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Thursday, 31 January 2013

Yourself

 This morning was spent transferring my SU retired wooden stamps sets into those 12 x 12 boxes that were on my workdesk yesterday.  I guess I underestimated yet again just how many boxes I would need as I filled 8 out of the 9 boxes this morning.  I think I might just need a couple more to complete the job.  The next task is to catalogue all of them in a folder and number the boxes so that I know exactly what stamps are in which box - I'll get there one day!

hpqscan0001Todays photo prompt is YOURSELF so I have included a photo of me as a baby with my brother Michael looking at me adoringly.  He was adamant that he only wanted a sister - definitely didn't want a brother - lucky for mum and dad he got what he wanted.  I was going to be called Suzanne but Michael didn't like that name as there was a girl that lived nearby us called that and he didn't like her.  So he got to name me Linda Ann - I later found out that he'd seen the name on a caravan while on holiday in Weymouth - I guess it could have been a lot worse.  Thankfully he still loves me as much as he did then even though I was a very active and sometimes annoying sister when younger, however I was useful for a money loan when older as I was always the sensible one with regards to money.  Now we're older we are very much equals and enjoy the times when we get the chance to meet up.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

WOYWW #191


DSCF1211I missed taking part in last weeks WOYWW but was determined to jump back on board again today.  Not that there is a lot of crafting activity on the workdesk this week as I have been spending most evenings working on Yiota's landscape cross stitch.  All that is on my workdesk is a stack of 12 x 12 storage boxes waiting to be filled with more retired SU wood mounted stamps. My crafting pals were kind enough to pick these up for me at the craft show last week - I wasn't able to go as I was working :(  I think this will just about be enough for them but I may have to get more of them at the next show for all the other wood mounted stamps from other manufacturers.  There also appears to be a rogue tub of murky looking water and some pipettes which I think have strayed over from DH's workspace - will need to speak sternly to him about that as there is a definite one way system in the room which only allows me to spill over into his area!!!

DSCF1198For those of you that are just coming to look at the WOYWW post then you may just want to scroll down and ignore the rest of the post, but for those of you following my photo prompts then here we go.  Max and I were able to get out and enjoy a lovely walk in the sunshine this morning at Saltram.  It may have been sunny but it was most definitely wet and muddy still and my wellies came in very handy.  The photo prompt for today is DOWN and Max certainly needed a good rub DOWN with his towel when we got back to the car.  One of the hazards of being a vertically challenged dog is that it is very difficult not to end up with an incredibly muddy belly and legs.

DSCF1204While we were out on our walk we saw lots and lots and lots of snowdrops - in one particular section the floor was covered with them - such a beautiful sight which again reminds us despite the dismal weather of late that Spring is on it's way.

I love walking round Saltram at all time of the year as you can so clearly see the different seasons and there is always something different that catches your eye.  Nature truly is a wonderful thing.  We also saw a beautiful Robin perched on one of the tree branches but I wasn't quick enough to capture his photo.

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Further around on our walk they have dug out the word Saltram and have obviously planted spring bulbs there which are now starting to make an appearance and I am sure in a few more weeks will start coming out to delight us with their sunshine colours.  No doubt when they are in full bloom they will be visible from one of the main roads into Plymouth which is across the river from Saltram.

DSCF1207Even further along on the marsh, although not visible in the next photo were a mass of Canadian geese and the common white geese (sorry not aware of their correct breeding name) which could be viewed from the bird hide.  I wonder if it's the same Canadian geese that return to Laira depot each year to have their young.  We spent a good hour and a half walking around and loved every minute of it.

The rest of the morning/early afternoon has been spent with mum where we enjoyed a visit to one of the local garden centres where I picked up lots and lots of heart shaped boxes with the intention of decorating and filling with little chocolates/gifts for the children/granchildren and parents for Valentines day.  It's not something I've done before but just thought it would be nice to do and show them that they are loved all year round.  I think this could be a project I'll be working on at the weekend when I have some crafting friends coming round to play for the day.

Must remember that I am picking DH up from work today as we are going to order the sofa bed for No 2 sons bedroom - once ordered it means I will have to do an awful lot of sorting out so that we can change bedrooms around - wish me luck!



