Wednesday, 3 April 2019
The weather has been glorious here in the far South West of Cornwall and I have been very busy in the garden , especially the vegetable garden .
I have still been doing a little of this embroidery every day , but not had time to take the photos and upload them for you .
As you already know , I am just making this up as I go and this week I have been enchanted by all the Spring flowers appearing out in the lane and on our Cornish Hedge . One of my favourites is the Vinca Major , the Greater Periwinkle...or as I call them " Pretty Blue Windmills " . I have several different varieties of it and am on the look out for others , mainly because it seems to always be in flower all through the year . It dances through the bushes , skips along our Cornish hedge , it makes for a delightful ground-cover .
I thought they would make for a pretty border in my embroidery .
Some have variegated leaves and some are plain green .
I know it is not perfectly stitched , but I am enjoying myself with it and feeling happy and relaxed .
Cold weather has returned !
Like pretty blue windmills turning in the wind ...and the weather has turned windy too ! It is cold again and we are having rain with hailstones .
I have come in from the garden , to be warm beside the fire .
The flowers appear all different shades of blue from light sky blue to cornflower blue through to violet .
Happily stitching me .
Thursday, 28 February 2019
The weather has been absolutely wonderful, sunny and warm here in Mullion and I am very busy in my garden .
Such lovely weather to cheer us all !
I took a little time out , to go and sit in our little summer house with my embroidery .
It has been very warm and dry here . There have been gorse fires on Goonhilly , the Lizard Road being closed off for some time while the fire-men battled to extinguish the flames . The smoke drifting across our garden . I feel sad for the wildlife .
Thankfully we had a little rain over night .....it still feels warm though .
Hope you are enjoying some lovely weather where ever you are .
Sunday, 10 February 2019
So here I am in my favourite corner choosing sky blue wool .. I held it up to the blue sky to compare ...spot on ...I think I,ll settle on this one .
Yes , the beautiful sun does keep making the occasional appearance between heavy squally showers !
I begin to put in the trees (lots and lots of Colonial Knots) variegated Holly , the Tree Fern and a garden seat .
I am enjoying doing a little every day .....just a few minutes here and there .
Have a beautiful and blessed Sunday . Hugs Debbie x
Friday, 25 January 2019
Dark winter skies ... colder.....light the wood-burning stove ... but no snow .
Every day a little more .
Flowers are beginning to show themselves in every corner of the garden..soon I will pick out more cheerful coloured threads to brighten my embroidered cottage garden .
Wintery wintry winterly wintry winterly wintery wintry wintery winterly ......
.. it can be any of these........ I choose ..Wintery !
Still we have no snow or frost and there are Spring flowers !
Monday, 21 January 2019
Hello everyone... I haven't been posting for a while , this is due to our little dog being poorly , a bit of a worrying time . She's 16 years old ..maybe a bit more..but a good age for a Jack Russel....she hasn't been well over Christmas and New Year and last week had a couple of seizures ... she seems to have stabilised again now although maybe a little bit confused .
We're taking one day at a time and every day is a precious and happy day .
I have still been doing my few stitches every day though . It would be very boring for you if I put my progress on every day though wouldn't it ?
I will be showing you some other things I,m working on along the way .
The roof was a bit gruelling , since I felt that I had to do every single roof tile !
There are still a few tiles to do ! So much easier to stitch a thatch roof ...I will show you another embroidery that I did years ago of another cottage where we lived in Mullion .
An Grouse Cottage as it looked while my family lived there .
An Grouse - Cornish for - The Cross
It was Grade 2 listed and the windows also had a separate listing, anyway we had to replace some of them and had to have them specially made by a carpenter expert in making these historical windows ....it was months before the windows were finished and given there final coat of paint because of a pair of very beautiful but cheeky Magpies who kept coming and pecking out the putty in the frames !!
Anyway , as I was saying , thatch is much easier to embroider .
So now I,m laying the front lawn ....long and short stitch .
I was up very early this morning to see the Blood Moon Eclipse 4am ....it was a lovely clear sky and beautiful thing to have seen . I,m so glad I managed to get myself up and out to see it . Sadly my camera didn't pick up the red . While I was watching a huge meteorite fell below the moon , I wonder if anyone else saw or captured that on camera ?..No it happened too fast for my poor old camera , zooming in and out trying to focus !
Monday, 7 January 2019
The weather in Mullion has been quite calm since before Christmas , mild , a bit overcast , not the slightest breeze . A good time to get the roof tiles onto my cottage , before the wild Winter weather returns .
Wednesday, 2 January 2019
Happy New Year to everybody ! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas .
Yesterday I began my Stitch-a-Day 2019 challenge ..no matter what other projects I am doing ...I am going to do a little of this every day of the year and just see how it turns out !
