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Archive for February, 2016

SAL- 28 February

I am enjoying the Flower Fairy, but time just seems to pass too quickly. Never the less a few crosses have been stitched. Here’s where I was

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And here’s where I am now

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Linking as always with the other SALers, do please visit their sites here:-


Avis at http://sewingbesidethesea.wordpress.com

Claire at http://claire93.wordpress.com

Gun at http://rutigt.wordpress.com

Carole at http://aslightobsessionwithbooks.wordpress.com

Jule at http://fromtheboudoir.wordpress.com

Wendy at http://thecraftersapprentice.blogspot.co.uk

Lucy at https://lucyannluna.wordpress.com

Jacqui at http://thestitchingline.com

Jess at https://everthecrafter.wordpress.co


Thank you.

I am the very lucky recipient of the giveaway held by Tabitha at the Sewing Nook

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The sweetest  purse made from Liberty fabric, would you just look at the flower detail, and how on earth do you sew a zip into something that small. I am in awe. It’s gorgeous. And, and a pretty handmade notebook with lined and unlined pages. Perfect to keep about my person for  sketches, ideas and inspiration on when out and about. Thank you Tabitha.


Cross stitch cards

I have made two new cross stitch cards this month. Firstly one for my Mum for Mothers’ Day.

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This was adapted from a pattern in a book called The Ultimate Greetings Card Book by Caroline Green. I have made many cards from this book using a wide variety of techniques.

The second card I made this month and of which I am most proud as I designed it by myself. My Grandson Master T was 5 in February, and he is very fond, and I mean very fond of a certain computer game, which I probably can’t name due to copyright issues. Not only did Master T recognise the character from his game straight away, he loved it!

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And if anyone out there is familiar with this game and recognizes her I shall be even happier.

Linking with Heather at Stitching Lotus here-

Smalls SAL – February 2016 Check-In


Photo Challenge- Tension


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No-one was hurt in the taking of this photograph.

Next weeks’ prompt is Extra

You are welcome to join in our photo challenge whenever you like. Full list of prompts appears in the page Photo Challenge.

Please have a look at what some of the others have shared.

Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Melissa at http://thearanartisan.com

Roz at https://umpteenthings.wordpress.com

Jenny at https://letthesewingbegin.wordpress.com

Christina at https://alookatthelittlethings.wordpress.com/

Ali at https://thimberlina.wordpress.com/

If you would like to leave a link in the comments section please feel free to do so, and if you would like to contribute regularly and would like me to add your name to the list above, let me know.

Happy Snapping!

Photo Challenge- Home

I have been thinking a lot about this week’s challenge. What exactly makes Home, home? Is it the people, the bricks and mortar or memories. If the people I love are not here is where they are home? Nope, so it’s not people in the flesh that makes home, that’s family. What about bricks and mortar? I have lived in Yorkshire, Sussex and Oxfordshire. All our boys were born in Sussex and all lived there and in Oxfordshire, but to me there was always something missing. Coming back to Pickering was always coming home to me.

When my brother and I were little we loved holidays, but were always glad to be coming home afterwards. For the last couple of miles we watched the road avidly for the first glimpse of the Church spire, which said that soon we would be home. I still look for it now when we come home, only now I am lucky enough to call Pickering Home again. It means my husband,my parents, my brother,my grand parents, my friends, sons, grand children who now visit, it means the place where I played, went to school, learned ballet, was a Brownie and a Girl Guide, went to dances and met those strange creatures Boys, and the Church in which I was baptised and married. In short where I have so many memories.

So I am using a photo I shared a couple of years ago.

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Can’t wait to see what everyone else shares in this weeks challenge, do check out the following blogs, and if you would like to share a picture of what Home means to you, please feel free to leave a link below.

Jane from Rainbow Junkie Corner

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Melissa at http://thearanartisan.com/

Rosalind at https://filiznazilli.wordpress.com

Roz at https://umpteenthings.wordpress.com

Jenny at https://letthesewingbegin.wordpress.com

Christina at https://alookatthelittlethings.wordpress.com/

Ali at https://thimberlina.wordpress.com/

Let me know if you would like me to add you to our regular contributors.

Next weeks’ prompt is Tension.

Good luck and Happy Snapping!

Sunday Sevens

A series of seven pictures from my week inspired by Natalie’s idea at Threads and Bobbins

Several years ago I made number 2 son Mr J a picnic blanket. He gave it to his new puppy last year, which upset number one grandson Master H, no blanket, no more picnics?  Only one solution.

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Nana make a  new picnic blanket.Most of the yarn came from my stash of unfinished yarn.

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I was lucky enough to get the book Sew by Cath Kidston for Christmas and I have started to make the bag which came with it.

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And I am gradually getting to grips with knitting cables.

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Sadly the cardi won’t be ready in time for Master T’s 5th birthday, but that can’t be helped.

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The pot hole/road repair saga continues, fixing gear left on our drive throughout the week!

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These tete a tete daffodils were bought last year as a supermarket bargain at 50p after Mother ‘s Day. Pleased that they have come up in our garden this year.

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Whilst we were visiting Burton Agnes Hall this week, we had a wander round the church. It had some lovely box pews inside and some rather grand Yew trees in the churchyard.

And here in England it is half term week, holidays, lovely!! Have a super week everyone.


Snowdrops at Burton Agnes Hall

I had heard that the snowdrops at Burton Agnes Hall were spectacular. Yesterday the sun was shining, so off we went for the first outing of the year to see for ourselves.

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The Hall is a rather grand Elizabethan House, closed still for Winter cleaning.I love those chimneys!

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The view from the woods caught my eye too.

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Nearer the house are the formal gardens and a wonderful walled garden. Here’s the view from the rather magnificent Gate House.

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I have a thing about garden lions.

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I need one! There is also a children’s section with outside games and around them I spotted my second flower picture.

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I thought that one so gorgeous I bought one for our garden. And I have some other rather nice photos which will appear throughout the year in the 52 week photo challenge! I was rather tempted to use the last picture of the house next week under the prompt Home!! Imagine. … No thanks, think of the dusting!

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