Thursday, 23 June 2016

Stitching blues

June is speeding by and before it is gone for good, I thought to share some of my stitching - just a pinkeep in blue, my favourite colour.

For good measure I added a matching strawberry fob.

The backing fabric is a beautiful blue cross stitch reproduction cotton too.

Thanks to all who left birthday wishes for my mum's birthday last week.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend ahead!


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Happy Birthday Dear Mum!

Today my sweet mother celebrates her birthday!

I am so blessed to have a godly mother and friend.

The photo above is one I love showing my mum as a young girl - she is the tall one! They were having a fancy dress day and sports day though I'm sorry I am not sure what she was dressing up as!

We had a lovely birthday celebration on Sunday with cake etc.

So Happy Birthday dear Mum!

Best wishes!

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 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.


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!