13th April?? No way!!!

Good afternoon to all of my lovely readers from across the globe πŸ™‚ I hope you are all well and having fun crafting or doing what you enjoy most.

I’ve been away for a while and missed you all sooooo much. However, don’t worry……..while I was away I did a lot of sewing YEY! That means I have another finished project to share with you. My Bothy Threads Cut Thru Narrow Boat cross stitch kit is complete.


Now I just need to order a frame and get it up on the wall with the others. I really enjoyed sewing this one as it is densely stitched. There are many thread colours and lots of detail. Bothy Threads kits are lovely to stitch as they include quality fabric and threads and the charts are always very clear.


It’s been fun, fun, fun to make up.


Even though I’ve stitched every single stitch, I’m still finding new things in the picture when I take another look. I like the cartoon appearance of the design.

“What’s happened to the patchwork?” I hear you ask πŸ™‚

Well, I always change the calendar date in my sewing room when I work at the sewing machine. I couldn’t believe the date when I was last in there. It was the 13th of April!!! Not only that, but I hadn’t tidied away or vacuumed the floor last time I finished sewing. I always clean up when I finish a project. What on Earth got into me? So, this morning I got out the furniture polish and cleaned down all the surfaces after putting all of the “stuff” back in its proper place. The floor is now free from threads etc. which is good because the carpet in there is very dark and it shows every speck of muck. So tomorrow I’m going back in there to start something new on the machine. Who knows what it will be……but the green mean sewing machine will definitely get some welly tomorrow πŸ™‚

Also, while I have been away, the little award fairies have been dropping in on me and leaving nominations so I’ll deal with those now. Those of you who know me well, know I like to bend the rules. To be honest, this time I wasn’t going to do that. However, as two awards have landed in my lap almost together, I’ll break the rules just a tad πŸ˜‰

First up is Angela fromΒ Pretty Little Things in a Box. She took part in my blackwork stitch along and has very kindly nominated my blog for this award.


I really like the title of this award as it really does feel like having a virtual family here on wordpress πŸ™‚

Secondly, a big thank you to Jean fromΒ Creative PixieΒ who has nominated my blog for this award called the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award.


As usual, the acceptance of the awards come with their own set of rules. The first award asks you to nominate 10 worthy blogs and the second one requires 14. So, I’m going to nominate a grand total of 13 and split it 7 to 6.

My nominations for the “Being Part of the WordPress Family Award” in no particular order are:

Minerva’s Meanderings

Sew Rosey

Nero’s Post and Patch

Treadle Music




The award rules can be foundΒ here.

My nominations for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award, again in no particular order are:

One Lady and One Dog

Thread Medley

Basildon Kitchens

Made by Patch

Quilt Obsession


The award rules can be foundΒ here.

I can certainly recommend all of the above for different reasons. This is quite a mixed bag for you to enjoy!

And last but not least…..

Megan at LindasheeΒ has sent me some photos of the needle case she made by adapting my mug rug tutorial. Not only did she re-invent the pattern to suit her own needs but she also designed and stitched the cross stitch heart on the front cover. Isn’t it fabulous? Thank you for sharing the photos Megan. If anyone else uses the tutorial, please send me a photo. I’d be more than happy to include it in a future post πŸ™‚

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So, if you have got this far…..thanks for sticking with me in my absence. It’s always good to read your comments and I really enjoy your emails too πŸ™‚

Now, I’ve got a lot of catching up to do on the Reader.

Back soon!

Avis x


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  1. Eye candy! πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, Avis, you are really too kind!!! (blush) Thank you so much!!! I’ll just have to hop over and read up on the ‘rules’ of acceptance!!!! Your stitcheries are most awesome/incredible!!!!!! That finish is beyond anything I would have the patience (or skills) to accomplish!!! AND I love that blackwork!!! Hugs………

  3. I like the idea of having the calendar date in your sewing room. I am going to do this in order to inspire me to get to the sewing machine more frequently.
    Your cross stitch work is amazing.

