Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February Gifted Gorgeousnessness!

I know, the heading is wrong but the word gorgeousness wanted to come out like that and who am I to deprive a word of extra letters and syllables?

Gifted Gorgeousness is a wonderful blog event, hosted by Jo, from her wonderful blog, Serendipitous Stitching.   We get to post about all the things we are gifting to others and the hings we have been gifted in turn.

I have lots to share so let's start with things I have been gifted.

Yesterday was happy post day!

I received two really thoughtful gifts.
The first was from Justine. You can find her blog HERE.

It was her finished stitching of my design 'Witchity's Store'.  I actually used Justine's model as the cover of the chart when it was released for sale because I liked it so much.  I'm struggling with photos today so it hasn't come out as well as I'd have liked. Trust me, it is even prettier in person than it is in the photo.

I never actually managed to finish stitching it for myself so Justine's will be framed and left for my granddaughter.  Thank you so much Justine xxxxxx

The second package that came in the post was a jewellery set which was made by a school friend.  Paula makes jewellery and sells it, along with patterns of jewellery she has designed herself.

Again, my photos suck. The set (necklace, bracelet and earrings) are a beautiful bronzy gold colour and the beads shine with an amethyst colour in the light. They are stunning. 

You can find Paula's website Here!

Now, what have I been giving to others?  Lots hopefully, for to give is divine! 

Firstly, a little crochet cardigan for my granddaughter using 4-ply wool.  I was so pleased with how this turned out.

It fit her beautifully: the little bag had better not have a growth spurt just yet! That 4-ply is a wee bit slower to work with than dk.

Remember the Holmsey chart that I added to the free chart list, Bee Mine?
Well, Christine R from fb-land stitched it and turned it into a Valentine's card for her husband.  Isn't it gorgeous?

It's very special, seeing people use my designs to make memories.  Thank you for sharing your photo, Christine.

And I will leave you with another gift.  I know it's a bit late for Valentine's day but heck, real love should be celebrated every day!

You can click on the title to be taken to it or get it from the 'Free Chart' section.

I've got a busy few weeks ahead now, with CAT scans, bone chemo and results so I'm not sure when I'll be back. Wish me luck though, please. I think I'm going to need it!

Happy stitching everyone xxxxxx


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sharing the Love

Oh happy days!

How are you all?  I hope you are all well and busy crafting (imagine whip cracking sound effect about now, if you please!)

I've been oh so busy.  I've been on a bear hunt..aka visiting Granddaughter and daughter in the UK.  We managed to fit a lot in over just four days but now I'm shattered...not too shattered to share a little freebie chart with you all though!

This is a gift from Holmsey: Bee Mine.  You can find the chart on my 'free charts' page on the top tab of the blog!

Bee Mine

My etsy shop will be closing on the 1st of March which I do feel a bit sad about, so the freebie was to cheer me up.  I have the next round of scans in the next few weeks and I know my health is deteriorating so it was best to get it sorted.

So, on a brighter note, what did we get up to in the Uk?

Well, first we took Alyssia for her very first, grown-up, correctly measured pair of shoes!

Shoes and a pair of bunny slippers...though we have told her they are cats.  Well, you try making a rabbit noise!  Meow is just fine.  She was so good and well behaved.

Next, wearing new shoes, it was time to break them in.  They aren't proper shoes until they have been covered in sand and sea! So it was off to the beach with us!

Next we decided to visit Hadrian's Wall.

The Roman baths at the fort.

These were Roman houses for soldiers.  The long pit running along them was for drainage.  The soldier's horses would be tethered here and their pee would drain away.  They were very clever really.
 2000 year old toilets haha...loved their drainage solutions. We could learn a lot from the Romans!
The little arches at the top of the photo are changing room lockers.  This was part of the Roman baths. Hot water and everything!

Alyssia actually enjoyed the museum.  We talked about everything in there, and she babbled back in return, and again, she was so well behaved.  She was a real pleasure to take out.

The whole area is just so beautiful.  You can't really see it clearly here but there is a heron on the water, top centre.

Next day, hubby and I visited Alnwick Castle. The castle itself was closed but the tree-house restaurant and gardens were open.

This is Sleeping Beauty's gate.  There are wrought iron roses and thorns and the flower heads are blue and clear glass.

This is Alnwick Castle from the road. It's lived in and in the summer you can look around.
And the day after that, we found more many in fact, I can't even remember what they are called.  So rather than bore you will castles, I'll just add a couple more photos.

I  have got some crafty finishes but I need to wait until the Gifted Gorgeous post to share them with you.

Until then, happy stitching! xxxx

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