Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Tea and Peace and Puffins ( Picture Heavy)

I thought it was time I did an actual stitching post as I haven't done one for over a week. As always my stitching is my therapy. My stitching and my DH and girls. Poor Abi has been heartbroken at losing little Fozzie and I will admit that my DH and I have shed tears as well. So this week we've been having some mum and daughter time going for some walks. Yesterday was a very long walk and I swear when I got up from stitching last night I was ceasing up! Just want to say thank you for all your lovely comments on my post about Fozzie. The house really isn't the same without him. He would often be at the side of his cage waiting for us when we came down in a morning.

So what have I been stitching. Well I finished the LHN Peace Virtue with Barb last week so am now impatiently waiting the arrival of Courage so we can start that.

Little House Needleworks Little Sheep Virtues Peace

32 count Vintage Country Mocha Linen


So this Monday I couldn't make my mind up at first whether to start my ornament for the Christmas All Year Round SAL or something else or stitch on something else that I already had started. In the end the ornament won and and this is how far I got.

A few weeks ago Shirlee did a post about tea and I mentioned Twinings Lady Grey and said I would send her a few of my teabags to try rather than her buy a box and waste money if she didn't like it. I decided to stitch up this and send it along with the tea. It's only a very simple finish as my creativity ( what creativity? Did I really have it in the first place? ) has gone out the window but Shirlee loved it and also loved the tea. Julie first got me into Lady Grey a few years ago when she sent me some to try. I hope Shirlee won't mind but I borrowed this photo from her blog as I can't find the one I took.

The Sampler Girl A Spot of Tea

Gift for Shirlee

Wednesdays are SAL nights with Mouse and Lainey and also Barb and the ladies in the parlour at Needlecraft Haven. Here's my progress on LHN Curly Q Ewe. I shall have plenty of LHN stitching to keep me busy in the parlour as I very naughtily signed up for mystery. It was extra naughty as I decided to treat myself to the threads and fabric as well which I don't do very often anymore. I decided I needed a treat. I'm still waiting for my other test results and they should be here any day now.

HAED stitching now ( and just incase you didn't know they are currently having a 50% off sale for Father's Day. I think the rush to buy broke the site though! I'm being good as I have way too many in my stash plus I'm holding out for Jasmine Becket- Griffith's Faces of Faery 199 to be charted. I requested it on the BB a while ago and keep hoping! ).  I'm still plugging away at all the black stitching on pages 5 and 6 on QS Holly Fairy. How I wish I hadn't left all this until last but never mind at least I don't have to think too much about it! Aiming for a July finish now rather than a September one!

I'm about half way through page 13 of Guardian and am loving the detail.

A little bit of progress on QS Spirit of Winter Robin. I did stitch in the wrong colour in one bit but decided not to frog. It's not noticable I don't think.

We decided to have a trip out on Saturday afternoon. We had been waiting for decent weather and as Saturday was forecast  to be nice in the afternoon off we went up to Bempton Cliffs RSPB. We had a brilliant afternoon watching the seabirds and actually managed to spot the odd Puffin or two in amongst the thousands of other seabirds on the cliffs. It only cost us £5, which was for parking, and that goes towards the upkeep of the reserve. We all took cameras. I use my DH's old DSLR and am still learning so my photos aren't brilliant but here are a few.

That's it from me now.

With much love.

Sally xxx


Cath said...

I think your pictures are gorgeous , all of them. Lovely progress on your stitching. I have resisted the HAED sale so far, but not sure if I will keep it up ,lol. X

Shirlee said...

Lovely photos of the birds Sally, & the finishes & WIPs as well : ) It's fun watching how your HAEDs keep progressing. I do love my tea & my pinkeep. Thanks again : )

Anonymous said...


Your LHN Sheep Courage looks great. I can't wait to start them all.

Your ornament is coming along nicely.

What a sweet gift for Shirlee. It is adorable.

Love Curly Q Ewe so far. I have this one and will stitch it up someday.

I can't imagine myself stitching up a HAED. Those of you who do..I admire you...

Wow your Holly Fairy is almost finished!

Guardian is beautiful as well as Spirit of Winter Robin.

Your pictures are awesome! Looks like a beautiful spot to visit. Thanks for sharing.

Mii Stitch said...

Lovely finishes & wips! Thanks for sharing these lovely bird pictures :)

Clare - Aimetu said...

Fantastic photos Sally, and I do love the sheep designs

WendyCarole said...

Great stitching I love the sheep.

I am so sorry about little Fozzie. I wish hamsters had longer life spans :(

Your bird photos are great too.

Michelle said...

Oh Sally I was sorry to hear about little Fozzie I really was - sending you all hugs. Lovely stitching my friend and thanks for sharing your lovely photos xx

Julie said...

