Friday, 2 September 2016

Five on Friday



Happy September and happy Five on Friday! It's back with Amy from 'Love made My Home'.

Without any ado, here are my five this Friday.

1. My latest cross stitch finish.

   Have you ever x stitched on burlap?  It's so easy and the small pattern becomes bigger so this little fob pattern has become the right size on the burlap for a pouch.  A lovely autumn pumpkin and primitive crow!

Here is hanging from a peg shelf - it would look great filled with dried autumn branches and leaves, don't you think?


2. Instead of a hanging basket at our front door, hubby found this sweet bicycle planter and I filled it with red geraniums.  Loving this!


3. For the first time I have harvest gold growing in my garden and it just sings happiness! Love it!


The insects love this flower too and its vivid colour brightness up a dark corner of the garden.


4.The butterflies have come back as the buddleia has bloomed.  This makes me happy!


Hope you have found some happiness here and I'm happy that you've come to visit!

Many thanks to Amy for hosting 

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Have a happy weekend!

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Three little Pinkeeps


Wow! How did August disappear so fast?  Our summer holidays finish tomorrow when the children return to school.  Speaking of which its my oldest daughter's last year at school and I don't know where those years have gone!


But I just wanted to share three little pinkies I've been working on.  I actually started this one with the crow and flag in June and then thought it was a nice size and perfect for smaller x stitch work like a monogram and started a couple more!


Next was a bee pinkeeep, and this time i edged it with black thread and jute.


But as we know autumn is around the corner so I had to stitch a pumpkin - so cute!


So that's where I've got to with my finishes I'm relieved to say! And now I can start in earnest for fall!

Thanks for coming by!


Best wishes


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

More wool works


I've finally been brave enough to cut up some of my wool stash.
I find it so hard as I love opening my (small) wool cupboard and just admiring!

But having been inspired by photos of dragonflies and butterflies and summery flowers, I decided to make some pillows in my favourite colour, blue, of course!

Just simple straightforward designs I drew out and then stitched onto neutral wool background.


A tall penny flower on this longer pillow



  I added a few knots for detail


I think the dragonfly is my favourite.


Time to fly!

Hope you like as I'm listing them in Etsy.

Many thanks for commenting!


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Visit to Century Farm Museum


On our way through Ohio, we visited Burton Geauga County and visited the charmingly quaint Century Farm Museum.   All the buildings have been restored and can be toured though we only had time for a quick peek.

Enjoy some glimpses around it.



We peeked in to the Cook Farmhouse and I loved the primitive look and red paneling. Its from inside the farmhouse in the first shot.

This is also inside the Cook farmhouse

 Another house had a display of ladies clothing over the last few hundred years.
Who was ever so tiny around the waist?

 An early ensemble for the lady driver!


Bloomers!




It was a beautiful day and lots to see and enjoy!

Thanks for coming by!

Look forward to hearing from you!



Friday, 12 August 2016

Wool applique Sunflower

 Happy Friday, friends! I have another Friday finish to share again in wool appliqué.

I have missed working with wool so I am making up for lost time!

Sunflowers are all out so I had to make one to brighten up the place as we have only had clouds and rain all week, no sun :-(


I tried to display  it in different spots around my home but chose this rustic tray with moss in it and like it!



Hoping you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Some more new treasures


You can surely tell on entering our home that we as a family enjoy The USA and our time spent there on vacation.  My son has chosen to have his bedroom decorated with the Stars and Stripes.


We picked up the USA marquee lights from Target for his room and whilst I was shopping for fabrics in The Country Craft Cupboard, he spotted this Stars and stripes pillow and we were able to buy the fabric and I stitched it up for his chair!


A locally made saltbox house came home with me and I put a battery operated flicker candle inside.



I have been looking for ages for a wire egg basket for my bench - maybe with rag balls or...


old spools!

A favourite, as I love lamps, is this Moravian star lamp which casts such a warm lovely glow in a dark corner.


It's been fun finding where to place new treasures and remembering the places they came from on our travels.

Wishing you all a lovely week!

Your comments mean so much!

Best wishes

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Saturday Stitching


After too many delays and procrastination on my part, I finally finished this summer freebie (from last summer, I have to admit!!!).

It was part of Buttermilk Basin's Summer Blog Hop and with lots of prim features like a crow, a star and of course stars and stripes!


I backed the pillow in a lovely patriotic fabric by Marcus Brothers


But what really made me love this pattern was the addition of USA using 'typewriter keys'! Love them!!


I hadn't come across them before but found them in Hobby Lobby.

So finally I can move onto another project!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Best wishes