Monday, 30 September 2013

Lovely Weekend

The weekend was a special one for me: it was my birthday and I am now all of 44!
So I had a day out just window shopping really, in a converted Irish linen mill about a half hour drive from home.
It houses great cafes and all kinds of stores (except primitive ones!) and is great just to walk around.
Of course I did see lots of pretty things!
You all know about my owl love and here where some stone carved paper weights~

This was probably my favorite item - a rocking horse with a hefty price tag but it would look great on my sideboard!! 

 There were lots of shelves with shabby chic goods and Christmas dolls and gifts~

 I love the red and whites and embroidered pillows.
 It was a fun day out and we had a delicious meal in the Loft, the restaurant there.

It was beautiful in the afternoon, just perfect for a walk along a tree lined avenue where the leaves are slowly turning gold!
So all in all it was a truly lovely birthday weekend!
Glad you stopped by and hope you all have a great week!

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Fall Punch Needle

This is what I've been up to for the last few evenings.  It was time to try some punchneedle again, this time for fall.

So I dug out this longish bread paddle board that I'd bought ages ago for a punchneedle design and drew up 
this pattern to fit on it.

And this is the sum total of my fall decorations so far this year!
I went for a walk at the weekend and picked some rose hip sprays to put in this trug .

For this little basket i made a couple of jack o lantern picks and I'll share that freebie with you next week!
So stop by then!
Thanks !

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Fall Craft Idea

Ever thought of making a putka pod tree for your fall decorating? 
Here's one I made earlier! 
But be warned!!! This is extremely time consuming, fiddly and sticky in a fun, messy kind of way!

Here's what you'll need:

A large bag of putka pods
Sharp knife
Florist's cone - not the type you soak
glue gun
orange colored fabric remnant

 I made the initial mistake of trying to stick the pods to a cone wrapped in burlap, but with the gaps between pods, the burlap was too clearly seen. Plus I needed to stick the pods much closer and tighter, but I soon learned!

That's when I used some orange/brown fabric to cover the cone instead.

Here's the awkward part. You need to cut each pod in half and this way they go farther and stick on flatter.

And believe me, a hot glue gun is the only way to make the pods stick and stay on!
 And this is my finished putka pod tree! Still with a few gaps but just use some little pieces of pod that you cut earlier to fill them up.

So if you have the time give it a go!

Best wishes

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

New Cross 'Autumn Thyme Farm' pattern

 It took all of last week, but I'm pleased to present my new cross stitch pattern Autumn Thyme Farm.
 It features lots of pumpkins, acorns and even bittersweet with a couple of crows guarding the farm!
 For a change I mounted it (using glue!) on a stained board! I even cut it out with a whale tale as it might well become a candle board when I find some rusty nails.

 I've still got an owl thing going on and made a mini one at the weekend and perched him on a wooden reel
 Hope to hear from you as I appreciate your comments so much!

Have a great week, friends
Best wishes

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Here it is...

 Hi there! I finally made it to the computer! Yay! things just go a bit crazy trying to settle the kids back into school routine.

But I did manage to make this fall stocking based on a freebie doodle from Bird in the Hand primitives by Robin.
 And of course I need to let you know who is getting the Stacy Nash pattern -

The winner is......

Congrats Denise! Please email me and I'll send it to you asap.

Thanks again and I hope you have a great weekend!

Best wishes

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

A Pass it On Giveaway

 Last year I received this Stacy Nash x stitch pattern complete with threads and a piece of fabric and some needles.  I would now like to pass it on to someone else to stitch up before Halloween.
 So all you have to do is be a follower of this blog and leave a comment saying you'd like to have your name included in the drawing. 
 I will draw the winner's name on Friday - just make sure I have some way of getting in touch with you, OK?

Just wanted to share some photos of nature/autumn that my daughter took for part of her art/photography course.
I thing they're really lovely and hope you enjoy them too!
I'm off to find some of those delicious looking blackberries!

 Thanks for all your visits.
See you on Friday!

Best wishes