Le Papillion


To A Very Little Maid

She has a little elfin face
And little elfin ways.
Her toes were made to dance upon
Within a leafy glade.

Her eyes were made to swift beguile,
Her hair to toss in glee;
Her hands are tiny pixie hands
That hold the heart of me.

Sometimes her ways are solemn ways
But soon I know will show
That elfin bent to mischief
Within her eyes aglow.

I wonder if she sees two worlds.
I wonder if she knows,
That heavy-footed grownups long
To follow where she goes.

--Marjorie Kahl Lawrence

You know when you see a design and it shouts at you to do it, well this is one of those ones for me, as soon as I saw Le Papillion I had to stitch her. I chose to stitch her 1/2 on 32ct Enchanted fabrics (colour unknown)- Designer is Nimue.
She was an absolute delight to stitch, now to decide on a frame for her. This is what I have been stitching since I changed my name to Florence (as in Nightingale - in honour of the fact I have been nursing Mark). Mark is doing really really brilliantly - he has come off his pain meds today and is fine, his wound is healing really well and is so neat.

There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies? --Richard Dawkins

Oh my

I really don't know what I've done to deserve this and I am very humbled by all your nominations for these awards. I feel there are so many wonderful blogs out there, ones I have seen and not seen, so I think its really wonderful that you think I deserve the awards.

Here are the rules for the Award:

1 Put the logo on your blog;
2 Add a link to the person who awarded you;
3 Nominate at least 7 other blogs;
4 Add links to those blogs on yours;
5 Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs.

I have been nominated for this award by Yuko and Elisa and Mog

again I find it incredibly difficult to just name 7 blogs but I will keep with the rules and name 7 blogs that I have discovered on my journey around the world that I love to visit. In no particular order

1. Leena

2. Loreta

3. Anne

4, Von

5, Gio

6, An

7. Karoline

I'm missing for abit I'm afraid as Mark had a hernia op today and so is a little laid up but I will be abck soon with a few stitchy bits to show, I've caught the 'startitis' that seems to be going around LOL!


I was very fortunate today and received a lovely award from Olenka and Nataliya and
I must pass it on with the following rules:

1. The winner may put the logo on her blog.

2. Put a link to the person you got the award from.

3. Nominate 5 blogs.

4. Put links to the blogs.

5. Leave a message for your nominees.

So without further ado I will do the above, now please remember that there are loads and loads of blogs that I LOVE, and narrowing this down to 5 is very very difficult and I would like to say that All you wonderful creative people out there all deserve this award, but I will choose 5 in keeping with the rules and they are in no particular order at all.

1. Yuko

2. Staci

3. Susan

4. Coni

5. Nancy

So there you go girls!

Hope everyones weekend isn't as wet as ours is and its cold too! July?!? more like October without the colours.

Wish Fairy been a visiting


The wish fairy visited me the other day - apologies to Katrina for not showing you this pretty little floss fob sooner. I love this its so sweet, Katrina told me that she used colours reminiscent of Shepherds Bush colourways for my initial. Thankyou so much again Katrina for being the wish fairy granter for this wish.

I'm busy stitching - not got round to finishing though, the stitching is a secret and all will become clear in a couple of months. We have a golf society BBQ this Saturday - keep your fingers crossed that the sun shines for us.

Good Post day

When I got home from work this afternoon, the postman had been and it was such a good post day because I found a package waiting for me from Susan as she has granted my wish on the make a wish board. I was very good and didn't rip it open straight away, I made my coffee and looked at it, then I sat down and then I ripped it open, inside was this lovely pinkeep all wrapped up in pink tissue paper.


I wished for a pinkeep and this one is really lovely, its stitched on 28ct linen and around the edges is a pretty white ribbon and the top is tied with a bow and the pretty glass white pins really finish it. The fabric on the back is a lovely soft check, its perfectly stitched and perfectly finished. Thankyou so much Susan for granting my wish.

What else on the stitchy front? well I have been working on Barbaras Autumn exchange piece, making a birthday gift for Vonna and still stitching on my LHN Garden pleasures (do you know I have been put off working on this cos I had to frog it twice - it really puts me off sometimes - does anyone else get like that with a piece?)Never mind hopefully it'll be finished soon LOL!

Wonderful - Part 2 (picture heavy posting)

Here is the 2nd part of my Fobbles visit and the wonderful eye candy that was on display and this posting is very picture heavy, but I have just got to show you some of the beautiful things that have been done.


I started taking pics before it got too crowded, which it did later and that was wonderful to see, I heard lots of comments from viewers whilst I was there that people were inspired and they wished they had the time, patience, ideas etc to do these things, and I must say I was very inspired by what I had seen.


This was where I started my walkround


A closer view of this lovely sampler


As you can start to see there were some lovely quilts and beadwork being shown


Some more quilts and stitching


I thought that these 3 were beautiful.


I was so intrigued by the beadwork - look and you can see the sea, this were really stunning in real life, my pics do not do them justice.


This I believe was made for a bride - awesome!


I was so enamoured by these little pretties...


