Sunday, 29 August 2010


After what seems like an eternity of waiting this happy little eskimo more commonly known as DD collected her exam results on Tuesday and clever, clever DD passed all of them with merits as well!
Soooooo, sooooo pleased for her and with her final interview with the College next week her place and all of her chosen courses look to be guaranteed ~ well done DD you deserve your success xxx

The gang only have 1 week left of their Summer Hols and although we have not been away the days seem busy and my job as taxi driver continues.  I don't see to be able to settle to any one project at the moment so 'Washing Day' has had no progress to it at all and my little Mousecroft garden friends are still waiting for their finish BUT I did squeeze in this small stitch in the week ~

This was a kit called 'Sew Stitches of Love' by Trudie Ann Designs bought back in April at the London Stitch Fair.  I stitched it on the 16-count Rustico Aida that it came with but changed the colours to my choice and added a bunny to the bottom.  The two rusty tin hearts also came with the kit and I used the chequered fabric for the backing of the pillow.

Tilly seems to like it and an attempted nibble on the top corner seems to prove this!

The weather here in 'the not-so-sunny-England' has been horrible and not what the Summer Hols should be!  It's grey and gloomy most days and our longed-for rain not so long ago has now overstayed its welcome, the evenings have been so chilly we have even contemplated switching the central heating on - this is August we're still in isn't it? 

So when these gloomy days appear that's when items of comfort come calling!  Is anyone else like me and has something or someone (usually food) that cheers you up and gives a good warm feeling - my weaknesses are Rice Pudding with Strawberry Jam, hot custard that's runny enough to drink out of a mug and an extra cup or two of cappuccino!  I cannot bear to be bare-footed and slippers are my biggest comfort and the more pairs the better.  DH and DD went shopping the other day and came back with these little furries for my feet - how cute, I've yet to introduce them to Tilly but something tells me she may make best friends with them pretty quickly!

I see a lot of blogging friends have started, and many already finished, some Halloween stitches. I always think cross-stitch is the best at this time of year, there are some great witchy stitches and fun pumpkins to be created and sitting at the bottom of my Stash Box are quite a few which have been overlooked again and again until it's too late and back they go to the bottom of the pile.

So this is the first one I shall tackle ~ Lizzie*Kate's 'Hats Off To Halloween' and I shall use some Gentle Art colours that again always get left at the bottom of the box:

Although my stitching progress has been slow my unveiling of our gorgeous chair hasn't!  I am rubbing this all down by hand using good old sandpaper and I'm really enjoying it, as you can see from the 2 photos the original wood is lovely and light and has nice patterns in the wood grain.

years of stain and varnish

And finally, those gloomy days shouting out to me that Winter is getting closer and closer had me hunting out my crochet hook.  Now this really is a thing of the past for me but I have seen some lovely creations on blogging friends posts recently so I thought I'd give it a go again.  I'm not crocheting individual granny squares which I know do give a better finish and a chance to play with colours, I am keeping it simple and round and round I keep going just changing the colour when I feel like it.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend, tomorrow is a Bank Holiday here in England so an extra day off and for us it will be a celebratory tea for Grandad's birthday and DD's exam results.



Myra said...

Congratulations to your DD! Your little pillow looks great - especially with Tilly nibbling on it. :o) I love the LK design, such fun! Lots of work you are doing on that chair but I'll bet it will be gorgeous when you finish it.

Cath said...

Well Done to your DD , hard work gets good results !
love your finish too , the backing fabby looks perfect with it. My warmer is beef broth with lots of veggies , yum .

Lesleyanne said...

Congratulations to your DD on her exam results and to you on your lovely finish. Tilly seems to like it. I love how your chair is coming along. Look forward to seeing your halloween piece progressing.

Lindsay-ann said...

Congratulations to your daughter. I wish her well at college. Love your new finish and your chair is looking beautiful. I agree about the weather. It's been the same up here. Our central heating has been on and off the past week!

Annette said...

Congratz with DD, great job....Love the photo of her.
What a cute design you stitched and finished so lovely.
Cute little Tilly, he will enjoy your winter slippers.
What a beautifull halloween design, good luck stitching it.
Love you crochet piece..

Carol said...

So happy for your daughter!! Her hard work has paid off! Love the photo of Tilly with your cute new finish :)

Denise said...

Yeah for DD! With Merit too! Yoo-hoo!

Tilly is adorable. Your pillow... hopefully she didn't really get to nibble too long. But, it is cute!

I'll trade weather with you. I long for cool rainy days! Hot - bleck!

Is it wrong to mention the holiday season is less than 4 months away? It just keeps sneaking up on me.

Smiles - Denise

Pumpkin said...

Congratulations to DD! That's great :o)

Oh, I love your latest finish! The added bunny just adds that final touch ;o) Tilly approves I see. LOL!

I will gladly send you some of this hot weather we are getting again :o(

Nice afghan! I can't even think of such things right now because it's just TOO HOT! I'm sweating just thinking of having that on top of me. LOL!

Anonymous said...

Yeah for your daughter! Good for her!

I love that little pillow! And the bunny nibbling on it might give me a cavity, it is so sweet!

Elaine said...

Congratulations to your DD and good luck on her new college course. Gorgeous pillow finish and look forward to seeing your new LK start.

Sally said...

Congratulations to your DD!

Love your little pillow finish. It looks as though Tilly likes it :) My youngest DD has fallen in love with her!

Lisa said...

Congrats to DD, how exciting!

Tilly seems to really admire your work. She looks like she's growing up fast, too.

I LOVE crocheting in winter! Won't have any time this year, but usually I spend every Sunday of (american) football season with my family, around the tv, with yarn and hook in hand. It's nice to be able to snuggle with your craft :)

Barb said...

What a lovely post Jane , love the little bunny on your sweet little finish. Tilly is so gorgeous just would like a cuddle.
The chair is looking brilliant, well done on your hard work.
I like the look of the witches hats design and those threads look yummy. Almost as yummy as rice pudding, my Ollie would have you standing in a queue if there was rice pudding on offer!!
Has to be homemade though.
Take care sweetie and a gentle cuddle for Tilly. Oh sorry blimey almost forgot the important thing many congratulations to your dd.

Lavender hearts said...

Hello there! Nice to find a fellow Sussex blogger. Thanks for popping over. :-) Well done with the crochet blanket, it looks great! My favourite is the ripple pattern. :-)

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CalamityJr said...

Love your pillow, and especially Tilly enjoying it! I'm partial to bunnies, anyway, and am so happy for you that you were able to find Tilly at just the right time. I'm sure Buttons would be pleased.

Mylene said...

Congratulations to your daughter and goodluck to her new course.

Love your little pillow, great finished!

Thanks so much for stopping by on my blog and for leaving me a comment which lead me to yours.
Dry's been very windy and rainy here, we had expected otherwise too as summer hasn't been that good!

Moonpie primitives said...

Hi Jane:
Thanks so much for the kind comment you left on by blog...
I'm glad I found you... Your blog is really fun..
congratulation to your daughter...
I live in the pacific northwest here to it is super rainy and cold I'm not looking forward to winter I think we need a few day of only warm and sunny weather before all the rain set in...
All your hard work payed off your chair is beautiful...
Have fun with your Halloween cross stitch, Nancy

Hazel said...

Congrats to your dd. Your blanket looks cool. Love your little pillow finish. x