Saturday, 31 December 2011

All the best for 2012


I hope you all have a Happy New Year and best wishes for peace and prosperity in 2012.

I have made a new year's resolution to finish off things I start....ahmm I hope to be able to stick to it and to show I mean it I am going to spend the day on a cushion cover and another ufo which have been hanging around for a while now......

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Table manners

My Christmas table
I made my DD a tablecloth as one of her Christmas presents and was so loath to send it to her, ha ha  because I liked it so much that I had to make another for myself. Hers should now be gracing a table in California if not it will be used for her marmalade furry to sit on (She has a huge ginger tom.)

Mine is not so subtle as I did not have a Moda charm pack called 'Portugal' for my selection of fabrics. No mine were what I had in the cupboard at the time which was bright and anti gravy proof.  Yes the whole idea was to plan for stains and make sure the fabric would hide any...... Both cloths are lined, infact mine has some pretty pink Walmart fabric I bought in Palm Springs in March on the back. So mine can be flipped if I need to change to subdued tones.  I made them simply with 5" squares and ten squares across and down. DH likes it so much he said I should make some more.


Desert colours?

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Advent day 24 phew.....The Moot Hall

Christmas card showing The Moot Hall, Keswick
Well its Christmas Eve and now well into the evening with torrential rain pouring down, but I still have one last job to do.  I always decorate my mantlepiece above my wood burner with some greenery and lights so that's the last job.  All being well we will venture into the abysmal weather and go for a drink in an old coaching inn with friends.  At least that is the plan at the moment.

I hope you all have a peaceful and prosperous Christmas with loved ones around you wherever you are in the world.

If ever you fancy seeing the above building it lies in the middle of our dear little town's Market Square and was built by German miners in the reign of Queen Elizabeth the first.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas wreath idea


I used a plastic ring and oasis well wired on and then filled it with greenery


I just love making one of these each year and have a particular tree which I raid. I only take a little because I don't like to spoil the tree. Its the pretty greyish fir which is always good for filling in the background.  Then I added Pieris and a few sprigs of Rosemary and finally the red berries on what I think is Cotoneaster? Not sure about that last one but it grows in abundance down towards the lake.  I should know it because I used to do a lot more flower arranging, but sadly don't have the time now.  Anyway, I saw a clip from a programme BBC Victorian Christmas which showed them making a wreath and they used raffia to wrap around the twigs so I thought why not make a bow from it this year.  So this is my effort and I hope you approve, its not showy at all but quite pretty I think.




Thursday, 22 December 2011

Shopping bag finished

Shirley shopper with removable decoration
I was having lunch with a good friend some time ago and she admired my new shopper so I said I would make her one too.  Well that was earlier this year so I just had to make her one soon ....  Anyway, this is the shopper which has expanding sides and a removable Christmas medallion just for fun on black and silver glittery ribbon.  I will give it to her on Saturday a bit late for Christmas shopping but it might come in handy for the sales...............

Its a bit more sophisticated than the photo looks because it does up with a clasp at the top for security and also inside are one very deep pocket and another for a mobile or glasses, so it took me quite a while to make.  The handles are extra thick and soft so they won't cut into hands when the bag is loaded and they are long enough to go on the shoulder. The centre panel is pink not rosy red like the photo and its made with and lined with furnishing fabric so its good and strong, with a plastic insert along the bottom for extra strength. Well that's it for today, I still have some sewing left to do so if it doesn't get done tonight there is always tomorrow.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Shortest day

Some haberdashery for my project
Yep, I am still making last minute Christmas presents, so no time to blog much. I ran out of the ribbon so had to dash into town to buy more. I hope to be able to show you what I am making tomorrow, but meanwhile, sorry this is short but I really have to crack on.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Which to choose?

Two superb fabrics
I need to make my mind up which of these to use for a project I might have time to do.  Both are chocolate brown with silver but the one infront has definately much more bling.......

We went out for tapas last night with some colleagues from Keswick Rambles and I can recommend the Lakes Bar and Bistro tapas it was very good and so was the pudding after, Crème Brûlée, mmm.

