Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Catching Up

It's been quite a while since I last posted.
I've lots to share, so I'll take a few days now that all the hullabaloo of Christmas is nearly done.
I'll start with the Cracker Swap hosted by Tracy@Mad About Bags
I was partnered with Ellie@Feltabulous.
 These are the fantastic gifts I received from Ellie she really spoiled me.
These are the gifts I sent for Ellie.
We had been partnered together previously so we had an idea of what each other liked,
so that was a bonus.
Thankyou so much for being a wonderful swap partner Ellie.

Melanie xxx

Monday, 9 November 2015


I'm a tad late posting about Cheryll's FNWF get together.This weekend has been so hectic.
I didn't mind it being hectic though as they were all treats for me from my family and friends as it was my birthday last Thursday.

I decided to make a hexi wreath christmas table centre for my friend as she's not feeling well at the minute, so I hope it will cheer her up a bit.
This was the start of the night.
Just before bed :)

I'm hoping to get it finished and posted off as soon as possible so I had better get my fingers stitching away as fast as I can. 
Why not pop over to Cheryll's and have a look at what we all got up to.

Hugz Melanie xxx

Friday, 30 October 2015


Happy Halloween.
It really is one of my favorite times of year and I tend to go a little overboard, much to my DH dismay but he just lets me get on with it. 

I started this quilt top last year but didn't manage to get it finished in time for Halloween. So this year I pulled it out of the WIP drawer and got it finished. I'm really happy with how it looks finished.

I've been so busy doing secret Christmas sewing I haven't had time to do any Halloween projects which is not like me at all. Maybe after Christmas I'll get a couple done for next year fingers crossed. 
The weather is absolutely dreadful and I was hoping to get my outdoor decorations up this morning but it's not looking like that's going to happen until a lot later this afternoon, if the weather forecast is anything to go by. We've got a Halloween party tomorrow so I won't really have time then. So lets hope for a let up in the rain. 

Melanie xxx

Friday, 23 October 2015

A catch up!

It's been a while since I last posted.But I can show a few of the things I've been making for swaps, now my partner has received them.
I made these Halloween/Autumn themed gifts for Loretta.
This is my stitched pieceit's from JCS Halloween Special called Trick or Treat, by Barb Cooley of Plum Pudding Needle Art.
 Tina sent me these wonderful goodies. I love houses so this was right up my street.
 The other goodies she sent were great I loved them all especially the peg note holders. They have come in very handy indeed.
 I while ago I put my name down for a giveaway by Kimberley@Creative Chaos
I had forgotten all about it until these fabulous goodies were delivered this morning, just in time for my Halloween party next Saturday.
 Tonight I'm going to try and get a few of my felt Christmas ornies finished while I watch a movie or two.

Have a great weekend.

Melanie xxx

Sunday, 4 October 2015


I was quite industrious on Friday night as I joined lots of wonderful ladies over at Cheryll's for a spot of crafting.
I managed to finish my Cocoa Cup row for a christmas SAL I started last year.
You never know I may even finish it this year, but I'm making no promises!
I also started my October cross stitch for The Christmas Ornie SAL. It's a Bent Creek design, I hope it grows on me as I stitch it because it's not one of my favorites at the moment.
Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Melanie xxx

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Christmas Ornies

I haven't had much that I can blog about this month as I've spent most of it making Christmas gifts or swap gifts that haven't been able to show. 
I have finished a couple of cross stitches I've been doing for the Christmas Orni SAL
Both Lizzie Kate designs. 
I just need to decide what to make Merry Ho Ho into. I'm leaning towards a door hanger I think.
I can't believe how quickly Christmas is heading towards us. I've still got lots to make so I will be very busy for the next couple of months.

Happy Stitching
Melanie xxx

Sunday, 6 September 2015

FNWF It's Finished

It's that time of the month again when we join with Cheryll as she hosts Friday Night with Friends.
I decided it was about time I finished my Husiff.
Here it is all done!
 I found this gorgeous button in my box and I think it goes really well with the Tilda fabric I've used. 
 The lace edged bias tape really finished it off.

 Thanks to Jenny from Elefantz for her free step by step tutorial.
Why not pop over to Cheryll's blog and see what we all got up to.

Melanie xxx

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Where did the time go!

I can't believe that it's two weeks since my last post! Where did the time go? 
Well I can answer that but I still can't believe it's been two weeks.
I've been decorating and one bedroom turned into the enire upstairs. It's all finished now apart from a bit of tweeking.
So craft room here I come.

I have been doing a little Cross Stitching in the evenings. For the August Christmas Ornie SAL 2015
It needs to be finished by Monday but theres not an awful lot left to do so that's my Bank Holiday sewing project sorted :)
It's a Lizzie Kate design Merry Ho Ho and I've used evenweave to stitch on.
I hope you all have a great weekend.

