Thursday, 16 April 2015


Autumn has well and truly arrived here. The days are shorter, it's getting darker quicker, the days are becoming cold. I love a few things about this season.

1. It's not as cold as Winter
2. Out come the cosy clothes
3. Cosy nights by the heater
4. Cups of tea
5. Comforting morning coffee
6. Hot cross buns
7. A bigger motivation to stitch
8. Comforting stews

We not long ago celebrated Easter. To me it felt like we had just celebrated Santa coming down the chimney. My two girls woke up early excitedly with their Easter baskets in hand waiting to go downstairs for their Easter egg hunt. To their delight the Easter bunny sure had visited, so chocolate was indeed consumed for Breakfast.
My favourite hot cross buns are the mocha ones from my local bakery bakers delight. A mix of chocolate and coffee, mmmm two of my favourite things. They always bake them the week of Easter, so I made sure to get myself a pack which I had every morning for breakfast that week. Now I have to wait a whole year to get them again. To those who celebrate I hope you all had a lovely Easter too.

I have had a emotional few months. I lost my beautiful dog Matilda in early March. She was 14 years old but she was my baby and a much loved member of our family. She was quite sick in the end so it was a difficult decision to let her go. One that we made for her so she wouldn't suffer any more. I miss her dearly. Just the little things like hanging out the washing, she used to sit with me in the sun. Her feeding times, the company of a night. I have to look back on the wonderful memories we had together though. Especially the memories I have of her when she was a puppy, I rescued her from a dog shelter and we were the best of friends. It has been a very upsetting time for us all.

MATILDA (11 years old)

We are also in the middle of moving house, it's time for a bigger house now for my husband and I and the girls. It's an exciting time but also an emotional one and a very time consuming one packing up etc...but our new house is beautiful and I am so very excited to move in. Memories will always be remembered in my old house of course.
Losing Matilda and how busy it was with getting ready to sell our house entailed the start of the year with my stitching put on hold, I lost my motivation and didn't feel up to it at all even though I know it is very good therapy and has helped me through things before. It was frustrating though because I knew my baby sampler wasn't long off being finished. It doesn't help though with how much I am hating this backstitching!! I normally love back stitch but I HATE back stithcing this pattern. It is quite a challenge and hard to keep motivated. I have had a many few moments of being completely frustrated by it haha. My daughter is lucky she is loved so much, haha!
But of course I have kept up with it and I would like to show you what I am up to.

Backstitching the hair on the baby was a challenge, but it paid off, she looks so cute!!

I will be happy when I have finished his pattern though, I am itching to start something new. I have always been a fan of the Lansvit fairies which I have two of as my lovely husband bought them for me a few Christmas's ago now. He gave me....

In a sunny mood


In a lilac mood

But they have recently released two new fairies down below. I am in love with them of course!!!! They will be going on my wish list. I have no time to stitch them haha but even so they shall be mine. Just gorgeous, such character and fine detail. In a sunny mood will be going to my daughter Tabitha and in a lilac mood will be going to my daughter Violet (hence the colour).

In a Autumn mood

In a Winter mood

I will be sure to post pictures of my finished sampler whenever that will be. 
Until next time....happy stitching xx


  1. Hello

    Just found your blog.
    Your stitching is lovely - the baby's hair is so sweet!
    I hope your move goes well.
    So sorry to hear about Matilda, losing a pet is never easy even when poorly.
    Wishing you a good Thursday x

  2. I love the backstitching on your baby sampler - it's gorgeous! Looks like it's a sketch not a cross stitch.
    Sorry to hear about the loss of Matilda.

  3. I'm sorry I'm so late with my comments, Belinda--just too much traveling this month!

    First of all, I'm so sorry to read about Matilda. I know how much that hurts as our dear cat, Shadow, was 14 when he died, too. It is so difficult to say goodbye, isn't it? I still get tears in my eyes when I think of him and it's been 7 years since he's been gone! My sister just had to have her beloved Bernese Mountain dog put to sleep on Thursday and she is devastated. She has no children, so Amie was "her baby."

    Moving to a new house is always filled with mixed feelings. I know you'll be happy to have more room, though, and soon it will be a place for wonderful new memories. Good luck with the move.

    I can't imagine you do have much stitching time these days, but the baby piece is darling and I love what you'll be stitching for the girls.

    Enjoy your autumn (even though it is supposed to be spring here, it still feels very much like autumn!)

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about Matilda. She was beautiful! I've had many moments like that over the course of 25 years of owning dogs. It's definitely a difficult thing to say the least. Your stitching is beautiful and I love those fairies too. Glad you are enjoying your Autumn so far!

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