Tuesday, 29 January 2013

See how they grow

DSCF1166 I am very lucky that my daughter lives just up the road from where we live so we are very lucky to see two of our grandchildren quite often.  While DH was out for the evening I spent an enjoyable couple of hours with Colette and hubby Tim and was also in time to see Logan and Savannah before they went to bed.  Today's photo prompt is GROW and they are certainly growing at a fair rate at the moment.  To watch them GROW is wonderful - sweet little Savannah is now almost 7 months old and such a cutie - she adores her brother Logan and is constantly giggling and smiling at him, following his every movement.  I wasn't quite able to capture one of her smiles but to me she's adorable.  Her hair has gone quite fair but I'm sure it won't be long before it GROWS and DD will be putting it in bunches and pigtails. 

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I'm also showing another card I made with the leftover scraps from Saturday.  Pretty much the same colours as the Valentines card but this time I have used the Build a Blossom stamp set and co-ordinating punch to make a flower to go on the front of the card.  Embossed button for the centre of the flower and Tiny Tags stamp set for the sentiment.  I also used the butterfly stamp from one of the free Sale-a-bration stamp sets on the printed paper.

I have a day off tomorrow, some of the time will be spent with my mum, some catching up on chores and in the evening I will be crafting with friends.


Monday, 28 January 2013

Love you always

DSCF1162 One of the cards I made from the scraps from the LO I made on Saturday I am going to give to DH for Valentines Day.  The cardstock is Pretty in Pink, Sahara Sand and Real Red and the background paper is from the First Editions paper pack.  I've used one of the doily dies and added one of the tickets and the gorgeous flower which come with the Artisans Embellishment kit from the new Spring/Summer SU catalogue.  The letter u is from a retired alphabet set and the word from another retired set.  I've used one of the hearts from the Hearts a Flutter stamp set also in the new catalogue to create a background on the Sahara Sand cardstock.  Soppy enough but not too girly either.

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The photo prompt for today is THROUGH - again with working all day not a lot of time to think with this one.  Then while I was stitching this evening I realised I could take a photo with the pair of reading glasses I bought recently to help me see the holes in the fabric in the evenings.  I can see the holes quite clearly in natural daylight but not in the evenings, they are only 1x magnification but work perfectly for me.  They are certainly helping me THROUGH the dark winter months.


Sunday, 27 January 2013

Buttons for 4 Crafty Chicks

DSCF1156 Finally here is the LO that included the two photos of Elisha which had been hanging around my workdesk for at least three weeks.  I'm able to use this one to enter the challenge on the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge blog as they wanted you to use buttons.  The buttons I have used were made using the SU button embossing die in Real Red and Pretty in Pink cardstock.  The hearts were cut out using a Creative Memories tool and all the papers and cardstock are from SU. The gorgeous lace ribbon and Love tickets are also from a set which will be available in the new Spring catalogue.

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The photo prompt for today is SUN and I was a bit worried with the rain last night that we might not get any sunshine today but it did decided to come out so I could play along and keep up with the prompts.  This was taken fairly early this morning as the sun was coming up from behind the houses and shining directly into our living room, keeping the front of the house nice and warm for a few hours.

I've just finished watching the tennis, obviously disappointed that Andy Murray wasn't able to win his second grand slam but he certainly made it hard for Djocovik.  While disappointed that Andy lost I also like Novak so the disappointment wasn't quite so great as it could have been - that man is an unbelievable tennis player and what an achievement to win three Australian titles in a row - history made yet again.

I now have the unenviable task of catching up on the housework.  Hopefully this evening I can relax and either do some stitching or knitting.  Hope you all enjoy your day.


Saturday, 26 January 2013

Catch up

DSCF1147 I didn't have time or the opportunity to do my photo blog for yesterday as I was working during the day and catching up with the Andy Murray v Roger Federer match in the evening.  Guess what I'll be watching tomorrow morning while I'm doing my ironing.  Anyway, yesterdays photo prompt was LANDSCAPE - again I didn't have much of an opportunity to take a good photo today but did take a photo of the landscape view from Endsleigh Garden Centre on my way home from the Exeter Scrapaholics crop.  For most of the day the sun had been shining but by the time we called in the garden centre for a look around and a cup of coffee the sun had disappeared and the rain clouds were looming again.

DSCF1150To make up for the dreariness of the landscape photo I thought I'd take a photo of some of the pretty flowers that you could buy to help you LANSDSCAPE your garden and to remind us all that Spring isn't really that far away and maybe, just maybe some sustained days of sunshine will arrive.

