Sunday, 20 May 2012


I've been meaning to post this picture for a while but things have been a little fraught around here of late. However, today is the day to show you THE  most amazing x-stitch of a gorgeous tiger. Here goes:
told you. Is this not the best needlework you have ever seen? My lovely friend, Sylvia, in Devon -you know, the lady who makes incredible patchwork quilts - has this in her home. Here's the twist though, she didn't make it, her husband did............ I've met some talented men crafters of late, but never one so brilliant at needlework. Well done Reg, you are one talented man.
Let's have a little twist this week then. What animal projects have the men in your family made? Leave a comment with a link to where you are showing their work and we will come by and take a look.

Sunday, 29 April 2012


This is the most adorable doggy. He belongs to our daughter and son-in-law and his name is HUXLEY. The character on this dog is amazing and he seems to love his grandad, jumping into his arms each time they meet.
So why the bath?? Huxley had a brilliant time on Saturday morning during his walk, but unfortuately found a few too many muddy puddles to jump in. Oh dear Hux, when will you learn!!!
Follow Huxley on Twitter at #huxleybobs for more fun and games.
Do you have a picture to share this week? Leave a comment together with a link to where you are showing it and we will come along for a nosey.

Monday, 23 April 2012


This isn't an actual clip of the ones I can see, I found this on You Tube, but they're back again, full of life and song. Click on the link to see who I mean.

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Monday, 9 April 2012


I am sure that if I sat still long enough, this female blackbird would eat from my hand. If I go to where I feed the birds and she is down, she never flies away, instead, she just looks at me and then carries on eating. She is so confident that I won't harm her and I find that quite humbling and exciting. Having said that about her, she is a bit of a nuisance sometimes and  I have to tell her off because she will insist on helping me to garden. I don't think that emptying the plant pots I have just filled is really helping though!!!
So who is helping you this week. After a little break there must be some new helpers out there. Leave a comment with a link to your photos so we can come and have a look.

Monday, 19 March 2012


Just see who's looking after my Distress Markers:
How adorable is this angel. Ted came to live with me yesterday having been created by my super talented step-daughter Paula. If you zoom in you can see the perfect hand stitching. I love this little bear and I love Paula too. Thank you.
So, who is your little pal this week. Perhaps someone new has come to live with you and care for your craft goodies. Do share your pal's picture with us this week.

Monday, 12 March 2012


My DH nipped out yesterday to his daughter's and found this on our path when he came home:
I'm not 100% sure what bird it is, but think it's either a coal tit or a marsh tit. We both knew it was poorly otherwise it would have tried to fly off. It had either flown into something or was old because there wasn't a mark on it.
He turned a big plant pot on its side and placed the bird in it together with some special seed mix, and a little shallow dish of water just to the side. I kept an eye on everything whilst cooking dinner, but sadly the little bird came out, turned round and then slipped away. I was heart broken and rushed out to it.
Today I will bury it along with a few flowers. So sad, but that's life as they say.
I hope your little pals are more energetic this week. Please do join in and share them with us.

Monday, 5 March 2012


This little fella has been singing the dawn chorus at 6am together with Mr Blackie. Not a very nice duet I might add. However, on Saturday he decided to jump out of the pond and have a little hop around the garden whilst it was pouring down.
These photos caught him in front of the greenhouse which is right under my craft room window.
What have you caught on camera this week? Do leave a comment with a link back to your post. I would love to see.

Monday, 27 February 2012


The lovely Keryn (just love her name) read today's post and sent me this special award. Thank you so much Keryn, this is really appreciated.
The concept behind the award is this:
"Liebster" in German means "dearest". the idea of the Liebster Award is to spread the love from one small blog (under 200 followers) to other small blogs. This helps to spread knowledge and readership.
Both my blogs are only little but full of fun. (try my other here).
To accept this award, you must:
1) Link back to the person who gave it and thank them for thinking of you.
2) Post the award to your blog.
3) Give the award to 5 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) that you appreciate and value.
4) Leave a comment on the blogs of the five people you have chosen to let them know.

These are the blogs I have chosen:

Lindsay Mason - a talented crafter who has taught me much of what I know and is a treasured friend.
Wicked Wednesday ATCs - run by Jenn, this amazing little challenge blog gives my mind a thorough workout, every week.
Heather Fenn-Edwards - an expert beader who has become a friend despite having introduced me to millions of beads - and a parrot!
Sioux - inspirational crafter who not only lives in my most favourite part of our country but who also shares her art visions, prompting us to look around.
ATCs and Cards with Attitude - this little blog gave me my first Design Team position. For that I am very grateful.

