Sunday, December 4, 2016

No clever blog title

I can't think of a catchy blog title today.  My brain is too busy thinking about crafting!  Yup, my mojo is back!  Which is just as well because I have a backlog of stitching finishes waiting to be framed and finished as, well, whatever I decide to finish them as.  I do need to make a flatfold as I've never made one before..that will be my next challenge I think!

I finally have some craftiness to  show which is wonderful.

I finished stitching part two of the Mystery Holmsey Hare Winter Wonderland Sampler.  This is available on the etsy store.

I've also finished 'finishing' my Holmsey Hymns ornaments. 

Feeling brave, I got the sewing machine out.  I felt a complete novice, it's been so long since I've used it. We got there in the end though.  And yes, I did all the novice booboos like forget to get the ribbon the right way to hang them, and forget to make sure the fabric was the wrong way around when I sewed the little pillows up.  It's a lovely feeling when it's all done though, isn't it?  I felt a real sense of achievement! 

I'm busy crocheting today...something I hope will be finished by tonight.  Until then, I'll leave you with a photo from last weeks trip to Dublin.  I asked Santa if I could visit him without my children to have a photo to put in their memory boxes.  Santa was very kind and said yes.  I do seem to have rosy cheeks...I suspect that is down to the two glasses of wine I'd had with lunch which probably gave me the courage to ask Santa for his good deed!

Oh and a pig.  This little fellow is at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin (which is where I had the wine and a lovely Thai meal).  It's quite posh so I asked first if I could take the photo.  That went well but then I decided to have a conversation with him.  Well, it would be rude not to wouldn't it?  And only after I finished our chat did I look up and realise everyone was watching me.

Ah well....talking to a pig, even a pretend one (shhh, don't tell him he isn't real!), was interesting. He had some diverse views about the world (seeing as he only usually sees people's knees) but it was a stimulating conversation all the same!

Bless his little bacon heart!

Take care and thank you for visiting. See you again soon!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I'm Thankful For....

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

I'm not American but it can only be good to appreciate what is wonderful in life. So here are some of the things I'm thankful for.

1.  Today is my anniversary and I'm very thankful that I met my husband on this day.

19 years ago today, I made a Thanksgiving dinner for a friend and her American 'fling' (we won't go into that!) and his friend, Steve.  Steve very bravely asked me out on a date afterwards and I said yes.  So it's today we celebrate our anniversary rather than our wedding day.  I am very, very thankful that I didn't give them food poisoning (who knew finding a turkey in Norfolk would be difficult in November?  And who knew microwaves didn't do to bad a job of defrosting the frozen one I managed to get that morning...even so I didn't eat it ;-) !!)

2.  I'm thankful for a day of stitching.....on this bad boy. 
I took the photo on my phone so it's not the best. The fabic should be more green

I'm so pleased with the squirrel and badger, oh and the fox. I've never designed them before!

3. I'm grateful that my Christmas cake challenge seems to have worked!  I've cooked lots of different cakes in my lifetime but for some reason the fruit cake hated me.  I've never been able to make one that hasn't caught or was dry.

This time round I did a few things differently..pre soaked the fruit in alcohol AND plumped them further using the cooking method. Again the photo was taken by phone camera.  Don't mind the cracks in the top...they make easy access points for feeding with alcohol! And it isn't as dark as this in real life. 

4. I'm very thankful that my chemo brain is receding and I'm getting my brain back!
Last night hubby and son were watching some dodgy action film which I simply don't like so I sat and 'doodled' with words.  What better way to spend an evening than warping a traditional Christmas poem?  Want to see?

T'was the Night Before Christmas

T’was the night before Christmas
And all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, ...
Not even a mouse.

Except for Tiddles the cat,
Who needed a treat.
Something far nicer,
Than his usual tinned meat!

Tiddles crept through the house
On tippity toes.
Until he found
A little mouse hole.

Where deep, deep, inside,
As warm as you please,
Our little mouse slept
Dreaming of cheese.

The cat quietly sat,
As still as he could,
Patiently waiting
As any cat would....

For the sweet little mouse,
To wake from his doze,
And peek from his hole,
With his twitchity nose!

Which eventually he did,
Because finally awake,
He found he was hungry,
And fancied some cake.

Unaware that the cat
Was waiting to pounce,
And have his treat,
A meal of mouse!

T’was the night before Christmas,
When all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Especially the mouse!

by me!

Yay!  I have words back!

I'm going to collect all my silly rhymes and put them in a book for my granddaughter. 
For when she is older of course; I made up all sorts for my children and it would be nice to have them all together.  And I don't care what anyone says: poems about breaking wind are always funny for kids!

I even go the next witch story out for .The Coven of the is wonderful having my words back!

Right, stitching to do!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and lots of crafty time!

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