Thursday, 26 March 2020

Queen of the needle

Here's my latest cross stitch finish - Queen of the Needle by Brenda Gervais.  Really enjoyed stitching this (I think I say that all the time)!  Going to turn it into a little pillow or pin cushion ... eventually!

My recent start - happiness is walking on the beach by Rovaris is coming along nicely.  Love the colours in this one.  The pattern came with two little charms to add to the finished piece.

How is your stitching coming along?  Pop over to my Facebook page and add a picture of what you are working on!

Love Liz

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Farmhouse tea cosy

My latest tea cosy which I'm calling my farmhouse tea cosy.  Have you noticed there's a lot of kitchenware in black and white, so I think that this just fits in nicely.

Love the grey, white and black together.  Of course there had to be a giant pom-pom!

Just made it, though.  This tiny amount was all the grey I had left - just enough for the pom-pom.  I was worried while I was knitting the last section in case I didn't have enough left, but furtunately I just made it!

Not sure whether to keep knitting tea cosies as it might be a while before they can be sent to new homes.  But must keep busy!

Hope you are keeping busy and safe.  Went shopping for essentials this morning and most folks were being sensible.  Hope that lasts.

Take care my lovlies.

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Shelf of pretty things

At these trying times, to me it is important to have pretty things to look at in the house - to stop me going crazy!  I tidied up this little shelf and switched on my fairy lights.  Instant cheer!

The tiny sewing machine was a gift from my son years ago.  I've only just got round to painting the woodwork white (funny the things you find to do when you are confined to quarters!).  The little box opens up and you can store needles in it.

This old tea advert couldn't be more apt - I'm drinking tea like ... well, a tea-jenny!  What advertisement was it that called tea - "the cup that cheers"!  True for me.

Of course the happy smiling girls love their little perch.

Hope you are keeping healthy, happy and busy, my lovely blogging friends.

Love, Liz 

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Izal toilet paper

Remember Izal toilet paper?  Remember the disinfectant smell?

I've just noticed that an old Shortbread & Ginger post from May 2015 about this throwback necessity has been getting a lot of views recently!  If the worse comes to the worse then we know where to find some supplies of it!!!!!!

Talking about throwbacks, here's a wee something to cheer you up - Roy Orbison singing Pretty Woman with some amazing backing singers!

Keep healthy, happy and busy my lovely friends! 

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

I used to be monogamous!

A monogamous stitcher, that is!!!  What were YOU thinking?  I've discovered that someone who works on just one cross stitch project at a time is called a monogamous stitcher and that's how I would have described myself until quite recently.

But, with so many wonderful cross stitch patterns to choose from, it is difficult not to to make an immediate start on new acquisitions.  Yesterday I showed you my progress on Queen of the Needle by Brenda Gervais.  I worked on that last night and got a fair amount of stitching done.

Yesterday I bought some new fabric (18 count white Aida) from my local needlework shop.  It had a free pattern inside with an alphabet.  This morning I tea dyed the fabric.  I just crumpled it up and put it in a basin with three USED teabags (waste not want not, people!) and some boiling water,  I left it for a wee while, stirring occasionally then when it was the shade I wanted I took it out, rinsed it in cold water and left it on a towel to partially dry.  I'll iron it before using.

I'm going to use this fabric to stitch my new Rovaris pattern - Happiness is walking on the beach.  I love the lighthouse.  About to start stitching after I post this.  I'm also still working on Old Nantucket - not got much to go on that one, but needed a break from it.

Tea dyed fabric drying.
So, my monogamous habit has change drastically as I intend to make a few more starts in the near future.  Anyway, once I pop my clogs it will be my family who will have to clear out my craft boxes, so why should I worry about how much is going in there!  Are you a monogamous stitcher?

Keep healthy, happy and busy!

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Happy mail - new patterns!

Got some new cross stitch patterns just in time!  Happy mail indeed!

Looks like us crafters are going to have lots of time to indulge in doing something we love - without that guilty feeling that we should be doing something a bit more constructive (like ... err ... hmm!?!).

Anyway, couldn't wait to start on Queen of the Needle by Brenda Gervais.  Didn't have any of the fancy flosses, so just substituted DMC.  Absolutely love this blue - isn't it gorgeous!  Bright enough to lift the spirits.

I hope that you are all well.  I know that for many this is a worrying time.  But I'm going to try and keep my blog posts as bright and cheery as possible.

Take care of yourselves and those you love.