DSCF1146Onto todays photo prompt which is TOGETHER - much easier to achieve as I was able to spend a lovely day with fellow scrapbookers.  There's nothing better than crafting TOGETHER with friends and this really is a friendly group to go to run by the equally lovely Julia.  If you live in or around the Exeter area and you want to share a day of crafting fun then get in touch and I will forward you Julia's contact details - or just go on the Scrapaholixs Facebook page and look for Julia Mckenzie Grant and she will give you all the details.

I finally got round to completing the LO with the two photos of Elisha that had been on my workdesk for over two weeks - will take a photo of it in the daylight tomorrow and share with you.  I even made a couple of cards with the scraps that were left over.  The rest of the time was spent chatting!



Friday, 25 January 2013

Sugar Club Block 1

DSCF1010 Today it's time to share the first Sugar Block of the month that I am making along with my crafting friends Karen and Wynneth.  I'm really pleased with my fabric choices and also enjoyed making this block.  I also amazed myself and completed it by the 2nd January.  Do check out my friends blogs too just to see how different the same pattern can look with different fabric choices.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

New Baby

DSCF1141 Today is my late night at work so that is why my post is so late for today.  This morning I was able to catch up with my friend Jill for a cup of coffee and a chat.  We meet at Sainsbury's most of the time as it is midway for both of us - the quality of service and product is not the best but it's convenient for us both.  While we were there I needed to buy some baby outfits as a gift for one of my former work collegues whose daughter has just had a baby.  The photo prompt for today is STRIPES and Jill couldn't believe that I was actually picking out a baby outfit to fit in with the prompt - well there was very little else I could think of taking a photo of today and time was limited!

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I've maded two cards today one of them to go with the gifts and for the new parents congratulating them on the arrival of their new daughter.  I kept them fairly simple as again time was limited.  For the first one I stamped out one of the sentiments from the new  SU Spring/Summer mini catalogue which is a hostess set and will be available from February.  I stamped it in Early Espresso ink and punched it out with one of SU's label punches and matted it onto a Spellbinders die using some of the In Colour papers.  Finished the card off with some pretty pink ribbon from my stash.

DSCF1143The second card was for the proud grandparents and I know Karen is so excited about becoming a grandparent for the first time.  This time I opted to use one of my old SU stamps using Pretty in Pink ink and punched it out with a 1 1/4 inch circle punch on top of a 1 3/8 circle of patterned paper followed by the Pretty in Pink cardstock using the scallop circle punch.  The sentiment is an old Sale-a-bration set I believe.

Bought a couple of crafting magazines after work so I'm going to spend what is left of the evening browsing through them while enjoying a nice cup of  Vanilla Thai Tea.



Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Photo prompts

DSCF1137 Tuesdays photo prompt was CORNER - I wasn't quite sure what to do for this one but inspiration came when I picked up my stitching for the evening.  I decided I would take a photo of the corner of my stitching which also doubles up as an update on the landscape picture I've been concentrating on this month.  I have mainly been working on the pillars of the window structure of this one as there are large patches of just one colour which means I seem to achieve more in an evening than if I did the confetti work of the floral and sky work.  Just over a week left in January to work mainly on this one before nexts month change of theme on Theme-a-licious.  I am hoping to have filled in most of the dark work by the end of January providing I don't get distracted with other projects or the tennis.


DSCF1140Todays photo prompt is ELECTRIC.  While taking Max out for his morning walk this morning I captured this photo of the electricity pylons.  As you can tell from the photo it is another grey day here, but at least it wasn't raining or snowing.

I have spent most of the day catching up on household chores inbetween watching tennis games.  It's been keeping me fit as I run up and down the stairs between the games though!




Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Pearls, Pearls, Pearls

DSCF1135 For some reason I was unable to upload anything to my blog yesterday evening so this is the post that should have gone up.  First of all I created this card for a work colleague using some lovely Prima papers, a couple of stamps from my stash (the sentiment is SU), ribbon SU, pearls SU and an SU punch used for the sentiment and some Nellies dies.  This card was also made to fit with the 4 Crafty Chicks challenge which is Pearls, Pearls, Pearls.  My last entry was lucky enough to be picked for their Golden Egg award which is proudly displayed in my sidebar.

