Friday, December 12, 2014

Advent Blog Hop

Hello, and many thanks to Jo for hosting this Hop, my second year taking part.  The picture above was taken in dubious light an hour before I left for DC to help The Girl move apartments.  Do we call her the Baltimore Babe now?  Hmm, better run it by her first!

We will be in Wyoming again this year with the Cowboys, large and small and the Cowgirl is walking.....can't wait!

Best ever present......
Hmm, that's hard but one I remember was given to me many moons ago, I was ten and living in Hohne, Germany, an Army brat, deep snow on the ground and I got......roller skates!  Not the fancy inline skates you get now but the ones where you turned a key and the clampy things on the side tightened and held on, hopefully, to your shoes.  Elsa, who worked for my mum, a bit on the dour side, it has to be said, sighed and won't  be using those until March....she was right but sledging was a great substitute!
When the snow finally melted a whole group of us would skate for hours, don't remember the learning process.....probably fell a up, carried on, stiff upper lip, don't you know.....
The very best place  to skate was the Tank Road, better than tarmac, reinforced concrete and we got yelled at many a time to get out of the d*** road as those behemoths went by......nobody ever seemed to think it would probably have been safer to ban us from there.....!

One last memory.....that Christmas, my mum was pregnant with my sister who would be born in March but I remember her putting on the skates and doing a great glide through our long sitting dining area with Elsa.....yup, shaking her head and muttering!

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone, and here's to 2015 and the Gifted Gorgeousness extravaganza!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Thread Giveaway Winner is.....

.......Sheryl, from Spain!  I will be emailing you in a minute, please let me know your address and the threads you would like!

Thanks to everyone who entered, I'll be doing another giveaway sometime in January.  Please be sure you have an email so I can contact you......

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Giveaway and the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL!

Another long absence, sigh......but during it I got to visit Paris, the UK and DC and had a lovely time in all of them!

But......more of that later.....I was reading Jo's blog, which led me to here to Jacquie's blog.  I had a little (a very kind and sympathetic) chuckle over her frustration at the cost of DMC anywhere but the US.  ....and that gave me an idea......

......a giveaway......and hope Jo doesn't mind but I am sort of (well, I am) hitching it to the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  When you've read about my giveaway, hop over there and sign up for the'll get an extra "go" in the giveaway if you do!

So, here's the deal......first of all...only those living outside the US are eligible.......!

So get on with it, Gillian......what IS the giveaway......?

*****Fifteen (cos it's Jo's 2015 SAL, lol) skeins of your choice of DMC*****

Around December 5th, I will draw a name from the comments, please make sure you have an email so I can reach you.....  I would really like to repeat the giveaway throughout next year but no promises right now!  If you are signed up for the SAL you get two goes, as I mentioned!  If you are only commenting on what a daft idea it is, please make it clear!

And to start it off.......the two J's get an special giveaway each.......!  So, Jo and Jacquie, please email me with your addresses! 

So....who is going to be the lucky recipient?

These are Jo's provisos as to what constitutes Gifted Gorgeousness and I think I can qualify for them all, though whether any progress will be made.......

  • Any chart/kit which was given to you - various Anniversaries of the Heart, maybe some progress will be made?
  • Any chart/kit which you won in a giveaway - a Drawn Thread one gifted me by Andrea
  • Any chart/kit which you bought using a voucher given to you/won by you - I have an unspent gift certificate from Mouse.......
  • Anything stitched on fabric received in the above ways - Joyce gave me a lovely piece called Champagne.....
  • Anything stitched with floss received in the above ways - ditto above plus lots more!
  • Anything embellished or finished with items received in the above ways - ribbon carefully saved from gifts I've received.....
  • Anything which is intended as a gift or prize for another person - as yet unknown exchanges and RAKs in 2015......
  • Anything else you can somehow shoehorn with word "gift" into! Don't know, but by golly, I will find something......!

  • Apropos of absolutely nothing I have written so far.......I leave you with this headline.........

    .......and I scored 132 in Words with Friends and trust one was more surprised than me!

    Bye for now, my feet are freezing, sitting in the basement, so off to heat up some Heinz tomato soup (UK style) bought by the amazing WT to tempt me when I was poorly with the flu this past weekend.

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    A long absence...a little stitching and a problem with language.....