I have seen lots of people doing these Stitch-a-Day for a Year embroideries and thought it would really be a great project for me to do ....since I find it very hard when I come to the end of a project to get everything ready for the next . This will keep me calm enough to do that . PTSD ( which is a lot better now and fading ) makes me feel like I,m hitting a brick wall...but once I,ve broken through it and got everything I need for my embroidery project together , then I am fine and it's plain sailing again .
It will be my comforter in my handbag , ready to pull out and stitch whenever I have a few minutes or feel inspired during the day .
I thought that I would begin with my home , our cottage in the middle of this old scrap of linen cloth . With a pencil I drew a very simple and freehand sketch of our cottage .
I stitched over this with my crewel wool and that was as far as I got with it yesterday .
Little dog has been poorly again , vet , medicine, worried again , short walks only along our little Cornish country lane .....spied violets ..lots of them ....to cheer us up !
How lovely to see the Violets again so early in the year !
I stitched a little more today . I will show you how this is coming along from time to time..just not every day .
Monday, 24 December 2018
Wishing all my friends and family a Peaceful and Blessed Christmas .
.....and if you would like to join us at our little church of St Michael's in Mullion , the Christmas Day Mass will be at 11am 25th December 2018 .
Our Christmas service was well attended and it was lovely to sing those old and favourite Christmas carols .
Father David read a beautiful poem which I would like to share with you here .
Light Looked Down by Laurence Housman
Light looked down and beheld Darkness .
"Thither will I go ," said Light .
Peace looked down and beheld War .
"Thither will I go ," said Peace .
Love looked down and beheld Hatred .
"Thither will I go ," said Love .
So came Light and shone .
So came Peace and gave rest .
So came Love and brought life .
And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us .
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Saturday, 15 December 2018
I,ve been doing a little Christmas stitching , mostly before turning off the bedside lamp last thing in the evening . Not much time during the day now with Christmas fast approaching and so much to be done .
This is a vintage crewel embroidery kit that I found on Ebay . Designed by Emile Bernat in 1976 --Bernat Yarn & Craft Corp .
The lovely seller told me that she had started it (just one tiny purple flower petal at the top-which I left in ) and would love to see it completed and I cant wait to begin !
So , to begin with - sorting the colours out was very hard mainly because of the names given to the colours , which dont match up with my idea of what the colour is . If you are doing this kit , then you will know what I mean !
My kit had lost the picture of the finished embroidery , so I had to find it online and both of the two pictures that I found were very poor quality photos..I think the original photo was very poor quality to begin with..so very hard to match up the colours .
Then there was the wool .... which is " Bernat "1-2-3PLY" Persian Type " 100% Orlon Acrylic fibres .....which is very different to my usual Appletons crewel wool . The 70's was the time when nylon was having it's heyday ! I cringe thinking about those Nylon sheets ..everything was Nylon ...anyway so this thread has quite a different feel .
The linen is quite a loose weave , better suited to cross stitch really , but , we shall persevere !
There is also some lovely sparking gold thread .
The medieval Nativity scene design is lovely and I am following the instructions to see how it turns out....however I will be undoing little Lord Jesus bright yellow hair , also his red face ...which I,m afraid , I just cant live with !(see the pic above ) . I might even use a much finer thread .
I am going to stitch this beautiful design again , using better quality linen and threads .
At the time I found this on Ebay I noticed that there was another one listed in America ....which had also been started ..if you are the lucky person that bought it , I,d love to know how you coming along with it .
Not sure if I,ll complete it in time for this Christmas , but it has been a nice meditative piece to embroider over Advent .
Wishing you all a Peaceful and blessed Christmas .
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
I picked up a bag that I,d left at the foot of my bed , tipped out the contents and smiled to find a project that I had started a few months ago .
( this is the lovely Stacey Bakercourt's design which you can find for free on her blog Stacey Bakercourt Blogspot )
Izannah Walker dolly is still to be finished , but I need to have a large block of quiet time ,with no-one and no dog around to disturb me while I sculpt her head and face .
......and then again , to paint her . I think I will have to put her aside until after Christmas .
The weather has turned quite chilly , thinking about Christmas ...need to pull the Christmas tree down from the loft ....and put out our Nativity set .....and just I dont feel like it ....
To be honest , I,m feeling shocked and sad ......my heart is breaking for California right now . I have no words . My heart goes out to you .
I can only hope you get all the most generous help in every way you need , as fast as possible to heal , rebuild and start again .
Thinking of you ....
It is a chilly morning here but through the study window I see the sun is shining in a clear blue sky .
Time to take the dog for a run on the beach ......