Love, Liz

Friday, 28 February 2020

My three favourite blogs

I thought it was time to share a little bloggy love by telling you about some of my favourites.  So grab a cuppa and come along on a blog hop which I'm sure you will enjoy.  These are in no particular order, I love them all!

The lovely Ann's blog is Polyester Princess.  She lives in Belgium and has a fantastic collection of vintage clothes.  She puts together some gorgeous outfits accessorised beautifully by vintage jewellery.  Ann loves charity shops and gets most of her clothes from them.  Her blog also tells of her travels in Belgium and elsewhere - interesting as well as wonderful to look at.  So please, if you haven't already done so, go and visit Ann.  Tell her Liz sent you!

You must visit Sheila at Life's Too Short To Iron Tea Towels.  Sheila blogs most days about the everyday events which take up many of our lives.  She's a cross stitcher and proud granny.  Sheila tells it like it is - warts and all, but her good humour ensures that her blog is fun and family-filled.

Vix, as I'm sure everyone knows, blogs at Vintage Vixen.  Another stylish, vintage clothes wearing blogger, Vix also loves charity shops where she gets some amazing pieces of vintage clothing.  Her love of India also comes through in her fabulous blog.

These are just three of the many blogs I follow and love to read.  Perhaps I'll list a few of the others another day.  Hope you enjoy this little blog hop.

Love, Liz

Sunday, 23 February 2020

Roses and vintage lace

I bought some beautiful roses yesterday.  They were so delicate and pretty they reminded me of old lace.

Of course I have a wee selection of odds and ends of lace which I have kept for ages.

Why does my heart sing just looking at this lace?

I keep my lace in this lovely tin which was came all the way from Australia many years ago from a lovely blogger called Kylie who's blog was Lucy Violet Vintage.  (Don't think she is still blogging or has perhaps changed her name.  Her blog was wonderful.)

Anyway these roses and this lace have really cheered up a dark and dreary day here in Greenock where it has rained almost continuously for weeks!!!!!!! (Well, it feels like that to me!)  We have rain water coming through our dining room ceiling.  Hopefully the roofer is coming to fix loose roof slate next week.

Hope you are surviving all these storms that have been battering Britain and around the world and have not suffered too much damage.

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

February finishes

So far, February has been a great month for cross stitch finishes!  Perhaps the awful weather has had something to do with it!

I was so pleased to finish Jane Marshall 1857.  It is a gorgeous reproduction sampler from Hands Across the Sea Samplers and is being sold in aid of rural firefighters in New South Wales, Australia.  You can read more about it here.

Love the soft colours of this beautiful sampler and really enjoyed stitching it.

My next finish was a Christmas House from Waxing Moon Designs.  Getting a good start on my Christmas ornaments this year.

Thirdly, as a wee break from my Jane Marshall sampler, I stitched up this cute little freebie from The Snowflower Diaries - Tulips With Bunny.  Isn't that little guy so cute!  There's supposed to be a border round it, but I decided to leave it out.  Tea dyed the Aida fabric myself.

Both the Christmas house and the bunny will be turned into little cushions, but I think I might get the sampler properly framed.

Hope you are managing to get some good stitchy times this month.

Love, Liz

Monday, 10 February 2020

Hello Dollies

I came across this gorgeous pattern book for dolls' clothes in my pile of vintage magazines.

There are patterns to sew and patterns to knit.

Patterns for baby dolls which are so cute!

Lots of lovely things to make for dollies.  I remember my granny making me clothes for my dolls when I was a little girl.  She was a brilliant seamstress and just made patterns up herself.  I occasionally made clothes for my dolls too.

This little booklet seems to be by designer Enid Gilchrist, from Australia and is one of a series.

Just so cute!  Did you make your own doll's clothes?

Love, Liz

Sunday, 2 February 2020

New Lanark - and yarn too!

Last week we took a trip to New Lanark which is a World Heritage Site.  It is an amazing place to visit.  If you ever get the chance to go there then I can highly recommend it.

It is a former cotton spinning town and still has a working mill which you can visit.  The town was founded by David Dale in 1786.  He built the mills and housing for the workers.  His son in law was Robert Owen and you can visit his house on site.

There are loads of other exhibits, my favourites were the mill workers houses you could walk through and which were styled from different eras.  I love all those vintage kitchen items.

Of course they have a shop and I have to say that it is one of the most beautiful shops I have ever visited.  Everything is displayed imaginatively and prettily.

They sell yarn spun locally by the New Lanark Spinning Company.  The colours are amazing.  I just had to make a purchase - of course.  I'll show you the yarn I bought once I've knit something up.

It was a great day out and very interesting too.

Love, Liz

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