A night in tonight as I have things to do but tomorrow we are hoping to go and see the new Sherlock Holmes movie, has anyone seen it yet?  Is it good?  I usually like Guy Ritchie films so I have a high expectancy of this one as I enjoyed the other very much.

Monday, 19 December 2011

On Guard

Bella looking for trouble
She really does think that an odd putty tat is going to stroll into the garden and steal her presents from under the tree.

I have made sure that the door will be closed when we are out tonight and Bella will not be in the room ahm.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sunday 18th day

Father Christmas night light
Somehow without a candle inside this looks daft, but pop a lighted candle inside and it glows.  I always bring it out and light a candle when I decorate the tree, its an old custom of mine.  So yes, the tree is done and that's why I'm so late with the blog.  This year I went for a colour scheme of white, cream, silver and gold.

Meanwhile, this morning I found a video on yahoo which shows how to wrap properly.  Wish I had seen this years ago.  My DH is brilliant at wrapping stuff but then he has run a mail order business for 30 years, so has plenty of experience. I can't even get the brown tape to go on without creases but he does and the corners of his parcels are perfection. They even admire his handiwork down at the local post office.....So this year I am going to improve my wrapping.  Click on the link below if you want to look at the webpage with the video too.

http://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/how-to-perfectly-wrap-your-christmas-presents-.html

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Its gone colder!

A sort of teletubby gingerbread man?
This was just a photo through a shop window, but the effect is weird with the reflection above the smile.  I don't suppose I could have designed this shot if I had been trying.  I love gingerbread and its great with a cup of tea so with the weather getting colder I think of goodies to eat by the fireside.

I have started to feel a bit more like I want the festive season to happen now.  I must admit it takes me until the last week before to really start to get in the mood. Tomorrow I am going hunting in the countryside for greenery to put up in the house; a ritual I do every year.  I take a rucksack and some sharp scissors and off I go with Bella to see what looks like it would make a good decoration. I usually target holly, ivy and fir trees.  Sometimes there are berries on the holly but this year I think the birds have eaten them all.  I hope to put up the tree tomorrow too but I'm not sure if I will have time to decorate it as well, we'll see.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Winter wonderland of snow

View from the studio
That's his room by the way, I call mine my study but he calls his 'The Studio' all rather grand sounding don't you think. Funny how men make things sound different to women, and both our rooms are the same size but his sounds so much better and bigger!

Anyway, this fresh snow was there when we opened the curtains this morning and it was enchanting.  I just love it when the tree branches glisten with a fresh dusting and have you noticed everywhere goes very quiet when its been snowing. The world seems to hold its breath.

We trudged into town and saw off my brother's parcels for another year, phew that's another job on the tick off list done, but I have more. As it's Friday I do need to work on some urgent business jobs so until tomorrow then.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Disney cake anyone?

Brysons's bakery window in Keswick
Well you might think that living in a small town like this (5000 inhabitants) would produce dull shop windows but not at this time of year. Bryson's always put on a superb show.  This year they feature this wonderful shimmering ice cake.  But they also have other tempting goodies in the window which I might show you later in this advent challenge.  I am quite pleased with myself because so far I have managed a blog posting every day and its the 15th so more than half way there, phew!

I have nearly finished designing the Christmas cards today, so I had better crack on.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Cumbria Patchworkers Christmas do

My buffet sausage rolls
I made these last night and we had a couple of them warm and they were really good, I can't say that they ever taste as good once they are cold.  My fault, I should have asked our hostess to warm them up again and then they would have been at their best. I can post the recipe if you want it, just let me know.
Table decorations thanks to Gloria, wonderful
This was our magnificent spread for our lunch to be shared between 13 of us, but I am pleased to report that the plates were emptied.  Some of the cakes are off camera to the right. Just realised that quite a lot more plates of food were added after I took the photo, the table was packed.
A forest of trees
We sat and made these little trees from circles of fabric which diminished in size and were skewered on a bamboo stick which was stuck into an old cotton reel. The angels on the top came all the way from a little shop in Poland and were especially sought out by Marion, so thank you for going to the trouble and especially as you had a bad backache that day! We made more trees than this but they sneaked off somewhere.
We exchanged mug rugs
Lastly, our gift this year was a mug rug for our frequent sewing breaks.  To be honest they looked too good to put a mug down on leaving a nasty brown ring, so most of them had been given very colourful backs to take the stains....very thoughtful. They were supposed to be 6" x 9" but as you can see a certain amount of licence abounded amongst the creators.

