Christmas time/Stitching time

Well it that time of year again, a mad frenzy to buy gifts and send out warm messages to everyone near and far.  For a while everywhere looks pretty, glistening with tinsel and some areas even get snow on Christmas Day which adds to the magical feel for the youngsters in your lives.  For some it is an extremely religious day, others not so – and some even hate Christmas and all its propaganda, some are given the best meal they have had all year given their circumstance of becoming homeless.  Whatever our reasons for this season – spreading a little kindness is the best feeling ever!  And maybe we should practice it all year long!  Amen – sermon over.

Back to sewing, I have completed one Christmas Card which is for my husband.  It was a free gift from a Cross stitch magazine.

rex's xmas card

It’s cute isn’t it!

I have also progressed with my Christmas Dachshund, see below:


And a little more on my Lady Greensleeves,

Lady Greensleeves Nov - 18

November 18


December 18

Well that is it, I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year, and thank you for the interest you have shown in my blog.

Susan and Hetty



Not much stitching ……but

Hi everybody,

As my post suggests not much stitching has been achieved this last week but plenty of Christmas Shopping has been successfully done and basically ….. it’s a wrap


christmas presents wrapping

I know it is early, but I have been super organised and now that is done I can go back to stitching.   Christmas cards are written and I have just written my best friend a long letter – so feeling good.  It gave my shoulder a little rest so a good thing.







Hello everybody,

I am progressing well with the Christmas dachshund, hopefully it will be complete by Christmas.  He looks so sad and I haven’t even finished the eyes yet.

Elsewhere, I an still progressing with Lady Greensleeves.

lady greensleeves october 26th

October 2018


greensleeves 3

November 2018

Well that’s all for now.



Sunday starters


Hope everyone is having a nice Sunday, after a little bit of deliberation I have started on a Christmas project.  Mainly because I would like a Dachshund for real but the following will have to do until I retire.  The other option is prepped ready to start sewing so it was a close call, but his eyes just drew me to him.

Christmas Dachshund 1The other option was an image of Audrey Hepburn, can’t wait to start it.  Knowing me, I probably will have all 3 projects (ongoing WIP Lady Greensleeves) on the go at once.

Well not much else has happened so tatty bye!001



Saturday Surprise!

Hi everybody,

Look what  I found at the bottom of my old sewing trunk.  What would we have done without out Ladybird Books?  This book is 46 years old!!!


early sewing tablecloth

I would probably have started this tablecloth when I was 11 – 13 years old.  Perhaps I make an effort to finish it.



Wednesday Whoo Hoo !

Today I have completed 30 years’ service at the company I work for, and I have to say, that I have been very fortunate to move around this company and hold a variety of positions managerial/non-managerial.  I have, in total, been very happy in my work.  I was also fortunate to meet and fall in love with the most wonderful husband  (okay getting slushy now).

This is the bouquet of flowers from the Directors, which I have arranged in a vase

That’s all for now!



Friday finish.

Hello everybody,

Hope you are having a pleasant Friday.  Unbelievable blue sunny sky today after a very wet Thursday.  How bizarre can our weather be!

However, I have a finish – yay!!!  And what a magnificent horse he is.  I have named him Mystery.

Below are the images of the Arabian Horse, before and after images of outlining.

Arabian Horse before outlines





Arabian Horse by Anchor PCE764  copy write J &P Coates Ltd.

Well that’s all my stitching news.  It leaves me with the choice of starting another project – such a hard decision.

Bye for now.





Birdy Bytes – Sunday funtime

Hi everyone, Hetty here!

Just a few lines, then I am going to birdy nap!

Even though everyone is putting the hour back on the clock, time seems to have flown by.  My human has been rushing around all weekend but at last she has time to sit and scratch my head.  Have I told you how much I love my mummy, okay so I said it again.

Mummy is colour co-ordinated with me.  How cute!

Peck! Peck!

Friday fill in …

lady greensleeves 14th oct update

Well just when I thought that I have a long weekend to sit and stitch, I received a phone call to go into work on Saturday morning.  It does feel as though the top part of the above design is taking forever to take shape.  Might be that her dress and cape were a large part of the lower design and therefore quicker to stitch. Aghh! patience.  Below shows a small update.lady greensleeves october 26th

I have been stitching at work on another Blackwork design – Classic Embroidery by Jill Cater-Nixon.  This is Carmen …….. well her dress anyway …..


it is fun to stitch and helps switch the brain off for a little while before going back to figures and computer entry.

Well bye for now.