Looks like you had a super day out, great pics, puffins are so cute.
Super stitching!
I dont drink Lady Grey anymore, have had to go Earl Grey decaff instead lol

Pull the other thread said...

Love the photos, they look great. Such amazing stitching you have done.

Barb said...

Hi Sally, Love the photos of the birds , the puffins are soo cute.Like your little tea pressie for Shirlee.You are certainly being true to form and giving us lots to look at.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your stitching looks great as always Sally!

Your photos are looking great!

Maxine said...

So sorry to hear about Fozzie.
I love looking at all your stitching pics Sally they always make me want to keep on stitching :) Loving your photos of the birds, I think you did a great job taking them.

Jane said...

I'm glad you've been able to get some good stitching done Sally especially after your loss of little Fozzie.
Your HaEDs are progressing so well and the little sheep is very cute.
Not a tea drinker myself, just addicted to coffee, but your gift and little pillow are so thoughtful.
I think your photos are brilliant and I really enjoyed looking at them, the puffins are gorgeous.
Have a good week and hope the test results are good ones xxx

Paula said...

Love, love, love your puffin pictures!
Thanks for sharing.

Vickie said...

I truly enjoyed the bird pictures today Sally. Thank you.

Linda said...

What a great update Sally. All your stitching is beautiful. Love the pics of the birds.


Southpaw Stitcher said...

So sorry about Fozzie. Animals do become members of the family. All your stitching is so beautiful, and I'm in awe of all the progress you've made on the HAEDs! Fantastic bird photos, too!!

Margaret said...

Oh wow -- I love puffins!!! So there are puffins across the ocean too. Cool! Love the pics from your little trip. Love all your stitching too!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

So sorry to hear about Fozzie, so sad to lose a beloved family pet.
Your stitching AS so perfectly done and beautiful!

cucki said...

Super sweet stitching..lovely photos x

Catherine said...

Wonderful projects and love the pics of the birds ~ thanks for sharing!!

Ellen said...

Beautiful stitching, I love the sheep series too! Great progress on your HAEDs!

Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos of the birds!


Annie said...

Great progress on all! Beautiful photos!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Wonderful stitching, Sally! I can't wait to see your LHN mystery. I was a good girl and didn't sign up, but I wanted to! :)


Lesleyanne said...

Gorgeous finishes Sally. Great progress on your wips. They look stunning. Lovely pictures from the Reserve. Hugs Lesleyanne xx

Christine said...

Great stitching Sally, I love the sheep finish. Lucky you getting to see the puffins, the ones round here nest on the rocks out at sea so you need a boat to go out and see them

Tatkis said...

Adorable finishes, LHN sheep is my favourite :)
Thanks for sharing these wonderful bird photos!


Chris said...

Thanks for the fabulous stitching update. You are making such great progress on the HAED pieces. The small finishes are great too.
Thanks for sharing the outing pics. They are amazing, the puffins are so handsome.

Scattered Threads said...

Sally, so sorry to read about Fozzier.
Congrats on your finishes and you seem to be moving along on your WIPs.
I love, love the pics you shared of your Bempton Cliffs venture. They are breath taking.

Miamina said...

So sorry to hear of your sad loss. It's hard losing a furry family member.

That was such a lovely gift to send!

Making great progress on your WIPS!

Carol said...

Your bird photos are just lovely, Sally--especially like the puffins!! And such pretty stitching--I'm always amazed at the number and variety of projects you have going on!

Lynn said...

Your stitching all looks so great! I love that little tea pinpillow you did up for Shirlee. It's so sweet!
Lovely pictures too. I love snapping photos of birds but we sure don't have any puffins around here. They're wonderful!!

Jeanne said...

What a nice update Sally, all your projects are coming along so well. Loved the little tea gift you made for your friend.

How cool to see the puffins! I've only seen them in zoos. Also wanted to say I'm sorry about the loss of your Fozzie. My pets are so special to me, they comfort me when I'm sad and are always happy to see me. Nothing like love from our furry friends.

Grit said...

Wow, your stitching looks so wonderful. Great work.
And fantastic pictures.
Grit from Germany.

Anonymous said...


Sorry to hear about Fozzie.
Your stitching is beautiful and the photos are stunning.

Fiona said...

Lovely stitching. I am always amazed at how much progress you make on your HAED in a week. Your bird photographs are lovely, way better than I would manage.

Brigitte said...

I always love to see your progress pictures, Sally. Your projects are all beautiful. Loved the little TSG pillow that you stitched as a gift.
Your outing must have been a real fun day, such lovely scenery and birds. Thanks for sharing the pictures.