Tuesday 1 March 2016

Happy St David's Day

It's St David's Day today - the patron saint of Wales whose emblem is a daffodil or leek. The children in Wales go to school dressed in traditional costume today, they really celebrate their special day.

Photo from a Welsh newsaper 
Welsh Flag
I have been busy baking too - welsh cakes. They are quite easy to make and are a traditional small cake in Wales, Bara Brith is the traditional large cake but I make welsh cakes as they are Hubby's favourites.
Batch of welsh cakes for Hubby and friends tonight at
scouts committee meeting
A few to go with our afternoon coffee
It's time to change out mantle as it's the 1st of March. I did a little shopping today so bought a bunch of daffodils. The birdhouse is a tealight holder and the fairy a rain catcher but she stays inside. It's time for March (Drawn Thread) to be displayed and my Jardin Prive Tree is now spring (that's on the side board). This year for Needlecraft Haven Four Season's SAL I have stitched a small design by Mausimom and made it into a little pillow.

March Mantle
Daffodils and Spring pillow  
Four Season's SAL 2016 with Needlecraft Haven  - Spring
Jardin Prive Spring - Four Season's SAL 2015
I have also managed to finish Challenge 2 on Needlecraft Haven's Monthly Christmas Challenge, it's a lovely design by Pineberry Lane which did originally have 1887 on the right hand side and is supposed to be stitched as an aged piece. However I decided to omit the date and stitched it in a more modern way.
Challenge 2 - Monthly Christmas Challenge
Wishing you all a very happy March, its going to be a busy month as here in the UK it's Mother's Day next Sunday and Easter at the end of the month. Thank you for calling by and reading my latest news.


  1. Lots of lovely stitching there Clare. The welsh cakes look delicious, I've never tried them.

  2. Happy St David's Day! I love your March mantel.

  3. Your mantel is looking lovely.Fabulous finishes and the welsh cakes look so yummy

  4. Wowee....you have been a busy stitcher. Love all your pieces. Well done!

  5. Hello Clare,

    Happy Spring, your Mantel looks so lovely with your special things on there plus the blooms just suit it perfectly. Your cooking looks so yummy.I must remind my son about his special day.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Happy days.

  6. I feel as though I've been living under a rock -- I hadn't heard of St. David's Day before! A patron saint with a daffodil emblem!

    Lovely mantle, decked out in spring finery. :D

  7. Your Welsh cakes look delicious. I tried Bara Brith cake when we were in Wales on vacation and I loved it. So lovely to see that picture of the children dressed in Welsh costumes.
    Your March decoration looks great. I also have Mausimom's four season designs in my stash but still have to stitch them.

  8. Beautiful spring display Clare, and your challenge finish is lovely.
    I had cheesy leek and pasta bake for tea yesterday. That counts right?
    Welsh cakes look just like singing hinnies - a sort of soft scone dough that you cook on a buttered girdle. I think Welsh culture and North Eastern culture share a lot of common elements from both being coal mining communities

  9. It's nice to have a mantle to display your stitching. Your welsh cakes look lovely. I was never too happy with the ones I made.

  10. I am in the process of re-decorating for spring... I love your birdhouse there! And the Spring SAL piece for Needlecraft Haven group is so clean and vivid... Must look it up! Hugs!

  11. Your Spring mantle looks lovely, the new pillow sets it off beautifully.

  12. Your mantlepiece looks lovely with the seasonal display. I did manage to remember to change my Just Nan sampler to Spring but I still have my February "love" themed pieces elsewhere!

  13. Gorgeous post and beautiful stitching :o)
    Hugs xx


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