Monday, 3 October 2022

New autumn house fully finish

I decided to fully finish Crow Creek Saltbox a free cross stitch pattern from Melisa at Pinker n Punkin Stitching in a new way.  (I had previously put it in a shadow box, but I'm using that for something else now.)

I got the white backing board from a charity shop - I think it had been some sort of wedding sign.  I sanded it and then painted it roughly with white paint.  I then cut a piece of card slightly smaller than the board.  To that I added a layer of batting then covered with some brown gingham fabric.  My stitching is attached to this.

I'm very pleased with how it has turned out.  

Fits in well with my other autumn houses!
Love, Liz

Saturday, 1 October 2022

Tea cosy time

Now that October has arrived it is time to put the tea cosy on the pot to keep the tea warm.

I looked out some cosies is warm autumn colours.  These are my favourite colours - warm orange, yellows, russet and browns.  A cup of tea and a slice of gingerbread - just what you need on a wet, chilly Scottish autumn morning!

They really do keep the tea pot warm and cosy as well as bringing a splash of colour to the kitchen.  I enjoy knitting them.

Which is your favourite? 

Serving my gingerbread on this vintage china plate - Meadowland by Royal Standard.  Isn't it pretty?

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Love, Liz

Monday, 26 September 2022

Remember Tank Tops?

I remember tank tops well!  I got my Mum to knit me one of these - probably in the 70s.  Doesn't this knitting pattern bring back memories!

My tank top was in a variegated pink yarn and I loved it.  Worn with Oxford bags - they were what we called big wide legged trousers back in the 70s.  Underneath the tank top I wore a white blouse with enormous pointed collar.  Wish I still had a photo!  I thought I looked fab!

I also came across this knitting pattern from the 50s.  I suppose a slipover was that era's variation on a theme.

These headless ladies look so classy, don't they?

Ah, memories!  Did you wear a tank top in the 70s?

Love, Liz

Friday, 23 September 2022

Love Lives Here

I recently got this lovely book of cross stitch patterns "Love Lives Here" by Teresa Kogut an American artist and designer.  The patterns are so beautiful I think I want to stitch each and every one of them!  Check out Teresa's blog - there are lots of lovely things on there.  She paints the most beautiful angels.

Started Quilter's Home last weekend and got it finished yesterday.  

The threads are all DMC.

I found a frame in a cupboard which will fit very well.  Think I might stitch the Saltbox next!

Have a great weekend.

Love, Liz

Sunday, 18 September 2022

NOT a sampler wall

It seems to be the in thing that all the "cool" cross stitch ladies show off their sampler walls.  I have nothing like that to show.  The nearest I have to any kind of collection is what I've decided to call my 90s wall.  All my old fashioned stitching in one place.

All some of the stuff that I stitched when my boys were young in the 90s is displayed in the spare room.  Hardly anyone is ever in there so no one really gets to see it.  Would be considered very uncool today, but a lot of time, love and care went into making these.  I've got more hiding in cupboards ... somewhere!

They are all from various issues of Cross Country Stitching from the 1990s.- an American magazine (no longer printed) I used to have a subscription to as it wasn't readily available here in the UK.

So today they are considered dated, but I still love them and I suppose one day these might even be considered "vintage"!

Love, Liz

Thursday, 15 September 2022

Robert Burns' Cottage

Yesterday hubby and I visited the cottage where Robert Burns (1759-1796), Scotland's national poet, was born.  It is now part of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum run by the National Trust for Scotland in Alloway in Ayrshire.  It is a wonderful place to visit if you are in the area.  

My favourite part of the visit was seeing the actual cottage where Burns was born.  With its thatched roof, it has been restored to how it might have looked in the 18th century.  I loved the atmosphere of the place.

There's even a chair with a quote from Burns' poem The Cotter's Saturday Night "The Mother wi her needle and her shears, gars auld claes look amaist as weel's the new".  I don't think it needs translating and is a wonderful testament to stitchers.

I found this little baby gown quite touching - there's one for all Burns' siblings.

There are some hornbooks on the kitchen table - it is from these that children learned their alphabet and other essentials.  Once these printed alphabets were protected by a layer of animal horn so thin that was see-through!

The cottage also has a lovely little kitchen garden which is well looked after.

The actual museum is a little fit further away from the cottage and has a cafe and gift shop.  There are some wonderful exhibits of Burns' work here.

An interesting and worthwhile day out!

Love, Liz

Thursday, 8 September 2022

Good Company cross stitch

The name of this lovely pattern is Good Company by Plum Street Samplers.

I finished it yesterday and I absolutely love the colours.  The little fox is so cute!

Of course, houses are my favourite things to stitch, so I had no problem stitching this one.

Love, Liz

Sunday, 4 September 2022

Autumn Kitchen & Stitchin'

I love this little corner of my kitchen which I have decorated with some autumnal bits and pieces.

I stitched these last year - some freebie smalls.  The pumpkins are an adaptation of a free pattern from Tiny Modernist.  I think that the house is one from Melisa at Pinker n Punkin Stitching.  (Melisa has the best houses to stitch!)

The house is Autumn Saltbox by Plum Street Samplers.  

The little box is filled with an autumn garland and some pine cones.  I will probably add a few more bits and pieces (if I can find them) over the next week or so.

Autumn is my favourite season.  I just love the colours.  I'm stitching a few more autumn patterns.  I'll show you them next week.

Love, Liz

Thursday, 1 September 2022

Bringing it all together

Fully finished all my little summer smalls into pillows.

Put them all together on my bureau with some other little stitchy bits and pieces.

Checked the fairy lights which have been redundant for five months - yup, still working.

Aren't these little ladies just so cute together!?

All set for darker evenings.

We all need a little sparkle in our lives!

If you would like to know where the patterns come from check my previous post here.

Love, Liz

Monday, 22 August 2022

Thinking ahead

Thinking ahead - or just an excuse to buy more cross stitch things?  Hallowe'en was on my mind last week when I bought some new fabric and patterns.  I usually have the patterns but not the right fabric or the other way around.  This year - I'm prepared!

I purchased the fabric (14 count Aida) from Homemakery, a UK based company which sells lots of different colours of Aida and linen for cross stitch as well as some gorgeous fabrics for either quilting or other crafts.  They sell some other beautiful bits and pieces such as planner stickers, haberdashery etc.  The company only post orders on Thursdays, mine arrived promptly on Friday, so first class service.  Check out their website, it is a joy to look at!  The dark brown fabric is Picture This Plus spice and the blue, also Picture This Plus storm.  (It looks like dark grey in the photograph, but it is much more blue.)  There was even a cute little postcard in with my order.

I also treated myself to two new Hallowe'en cross stitch patterns.  Trick or Treat by Cottage Garden Samplings (by post from UK shop Patchwork Rabbit - again, order arrived the next day) and the other one of the cat staring at the moon (it doesn't seem to have a title) is by The Woolly Ewe.  It was a PDF download, so I was able to print it out straight away.  Check out their Etsy store - there are some lovely patterns there.

I've even looked out some thread in gorgeous Hallowe'en colours.  Because the fabric is dark, I'm going to use brighter than is called for in the pattern.  These are all DMC and I purchased them at my local needlework shop - Hearts & Stitches in Greenock.

I've got a while till I will be putting out my Hallowe'en bits and pieces.  Of course that gives me enough time to stitch these!  Are you thinking ahead with your crafting?

Love, Liz