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Friday, 18 January 2013

Snow at last

Snow at last!


It's finally arrived.

I plan to watch back to back movies all weekend, eat popcorn and STITCH

until my fingers are numb. 

Happy weekend dear hearts!

Anita xxxx

Sunday, 13 January 2013

The murmuring night

My first.

Finish of twenty thirteen, that is. 

Now I can go back to focusing on Christmas projects for this year.

I haven't got used to writing it yet.  2013....

Christmas seems as far away as ever , doesn't it?

It went by in a blur of glitter and loveliness. 

And then came the cold!

I wish our country was a little more prepared for snow.

I love it!

Last night I opened the windows and looked out at the cold, 

glittering stars.

I loved the night outside the window.

Soon, I hurried back to bed. 

Loving the warmth and the beauty that always lies beneath.

It was so nice to get back into bed with the night outside the window.

Happy Sunday stitching and snowy days to you all 

Anita xxxx

Saturday, 5 January 2013

All of life is a journey

I  said that to my darling husband as we travelled back on the bus from Dublin city centre.

We drove down last night ,

bringing my son and his girlfriend as they were/are travelling on to the USA for a months vacation.

Naturally, I brought my sewing with me.

Have I had time to sew one stitch?


We have been too busy drinking in the sights and sounds of Dublin.

As we travelled back on the bus I was looking out the window

 at the planes flying in to Dublin international airport.

Thinking about how small the world really is.

That all of life really,

is a journey.

I thought of Isobel, in Italy. as I ate this

And looked at, and drank this

I've many more photos to show.

But the internet connection is slower than treacle falling from a spoon.

I'll wish you all a happy Saturday and hopefully some sewing time!

Love and happy stitching,

Anita xxxx

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

~::~ On my to do list ~::~

Everyone is back to work today.

The songs of Birdy are on repeat.

I never like this first week of January.

All the twinkle lights come down and the glitter

seems to disappear.

I've much to do,

the house needs a good tidy up and so does my sewing.

However the poet and songbird in me wants to write first :)

I've  made a decision to keep sewing Christmas projects.

Did I ever get around to showing you my finished chickens?

Here they are ... and sorry it's such a poor shot.

I'm starting a photography course this month so hopefully things will improve. :)

I don't like the cream border. 

I was in a rush at the framers, getting three pieces all framed at once.

I think the cream is too light and robs my sewing of it's true colour.

Ah well, lesson learned.

Next, I think I'll start with this.

I had to buy the threads from the wonderful Sewandso as my local supplier 

( the * only * supplier in this God forsaken city ) didn't carry them.


When I looked at them yesterday they seem a little too * pink*  compared to the finished pattern.

I might just write to Zaza first to confirm I have the right threads.

But first...

this house won't wait a second longer.

Have a great day sewing everyone 

Love and stitches and Birdy songs,

Anita xxxx

Sunday, 30 December 2012

Into the dawn of a New Year

I always grow thoughtful at this time of year.

Who among us doesn't ?

A time to reflect.

Pray for mercy,

peace  ~

and good health for all we know and love.

Dream of days filled with happy stitching.

Holidays to come.

Friends and family all around.

Music and laughter.

Less suffering and sorrow in this weary world.

And most of all,

being thankful for all of God's goodness to us.

A blessed 2013 to you all.

Love and stitches,

Anita xxxx

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

This beauteous season

It's been the most wonderful time.

Apart from the fact I had not a minute to stitch before the festive season began.

Next week though,

I'm off on a whole weeks leave and I will stitch more Christmas lovelies!

On Christmas Eve,

Santa arrived early,

bringing these.

From my dear friend Isobel, who has the most wonderful patterns, thread keepers and Etsy shop.

These are the hand painted thread keepers I bought from her store

Aren't they so pretty? They are hand painted. Such talent!

These are my favourite photos from Christmas

I hope you are all well and have had a blessed Christmas time with your loved ones.

Here's to plenty of stitching time in twenty thirteen !

Love and stitches,

Anita xxxx

Sunday, 16 December 2012

At morning, wrapped in frost

We woke this morning to another beautiful,

frosty Sunday morning.

Yesterday we had a lovely day out to our new ( £6 million to build)

Titanic centre with my son and his girlfriend.

We had lovely nibbles before we left and

I gave them this as a Christmas present

They were thrilled and couldn't notice any of the million mistakes I'd made lol.

I'm loving these frosty, silent days.

However yesterday my heart was aching because of the  tragic events at the school in Connecticut.

It beggars belief that a young man can take guns

( which unbelievably were registered to his mom!)

Kill her,

and then go on to kill teachers and little ones.

One of those,

Charlotte Bacon, was the grand-daughter of a missionary family from Overseas Missionary Fellowship,

( with whom I've been involved with for many years.)

So close to Christmas,

all those little gifts that won't be opened on Christmas Day.

It's hard to make sense of it all.

I have to continue holding on to my hope as a Christian however,

that God never intended for us to live in a fallen, broken world.

And that at this time of year,

the coming of Jesus reminds me that He came to make things right again.

I hope you are well dear friends

and as I am, in the words of President Obama...

hugging my kids a little tighter.

Love and stitches

Anita xxx