Monday, April 21, 2014

Magical Monday

Hi everyone,

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments during the Blog Hop Easter Treasure Hop.  I love taking part in these blog many  new blogs to discover!

How are you all feeling? Did you over-imbibe with Easter goodies? I was very good.  One bar of chocolate and a taste of my son's Eco Friendly Orange Easter was lovely and now my son has been very good and he's hidden the rest of his chocolate so I can't be tempted! I have very little will power when it comes to sugar!

Well, it has been a busy Easter.  What first I wonder?  Should I show you my new finish or should I tell you about my adventure as Superwoman?

Ah what the heck..Superwoman it is then!

On Sunday my hubby and I decided to take MIL to Lough Key, in Boyle (of Moon Boy fame).  On the way I saw a cow in the river.  I alerted hubby who, being a townie, told me it was probably cooling off.  As I'm not a townie, I made him turn around and we went in the field to look.  Yes, the poor cow had fallen down the embankment and was stuck. The river was really deep and seriously muddy and she'd obviously been there for a good while.

We managed to stop a passing car and the two men in there helped us try to get her to a safer part of the bank.  She was exhausted though and I was losing my temper rapidly with the men. I wanted to put a rope around her horns to help keep her head up and then guide her to the flat part of the bank on the other side.  They were bloody useless and just kept throwing stones at her. Eventually my wonderful hubby got them to realise I did mean all my threats re: animal cruelty charges, and they went to get the cow's owner.

He, thank goodness, was a completely different kettle of fish.  He got the calf to go down to her so it's calls would encourage her, and he stayed by her side.  By now she had been in the water for over forty minutes from us getting there: no idea how long she had been in before that and the water had to be freezing.  I was so worried she would die.  Well, I realised there was little I could do: the owner was joined by three of his sons, so I went with a little word reminding them of what day it was (Easter Sunday) and how lovely it would be to see her in the field when we drove past later on and off we went.

When we came back I told hubby to drive fast so I couldn't see if she was dead...I couldn't resist a glance back though and Wahey!! There she was in the field with her calf!

So I made hubby turn around and drive me back so I could get a photo of her.  And someone passing must have called  her owner because he drove down to meet us and thank us.  He'd let her rest for half an hour, though kept her on her feet and she somehow got the extra energy to get up to her calf.  Her owner was lovely and all I can say is thank God, cus there are some cruel beggers here who would think nothing of dragging her out by tractor to avoid paying for the fire brigade, no matter how it would damage the poor cow.

He was really pleased we had stopped and I am very grateful to have a hubby who is used to my mad cap rescue schemes..he supports me so much in everyway!

Here she is, a little subdued and a little wet but drying out nicely.  I have unofficially called her Mary.

She looks a little scrawny but it's only because she's been feeding her calf over the winter.  She'll soon get her condition back.
You can see the river bank behind her: it is a good 15 foot drop down!  And to the left is quite a busy road, so how come no one else did anything about her??  It beggers belief but hey: it had a nice happy ending.  I am adding Cow-Rescuer to my resume!

And even more excitement.  I've finished my very first proper sampler!
I've called it Simply Spring...and yes, I did struggle to get a decent photo but hopefully if tomorrow is sunny again I will get a better one.  I finished just as dusk was falling.

It was a really fun stitch: nice and bright and who doesn't love ladybirds??

So, the weekend was certainly productive, though perhaps in ways I'd never even begin to imagine...

So what are my goals for this week?
Well I have several mug rugs to make: I want to push myself right out of my comfort zone so I'm exchanging with everyone who wanted to take part!

I'll be exchanging with a lady in France, Kaye in Australia, Maggee in the USA, possibly a lady in Finland and Bev in the UK.  Each exchange needs one mugrug, one snack from our country of origin and a postcard to show each other where we live (or a photo).  I'm so excited!  I've done one already and whilst I can't show you yet, I can reveal I've now  used three stitches on my sewing machine!  Does that make me pro yet?

I also have two spring ornies to stitch for exchanges so I've got lots to get on with.  Tonight though, I'm going to treat myself to a glass of wine and an hour to read through all you blogs! to join me anyone?

Have a great week everyone and I hope to have lots to show you on Friday!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop

Hi!  Holmsey Hare here, welcoming you on this very special Good Friday.

What's that Mrs. Butterfly?  No, I won't eat the Easter Egg just yet and yes, I will tell them about the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop!

Well I am thrilled to be part of the 2014 Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hunt organised by Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching A wonderful blog hop and of course we hares love to hop! So please, please feel free to join in!

So, what do you have to do?

Well, all of the blogs taking part are offering you one letter: you simply have to put the letters together to make a mystery phrase and then nip back to Joanne with your answer!

