Monday, 17 January 2022

It is a buzzing finish!

I finished my cross stitch - Honey Hill Hamlet designed by Karina Hittle of Artful Offerings this morning.  I absolutely love it and really enjoyed stitching it!

I think my favourite part is the queen bee in the middle.

The houses were a bit of a slog, but enjoyable just the same.  Love these colours together.  Used all the called for DMC threads but substituted B5200 for the white.  Thought it showed up just a little bit brighter on my fabric which is 16 count Aida which I tea dyed myself.

Now to get a suitable frame - I want this up on my wall as soon as possible.

What shall I start next ... hmm!

Love, Liz

Saturday, 15 January 2022

I got it covered

At last I got around to making a fabric cover for my stitching planner 2022.  I wrote about decorating the inside here.

I made it reversible so that if I got fed up with one fabric I could turn it inside out and have another pretty fabric to look at.  One side is just plain gingham the other is a lovely floral.

The month dividers are just very plain, so I decorated January with some tartan paper and little Scottish scraps - it is Burns Night on 25 January, so that's the reason for the Scottish theme.  I'll decorate the other months as they come along.

My favourite Scottish characters - The Broons!

It has lots of space for each day so that I can write down what I'm stitching on and I have some lovely coloured paper for writing notes and lists.

I love it!  Have a great weekend.

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Vintage Scottish teacup

I love these little vintage cups and saucers.

A present from Millport on the island of Cumbrae - not too far from my hometown of Greenock.

I found them in a charity shop a few years ago.  Love the thistles and tartan design.

It is Teacup Tuesday over on Instagram - I post as Scottish Stitcher - come on over and have a look.

Love, Liz

Saturday, 8 January 2022

My First Book

Well, no ... I don't exactly mean that this was my own first book!  It is the name of this cute little book that I have on my bookshelf.  Vintage now, of course but with the lovliest illustrations by Valerie Hodge and Roger Hall.

It is from the  Big Time Wonder Book Read With Me series of books.  I have some others which I have previously written about on this blog - here.

I was looking for some honey related things about the house because I wanted to show you my progress on my latest cross stitch - Honey Hill Hamlet by Artful Offerings.  I've nearly finished the houses.  

The little honey dish was given to me years ago.  Don't think I've ever used it for honey, though!  Don't tell anyone, but I'm not that fond of honey!  Do you like it?

Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Love, Liz

(My First Book was printed in the UK for the publisher Peter Haddock Ltd, Bridlington.  William Collins Sons & Co Ltd.)

Thursday, 6 January 2022

Vintage dresser - favourite things

I just love the way my dresser looks right now with all my vintage china and crafted bits and pieces on it.

Sometimes it is difficult to get it just right, but it makes me happy right now.

No doubt as the seasons change, so will the dresser.

I thought I'd make a little video so that I could remember what it looks like in case I make a hash of it next time I change it.  (Yes, a bit of a glass half empty sort of person!)

You can see that video on YouTube here.

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

Crochet and vintage - lovely!

Here's some squares from a new crochet blanket which I've just started.  Love these colours together.

Fits in with many of the vintage bits and pieces I have on my dresser as well as my Cath Kidston things.

Love these vintage cups and saucers - they are my favourite - for the moment.

This paperweight is very special to me - it was given as a gift many years ago.  I love it.

Hope you are enjoying some new crafty starts for 2022 or just basking in your love for your vintage treasures.

Love, Liz

Monday, 3 January 2022

Vintage Planner

I like to keep track of my stitching starts and finishes throughout the year.  Last year I used the Needlework Press Book of Days, but this year I decided to try a different approach.  I saw a 2022 Planner in The Range in Greenock and thought it would be ideal.  (It was not too expensive either!)  However it was very plain - not really my style so ... I decided to decorate it.

I used some vintage papers and stickers and just glued them to the inside cover.  This what the planner looked like before -

I then added a pretty pocket to the front and back inside covers - useful for keeping receipts, notes etc.  Now it is looking much better, in my opinion.  

I'm hoping to make a fabric cover for the front - I've got some lovely fabric in mind for that and hope to get it done later this week.  I've made a fabric book cover before which you can see here.

I love the way it has turned out.  Much more "me"!

Love, Liz

Saturday, 1 January 2022

Cuteness overload

Let's start 2022 off with an overload of cuteness!

I love this little box full of Beatrix Potter books - The Friends of Peter Rabbit.

I actually have two of these boxes - my sons had one each when they were young and loved these stories.  They also took very good care of the books - they are still in excellent condition.

They loved carrying the boxes around and choosing a little book to be read to them.

I don't think I will ever get tired of these beautiful illustrations.  Each time I look at them I see something that I don't remember.  Look at this cute little knitting mouse!

Hope 2022 is good to you all.

Love, Liz

Thursday, 30 December 2021

Christmas at Darrowby

Did you watch All Creatures Great and Small Christmas episode?  It was fabulous!  (Channel 5)

By far my favourite tv show of Christmas.  Based on the books by Alf Wight (James Herriot) it the story of a veterinary practice in (the fictional village of Darrowby) Yorkshire and set in the 1930s.  I had recorded the whole series and watched the previous epidodes in the run up to Christmas.  The Christmas special was just magical!  Full of warmth and fun, it just gave me a great feeling of comfort. If you love vintage and nostalgia then watch the intro to the Christmas Special and see Skeldale House all beautifully decorated for Christmas.  (This picture has nothing to do with the tv series, I just put it in!)

Having recorded the episodes I didn't have to put up with all the annoying adverts between the sections.  The whole series is available to watch on My5.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021

A cup of poinsettia

I've never had much luck with ponsettias!  

My husband got me this little tiny one - it fits perfectly in this pretty vintage cup.

And ... touch wood ... it seems to be thriving!  Fingers crossed that it survives for a bit longer!  I've grown quite attached to it!

Love, Liz