Thursday, 23 June 2011


I am told that life is like a toilet roll and the further along you get the faster it seems to disappear. Well that certainly seems to be the case for me as I have no idea where the last month has gone. Yes almost a month since I last made it here and a busy one for lots of reasons. I have stitched but not as much as I would have liked to, I have made cards (a busy time of year for me with close family and friends celebrating birthdays and anniversaries), but what else have I done. I made a Tardis cake for Oscar's 9th birthday earlier this week and talking of time passing - where the hell have the last 9 years gone. My baby is growing up all too fast and there are not so many kisses and cuddles for Granny these days, though I do still get a few so guess I should just make the most of it. He is growing up fast, in fact far too fast for my liking. Mum has had a few hospital appointments and doctors appointments which seems to be more actual waiting about than seeing the people concerned but she is doing OK at the moment so I am not too worried about her. She is off to Eastbourne for a week on Saturday and as it was getting close and she definitely looked like she would be going we decided it might be nice to get a few days away ourselves. Result was that on Monday we booked a late holiday to Turkey and so we are off to the sunshine tomorrow morning. Never been to Turkey before but have heard lots of good reports so I will keep my fingers crossed, but whatever it will be nice and warm and relaxing.

Right now to stitching and I have to admit that I just got fed up with ISD and have put it away for a while with the 2nd large motif still unfinished. Not a lot to do on it but hey ho, it will come out again soon.

In its place I got out Country Bloomers, and since this picture was taken I have finished the yellow bloomers, outlined both them and the green ones, put flowers in the pot beneath the green ones and done another pot. This too has gone away not until after the holiday.

Holiday stitching is always a new start, I know its naughty when there are so many unfinished ones in my box but my excuse is they are all either large designs or need a lot of colours so I need something simple to do on holiday lol. Trawling through my stash I decided on School of Needlework by LHN. Its a nice easy chart, not too big and not too many threads needed to be carted with me, it will slip into my handbag nicely.

Now to cards, the first was made for a very dear friend AnnT who some of you will know though she does not blog.

Next one was for a very dear friend and my neighbour for 40 odd years Christine, again not a blogger.

The final one is actually two pics, first the front and then the inside of the card I made for my darling grandson Oscar. The decoupage was from the "Flippin' Teenage" range and I really enjoyed making this one. When I saw the decoupage sheet I couldnt resist buying it as earlier in the year Oz dressed as a Punk for a school music program which covered 60 years of pop music. It was a really fun show starting with rock music from the late 50's right up to some of the latest hits.

Thank you to all those who were kind enough to leave such lovely comments, you all keep me smiling bless you.

Hugs from

May your frogs stay in their ponds.


Christine said...

My life is like a toilet roll too Helen, I'm always dealing with other people's... nevermind!
Great cards and stitching.
Enjoy Turkey, we've been a few times and loved it

Brigitte said...

Nice progress on your stitching WIPs. And your cards are really great.
Have a wonderful time in Turkey.

Kathy A. said...

What lovely stitches. I love the line full of bloomers.
And a new start - I can hardly wait to see it.
Is Fairies calling you loud enough yet???
A vacation in Turkey - jealous!!. Please take lots of photos so I can see.
And lastly, what absolutely beautiful cards you make. Each one should be a treasured keepsake.
I loved the one for your grandson - how very appropriate.

jane said...

Lovely stitching Helen and I like your handmade cards too.
Enjoy your holiday.

Sheilasembroidery said...

Lovely to catch up Helen your cards are awsome and your stitching, as usual, is beautiful. I hope you enjoy or have enjoyed your holiday.

Andrea said...

Wonderful stitching and card making.
Hope you are having a great time in Turkey.