We had a great day despite the appalling weather (sleet and snow) and thanks very much for all who attended and sorry that quite a few of you had to miss it.  I will be emailing out the photos but as I don't have an email for Liz our secretary I wonder if anyone can let me have it.  If I don't hear from you I shall send them onto Pat whose email I do have.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Keswick shop window

Union Jack Crinoline
This is a fabulous dress!  Every time I passed Textures I meant to photograph it but only today did I remember to pack the camera.  Keswick does have some lovely window displays at this time of year as it is a major holiday destination so they really try hard to put on an impressive delight for all the tourists.

Its really a shop selling curtain fabric not dress making stuff so I am not sure what they have made the dress in.  I need to go in there next week for some supplies so with any luck I will ask if I can have a closer view. If a pattern was used I will try and find out which one it was.

Tonight I am baking something for our Quilters get together tomorrow and if all goes well I will give you the recipe tomorrow but you will have to wait and see as this is entirely dependent on a good result........

Monday, 12 December 2011

New ornaments for the tree

My trusty Bernina 1260
Yes it is a trusty machine, and I could never part with it. A little cleaning and oiling each time I use it is going to be my New Year's resolution as I think it needs tlc now its older. Not that there is anything wrong with it, I just want to have the best out of it. And this is one of my new decorations for the tree, homemade silk tussah pinwheels with homemade felt bobble centres covered in gold mesh and beading on the corners. They were a bit fiddly to make but they are done now.

The good news this week is that the Lesser Redpolls are back in my garden.  The Nyger seed feeder had 3 females and one male on it this morning along with a couple of Goldfinches and a couple of Siskins.  So I am pleased as they are such cute birds and they stayed all winter last year with 14 coming to the feast one day! I will see if I can photograph them but they are not easy to pose.....
I do have last years photos on this blog so if you are new to it you can use the search to see what they got up to last December. Well that's all for today, I have so much to do.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Homemade cards

Card design Sally Evans
I do love to receive home made presents and cards and I also enjoy making them myself.  This card for instance is charming and so easy to make although you do need to buy the commercial backing card.  The tree is very simple but effective and the stuck on sequins bring it to life, although I would have added a star at the top, I might do that actually!  And what about a couple of presents at the bottom?

I have still to decide on our home made card for this year but it will have to be soon as today is the 11th I see which means only two weeks to go.  But one can achieve a lot in two weeks.  Meanwhile, I am still making silk paper ornaments for the tree which is sitting comfortably in its bucket of water outside under the covered way, so its fine and I keep topping up its water so it gets a good drink and retains those needles.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Double the glow


Whenever I light candles I try to place them infront of a mirror that way I double the amount of light and the flickering effect. Sometimes I place them in unusual containers too like this rose bowl of potpourri but I never leave a lighted candle unattended.

I have some candles which I use only at Christmas and this is one of them as it is such a lovely deep red colour but when lit becomes rosy. Where do you like to place your candles? I always make a fresh floral arrangement for the table at Christmas and I usually add a candle or two and light it whilst we have our dinner.

Anyway, I have to decide yet which lights I will put on the tree, I need to go and find them and see what choice I have.  I seem to remember using blue ones for the last 3 to 4 years so maybe its time for a change and I have never tried white.

Friday, 9 December 2011

Put a cuppa on - Christmas past food



I have been so busy sewing of late that thoughts of Christmas food and baking have been kept on the back boiler so to speak.  So in an attempt to show you something new and of interest at this time of year I thought you might like to meet a food historian, but not an ordinary one. I first met Ivan Day at least 35 years ago at the house of a friend and he struck me as an individual character with a great interest in art but I did not realise he also loved good food and historic good food too. We kept bumping into each other over the years and then the last time must have been about three years ago when we were in Carlisle for the day. Ivan was in a hurry but did manage to say he was making a programme for the television on historic food and gave me his website address.  I had a good look and thought it all very interesting but when I looked recently he had also started a blog, now that's more like it I thought, so for your delectation I offer you his two url's, I hope you enjoy, but I warn you the food looks magnificent and you might need to make a cuppa and put your feet up whilst you browse for quite some time.

