SAL Sunday – Village of my Heart #4

this is where i finished last time
and this is where I am now.

I am not completely happy with the Heads and Hats Shop, I think I should have done the hats in the window one over one. They look out of proportion with the girl going into the shop but, if I had done the girl in normal stitching her head would be up to the bedroom windows – so its definitely the hats that are wrong. I really do not want to frog them as it would be a nightmare to do now. What is your opinion? I am putting a close up picture of the hats so you can see them more clearly.

the picture was taken this morning and its rather dark here today.

One thing I am pleased with is my progress this month. I even managed to make a start of this:-

which is a beautiful hardanger chart I received for Christmas.

Why not grab a cuppa and see what everyone else is working on but remember, members of this group live all over the so allow for time differences.

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As always I am sending HUGS for those that need them

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A New Year and Quaker pouch.

My first post for 2021 so I will start by wishing you all A Very Happy New Year. I wish you all Peace, Happiness, Health, and a year ahead where everyone will have the Covid vaccine and things will soon return to normal.

I wanted to share with you my first finish of 2021 – well my first sort of finish. The stitching on this beautiful little quaker pouch was finished in 2007, but as I have mentioned before I am trying to sort out and frame or finish works that are in my “Done Draw”, which I admit is getting to the stage where I shall be unable to close it if much more gets thrown into it. Anyway I managed to machine stitch a lining (yeh I managed to machine straight lines – well more of less straight lines) and then stitched the rest together by hand. Here is my finished pouch :-


Regarding my SAL and half way through the three week segment I am really pleased with the progress I have made, though obviously pictures are only shown on the due date. However one of my Christmas gifts was this beautiful chart.

This is the perfect size for one of my coffee tables and as I have everything in stock (though I am going to change the purple to a peachy shade), I am going to have a start on this. Then if I am doing well for a change with the SAL, I shall spend a week here and there on doing this alongside.

I have been really busy with cards but I cannot share any as they are all for friends and I know a number of them read this blog. February is a very birthday heavy month for me. I can however share a couple of January birthday cards. One being for my brother who would not be interested in looking at a stitching or crafting blog even if he would read a blog at all which I am most certain he wouldn’t lol. The other is for a friend in Canada and I am certain she is not a follower either.

As always I am sending HUGS for those that need them

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SAL SUNDAY – Village of My Heart #3

Last times
and today.

Not a great deal done but as it was the lead up to Christmas I am fairly happy with the progress made.

Why not grab a coffee and go see what everyone else has been up to.

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SAL SUNDAY – Village of My Heart #2

Not a lot of progress but I dare say I will not be on my own this time round as Christmas things take over at this time of year.

Here is where I was three weeks ago

and this is where I am now though I had to take the longest row at the bottom out as I realised it was in the wrong colour lol.


The Post Office is the first building on the third side of my Village Tablecloth.

Now I promised a little more information this time round so I will tell you the verse that set me off on this little adventure.


I have some very special friends, but we live so far apart.

So I’ve gathered them together in a village of my heart

We all live in a shady street in cheerful harmony

and flit from porch to porch just like a robin or a bee.

and here is the tablecloth showing the verse around the centre and also the first two sides.

Here are the first three cottages in my village

I have to say I am hating this new WordPress. It is far more complicated and far less user friendly than it used to be. Just why do they think these things need meddling with – “if its not broke then don’t fix it”, comes to mind. I cannot put images next to each other now – my verse is all in double spacing because if I press return they ( yes they the idiots who supposedly made it better) think I want to write a new paragraph. I am over 70 years old – I have the power to think for myself and do not want to be told where and in what format I have to write everything. Its not just WordPress either, my mail is sorted for me into Focused, Other and Junk, because they assume they know what I want – well they don’t. Important things can end up in Junk as an email from my son did the other day, and despite continually trying to get certain mail to be focused and others to go to junk they still continue to put things where I don’t want them. Many of you will know Facebook is just as bad with putting the things you want to see up first. They dont know what I want to see and I know where the delete button is so I can sort things for myself thank you.

Sorry and rant over but I am getting so frustrated with this. Avis kindly told me about the program she uses but when I tried to access they said that it was no longer available. Does anyone know a good place to have a blog.

Why not grab a coffee and go see what everyone else is up to – there are some beautiful projects being done.

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All for now


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Where does time go?

If you too are a crafter I am sure you must ask yourself exactly that question many times. I go up to my craft room for half and hour and 6 hours late feel sure the clock is faulty when I look at the time to see if my half hour is up.

I was ill for two weeks recently and have so much to catch up with. All those Christmas cards made with lots of time to spare. Still need writing! All those December birthday cards still want making. I have a wedding car bouquet to make, inserts to make for a pile of cards and last but not least it really is time I made a mid SAL post. At least I am tackling the latter one now. Its ages since I posted anything apart from my three week SAL. So what have I been up to.

Firstly, my grandson asked for help making these sweet little advent calendars for his girlfriend .

there should be twenty four houses, but one could not be finished off as there was no gift to go inside it yet.

They are so sweet but I don’t think I have ever cussed so much as I did whilst make these, every house is a little different to the others.

I have also been getting some of my old cross stitch “draw store stuff” actually into frames at last.