    Well, hello!  Where have you been?  Oh, wait, it was me that disappeared, wasn't it?  I think I left you in Wyoming at the end of February where I had a lovely week with the small cowboys and even smaller cowgirl.  The WT was in Denver but sadly couldn't make it up to Casper as he had to fly straight off to San Diego.......with me following close behind.  Did you (and he) honestly think I was going to slink back to Michigan on my own, to the polar vortex and the ongoing white stuff?
    San Diego was skies......delicious meals....smiling passers-by..... get the idea.  Though I did feel the tiniest bit silly clomping into the hotel in  my boots.....

    The usual long journey back to the Midwest, late arriving into Chicago, and by now in a lot of pain from the messed up discs in my neck. I'd had a pain free two years while we were in England and another eighteen months here but goodness, chronic pain, which I am sure a lot of you wearing.  I began the usual round of doctor, physio, back to doctor, xrays, MRI and finally, three and half months epidural injection which seems to have quieted the nerves for the moment.  It seems a long time to wait but I wanted a particular doctor to administer it and so, apparently, did lots of other people! 
    So, a part explanation as to why I have been missing for so long, team that with a distinct lack of enthusiasm for blogging, stitching and even commenting and here we are in the middle of August nearly at the end of September ! 

    And yes, Liz, if you're reading......this post was begun a bit ago and no, have not lost my mind.... well, no more than usual!
    Pre-epidural, there was another trip, this time to DC, where we got to see DC girl and Big Cousin. I had a lovely lunch and visit to the Stitching Post in Baltimore with my Maryland chums, DJ and Astrid and was very restrained in my spending.  Mel casts a long shadow with Stitch from Stash, lol!  Soon, Astrid had to leave for the school run so DJ and I decamped to her house where she made me tea and kept up a steady supply of hot pads for my neck and arm and ignored my whining misery! 
    I wasn't the only one whining on that trip, the poor WT had to give two presentations feeling like death warmed up with an upper respitory infection and it was a sorry couple that staggered back to Kalamazoo!
    The big event of the summer was the marriage of Pittsburgh Girl to Mr E and the acquiring of a sweet seven year old grandson, Mr G!
    A lovely week....the whole family in Pittsburgh, vastly outnumbered by Mr E's lovely family but one of our nieces made it over from the UK to add to our numbers!

    Then the parents of the above niece made it over the water.....lovely visit, days out, new places, their first time in Michigan.  I must say we do try to vary their holidays by moving to different states, just for them!

    So this is being finished and finally posted in a hurry because I gotta go..........!

    Au revoir, ta ra!

    PS....ha you thought I'd forgotten.....still having language problem after 25 years plus over here....

    I asked people to bring deckchairs to a potluck (lawn chairs)
    Asked for a sieve in Bed, Bath and Beyond (strainer)
    Commented that no one in Michigan uses their indicator when driving (turn signal)

    Who knew.....?  And okay......stitching next time!

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    I don't need to get a new passport, whew.......!


    Yes.......a good decision, I think, though it seems there are storms ahead.......

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    And #41 is.....

    .......Thoeria from My Little Corner of Cyberspace

    Thoeria, send me your address and I will get the pattern off to you!

    Thank you, everyone, for the nice comments!

    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    Who wants to be #41?

    This is a fly by speedy post, hanging my head in shame ........I was supposed to post about the travelling pattern first sent out by Daffycat over three years ago - Count Your Blessings by Shakespeare's Peddler - I received it from Karoline far too long ago and life got in the way mixed in with a horrible dose of the "I can't be bothereds".  I am so sorry, I do hope someone is still reading my blog, lol, despite the long absence.  I will draw a name next Tuesday, September 2nd.  The only requirements are to stitch it quickly (which I did, lol), and then post a picture so that the next person can be chosen. Oh, and have an active yes, I can see you are wondering how I came to be chosen.......!

    So far the chart has gone from Oklahoma to lots of other states, Canada, England, Greece, South Africa, Ireland, France and Spain.  Where to next, I wonder.....somewhere on the Pacific Rim, maybe?

    This is my version on a lovely piece of Cobblestone linen bought at Acorn and Threads several years ago.  I changed a couple of the colours to use what was in my stash.....

    The fence doesn't show up that well, does it, much better in real life.

    Well, enough rabbiting on.....leave a comment, saying you would like to be the next person to stitch and send on this sweet little chart.

    I am writing another blog post (yes, really!) to explain away the long absence and what the WT and his Missus have been up to this summer of 2014.

    Sunday, March 30, 2014

    Sunday Selections ...

    ... has moved to HERE permanently.

    With many thanks to the World Traveller for providing some of the photographs and all of the captions.