Ivan's blog http://foodhistorjottings.blogspot.com/

Ivan's website http://www.historicfood.com/about%20us.htm

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Embroiderers' Christmas Lunch

A pretty Santa in the bar window seat
It was our annual lunch today and we went to Threlkeld nestling under majestic Blencathra to sample the delights of the menu, and we were not disappointed!  We had a good choice on the Festive Menu which included roast turkey, pan seared venison scallops, salmon on a bed of tagliatelle and smoked haddock with poached egg etc.

So if you want to have a really good lunch and you are visiting Cumbria you cannot do better if you like a good traditional English pub than to try the Horse and Farrier at Threlkeld.

Before I go I just want to say hello to Marilyn who has been recovering from a broken wrist and Sally who also was missing today because she is suffering from ill health too. I do hope you are both better soon and have a good Christmas.

I have received the parcel I waited all day yesterday for today.... so now I can finally finish wrapping all those presents and send them on there way to Palm Springs; phew that will be a relief...  So I have to crack on, until tomorrow then.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Cold and wet but warm inside

All wrapped up!
Well nearly - I am still waiting for a delivery and then hopefully tomorrow this parcel of goodies will 'cross the pond' and be on its way.  I have to be careful to wrap stuff properly when it gets to this time of year because DD reads my blog  :-)

There is nothing worse than having to sit in and wait for a parcel to arrive is there?  I would love to walk Bella or do something else but no, I am waiting and trying to get on with other jobs but somehow its not my full attention being applied. At least we don't have to cook dinner because we are going out to the tennis club Christmas dinner tonight. Sounds grandeous but it is not, just a few of the regular players who make an effort to get together but would you believe it; they are having a committee meeting first!  What a way to put a damper on an evening. Anyway, at least I am not a member so don't have to attend the boring bit.  So until tomorrow then.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Dreaming of a white Christmas?

Well the snow is already here so it might not be for Christmas, who knows.  Anyway, my DH and a friend + Bella the Border Terrier decided to go play in the snow today.  They attempted to reach the top of Carrock Fell behind Blencathra.  All went well at first and then the snow became deeper and deeper until it was over the top of Bella but when it was over the top of Pete's walking poles and not far from the summit plateau their movements were so laborious that they decided to turn back.

This photo was taken before the conditions became worse and it shows Bella taking it all in her stride.

Hang on while I licks me nose will ya!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Tree topper

What do you put on top of your Christmas tree?  A fairy? or a star maybe? or something else?  Usually I find something amusing so I used to put an owl up there complete with feathers... but for the last few years its been a fairy made with an old toilet roll for the base to slip over the tree top. It was made at one of our Embroiderers' guild workshops and I think it was a Sally idea.  However, this year I am going to use this funky silver stuffed star, just because it looks silly and brings a smile to my face.

When I was a small girl I used to walk home from school along our road and look carefully at each tree lit up in the window and see how many had fairies and I used to judge which one was my favourite, and of course sometimes the curtains were drawn so you could only make out dim shapes of  coloured lights because in those days not many people could afford lined curtains and a good many of them were probably home made; I know ours were.  I also used to count how many Christmas trees I could find on the way home and was always pleased when another one appeared. Its a good game for children, I wonder if they still play it nowadays.


Sitting on a candle on the dresser at the moment.


Sunday, 4 December 2011

Christmas cards - day four advent

A cheerful robin on a christmas card
Cards have started arriving at our house but not all of them are real, some are emails. So how do you feel about this?  I know times are hard and many people resent the costs involved in buying the cards and the postage but it is traditional.  I for one like to balance the cost by making my own cards, mainly because I enjoy it and because it has become a tradition in our house. This means the outlay is low but the fun element is great, afterall we don't have a television and have not had one for over 10 years so we like to make our own entertainment.  Anyway, whatever you decide I hope you enjoy the result. We have not designed our cards yet as its usually done nearer the time and sometimes in a huge rush, but done it is.......................

