Thursday, 28 March 2013

Heads up on a giveaway

Ruth's Little Leprechauns is having a giveaway for her birthday. Pop over and have a look at what she's offering - and add your name to her comments!

It seems too cold for Easter here - normally I'd be hoping to get out and do some tidying in the garden, but there's still snow on the ground - not as much as in some places I know, but the grounds so hard!

Maybe by the end of the Easter break ??

You can but hope eh?

Happy easter everyone

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Easter and birth samplers

I was catching up on some blog-reading today and on Jo's blog she was talking about birth samplers she has completed. So here goes with some of mine. (WARNING - picture heavy post!) And I'm sorry about the quality of some of these photos - they are rather old!! And some have been scanned in from original prints as I no longer have access to them all!

 Obviously first has to be my own daughter's sampler. It was after all the one that started me on my cross stitch journey. Stitched on linen, with one strand of thread, patterns gathered from various sources to my own design. 
This was the next one I stitched - for friends of my husband. 

These next two were stitched for a friend's first two grand-children. The first is "Bluebirds for baby" and the second is from a book of Mother goose designs. 

Now this one started a whole series which I designed myself from a variety of images. I worked in a large library, and when one of the staff became pregnant I thought it would be a lovely idea to design a birth sampler for her. Several other colleagues volunteered to stitch out a motif, so it became a kind of round robin! When all the main motifs were done I took it round most of the rest of the staff, inviting them (or twisting their arms!) to put a couple of stitches in - even caretakers had a go! Then as a finishing touch I put everyone's names around the sides.
This one design spawned more and more - not just birth samplers but wedding ones too for other colleagues. I continued doing these until I retired. (More of them perhaps in another post!)

Friends too had their babies - 

and of course my own dear Jessica came along - my grand-daughter who is now approaching her third birthday - 

At Easter time we seem to hear of more babies being expected. But at the moment it's all quiet on that front as far as I can see. Hopefully I'll get some more of my own work done before I need to start searching out baby patterns again. But if anyone has heard of a new arrival recently, I pass along CONGRATULATIONS!

Until next time when I'll try to fit in some photos of what I've been up to recently!!

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

I'm trying a test post!

Afternoon everyone
I've tried really hard to clean up this blog, and hoping it might now have worked! Please do let me know if you get any strange messages popping up!

In the meantime I've been posting on my other blog (newly created) - If you hop over there to have a nosey round, please let me know if you can't leave a comment as I've had a comment to my email today that it wouldn't allow postings! NO PEACE FOR THE WICKED EH??

In the meantime I happened across a giveaway for some goodies on Karen's blog -
I hope you'll hop over and give her a look too.

Best wishes