Sunday, July 20, 2014


My heart is content and my mind is still. It is so good to finally be able to put needle and thread together. The first stitching I have done in weeks....  Apologies for the state of the photo but I didn't want to waste a second stitching time with messing around with cameras.

Stitched on Light Peach Jobelyn

Hope you like it: lots more to do but having great fun doing it!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Outing and New/Old Blog

Hi everyone!

How are you all? Keeping busy? Lots of knitting, sewing and stitching I hope?

I'm still enjoying my son's visit.  I will be sooo sad when he flies back on Wednesday.  To me he is still my baby.

Last week we took our in-laws out for  a trip. We decided to take them to Sligo, to Yeat's Country (Irish Poet).

We visited the Yeats Burial site which is at the Church of Ireland his father was vicar at.
Isn't this lovely at the entrance?

We had a look at his grave

We actually got a look in at the church though there were so many tourists, it was hard to get decent photos but we did manage to get this one of the lovely front of the church where they hold the services.

I visit Galway Cathedral sometimes and light a candle for mother's with cancer.  I lit a candle here and was surprised that there was no charge.  The Catholic Church charges for candles: the C of I doesn't.  mmmmm So glad I am not of any organised faith.

This is where my God is, and I don't mean any offence to people who go to church or who are of an organised religion but nothing makes me feel more thankful, humble and downright breathtaken than this.

There is no greed, envy, abuse or corruption in the Natural world.  I like to think I am a member of the biggest church in the world.  Isn't it amazing...I just wish I was a better photographer for you all. 

Anyway, this isn't about religion: each to their own I say!  So let's move swiftly on.......

The church was on the site of a historic monastory complete with religious buildings..right up to the time that someone in an Irish council decided to build a road right through the middle of it.  I kid you not.

This is one side of the monastory: a beautiful Celtic Cross.  Then if you cross the road, you can see all that is left of the second half.

If you click on the posters you should be able to read them. The two were built in 900 to 1200 BC. And someone felt the need to build a road through it.  Human nature hey?

We went for a drive to the coast to Salthill. The drive reminds me why I love Ireland.

These were growing on the side of the road....gorgeous and you have to love the geese just wondering by.

And then we reached the sea.

 Be nicer without the roads by the side. 

Right, that is it for now.  Oh yes, nearly forgot.  I have friends who are gluten intolerant and several who are coeliacs.  Add to those the friends who are vegetarian or who are looking to eat less meat.  I have been putting recipes on my fb page but since I am getting more organised I have decided to just put them on my blog Fifty Shades of Frugal (not about suffering or having so many opinions I don't want to hear anyone elses; just somewhere to share tips about eating healthily on a budget and recipes). Pop along: I would love to see you.  I will only be posting once a week and am hoping to introduce some foody challenges.  I have marked recipes as Vegetarian and Coeliac.  Vegans will have to work it out for themselves lol. Sorry but I know you guys can alter the recipes to suit!

Take care everyone and see you soon xx

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fantabulous Friday

And breath....
Hi everyone, how are you all?

Thank you for your lovely comments in my last post: you're all so kind and wonderful. I'm afraid I'm yet again behind in commenting on your posts, but I promise I have been reading them.

I still have nothing crafty to show you BUT there are things afoot!

Thanks to help from Kimberly at Gecko Rouge and Sarah Paine from Paine Free Crafts and other designers on the fb page Cross Stitch Showcase I feel motivated, organised and most importantly, excited about new developments.

  • I've ordered a professional light box so I can take better photos of the stitched finishes.
  • I've finished twelve new ornaments and they will be off to Elaine for stitching on Monday.
  • I've a brand new chart in my head bursting to come out.
  • I've officially signed an artist whose work I love, and even though I had a little meltdown because of the responsibility of staying true to her picture and the fact that there is a lot more to it than just importing a picture into a cross stitch program: it is lots and lots of work and other aspects which I won't bore you with, but thanks especially to Kim I am now excited and rearing to go.  The designers, especially Kim have gone beyond the call of duty to help me and hold my hand.  They are such special people and I'm very greatful to them all.
  • I am busy updating and altering my etsy page which will be brought back to  life with some amazing offers
  • I'm looking into making kits rather than just charts
  • I will be making a few changes to my blog: this will be my personal space and I will be using the website more for the work stuff. 
  • I'm tidying and reorganising the fb page and by the way, THERE IS A NEW FRIDAY FREEBIE CHART ON THERE; it may be one I have put on here but it may not be here for much longer so it is best to check out the fb page.  Eventually all freebies will be on there.  I don't think you have to have a fb page to look at it.  If you are someone who doesn't do facebook, would you mind clicking the link and seeing if you can access it all?  Because it is a work page and not a personal page I think you can.
So, lots of exciting stuff going on!

I ran a competition to convert children's art into a cross stitch design.  A lovely lady won it who had two children. Well, I couldn't do one child's picture and not the other could I?

So I would like to show you their drawings and the copyright notices that went with them.

I'm looking forwards to seeing the finished pieces and I have to be honest; on the days I worked on these,they were the best days of my career ever: up there with a card I got when I left St Brendan's College in Brislington from one of my students who was on the Autism Spectrum: she got me a beautiful card and  in it she thanked me for all the extra time I spent helping her and she considered me a friend. Well these days were up there with that!


This wonderful piece of artwork was converted from a picture drawn by Lucus.

All rights belong to Lucas. Any stealing, copying or distributing without Lucus's permission will result in action.
Serious action: the kind of action where if you steal Lucus's work, a giant green bogey will land on your head and will be impossible to remove. It will be stuck to your head with mega snot glue and everyone knows snot glue cannot be removed until you personally apologise to the person whose work you have stolen, in this case Lucus, and pay him a ridiculous amount of money.
At least a gazillion pounds. You have been warned!

And secondly:

This wonderful fairy is the artwork of an amazingly talented young artist called Shannon.

Both Shannon and I are good friends with the fairies (Tinkerbell actually emails me all the time!) and I have been told to write this for Shannon's copyright notice.
The rights to this work belong to Shannon and only to Shannon.

If you copy her work, steal her charts or pretend they are your work, then the Fairy Queen will send her magical fairies to your house. Once they are there they will place the following spells on you.

Firstly they will send you to sleep for one hundred years.

Then they will make you really, really ugly to all men.

This means no matter how beautiful you are, to all men you will look horrible. Any handsome princes who come to your home to wake you with true love's kiss, will take one look at your face and instantly puke up on the bed and never, ever kiss you so you will never wake up.

You will be so horrible that not even frogs will kiss you to turn back into handsome princes after a spell was put on them! And they were probably turned into frogs because they broke copyright laws themselves.

Oh and one more thing: the fairies tell me that if you even just think about stealing Shannon's work, they will make you totally rubbish at adding up numbers and counting so you will never be able to steal Shannons work and get rich because you won't be able to count more than one, not even if you use your fingers.

You have been magically warned!

How much fun do you think I had with these?

I wish I could put them on my charts.  I must admit I do get a bit creative with my copyright warnings haha.  Holmsey hare becomes my chief copyright bodyguard!

I am now offering this as a service though my website but to be honest, it really would be more fun than an income...oh and I will be original in the copyright warnings because let's face it: I have never got older than four mentally!

Right must go.  You never know there may even be some craft in the next post! Happy days!

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