Time Flies When You Are Having Fun!

It’s true! I’ve been having so much fun, and the time has just flown by – I cannot believe that my last post was four months ago. Well, settle in with a cuppa your favorite beverage, I’ve some things to share!

Most important is a belated thank you for a wonderful gift in the post box in December –Β  I love surprises in the mail, don’t you? Claire made this pretty little heart ornament and popped it into a Christmas card for me. I hung it on our tree, and then when the tree came down I kept the ornament out – it’s the perfect colour to complement my beach-in-a-glass which was a many-years-ago gift from my daughter.

A lovely heart ornament

I was so lucky to be able to go on a fabulous trip to Scotland this past fall, to visit my daughter – we had such a grand time and I’ve nearly a thousand photographs of castles, and coos, and kirkyards… but I’ll just share one for now.Β  I could go on for days about Scotland! And I probably will, but in a later post πŸ˜‰

Inveraray Castle

I am so very blessed because not only did I have those awesome weeks with my daughter, my son and his wife will soon be here for a visit! This is precious time, as we all live in different countries and only travel for a visit every couple of years.Β  I’m over the moon with happiness πŸ™‚

Onto crafty things – in my last post I showed you a picture of a new blackwork design in progress. That bookmark grew to two, and then morphed into a needle book and scissor fob. Both Mosaic Tile patterns are now available in my Etsy Shop, offered at an introductory price for a limited time.

Mosaic Tile Bookmarks, Needle Book and Scissor Fob

I had such fun with the needle book, opting for colourful pages to match the gorgeous variegated floss – “Wild Flowers” by Fiberlicious Yummy Fibers. I stitched up patches and pockets for the pages to hold all of the things you’d need in a pinch – pockets for your needle threader and scissors and of course your seam ripper for when that darn frog visits.

Needle Book: Accessory Pockets
Mosaic Tiles Needle Book

My new start for the new year is another bookmark, this one called Kauri and Kiwi – it’s designed by Lyn Manning. You can see the cute little kiwi bird there, and the pretty red flower is apparently a flax flower. I don’t remember seeing any flowers like that when we visited New Zealand, so I think I should go back and look again!

Kauri & Kiwi Bookmark

I’m still tripping down memory lane as I stitch Pretty Little Sydney, which is so very close to being finished! As I stitched the Sydney Opera House, I remembered our ride across Sydney Harbour in a little boat, and seeing the Opera House from the water for the first time – and the Harbour bridge of course.Β  Next time you see this pattern – it will be finished!Β  Until then – happy stitching πŸ™‚

Pretty Little Sydney
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge


Fall Finishes

In the early hours of a fall morning as the rising sun lit the tree-tops, a rainbow arched across the sky and I was lucky enough to be outside at the time to witness the beauty. Nature is the world’s best artist. As well as admiring the views on the farm, I’ve succeeded in finishing…

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Crafty Catch-Up

Let’s have a crafty catch-up, shall we? I’m keeping up with the blackwork stitch-along, (sometimes just barely!) hostessed by Brodeuse Bressane. We’ve just completed Part 5, but when last I shared progress I had just finished Part 1 – so here’s the parts you’ve missed:   I turned these fabric pieces into a beautiful placemat…

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On the Farm and In Stitches

It’s been pretty exciting on the farm – we brought home a friend for my horse to chum around with. Cloudy established himself as the boss of Eddy right away, but Eddy is so happy to have a horsey-friend again that he really doesn’t seem to mind. Cloudy is beautiful, friendly, and has super ground…

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A Crimson Rosella and Haskap Berries

My free time has been taken up by haskap berries and a Crimson Rosella. What have they to do with one another? Well, not a darn thing in the real world – haskaps grow in Canada, and a Crimson Rosella is an Australian bird so they are a world apart, geographically. But meanwhile on the…

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Life on the Farm

TheΒ place that IΒ live on is so very beautiful and peaceful; these areΒ some of my favorite things about life on the farm: Some of the buildings date back to about 1911, when the land was first homesteaded. The winters can be cold, but so beautiful too. ThereΒ is acres to walk the dogs on, and they are…

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Mug Rug Tutorial

When I created my blackwork mugs design, I envisioned them finished up as mug rugs. Practical and pretty! These are the steps I took to create the mug rugs: First, I trimmed my stitched designs to 3 inches wide by 3.25 inches long (having stitched the designs on 18 count Aida). I chose two fabrics…

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