Sunday, 26 February 2012


Last Tuesday struck me down with the dreaded lurgy so with a lovely wheeze and hardly any voice at all, please come closer so I can whisper, try and shout out to you . . . .

LHN 'Winter Band Sampler'
Weeks Dye Works 30~count Parchment Linen
DMC threads

Red Cardinals and Snowflakes

Not sure if I should have left a light on in one of these windows, after all there are 2 little bunnies sitting at the bottom needing the odd carrot or two!

I loved stitching this one :) although there are only 8 colours to the design, I think it pops when it's finished especially the white snowflakes!  I do have an idea of a finish which actually ~ hold your breath ~ may not be a pillow!!!

Sleep is minimal at the moment as that seems to be the time when the continual coughing takes hold, so I have made use of my extra hours and started my next project and I really dug down deep in the stash box for this one . . .

This gorgeous design uses 39 different colours for the 'patches'.  I love the fact that I can pick and choose which patch I fancy stitching next and so I'm hoping that with it being quite a large design this random method will stop me getting bored with it . . . hmm, famous last words!!!

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Monday, 20 February 2012


Oh boy! Am I glad to be able to finally show you my finished 'Snowy Morn' . .  .

My eyes struggled with the 1 over 1 stitching on this design but to avoid frustration and keep frogging to a minimum I stitched 'those' bits when daylight was at its best and kept a glass of wine mug of cappuccino within close reaching distance!

warm, cozy mitten

Mr. Snowman with bugle bead for nose and a ' feathered friend' charm

patchwork heart with Smyrna stitched flowers and leaves

'Snowy Morn' kit by Shepherds Bush
32~count Dirty Linen & Au Ver a Soie Silks

Phew, now to finish, finish it?  I've been stitching another design inbetween this one and that looks like being another Happy Dance in the next couple of days, I'll keep you waiting for the big reveal!

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012


heart~shape veggies

a meal for two

a kiss

best friend by your side

love from
Tilly & Oscar

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


With snow still on the ground and below zero temperatures, a knock on the door from Mr. Postie with a parcel all the way from Australia is the perfect tonic for an instant feeling of warmth and happiness!

Last week I heard from Fiona  that I was the lucky winner of her giveway celebrating her 3rd blogoversary and yesterday, only 1 week later, I was thrilled it find it had arrived.  Fiona had posted pictures of the giveaway gifts and they were all gorgeous but to actually see them for real is something else . . .

Matching pincushion, scissors in attached scissor pocket and needle case

all in beautiful co-ordinating fabrics in duck-egg blue, mustard yellow and terracotta 

burgundy check tea-towel with applique basket of pears

'Tis The Season' Christmas Stitchings book

Fiona's gifts are beautifully stitched and I'm really happy to be the proud owner of them.  The needlework trio will be displayed on my new cream shelves in the lounge, the applique tea-towel is going to be a wall~hanging in the kitchen and Tis The Season will be my first attempt at redwork and hopefully result in a finished quilt!

You can see Fiona's finished quilt here
warning ~ it's gorgeous!!!

Thank you so much Fiona for bringing some warmth to my day xxx

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Sunday, 5 February 2012


Introducing 'Snowy Morn' number 1 . . .

As forecast, we woke up this morning to our garden covered with a pretty white blanket of snow ~ no more to follow just yet but the freezing temperatures mean it will be hanging round a while!

I know snow does cause problems especially when it turns icy but I have found one advantage to it ~ the brightness it brings means I can actually see to cross stitch the dreaded 1 over 1 on 'Snowy Morn' number 2.

Yes, after my last post and breathing a sigh of relief that that horrible part of Snowy Morn was complete, I now find that there's more in store!
Last night I sat for 3 hours stitching and un-stitching and went to bed feeling very fed up with my inability to see what I'm doing BUT this snowfall overnight has given such brightness to the day that I have, at last, seen a bit more progress . . .

The white row of feather-like satin stitch is repeated in blocks of 10 over 1 all the way round the design ~ YUK!
It has taken me an hour just to complete that one row and now at 3.45pm the brightnness has gone so if I could just ask for a little more snow overnight so I can finish it tomorrow, I'd be most grateful!

Thank you to everyone who sent 18th birthday wishes to DD, celebrations continued until 2am and a good time was shared by all.

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Friday, 3 February 2012


Lots of celebrations today as DD turns 18!

Those of you more observant will note that this post was published at 23.45pm and whilst DH, Tilly, Oscar and I sit cuddled up in the Study thinking of bedtime, the rest of the house has been taken over by many, many 18yr old girls, champagne glasses are clinking, the iPod docking station is blaring out Lady GaGa and 'Party Time' has just begun! (funny my 14yr old twin boys seem to want to be with the girls rather than Mummy & Daddy and seem only too keen to be Waiters for the night!)

DD ready for Party Time
Her Grandad bought her the pink roses behind her, they've been sprayed with silver glitter and almost look as pretty as she does!

Oh 18 seems a long time ago, so long I don't think I can even remember!
21 was different as that was the age I was married so who knows what the next 3 years will bring  her ~ well hopefully it's going to bring 3 years of Uni as she has now had acceptance offers from all her chosen Uni's ~ yes, you've guessed right . . . very proud Mum posting here and very happy to sit up until dawn breaks!

Now, I could be putting all this spare? time to good use but have I had a yucky week with my current WIP or what?  1 over 1 on 32~count is just not me despite a pair of glasses, a magnifying glass and a daylight lamp and still those rotten frogs kept marching right on in.
So last night I was more than happy to have completed the 4 small squares that needed this horrible size stitching, put it aside and take time to fall in love with it again!

Snow expected here tomorrow, not as bad as some parts of our Country have at the moment, but it will  be our first snowfall of 2012 ~ I am actually looking forward to it, I do love the Winter Wonderland it brings but the 1 fall is enough and if it can come and go by Monday morning that will be great!

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