Tuesday, 24 July 2018

This and that...

The Summer holidays are here, and sadly in our little part of Lancashire the sun has gone into hiding this week :( It's not all bad ...at least the rain hasn't arrived...yet! ;) Whilst everywhere else in the country seems to be basking in sunshine (there are even  public health warnings and advice about the heat) here in Lancashire it is overcast with a teensy bit of a chill... Luckily by the weekend we'll be basking in some of that promised sunshine as we head to our holiday cottage in Cornwall :)
So before life gets hectic and busy with last minute washing, cleaning and the packing of holiday bags I thought I'd drop by and share some of this and that :)

My stitching time slowed down in-between end of school year assemblies, class party's and parents evenings but I've managed to place a stitch or two...
I prepped and initially started 'Brick House Sampler' by Brenda Gervais just before my Gallbladder surgery...
 I think this design initially proved slightly tooo taxing for my head after my operation and as is usual with me I was distracted by other smaller projects and laid it to one side...I've picked up again and now I'm actually enjoying my progress with it  :)
 
 
 There is still quite a lot to do and it will keep me busy on an evening during the  holidays but I'm happy with my progress so far and am  back to enjoying each stitch :)

Mr Postman called with a little package...
 I've wanted 'Indigo Lane' (by Brenda Gervais ...naturally!) as soon as I spied it but have had to wait for it to be in stock with my 'local' UK Online shop :) ...I just had to buy the recommended linen and threads too ...although one of the threads is still out of stock ...hopefully by the time I finish 'Brick House Sampler' it will have arrived and I'll be all set to go....if I'm not distracted by the Pumpkin designs I'm currently drooling over  ;) hahahha

There's been mischief afoot in my garden ...
 
 A certain little man seems to think he has green fingers and likes to get hands-on with his Grandma's flower pots and garden ornaments! Although quite heavily 'pruned' I managed to rescue my pretty new yellow flowers before he got tooo carried away ...it lives in the front garden now where its relatively safe ...I still have to watch him with my geraniums though ;) Little bubba is much more adventurous now he's walking here there and everywhere ...It is going to be fun to see what trouble he gets up to on holiday with the Angels ! :) :)

I had a lovely surprise yesterday...
 
 A friend that I've not seen in a long while dropped by on the off-chance that I'd be  home with my Angels... She had been clearing out some of her craft cupboards and found some plastic bags of wool scraps and wondered if I could make use of them. :) Can you imagine how excited I was? I most assuredly said a very grateful yes and gladly accepted her scraps ...that she was going to throw away!!!  My fingers were twitching to delve inside and have a rummage, but we had a little chat  whilst she visited for a short time ...until Angel Esther wouldn't stop waving goodbye to her and she felt encouraged to leave....Ooops! ...hehehe  (I'd turned the volume down on the film the Angels were watching so my friend and I could chat and Angel Esther was not impressed and for a non-verbal young lady made herself very well understood!! ...hehehe) I did feel a little bad that in the midst of my excitement I actually forgot to offer my friend a drink whilst she was here ...bad hosting skills ;(  But I was thrilled when I got to open those plastic bags ....OOoooh ......I love other peoples woolly scraps! hahahahahha :)

That's about all we've been up to at the start of our holidays .... Cake has been involved ...naturally!
 
It's not going to help my summer-time-beach-body ! ;) Good job I'm not one for baring the flesh ...hahahha ...because those cakes were sooooo worth an extra love-handle or two! hehehehehe

Things are progressing slowly with re-organising Angel Esther's support package with Adult Social Services. We had a good visit from our 'assigned' social worker, she actually seems very nice and supportive and has rung me each week to keep me updated. Funding is now in place to provide Angel Esther with an extra day each week at her current Day Services placement, so she'll be able to attend Monday-Friday which is excellent news. :)  We are just waiting upon space availability and staff-support at the centre but hopefully by the time she returns in September we'll have a date for when her extra day can begin :)  The Overnight Respite is a little more challenging, our Angels need 1 to 1 and  'wake and watch' support through the night, it is proving a little more problematic to find a placement with a new provider suitable to meet my Angels needs. Facilities that provide the level of support our Angel needs are sooo very limited in Adult Services and those that are able, are often oversubscribed and in high demand. We knew it wasn't going to be easy, but it is relatively still early days, we are trying to be patient, I'll start to worry more if we are still at this same point come Christmas! :( 
For now we are going to try and enjoy our Summer Holidays ...we have cake filled days and  sunshine to wish for. We also have to address our responsibility to  inflict terror upon the residents  and all the other holiday-makers going to Cornwall next week! ;)   hahahhahaha
Hopefully there'll be no sorry tales to share from our adventures on holiday this year. :)
Hugs Wendy x x

P.S ... Blogger is still not notifying me of comments  :(  But I have realised that I can respond to comments  by posting a 'reply' to the original comment on my blog ...does that make sense? The weird thing is I can only do that on my iPhone, it won't let me do it on my iPad or laptop ...is that not strange? I hope if you leave a comment you can see my reply... I promise I'm not ignoring anyone! And if anyone knows a solution to getting back the notifications please let me know  :)  x x x

Monday, 16 July 2018

Summer Garden...