These two were finished in 2009 so have been waiting 11 years to have their frames but its lovely to see them hanging in my kitchen at last. My kitchen is cream and has black work surfaces and there are little touches of red about so you can see why they are in the kitchen

This Christmas one was finished in 2010 so it will be nice to see it hanging on the wall this year.

Lastly this one which I finished in 2013. I love the verse on this one and just in case you cannot read it –

“With faith in our hearts and a love all our own. Together we’ve made a place we call home.”

I also got The Baby Garden framed but unfortunately I have been unable to get a half decent picture of it. I will have another try and maybe I can share with you soon.

I have also been busy with cards recently and again I will TRY to make a point of getting another post done to share some of those with you.

I do hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have been occupying myself with during this second lockdown. I also hope people will stick to the rules. Please wear a mask, if you do not want to protect themselves then at least I hope you can think of loved ones, and not take the chance, and not put others at risk.

Until next time, hugs to you all and please stay safe.

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I am truly Happy Dancing this time round. Baby Garden is really finished at last. I finally outlined the fence and in a beige shade – grey being either too light to show or looked very harsh. I also altered the dragonfly on the left hand side of the clock panel.

So on to a new start and what’s next. It is a tablecloth and is called VILLAGE OF MY HEART. I started this in January 2008, with a blog called Me Myself and I. Apparently lots of people had been doing round robins of cottages and houses but postage was so expensive and some beautiful works went astray in the post. So someone had the idea to start a blog and instead of passing the work on once a month we would do it all ourself and just do one cottage each month. The cottages and how they were laid out was completely up to us. As often happens with these things people went there own way and some where finished in a month and others got fed up and dropped out so in the end the blog just fizzled out. I carried on with mine for a while and then got the itch for something new – as we do – or at least I did lol.

When first looking for ideas I had no idea what i wanted to do but then came across a little poem (I will look it out for next time). It started with the lines

I have so many special friends, but we live so far apart. So I’ve gathered them together, in a Village of My Heart.

I thought of a tablecloth with the verse stitched about the centre square and then my village round the edge, and set about designing it. I have two sides completed so far, and have just started on the high street, which has a bank, shops, a small park a school and a church. I will show more of what I have done next time but for now this is where I finished it with the first building on the high street done.

I havent stitched much as a few days after last time I took ill and have spent two weeks in bed, but this week I have done a little so here I am now.

I hope you have managed to get this far – sorry its been such a long post and sorry I did not manage to get round to everyones blog last time. But why not visit the others in the SAL and see the beautiful projects they are working on.

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SAL Sunday – 25th October 2020

I am happy dancing – well at least I should be. Baby Garden is technically finished but I am unsure about the fencing in this last block. Opinions would be welcome please as to whether you think the white fence posts could do with an outline – I am thinking of grey as am not sure as it shows in just the white.

You will have to wait until next time to find out what future plans I have. In the meantime why not visit others in this varied and supportive SAL. We are all over the world (so allow for different time zones) and working on very different projects.

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All for now folks


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SAL SUNDAY – 4th October 2020

Good morning my crafty friends. This is where my stitching was last time

and here is how it looked yesterday.

This particular block has been a nightmare. It is supposedly complete now however there are two mistakes on the left hand side. The bird is in the wrong place but its staying where it is -I just cannot face frogging l over 1 again. The other mistake I did not even notice until the picture had been downloaded The dragonfly is just done in normal cross stitch. If you compare it with the one on the right you will notice that is done as a Smyrna stitch. The line below the cats should have been done with two threads and it was called sprat stitch. I really did not like this but my friend advised doing it with one so it was taken out and started again. I did look better though I still did not like it and in the end I did a rice stitch over 4 threads which to my mind looks better. I have now started on the fence. This is the last big block with just a thin line of another special stitch below it so with any luck I could be happy dancing next time. There are a few bees and ladybirds done in one over one but mainly its normal cross stitch in this block so here’s hoping that it goes easier than the last block, which to be fair is the only one I have had trouble with.

Why not visit the others and see what they are working on – whilst most are doing cross stitch or embroidery there are other stitching skills included too so lots of things of interest there.

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That’s all for now, I hope everyone is keeping well


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SAL SUNDAY – 12th September 2020

Unfortunately this time round there is little to show. The frogs have been up to mischief and I have spent more time un-stitching than actually stitching. For those who have never had to frog on l over l then I can assure you its not fun. Also the fact that I have not been getting on very well with this section seems to be putting me off it. I am thinking of sorting my next UFO out before having another try and if I still feel as though I am getting nowhere then I will make a start on that for next time. You will just have to see if next time you get the Baby Garden or The Village (which I have decided is my next UFO).

Anyway here is last times :-

Here is where I am now at – without the frogs interference this panel may have been finished but not even half way yet.

Our SAL is very different from other SALs each person is stitching there own cross stitch or embroidery design and the group is there to give 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. The group is quite large at the moment so they will not be taking any new members at the moment – sorry.

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Thats all for now, I hope everyone is keeping well


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Sal Sunday – 23rd August 2020

Not done a huge amount but some steady progress. This was last time

and this is today

I have actually done the clock face since the picture was taken.

Do see what others are up to as there are some wonderful and different projects in this special SAL.

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thats all for now folks


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