Friday 29 November 2019

Christmas Crochet

Been busy with some granny squares crochet.

Decided to use some Christmas colours.

The white has a little bit of sparkle in it.  Well, we all need a bit of sparkle and fizz now and again, don't we?   That reminds me - where's that bottle of Prosecco??!!!!

Have a great weekend!

Love, Liz

Wednesday 27 November 2019

Sewing disaster!

The best laid plans often go wrong, don't they?  Or perhaps it's just me that these things happen to!
So, on Sunday I had a day of sewing planned.  Out came the machine, the Christmas fabric, scissors, thread etc.  I had four cross stitched pieces that I intended turning into little ornaments and pillows with fabric surrounds.  All went well and I got the first one finished -  Ding Dong (I always think of the actor Leslie Phillips when I use those words?????)

Started on number two and had a really wonky seam.  Now my sewing isn't great, but I was using gingham on this one, so I had straight lines to follow.  Couldn't work out what was going wrong.  By the time I got to sewing up the last bit - sewing machine decided to give up the ghost!  Arghhhhh!

Hubby was away or I would have called him in to have a look at it.  I have to admit that all this year it has been causing me trouble, but he has managed to coax it into working again.  Mind you, it is 40 years old!  I bought it the first year we were married.  So I've had a lot of good use from it (sewing machine, that is, not hubby, although .....).  You can see a post about my sewing machine here.

So big decision - do I get a new machine now or wait and see if Santa's elves have been listening to my wishes.  (Lets hope they weren't listening to my language on Sunday!).  Think I'll wait.  Might get a bargain in the sales!  Hope your sewing efforts have gone without too much bother recently!

Love, Liz

Sunday 17 November 2019

Christmas stitching

I know ... it's a bit early, but when you are as slow off the mark as I am, then things have to be thought out well in advance!  That's why I thought I'd better finish these two Christmas cross stitch patterns which I'd started ages ago and "forgotten" about.  Actually I don't really mean forgotten - I just started other pieces which seemed more interesting at the time!

"Christmas Blessing" by Cottage Garden Samplings.  Still got to fully finish them - think I'll turn them into little pillows.  At the rate I work, they should be ready for next Christmas!

"Ding Dong Merrily on High" by Little House Needleworks - I changed some of the colours to make it a bit brighter.   There's a story behind this pattern.  I won it in a giveaway by Angel of The Elegant Thread - check out her Etsy shop.  She makes lovely bags and needle minders.

Are you making anything crafty and special for Christmas?

Love, Liz

Wednesday 6 November 2019

Tales That History Tells

I came across these fabulous little vintage books recently.

They are history books for children called Tales That History Tells.  I managed to find parts 7 and 8.

They were written by Evelyn Smith and have illustrations by A Gordon.  They were published in 1936 by The Grant Educational Co., Ltd, London and Glasgow.

They tell history in a simple but informative way and have wonderful black and white illustrations and maps throughout.

Each book has one colour plate.

What a great find!  Aren't they wonderful!

Love, Liz

Sunday 3 November 2019

Cosy crochet

Think it is time to use up some of the leftover yarn from my knitting - and what better way of doing that than by indulging in some cosy crochet.

Going to make up some granny squares and join them all together in a gorgeous, cosy, colourful blanket.

By the time I get around to joining them together, it will keep my nice and cosy and warm as I work - pefect!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Love, Liz

Saturday 2 November 2019

Autumn in the Trossachs

Hasn't this just been a spectacular Autumn?  It certainly has here in Scotland.

We went for a drive around Loch Lomond and the Trossachs earlier in the week and the scenery was just incredible.  Everywhere you looked, Mother Nature was showing off her autumn colours.  There was even a wee bit of snow on the top of the higher hills.

We stopped at a great place called the Drovers Inn.  It's a really old, atmospheric building and is a wonderful place to stop off for a drink or meal.  You can get back into Hallowe'en mode by reading about its ghosts!

Hope the autumn scenery is good where you are too.

Love, Liz