Saturday, December 29, 2018


This beauty was a gift from my friend K - a hand painted wooden snowflake  (front and back) ...

I hope all of you made lots of good memories this holiday season.
My fella and I had the flu for two weeks and only just now feel like we will survive - it's been wicked.  Perhaps made worse by the fact that we haven't had the flu for 20 years - seriously - so we were out of practice.  Fortunately, we weren't expecting company for Christmas nor were we going anywhere.  I had planned to leave the shortbread baking till the week before Christmas since baked goods were disappearing quickly - consequently there was no shortbread for Christmas - a first in my entire life (and I'm no spring chicken).  On the bright side we'll celebrate Hogmanay, Scottish New Year, with shortbread, bubbly  and all the other goodies we missed. ^^

If I have not replied to your recent comments kindly excuse me for the rudeness.   

from me and mine to you and yours,
 Happy New Year,
 and lang may your lum reak!


Sunday, December 23, 2018

what if ...

I was looking through an old cross stitch ornaments magazine
 when I spotted this cutie and I couldn't resist ...

Merry Christmas!

"what if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store -
 what  if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more" 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

winter solstice ...

Some warm winter wishes to celebrate the
 winter solstice .....

( a Lucie Heaton design)

winter is not a season, it's a celebration

Sunday, December 16, 2018

this is it ....

This is it - I won't show you any more Christmas cards ...  ^^

The top one is a design by Aliolka - I love her quirky designs - the lady who will receive this used to raise sheep on their farm.

The other is a La Comtesse design - I love stitching the European Robin - it's for a married couple and one of them is facing serious health issues just now.

I made both envelopes from gift wrap - for the previous cards that I shared the envelopes were made with parchment paper and brown paper (no pix) - I like all of them.

no matter what you do,
someone always knew you would

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

foxy ladies ...

These felt ornaments were fun to make ...

One of the foxes is for me and one isn't. ^^   The tree is an  Attic Heirlooms design and the fox is by Michelle Palmer.

We're having a spell of mild, sunny weather and it's delightful! 

we are like snowflakes -
all different in our own way

Saturday, December 8, 2018

another card ..

This a card for another neighbour ...

I used pale grey parchment paper for the card and ribbon under the cross stitch piece (an Alita design) - everything is attached with double sided sticky tape - I love that stuff!  ^^  I haven't made the envelope for it yet - I'll likely use some Christmas wrapping paper or brown paper for that.

in a world where you can be anything ...
be kind

Monday, December 3, 2018

reversible ...

In my stash of WIPs I had two cute pieces the right size for candle mats so I put them together to make a reversible one.  The embroidered side reminded me of my friend K so I emailed her with a photo of it and asked if she would like it - she said yes (well, she could hardly say no could she?).  ^^   So once the mail is moving again I'll send it to her. 

This side has been grunged/antiqued and I'm not sure of the origin of the design - it could be a combination of designs.

Sunshine has been conspicuously lacking this autumn so when the weather man promised us 3 days of sunshine for over the weekend I was looking forward to it.  Hmmph, we had 3 days of fog instead - it was mild and the hoar frost was very pretty but really .....

your speed doesn't matter,
forward is forward