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The photo prompt for yesterday was WHAT YOU DO.  Something that makes you 'you'.  I opted for this photo of Logan and myself which DH took on Saturday evening which shows me as a Grandmother - something I love being, especially to this little man.  This was when we were watching the nursery rhymes on You Tube.  Of course there are many other things that I do that make me 'me', mother, wife, daughter, sister, crafter, dreamer, etc, etc but this was the only photo that I was able to think would work with the prompt.

With any luck I may be able to get another post on with today's prompt, but if not I'll include it with my post tomorrow.

A dreadful night, thunder, lightening, hailstorm meant it was a disturbed night so I am feeling very tired.  I was late for work despite allowing extra time to get in as there had been several accidents on the A38 which meant everyone was being diverted in all directions.  Thankfully I was only about 15 minutes late and my manager knew the circumstances as it had also affected him too, along with several other members of staff.  More bad weather forecast again - roll on Spring!


Sunday, 20 January 2013

Furniture shopping

 This morning was spent going around furniture shops looking for a bed sofa for our youngest sons bedroom.  Although technically still living at home he is very rarely home at night so he decided it might be an idea to replace his bed with a bed sofa.  It helped me with todays photo prompt which is SOMETHING YOU SAW  We looked at lots of bed sofas all varying in price and quality and think we have decided on one which will fit quite nicely and we both liked.  We took details of the exact size to see how it would fit in his room.  When we got home we have decided that buying this new sofa bed could mean a relocation of bedrooms for him. While it will easily fit in his current bedroom I believe it would be better to move him into the larger bedroom.  This will be no mean feat as DH and I have used this bedroom as our craft den/model railway room - so where to put all my crafting stash?  How to try and move his layout without causing too much damage to it's structure?  It will also mean decorating the larger bedroom too so that it can also serve as a guest bedroom when youngest son is not at home.  It has taken some persuasive skills but I think I have got DH to agree so both myself and youngest son are quite pleased with ourselves.
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While we looking at bed sofas I also came across a sofa and chairs that I think I would like and unbelievably DH says he likes it too for our lounge.  I picked up this leaflet which shows the style of the sofa - totally different to what we initially had planned for our front room but if we go ahead I certainly think it will be a fun looking room.  This leaflet shows SOMETHING I SAW and now my head is full of allsorts of possiblilites!

We had the pleasure of having Logan to stay with us yesterday evening and this morning.  As he was getting tired in the evening we spent a good half hour watching nursery rhymes on You Tube - his favourite being Humpty Dumpty and London Bridge.  He loves drawing with his crayons and every time there has to be a Humpty Dumpty drawn and he is quite often found singing it to himself.  This morning after he had eaten a bowl of grapes he sat on the arm of our sofa with the plastic bowl on his head singing the song and sliding off the arm when he got to the part where Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.  He is just so adorable.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Crocadon Producer Fair delights

 
I have spent an enjoyable day with friends. Firstly I met up with Jacqueline and we called into the Kelly Bray Arts centre hoping to enjoy one of their demonstration days - sadly at the moment they are no longer running them. Unusally for both of us we didn't buy anything there as unfortunately they had not had any new stock since our last visit there. We decided to move on and called in at the Louis Tea Rooms where we enjoyed a DELICIOUS bowl of mushroom soup and warm bread. While we were there we made arrangements to meet up with our friend Allie at the Crocadon Producer Fair. There were lots and lots of DELICIOUS produce and handmade items to be found there and here are some photos of just a few of the producers wares. The photo prompt for today as you may have gathered is DELICIOUS and the producers certainly provided me with plenty of photo opportunities.

DSCF1119First buy for me was from The Cornish Sea Salt Co. where I bought a delicious Chilli Sea Salt and was provided with a leaflet giving me a recipe and tips. Many different varieties are available including original sea salt, smoked sea salt, fine sea salt, chilli sea salt, onion sea salt, garlic sea salt sand sea salt and pepper. I will be trying my salt out during the week and Jacqueline will be acting as one of the tasters. For stockists and recipes visit cornishseasalt.co.uk


DSCF1117Next purchase was some jaffa slices which are gluten free and made using I believe butternut squash by a company called Let Them Eat Cake. As it happened I knew Derick - he happens to be a friend of my brother in law and a couple of years ago a group of us spent an enjoyable day at the St Austell beer festival. He asked me if I had been dancing on any tables of late - much to the surprise and amusement of my friends - that's another story though! Also on sale were some chocolate brownies which I think were made with beetroot and some other delicious looking cakes.  For further info on gluten free cakes e-mail Lisa fairies@talktalk.net