I love our garden, it's not particularly big, but it is a good size and if I ignore the ugly broken shed at the bottom (which will be still there long after I am gone! ..hahaha) I think we have quite a pretty garden and at this time of year it makes me smile and sigh such a lot  with happiness and contentment. I wanted to capture how pretty my garden pots are looking at the moment,  HUGE THANKS mainly to the lovely sunshine we've been enjoying for the past month and lots and lots of dedicated watering each day by the most lovely and saintly of husbands whilst I've been unable to lift the heavy watering-can :)

Angel Mim's little fairy gardens are looking pretty too...
Those succulent plants have grown sooo well in the tin kettle that I've had to sadly remove the pretty fake flowers that were added ...I'll probably have to do the same for the teapot soon too. I did manage to squeeze Tinkerbell back in her kettle, as Angel Mim loves her! ;)

I added a new tin bucket and plant just this last Friday when Mum and I went out for a little drive ... 
cake might have been involved too! hahaha

We've gradually added some extra touches to the garden in the form of solar powered twinkly fairy lights :) I'm very boring and my pickiness couldn't cope with multi-coloured garden lights (unlike our neighbour whose cute garden is lit up like a mini Blackpool Illumination display ;)   so we have very sedate white lights ...hahaha  It's hard to get a good photo as the evening darkens and the lights start to twinkle ...but you can get a sense of how pretty and cosy those pretty, twinkly lights make the garden feel ...
The lights even make Hubby's broken down shed look a bit better! :) :) 
I have to hope that my pots survive our week away in Cornwall with no-one to tenderly water them each evening, Hopefully we've got plenty more blooms and colour to last us through the school summer holidays. 
Hugs Wendy x x x


Summer Decorating ...

Summer is not my easiest of seasons to decorate for, I struggle to feel the love of summer decorating ..hehehe ...so I tend just to gather together all my Prim, Prairie and Raggedy dolls that I've collected or made over the years and decorate around the house with them. I also slip a few of my sweet bears into the mix too ;)  I pulled everything out of their storage boxes quite hurriedly before my Gallbladder operation because I knew if I left it until afterwards they probably wouldn't have come out and the house would have remained sparse and bare  (much to hubby's delight! hahaha) Everything was just sort of thrown in place and to my shame has pretty much stayed that way ;) We all know I'm just paddling water until the Pumpkins come out! :) :) haha

So here is my summer decorating, thrown together and looking in need of a lot of tweaking 
The Family room...... all my Raggedy Annies on the old wooden dresser, looking like they need a little extra Uuumphh...

My Prairie and  Prim Dolls, with a few bears on the Piano

More Raggedy Annies, these are a teensy bit more rustic and of a similar style ...I managed to sneak my two new little Annies in without anyone noticing! It must mean that there's plenty of room for more! ;)
The fireplace, which is looking decidedly blaaah... :(   It needs a little bit more of something or other...definitely some tweaking needed here :)

Things are looking a little bit more glam in the kitchen...
 
 
 I may have gone a little bit overboard with the pearl beads and buttons ..hehehe :)

I do have a few spots that I actually like ...
 I love these two bears ...  and
 my tray of strawberry goodness ...   and
 my sweet  Prim Stump Dolls.
I'm also quite fond of these extreme prim and grungy dolls...
and my little collection of teensy, weensy dolls ...  :)

 Hahaha.... maybe I do like my summer decor after all!! :) :)  These will all sit nicely gathering dust until the end of August/beginning of September when I will have to work wonders, turn on the charm and convince hubby and the blue-eyed-son to clamber up into the loft to bring aaaaaaaaaall the Pumpkin boxes down! :) hehehe
I wanted to add some pretty flower photos from the garden, all my pots look pretty at the moment  :) But Blogger is feeling a little temperamental so I might just do a second post after this one :)
back soon.....
Hugs wendy x x x

Saturday, 14 July 2018

A Wedding Sampler...

It's finished! Yaaaay :) I'm so very pleased with my latest finish ...Abi's BFF's (Best Friend Forever) Wedding Sampler tweaked from the rather lovely 'Live Simply' design by Brenda Gervais. I obviously made some tweakings to make this beautiful design into the wedding theme we wanted and overall I'm really pleased (actually I'm thrilled ...hahaha) with how it turned out. It was a joy to stitch not least because of who it was for and what I hope it will represent for them :)
Lots and lots of photos   :)   .....
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I used the recommended linen ...35 count Espresso by R&R reproductions and all the recommended threads; Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Art Shaker, Classic Colourworks ...I didn't have and couldn't get hold of the Valdani threads so I substituted as close to colour as possible from the other thread ranges. I also stitched everything 'bigger' by stitching one thread over two and not the teensy weensy one over one :)  My obvious tweaks were to loose the Alphabet letters and add the names of the Bride and Groom, their new Family name and Wedding Date. Where those details didn't quite fill the spaces left by the removal of the alphabet I added some Amish style barn stars (at least I think that's what they are! ...hehehe) I also turned the lady and gentleman around so that they weren't on their sides and added two love birds and just dotted some tiny hearts where there was a slightly bigger gap that needed filling :)  I hope I've respected and honoured the original design. When looking for a Wedding Sampler to stitch Abi and I steered away from the very traditional Samplers  and we both loved all the little motifs in this pattern and the soft gentle romantic colours. I feel quite privileged to have stitched this special memento for the happy couple. I hope it will maybe one day become a family treasure, maybe even an heirloom ;) hahaha  It is now off to the framers to be finished ready to be gifted. I'll try to get a photo before it goes to its new home.
I kind of feel sad that I've finished stitching this piece ...I might be tempted to stitch a second one but true to the original this time! :)
Hugs Wendy x x x