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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

emails scam

Many of you might be already aware of this, but just in case you haven't come across it yet, it goes like this:

you receive an email from someone you know, which contains a link for you to follow. 
The message might even address you by your name, and possibly say something like " I thought you might be interested in this". If there is no other text in that email, explaining why you are getting this link, or other message from your contact, beware, the chances are that if you click on the link, someone will hack in to your computer and your email contacts.

Over the period of last few months I received several such emails from people I know, and it is possible that somewhere, early on, I did follow one of the links, before I got wise to it. But it seems that someone did manage to get my contacts.
The reason I think that? Yesterday I received email from Luzine Happel (which many of you know), asking me if I had sent an email with a link in it. Thankfully she did not click on the link; I did not send her any such email. But she is listed in my email contacts, as are many of you.

So, if you'll get an email which looks like it is from me, with a link in it, but there are no explanations why I am sending you this link, the chances are that, that the email did not come from me.

I am also sending this message to all my email contacts, and I am scanning my computer every day, but beware, there is always someone out there who is a step ahead.

© 2017

Sunday, 29 January 2017

projects revival

I was waiting for Les Fleurs du Mardi backing fabric to arrive; when it did, I realised that I miscalculated the amount of fabric I need, so I had to order some more. 
Where was my brain that day?😕 
But time is never lost, when there are other projects around, and I do have "just few" of them waiting for some attention 😉. 
Since Christmas, besides making Luna and finishing the silk bag (which you can see in one of my previous posts), 
I have been working on a couple of others.

Santa's Village - a cross stitch project by Country Cottage Needleworks  - a series of 12 houses, which I bought originally as BOM (long time ago).
I just finished month 5, and started working on the 6th. 

 Chateau Hexagon by Lynette Anderson - also bought as BOM.

This is Month 6 finished, and I have started stitching Month 7.

I like this kind of hand stitching, so easy to do in the evenings in front of TV, specially in winter.

I have been sorting out some fabrics for Quilters Patch quilt, which I would like to start making, once Les Fleurs du Mardi is finished (which I plan - unusually for me - to machine quilt).

I wish you all a happy stitching week!

© 2017

Friday, 27 January 2017

in Wells

My most favourite place in Wells?
It has to be this, of course :

fabric and haberdashery shop, tucked away in a side street, just around the corner from the bus station. Fabulous fabrics, buttons, ribbons, threads..........

The Shop:

The picture is little out of date; the shop moved since to smaller premises next door, but is just as packed with goodies.

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Quilter's Patch

is a beautiful quilt, designed by Edyta Sitar. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it.
I also like that the pattern has been published in the form of a book.

The book is very well done, with very clear instructions for each block, and some nice illustrations.

The quilt is being offered at the moment as BOM, which includes fabrics (designed by Edyta Sitar) and also the book. Here in UK you can find out more details from Fobbles , who are starting to run BOM from February. They will also be selling the book on its own.
I must admit that the temptation to join was very, very big, but looking at the size of my stash, I just could not justify buying so much new fabric. If I'll go on this journey, it will be in my own time, using my own fabrics where possible.

For now I will be concentrating on finishing Les Fleurs du Mardi quilt; I am waiting for the backing fabric and the wadding to arrive.
In the meantime I have been working on some small projects, which have been "hiding" in various project boxes in my room. 😀
More about that next time. 

I wish you all a very good week, what ever you are doing!

© 2017

Friday, 20 January 2017

Stourhead in January

Temperature just about zero; has someone sprinkled some icing sugar here?

Parts of the lake have frozen over.

First snowdrops on a sunny bank.

Even in January there is some colour around.

But out of the sun.....different world.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

embroidered silk bag - another finished project

I have been going through my project boxes; 
some of the projects have been around for a quite some time! 

I wanted to make the silk bag ever since I saw it in this copy of Inspirations magazine; that's going back several years!

I bought all I needed for the embroidery at the time, but that as far as it got.
 Other things took over........

After a very long break, I did get going at last; the embroidery was done!

And then it went back into its project box....., moved house......, until this month.
I finished it last night!

This could be a good year for emptying my project boxes! 😀

© 2017

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Luna has a dress! - FNwF

First of all - big thank you to Cheryll for hosting another Friday night gathering - the first one this year!

What was I up to?

I was putting some finishing touches to Luna's new dress, and her new French knickers.
(if you don't know who Luna is, see my previous post)

The pattern and the pretty fabric for Luna's dress was a part of the original Luna's kit.
I found a piece of old lace in my stash, just right to make her some knickers.

Here she is, modelling them;
they are just roomy enough to accommodate her fluffy tail.

The dress has some pretty details, like a detachable bow and tiny buttons on the back. 
I must admit that I struggled little stitching these tiny pieces using the machine; I was very tempted to stitch by hand. But I did not give up, I just need to practise 😉 
Machine stitching gives it more professional look, and of course it makes the stitches stronger. 

Luna is very pleased with new outfit.

But of course, I can't let her go out just yet, not in this cold. 
She will need a coat and some boots too.
 And  I suspect, that she would like a friend (or two).................

Oh, Sarah Peel , you have no idea what you have done - this is so addictive! 😀

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