at what the others are doing there are some fabulous projects in this SAL with a difference

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Sherrie,

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Cards – challenges and favourites

Happy Monday dear crafty friends.  I am slowly getting back into posting as its only two weeks since my last post.  Not as regular as I would like but better than I have been in the last few months.I will start with the last two weekly challenges.

Week 20 was a shaped or Fancy folded Christmas card, for which I made these two.   I was asked if I had ever won anything in the challenges.  So just in case anyone else has wondered that too then the answer is No.  These challenges are just for fun amongst the friends in our group and they are meant as a challenge to ourselves.  It is completely up to us to choose if we join in or not and so there are no prizes, just the joy of sharing with each other.

Week 21 was food or drink and I chose to do this fat cat with his pudding, and it looks like its not his first.WK 21           This weeks challenge is an all white Christmas Card, but I haven’t made mine yet.

Now for some of my favourites. I will start with this which is for my neighbours 65th birthday which is not until next weekend but she doesn’t get my blog so its safe to share.  Her daughters were taking her for afternoon tea at the famous Ritz Hotel in London, but of course that was cancelled because of the Corona Virus.  However it was my inspiration for this card.                                                                             For Elaine next door

This card was for my friend Karen who moved home last week.For Paul and Karen Fitzpatric

The following were my top three choice.33 FOR CHRIS WHEATLY536 for Oscar

My final selection are just cards I really like but I will put them together in groups and stop chattering so you may browse in peace.



37A SHIONA I wonder if you can guess who this last one was for?

I do hope you enjoyed looking at some of the cards I have made.  I would really love to hear from you if you have a minute or two to leave a comment and I will always reply if possible to do so.  If you don’t have a blog you may still leave a comment by logging into your google account and though I have never tried it I am told you can use your Facebook account too if you wish. If you try it please let me know if you can.

I shall be back next Sunday with  another update on The Garden Alphabet.  It seems impossible that its already over two weeks since the last Sal Sunday update, but I am pleased with the progress I have made so far and may even manage another leaf on the border before I need to take my  next picture to post for you all to see.

Hope you are all staying safe in these strange times.  As always I enclose hugs for those that may want or need them.  So until Sundays its

Hugs from me,

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SAL SUNDAY – 2020 10th May

Good morning everyone – its so nice to be back with the SAL Sunday group.  I have had a good long break from The Garden Alphabet and it was definitely the right thing to do.  Everyone kept saying I was so near the end but at the time I felt as though I was getting nowhere and it would never end.  When I picked it up again almost a month ago now my first thought was how could I have left it so close to the end lol.  I started by frogging what I had started on the last letter Z for Zinnia (the stitching was all over the place) and began afresh and I am pleased to say it went like a breeze .  I have now completed not only the Zinnia but the butterfly, bees and dragonfly to complete the body of the piece.  So just the left border and  I think that will be it done.  So hopefully June will be blooming and I will be onto a new project by then.

This was how it looked the last time I shared which was the 1st September 201928. 2019.9.1and here is how it is looking now 30. 2020.5.8I am sorry its looking so crumpled but I forgot to press it before taking the photo – just try to ignore the fabric.

I am looking forward to spending today being utterly lazy and just breezing through everyone elses posts.  I have managed to keep up to date which what a few of you are doing but I am expecting to see lots of new and exciting projects have appeared and also see amazing progress on some i have not seen for a while.  I am also looking forward to seeing what our newbies are doing as I see a few new names on the list since I was last with you.

Oops just checking through what I had written and notice one of the bees wings have been outlined – well I did to bs round the wings on these bees for some reason then noticed that I hadn’t done it on any other bee so decided to unpick remove it as I actually prefer them without it.  Obviously I only unpicked one of the two so I had better do the other now its been spotted.  It’s funny how looking at a photo we often can see an error that we missed when the stitching was right before our eyes.

If you would like to see what the others in this SAL are up to then please follow the links below Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Sherrie, Helen

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Playing Catch Up …

It is so hard to think about what to post when you go nowhere and do very little,  I haven’t been out the door for over 4 weeks.  Its hard looking out the window at yet another dull day here and knowing I would be on holiday in Jordan, Petra and Jerusalem at the moment.  Thank goodness I have hobbies to keep me occupied or I would have been climbing the walls by now.  I have stitched and will start with showing you a picture of Daisy which I finished last month DARLINGTON DAISY - MARCH 2020

I have also gone back to stitching The Garden Alphabet, and re-joined my Sunday Sal group.  The next posting for the group is on the 10th May so I will share that with you then.

I wont share all the cards I have made or you would be here all week suffice to say that I have made over 60 this month (and that is excluding Christmas cards).  For my group challenges both weekly and monthly where possible I have tried to recycle old cards.  I am a great believer in trying to use things rather than throw them away and I actually started card making many years ago by using all the old cards my family and neighbours gave me .  I hope I have improved a little since then as I cut out the bits I liked and just stuck them onto a piece of folded card (often taken from the coloured paper scrap books we had when I was a child).

