Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year!!

I want to thank all my readers for reading this blog and putting up with my nonsense! 2013 was not a particularly good year for our family, but I have a feeling 2014 is going to be GREAT!! A very happy, healthy, prosperous New Year to all of you!
With love and best wishes
tich xx

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Great Sewing Related Video

This is so great!
Till next time.

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

I am sitting here stuffed with turkey and trifle, and just wanted to wish all my readers a Merry Christmas. We have had some severe storms and very high winds recently, the sea breached the road again, but we are snug and warm and have had a wonderful day. The family have all phoned/Skyped, and we are now sitting watching the 'box', having a glass of homemade wine.
Hope you are having as good a time as us.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Oh Tannenbaum!!

We have been having some really bad, stormy weather recently, with the ferries cancelled, the planes grounded, so it was a relief to get over to Kirkwall recently to get the Christmas shopping. We only have a very limited time to rush round all the different shops to try and get all the things on the list, that cannot be found on the island. I always try to squeeze in a visit to the library, despite getting the library van over on the island once a month. If truth be known, I go the van and also the library as well. it is one of the best libraries I have ever seen, and the staff are brilliant! When I walked in this time, I got a lovely surprise. The Kirkwall Knit and Natter group had knitted/crocheted a Christmas tree. It was gorgeous! A wooden frame was made by the staff and then the squares and the ornaments were attached - fantastic!! Do have a look!


I love the knitted robin!
As I said at the beginning of this post, our weather has not been good. Last night it blew all night, the highest gust was 84mph, and we had a really high tide this morning. The sea breached our road in several places. The video below shows one of the breaches over the road.
The sea is on the left hand side, and the sea has breached the bank and is flowing over the road and flooding the field on the right hand side. We had to about turn and go the long way round to the shop. it is supposed to blow right up to Christmas, but at least we are not getting snow like some places.
Till next time

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Christmas Video

I hadn't seen this advert previously, as we do not have this store anywhere near us. To me it sums up exactly what Christmas should be like - friendship, love, sharing, helping each other, giving and accepting differences. What a lovely video!
Till next time.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

November 11th.

Thank you.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Machine Embroidery Blog Hop

I know I am a bit late for this, but SewCalGal is holding a Machine Embroidery Blog Hop this week, and it looks so good. Either click on the icon above (used with permission), or on SewCalGal's name to see the beautiful work.
Here are the details -
Monday, Nov 4th

Tuesday, November 5th
I Have A Notion

Wednesday, November 6th
Patsy Thompson Designs 

Thursday, November 7th

Friday, November 8th
Stormy Days

Why don't you hop over (ouch!) and have a look?
Till next time


Sunday, 27 October 2013

For the Love of Hand Embroidery

I was really excited when Jane of Jane's Fabrics and Quilts invited me to take part in the 'For the Love of Hand Embroidery' blog hop. She sent me some lovely Presencia threads, which I had never used before. They were brilliant and really nice to use. Why don't you pop over to Jane's site and see what I made with the threads? At the same time why don't you have a look at the Presencia threads?

Just a quick note to let you know my son-in-law is progressing well. All those prayers and good wishes are really working. He is supposed to get out of hospital sometime this week, but then the hard work will begin. Thanks for all the good wishes.

Go pop over to Jane's now!
Till next time

Wednesday, 23 October 2013


This is just a little experiment. More to come!!

Please say a small prayer for my son-in-law. He had a major operation yesterday and now is in intensive care for a few days. We are all thinking of you!
Till next time.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

New Textile Magazine from Apple

The new textile magazine, 'Kindred Spirits' from L Green & J.I Kellaway in the Apple App store is on special offer for 99c (Australian). The first issue's theme is  'A Walk in the Garden' and is full of beautiful photography, lots of tempting projects, hints and tips and even an interactive video. Projects to make include an embroidered purse, a folded fabric brooch, a pincushion, crochet hair slides and a felt heart hanger. This is a beautiful magazine to look at, and there is such a variety of different things - embroidery and crochet stitches how-to, ideas on where to buy items, decorating ideas - I could go on, but why don't you go and see for yourself. You can see more details here
I think this is one magazine I will be subscribing to in future, as the first issue is great!
Till next time.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Crochet Hexagons

 More of these ....
 ...for this!
Till next time

Friday, 27 September 2013

Flowers, Fungi and (F)Photos ...LOTS!!!!

I recently had changes to my jaw medication, and had a bad reaction - hence no blogging!
I was a bit concerned that our flowers were dying back in the garden, at the end of last month. I took a walk along the road verge in front of the bay, to see what I could find. These are the photos. There are a lot, but go and get a cup of tea and enjoy!



Hope you enjoyed the show.
Till next time