Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Two gifts at the start of June

The start of June sees us on holiday in France, all our trips and visits are in my 'Aimetu's - wine, food and travels' blog, but before we left I had two birthday gifts to finish.

This year seems to be full of special birthdays for my friends - birthdays are always nice but zeros are the best! This year already there has been a 40th and two 60th - there are two more 60th, a 30th and a wedding so my 2018 is full of gifty stitching.

The first gift was for my friend who is recovering from a back operation, although she isn't celebrating a significant birthday I wanted yo stitch her a gift. This is a freebie chart from Victoria Sampler  I have stitched it many times, it us quick and enjoyable to do.

My other gift was for my very good wine friend who is celebrating the big 60. I wanted something wine related and remembered this chart on an old magazine. The label names were originally in Italian but my friend loves Spanish wine so I changed the lettering.

As we're on holiday I have of course brought some stitching, another gift hee hee as there is another 60 birthday at the end of June. I don't stitch a huge amount when we're away and this being a little something it was ideal to bring. I'm nearly done too which means I might have time to make a start on another project I brought with me, especially as the forecast is unsettled for the next few days.

I hope your June started well, hard to believe we are nearly halfway through 2016 and it will soon be the longest day of the year!

Thursday, 31 May 2018

As May closes

I have not blogged much this month, or had time to read many blogs for which I apologise. Since DH retired we've been busier than ever, holidaying but also working hard in our garden.

My stitching has been only for gifts which I shared in my last post for Gifted Gorgeousness. My latest two pieces are also gifts but I cannot share these just yet ..... so here's what's been happening in our garden.

Tree gone, old deck gone
New slabs down and new deck laid
A few weeks on with our hard work putting up the gazebo
and moving stones/slate around
New bird feeder and my pots which have grown
since this was taken
New slate and more pots that have also grown 
Newly painted birdtable
The chairs, pergola and these plants are the
next to be done
Well deserved coffee in my new Turkish cup at our new
table and chairs, on our new deck, under our new gazebo
There is just the top right corner to do, taking down the pergola and having a new shed but this needs a skip so will be done in a few weeks when we return from our holiday in France.

DH has worked so hard,  thankfully we had lovely weather. It has been raining since last weekend with thunderstorms, great for my pots and we were pleased the gazebo was waterproof.

As I said we're off to France for a week, self catering as I am missing 'being French' and am looking forward to shopping at the markets and cooking for ourselves.

I'll be sharing those gifts when we return and of course showing my holiday stitching which is packed already .... off now to pack some clothes too!

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness - a little late

I'm late, I'm late ... but with two good reasons; we've been away and the last of these three gifts will be given today πŸ˜„

My first gift was a 40th birthday coaster for a good friend at scouts. I have known Sarah since she was born and she was one of our bridesmaids when she was 11.

The chart was a freebie card chart from a very old magazine, I added the 40. The coaster was a gift to me from my Needlecraft Haven friend Gill.

My second gift was for Deb, another Needlecraft Haven friend who lives overseas. It was her birthday whilst we were away but I managed to get it in the post before we left - however she received it after her birthday as she was away celebrating her daughter's Masters Graduation πŸ‘©‍πŸŽ“

I used Weeks Dye Works for this, I love the way the variegation works; the thread was Hunter.

My final gift will be given tonight, one of my scouting friends is 60. I have looked at this Quaker chart many times and finally found a reason to stitch it. Most of this has been stitched on our holiday in Turkey sitting on our balcony looking at this view - wouldn't it be lovely if that was my permanent stitchy seat 😍

I adapted the centre and added 60 - the thread was  Six Stranded Sweets Sugared Violets, another variegated but very subtle. I'm very pleased how it turned out, again I used one of the coasters Gill gave me. I hope Bev likes it πŸ˜‰

Gifted Gorgeousness is hosted by the lovely Jo at Serendipitous Stitching - every month on the 15th our blog posts are about gifts we have sent or received - it's a lovely way to say thank you to our fellow stitchers, my thanks this month go to Gill for the two lovely coasters 😍

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

May Day

Happy May Day everyone - it's a french tradition to give Lily of the Valley flowers today but mine are only just sprouting so I will not have a bunch in the house this May Day. All our garden seems to be a few weeks late, this is my Lily of the Valley in 2014.

The garden is the reason I have not been stitching so much, plus the fact I am working on a couple of gifts so cannot share. We've had our deck replaced and new slabs on the patio. Over the last few weeks DH and I have been cleaning the slate in our borders, repotting some of our larger plants, painting fences and generally tidying up. We still have quite a bit to do but it's looking good so far.

Our old deck being taken out
Our new deck, new slabs and
cleaned slate
Our potted plants and new bird feeder
Today he put up my new bird feeder, we used to have a tree here from which we hung feeders. Since it's been down we hung the feeders the other side of the garden - the birds were very confused again today when they moved back on the new hanger.

