Friday, 24 January 2020

Winnie the Pooh fabric find

I was looking through my fabric stash to find something to make a knitting bag with.  Then I came across this fabric which I had totally forgotten about!

It had originally been curtains, but I used some to make book bags way back in 2011!!!!!!!

It was a brilliant charity shop find.  Don't think I'll use it to make a knitting bag, but I'll use it for something.  I had forgotten just how cute this fabric is.  It has two main scenes with Owl watching on.

You can read about some great Winnie the Pooh Little Golden Books I found - again, another brilliant charity shop purchase.

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

My first sampler

After all these years of cross stitching (I won't say how many!), I am finally stitching a proper reproduction sampler!

It is Jane Marshall 1857 by Hands Across the Sea Samplers and is being sold as a fundraiser for two fire brigades of the New South Wales Rural Fire Service in Australia.  I'm sure we've all see the dreadful pictures of the devastation caused by the bushfires in Australia at the moment and it is a very good cause.  So far Hands Across the Sea Samplers have raised over 35,000 Australian dollars by donating money from the sale of this sampler - isn't that amazing!

I started it on Monday using thread that I already had and am really enjoying it.  Think I might be purchasing another sampler when this is finished.  Hands Across the Sea have an amazing selection of samplers which you can see here.  There's a gorgeous sampler called The Old Scot which sounds about right for me!!!!!!

Have a wee look at their site - you might even find a sampler with your name on it (of course you could always put your own name on it anyway).  So, back to my stitching.  I'll keep you updated as to my progress.

Love, Liz

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Starts and finishes

I just loved stitching this little Lizzie Kate Spring Small - Bloom.  Started and finished on Sunday when I had a day in the house because the weather was so awful!  Enjoyed stitching while watching an old episode of Morse on tv.

Got some lovely little bulbs which were in a tub and transplanted them into vintage teacups to make them look even prettier once they flower.

Finshed Spring from the same Lizzie Kate pattern.  That's two finishes already in 2020 - although they really are small!

It was nice to see some sunshine here in Greenock today after all the heavy rain and high winds we've been having recently.  Good to get out and walk, then when I get home I don't feel so guilty about spending time stitching!

Love, Liz

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Crochet Baby Blanket

I've finished the little crochet project which I started just before Christmas.

It is a granny square crochet blanket - just the right size for the pram, buggy or car seat.

Only used five colours - pink, blue, yellow, purple and grey.  It was a great way to use up some of my yarn.

I love doing the crochet, but always put off sewing up!  Decided to sew this one up as I went along - that made it a little less of a trial!

Love, Liz

Friday, 3 January 2020

Do you remember Aqua Manda bubble bath?

Aqua Manda - not not the latest mermaid cartoon, but a fragrance by Goya popular in the 70s.  I certainly remember the packaging - it was so trendy ... at the time.

What about Maxi perfume from Max Factor - very popular  back in the day!

I found these adverts in a retro Company magazine from October1979 - the very first issue!  I had kept it all this time.

Fashions were amazing - I really liked these almost tomboyish styles although I drew the line at braces!  Cords and checked blouses - loved them!

Beautiful photograph of Jenny Agutter.

The one thing that struck me about this magazine was the number of advertisements for cigarettes and alcohol.  So many!  Not to mention home catalogues - remember them.  Just about everyone's Aunty had one - I got a lot of clothes from catalogues when I was a teenager because you could pay them up weekly.  Outdoor Girl mascara - a classic!

This magazine certainly brought back a few memories.  Hope these photos have for you too.

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Exciting starts

I know, getting excited about cross stitch - really????  I can't help it!

New Year - new starts.  I had ordered some cross stitch patterns from 123 Stitch in America which arrived on Christmas Eve.  I kept them till after my visitors had left before I opened them (deferred gratification)! Wow it was worth it!

I got a couple of Christmas small project to complete before next Christmas ... (yes, well we'll see about that)!  Love the Lizzie Kate "Tiny Tidings" aren't they sweet?

Then I ordered some fabric - 16 count opal aida to stitch these pretty little houses on.  "Christmas House Trio" by Waxing Moon Designs - look at the cute wee Santa above the house!  Can't wait to stitch these - love stitching houses.

I also got another Lizzie Kate pattern "Spring Smalls" - guess what - literally couldn't wait to start these so I went ahead and I've almost finished this pretty Spring stitch.  Look at the cute little charm and buttons that go with these - gorgeous!

Got a lap stand (from Amazon) from Hubby for Christmas, should help with larger projects.  Hubby also must have been listening, because he got me a gift certificate from 123 Stitch.  Looking forward to ordering a few more new patterns and fabric.  Lucky me!