    I'll be back tomorrow with a stitchy post.

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    Stitch from Stash and Smalls SAL (very small!)


    Stitch from Stash 

    How did I do...... really well, ZERO dollars spent!  Even though we had a weekend amnesty thanks to Mel's partner because of the Nashville show, I still didn't succumb but I did make a bit of a wish list, I must admit!  Don't have much to show you in stitching as much of the month was taken up finishing and releasing two round robins to Maryland and Lancashire.  I have almost finished a small ornament but not quite and really not done a lot more on the Nature's Alphabet SAL with Julie :(

    So... moving swiftly on to the ..........

    Smalls SAL

    Well.... before I show you..... it IS meant to be small, right?  Oh good........

    because it surely is, as you can see!  Not a very fancy finish as I was trying to get it done before I left for Wyoming.  It's a freebie found here and was the challenge for this month on Needlework Haven.

    That's it from a sunny, snowy but still chilly Wyoming.... back to the little people!

    Love and hugs.....

    Sunday, February 16, 2014

    My giveaway winner!

    I drew the winner of my GYB blog post and it is........

    Toni of Easy Street Ramblings!

    Congratulations, Toni!

    Goodness, this event was almost too much fun!  I really didn't pace myself at all well and have a LOT of blogs still to discover, hope I get through them all before Vicki announces the next party!  Many thanks to everyone who commented and/or became a follower.  I am looking forward to getting to know you all better!

    Apologies for posting this a day late, I contacted Toni yesterday then forgot to press publish when I heard back from her!

    Monday, February 10, 2014

    February Turtle Trot and a lovely gift!

    Time for another progress report.... it's the 10th of the month so it's this one - the very slow (here, at least) Turtle Trot 2014.  I signed up for this last month but have a feeling I didn't follow the rules and post my intended BAPs.....  well, not to worry, the point is to get 'em stitched!

    So what I have achieved?  Um, not much on the big projects, for sure.  I am feverishly trying to get a couple of RRs completed and into the mail this month, one I am very late with and the other I will be spectacularly early!

    One I am REALLY enjoying is this one..... a couple of weeks ago I was reading  a post from Julie where she mentioned she had just begun Nature's Alphabet by Elizabeth's Designs.  This has been in my stash for ever so I (virtually) plonked myself on Julie's sofa and informed her we would be SALing together - that's what cabin fever does to you, makes you pushy, lol!  She graciously agreed and Tuesday is "our" day to stitch together.  It's hard to put down, you want to keep stitching little boxes!

    This was after the first week

    ...and this is where I am now.
    Hard to believe these two pictures are showing the same piece of fabric.  The top one is closest to the real thing.  This is going to be stitched from stash so there are some empty spaces until I find the right substitute.  So that's it.... not much really!

    So what's the lovely gift, I hear you say?  Well, at the beginning of the month I got a very unexpected email from the lovely Cath over in Queensland.  We are two of the 600 or so participants in Grow Your Blog 2014 and had left comments on each other's blogs.  I'd won her giveaway for the event!  Much to my surprise the parcel arrived today and I know Cath didn't post it before the 2nd.... just over a week from Oz to US!

    Look what she sent..... beginning at the beginning, lol......


    A beautiful handmade stitcher's wallet with a candle wicked design on the front, with buttons, needles, thread, fabric, scissors and a tape measure!  Just gorgeous and will be put to good and frequent use!  Thank you so much, Cath.......... have you needed your wellies yet, lol?

    There is still time to enter my giveaway here, leave a comment and don't forget to have a look at some of the other blogs taking part!

    Time to get back to stitching.... RRs to finish and send off..... complete something for OPAM..... and the Smalls SAL......try not to spend any money on stash....... not a good idea to have a look at the Nashville previews, by the some progress for February's Themalicious......attempt to redeem myself with the Scarlet Letter SAL before the 20th........  stitch a class sample for EGA......the NH monthly challenge........ and pack.......more on that next time!  Off for a bit of a lie down!

    Saturday, February 1, 2014

    Themalicious In a Garden.......

    If you are looking for Grow Your Blog!!  and a giveaway click here

    Jardin January
    The holidays were a little stressful...let's relax in a nice garden. Work on any piece with flowers or gardens.

    It's that time..... Themalicious and anything that can be produced that has to do with a garden, however tenuously, lol!  And quite a lot, it seems, grew quite merrily this month!
    Dusty's RR from Needlecraft Haven
    Victorian Welcome Sampler
    Debra Designs
    Dusty did the beautiful bit in the middle
    (including the backstitching!) before sending
    it to me, so far all I have done is the curly B looking bit......