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Advent continued



Preparations are under way for Christmas and the tree has been chosen from Whinlatter Forest visitor centre and sits in the covered way in its bucket of water so it gets a long drink.  It will then keep its needles until well after New Year. We tried a different tree last year but I do prefer Norwegian Spruce so we went back to this traditonal tree. I need to go and collect some greenery next to make my door wreath but I will probably wait a week before I do and then I will need to condition it so its good and wet before I put it on the front door.

If you decide you need some help making a Christmas wreath then you could try here for inspiration.

Meanwhile, I decided to make some new decorations for the tree.  I have all the usual baubles and lights but fancied something new, so I hunted around and found I had loads of silk paper I'd made so I experimented with cutting and folding it into rough star shapes and added a few beads.  I have used a handmade felt ball in the centre (left overs from an EG class with Marilyn where we made felt jewellery) and I wrapped it with some gold mesh.  The background is more silk paper I made ready for a silk purse workshop I ran a while ago. Its such a versatile material because it handles like paper but you can stitch on it and manipulate it into all sorts of shapes.

experimenting with silk paper

Friday, 2 December 2011

Advent day two

There are some amazing competitions out there if you look around and this place is running one every day over advent so what are you waiting for;  go enter and win a prize.

http://www.dougalsden.co.uk/blog/category/competitions/
Good Luck!

Thursday, 1 December 2011

oops bad start to advent Day one

Nearly missed the first day of advent, just scraping in here.  But I did blunder over the timing of my shopping in Keswick as I found out that this item which was on my Christmas list for Bella had sold out...blast it.

I don't intend getting her a real one......been there and she dug holes in the lawn all around it poor thing, we had to take it up to the farm and rehome it.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sunday sewing

I don't always have a sleeping pet, she has not been like this today at all, infact I have been playing tug of war for half an hour....

I did manage to do a little research on the internet this morning as I was seeking inspiration for some projects and I found a few sites of interest. Try http://pinwheelponders.blogspot.com/2009/08/fabric-ornaments.html  for making Christmas ornaments. Or http://stitchtales.blogspot.com/ for Christmas ideas.

My little one has jumped onto my sofa and is sighing, a good sign that she is going to take a nap which is what I want really if I am going to fire up the Bernina and finish off some sewing.  I have a new idea too and I can't wait to try it out but I do need a respite from doggie games just for a bit.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Cushion nearing completion
This has to be finished as I have had it lying around for a month now.  I have sewn on the piped edging and I just have the back to do, then a cushion pad to purchase. It looks better than I expected and DH likes it too; always a bonus.

Well I do have a few readers from "across the pond" and as its a special day I found a quilt of a turkey for you.  My DD in California is having a chicken she tells me, I suspect its less hassle and she is English so I don't suppose she is really bothered, but I know some of you will be having turkey so my best wishes to you all.  We had a humble pie for our dinner.





Sunday, 20 November 2011

New mini quilt

Chairman's challenge mini quilt for Cumbria Patchworkers
Well this is how far I am along the way to completing this for Wednesday's meeting.  I have just pin basted it as its only 16½ x 24 inches.  I now need to quilt and bind it, adding a hanging sleeve too. Then sign and date it, phew not much then!  Better crack on......... Oh by the way the colours are supposed to be pale lemon, bright green and royal blue as those are the colours on our little badge.  Also I have picked out the design on the badge as the main theme with a slight change to make it easier to do as I didn't have time to make circles.

Our badge
Now for the hard part, the quilting, I haven't worked out what to do yet............

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Mug Rug

Patchwork weave on the left, silk machine embroidery on the right
 Just a quick update for those of you who were wondering how the mug rug was coming along.  Well I quite enjoyed making it in the end and as I chose woven patchwork for the left side you can actually slip things under some of the weave, like the odd stray pencil or pins.  Also the heart is on a green pocket so you can slip bits in there too or of course it can hold your biscuit!

Colour is showing much lighter coz taken at night with artificial lights
Self explanatory really, I did some guesswork on the stitches and came up with these which look ok. Stem stitch and fly stitch with some long stitches and soft shading on the little red flowers. So it's coming on and I will keep you posted as I progress, but I do need to turn my attention to something else tomorrow as I have another little item to make which I need for Wednesday all being well. I am a busy little bee at the moment but deadlines have to be fulfilled and then there is the little matter of finding suitable presents for DD across the pond.......