Melanie xxx

Monday, 10 August 2015


It's a little late, but I've been at Harry Potter World with Lily and Rowan, so I haven't had chance to post.

I mentioned in my last post I've been busy working on my Husiff.
 I got quite a bit done and I'm really pleased with how it's coming along.
 I've still got a fair bit left to do but I'm hoping to have it finished by the weekend.
I just need to bind it and get some silk ribbon.
Everyone one who joined in was so productive. 
Thanks to Cheryll for hosting a great craft night.

Melanie xxx

Wednesday, 5 August 2015


It's time again for Cheryll's FNWF. Where she hosts a crafty get together and we stitch/craft the evening away.
I'll be tring to catch up with my Hussif. 
I started it last week when Jenny posted her FREE 5  day tutorial. 

 Here's my progress so far...
 I love the stitcheries they are so cute.
Hoping to see a few of you on Friday Night...

Melanie xxx

Kimberley's Dishcloth Swap

I was partnered again to my delight with Maria from Dotty's Daughter in a swap hosted by Kimberley
I loved all the extras she popped in. The recipe cards have already been used. I made the Cawl which is a Welsh stew and it was delicious. Mmmmmm
The house she made me was so cute. I loved the roses around the door.
These are the gifts I sent.
Three crochet dishcloths. I love the strawberry one I've made quite a few of those from a free tutorial here.
These are the extras I sent.
I picked the tea towels as they have the cutest birds on even a robin.

Melanie xxx

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Christmas in July

I joined in with Kim's Christmas in July Swap and these are the wonderful gifts I received from Maria. She's a new face in blog land so why not pop over and say hello to Dotty's Daughter
These are the fabulous gifts she sent. 
Three hanging ornies.
She has truly spoiled me. There were lots of elves walking sticks which I am sure will not last long.
I love the Robin postcard and all the other lovely goodies.
 Maria's daughter also made me these beautiful Angels
She even sent a parcel for Lily with fluffy pens and a Cupcake trinket box to make. She was so surprised to have a gift too.
Thank you so much Maria for the gifts and Kim for being a great Swap Mama.

Melanie xxx

Monday, 27 July 2015

Blakes Blanket

I'm knitting a baby blanket for a friend. I found the free pattern HERE and it's knitting up really quickly. 
I was looking for a pale peach wool but I couldn't find the colour I wanted, they were all to bright, so I opted for lemon and I'm glad I did. It looks nice and fresh.
I'd like to welcome to my new followers. Thanks for popping into my world and giving your kind comments. My tardy blogging habits will hopefully be rectified now that the chaos of the last few weeks at junior school are over. 

I have a week to myself as Lily is at Peak Camp 2015 at Chatsworth with Guides. It is so quiet without her around. But it sounds like they are having a whale of a time, even though it has been pouring with rain for the last couple of days! Rowan is off house sitting tomorrow so it will just be me and my DH until Saturday. 

I'm hoping to make a large dent in my to do list, some is already ticked off so I may even have time for a bit of crafting before their return.

Well I'm off to bed before I nod off at the computer.

Melanie xxx

Tuesday, 7 July 2015


It's that time of the month again when Cheryll hosts FNWF and we all get down to a little or alot of crafting.
I've been busy making bunting for the garden during the day, but in the evening I was finishing off the last bits for my Christmas In July swap which I'll blog about when my partner has received them.
I also got a lovely bouquet of flowers from my DH which was totally unexpected. I love the flowers in the teapot they look beautiful on the landing at the top of the stairs.

Why not pop over to Cheryll's and see what we all got up to.

Melanie xxx

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

I'm still here :)

It's been so long since I last posted, I thought I might have forgotten how to! But I haven't so that's all good.
I haven't been doing mush sewing but my hook has been busy. 
I've finished the throw for my bedroom chair as my old Ted really approves. He's told me it's very warm when the nights are a little chilly. I love my Ted he's always been with me through thick and thin. I can't ever remember not having him and I'd be distraught if anything ever happened to him. He's only got one eye and he had to have new felt paws last year. But he's not doing too bad for 47.
I think a woman's best friend is her Ted!

I used three colours from the WI range of yarn at Hobbycraft it's lovely to work with and one of my favourite yarns at the minute. It was my first attempt at V stitch and I love it, it crochets up so quickly.

I've joined a couple of Swaps this week too.

2015 Dishcloth/Mug Rug Swap over at Creative Chaos hosted by the lovely Kimberley.
The 2015 Santa Sack Swap hosted by Cheryll from Gone Stitchin'
Why not pop over and have a look. Maybe join in too.

Hope you're having a great week
Melanie xxx

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Christmas in July Swap

I've signed up for the Christmas in July Swap hosted by Kim @ Wisdom With Needle & Thread
Why not pop over and join in if you love a little something festive. 
Sign ups are open until the end of today US time. 

Melanie xxx