    I was wondering why I was enjoying stitching on Dusty's piece so much?  It is very pretty but not something I would necessarily choose to stitch in either design or colours and then I realised...... it reminds me of Swinburne Lodge, Darlington, the house where the Wyoming Cowboy was born and where we spent four very happy years.

    The Gift of Stitching 2006 Issue 7
    Midsummer Night Designs
    Sweet World
    I am using a lovely Stef Francis silk instead of the called for
    Anchor, it looks a lot better in real life.....

    Nature's Alphabet
    Elizabeth's Designs
    A SAL with Julie
    The Algerian eyes under the B will become flowers!

    Mouse's RR
    LHN Little House Neighbourhood
    Didn't actually STITCH a flower but there are some
    as well as grass on the piece so I decided it counts!

    Grilles de Maryse SAL 2014
    Forgot about it until the February part arrived
    so not much accomplished in January!

    Polly Wolly Doodle

    Band Sampler by Sharon Cohen
    Just Cross Stitch Jan/Feb and March/April 2009
    Quite impressive, wouldn't you say, lol?  And onto next month and.....

    Fantastical Fiction February
    What kind of fantasy creatures inhabit your Works in Progress? Or perhaps some fictional characters have leaped from the pages to your needles? Let's stitch on projects inspired by imagination

    Can't find quite so much for the subject of this month's theme, which, quite frankly, is just as well because one of the pieces is probably coming into its THIRD year of not being finished and the other chart belongs to Ms Liz of Oz (no blog, sadly) who would probably be VERY glad to get it back this side of heaven!

    Shakespeare's Peddler
    Magic Garden

    The Primitive Needle
    Cape Cod Girls
    lent by Liz
    and yes, I DO know where the original is (I think!), put away
    for safe keeping as this particular chart is rarer than hen's teeth!

    So onward and upward, my hearties, hope all is well with everyone.  I am still hoping to get to all the blogs in Grow Your Blog 2014 before the middle of February......

    Love and hugs,

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    Smalls SAL and a birthday card....

    Squeaking in at the last minute.... I didn't exactly "stitch" on this in a forwards direction in order to finish it this year. More reversed stitch to take out the over one initial which I had done but disliked!  Hope this will still count...... well, it's my story etc!  I really didn't like this chart when I began it and it sat with only the A and B completed for a very long time then suddenly enthusiasm blossomed and I love it.  Not sure yet how I'll finish it.  I've decided that smalls for me means anything under 100 x 100 stitch count.

    Quaker Blackbird
    Little by Little
     The other thing I have to show you is a birthday card from Pittsburgh Girl who knows me well.  She sent me a lovely parcel with several nice packages inside but it was the card that really made me laugh!

    Be back soon with the Themalicious update....... coo, it's all go, ain't it?

    love and hugs x

    Monday, January 27, 2014

    Stitch from Stash 2014... Grow Your Blog....And Other Sundries!

    My first Stitch from Stash 2014 post! 

    Like so many of us, I NEED this challenge, either that or to live past the next millennium! I did okay but surprising how it mounts up!  I bought a couple of DMC threads thinking I had to send them in an RR but turns out we all use our own as each piece arrives.  However, I had a momentary qualm about dye lots and went ahead and sent the colour used to "frame" the piece since I had two skeins of one dye lot and one of another!  The fabric came from stash AND the pattern.  I'll post a picture in another post as forgot to take one before it went winging its merry way to Lynn in Lancashire!

    I also bought some Congress cloth and stretcher bars, some ecru perle and a skein of Caron Impressions to use in an EGA piece that we will be stitching at our March meeting.  The cloth will be paid for out of chapter funds which is nice!

    So, time for some accounts.....

    For RR - DMC x 6 @ 40 cents each (sorry UK!) minus 15% coupon plus tax = $2.04
    ? - Weeks and GAST threads (ashamed to say can't remember what for) @ 2.00 each minus 10%  discount for EGA plus tax $9.54
    For EGA March meeting - Caron Impressions and perle cotton minus 10% for guild  discount plus tax $5.36

    Grand Total: $16.94

    As they used to say on my school reports in maths.......could do better!  I could take off the DMC as the RR was arranged last year and being on the programme committee for EGA I need to make a sample of the project, but I will be strong....!  It will be interesting to see just how much I do spend/take from stash over the year.  To that end, I have also decided to keep a running total for fabric, yarn and craft magazines too.....