I will start by showing you the monthly cards which are made using a different sketch template each month.

Firstly three are for February and March.  I actually made two for February, as with sketches you can use them any way round you like so for the 2nd one I flipped the sketch to work in the opposite direction.

and just one each for April and May

For the weekly challenges we are given a subject and how you interpret that is up to you. As there are a few of these I will try and do them in group.  Starting with

week 10  – A Christmas Carol                                 Week 11 – Reindeers                                          week 12 – Using an old product                            Week 13 – All that glitters

Week 14 – Snowflakes              Week 15 – Quirky                   Week 16 – Recycle an old card

Week 17 –  Blue and Silver .   I used an old stepper card for this and cut it into three to make two cards.  The first used the back and the second used the two steps which and for this i blended a background and added a silver moon then layered the two steps for a dimensional card.

and lastly you will be relieved to know is

Week 18 Flowers and Foliage            and              Week 19  A Steampunk Christmas

Neither of these were recycled as i had nothing that fit the bill for these themes.  The last one was well out of my comfort zone but once I settled down and got an idea in my head I quite enjoyed this challenge.

I had intended finishing up with a few of my favourite cards from this month but I think you have seen enough cards to last for a little while.  If I can get my head back into gear and start posting a little more often then maybe I will share some of those another time.

I hope everyone is staying home and is safe and well.  I am dreaming of being able to walk round one of our local garden centres and then stopping in their coffee shop to have a nice cappaccino or latte and a home made cake.  We are lucky here as we have three to choose from and they are all family run independent centres.  So each quite different to the other and certainly different from the main garden centre chains that we have in this country now.  I would love to know what you are looking forward to when you are free to go out and about again.

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March is fading …

and I am finding it hard to face the fact that I haven’t posted since the middle of February.

Well I do apologise dear readers, and I really don’t have much of an excuse.  Of course the world has turned upside down for us here in the UK, but then I guess no matter where you are in the world it is the same for you too.  Is there anywhere that has managed to completely avoid this dreaded virus.  I hope where possible you are all staying home and staying safe.

At the end of February we went off to the first of three early holidays we had booked.  It was to Andalucia in Spain.  We were staying in a beautiful little town called Antequera.  Our first day was spent wandering around but we didn’t bother going up to the castle as we thought we would leave that until the last day of the holiday when we had another free day.  The town was busy the shops and cafes were quaint and the temperature was 30 degrees, all just perfect.  The following day we went with our party of 26 people to Cordoba.  Another beautiful little town.  Where we visited amongst other places a beautiful Mosque.  This was very different to any Mosque we had ever visited before as it had been used for other religious too until the 11th century when it had been converted to a Christian Church.  It was like a massive Mosque with a church built in the middle of it.  If you ever get the chance this place is well worth a visit.  Though I took the photos on my ipad so I haven’t got any here to share with you.

The following day (the Saturday) we set out for Granada, another beautiful city.  On the way our tour guide got a call to say that the Cathedral we were supposed to be visiting had been closed.  A small disappointment but nothing to worry about.  However as the day went on one after another of the places that were on our itenary we found had been closed.  Though the town was busy many of the shops had also been closed.

On arriving back to our hotel we found the reason.  We would not be going on any more of our tours as Spain had declared a State of Emergency.  The hotel was locked and we would not be leaving again until we went home.  A little daunting but we good food, good company and the sun was shining so we would make the best of it.  The bar was closed but there were glasses and wine etc on a table in the lounge and we could help ourselves and sign for what we had on a trust basis.    However on the Monday evening as we were having dinner the police drove by and decided we were too close together and the restruant was to be closed and we were to stay in our rooms.  Tuesday was three meals of white bread sandwiches, and a bottle of water.  Luckily we had some biscuits in our room and managed to save ourselves from starving on those lol.  We however were allowed to go out our rooms for exercise walking round the hotel and in the courtyard (swimming pool had been closed).  So between meals we all walked in the courtyard and got round total isolation that way.  Wednesday we were flown home.  We left Malaga airport with the staff all masked up and looking like something from Star Wars to arrived back in the uk where everything seemed completely normal – not a mask in site no health check (which we were all expecting) and vague advice that we would be best to isolate ourselves for 14 days.  This changed when we saw on tv that as the so called “elderly” over 70 but not old I can assure you.  We had to self isolate for 12 weeks, so we are being good and following the advice.  Our son and a couple of close neighbours have shopped when necessary and as we get our medication through a postal service we are doing fine now.  Our next holiday in April was to Jordan, Petra and Jerusalem obviously that will no longer be going ahead and the May trip touring Scotland (all hotels and B&B’s booked in advance) will not be going ahead either.  The only other trip we have booked is not until November so we are keeping our fingers crossed that one may go ahead.

Take care each and everyone of you and do your very best to stay safe.  Hopefully if we all obey the rules we may get back to normal sooner rather than later.

Blessings and Hugs to you all


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