SAL SUNDAY – Garden Alphabet 1

I guess most of us will be in the same boat this time.  So busy with Christmas that not a lot has been achieved on the stitching front, well it’s certainly true for me anyway.

2017.11.19aThis was how it stood when I shared with you last time.  As I am not keen on stitching the border I decided it should be where I made a start, so this is how it looks now.DSCF5712As I do not feel so pressurised with this one,  I thought it would be nice to have something else to stitch and flick between the two.  A while back  (in March) I had a naughty new start when Claire kindly sent me the chart for Kokeshi Dolls.  This is what I shared when I returned from my holiday back then 1. MARCH 2017and this is how they look nowDSCF5713Looking at the pictures and comparing them with last times, I am rather pleased to see I actually achieved more than I thought I had.

I have been quiet of late, a) because I have tried to spend far less time on the computer and b) because I have been busy with my own Christmas cards.  I have not wanted to share with you until they had all winged their way to my friends as a few of them actually come and peep at what I share on here.  Hopefully the last ones will go in the post tomorrow so I may be able to share soon.   I can however share the one I made for my daughter as  I gave it to her today.  DSCF5710

Please go and visit all the others who do this SAL.  We all work on very different projects and you will see some amazing things.


That’s all for now, but before I go I would like to take the opportunity to wish all the wonderful people who take part in this sal and the many others who visit me here, a very happy and blessed Christmas.  I hope you all get the chance to share your day with those you love and that Peace will bless you and yours throughout the season and the year to follow.
ps if you wonder why my fabrics look so different it is because I usually manage to take my pictures in daylight but the latest ones were taken about 10.30 last night.
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SAL SUNDAY – A view to a kill…

So here is the next UFO on my hit list.  It is called Garden Alphabet.  The alphabet and border were freebies from EMS Designs, some years ago.  I arranged the designs and added other bits to fill it out so that it hopefully will fit in an old fire screen I have.  Although I am calling it a UFO it was worked on at reasonable intervals until I joined this SAL when Gracious Era became my focus.  Now I am hoping that this will also become a complete work soon.  I have taken this picture this morning and hope to make a new start on it within the next few days.2017.11.19a

As I spent two of the last three weeks on holiday, enjoying some real sunshine and warmth in Lanzarote, as opposed to the dull grey and wet day we returned too, all I have to share with you on this SAL Sunday is my holiday stitch “Wildlife of the Hedgerow.  Here is how it looked after our last holidayDSCF5526and here it is now.2017.11.18The owl is almost complete now, so hopefully two or three more holidays will have me to the half way point.  So now I have another incentive for booking more holidays, although I still think the main incentive is getting away from our cold and wet English winters.

This SAL group is so wonderful and supportive and is so different to any other SAL I have seen.  Everyone is working on their own individual project (so no pressure to keep up with anyone else). There are some big, some small and some very complicated things, but the one thing we all have in common is wanting support as we stitch our way through our projects and hopefully clear our baskets of UFO’s.  Please if you are having a short break, then take the time to sit back and browse all the wonderful things that are going on, and if you would love to join us then please contact Avis (first name on the list below).

All for now



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SAL SUNDAY – 29th OCTOBER 2017….

…  and I am Happy Dancing.  Yes roll out the red carpet and blow on your trumpets to herald the finished Gracious Era.  This was started on Boxing Day 13 years ago .

EDITED TO ADD – THE SNOW IS ALL FRENCH KNOTS AND NOT BEADS LOL.GRACIOUS ERA 1 - FINISHED OCT.2017No not framed (only in the picture lol), not even washed and pressed yet.  I used frames from my Serif Craft Artist 2, just to give a nicer appearance.

As we go on holiday on Thursday and I am not going to get a lot of chance to stitch beforehand, I will give you an update on my holiday stitching next time.  Next time I will also introduce you to the next UFO to appear in place of this one.  I am going to be replacing it with a piece called Garden Alphabet, which at the present time is about half done.

Do not forget to go visit the others in this Sal.  Everyone works on their own project and at their own pace, so an ideal place to come if you are struggling with a UFO or a large piece of work you feel you need encouragement with. Also makes visiting the other blogs exciting as everyone has something different and there are some fantastic things out there.  If you would like to join us then please contact Avis (first link below) where you will be met with a warm welcome.

Hugs to anyone who needs them
Bye for now
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Sal Sunday – 7th Oct 2017

I cannot believe it but not only did I miss the last SAL Sunday but it has been six weeks since I last blogged.  I have in general been trying to avoid using the computer so much.  Having had a few migraine, which seemed to be connected to long periods on the computer, there seemed to be a need for that action and it has worked.  Though in general I have not been too good over the last month so there is that too.  If I had been around to post last time you would not have seen any progress as there had been no stitching for over a month, well a little but not on my SAL piece.  However a week and a half ago I suddenly felt the urge to go back to GE so here is how it was last time DSCF5498I am now please to tell you that all those little crosses are done, and I have now started on the back stitching, which in itself is another mountain to climb, but hey ho, I never thought all the cross stitch  would ever be done so that warranted its own little happy dance. DSCF5620

you may be able to spot the start of the bs on the two ladies on the far left.

This is a SAL with a difference as we are all working on very different projects, the aim being to encourage each other to reduce our UFO lists and turn them into finished works.  Please visit the other blogs and see what everyone else has been up to.