    Stop Press - just saw an email from Mel so have removed the stretcher bars from the list, hooray!

    Cotton yarn for dishcloths as I am working my way through a crochet book

    5 @ $2.19 and 1 @ $1.29 cotton yarn $12.24

    Stitch magazine (UK Embroiderers Guild) - was completely swayed by cover (fabric cupcakes) and then nothing appealed inside.  I used a gift card from Christmas and my B and N discount but still came to a whopping $10.79

    Fabric $0

    Moving swiftly on.....

    Today was reveal day on Needlecraft Haven for our monthly Christmas Challenge and the design came from here, the fabric and threads were from stash....

    A freebie from The Little Stitcher
    The Sheep Day
    December 1, 2013 post

    It pays to hold onto small pieces
    of fabric - wasn't this perfect?
    Don't hold your breath but maybe I'll have twelve finished ornaments next December!  Well, a stitcher can but dream!  We have another sweet (and small!) one for February so I am reasonably hopeful for another month, at least!

    This has been a fun weekend in the world of blogging because of the lovely Vicki.  A lot of blogs to check out and say something nice!  I am hoping to visit them all and leave a comment, wish me luck!  There is still time to visit them all and perhaps enter a giveaway (including mine!) and leave a comment on the January 25th post.  Names will be drawn (with a few exceptions) on February 15th.

    This stitching from stash seems to have had a trickle down effect in food shopping, eating out and book buying for the Kindle......  I've been keeping my receipts this month from the supermarket (apologies to those who know exactly how much they spend!) and for each meal have tried to use an item from the pantry and/or the freezer.  It's working well and we've had some good meals, a couple from here, the Chicken Paprika, Black Beans and Rice and the Honey Lime Fruit Salad will all be made again.  No eating out until February, even though it's my birthday today, sniff, and only free books have been allowed on the Kindle...... pretty impressive, don't you think?

    I'll leave you with a weather update...... looking at the inches on the left of the ruler........

    There are actually steps below the steps you can see...
    and one of us has to risk life and limb on them
    Why?  I'll tell you, it's all to do with a
    cup of coffee and a door opener.....
    just sayin'
    See, DJ, no feet!

    Right leg covered with snow to the knee...and the left was the same!

    Sunday Selections will pick up next week with something completely unrelated to winter weather!

    Wherever you are, enjoy your week and keep warm/cool!

    Friday, January 24, 2014

    Grow Your Blog!!!

    Hello and welcome to my blog!  I saw this lovely idea of Vicki's pop up on lots of blogs around the world last year and was a little irritated that I was disorganised enough to miss the closing date.  However.... as you will see from the post before last, changes are afoot, Mrs WT isn't going to procrastinate/miss deadlines/will finish her WISPs (WISPS?  Works in SLOW Progress), blog frequently, keep to a stash spending budget (Ha!) and generally be a (more than ever) delightful person!

    So... for those that don't know me, who am I?   I am British but have lived in the US for 25 years, in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois and Michigan twice, yikes. Well, actually not strictly correct as we sneaked back to the UK for two delightful years in 2010 then we were made to come back as t'boss decided the World Traveller was needed more back in the US, sadly.

    Right now we live in Michigan on a lake, a frozen one,

    The view new every morning!

    and a snowy, windy, frigid and chilly place it is right now as we have an Alberta Clipper bearing down on us, having just waved a thankful good bye to the polar vortex that kept us frozen in place last week!
    The view from V Avenue
    In the summer, sweet corn grows here!

    Saturday morning - edited to include these pictures!

    $7.97's worth of dorky hat from Gander Mountain!

    What the stylish snow blower is wearing this season
    in south western Michigan!

    The banquet is ready!

    I have been married to the World Traveller for more years than either of us can remember and he still makes me laugh!  I am an Army brat so moving is in my blood, born in Scotland and left at six weeks old and have kept moving ever since.  We have three children all living somewhere else, sadly, though they all assure us that they do quite like us..... the Wyoming Cowboy who lives in the Equality state with his lovely wife and three little Wyoming cow persons, DC Girl and Big Cousin (our #1 grandson) and Pittsburgh Girl who lives with her partner and his son in the 'burgh.

    This is mainly a stitching blog though knitting makes frequent appearances and crochet is creeping in too.  I rarely leave home without my camera and have a sadly neglected photo blog here that I have great intentions (see first paragraph) of bringing up to date. 

