Monday, 20 February 2012


I have to apologise to a lot of people.  I have had real problems with the word verification when leaving comments for people, so I'm sorry but if I have to use it I haven't been leaving comments at all.  I feel really bad about this because I know how much getting nice comments means to me but by the time I've tried to do it 3 or 4 times, I've had enough.  I'm really sorry but it's just sheer frustration.  I am still commenting on blogs with no word verification and I've made doubly sure that I haven't got it on.  I hope you will understand.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Theme-a-licious update 15th February (or thereabouts)

If you go to the Theme-a-licious page you can see my rather late mid month update.  With working on my assignment I haven't had a lot of stitching time so there isn't much to show.  I am going to focus on Garden Shed for the rest of the month which will hopefully see it finished.
I have finished my RR design which you can see on my Theme-a-licious update.  There is a funny story about this one.  J whose RR it is, sent the charts but no picture of the finished design.  I looked at the chart, couldn't work it out so passed it to my hubby.  He thought it was a bra filled with flowers.  I could see where he was kind of coming from on that but thought it would be a rather odd idea.  Anyway as it was a summer design I went along with his thinking although preferring to think of it as a bikini top.  As I stitched I was having serious doubts.  DH spent ages on the computer finding out what it was one evening - as you can see from the picture, it's a bonnet!  Now in our defence there aren't many bonnet wearers in Manchester!!  Honestly, how daft did I feel when he told me?!  It is a very cute design and I love the bluebird.

Nicola over at stitchingbyacornishseashore is having a double giveaway.  After a long walk, her dogs were exhausted which made her think about the funny positions people and pets sleep in.  Go and have a look as the charts she is offering are beautiful!

This is what Smudge decided to do tonight.  He WAS having the sofa despite Colin and Luke having it.  Smudge is very definitely Colin's cat.  For him, he is a real lap cat - for the rest of us, unless we are feeding him all we get is a look of complete disdain.  It's not often though that Colin ends up with Luke snuggled one side and Smudge snuggling the other.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

New design for blog

As regular visitors will most likely notice, I've had a facelift.  Well I haven't but my blog has!  I would really welcome your thoughts on the new look - whether good or bad.  Is it too bright, colourful?  What about the writing - is it easy to read.  Do the colours work together ok?  Or anything else you would like to mention.  I have been trying to make my own background for about a month but haven't liked anything I came up with so settled for this.

I haven't done my Theme-a-licious post yet but will whip the camera out tonight and get it sorted.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Secret stitching sweetheart

Happy Valentines Day

So who is my secret stitching sweetheart?
Visit Jo's blog to see the others.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Arrgghh......late WIPocalypse update - Feb 7th check in

Since the last update, I have worked on several different designs.  Below are pictures of where I am now.
Waxing Moon
RR piece
Helen and Kev's wedding sampler
Bothy Threads
All of them are things that I would really like to finish.
I will do a proper blog post when I have more time, I'm trying to write an assignment at the moment.  Bye bye stitching time :-(

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Theme-a-licious - January round up

Well the first month of Theme-a-licious has gone by.  I have posted my progress on my Theme-a-licious page so have a look!  The plan is to stitch on Mirabilia designs from my WIP pile for Fangirl February but really need to work on some others too.  I need to finish off the RR piece and I want to work on the wedding design for Helen and Kev who will have been married for 2 years in June - yikes!!

Apart from Theme-a-licious stitching, I have also stitched a little thank you card for my boss who was really understanding of my recent childcare issues and allowed me to finish early without docking my pay.  She is giraffe mad so hopefully likes this one.
Mouseloft kit
This is a clematis flower bud
We have actually got a clematis that never really died back last year and so never got cut back.  I was just having a bit of a wander round the back yesterday and we have a bud on one of the plants.  It shows how amazingly mild our winter has been so far as it shouldn't flower until June at the earliest.
One iris in bloom
another iris in bloom
We have actually got about 6 or 7 irises in bloom at the moment.  I am pretty sure they shouldn't be flowering until March.  It's bizarre.  I'm sure sooner or later we will pay for it being so mild.  Hopefully we will be able to get up the allotment and do a few bits over the next few weeks.

I'm sure there was something else I had to blog about but can't for the life of me remember what it is.  Oh well...