Tuesday, 19 May 2015


All of the seams are finished on the patches now and so I'm on to the Oak Tree.

I found this lot of thread / tape in a charity shop about 2 years ago, it's a sort of silky tape and looks as though it has been hand dyed.  Being the magpie that I am with all things knitting and needlework I bought it.  I didn't particularly like it but it was cheap and I thought it would come in handy one day.

I was right, here I'm using it as part of the Oak tree's trunk and the different colours are working really well.

Bit more

And now I'm filling in with some Broder cotton thread.  I always get a bit anxious as it looks a bit messy at this stage.
I'll keep you posted.

Monday, 18 May 2015


Mummy Polly and her great big Son Rupert, waiting for the rain to stop.

Friday, 15 May 2015


This block is going to be dedicated to the Oak Tree in winter, no leaves just the silhouette.
I've chosen green cottons and a bit of gold to lift the background and decided to work all of the seams in gold thread with a bit of shiny green around the gold.
This is unusual for me as green is not my favourite colour but my usual reds and yellows wouldn't work here would they?

 Here's the image I found on the net and I will use this loosely as my stencil.
the surround is a template that Tom cut our for me from plastic and I covered in masking tape, it makes it easier to see how the end block will look.

And here is the  roughly stitched  base for the tree
not sure if I will try a bit of felting for the trunk as I have recently purchased a felting machine.

close up of a few of the stitched patches.

And finally a picture of Polly having fun with a cleaning cloth that has just been beached.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015


Stumbled on this whilst looking for a vintage baby print.
Took me back a few years to when I religiously rolled my hair up each night and slept on them, and they had spikes. lol  How on earth I did that I don't know, but the hair had to look just right.
I remember when the old Telephone boxes had mirrors in them and I used to go in them to make sure the hair looked okay. lol

But weren't the hair styles so lovely then.

Friday, 17 April 2015


Messing about on youtube the other evening I stumbled upon finger knitting.  This may have been around for years but it's the first I've seen of it.
Anyway, I had to get a ball of wool and have a go.
Really easy and grows quickly.

They recommend making a scarf with it but I could see how it could be coiled and made into a cat blanket.

Thursday, 16 April 2015


For my Birthday by eldest son bought me an ipad mini and introduced me to Scrabble online.
Tom has a Kindle Fire so he's not left out.

And now I'm hooked..
Every spare moment is spent trying to find the biggest scoring word.
I can't say that I'm not enjoying this new toy because I am.  I'm not a number person but love words.
The whole family is in on this so there is no shortage of opponents, but I have to ask myself, am I wasting time?

Thankyou for all of the advice on the squabbling cats, I now have 2 water pistols (not at my hip) ready for use if Princess starts any more of her tricks. One in the front of the house and one in the Kitchen.

 Meanwhile Mummy Polly is still loving the basket of wool

 And I've loaded up another bed with old wool that for some reason is never used in the hopes that it will free up a wicker chair in the window.
It was a good idea to put these two chairs in the window , we thought we could sit and do various things there but we didn't bargain on Rowan and Willow taking a liking to them.  Keep you fingers crossed that one of them likes the new arrangement.

As I am typing Rowan has knocked my camera lense cover onto the carpet and is now enjoying a game with it, better keep my eye on it as last time it went walkies we couldn't find it for ages.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


We were sitting in the Bijou Garden in the lovely sunshine this morning having a cuppa when Tom announced that he was going to get his 'OLD TOGS' on and paint the fence.
I remember my Mum often used to say get your 'togs on' we're going out, when she meant get your coat.
This made me think,  where does the saying come from, it makes no sense to me.  Does anyone know?

Thanks for all the comments on poor little Dexter, Kate says that he hasn't the strength to jump up anywhere at the moment.  I imagine his muscles are a bit wasted but he'll get there I'm sure.

Meanwhile here's a picture of Rowan who wouldn't hurt a fly

and one of Princess who pounces on Rowan at every opportunity, not sure how to cure this behaviour, any ideas.

This is the meanest cat I've ever owned.  Just look at that face, it says it all.