Thursday, 22 September 2011

Birthday Cards and Sunflowers

Back again with an update of the Birthday Cards I have made for my friends who's birthdays are on Sunday and Monday.

George and the Dragon



Now, you must be wondering why I've put sunflowers down.  Well, on Wednesday I went to visit my friend and I pass the local school.  They had been growing sunflowers and as the sun was shining and the sky was blue, I just had to get my camera out and photograph them.  Even the bees had to pose for me.  Here is the result.

Happy Stitching Everyone

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

George and the Dragon

It's been a long time since I last posted.  As usual I have been out and about visiting interesting places.  But I have been stitching some of the time.  I have just finished George and the Dragon.  It's a freebie chart from Barbi's blog and you can find it here.  I have changed a few of the colours and am happy with the outcome.  I just need to mount it in a card to finish it off.

George and the Dragon

Out and About

Autumn has come and the leaves have dropped quite quickly.   Here are some photo's I have taken.

Conkers from Horse Chestnut Tree.

Fungi (Puff Balls & Toadstools) & Autumn Trees

Pilgrim Fathers

The other week I went on a Pilgrim Fathers trail in Nottinghamshire to discover who and where the Pilgrim Fathers came from. 

A modern painting at Babworth Church.

Stained Glass Window at St Helena's Church, Austerfield.

I really enjoyed our tour of the Pilgrim Fathers.  Or though there was not much inside the churches.  It was the records about the individuals and the history about them that made it interesting.  I was not taught much about them in history at school.  I thought they were Quakers that boarded the Mayflower!  Apparently, they were part of the Separatist movement.  If you would like to know a bit more, have a look at Wikipedia - click here.  I visited All Saint's Church at Babworth, St Helena's Church at Austerfield and St Wilfrid's Church at Scrooby as they all had some connection with the Pilgrim Fathers.  It just goes to show, you are never too old to learn!

Happy Stitching Everyone

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Hardanger and Stamford

We had a day trip to Stamford on Saturday.  So I took some Hardanger with me to stitch on the coach.  I always find it so relaxing to do Hardanger, especially at the early stages.  I have finally finished it today.  It's a small piece by Nordic Needles called Hardanger with Crystals #3, it's a freebie and can be found here.  I have used my own colours from my stash.  I tried some variegated thread/floss for the weaving - not sure if it has worked well!  Also used sequins instead of Swarovski crystals.

Nordic Needle Free Pattern - "Hardanger with Crystals #3".

And here are just a few of the photo's I took on my trip to Stamford.

Happy Stitching Everyone

Friday, 2 September 2011

Scotland and stitching

Hi Everyone

WOW! I've just noticed that I have now 100 followers!!  What a lovely surprise.  Thank you all, for your support and friendship as well as the lovely comments you have made about my blog.

I've been away for awhile and also have had a friend staying over.  So instead of stitching, I've been taking lots of photo's and visiting lots of places.  So I thought I would share something I stitched some time ago, of an Edwardian Girl having a paddle in the sea.  It's an "All Our Yesterdays" design by Fay Whittaker and a freebie kit from a cross stitching magazine (not sure which one).

Fay Whittaker "All Our Yesterdays" Design

Here are some freebies from DMC France of two "All Our Yesterdays" Charts.  Balloon Journey and First Kiss.



As usual I have some photo's to share with you all.  It was a bit overcast and cold at times but the main thing was that we enjoyed ourselves.

Until next time, Happy Stitching Everyone