Sunday, 17 November 2019

Christmas stitching

I know ... it's a bit early, but when you are as slow off the mark as I am, then things have to be thought out well in advance!  That's why I thought I'd better finish these two Christmas cross stitch patterns which I'd started ages ago and "forgotten" about.  Actually I don't really mean forgotten - I just started other pieces which seemed more interesting at the time!

"Christmas Blessing" by Cottage Garden Samplings.  Still got to fully finish them - think I'll turn them into little pillows.  At the rate I work, they should be ready for next Christmas!

"Ding Dong Merrily on High" by Little House Needleworks - I changed some of the colours to make it a bit brighter.   There's a story behind this pattern.  I won it in a giveaway by Angel of The Elegant Thread - check out her Etsy shop.  She makes lovely bags and needle minders.

Are you making anything crafty and special for Christmas?

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Tales That History Tells

I came across these fabulous little vintage books recently.

They are history books for children called Tales That History Tells.  I managed to find parts 7 and 8.

They were written by Evelyn Smith and have illustrations by A Gordon.  They were published in 1936 by The Grant Educational Co., Ltd, London and Glasgow.

They tell history in a simple but informative way and have wonderful black and white illustrations and maps throughout.

Each book has one colour plate.

What a great find!  Aren't they wonderful!

Love, Liz

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Cosy crochet

Think it is time to use up some of the leftover yarn from my knitting - and what better way of doing that than by indulging in some cosy crochet.

Going to make up some granny squares and join them all together in a gorgeous, cosy, colourful blanket.

By the time I get around to joining them together, it will keep my nice and cosy and warm as I work - pefect!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Love, Liz

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Autumn in the Trossachs

Hasn't this just been a spectacular Autumn?  It certainly has here in Scotland.

We went for a drive around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs earlier in the week and the scenery was just incredible.  Everywhere you looked, Mother Nature was showing off her autumn colours.  There was even a wee bit of snow on the top of the higher hills.

We stopped at a great place called the Drovers Inn.  It's a really old, atmospheric building and is a wonderful place to stop off for a drink or meal.  You can get back into Hallowe'en mode by reading about its ghosts!

Hope the autumn scenery is good where you are too.

Love, Liz

Monday, 28 October 2019

Elegant Tat!

When I first saw this vintage brochure I had to look twice!  What!  A booklet about tat?  I usually think of the word tat as meaning cheap rubbish!

I doctored that picture a wee bit!

Well, it turns out not to be quite what I expected.  It is about the elegant art of tatting which produces a type of lace.  But my goodness - how elegant is this brochure!

Love this elegant hand - makes mine look like a bear's claw!

And of course, ladies, we most definitely keep our hats on when showing off our crafting efforts to our friends ... don't we?

The booklet was produced by Coats of Paisley - (a town about 20 miles from my hometown of Greenock) where their thread production began.

Ah well, back to my very unelegant tea cosies!  Are you an elegant crafter?

Love, Liz

Sunday, 20 October 2019

Autumn colour

What did I say in my last post about quieter times of autumn?  Well, that hasn't happened so far!  Still not much crafting taking place, unfortunately.

However I did find time to set up this little autumn scene.  Some gorgeous flowers - can anyone tell me what they are?

The autumn leaves garland is fake, but looks ok I think.  The huge pine cones were a gift from a neighbour a few years ago.  Just a little bit of autumn brought indoors.

One question! - How can it be the 20th of October already?????!!!!!!!  Where did the earlier part of the month go?

Love, Liz

Monday, 7 October 2019


There's something very relaxing about white, don't you think?

I thought by now I would have added lots of colour to my kitchen after its makeover earlier this year, but I've not.  I still love the simplicity of keeping things white.

It is well and truly autumn now and I'm actually quite glad.  This summer was very busy and somehow I never seemed to find the time to get any crafting done.  So now that it is over I can settle down to a slower routine and hopefully get back to my knitting and sewing.

Looking forward to catching up with your lovely blogs.

Love, Liz

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Back to 1981

This will take you back!

I remember I had the day off work so that we could watch the Royal Wedding on tv.

I kept these souvenir edition newspapers of the big day.  My favourite has to be this family tree showing lots of coats of arms - really colourful.

But what really drew my attention as I was looking through these before I threw them into the recycling were the adverts!

I especially like the technology items - hard to imagine that this was 1981!  Think I'm starting to feel my age!

Love, Liz

Thursday, 25 July 2019

What's for pudding?

Hmm ... let me just consult my recipes ... from 1960!

Wow - those colours pop, don't they?  This is a pull-out cookery booklet from Woman magazine from  6 February 1960.  It must have been my mother's and I've kept it all these years.

Don't think I've ever made anything out of it.  Don't think my mother did either - she wasn't one for "fancy" food.  Wonder why she kept this?

So, to answer the question - I think we'll have fruit salad.  But without the orange semolina cake!

Do you remember any of these recipes?

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Be You Just You

I've another finished cross stitch to show you today - Be You Just You by Nathalie Cichon for Jardin Prive.  It is unlike anything else I've stitched and I love it! 

Took me ages to decide what fabric to surround it, but I felt that this floral fabric just made it "pop".

Found a cute little button to add to it.

It was my local needlework shop's first birthday yesterday!  Happy Birthday to Hearts & Stitches in Greenock.  It is a lovely shop run by Sandra - you can see her all dressed up for the occasion in the picture below.  It's always a pleasure to shop there, there's a happy, friendly welcome when you visit.  You can buy stitching kits, thread, yarn, ribbon, buttons - all sorts of lovely things.

So if you are ever in Greenock - pop in and say hello.  Our high streets need more great shops like this!

Love, Liz

Friday, 5 July 2019

Black and white knit

Just in case you thought I had neglected my knitting - which I have been, slightly, I wanted to show you another of my retro hand-knit tea cosies.

I enjoyed knitting this one - both sides are different, so it made for a more interesting finish.  I've previously knit one in these colours.

Big pom pom on top - I love these!

I don't suppose we need a tea cosy in summer, but it really will keep your teapot warm for that second cuppa.

Have a great weekend.

Love, Liz