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Thursday, 18 June 2015

June so far

Thought I ought to write another post while I'm in the swing of things , otherwise who knows when I'll get sorted again ,lol.
 Stitching so far this month has not been too bad . I've completed three squares for Love Quilts .




Had a break for a couple of days before starting my next project. It's not too big but will have to be a secret for a while, so no pics straight away .

  Other news , Hubby started a new job on the first of the month. It's taking us a while to get into the new routine but hopefully things will work out soon.

Thanks for dropping by ,
  Cath


Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Mays' catch up post

Lots going on , but first the stitching.

 Lesley Teares' Owl for Love Quilts . I loved stitching this and may do it again one day for myself. OK , who am I kidding , lol. I spend so much time doing charity stitching I hardly ever do anything for myself , and I have tons of charts and kits waiting , but hey , I can dream right ?


 One of our Love Quilts quilters is making a quilt for the therapy music cradle at a hospice that his daughter attends and asked for some music themed squares and this is what I came up with .
 LQ squares


  And , on the 21st May , we were very excited to go and see Shake Shake Go at Rough Trade in Nottingham . We have followed the band since we saw them busking in Nottingham a couple of years ago and have waited not so patiently for them to come to the area again. Last year they supported James Blunt on the UK leg of his tour , and have been doing lots of music festivals too. We all love their music and they are great people too . They stopped to chat after the gig and signed things for the kids, So a brilliant night . Sorry for the bad pics,I was more interested in enjoying myself.



A quick video for your enjoyment.

Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath

Monday, 8 June 2015

OK , Who stole May ?

Wow . time really does fly , even when you're not having fun .
 I guess I've got lots to catch up on . I have thought about posting on many occasions , but kept putting it off until tomorrow. Well , they do say tomorrow never comes , so here we are . I need one of those all elusive things , a round tuit . I will get many things done when I get a round tuit .

 So. I will do a few catch up posts . First off ,the rest of April. Best go and have a look where I got up to ,lol .

 Ok , so I was a very lucky lady and received a gorgeous knitted bunny from  Chris  . Her name is Rosa and she is just lovely . She sits on the back of the settee so she can keep an eye on my stitching ,lol.
 Details of her lovely dress .
 And look at those adorable shoes .
 Thanks again Chris , I am still enchanted by her .

  Stitching wise, I completed this cat for my Daughter
 And this Koala ,
 Owls a/c square for Love Quilts.
 My Daughter has recently got into Design a friend dolls , and has bought a few (helped by me and e-bay ,lol) This is her first one (from Argos) in a couple of outfits hand made by yours truly .


So that's all for April. Watch out for May and early June posts coming up, lol.

 Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Something new

Last year I made up a few covers for R & R stitching frames , for myself and a couple of others .
Word got around (as it does) and I was asked to make a few more for some of the Love Quilts ladies.

It became more known and I was asked again and again so decided to make up a few to sell. This has been in the planning stage for quite some months, well before Christmas in fact. First off I was looking for a second hand overlocker , big fail there as they all ended up going for a higher price than I wanted to pay. After Christmas I took the plunge and bought a new one , and then sprained my ankle so I couldn't use it . Finally I got sorted enough to make up some covers and have set up a page on Facebook to sell them.

You can find the page here if you are interested .

I currently have four sizes available in several different fabrics , though some have sold out already.
Just a taster


 I will be making more sizes and with more fabrics , so if you can't find what you want , let me know and I'll see what I can do .
Cath

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Goodness

Where has the time gone. I can barely believe that the first week of April has been and gone already.
   We are into the first week of the Easter holidays here , and so far the weather has been lovely.Dry days with lots of sunshine  . So , we have been busy out and about . Today was a relaxing day (sort  of) though we did have to alter and fit a fence panel which took rather a long time , then a walk down to the post office was in order.
 In between these "little" jobs , I have managed to get some stitching in. I will show my current project next time though as I have some older ones that need to make an appearance first .

   The elusive wolf for my daughter.
  Named square for Love Quilts
 Any child square for Love Quilts
   Leaving gift for my Daughters' teacher who is going to specialise in teaching French .
  Named square for Love Quilts.

  The project I am working on now is for my daughter too ,then back to LQ stitching for a while . I do like the variety of squares .
  Other news to come , but next time .

 Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath



Monday, 23 March 2015

Not quite total

Eclipse that is .

 Friday morning was eagerly awaited in this house as it had been marked on he calendar since last year when the boy had asked about eclipses. We went on line and searched for images and for when the next eclipse would occur, so it was with great delight that we got up to a clear morning .
 We did end up with some cloud cover
 but to be honest , it made for a better view
 and I think ; for better pictures.



 A shame that more wasn't made of it at school as most of the kids were interested and one year have been studying space, but we enjoyed it.