Last week DH and I joined some friends for a week in Burnham-on-Sea - you can read about our holiday on my travel blog Aimetu's. One of our days out was to Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury Tor, the tapestry coat of arms panels and cushions in the Cathedral were stunning. My ankle is improving; I have a strong support when walking and wore my hiking boots for walking any distance which really helped. So much so I made it to the top of the Tor on a very very windy day. There's photos in my other blog, but I thought I'd show the beautiful needlework here too.

Stunning work 
I hope the sun stays with us and we can finally see some flowers appearing - I hope your gardens are coming to life too.

Sunday, 15 April 2018

A little progress

I have finally finished March's Challenge on Needlecraft Haven, although I have yet to make it up. The dedign us Christmas Joy by Cuore e Batticuore. It took a little longer than I thought as I changed the design to include two girls. This will be a gift at Christmas for someone I send something to every year; they have two girls.
Stitched but needs finishing
My other progress is on my Bouquet Sampler by Jardin Privè - I haven't worked on it for quite a while as I was busy doing the Easter Exchange, the challenge piece and another birthday bookmark but I did join everyone in The Parlour (Needlecraft Haven) on Wednesday. It is growing and there is not too much more to do..
The bookmark was for Dusty, my friend overseas. It's always a worry posting abroad especially with it being Eastertime but it did arrive in time for her birthday.

Dusty's Bookmark
Today I need to look at my projects and time as I have a few more birthdays coming up, some big ones so I need to find suitable gifts to stitch. We have two holidays as well, almost back to back so I really do need to plan ahead, always exciting.

Huge thank you to everyone who sent the link to their first posts for my blogiversary, I really enjoyed reading them and looking back to how we all began. Thanks too to everyone who posted, it's always nice to receive your comments.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Easter Exchange

Happy Easter, today is also the Opening Day for Needlecraft Haven Easter Exchange. It's an annual exchange that is great fun to take part of each year.

We had to stitch an Easter gift for our partner, include a card and a sweet treat. I was absolutely amazed when I opened my parcel this morning, Justine has stitched a beautiful biscornu, thank you Justine I love it!

My Easter biscornu from Justine
The reverse with such delicate beading and backstitch
Close up of the cute bunnies 
In my parcel Justine included some mini chocolate eggs, two skeins of Week Dye Weeks thread - daffodil and spring bouquet - and a super Easter card.

My Easter Exchange from Justine 
My exchange parcel travel overseas to Mary. I hadn't stitched in relief before and I did find this a little unusual to start with. I used DMC variegated thread and I stitched it over one to make it ornament size.

The ornament for Mary
Mary's Exchange 
I've been baking for Easter - chocolate nests for our not so little kids and a Simnel Cake for Easter Day.

Chocolate Nests
Simnel Cake 
My Easter decorations are out - just for a few days. My Easter tree is a piece of a contorted hazelnut tree that we had in our front garden for over 20 years and was before that in my Grandmother's garden. I saved these branches and use them every Easter, along with her jug.

My Dad's cousin bought me a beautiful bunch of tulips when we took her shopping on Good Friday and my daffodils timed it perfectly to come out today. The ornament on my mantle is my exchange gift from Christine last year and the stitched egg one my tree is also from Christine from an exchange a few years ago.

My Easter Tree
I love the colour of these tulips
My Easter mantle
There are a few chocolate eggs in our house but we've all been quite good ....... so far .......... and only eaten a little.
Happy Easter 

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Easter Blog Hop & 10th Blogiversary

It's Easter Blog Hop time - a fun event organised by the lovely Jo at Serendipitous Stitching

In all the Blogs taking part you will find a letter, simply find all the letters to reveal the Mystery Phrase. How do you know which blog to jump to - just follow the link after each letter and hop your way around - make sure you visit Jo's Blog too. 

The letter I have for you is ....
The next blog to visit is The Alchymyst's Study to find out which letter Christine has for you.

My Easter themed picture is the beautiful Easter Exchange Christine sent me last year.

Whoo Hoo today is my  πŸ’• 10th Blogiversary πŸ’•

In March 2008 my first blog was titled New Adventure and was about my hardanger tablecloth (which I still have) and my sampler for my school diary. I didn't actually write very much hee hee.

My hardanger tablecloth - the center panels where stitched in a Round Robin
and I then completed the hardanger to make the tablecloth
I stitched this on perforated paper and had it on the front of my planner
when working at school - I managed to move it to the new planner each year 

As a Blogiversary celebration I asked for links to everyone's first blog, be that recent years or many years ago - thank you to everyone who sent a link - here's our first blog posts :)

Rosey - Ishkabibble

Sharon - It's Daffycat 

Thank you so much to everyone who has visited, read and commented on my blog posts over the last ten years - your friendship is very dear to me, thank you