Friday, 18 November 2011

Making steady progress

Long and Short stitch on the leaves and Stem stitch on the ahem ..  stems
I have been concentrating on this crewel work kit and I think its coming along ok, so too is my sore back.  I am happy with the progress of both at the moment.

So until I have more to show you I will keep this posting short and sweet.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Progress

Autumn Glory kit by The Crewel Work Company
I am going to have a go at another crewel project, not sure if it will turn out quite like this photo of it because I only bought the linen marked out ready (not the full kit) as Phillipa Turnbull was selling off some redundant stock a couple of years ago.  I have had this waiting since then, yikes, how time flies. So this is the project, to see if I can make this huge cushion anything like it should be. I am not even sure what some of the stitches are because I don't have the instructions either, so I shall ask one of our EG ladies who is an expert and does a lot of sewing in crewel as she makes up stuff for Phillipa sometimes. If you want to make a similar cushion here's the site. They are very good kits by the way and I have now made up 3 which all look very professional.

Next bit of good news is that I asked DH if he would modify my number 9 foot for my Bernina and take out the front so I can see the needle when I am free motion sewing or quilting and he did it this morning and its great, no rough edges or anything, but then he is a master craftsman with metal. His latest project is coming on very well indeed and I love what he does its so beautiful and it works too.
And lastly, I am about to sew a thing called a 'mug rug' which is all about making a mini quilt or something like it with dimensions of 6" x 9" and then you put your mug of tea or coffee on it and there is also room for a biscuit.  We are all making one for Christmas in our little Cumbria Patchworkers group and then going to exchange them.  I will post a photo if it turns out ok.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Neglecting this blog

Today's mayhem
Well yes, I have been busy on my other blog and rather 'blogged' down with doing my C2C posting, but I finished it a few days ago now and still did not have anything new to show on this blog.  But hey I went to Wasdale over the mountain passes last weekend carrying all my gear in a rucksack and back the next day, so I have been busy. Trouble brewed with my back though as it had been a bit tetchy the couple of days before we left and by the time we came back on Sunday it was telling me it was not happy. Result, see that hot water bottle and the messed up sofa, that's where yours truly has been hanging out since Monday, apart from when I crept up to bed and gingerly slid in. However, the stiff back is better tonight and maybe tomorrow I will be able to help out with a few chores around here as DH has been a brick as usual. The good news is that having immobilised myself I did not know what to do and no current novel was lined up either, blast I thought, then I remembered my crewelwork....Yes its been a while in this frame, if I want to find out I only need to check back in this blog, but I don't think I'll bother.  I also intend to finish it this time round and not leave it again, so wish me luck. Oh well back to the hot water bottle treatment.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Couldn't resist

Brooklyn skirt
I went into White Stuff this week and they had another skirt like the one I bought last year but in mushroom.  So I bought it as the other one is so pretty on and warm in winter too.  I am wearing it out tonight as we are going down to the George later.  I have to go as I am still trying to write up my other blog.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Regional Day last Saturday

Some of this was bought at the Regional Day
I forgot to take a camera along to the Braithwaite Institute last Saturday which is a shame because we had Ferret showing us her quilts in the afternoon and they were astonishing. She is a very good speaker too so if you have never been to one of her talks I would encourage you to go.

She showed us many of her award winners as well as others she had made and they ranged from large double bed size to quite small. I had a close look at some of them as I was on the stage at the end and helped her re-pack them all. If ever you are asked by a famous quilter to help pack make sure you pay attention because they like it done their way and know exactly how they want you to fold and pack so that its easy for them to get them all out again for the next show. I learnt a lot, not just about packing quilts but also some very useful tips which she gave without prompting. Ferret is loquacious and she is not at all fazed by being asked how she does things because she wants people to learn from her and from her mistakes which she points out too. I appreciated her altruism and hope to be a better quilter for it.