    • Thank you. I have been known to sew every day on the machine but somehow I just got busy and filled smaller time slots with hand sewing. It’s time to return πŸ™‚

  4. Just love your cross stitch what an amazing amount of work. It is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  5. simply gorgeous. πŸ™‚

  6. Teje

     /  August 13, 2013

    Hi Avis! I have missed you! I think your amazing cross stitching has been so much your mind so you didn’t realize time passing. I’m happy to hear you use your sewing machine again. This Cut Thru Narrow Boat is a piece of art! I love the cartoon style and that you can watch it for ever to find new things!
    Congratulations for the awards and thank you so much for nominating my blog! I’m so happy to receive it.
    These couple of weeks are most busy here and I’m looking for the autumn and to ‘see’ you more often. Hugs! x Teje

  7. Welcome back. Your cross stitch is wonderful, so much to look at I also like the cartoon style.

    • I also made the Cut Thru Campervan by Bothy Threads. It is in my “Finished 2012” tab above. Next up is the Vintage Caravan πŸ™‚

  8. monique la bretonne

     /  August 13, 2013

    magnifique blackwork!!!!!!!!!!!
    bonne journee
    monique la bretonne

  9. Good to “see” you! Narrowboat looks great. I always wonder what is under us as we sail along. I think I prefer your picture to reality which is probably very sludgy!! The black work house looks fantastic, looking forward to watching its progress. And thank you so much for the nomination, I’m off to have a look at your other nominees πŸ˜‰

    • You’re very welcome πŸ™‚ I’m sure there’ll be a few shopping trolleys in the canals and a lot of fish…..but maybe they’re not as colourful as these ones πŸ˜‰

  10. very beautiful ! cath

  11. Thanks for nominating my blog!!! IΒ΄m not gonna do anything about it, but IΒ΄m glad you did πŸ™‚
    I love your “Narrow Boat”, so many details!!!!!!!
    Gun, Sweden

    • Thank you Gun. That’s no problem. Hopefully, you will get some new visitors to your blog. They don’t know what they are missing πŸ˜‰

  12. Denby

     /  August 14, 2013

    Excellent work as always. Your attention to detail is second to none.

    • Thanks Denby. That’s very kind of you to say so πŸ˜€ This one is already 50 x 70 inches without the borders so it could take a while to finish.

  13. claire93

     /  August 14, 2013

    what a beautiful finished cross stitch piece – I really love all the dΓ©tails of the miscelleneous items that are sitting on the river bed.
    Thanks also for the award – not sure if I’ll follow through on that or not ^^

    • No problem πŸ™‚ Hopefully you’ll have some extra visitors to your blog from the link. I think another Bothy Threads design is on the cards soon πŸ™‚

  14. witchylin

     /  August 14, 2013

    Welcome back Avis I have missed you. Tomorrow I am about to go away so will be in touch when I get home. πŸ™‚

  15. Well were to start – first off Thankyou for the award – I will look into it as I am still relatively new to the blogging scene. Your cross stitch is lovely, and the blackwork house I am keen to see more, and intrigued as to the designer seeing as I am also a new convert to the art

    • Hi Debbie rose,
      The kit is by a designer called Teresa Stephenson and I know she has a few different ones. It is a mixture of cross stitch and black work and the pattern contains lots of half and quarter cross stitches. I don’t like doing those so I’ve changed mine quite a lot in places but I don’t think it is too far from what she intended.

  16. I received this kit from one of my neighbors as her daughter passed away. It was missing several skeins of thread. One is the variegated Coates skein. Can you tell me what I can substitute it with? OMG, I do love your work, going back to browse some more.

  17. I love the blog! I have mine that have opened recently and is in Spanish . But I really like your work and effort. View work like yours make me inspired to do mine. I need advice because I want to start in the world of patchwork and not to start.

    a greeting


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