Sunday, 24 May 2015

Winner of giveaway

Just a quick post to announce the winner of my guess the theme piece of stitching.  The winner is Heather of Fantasy Cross Stitch - if you could e-mail me with your address and I will send your prize to you.  Thank you to everyone who took part in guessing the theme.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Time flies when you’re having fun

The week seems to be flying by but our holiday has been very enjoyable and relaxing.  I did bring some stitching with me to do in the evenings and I was able to work on the Cornwall Cottage Sampler Sunday evening.  Page 4 is now complete and I made a start on Page 8 so I will be working right to left for the next four pages.
I also brought along Dr Who to work on and I have managed to put lots more blue stitches together this week – still loads more to go before I reach another colour though.

We have been very lucky with the weather, with the latter part of this week being sunnier than the beginning of the week where we did have a couple of showers – not that it has prevented us from going out walking each day.

Today we walked part of the way from Coverack towards Kennack Sands (we didn’t get as far as Kennack Sands though).  The sea is so clear and the colour so beautiful making it look very inviting but the only one who has dipped their toes in the water this week has been Max.
On our route today we went through the Terence Coventry Sculpture Park which is home to lots of metallic and rock sculptures. Beautiful works of art set besides breath taking views.

We then walked onto Black Head lookout and while we were there six helicopters flew by as a farewell to 771 Squadron after 76 years service.  Sadly the military rescue which this squadron provided is going to be privatised.

There are lots of lovely wildflowers to look at as you go along the coastal path including Thrift (at the top left of the first photo) and Sea Campion and beautiful daisies of some variety.

We walked on a little further to just past Beagle Point before deciding to head back to Coverack for re-fuelling!  After re-fuelling at the Paris Hotel we headed onto the beach for Max to have a paddle in the sea and cool down after his walk before buying an ice cream in the local shop and heading back to our holiday home.

Monday, 18 May 2015

And relax

We’re on holiday down in beautiful Cornwall and this is the view from our holiday home – we are literally just 50 metres away from the beach.  We arrived yesterday afternoon but not before being told the good news that Harlee-Jay and mum are able to come home from hospital which is fantastic.  We did see him on Saturday and he is doing really well and just so sweet. 

Our holiday home is lovely, a semi detached three bedroom house with conservatory.  A small garden with a large rock  to the side which they have cleverly used and created a raised deck area – complete with sun loungers , not quite sure we will need them this week.  It is so quiet here although I’m sure during the peak holiday season it might not be quite so but I could quite happily live here. Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!
We went for a walk once we unpacked to view the surrounding area.  I just love Cornwall’s rugged coastline. 


All the different patterns in the rocks

It was a little windy so I used my scarf to keep my hair from blowing into my mouth all the time and so I could see where I was walking – it’s probably not a look I will go for on a regular basis but it served it’s purpose and nobody else was around to see LOL!  It gave DH something to laugh at anyway.

Friday, 15 May 2015

Late again

I’m late again this week posting an update of the Cornwall Cottage Sampler.  I managed to complete the large motif and almost half of the inner border of this page.  There is just the other side of the border and a couple of small motifs left on this page so fingers crossed I can tick page 4 off this Sunday.  Once that page is complete I am a third of the way through this delightful stitch.
Here is how it looks in full at the moment.
This week I have managed to put a few more of the blue stitching into the Dr Who piece but none into the baby sampler.  I have decided that the baby sampler will become Harlee-Jay’s Christmas present seeing as he decided to make an early appearance!

Remember the photo I showed you of my Rhododendron in bud?  Well here it is in full bloom – it is looking so pretty and adding a lovely splash of colour to our garden.  There is so much coming out now which gives us the hint that hopefully now we are over halfway through Spring that Summer will soon be round the corner.
I will announce the winner of my giveaway in this post on the 24th May.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

TGIFC#2–Sketch Challenge

The TGIF challenge was a sketch challenge – I find sketches far easier to work with than colour challenges but it took me a while to decide what to do with it.  Here’s the sketch we had to work with.
And this is the card I made to fit the sketch challenge.  Once again everything came from my scraps box.  The sentiment, papers and banner punch that I used are all Stampin’ Up! The frames which I stamped the sentiment on and matted onto yellow card are Spellbinders dies.

Sunday, 10 May 2015


A warm welcome to my two new followers Mdm Samm of Sew we Stitch – a beautiful blog with lots of inspiring ideas and Preeti of Creat-E-Witty Unleashed who has produced some beautiful stitching – both blogs well worth checking out.