I also volunteered to make a panel for the North West Regional Banner which is going to be completed and hung at St. Anthony's Hall in York. As luck would have it the subject I fancied doing had been chosen as one of the panels they needed and yes it is going to be another lighthouse, yippee!  I will need a Cumbrian one of course and I just happen to have passed the very one I fancy on  my recent Coast to Coast journey at St. Bees. So it will hopefully be one of my next projects. I will keep you posted of course as to progress.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Gothic Door

Grasmere Church
This is another view of the church at Grasmere, and its a close up of the doorway. I rather like English Oak doors and this is a lovely example of one. The sun shone on us all day, sigh, I wish it would come back, as today it rained and blew.....

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Grasmere Church

This is day 3 on the coast to coast when we arrived at Grasmere where William Wordsworth is buried. The village is one of the most beautiful in Lakeland and certainly provided a haven for our weary travellers. They had the chance to visit Dove Cottage in the morning before setting off again on day 4.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

I'm back from the coast to coast

I wanted to let you know why I have not posted for a while so as you can see from the photo I look set for a journey. Infact it was the longest sustained hike I have ever done, two weeks on the coast to coast across the North of England from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood's Bay in Yorkshire, that's Irish Sea to North Sea. It was an incredible journey of a lifetime and I was with my DH and we were leading a group of Americans all the way. We set off on Monday 12th Sept and reached the end on Sunday 25th. I have to admit that I resisted the temptation to take a needle and thread with me, I had enough to do.......
At last, the chance to do the coast to coast

Friday, 9 September 2011

New bit of delicious kit


This new top of mine is almost good enough to eat!  I can't wait to wear it on a cold day.  It is a quilted, ripstop nylon inside and out piece of kit designed to go into a diddy little bag and it weighs only 5 ozs.  Yes, it's destined to be part of my rucksack necessities and will be my emergency clothing for those odd times when it really turns cold. This is a down filled top and it is so soft and warm. At the moment it is lurking in my wardrobe but it's going to go on an adventure with me soon. Oh how I wish I had had this with me in May 2010 when I camped at Tyndrum for 4 nights and it was minus 2 every night with the tent covered in ice in the morning........freezing wasn't the word. Bella was so cold she crept into my sleeping bag every night and the two of us snuggled up but even then I was still cold. The downside was the price at £225 not cheap so I had to wait for the sales ladies and hey Needle Sports came good with £75 knocked off. It has one very slight disadvantage in that it is only a little bit shower proof so no getting it soaked or it won't work.

Hmm, looking at it now on the screen before me I am tempted to keep it for best...and wear it to Quilters Guild Meetings as I am joining the committee as an Area Representative of Region 15W.  Oops better not, I might just need it on that next Scottish trip.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Camera problem solved

Pete's C2C embroidery

We went out hiking all day today and when we came back I took the photos off the small digital camera we use and they were like sludge again... Made me wonder if DH had changed a setting by mistake or something, and sure enough I discovered that the ISO was set to 1600, surely not I thought it should be 400. So now it is and this is the result after taking the C2C photo again.

So always check your camera and make sure its not been touched by predators!  He knows what I mean (family joke).


Monday, 29 August 2011

I have been making Alfred Wainwright Coast to Coast embroideries for some wonderful people from the USA who completed the full coast to coast recently.

They were only the 2nd group in 8 years with this organisation to complete the whole of the route without taking any days off; so for that alone they have been nicknamed 'Team Awesome'.

I have made the embroideries with hand made silk paper top and bottom to represent the two coasts the Irish Sea and the North Sea and then I put a picture of AW himself in the middle with beads for his braces and a few French Knots to emphasise the rocks on the cairn. And his socks have a fluffy topping of knots too!

As I have made about 7 of these I have had to work on a production line and I used my Janome 300e to embroider the words C 2 C and 2011 on the finished items purely because it was the fastest way to do the job.

These embroideries will soon be crossing the Atlantic apart from one going to London and I hope they will express some of the spirit of the wonderful team of lovely Americans I met recently who were determined to finish. This is my gift to them for being such good company on the three days I managed to walk with them; my DH did the whole 14 days so one of these is for him too ;-).

The photography is not my best, but I am in a hurry tonight so I hope you will forgive me.