DSCF1116Right next door to them was another cake stall with lots more tempting cakes called Crockett Cakes and run by a very nice lady called Jane. I bought this ginger loaf cake (ginger being one of my favourite ingredients) and there were also a variety of other delicious cakes including some gorgeous cupcakes which I didn't buy today. I could have bought lots more cake but even I can only eat so much cake in one day!!! Both cake stalls were very reasonably priced and had something to catch your eye and whet your apetite.  Jane can be found on Facebook and by contacting crockettcakes@gmail.com
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Other local produce included fish, meat, vegetables, bread, chutney and pies - so many mouth watering products to choose from and I will definitely be going there again next month.

DSCF1118Inside another building they had the craft sellers. There were lots of lovely stalls selling a variety of goods including jewellery, paintings, prints, fabric items, handmade soaps, hand knitted products and ceramics.  I bought some alpaca wool from a company called Popham Alpacas which are in Hatt.  There was a lovely baby cardigan there and I was very tempted to buy the pattern and make it for our friends who are expecting their first baby in May but as I don't know what sex the baby is I resisted as I felt it was a little too girly.  I did buy two balls of the lovely 4ply and have decided to look through my patterns and find something which will be more unisex.  It's nice to know that if I don't have enough I can purchase some more quite easily.  The wool was so soft and light to the feel.  Further info can be found at www.pophamalpacas.co.uk

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One of the other stalls that caught my eye was the artist Chris Tomlinson who had a variety of prints and original work for sale.  The large sheep picture caught my eye initially and if I'd had enough money on me I may well have bought it.  Instead I had to settle for three lovely cards with his prints on instead.  I got the sheep, pigs and boxer dogs (we used to have a boxer dog and they are still one of my favourite breeds).  I have also noticed on his business card that he does commissions so I think I will need to get in touch and find out more details as it would be nice to have another portrait of Max done.  If interested then he can also be found on Facebook or contacted at chris.tomlinson_art@rocketmail.com

If you ever get a chance to call in to this producer fair I would highly recommend it and I have to admire the dedication and committment of these traders as it was extremely cold down there today but they were all very friendly and helpful. 



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Friday, 18 January 2013

Shadow

 Todays photo prompt is SHADOW.  It would have been near on impossible to have got a shadow of anything outside today as it has been a very grey, cold and in some places snowy day.  It was hard to believe that when I set off to work this morning where there was not a speck of snow and yet just a short distance away in a neighbouring estate they'd had snow.  As I drove into work the snow was falling and the nearer I got to work the greater the snow fall had been.  By the time I left work this afternoon a lot of the snow had melted so no doubt tomorrow will be more treacherous with the predicted freezing temperatures.  Thankfully no work for me tomorrow but I am hoping to go out somewhere during the day.

DSCF1108Onto my shadow photo - I was wondering what I could take a photo of when I happened to look across at DH loafing in his chair and noticed that he was creating a shadow.  So I got him to do some shadow puppets and managed to capture this one. 

Not much crafting has been going on here over the past couple of evenings, unfortunately I am being distracted by the Australian Open and catching up with play that took place during the night here in the UK.  Unless Andy Murray gets through to the final there is no way that I am staying up the whole night to watch the tennis.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Ready and waiting

DSCF1105 that's what my little boy is every time his lead is picked up.  The photo prompt for today is READY and here is Max definitely ready for his morning walk and thinking why on earth is she taking my photo when we should be out and about.  A day for wrapping up warm and there has been the usual prediction of snow to fall this evening - would be nice to wake up to a winterwonderland for a change. 

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

WOYWW #189

DSCF1088 Not a great deal of crafting has been taking place on my workdesk this week as I have spent most of it stitching but I have got some lovely new stash from SU to play with.  I also picked up this magazine today while out with mum shopping as it had a lovely Woodware owl stamp set free with it - just couldn't resist it.  The LO from last week still hasn't been done - maybe this week along with some card samples for a workshop I have coming up in February.  Off now to Julia's Stamping Ground to see what other WOYWWers have been up to.  I don't get chance to visit all of them but I do try and visit those whose digit ends in the same as my entry.