  Back soon with stitchy news.
 Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath


Monday, 16 March 2015

Time flies

Whether you're having fun or not .
 The last few weeks have been pretty busy, so not as much stitching time as normal . Plus , with hubby being at home my routine has been shot , and lots of other things going off.
 No news on the job front , though an interesting proposition has been made . If it comes to anything , it will mean some fairly major changes to us all , but we need to learn a lot more .

 So , stitching , I finished Cinderella
 I have also stitched a wolf for my daughter , but strangely I don't seem to have a picture of that . will remedy it next time .

  Went to craft group at the beginning of the month and someone was giving away loads of chart books , so a lovely stash enhancement was made .

 Can't wait to make good use of these . Still plugging away on  butterfly square at the moment , it is taking much longer than anticipated , but as I said , busy , busy .

 Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Still here

and pootling along .
  Done a bit of stitching ,
Love Quilts square for Donna
 Love Quilts square , any child . Hearts is a very popular theme for girls , so I'm sure this will be put to good use .
 Doggy for my boy .

I am currently working on Cinderella. Hoping to have her finished by the weekend, but we will see. Progress is slow at the moment. My ankle and knee are playing up , so very achy and uncomfortable at the moment. Plus , on a downer as hubby came home at lunch time yesterday . He has been made redundant , so everything is up in the air yet again. So , not much done yesterday and today was spent going to the job centre , what a waste of time that was and sorting out a few bits. 
 Fingers crossed for something to be sorted soon .

Thanks for dropping by ,
 Cath


Saturday, 7 February 2015

Wye is no more !


If you remember a while back , I posted here  about Wye Needlecraft packing up shop and leaving Bakewell . After a bit of searching I discovered that they had moved to Mansfield , which was a hurrah for me as I can get there by bus .
 I said I would check out the new shop and post a review , but sadly that didn't happen . I did manage to fit in a quick visit , but the shop seemed unfinished , and to be honest I wasn't very impressed.
 To be fair , I thought I would give them another try later and then post a review.
 I went over a couple of weeks before Christmas , and found the shop closed. At 11 ish on a Tuesday morning. I did find that a bit odd to say the least , but sometimes things happen beyond the control of us mere humans , so no worries ,will try again next time .
 Sadly, it is not to be . I received an e-mail from Wye last night stating that they have decided to become an on-line store only.
 Now , I will be totally honest , I have always found them to be on the expensive side , and of recent years , the stock has been reduced to far less choice than I remember from when I first went in there , but it is nice to have a bricks and mortar shop to go to. Whilst shopping on-line is infinitely cheaper nowadays , sometimes you just want to browse and rummage and feel the silks and fabric.
 I am now pretty much limited to Hobbycraft when it comes to craft shopping, so it looks like more on-line stashing for me , and more than likely not from Wye , as I am fairly sure I will find better prices elsewhere.
 Still , -tis a sad day .

Cath


Friday, 6 February 2015

Fed up

Hi everyone , I'm feeling a bit sorry for myself at the moment.
 My ankle is improving , but slowly . still swollen and bruised and still painful , but I can get around . Some days are worse than others.
 Hubby had Monday-Wednesday off last week to ease the pressure, went to work late on Thursday so he could take the kids to school first. He got sent home from work because of the snow and got back in time to collect the kids from school at lunch time, then they had a snow day on Friday .
 Since the weekend , both kids and myself have started/had the rotten cold that is going round.
Snow showers and ice have made it very slippy and I will admit to being scared to go out in case I fall and hurt my ankle again .
 That said , I have made the school run every day except Wednesday when both kids and I were feeling too rotten to bother ,
  I am really ready for Winter to do one now , and usually I don't mind the cold weather .

 Have managed to get some stitching in . I decided to just rummage through my charts and find things that I would like to stitch . Here's what I came up with .

 Any child squares for Love Quilts .

 This was going to be an LQ square too , but my Daughter has claimed it . Not just that , but Son-shine wants one too , so I will be stitching another one but in a different colour .
 Hubby and Son went to a war games convention on Sunday and Daughter wanted to make something. I was thinking an owl or something small ,but she wanted to make a snake .
  We went through the fabric stash and she chose some that she liked . I drew a quick pattern and we cut out two pieces . I can't use the sewing machine properly with my dicky ankle , so did a bit with the opposite one and showed my girl how to use it and she did the rest .
  Have to say , I was very impressed as she did what she was told and did it very well .
  Here's what we came up with .


Now, she want to go on the sewing machine at every chance ,lol, but I have said we will wait until half term and do something then .

Hope everyone is well , We are still in the middle of a cold snap with threatened wintry showers and/or heavy frost . Not nice .

 Incidentally , I am having a small problem with the comments. Not all of them are going through to my e-mail , so if I haven't replied to your comment it's either because of that or because some people still have their profile set to no reply..

Take care, 
Cath