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

Sunday, 23 June 2019

New Starts

It is going to be a week of new starts!  We've just had our dining room decorated and I decided to have a white room with one feature wall in a lovely greeny-bluey colour.  The wall is directly opposite the window, so gets a lot of light.  My welsh dresser that used to be in the kitchen has had a new coat of paint and is now in the dining room.

I am so looking forward to "dressing" the dresser.  I'm going to have to look through all my gorgeous vintage china which I'd packed away while all the changes were taking place.  It will be a tough job deciding what to put on show, but I can't wait to see all my pretties again!

Another new start will be a cross stitch.  I saw this thread (DMC 4522) and the colours just reminded me of a Scottish hillside in autumn - purple, green, brown - gorgeous!  Got an idea in mind for this.  I'll show you when I get started.

Something to start reading.  A kind friend gave me this fabulous magazine all about Outlander.  It is full of fabulous photographs of the filming locations, actors, costumes etc and lots of articles about Scotland and Outlander.  Can't wait to get reading this.  It is a DC Thomson publication in connection with The Scots Magazine,

Three new starts - the perfect way to spend a weekend. 

Love, Liz

Monday, 17 June 2019

My Scottish cross stitch

I am so impressed by all the fabulous patriotic American cross stitch charts there are out there.  So I decided that I wanted something Scottish for myself.  None of the Scottish cross stitch patterns I've seen really appealed to me - so there was only one thing for it - I decided to design my own!

Started small with this little pillow with just Scotland and a thistle on it.  I backed it up with some tartan fabric.

Put it together with my vintage Scotland map and this little vintage piper lady doll - isn't she cute?

I've loads of ideas for more Scottish and hometown cross stitch patterns.  If I was fully finishing this one again I would add some tartan to the front - think it is a bit squashed looking. Never mind - we live and learn.

Dolly looks a wee bit startled in this picture - perhaps she's afraid of heights!

Love, Liz

Monday, 10 June 2019

The Big Key

I finished this Christmas cross stitch and made it into a little pillow.  Sewing machine gave up on me as I was making it!  I remember buying it in the 70s, so it has been a good and faithful servant.

I liked the key in the pattern, so I photographed it beside our "big key" - we actually still use it to lock our door from the inside.  It would be a bit heavy to carry around in my handbag!

Picture from pattern.
When I finished the cross stitch I looked at the picture on the pattern to see if I had missed anything out and spotted what I thought was my mistake.  If you look at my version, you'll see that Santa's sack starts at the reindeer's back, but in the picture on the front of the pattern it starts higher up.  I had almost begun to unpick the stitches, but fortunately decided to look at the chart - which shows it exactly as I had stitched it.

The pattern is Through the Woods by Barbara Ana Designs.  I loved stitching it and I think the colours are gorgeous.

Love, Liz

Monday, 3 June 2019

Big Little Fat Books

I absolutely adore the illustrations in these little books.  They belonged to my children when they were young.  Then my grandchildren enjoy them.

They are 'My Big Little Fat Books'  by Brimax and published in 1985.  The illustrator was Ann Ricketts.

They were great to read with the children because they were so simple and the illustrations so cute.

Now they live with some of the toys in the Lego Room - my grandsons' favourite place when they visit.

Disclaimer:  I hope no books have taken offence to any of the words used in this post.  Big, Fat and Little are all used in the books' titles and were not meant in a derogatory way!  Phew!

Love, Liz

Saturday, 1 June 2019


Temptation ... who was that song by ... remember it from the 80s?  Just checked it out - Heaven 17 from 1983.  Can you believe it was that long ago!  (You are going to have that song playing in your head all day now!  Ha ha!)

I'm about to start a new cross stitch "Through the Woods" from Barbara Ana Designs.  I love the old fashioned look to it.

When I opened up the package to get the chart - look what was inside!  A lovely page of other Barbara Ana designs!!!!!


Still haven't started stitching because I'm too busy looking at all these wonderful designs.  So many that I would love to stitch.  Look at that gorgeous little lady with the apron.

New mantra -

I will not buy any new patterns 'till I've stitched the ones I've got!
I will not buy any new patterns 'till I've stitched the ones I've got!
I will not buy any new patterns 'till I've stitched the ones I've got!

Oh well, we'll see how long that lasts!

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Home of a Needleworker

I really loved stitching this piece.  I stitched it on 16 count ivory Aida using DMC threads.

Home of a Needleworker by Little House Needleworks.  I got the pattern in the UK from The Patchwork Rabbit.

There was just something very satisfying about this pattern.  Even the borders weren't as bad as I thought they would be, in fact they stitched up pretty quickly.

Now I just have to find a nice way of displaying it - my usual problem!

Love, Liz