Good afternoon from a sunny east coast of England. For all I don't like very hot weather I am enjoying the sun today and the slightly warmer temperatures. As long as it doesn't get too hot I will be happy.
I have a couple of birthday gifts that I stitched to show you. First of all my friend, Gill, had a birthday at the beginning of June. I wanted something seaside themed for her as she loves the beach/ sea and I suddenly remembered that there is a perfect design in the Blackbird Designs A Stitcher's Journey book. I adapted it as you will see!
Blackbird Designs Seaside Retreat ( from A Stitcher's Journey )
40 count Sand linen
GAST Black Crow
Birthday gift for Gill.
I changed the word stitch to knit, left off the border and added the name of Gill's wool shop to the top. I am very happy to say that she loved it :)
June also had a birthday this month and I couldn't resist stitching her a happy little sheep!
Shepherd's Bush Sheep Freebee ( can be found here on page 3 of the newsletter )
32 count Colour Cascade Fabrics Silver Springs
Birthday gift for June.
June loved her wee gift :)
Since my last post I have finished stitching this one and got it made up! I added mine and my sister's first initial and my Mum's initials inside the heart
Shepherd's Bush My Mom's Garden
32 count Vintage Country Peach linen
See the cute bee button? I've had that in my stash for a long time waiting for a special piece to put it on! It was made for me by a lovely Italian lady called Barbara :)
I offered the chart in my last post and the winner is Vickie! Vickie the chart is on the way to you. Enjoy!
I have also been finishing up some other bits that have been waiting in my finishing pile. It is going down a little now although I have some bigger pieces that I'm not sure what to do with.
This one was stitched last year and it is JBW Designs Our Family.
The following were stitched this year and will be coming out for Halloween!
Not a lot of stitching was done last week so I only have a bit to show as July Cottage, Ghoul Tidings and Let Us Adore Him aren't worth showing. Well Let Us Adore Him would have been but I have to frog as I got carried away and stitched white where I shouldn't have! I had a new start on Thursday with Barb as we SAL on Shepherd's Bush pieces on Thursdays. I made a start on A Full Heart which is the first in the Shepherd's Fold series.
LHN Comfort is looking very pretty with the pink stitches now :)
My Robin is coming along really well. Isn't he adorable?!
Finally a bit of progress on November's Chrystanthemum.
So last week my DH and Abi were on holiday from work. Jess didn't get the week off but she only worked Tuesday afternoon and Sunday so she managed some days out with us. She didn't want to go to RSBP Bempton so we went there while she was at work. We had a lovely day and saw lots of beautiful puffins as well as many other seabirds. At this time of year the cliffs are covered in various birds. I took lots of photos but I haven't sorted through them as yet. We also had our annual day out to Yorkshire Wildlife Park which is a fantastic day out. Again I took lots of photos and have sorted some so I'll post a few here. We were very honoured to see Tschuna the Amur tiger's sweet little cubs. Since we went last year they have 2 polar bears named Victor and Pixel. Pixel is Victor's grandson!
That's all from me this time. I'm hoping for a more productive stitching week although I didn't mind not getting as much done last week :)
Until next time.
With much love.