Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Hello Again!


Hello again! Thank you for visiting me I do appreciate you coming by and leaving me a comment. I'm slowly reconnecting with people and it's lovely to hear that I have been missed.
I've been doing a fun challenge on Facebook this week where you share one piece of your favourite needlework for 7 days.  It was quite difficult to chose but it brought back so many memories off gifts and exchanges pieces that I had long forgotten about. I am on day 5 today. Here are the ones that I have shared so far.






It was a bit of a rush but I did manage to finish my January Ornament on Sunday 31st. I was so pleased with the colour changes and I just adore the face on this Reindeer. New York Dreamer was a new designer to me. If her designs were sold in the UK I would definitely buy more.One down 11 to go.


My choice for Februarys Ornament SAL will be Lizzie Kate's cute No Peeking. I had already started this in December last year so I should hopefully have it finished on time. June, Lynda and Colleen I hope to see your Ornament finishes soon. I am going to re-open the Ornament SAL blog that I used to have maybe it will entice a few others to join us. All you need to do is stitch a Christmas themed Ornament each month. The design will be of your own choosing. Then on the last day of the month post your Ornament.


As you can see I have made good progress on my Home of a Needleworker. I'm a little unsure about the orange colour that I have chosen and was going to change it to pink or teal. I asked a few people on Instagram and they loved the orange. What do you guys think?
The letters are actually a deep purple and not a blue as it shows in the photo.


Oops!! I've just spotted I never finished off the letter d will have to get that sorted.
I had some money left from Christmas so I  treated myself too a few goodies from Sewandso this week.. I have a couple of new projects in mind but I will share them with you next time.


I am really enjoying my stitching again but my furry companion is not too happy about it...lol. Every time I sit down I find him lying at my feet squeak, squeak, squeaking a noisy toy or he dumps it in my lap. If I don't give him my full attention he then sits down and stares and starts his doggy language for get up Mum play with me! He's also been known to use his nose to nudge my stitching right out my hand..lol! I need to get him trained that he needs to nap when it's Mums chill out time.  
Hope everyone is having a good week. Happy Stitches!






Monday, 25 January 2016

Thanks for the Welcome!


Thank you so much to everyone for the welcome back to the blogging community. It will take me a little time but I am looking forward to catching up with you all. I was very touched by all those  lovely comments I received but I was also rather shocked when I discovered a lot of my favourite bloggers have taken a break too. I hope they decide to return soon.


This week I have been working on my new start for 2016, Home of a Needleworker too by Little House Needleworks. I have changed the colours as I very rarely have the recommended threads in my stash. I'm happy with how it is looking and I'm enjoying working on it. The photograph once again is awful though. The fabric is actually a light tan colour and the original photo is so much sharper. Any ideas why this is?



As you can see I haven't spent too much time on my monthly Christmas ornament. It is from last years Just Cross stitch Ornament magazine. I'm stitching it over one and the fabric is lilac coloured. The idea is to finish it before Sunday. For anyone that is joining me in this SAL the plan is just to stitch whatever ornament you want and share a picture with us all on your blog on the last day of each month.


I'm so happy to finally have this framed.  My dear friend Sally who shares my love of Sheep gifted me this chart for my Birthday a few years ago. The design is by Little House Needleworks. I changed the words and added some buttons on the bottom. I so enjoyed watching this one grow, Thank you Sally, it is one I will treasure.






Talking of Sheep how sweet is my new sewing box my DS Craig bought me for my Christmas this year. The sheep are so cute and yes they seem to be knitting but the box is too small for knitting needles and wool. It's perfect for keeping my current projects together.


I have been following the snow storm many of our friends are coping with in the States. It is hard for us to comprehend having so much snow. We think it's tough if we get three or four inches Some pictures have been unbelievable I'm so glad that our friends and their families are okay.
We had an unexpected snowfall here last week. Cupar was in his element. He was crying to get back out every time we brought him in. He just loves the snow.



