Monday, 22 February 2021

February 2021 ~ week 3 ~ wildlife stitching etc.....

 It's only the 22nd of Feb...

...and we were able to have lunch outside on the terrace today!!

I only went out to put in my first seeds...

... and found that it was so warm that I had to take off my little cotton jacket :-)

Si I dashed back indoors...

...put on a saucepan of packet Minestrone soup...

...and we had that...

...followed by tinned peaches with double cream...

...and an espresso with chocolate mendiants that I'd made on the weekend.

All feels a little more "right" in my world :-D


Meanwhile...

...indoors over the last week...

...I've been stitching some "wildlife".

I had some "Grove" panels from Makower a couple of years ago...

...and have only now done anything with them.

This is number #1









I have another 7 to go!!


Another bit of wildlife was done in cross-stitch...

...a "BlackBird Designs" strawberry entitled..... "Dancing Sugar Plum".

Done on 18 count linen Aida...

...it was a bit hard on the old eyeballs...

...but I love it!




Especially made up with some lovely grey lace and a pink hanging ribbon :-)




I have a lot more cross-stitch planned...

...and have been dyeing some Aida to dull it down a bit...




I used various bister powders from yellow ochre to walnut brown and black...

....mixed in different amounts in spray bottles.

I am happy with the results and now need to alter some threads to "age" them before stitching.


Have a very pleasant week dear folks


x C

Sunday, 14 February 2021

February 2021 ~ week #2 ~ hearts, hexies....and houses

 It's cold.

Very, very cold.

We've hardly had "plus" temperatures all week.

Maybe love can keep us warm?



A love-ly little terracotta plaque that I picked up at Kelmscott Manor...
...and, of course...
...it wouldn't be Valentines Day without some red heart stitching would it?! :-)




I decided to re-visit the tiny hexagon project ...

...and am getting on with a few more "flowers" to make into "grandmother's garden diamonds".



Also on the table...

...advances with my "Old Amsterdam" samples...



I do so loooove doing these doors and windows.

They may take a looooong time...

...but the results are soooooooworth it!!

(I only just found the "o" key on my laptop can't you tell!)


There are more bits of knitting happening too...

...I made up a pattern for this cowl...

...after finding an odd large ball of "something"...

...can't actually call it "wool"...

...but the colours are delicious :-D




It was a bit of a challenge on a rather long circular needle...

....and I wouldn't want to do another one...

...but hey-ho....it's finished...

...with more cold weather still to come I'm sure.


Keep safe and well folks


x C

Sunday, 7 February 2021

February 2021 ~ week 1 ~ punching....painting.... and a "Pendule"

 It will make a change to have absolutely no pictures of a snowy garden today.

The promised "white stuff" turned itself away in someone else's direction...

...and left us simply very, very cold!!

I even fired up the beast yesterday evening because it felt chilly...

...even in this usually cosy house.

So, I stitched with the fire crackling away...

...on a little piece of punchneedle...





...to go on this rather lovely old glass bottle found in a flea market somewhere.




The paints have been out lately too...

...working on some "medieval" pieces...

...stained glass windows from Chartres Cathedral.



They take ages because I work with this tiny Brause nib to fill in the black areas.

(Why do I always do this to myself!!?? :-o  )


A small cross-stitch project got finished on Thursday.

It was supposed to be yet another biscornu...

...but I thought I'd try a different format...

...and made this one into a "Pendule".



I can see a basket of these being done to hang up on a line or pole somewhere.

They don't take long to come together...

...and are useful time-filler-inners for the odd evening :-)

They are also very pretty don't you think?


Have a good week...and keep safe...


x C

Saturday, 30 January 2021

2021 week #5 ~ Needlework and The Great Garden Birdwatch

 Well...

...here we are at the final weekend of January already!

Still under "lockdown" restrictions.....and for another three weeks at least...

...but still managing to keep as positive as possible...

...and carrying on creating :-)


I have finished quite a few bits this last week...

...one lovely little piece by Little House Needleworks...

...entitled "One More Stitch"...



...and I must admit to have developed a bit of a "thing" for these Biscornu :-o





Stash-busting continues...

...with a pair of knitted hand-warmers.

I have never counted myself as a "knitter" but this pattern is soooooo easy...

...that even I can do it!!




Out of doors...


...this weekend is the RSPB Great Garden Birdwatch...

...so I am......watching.






I do so love my little feathery garden visitors.


Please...

....as ever....

...keep safe and well folks.

x C


Sunday, 24 January 2021

2021 week #4 ~ sunshine...stitching...more snow...and some stuffing!

 It's been yet another strange week here...

...with snow showers...glorious sunshine...and then heavy snow to round it off!


We did manage to get out and about to take some photos...

...within 100 yards of home...

...and it always amazes me just how much colour and interest can be found...

...even at this time of the year. :-)


Let me take you for a walk near Ty Mabon...

















Don't you just loooooove those lichens!!??


The views were pretty good out there too...






Sunshine on your back...

...moon in the sky in front...


Then...

...two days later...




Oliver is covered in a snowy blanket again.


Back in the workroom...

...the bag of polyester fibre-fill came out...

...to finish a trio of cross-stitch pieces.

Little House Needleworks and a red square...







It's been quite a productive week :-)


Keep safe and well lovely readers...


x C

Sunday, 17 January 2021

2021 week #3 ~ Stitching...shopping...and shoots

 All of the snow has left the garden...

...and it's back to looking rather boring and damp!

Indoors, at least it's warm and cosy...

...and I have managed to get another biscornu finished :-)




I still find them a bit of a fiddle to put together...
...but I love the results...
...and there are a few more lined up for assembly!

We took a run out to a) do some shopping...
...and b) give the car a bit of exercise (as it sits on the drive for days and days right now).

We went down to Cashells (our usual shopping haunt...if a few miles away)...
...and stopped to take a few photos on the way back home.







It was so nice to have a change of scenery.

Outside yesterday...

...amid the drab mizzly surroundings...
...there were some signs of life!!



Organic garlic that I put in at the end of 2020 :-)

Things are moving forward...

Nights are drawing out bit by bit...

...and some tastes and colours can still be found here and there...





Weeks still stretch on with no sign of a let-up in restrictions...

...but I am doing my very best to remain positive.


Things "Medieval" are calling...

...maybe I will have some of that to show next time...


Meantime...

...please keep safe and well....and POSITIVE!!


x C