Tuesday, 31 May 2011

More jewellery !

I bought some nice gemstones from Jewellery Maker on TV ( very addictive !!)  and have made another set, this time it is turquoise and natural magnesite ... not for anyone this time - will be going on sale ...

Saturday, 28 May 2011

More finishings

Well the weather has certainly changed here in my part of the North East UK  the past week. Today is particularly chilly and grey with intermittant showers - we do really need some proper rain in UK but I just hate grey skies ....  however I have been busy with a couple of finishings:
The first is the Winter Box from Victoria Sampler I have been stitching for my long time school friend. I will give this to her when we meet up as we do every year, at the Harrogate show in November, as we do not live in the same areas anymore .... This was stitched on white evenweave using various silks and DMC threads in different shades of turquoise ... this is deffo the last time I will stich this box - going to try the other ones next time ....

Another finish is the latest jewellery set I have finished - this is made from purple lepidolite and silver beads ......  today I will be making some more as I have just had an order from Jewellery Maker delivered which consists of some beautiful gem stones including Australian Mookite - so watch this space ! ....

Friday, 20 May 2011


For those who have asked, I now have a blog for my jewellery - you can find it here

Everything's coming up roses ! well fruit and veg at least ...

I only have a small back garden but like to plant things, especially stuff I can eat ! A couple of years ago I bought a small apple tree and got fruit the first year - this year it is full of baby apples which I hope will hang on as we are having strong winds here at the moment and I don't want to lose them 

I also have raspberries growing in the garden as well as a few flowering plants - this little garden gets lots of winds coming across so have to be careful what I plant and where ... at the moment I have bamboo growing on back and side fence to create some sort of wind break ..
I bought a small greenhouse a couple of years ago - just 6' x 6' which is all I had rooom for on my little patio ...

Inside the greenhouse I am growing tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers,beetroots,carrots and outside I have three tubs of potatoes coming up nicely, strawberries, blueberries and a goji berry bush which hasn't produced anything yet ... I also keep two compost bins in rotation and the one used last year provided alll the compost I needed for this year's pots etc ...

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Another finish !

I have finally finished the second  'box'  from a design by Thea Deuck of Victoria Sampler ... this proved more difficult than the first box I stitched as I was too skimpy with the fabric and this proved a problem when making up ! However, it is finished now and will be given to my sister - another cross stitcher - for her birthday in August - and now onto the third box !

Saturday, 7 May 2011

E-bay listings

I have just listed some cross stitch and hardanger charts and booklets on ebay if anyone is interested:

Friday, 6 May 2011

More jewellery !!

I have just finished a jewellery set in lovely blues ...... this has been made using ordinary glass beads of various blues interlinked with Tibetan silver ....  hope you like  :)

If you would like to see some more of my jewellery then click the link below which will take you to my facebook page:

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

WIP new stitched box

Have now almost completed the box top and sides - just two more sides to do- this one will be for my sister ( another stitcher)  .... then I have a couple more to do for friends -  the chart I used was by Victoria Sampler - Winter Box - I have just used different colours ... and it is stitched on 28 count mint green evenweave ....