CindyStephLindaCatherine,  Mary Margaret, Timothy

My charity Christmas cards are now all done and have moved on to pastures new.  I took a box of almost 200 down to the local school during last week, ready for their Christmas fayre.

I thought I would share this one, made yesterday, which my cousin asked me to make for her special friend.DSCF5622


I have now started on my own Christmas cards but as a number of my friends look at this blog I will not be showing them until they have all been posted and received as all my cards are on a theme this year – so though I do not batch make (no not even for Christmas cards), I cannot show one without giving away my theme.

Well that is all for now folks.  Hope  to be with you again soon







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SAL Sunday – again

wow that has come round so fast this time, maybe because I have not been doing too much stitching.  I am getting close to the end in more ways than one.  Two of the threads I managed to make stretch to the last stitch and two I have ran out of with a few more stitches to do.  I am not too worried about this as there are conversion charts out there and for how little is left it will not (I hope) be noticeable if there is a tiny variation in the colour.  At least I do now know that both sides will meet in the middle as they should. So here is where it was last time around.DSCF5310and this is how it looks this morningDSCF5498

This SAL is great, everyone is working on their own chosen project and at their own pace, so unlike other SALs there is no competition; just a great bunch of people who have your back and give you lots of encouragement to stick with it.  So the ideal platform, for those like me, who are struggling with old ufo’s, or big projects, that they really would love to see finished.  If you would like to join us then please contact Avis (first on the list) and in the mean time why not have a trip round the world and see what other projects are being done.

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Timothy, Heidi, Connie.

I have a few more Christmas cards to share but will save them for another day.  I will however share what I am playing with at the moment.

As anyone who follows my blog on a regular basis will know I am addicted to stamps.  I have lots, but what I do not have is the skills to go with them.  So determined to get to grips with this I have been playing with my new birthday stamps.  the one with the fawn, is my first attempt at masking to do a background.  I so admire those who stamp, and the versatility that stamping brings to card making.  I have even treated myself to some lovely water colour card – though at the moment I am still working on scraps from my left over box. These two are from a lovely Hobby Art stamp set called Fawn and Flora, from my lovely friend Terri.

So back to playing now and later I will do my visiting to see what everyone else is up to.

Hugs to you all




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The C word

I know C standards for Christmas, which I have to tell you gets closer each day.  However is also stands for Card, Cute, Colouring and Cats.  So if you hate all of those then I shouldn’t bother reading on.

As you will have gathered I have been making Christmas cards (so many to do and time is getting shorter), but as I just sent a big box of mixed cards off to the Pahara Trust, Nepal, these will all be for our local school when they have their Christmas Fayre.

I think they are all cute this time so first I will go with the ones I have coloured.

Then we have Cats



I hoped you enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed making them.

Lastly I will leave you with a picture of all the lovely crafty things I received for my recent birthday.


If you wonder why there is a magazine at the back, it was the gift from my grandson and he chose it because it came with a large selection of beautiful Joanna Sheen stamps (they are just on top of the magazine to the right), and he knew that I loved Joanna Sheen things.   I read a post on recently from Mrs P at Craft Odyssey, and she was amazed that her grandson knew what her favourite detective program was, well this amazed me just as much.  My grandson is a little older than hers but I still didn’t think he took at much, if any, notice when I was rambling on about crafting lol.

Well that’s all for now but I will be back on Sunday with my Sal update, three weeks has just flown by and its that time again.

Hugs to you all








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A bit of this and that:-

Good afternoon from a beautifully sunny Derbyshire.  First of all I wish to thank everyone for the lovely birthday greetings.  We had a lovely week in the Cotswolds, mainly visiting National Trust and walking in some of the lovely gardens.  At Upton Park I took lots of pictures of the deer and was able to get so close to them. They are on my ipad and I haven’t downloaded them yet so will share a few when I do.

I took my holiday stitching but didn’t make much progress as by the time we had dinner and got back to our room at night I was too shattered to anything much.  This was how it looked before we left home.DSCF5190This is the progress made;7 WILDLIFE OF THE HEDGEROW - AUGUST 2017 at least there is a little less green to stitch next time lol.

Amongst the gifts I recieved for my birthday,( I am a lucky bunny as most of it has been craft stuff and I will share soon), was a cd to add to my graphics program.  I have Craft Studio, and this cd contained four digi kits for parchment.  One was all frames, one was butterflies an another was flowers,  the last which I haven’t used yet was lace. Each of the digi kits contains a minimum of 50 designs and the card below contains just two of them, a frame and a butterfly.  I designed two cards and printed them off on parchment paper.  One I have made into a card and when I have completed the other I hope to make that into a card too.  But here is a picture of the first one I madeCHARITY 1My hand was not too steady when embossing the circle but otherwise I am really pleased with it.  I don’t know why the little daisy in the bottom corner closed up – maybe it was feeling shy, but its opened again now lol.

The only other card I have made so far this month is this one, which again uses  another  of my birthday gifts – the Sue Wilson, Hobnail Vase die.CHARITY 2

I am obviously slacking on the card front this month, but after making 98 cards last month I feel I am allowed to have a bit of a breather this month.  Guess I will soon get back into things.

Well that’s all for now, so thank you for taking the time to read.  I am  now going to sit in the garden and read for a bit – we have to make the most of the sunshine we get in the UK.

Hugs to all who need or want them.


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