My DH also celebrated his Birthday last week. My Mum made him this Chocolate cake and yes it tasted as good as it looks!
I hope everyone is having a good week. Happy Stitches....

   

Friday, 15 January 2016

Is there anyone there?

Hello! It's been over two years since I've been part of the blogging world. I had to step away from my stitching, blogging and internet friends as due to some major changes in our life I know longer had a lot of free time to continue my own interests. My stitching mojo vanished and my needle and thread were set aside for a very long time.I wasn't able to keep up with blogs, groups, emails so I lost contact with a lot of people. I'm opening up my blog again hoping that I will be able to catch up with old friends and make some new ones.
At the beginning of last year I couldn't keep up with everything going on around me and I knew even if it was just for a short time each week I had to make some time just for me. I started by reading more books then I tried to learn more about crochet.Not an easy task as I only knew the basics from school which was more than 40 years ago!!! I have to say I'm better sticking to my needle than a hook. I will show you some of my attempts at a later date..






In early spring I needed a gift for my inlaws who are bee-keepers. I wasn't keen but I decided to see if I could pick up my interest in stitching again. My first attempt ended up in the bin and I had to push myself to finish this one. The joy of stitching just wasn't there but I was pleased with the finished result.





The following month our neighbours off 22 years were moving house. They were a lovely quiet couple who didn't have many interests apart from their family. I was struggling to find a goodbye gift then I remembered I had this sweet little chart in my stash. They were delighted with it and my appetite to stitch was starting to pick up.


My next finish was one for me. Even though I started stitching more than 15 years ago I mostly made stuff to give away. In June 2015 I finally framed and hung a piece on my living room wall.



I really was back in the groove and by the end of the Summer I finished this chart with one of my favourite things "sheep". I'm hoping to take it to the framers this week and yes I am going to hang it in my home.






Just before Christmas I decided I was going to make up some proper finishes. I stitched a few new pieces and found some ones that were done a long time ago. My daughter Heather stitched and made up the "Have your sELF" & Candy Cane Reindeer. She made a fantastic job so I persuaded her to help put together a number of the others too. I had planned to try and sell them to raise some much needed funds but sadly my friend who I care for had some new health complications so I had to put my project aside. I've packaged them all away so hopefully I will be ready for a Christmas Craft Fair this year. 

I can now happily say my stitching mojo is back! I have a number of projects lined up for 2016. My first starts are Home of a Needleworker too and a Reindeer ornament from the 2015 Just Crossstitch Ornament magazine. I will share some photos in my next post. My plan is to try and  stitch one Christmas ornament a month so anyone who would like to do a SAL with me would  be more than welcome.
   
Finally let me introduce you to the light off our life. This is our adorable Australian Labradoodle called Cupar. He is our own live teddy bear who loves squeaky toys, doodle hugs, kisses, chasing a ball and making friends with anyone he meets. If you would like to follow some of his daily adventures he has his own Instagram Account at cupar_doodle 



Well I guess I have rambled on enough for now. I must apologise for the quality of some of the photographs but a lot of them I had deleted the originals and had to get them from Instagram. I don't think they have transferred well. 
I'm looking forward to reading blogs viewing all the stitching, crocheting, crafting that I have missed out on. There are also a number of people from the blogging world and my old exchange group that I would love to catch up with I have thought about them often and wondered how they were doing.
Be back soon!

Friday, 11 October 2013

A Sad Day....

Such a sad day. Dear Cathey the struggle is over, may you rest in peace. You were such an amazing brave, inspirational woman who even though you never met us in person you touched all our lives.
My thoughts and prayers are with sweet little Junior, Catheys DH, family and friends. 



SOME PEOPLE COME INTO OUR LIVES
AND QUICKLY GO
SOME STAY FOR A WHILE 
AND LEAVE FOOTPRINTS ON OUR HEARTS
...AND WE ARE CHANGED FOREVER

Friday, 27 September 2013

PUMPKINS FOR CATHEY!



