SAL SUNDAY – 11th August 2019

Since returning from holiday, when I achieved so much on my hardanger ufo, I have hardly touched a needle.  So here is Garden Alphabet as it looks right now, and with little progress since last time.  Though I am on the last leaf for the left side.

DSCF7232Why not pop along and see what projects others are working on, and if you would like to join us then just contact Avis (first name below).

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon

Thank you for your visit and I hope to see you again soon



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The last of the July birthday cards.

Hello my crafty friends.  I thought I would share a few more cards with you.

The first is a stamp by Picture This, and I just adore this Guardsman, with a twinkle in his eye and his trusty “pop” gun.  He is for a friend of ours. 2 for David West The next three are from a set of digi stamps that were a free bonus download with a recent magazine I bought.  I only buy magazines when I feel the gift is something I really like and is  worth the money I am paying, I then treat the magazine as the freebie.

This is for another friends birthday and is using one of my new dies. The beautiful sparkly mesh was something I bought whilst we were in Florida recently. 7 For Jan Wilson and this was my other new stamp and a bit more of the sparkly mesh to make a bow.2and lastly using some of the new stamps I received for Mothers Day and playing with a new set of colouring pencils that hubby bought me.

12111098I hope you enjoy looking as much as I enjoy sharing with you.  Its my birthday tomorrow so if I am lucky enough to get anything crafty I will be sure to share with you.

Thank you for taking the time to visit and share my scatter brained thoughts,




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Introducing Daisy

Hi there crafty friends.  I have just returned from holiday and I missed my last SAL post so please forgive me for that dear SAL friends.  Not long before going on holiday I decided to have a good sort out of my stash and came across a piece of hardanger that I had designed myself a few years back.  The outline had been completed and one of the foundation lines for the triangular bits (the line attached to the outer line), and that was as far as it had got.  As there are few colours to worry about in hardanger I decided that it was a good one to take on holiday with me.  So here is where I have got too now.1.Darlington Daisy Her official name is “Darlington Daisy”, but I am just calling her Daisy for now.  Though its probably not easy to see this is the part I am working on at the moment.

2.Darlington Daisy

I am doing the dove eyes in alternate green and lavender worked diagonally – just to be different lol.

It is sometime since I shared any cards but be assured I have been as busy as usual on that front.  I just think you must get bored with seeing so many.  I will share a few of my favourite ones from recent makes however.   This one was made for my cousin who was in hospital.    1. For Karen 2 FOR OZThis eclipse card was for my beloved grandson.   The card below was for my hubby.  As he has always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands I could not resist this blue footed booby bird stamp when it was released at Hobby Arts. I also have to say – yes – apart from the fact they do not wear bows they do look just like this.21 for Keith

The  rest are just a few of my favourites made last month.


13I hope you enjoyed these few.

If I have not visited your blog in the last few weeks please forgive me, as I was so busy just before we went and then we have been away for the last couple of weeks.  I will try and catch up soon.

Bye for now and thank you for visiting,  your visit is appreciated and any comments are always welcome.  So many thanks to you all .





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SAL Sunday – 30th June 2019

Despite a rotton summer cold, which just wont go away (and makes it hard to concentrate), I have managed some progress.  One of my bees now has wings, and the bottom border is growing steadily.  I am going to try and stick with this now as I can really feel the end in sight.  Though it may not be until later in the year as there is still quite a lot to do.

26. 30th June 2019I do hope you will go and see everyone elses work, as this is a very different Sal to most and we each work on our own individual projects which can be very different.  It you are struggling with a large work, or have UFO;s (un-finished objects) hidden away then this is the SAL for you.  We post every three weeks to show our progress and there is lots of support here to help you on your way.  No targets to meet as we all stitch at a different pace and some have very little time to spare.  If you think you may like to join us contact Avis – the first link below.

Thank you for visiting


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Autumn is done – for now…

Hello my lovely crafty friends.  A post at last, I have been so busy recently  but then we have had a week of rain,  which gave me a good excuse to be back to the grindstone and stitching.  I intended doing just a couple more lines on Autumn but as these samplers are quite small I decided to finish the stitching.  Like with Spring and Summer there are no beads on it yet.  My friend said she would add some of the beads I didn’t have in with my Christmas gift, alas Royal Mail lost the parcel.  Not that beads or even the gift was worth a fortune but they just do not appreciate that something are irreplaceable. Not valuable but bits we find to add in our parcels knowing our friend will love them, or little add on’s we make.  Yet really and truly they just don’t give a damn, and there answer is always – you should have insured it – as though money was all that mattered.  Oh well little rant over and I apologise for that lol.

Here for your perusal folks is my naked Autumn…     DSCF7120I did change the colour of the tree trunks and used just a plain DMC thread but I feel far happier about them now.

The rain has stopped this morning and there is a tiny patch of blue sky showing, its not enough to mend a Dutchman’s trousers, as my Grandmother would have said, but nevertheless its there and its blue.  With the rain stopping my bedraggled garden needs some attention, lots of dead heading and removing the flowers that have just been hammered to death recently, but I hope to be back with you soon to share more of my crafting.

Thank you for taking the time to visit, we all lead such busy lives and I do appreciate each and everyone of you.



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SAL Sunday – 9th June 2019

Not done too badly this time.  I am trying to do the bottom left hand border and the corner embellishment bits on the bottom left too.  Finished one ivy leaf, one butterfly and made a start on two bees.


Why not go and see what everyone else is up to as we are all working on different projects.  If you wish to join us please contact Avis, first name below.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaretCindyLindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganCatherineDeborahConnieClare, Mary MargaretReneeJennyCarmelaJocelynSharon

Thanks for visiting



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A Mental Block

Good morning crafty friends, I hope you are all well on this Spring Bank Holiday morning.  Do you too have a blog?  do you puzzle over what title to give your post?  I visit many blocks and the titles of there post range from things like my Sunday SAL – clear and to the point, but they are so often witty or relevant without sounding repetitive.  Todays post, like, 90 % of my posts, is about stitching and card and I just could not think of anything to call it.  Maybe I should just put the date at the top as I often write the blog quicker than the title.  Hence today I definitely have a mental block where titles are concerned.  But here goes, the thing you came for, stitching and cards!

Firstly this is the top of the Autumn Sampler I was stitching whilst in Bruges.  I am fairly pleased apart from the trees, because the trunks are almost the same colour as the leaves and the branches just look like I have done some messy stitching as they are not defined enough to look like branches.  I think they are coming out eventually and a darker brown will be used.  Not much work to do that and hopefully they will look much improved.Autumn Sampler May 2019Now to cards, the first two are newish stamps, one was from Mothers Day and one I bought myself a couple of months back.43 Although its hard to tell they are both very sparkly and have been stamped onto blended backgrounds.  Because I knew what I was stamping I did try to keep to a pale peach area where the skin tones would be needed on the fairy and keep darker blue and purple shades down the centre of the peacock card (though I did highlight certain areas with alcohol markers after stamping) and I am really pleased with how they turned out.  It certainly beats hours of colouring in.

Here is a selection of the other cards made in the last month.

Hope you have enjoyed and if you are in the UK I also hope you are enjoying the last day of your holiday weekend.



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