DSCF1086The photo prompt for today is TWO THINGS so I thought I would show you a picture of my new wellington boots that I got for Christmas.  I'd asked for a pair of wellingtons for going out walking with Max when it has been raining heavy and the ground is all muddy to save my hiking shoes from getting wet and mucky.  DH had a fun time trying to get me a pair as I'd said I wanted a pink pair to go with my waterproof coat but they had to have some sort of pattern on.  Initially he ordered a pair from E-Bay but when the lady went to send them she said that pair were faulty and she didn't have another pair.  So he then tried Amazon, ordered a pair, they arrived but they were not the ones he had ordered.  DH then decided he would have to face the trip into town and do some 'real' shopping only to find every pair he thought would be suitable were unavailable in my size so his first trip was unsuccessful.  Another trip the following week proved to be more fruitful and this is the pair he was able to get me and I was delighted with them.  They have been put to very good use since Christmas and I have enjoyed being childish when we have been out and splashing in the puddles.


Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Ferris Wheel - 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge

DSCF1085 I found another new challenge blog to me called 4 Crafty Chicks to encourage me to use my SU products.  It's a colour challenge blog which in the past I have always steered away from for some reason.  I guess 2013 is as good a year as any to challenge myself with colours more often.  I needed a birthday card for a friend of ours whose birthday is next Monday - for once I'm going to be ahead of the game.  I've used one of the stamps sets that will be available during Saleabration at the end of the month and the Curly Cute birthday greeting.  The sky blue card has been embossed with SU chevron embossing folder and I've used the ribbon punch as a trim down the side of the card.  I'm also entering this into the Mojo Monday challenge as I used their sketch this week.

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The photo prompt for today was AN ORDINARY MOMENT and shopping is definitely very ordinary.  I generally pick up some bits of shopping after I finish work each day so this fitted in very nicely with the prompt today.  Looking forward to trying out the custard yogurts!  At the bottom of the bag are some clothes I picked up for Savannah - couldn't resist them and there are also some Fireman Sam puzzles for Logan to play with when he is at our house.  He had some Thomas jigsaws for Christmas and loves doing them so I am hoping he will enjoy these just as much.


Monday, 14 January 2013

Just in time

DSCF1077 to post a picture of the photo prompt for today which is YELLOW.  I'm determined to keep up with the photo prompts - would be nice if I could do it all year but if I manage to get through the whole of January without missing one it will be some achievement for me.  Having been at work all day and then having a friend round this evening didn't leave me much time to find something yellow to photograph.  I happened to open one of the cupboards this evening and found this little fellow inside - one of our children bought it as a little gift for DH for Father's Day one year I think.  He looks a very happy chappy even if he does spend all his time in his little gift bag behind closed doors.

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While catching up with my friends news this evening I have been able to put some stitches into the Yiota's landscape cross stitch.  I've almost completed another one of the arch pillars and hope to get a few more stitches done before bedtime.  I've still got quite a bit of the 'floral' aspect to do in the middle section of the window but will work on that when I am able to concentrate more on it as it involves quite a bit of confetti stitching.

Apologies to anyone that has left a comment on my blog recently and it is now showing as having been removed - I hit the wrong button and can't seem to retrieve them.  I appreciate every comment I get so am so, so sorry for such a silly mistake and would hate to think I don't care about you.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Out came the sunshine

DSCF1066 and dried up a lot of the rain, although the temperatures have dropped and it was a frosty start to the morning.  As it was so nice we decided to make the most of the sunshine and take a trip down to Kit Hill.  It was lovely and bright but very fresh out and as you can see it the sun wasn't quite warm enough to melt all of the ice.

DSCF1068The photo prompt today is CIRCLES and one of the information boards giving details of Kit Hill had lots of circular sections so was just perfect.  It's a fantastic place to go for a walk, the views are outstanding and all the information boards giveyou plenty of details about the history behind Kit Hill including information about the mines that were in abundance there many years ago.  Just down the road from Kit Hill a fantastic tea room can be found which is where we stopped and had a cup of tea/coffee and a cake to warm us up and fill our tummies.  Well we'd burnt a few calories on our walk and felt we deserved it!

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This afternoon I have managed to get in some more stitching time and I am so pleased to have my first cross stitch finish for 2013 - yes I've finally completed the months of the year.  I will take it down to the framers in the next couple of weeks so that it can be hung up on one of our walls.  I will now try and spend the rest of the month working on Yiota's landscape cross stitch for the Theme-a-licious being run by Heather at It's Geek to Me.  I have finally got round to listing my WIP's which can be found in my sidebar - out of these four where passed to me as unfinished projects and two I still haven't found the patterns which were from magazines so not sure if they will ever get finished.  It will be interesting to me to see how many of them I can get done this year.
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Thank you to those people that have recommended some future reading to me - I have made a note of them and when I have read my current book I will look to ordering some of your recommendations.