The first letter can be found a Jo's and she will show you where to hop to get to the next blog and the next letter.  Just click the link above to start the hunt from the beginning.
Oh, your ahead of me and have hopped here with a basket full of letters already?

Oh, okay then!  Now, where did I put that pesky letter?

No Fergus, it isnt in the basket!
I have it right here!

My letter is 
 Yup, L.

So now  you need to toddle off to Kim over at Wisdom with Needle and Thread for your next letter!

Now, where did Fergus put my Easter egg?  I hope he hasn't eaten it all.
Happy hunting everyone and good luck with your blog hopping! Have a wonderful Easter xxxx

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday Madness and Blog v FB

Why Monday Madness?
Because it is Tuesday and I'm a day late posting!
Why am I late??
Because yesterday (and today) we had sun!!!  Yes, real life, warm, glorious sun!

So that meant a mad rush to sort out the garden: take out old crops, put in new, sort out seed trays, buy compost to fill the raised beds which are not raised at the moment..realising we don't have enough money to fill raised beds, so filled containers instead and re-planned the whole planting strategy for this year.

Seriously, you spend all winter with nothing to do and then spring comes and it is a mad rush to plant, plant and plant some more!

I love it!  My back is killing me but my mind and heart  are as happy as a child in a sandbox.  Lovely.

Not a lot to show  regarding the garden because I doubt you would get as excited as I am with bare soil but I do have a couple of things which actually, are quite worrying really, but I digress. Let's not worry about climate change and just enjoy the beauty instead!

My beautiful Camellia which was a gift from a friend. How beautiful!

If you look at the back you can see my chives coming into flower!

 And yes, even my strawberries are coming into flower!

So, apart from planting and digging and doing disgusting things with chicken pooh (aka fertilizer) did I manage any crafts?  Well, yes I did!  Yay!!

First up, the magnificent Maggee sent me some fabric to raise funds for cancer research.  I knew this material was destined for great I made a cupcake mug rug to match the cupcake theme! How cute is that?  And you 'overbind' the icing fabric so that meant I had to come out of my comfort 'anti-sewing' zone and use a second stitch style on my sewing machine.  Good grief..not one but two stitches???  There will be no stopping me now!  I am going to make some more of these and they will find their way into my prize draw pile.

It just seemed the most appropriate use of cupcake fabric!

As I was delving through my fabric, I found some squares and scraps of vintage style fabric so I had a play.

I decided to make a Holmsey hare pin cushion.  Not the easiest thing as there are no hare templates so I free-hand drew one which looks a little like a bunny but you say tomAto and I say tom-ar-to.  

Doesn't he look sweet?

Sweet but lonely, so I made him a wife.

And they got along very well!

In fact they got along very well indeed!

A little bit too well!

 Sigh..I think I am going to have seperate them!  Not too sure what I am going to do with all these little pincushions..but they were fun to make!

On the stitching front I have got a little further along with my Spring ABC.  I need to do the back stitch and I'm hoping to finish it this week...not today though because it is still sunny!!!  Yay!!!

The fabric is actually a lovely warm cream colour and this is turning into a really fun stitch!

On a final note, I would like to thank Tarja for my lovely spring exchange gifts!  We exchange through a yahoo group called x-stitch monthly, though it is now open to all fabric crafts.  The exchanges are great fun!

I love the little is really cute!

Now the very last thing I want to write about today is blogging over fb. I have noticed a lot of bloggers moving over there and it is a real shame.  I have a fb page as well but I love my blog.  You can find things, you know people are seeing your posts whereas with fb, they change the goalposts so often it is shifting from (in my opinion) a social networking site to a social-if you are lucky you will see my posts-site.

Also, I had a lovely email and a comment on a blog from a lovely lady thanking me and another blogger for our advice and inspiration which led to her experimenting with her lovely cross stitch finishes. And they turned out beautifully.

I had to laugh really.  I'm sure those of you who have been reading my blog for the 4-5 years I've been around will remember my own fears and intrepidation into the world of sewing.  I'm far from expert but I have learned to relax and have fun which is what it is all about really, and that in turn is thanks to other bloggers too numerous to name but you all know who you are inspiring and advising and helping in many ways.

You simply cannot get that kind of support or friendship on fb just because of how it runs.  So please, by all means get a fb page and post away, but don't abandon your blogs completely.  They were so important to me when I was ill: I read the and dreamed about what I could stitch or make when I got my numb fingers back to normal and they all gave me hope when the tunnel became so dark I couldn't see the light at the end. And I gained inspiration just as this lovely lady has gained inspiration which allowed us both to come out of our comfort zones and develop our crafty talents further.

Ok, lecture over...SUN!!!  Off to plant salad.  Have a lovely week everyone and thank you so much for your friendship and for sharing your lives with me xxx


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