Enjoy your award, you all deserve it. x


My crafting pal today looks down on me while I sit at my computer. Here he is keeping a watchful eye on me.
He rather likes being high up and sometimes gets to watch the tv when I have it on. He especially likes the craft programmes.
What is your pal doing? Leave a comment together with a link to where you are showing them, so we can all come and see.  x

Monday, 13 February 2012


Well, last week I reported that we had had a buzzard in the garden. Through the week more and more of these have appeared:
Look at the little black bits amongst the dirt of the winter. Also here:

A little blurred, but you can make out feathers all over the bare stems of a clematis.
Further towards the front of the garden are 2 more patches. I daren't look today to whether there are any more. My guess is the black feathers belong to starlings who come down in their dozens. I was so worried they belonged to Mr Blackie, but I've seen both him and his missus.
So, I'm afraid I have no little buddies to show you this week, just where some have been.
What are your pals up to this week? Leave a comment with the link to where you are showing them off so we can come along and have a look. x

Tuesday, 7 February 2012


Well at least a relative of this magnificent bird did.
I was out all day at a friend's so didn't see the buzzard, but my hubby was at the kitchen sink when he looked out to see him feeding where we put the bird food. What a sight that must have been. Our little birds had better watch out though.
Who has come calling at your house this week?
Leave a comment together with a link to where you are showing your visitor so we can all pop over to meet them.

Monday, 30 January 2012


I received some really lovely cards for my birthday before Xmas, but this one stands out for me.
I have deliberately blurred the photo - if you believe that you will believe anything, LOL. Anyway, it's obviously a pusscat eyeing up a rather tasty goldfish.
So who would send me such a card?

Only #Huxleybobs, the Tibetan Terrier office manager from Quentin James Designs.
And he wondered why he got a string of sausages lead for Xmas.............
Right then, what have you got to show us this week? Post on your blog and leave a comment with a link to your post, or just email me and I will link for you. x

Monday, 23 January 2012


No reason in particular to think about Toby today, but then I don't ever nead a reason. He was a constant companion so I think about him all the time.
I wonder whether you want this opportunity to remember your special buddy. If so, let us know and either blog about them or send me their picture and I will upload it here for you.
Here is a photo of my super hero.

Monday, 16 January 2012


I have used the firm Bunches over the years to send special wishes to people who matter to me. They mail bouquets, chocolates, balloons etc, generally on a day specified by you.
I found this photo on Facebook yesterday, of a pusscat who has taken a shine to the box that some flowers were delivered in. It seems that since they arrived, the cat has slept in the box!!!
So cute.
What has taken your eye this week. Are your little buddies helping you to craft or just re-cycling like this kitty?? Post your photos on your blog and leave a comment with a link to your post. If you don't have a blog, then email me your photo and I will upload it for you.

Monday, 9 January 2012


Happy New Year once again to all the little buddies who live with crafters. As you know, I now only have fish and they don't play very much!! so I feed the wild birds and get great pleasure from doing so. As I type, there are bluetits, long-tailed tits and Mrs Blackie feeding in one of my big trees. Wonderful.
However, they are too quick for me to get a photo of them so I have this little gem for you. A whole wall of buddies in my local craft shop.
I know which ones I would choose.
Who are you keeping company with this week? Upload your photos on your blog and leave a comment together with the link, so we can all come and share the fun.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR - a bit late I know

Having been away for 2 weeks, this is the first chance I have had to tell you about the amazing buddies I have seen. To begin with, we decided (that's DH and I) to buy seed and fat balls etc for the birds that would visit our pitch. Believe me, we spent a fortune and it was worth every penny. We had
a robin
at least 14 long tailed tits
umpteen great tits
several blue tits
a magpie
coal tits galore
a green finch
at least 3 bullfinches
either Mrs robin or sparrows (but not tree sparrows) and
a blackbird
I tried and tried to take photos but it was so difficult through the motorhome window. However, here is one I did manage:
I think that's a bluetit enjoying the last of the Bill Oddie fat tower.
Along the Tees were plenty of cormorants and the odd duck or two around the barrage, but when we went to Newcastle, there was also a sea lion or seal, not sure because as soon as I managed to get my phone ready to take a photo, he/she had disappeared under the Tyne bridge!!
I thoroughly enjoyed getting so close to the gorgeous little birds, but who have you been crafting with lately. Leave a comment with a link back to your blog so we can have a peep.