Sunday, 27 March 2016

Easter Bunny Stitches...


Well here we are Easter Sunday and the month of March is nearly over. It has been a very quiet Easter week-end here in the Main household. I have been stitching, reading, listening to music and watching tv. The houseworks on

Cupar sends sloppy kisses to everyone for the get well wishes. He has had a real rough time. We are finally seeing signs that he is on the mend. His energy levels are moving in the right direction. He is eating his own food again and is starting to play with his toys.

Now to my stitches I'm afraid I'm not a very happy bunny as I noticed midweek when I took this photograph of the progress on my Summer Garden I had miss-counted. To the right of the bunny in the middle all the way along those pretty flowers and the other bunny are stitched one hole up from the bottom. I thought at first it was just my fabric that was making the line uneven then I saw my mistake...ggggrrrrrhhh!!! It has gone back in the box until I can bring myself to look at it again.

On a brighter note I have finished my March Ornament. I'm very pleased with how he has turned out. I decided not to stitch the words and I will wait until I make it up to see if I am going to add buttons to his shoes. Looking forward to stash raking this week to see what I choose for April.

I didn't manage many stitches on my Wicked Witch on Wednesday. Hope I will have more time to work on it this week.

These are my new charts, fabric and thread from SewandSo. Simple Joys is one for myself. I look forward to getting started on this one though I haven't decided when. 
I was missing some DMC threads for my Summer Garden and the fabric, needles and silk thread was for a new start that I started yesterday.
You've got this I am going to be stitching for an old work colleague of my husbands who has just had an masectomy. Cancer really sucks!!! There is rarely a day goes by that I don't hear of family, friends or neighbours being struck by this awful disease.

Before I kitted up my new start I decided to stitch the Hop Squared design by Lizzie Kate that I had just bought. As I was looking through my stash for a backing fabric I came across this pretty green one and I thought maybe I could have a go at stitching the design on this. I had a piece of waste canvas that I bought about 15 year ago and had never used. I was rather anxious and worried that it would be all wonky when I took the pins off but I'm (blushing) really rather pleased with myself. I spent Friday night making it up into this little pillow.

Continuing the Bunny theme this is my new start. It is taken from Mill Hills Hearts and Flowers booklet. The flowers are supposed to be all done with beads and there are a lot of Mill Hill treasures on the design but I need to go with what I have in my stash. Sorry about the poor photo the fabric is actually lime green.
Well I'm off to get my headphones on listen to my music and do some more stitching.
I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter week-end.
Happy Stitches and Bunny Hugs!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Doggy woes, stitching and a wee holiday!

Well here we are March already. It has been dry but cold in my wee part of Scotland for the first half of the month. I'm hoping for some warmer, sunny days soon. The garden needs tidied and I long to be able to get my clothes outside to dry.

My heart is heavy today as our dear boy is very ill. He has been very sick, spent a lot of time at the Vets in the past few days on a drip for dehydration, antibiotics and other medicine. We had to wait for blood test results on Monday afternoon and we could hear him crying for nearly an hour as we waited it just broke my heart. We had to leave him and when we went to collect him he wouldn't speak to us. My daughter Heather and myself stayed up all night with him. He was totally spaced out but thankfully slept most of the night. Tuesday the Vet kept him for the whole day. As I stay at home all day the house was so empty. I couldn't even bring myself to relax and stitch. He is still very lethargic today and just not himself. I know some people will be reading this thinking its a dog for goodness sake but believe me you love them and care for them as much as your human son or daughter. Cupar is only two and has never been ill like this. I hope he picks up soon.

Okay now some stitches. This is my progress on my March Ornament for my SAL  BeAnAngel from HeartInHand. I changed the colours to start with I did the tunic in a hand-dyed blue colour but it just didn't work for me so I changed it to red. I love how it looks now! I'm going to leave out the words so I just have the head and boots and it will be complete.

I have made good progress on my Summer Garden by Country Cottage Needleworks. Hopefully I will get it finished for my Mums Birthday in April. There is a cat on the original design but my Mums not a cat person so I added another bunny instead. The picture doesn't do it justice as the colours are so pretty.

I've also made a start on Wicked Witch by LA-D-DA. The fabric is actually lime green. I am working on this on Wednesdays. A few people on Instagram have joined me. If anyone would like to join in you can stitch any Halloween design you wish we just post updates on a Wednesday with #WickedWednesday. Christina I will send you the chart when I'm finished. Hopefully that will be well before Halloween.

As these quilt squares are done and have arrived at their destination I can now share them with you. My dear friend Mouse celebrated a special Birthday in January. She had asked if friends would stitch her squares as she wanted to make herself a quilt. The bottom one is a Carnation Janaurys Birthday Flower. This was a free design by Ellen Maurer-Stroh. The top one which gave me is Fur Friends by Country Cottage Needleworks. I had this great idea that wouldn't it be nice if Mouse's darling boy Bentley was on her quilt. The dog in the original chart was Brown and off course Bentley is mainly white. White on white is no fun and trying to change the head to look more like Bentley drove me crazy. At one point he looked like Batmans dog with a I'm glad to say that Mouse was delighted with my attempt. I can't wait to see her finished quilt.

We celebrate Mothers Day here in the UK in March. I came home from a week-end away to these gorgeous flowers, cards and money from my DS Craig, DD Heather and my DDoodleboy Cupar. I've treated myself to a few new charts from SewandSo which I will share next time.

A few weeks ago we decided to go away at the last minute for a few days. Hubby,myself and Cupar went off to a lovely cottage in Whithorn in Dumfries&Galloway. As you can see from the pictures Cupar had a better time than us. It is a beautiful part of the country. Lovely beaches, walks for the dog, cafes and pubs that welcome our four legged friends. The cottage was beautiful. I can highly recommend it to my friends in Scotland and south of the border. www.midbishoptoncottage  

Happy Stitches!