I did love this bag and the cushion


This beautiful appliqued/quilted picture the colours close up were lovely and I couldn't get a good picture because of reflection


Just tooooooo cute!!


As you can see here there was some light as a feather knitting, tassels and jewellry


Some cross stitch pictures


Pictures of a different stitching medium


Isn't she just adorable

Well I hope that you have enjoyed a few of the pictures that I took of my evening, I could go on and on with them, but I think I have shown you the variety that I saw there, so I am glad that you came around with me looking at this wonderful exhibition and thanks to Bev and Edna for making it all possible.

Wonderful - Part1

Thats the only word I can use to describe my evening last night.


Last night I finally visited Fobbles, it was part of a fundraiser for Irton church funds and Fobbles was hosting a wonderful exhibition of work for a £1.00 entry. Fobbles is situated a couple of miles from where I live and you can find it at Gubbergill Farm, Irton, West Cumbria.


When you step inside the doors, you are guarenteed a very warm welcome I found from both Bev and Edna, who the co-owners of this wonderful little piece of paradise.


I was like a kiddie in a sweetie shop when I saw everything that they stocked, there are beautiful fabrics...................


........beads to die for..................


.............scissors and sundries, including the lovely Kelmscott designs mother of pearl pretties and needleminders. In fact there are all sorts of wonderful tools and equipment for patchwork, beading, applique and stitching (not just x-stitch), PLUS of course charts by Shepherds Bush, Brenda Keyes, Twisted Oaks to namebut a few. There are also books and leaflets enticing you over to peruse.


I managed of course to but myself a few bits and bobs - I did manage to restrain myself a little LOL!
I bought 2 Tilda books, 1 chart - Brenda Keyes 'Kind Fond Love' which I want to do as my winter project after seeing both Vero M's and NatalieJo's beautiful finishes. I also treated myself to Shepherds Bush 'Family Sampler' which has been on my wish list since it was released last year - this is a MUST be done ASAP and has leaped up my 'to do' plie since I have managed to get my hands on it. I also picked up some 36ct linen and just a few (lol!) fat quarters of pretty fabric.

Both Bev and Edna are really helpful and look after not only locals but National and International ladies too. Bev and I had a wonderful (there's that word again - lol) chat about stitching and patchwork and Bev told me that they are soon to be stocking those fantastic Sajou scissors (Oh dear, do you think I can get a 2nd mortgage for scissors?)

Over the weekend I will be doing Part 2 of this posting as I want to show you the exhibition of work pictures - Eye Candy to say the least and I was really glad that the ladies kindly gave me permission to take some photo's of the shop and exhibition to put on my blog.

Thankyou everyone for your lovely comments about the 'Make a Wish' finishes that I have done, they are truely appreciated.
I hope that everyone has a woderful weekend and a HAPPPY 4TH July to all my American readers.

Wish No 4

Gaby made a wish too on the Make a wish board for a tin topper as she has never had or made one.


The design is by one of my most favourite French designers Anne Reginier of Tournicoton (I love Anne's designs and her newest one is just so divine! - but I diverse back to the subject in hand),
This little one is called C'est une Secret and I have stitched it 1/1 on 28ct evenweave which was lilac and white checked and I used DMC threads.

It was such a fun one to stitch and finish, I have lined the inside of the tin but forgot to take a picture of it - never mind. Well anyway Gaby received this yesterday, but I didn't get her email til after I had done yesterdays posting so hence I'll show you it today.

On another sitchy note: OK Own up, who sent the FROG?? P.... Leeeease no more visits, I hope I have managed to send him packing out to the Irish Sea somewhere, preferably stranded on a rock with no escape (though I did give him fresh water as I wouldn't like him to die of thirst), he arrived here probably on Monday, but didn't realise until Tuesday that he was sitting on my shoulder, I was going great guns at Garden Pleasure when I realised that I had mis-counted big style and had to pull loads of it out Arrggh. Any kind of way that I looked at it I couldn't hide the mistake so it was frogging I will go. Its sorted now and serves me right for stitching when I was so tired and forgot how to count, now to catch up on myself again!

Thankyou for all your lovely comments and visits, those who belong to Jaynes Attic, just to let you know I've opened a redwork or mono exchange it would be great if you could join us.

Whoo hoo Wish Fairy No 3

She made it in double time and arrived at Carolyns door today, Boy that was fast.


Carolyn had made a wish for something done in red so I took the wish for her and made her a floss holder, the design is a favourite of mine and is one of the Miniature d'alphabets, I stitched it in DMC and used some of nana's lace to trim it all, I was so happy to know that she liked it very much. Now I'm waiting to hear that the wish fairy has arrived in Germany.

I also received a wonderful gift today from Nicki who I had been sending to for the last Seasonal exchange it was something from my wishlist with the threads that are recommended -I won't say more as I will show you it finished when I have stitched it, after I have finished Garden Pleasures, Following that I hope to stitch another gift that was sent to me from Vonna, its a WMN design and again I'm not telling which until its finished.

Hope your week is going well


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