So, how am I spending the first morning of the New Year - well I'm cleaning out my oven after its takeover by a giant turkey at Christmas.  Been putting it off!  But can't start the year with the thought of cleaning it looming over me!  Went to bed early last night and didn't wait up for "The Bells" as we call the start of New Year here in Scotland.  However, I'm excited for my new starts, both in stitching and for the year.

Hope you all have a wonderful 2020!

Love, Liz

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Time to stitch

Isn't it great to take a deep breath and realise that the hustle and bustle is over!  I decided to take a trip to my local needlework shop today and top up on supplies before the great Scottish New Year extravaganza!  Next Wednesday and Thursday are holidays here in Scotland and the whole country just about comes to a standstill!

Anyway, hubby and I are having a very quiet time and so I wanted to make sure I had enough thread for a couple of new stitching projects I have in mind. Also got these gorgeous scissors from there earlier this year - aren't they cute?  They also come in pink, blue and purple.

I love visiting Sandra in my LNS (local needlework shop) - Hearts and Stitches.  She's so lovely and friendly.  If you are ever going to be visiting Greenock they you must go in and say hello.  She sells lots of other stitching related bits and pieces as well as yarn and cross stitch kits.  Knitting, crochet and cross stitch will see me into 2020.  Can't think of anything I'd rather do!

Christmas Thoughts
I don't know about you, but for me, expectations very often exceed reality and that was certainly the case this year.  To be honest I was too tired on Christmas Day to really enjoy it.  Preparing the house and meals for family who were staying for a few days, cooking the turkey and trimmings and hoping that everyone would enjoy it really sapped my energy.  Getting old!  Next year Christmas Day will be very quiet with no bustle and no high expectations or worry about anyone else except hubby and I.  Is that selfish?

Love, Liz

Monday, 23 December 2019

Vintage pink tea cosy

I've been busy knitting - guess what - yes, tea cosies!

First of all this lovely pink and purple one - looks great with my vintage Pink Vogue bone china.

Then I opted for a cosy in various shades of green with a bright green pom pom.

Fits in well with this lovely green holly cake tin.

Hope you like them!

Love, Liz

Thursday, 19 December 2019

It won't be long ... yeah!

Not actually talking about Christmas this time, but about the BeatlesIt won't be long was a song by them on the album (or LP as we called them) With the Beatles (1963).

I've had that song in my head all day, so decided to look out my old Beatles newspaper from about 1965 when they had toured the US for the first time.  Some great photographs in this.

Meeting Princess Margaret
The front and back pages are missing because I think there were probably posters of the band on them and of course I would have had them on my wall!!!!

Beatlemania - remember that?!  All the screaming and fainting!

Going to have to go and play some Beatles music now - just can't get that song out of my head.  If you want to hear it - click here.

Hope you've enjoyed this wee bit of nostalgia and perhaps it has brought back some great memories as it did for me.

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Puffing Santa!

Ok, so this little Santa guy is not traditional - he looks a bit grumpy and he's smoking a pipe!  But I think he's cute just the same.  I have had this ornament for years although I can't remember where I got him.  I'm actually amazed that's he's still in one piece.  No matter where he perches, he always falls off (probably a bit too fond of a wee dram)!  Anyway, think he looks cute among all these other bits and pieces decorating my Christmas tiered tray.

The knitted Snowmen I've had for years, and they just look so cute in here.

The other ornaments I just found in the "Christmas tree decorations the kids used to put on the tree box" which hasn't been opened for ages because since they've left home, I've opted for a wee bit of a posher tree with just white and silver ornaments.  (Ohhh ... get you, Liz!?)

No matter what - I think the tiered tray looks quite cute and brightens up my kitchen.

Now I just have to keep Puffing Santa away from the whisky!

Love, Liz

Sunday, 15 December 2019

Scrappy Santas

Do you remember paper scraps, or mottos as we called them here in Greenock?  Well, I found some Christmas scraps which I bought a few years ago intending to make them into ... well ... something crafty!

I love the vivid colours of these Santas.  These images are so nostalgic to me this is what Santa really looks like!

When I was a girl (yes, I can remember the "olden days") we used to keep scraps in books and swap them with friends.  You can read my previous blog post on scraps and see some I actually kept all these years here.  Or put the word scraps in the "Search this blog" section on the right column of this page.  Similar paper scraps are still made by Mamelok in England.  They have some marvellous Christmas nostalgic items - please go and check out their site.  It is wonderful!  (I'm not being paid to say that.)

Here are some other old world Santas - aren't they just beautiful?

Love the toys and bits and pieces they are carrying.

Ah well, not long now till Santa starts his travels.

Love, Liz