    Of all the social media platforms (such a pompous phrase) blogging is the one that appeals to me the most.  I have a Twitter account that I rarely use, I go on Facebook to leave smart/sassy comments but the blogging community is the one in which I feel most at home.  I have made friends around the world that sadly I will never meet face to face but with whom I feel a kinship and have also made friends that I HAVE been fortunate enough to meet in person and can quite honestly say I have never returned home wishing the meeting had never take place.  Bloggers are nice!

    Thank you to Vicki for putting this whole event together and thank you for reading this far.

    Please leave me a comment and tell me if you would like to enter for a small drawing, a Moda charm pack 'Cornucopia'.....

    whoops forgot to tell you that I quilt too, but only if the points don't have to meet, as Shirley Conran might say, life's too short!

    Another Saturday morning edit..... going to be brave and make a small something for the giveaway too, might be crazy quilting, won't promise but it will be something and small!  Got to be brave and not just talk about CQ!

    Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    Yarn Along Wednesday

    I saw a reference to this on Karoline's blog and thought I'd give it a go as part of the new, improved and organized Mrs WT, grin!  However since both Karoline and Ginny from Small Things seem like really nice ladies and I didn't want to frighten them off I thought I would SHOW ALL in the way of knitting WiPs just in case I have too much.  They include but are not necessarily limited to...

    Prayer shawls (four), one off the needles but needs blocking (bleuch) and ends sewn in and the rest just  on the needles, hardly started

    Shawlettes (seven)  in gathering everything together I realized I had knitted/am in the process of knitting FIVE of the same pattern, Trillian! I've also knitted two of the Hitchhiker one which I first saw in Wyoming and loved it.  Pattern details here

    On the left is a project bag to keep the current knitting work safe.  I found the pattern over here at Jenny's blog.  She intended it to keep linens together for each bed but I thought it would be a great way to hold stitching or knitting and use up some fat quarters!

    I have a feeling I cropped rather too enthusiastically and my socks have disappeared!

    The book on Kindle was one I just finished late last night Hushabye featuring a young detective in the UK.  It was/is right now free but will have to wait to download the second one as am on a no-buying streak for Kindle for at least January and it costs $3.99!

    I'll be back next Wednesday hopefully having narrowed down my choices and who knows, maybe a finish?

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

    IHSW and a finish.......... and how I am going to turn into a perfect stitcher in 2014!

    International Hermit and Stitch weekend or to the cognoscenti, IHSW, and I did, well not so much of the hermitting but I stitched and I finished one piece.......  please don't look too closely cos I am off by a couple of threads.  I bought this one who knows when to stitch for our Ruby Wedding anniversary in 2011 and somehow it didn't happen.  But now it's done, and bless the WT's socks he will say it's lovely but if I ask him about it in a week's time he will deny that I ever showed it to him!

    Song of Songs
    Country Cottage Needleworks
    So that's one of the fourteen in '14 done, only thirteen to go........

    I spent a mostly happy morning tweaking the blog and adding a gazillion buttons all designed to make me a perfect, on time and frugal stitcher, lol, and I've got another one to add if the organisers are kind enough to let me join.  The mostly happy not happy bit was trying to take off the background picture of Cannon Beach, it just wouldn't leave!  Finally made the background white, which is a bit boring but will do for the moment. 

    Did I say on time?  Well, no, I missed posting on the 10th for the Turtle Trot, drat it.  There is a reason why my turtle is laboriously hauling herself up the rock........  going to ignore it for now, hope I don't get thrown out and be there on the 10th of February all bright-eyed and bushy tailed!

    And guess what... just got a nice email from Peg over in Australia and I am now an official OPAMer2014 - it stands for One Project A Month and can be anything in the "soft" craft range, projects made from fabric, thread or wool.  They are taking sign ups until February 1st so go on, skedaddle over there if you are interested!  I first saw it mentioned on sweet Dzintra's blog last year or maybe even the year before but was always too late to join.  I was wondering in blog land this morning, as you do, and came across this blog and decided it was A Sign since she lives in Cheshire!  Pop over and say hello, she's nearly a granny again. lol!  And by the way, if you going to visit Dzintra, do NOT go hungry!

    Finally, a lovely parcel arrived from Mouse this morning.....

    A little sewing tray and a Keep Calm needle minder and the most beautiful scarf/shawl which is for my LAST birthday, lol!  The bag is full of Stef Francis goodies that I asked Mouse to buy for me at Harrogate in November.  Thank you, sweet pea!

    Thank you for reading, do leave me a comment and keep stitching!

    Lots of love,