Monday, 15 June 2015

Some Making Up and A Day Out! ( Picture heavy ).

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.

Sally xxx


Frances N said...

What lovely stitching! You have made some beautiful treasures! And your finishing is so perfect!
I love all the animal pictures! I know that was a fun place to visit!

Hooked on Stitches said...

Congrats on all your lovely finishes! Love the pics from the Wildlife Park too :)

Vickie said...

Firstly, thank you Sally! It is a gorgeous chart you are sending me.
Oh but you were very productive this last week in finishing. Good for you! I know you do not enjoy that as much as stitching.
What awesome gifts you have made.
I enjoyed your many pictures.

Julie said...

Superb selection of finishes, the Sunflower witches look wonderful, only 1 more to stitch lol. Great pics of your day out, the lion is gorgeous.

Heather said...

What lovely stitching and finishing! I need to get better about finishing! I have my sewing machine out on the dining table, so that's a start! :-)

Love all of the photos! I hope that you have a lovely week!

Linda said...

Awesome pictures Sally. They all look so sweet in the pictures like you could just go in there and cuddle with them. Congrats on all the gorgeous finishes. I'm going to send you all of mine to finish. lol Nice progress on your WIP's.


butterfly said...

What alot of lovely stitching Sally , I love what you stitched for me , I will put it on my blog as soon as I get some time , It's a busy week again for me we have my clubs Birthday party tomorrow so I have allot to get ready.
Love the SB where you put all the names into the heart how lovely .
Thank you again Sally for kindness hugs.

Mouse said...

gorgeous gifts and stitching as always ... never been to the wildlife park considering it is so near DD2 has been a few times though .... love all the pictures ... enjoy the sun and the stitching too :) love mouse xxxxx

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Sally, a beautiful gift!
Animals seem combat, I would afraid :-)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Oh my goodness you've been super productive look at all that awesome finishing you've done!

Justine said...

You have been busy with the finishing! Well done. I love both of the gifts you made, beautifully stitched and finished and perfect for the recipients!

Barb said...

OH Wow Sally, a wildlife photographer you have become. Those pics are fabulous and I am very envious. The stitching of course is simply Sallys stitcheries and all perfect. Oh love the comfort one will have to look out for that. Well done on the My moms garden finish and so pleased Vickie won it. Off now to get on with the witch , see you soon.
Hugs from me to you.

Michelle said...

Aww Sally what lovely photos and I adore the Blackbird Designs chart I love the way it has been adapted - well done. As you know I love the 'Sheep' pattern and have printed it off to make a start on it - thanks sweet friend xx

Lisa V said...

You sure have been busy. Some great stitching and finishing.

gominam said...

Wow, love all your stitching! They are so lovely and neat, your finishing is just stunning:), nice idea too putting in personal touch of your friend's shop and the initials, you're so creative.
And those are great pictures you got from the Wildlife park.

Christine said...

Beautiful gifts and finishes Sally, and all your WIPs are looking great. I love the colours in the LHN one.
The tiger cubs are absolutely adorable

Mii Stitch said...

Sally you have been so productive!! Great progress on your stitchery and your finishes are simply perfect.
Thank you for providing the link for this little sheep, it's definitely a must stitch that has landed on my to do list :)
Looks like you had a great time. I'm also intending to go & visit this wildlife park, thank you for letting us know :)

StitchinByTheLake said...

You stitched so many beautiful things that I can't pick a favorite! Mom's Garden did make my heart turn over - wish my mom were still here for me to stitch that for her! blessings, marlene

Maggee said...

Yay--lovely finishing! I am about to finish a few pieces too. I am going to try to whittle down the pile, but I also have a few big ones that require more pondering! Great progress on the WIPs, old and new. Your stitched gifts are surely appreciated! Today we have a break in our very hot weather... hooray! Hugs!

Miamina said...

I'm always blown away by all the wonderful stitching to see when I visit your blog! All those lovely little finishes are beautiful! That sheep is too cute not to get hold of! Thank you for the link :)

Looks like you had a great time getting out and about in the warm weather!

KimM said...

HI,Sally! Just found your blog (popped over from June's). Lovely stitching - love your photos of all the animals.

Margaret said...

Love all your stitching, and the wildlife park looks amazing!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Sally, so many wonderful finishes here. They are all so beautifully made into pillows and pinkeeps, just perfect. Great progress on your WIPs as well. I love that little robin and it's coming along great.
Lovely pictures from the wildlife park.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Beautiful stitching and finishing, Sally. Thanks for the link to the Shepherbs Bush freebie.

Sheryl S. said...

Interesting photos and lots of pretty work, love the Mothers Garden design

Helen said...

Wow what a lovely post! No wonder your friend was pleased with her pressie, your personalisation is perfect! Thank you for the link to the little sheep, another one to add to my to do pile 😉 I love your finishes, isn't it great when you find the perfect project for a sweet little embellishment like that? Could you tell me where I could find the little scaredy cats design please? I have a friend it would be perfect for! Your WIP'S are looking great, hope you get lots of stitchy time in this week!