Saturday, 12 January 2013

Surprise

DSCF1062 SURPRISE is the photo prompt word for today and I have to say I was surprised to see this beautiful Camelia blossom when I looked out of our kitchen window this morning.  This is one that we keep in a large planter and it has been blown over numerous times in the past few months.  When I went out to take the photo (inbetween rain showers) I saw that there are lots of buds waiting to come out in flower.  I just hope that the cold snap that is predicted doesn't kill them all off.

DSCF1063This afternoon I have managed to spend a couple of hours out in the conservatory just stitching - haven't managed to do that for a while.  It meant I was able to complete the month of November - yippee!  Just one month to go and the whole year will be complete - with any luck I may get a few hours of stitching in again tomorrow.

Yesterday evening I managed to complete my first read of the year although I did actually start Demon - A Memoir by Tosca Lee at the very end of December.  My next book to read is by Laura Childs called Photo Finish and is one of the scrapbooking mysteries - light hearted reading with a bit of crafting woven into the storyline.  My aim this year is read a variety of writing styles and I quite often check out what other people are reading to give me new ideas.  Can anyone recommend any books to me?


Friday, 11 January 2013

Water, water everywhere.

DSCF1056 The photo prompt for today is WATER - now there has been an abundance of that in the UK for the past few weeks, months, whatever!  I decided to take a photo of one of the plant saucers which we had placed on one of our very large garden planters which has been constantly full of water for I don't know how long.  As you can see there are some leaves which obviously fell there in the Autumn and I honestly can't remember when we put the saucer in the planter but it was some time ago.  I like the way the inside of the saucer reminds me of a compass and the addition of the leaves and the reflections gives it a bit of a steampunk feel to me.

DSCF1059Apart from knitting I've not done much other crafting but as the weather for the weekend seems to be yet more rain and also getting colder I think this weekend I might concentrate on the LK months of the year sewing.  Over the festive period I treated myself to some books and this English Paper Piecing book was one of them - lots of lovely quilts. table runners and wall hangings to look at and who knows maybe one day I might even complete some of them.  I bought the book from Amazon and think it was one of my better buys.  The front cover quilt would be a great one to use up all the scraps that I am sure to accumulate while doing my BOM's.

Whatever the weather, wherever you are I hope you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy some time to yourself and engage in activities that bring you happiness and joy.


Thursday, 10 January 2013

1 O’clock

DSCF1054 The photo prompt for today is 1 O'clock.  I have taken a photo of the clock that ticks and tocks in our front room.  It belonged to DH's grandmother so is of great sentimental value even if a little old fashioned.  It's one that still has to be wound up from time to time but is a great time piece.  When we have the fire taken out of the front room when we start the revamping of said room I'm not quite sure where it's location will be.  All I do know is that it will have to be downstairs otherwise I would not be able to get to sleep as when all is quite it does have quite a tick/tock to it!

DSCF1049I've also taken a photo of the first Christmas stocking that I am going to be working on this year as part of the stocking stitching SAL that myself, Julie and Catherine are doing this year - we aim to start on February 1st and stitch only on Fridays.  We'll post fortnightly updates to keep each other ticking along - if anyone else would like to join us then feel free to e-mail me and I will add you to our little group.  This one is going to be for our eldest grandson Connor - I will have another three to make all of which I want to be different designs.  This one was a free cross stitch chart with a magazine many years ago and thankfully I have quite a few other stocking charts in magazines already lined up for remaining grandchildren.


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

WOYWW #188

DSCF1048 There's quite a mess on my workdesk this week - I have been very naughty and not tidied up between mini crafting sessions.  The main project on my desk today though is the start of a LO of our eldest grandaughter.  This ties in nicely with todays photo prompt which is PAPER and of course the LO will be made mostly out of paper products.  Also on my workdesk is the lovely little calendar that my friend Chris made for me as a little Christmas gift - thank you Chris.  I'm awaiting the arrival of some new SU goodies to help me out with this LO so it may be in this state for another day or two yet.  Off to check out what's on Julia's Stamping Ground workdesk and fellow WOYWWers now.