Happy Blogerversary Cathey!

Enjoy your special day Cathey. You are a true inspiration to us all.
Love & Hugs
Lainey xx

Sunday, 22 September 2013

BIRTHDAY GIVE-AWAY!


I know it is hard to believe but this sophisticated, gorgeous young woman..oops mood swinging , cranky old witch is going to be 50 on Tuesday...LOL!!!!

Though it hasn't been the greatest year to celebrate my Birthday I am thankful to have such a wonderful husband, children, parents and great friends who shall hopefully keep me around for another 50 years.

As I am hoping my Birthday will be full of surprises the give-away gifts will be a suprise too. All you need to do to enter is come by on TUESDAY and leave me a comment that will make us all smile. It may be a story, an event, a quote anything that that has brought a little piece of happiness, a giggle, some joy to your world.

The biggest smiles that I have seen this year has been on the faces of my DH,son, daughter and everyone who has visited our home in the past week to meet our newest family member. He has settled in really well. From day one he sleeps all night and is eating well but being a puppy he does have a few daily moments of madness where he runs round the room like a sprinter and hasn't caught on yet that humans are not to be chewed. We all love him to bits and can't imagine our life without him now. Here are a few photos of Cupars first week.


COMING HOME


 DAY TWO SETTLING IN


DAY 3 I LIKE IT HERE


DAY 6&7 MY FAVOURITE SLEEPING SPOTS

I will be back later in the week with my Birthday news, give-away winner and maybe even some stitching. Have a good week. Hugs!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Hello Again!


For anyone interested I am still here. Thanks to those of you who hung around for my last up-date way back in July. I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog and leave me a comment. Close family health issues and other life problems are still a major concern. Sadly I have very little time for my online friends, groups and stitching. I apologise for not keeping up with everyone.

My stitching is very rarely in my hands these days. If I'm really lucky I will snatch a few hours in a week. I'm way behind on my SAL with Sally and Mouse. Baby gifts and Birthday presents I had hoped to have all done by now are going to be very, very late. I also wanted to do some Halloween charts and have at least made a start on some Christmas stuff but it is just not going to happen soon.  

With life in a mess I sadly took the decision to close StitchedWithLoveExchanges. I am very thankful to all those who took part and helped to keep the group going for so long. I'm proud to say there were 530 packages exchanged all around the World and many new friendships made throughout the term of the group. I was very touched by those who personally took the time to email me. Though it will take me a while to get round to it I will answer each and everyone.

A few weeks ago our DD Heather celebrated her 21st Birthday. She didn't have a party but celebrated with her friends at a nightclub in Glasgow a few days before her Birthday. On her birthday we went out to lunch at the Inn on the Loch http://www.lanark.co.uk/attractions/lanark-loch and in the evening family and friends visited for a little Birthday tea.   
The following week we had a lovely dinner at my favourite restaurant http://www.cornhillhousehotel.co.uk/restaurant.php with family and friends for Heathers 21st and my upcoming 50th in a few weeks time. I'm afraid we didn't get any photos taken that evening that I could share. I have made up a slide-show though of Heathers 21st fingers crossed I hope the link works on here. 


It has been a very long nine weeks but on Saturday we travel to Fife to collect our darling puppy Cupar. Brenda at Lomondhills has kept in touch regularly, shared photos with us and when he was 5 weeks old myself, Ian and Craig got to visit him. As you can see he is just adorable, I dare you not to fall in love with him...lol! I will try not to overload you all with pictures in the days and weeks to come but here are a few to get started.


2 Days Old


12 Days Old with his only Brother


5 Weeks Old 


6 Weeks Old with his Brother & Sisters.
Cupar is on the left of each row and in centre photo
with Brenda.

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying many happy hours of stitching. I will return in a few weeks time with hopefully some photos and a give-away to celebrate my 50th Birthday. 
Thanks for hanging in there with me.
Hugs
Lainey