Friday, 20 May 2016

American Flavored Five

 Hello from this AWOL blogger! It's been a busy few weeks with lots happening. As the post title suggests there is a strong American influence in my post this week.  Last week my cousin was visiting us from her home in California. She was born and raised there when my aunt emigrated to the USA in the 1950s.  We have been back and forth several times and she and her husband are the dearest sweetest people, so we had a wonderful time together.  Lots of fun times sharing memories, old photos and lots more good food and sunshine trips.  Unbelievably the weather here in N. Ireland was great!

One four trips involved cycling - hubby taking a photo of my cousin whilst I took their photo!


So in honour of my dear cousin, I have listed these three American pillows on my Etsy.






And fifthly, after much stalling, i finished my daughter's American Rockford Red Sock Monkey doll!
She added the bowtie!
He is cute!


So glad to catch up with you all again!
Linking with Amy's Five on Friday HERE

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, 2 May 2016

May Day Monday Blues


Here in the UK, this is May Day bank holiday and the schools have a holiday too.  For me May means bluebells and I hope to be able to find a lovely bluebell woods and stroll through them!

In the mean time these are my blue Monday stitcheries to share with you.



Wishing you all a happy day and wonderful week!

Have a Merrie MAY



Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Completed Cross Stitch Pieces

 April has taken wings, it seems, and sadly, my cross stitch work was left unfinished for weeks.  I love the therapy of stitching all those tiny x's and seeing the design come together on the linen before my eyes.  However I find the task of finishing the completed design rather difficult.  I don't just want to make them all into pin keeps but the skill of making something else escapes my basic sewing ability.

Any tips gratefully received!

So this little pin keep is a free Mother's day chart from The little Stitcher.blogspot.com in her freebies section
Mine is stitched on 28ct antique white linen
I adore the colour scheme!


So lovely for a Mother's day gift!


The second finish is another free pattern from Busy Hands Crafts HERE

This time it is a sewing pouch for all those little notions and bits'n'bobs.  A really sweet idea!

 Stitched on 28ct antique white linen and attached to 32ct raw Belfast linen



A lovely spring design!


Wishing you a wonderful week and many thanks to all who visit.
Please let me know you dropped by!

Best wishes!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Five on Friday


Welcome back! Here are five more photos giving us a sample of life back in the simple past here in Ulster.


This is the Rectory and one of my favourite houses in the park. The Rector enjoyed a higher standard of living.

This is another bedroom with crib.  It really does look spartan.



A wonderful old slipper bath in front of the fire.  I'd definitely want to bathe first!


So many wonders to see in the corner shop!

Another very well recreated shop was the haberdashery.



Hope you enjoyed this very quick peep into the past!

Thanks for all your comments and don't forget to visit Amy at Love Made My Home for more Five on Friday.





Best wishes

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Back to the Primitive Past



With the Easter holidays upon us we decided to visit the Ulster folk Museum and take a step back in time to see how life was lived over a hundred years ago in rural villages and farms.


Ir was full of primitive delights for me!  Oh the simplicity of their lifestyle - but undoubtedly full of hardship.

The windows were all so small in the cottages.



Loved the lacework window dressing.

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This was a fantastic piece of cross stitch.


I'm not convinced about the bedding though the quilts were amazing!


Loved the old churn and butter crocks


It was a great visit and I will share  some more in my next post.

Linking with Tuesday's Treasures HERE


Have a great day!

Friday, 25 March 2016

Easter Blessings



Dear blogging friends, I wanted to wish you all a very blessed Easter.  I am so blessed to know the Saviour lived, died and rose again for me, ''all for my sake, my peace to make, Hallelujah! What a Saviour!"

I have made a little spring/Easter table centre piece with a sweet little bird cloche I found for a bargain price!

I was given a real robin's nest and put in a little homespun chick.


Just finished for today is this little pin keep of a darling white bunny cross stitched in a heart. I love it!


The hanging cord is some vintage ric-rac.



Blessings and thanks dear friends for your visits and comments!


HAPPY EASTER!


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Free Spring Blessings Candle Mat Pattern

 To welcome the arrival of spring and just to thank you for following my blog and being such great blogging companions, I have created this free Spring Blessings candle mat pattern for you to copy and use as you like!  I love blue so thats what I went with but you can go with the colour of your choice!

I used a stone coloured wool felt for the base and cut a pretty scalloped edge and back stitched the letters.

I also finished the edge using blanket stitch.

Here is is with a candle

This is the template I used though rather than cutting individual petals for the tulips, I cut out one flower head in that shape to make it easier to appliqué.


Thank you so much for your friendship and hope you can share your finished mat with me!

I am linking with Stephanie's very last Roses of Inspiration party and have to say a special word of thanks to her for hosting all this time and being so sweet and lovely.

Do check out others.
The Enchanting Rose


Also excited to link with The Really crafty Link Party


Best wishes!