Yesterday I went visiting at the hospital with our daughter and enjoyed a long cuddle with Harlee-Jay.  He slept the whole time we were there, he sleeps a lot but then that is only to be expected seeing as he wasn’t due for a few weeks.  I’ve told them to make the most of it LOL.  Vicky is trying to feed him herself but he’s only suckling about 50% of the time and the other 50% he is tube fed which is greatly improved from the first couple of days.  He is so dinky but so adorable as all babies are.
Yesterday I was making gifts for my friend who is celebrating her 50th birthday today.  The gift boxes contain teabags in one and chocolates in the other.  I have also bought her some lovely Yankee candles – I managed to pick up a tea light holder which says “It took me 50 years to look this good”.
Lots of lovely flowers still coming out in our garden.  One of Rhododendrons has lots of buds ready to burst out into flower in the coming weeks.  I love the pink/purple shade of this one.
I’ve just watched the Madrid tennis final and very happy that Andy Murray has just beaten Rafa Nadal to win his second clay court title in a week – a fantastic match.  While this has been on I have also been happily putting more stitches into the Cornwall Cottage Sampler – a wonderful Sunday for me.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Giveaway–update progress

DH has gone away again this weekend to play trains again – this time in Derby.  It meant yesterday evening I was able to enjoy several hours working on my Guess the Theme giveaway piece.  A couple of people have already guessed that it is a sampler but what type of sampler.  This giveaway isn’t just for stitchers – if there are cardmakers, scrapbookers, quilters or any other crafters out there I will try and make sure the prize is suitable for your preferred craft.  I will leave this giveaway open until my birthday which is later this month. 

Somehow I think todays photo will certainly give it away and if you read my news from yesterday that will also give you a clue as to what type of sampler it is.  The design is from an old issue of Cross Stitch Gold and is such a delight to stitch.  Just like the Cornwall Cottage Sampler it has lots of individual motifs so each time I complete one it will be like a mini finish every time.  My update shows the central panel which is just so cute.  I prefer to do the backstitch as I go as backstitching is my least favourite part but without it the design would obviously not stand out so wonderfully.


The Little Stitcher is having having a Spring Sale - couldn't resist and I have purchased a couple of her sweet designs - Alice in Wonderland and Winter Wood.  I really enjoyed stitching The Wizard of Oz - it was a fun stitch and quick to do so I am sure my new purchases will be just as enjoyable and quick.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Sunday SAL and can you help?

The week has flown by and I’ve just realised I had forgotten to post an update of the Cornwall Cottage Sampler.  As I was working last Sunday I wasn’t able to spend as much time on it as I would have liked but I did manage to put some more stitches into another of the larger motifs on the left hand side.  I should finish that this week and I am also hoping to complete page 4 – fingers crossed.
Here is how it looks overall.
We are enjoying seeing lots of flowers coming out in both our front and back gardens and I have been taking photos of them to add to my yearly photo journal.  I obviously planted these last year when I planted our Daffodils and Muscari but I can’t for the life of me think what they were called – can anyone help me out so that I can put the name of the flower with the photo when I journal about them?
Saving the best until last - we had some unexpected news on Tuesday.  Our youngest son’s girlfriend gave birth to her baby boy six weeks early.  Although he was six weeks early he came into the world weighing a healthy 5lbs 8oz and both mother and baby are doing well.  A big welcome to baby Harley.  I hope to have some better photos to show you soon.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

TGIF Challenge #1

On one of my blog hopping evenings I came across a new challenge blog TGIF.  Their first challenge is a colour challenge.
For some reason I always seem to struggle with colour challenges but I really wanted to take part in this new challenge blog.  For my card I have used a beautiful Spellbinders die set which I acquired recently.  The flower images are from a free stamp set which came with one of the UK craft magazines – I have used this set loads and loads – I just love cutting out those flowers.  The butterflies are from SU and punched out using the coordinating punch.  Finally the sentiment is from Clearly Besotted – another stamp company I love and for the centre of the flowers I have added some Stickles for a little bling.  The papers came from my scraps pile.
Here is another simple card I made also using up some of those scraps.  I’m trying to make a pile of cards in the hope that I can sell some of them to help raise funds for my friends son and daughter who are going to be walking The Great Wall of China next year to raise money for hospice care.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Giveaway–guess the theme

I’ve added a few more stitches to the Guess the theme piece that I am working on rather more slowly than I would like.  Can you guess the theme of this piece?  I will put together a prize for the person who can guess who or what the occasion might be for this piece of stitching.  If you took part in my last giveaway please feel free to take part in this one too.  I hope to add some more stitches to this one this evening providing the headache I came home from work with goes away!
I’ve also managed to add a few more stitches to the landscape picture from Yiotas cross stitch.  I wasn’t in the mood for a lot of confetti work so I have worked on the pillars of the window frame and managed to reach the bottom of the first pillar.  Now I will try and start filling that one in and when I need a reprieve from all the confetti I will work my way down the second pillar.  Here is where I had got to a couple of weeks ago.
And this is where it is now after I was able to spend yesterday evening working on it while I watched the snooker final.
Also this past week I managed to put some more blue stitches into the Dr Who project – I have put the top row of blue stitches in so I know how wide it is going to be now.  I think I will try and count out where the first few stitches of another colour will go to give me something to aim for.  I have decided the best time to stitch on this is before I go into work as at the moment it requires no counting as such.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Cards from scraps

I was able to put together a couple of cards today using up some of my scraps (the pile that never seems to go away no matter how often I delve into it).  It’s a design I have used before and very quick and simple.  The sentiment is from an SU stamp set and I’ve mounted the scrap panel onto a piece of embossed white cardstock.
Hubby is away for the weekend playing trains so I can get up to allsorts of crafting mischief while he is away.  Unfortunately I do have to go to work on Sunday but it still gives me all day tomorrow when I am hoping to meet up with a friend for coffee.