Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas and a Finish!

I have been stitching like a mad woman and have finally finished my first Heaven and Earth Designs chart. To say I am thrilled would be an understatement. I loved stitching this piece apart from page 2 where I had a little wobble and vowed never to stitch on it again. But I put my big girl pants on and filled all the silly little squares I had left, lesson learnt, and soon got into the swing of it. So without further ado my I present Mini Be Good for Goodness Sake, artwork by Dona Gelsinger, chart by Heaven and Earth Designs. I stitched it on 18ct magic guide aida using 2 threads over one square.

I was also very honoured to be asked to stitch a square on Sally's 50th Birthday quilt. I hope Sally doesn't mind but I have borrowed her picture of the completed quilt and my square. Lainey and Mouse organised this lovely surprise for Sally with Mouse making up the quilt. Thank you both for asking me to take part. I stitched Littlehouse Needleworks Joy and Peace which I thought was very appropriate given Sally's love of sheep.
I would like to end this rather long post by wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. I really do appreciate you taking the time out to visit my blog and leave me a comment. They really make my day. Love Lesleyanne xxx

Monday, 2 December 2013

Chelsea Logo Framed & Tusal

I have now collected my husband's birthday gift from the framers.  I am very pleased with how it has come out and he was thrilled when I gave it to him yesterday.

It is also Tusal time again with Daffycat.  Here are my orts, lots of blue from the Chelsea logo and on top of that there is some threads from Mini Be Good for Goodness Sake which I am going to work on for the foreseeable future as I only have three partial pages which are very confetti heavy.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne

Tuesday, 26 November 2013


Sorry I have been a bit quiet lately.  I was very busy stitching on my husband's logo trying to get it finished for his birthday.  I did!  It is now at the framers but I forgot to take a photograph before taking it there.
Once I get it back I will take a photo.

Once I finished the logo I got back to stitching Mini Be Good for Goodness Sake and have now finished another page.  I have three partial pages left but the next page is very confetti heavy so I think it might take a while.

Heaven and Earth Designs
Mini Be Good for Goodness Sake
I had last week off and managed to get my Christmas shopping done.  It is all wrapped and now I just have to write my Christmas cards.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Tusal - November

Another month, another picture of my orts, on the right date too.

There is a lot of blue and white because of the Chelsea Logo I am stitching.  I have finished another page but forgot to take a picture before I started the next and hopefully last full page.

When I nipped outside to take a photo of my orts I noticed my Mother's Day rose is in flower, not a sight I expected to see and if you look closely you can see some more buds.  I don't know whether they will flower as it is getting colder but still a lovely sight to see on this cold November afternoon.

I am in a bit of a blogging slump with reading and leaving comments.  I will hopefully get caught up soon.

Until next time, happy stitching and thank you to those that leave comments on my posts.  I really do appreciate them and don't say it often enough.

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Another Page Finish

I have another page finish on the Chelsea Football Club logo.  I am stitching this for my husband and am going to keep working on it until it is finished.  I would like it done by 1st December as it is his birthday.  Not sure if I can get it stitched and framed but am going to try.

I am a bit behind on blog reading but hope to catch up soon.  I am trying to limit my time on the computer so that I can get as much stitching done as possible.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Tusal - October

Yay!  I am posting on the right day!  Here is my Tusal for October, to find out more information about this pop over to Daffycat's blog.  As you can see it is mainly threads from Mini Be Good for Goodness Sake.  I thought I would photograph it next to my sedum just for a change.

As we were going away for the weekend to celebrate our 21st Wedding Anniversary I haven't really done any stitching.  We were REALLY lucky and had gorgeous weather.  It was warm enough not to need to wear jackets just short sleeves.  Now I am home I have a lot of blog reading to catch up.

Hopefully I shall get some stitching done this week even if it is only on the dreaded football logo lol.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Mini Be Good for Goodness Sake

I have FINALLY finished pages 1 and 2 of Mini Be Good for Goodness Sake.  It was a tough page but I think it looks great.

I am going to have to work on the Chelsea logo now.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Pumpkins for Cathey

Happy Blogoversary to Cathey

Today is Cathey's blogoversary, so to show her support and hopefully bring a smile to her face Daffycat arranged for us to show our pumpkins.

Thinking of you Cathey and sending lots of love and hugs your way.

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Tusal / Stitching Progress

Another month another late Tusal post but better late than never. It is mainly orts from my stitching on Mini Ariadne who I absolutely love stitching on.

 I have completed another page on her.

Page 5 completed.
Design as a whole
I will be working on the football logo next after I am trying to fill in the odd stitches on Mini Be Good for Goodness sake. In my inexperience I have odd stitches here and there so am trying to fill them in.  There are about fifty of them yuck.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx

I hope this looks okay as I am using my tablet because my computer is poorly. PS it looked awful so have borrowed my mum's laptop and edited it.  Anybody know how to post on a Samsung tablet?  

Monday, 26 August 2013

A Gift!

I have been away for a week in Wales and when I arrived home I was surprised to find a parcel waiting for me.  I couldn't remember ordering anything so was a tad confused.  When I opened the parcel I found a note from Lainey addressed to Mrs Christmas!  This is because I like to share on Facebook the Christmas Countdown page lol.  Lainey sent me this gorgeous package.  Thank you Lainey I love it all.

I love the saying on my pillow.  Never a truer word said.

As I said I have been away to Wales for a week and haven't done a lot of stitching, took Hubby's logo away with me!  The week before I put a few stitches into Ariadne but with getting ready for the holiday again not a lot was done.  I am hoping to put that right this week and get enough progress to post a picture next week.

I will share some of my holiday photos next time when I have time to sort them.  We went to the Dr Who Experience in Cardiff and had a fantastic time.  I would thoroughly recommend it if you are ever in the vicinity.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Tusal / Dragon

I am late again posting my picture of my tusal.  I did take the picture on the right day just haven't had time to post it.

Next up is my progress on my HAED 2013 Freebie SAL QS Literate Dragon.  

I am now working on HAED Mini Ariadne and just loving it.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Mini Rose Anderson

With all the talk of it being a year since the Olympics and there being an Anniversary Games Mini Rose Anderson started shouting from my wip box to be worked on.  This is what she should look like when she is finished.

This is what she looked liked at the end of the Olympic Games in 2012.

 This is what she looks like after I worked on her this week.  Not a huge amount of progress but some is better than none.  She has now gone back in the wip box.

It is the 2013 Freebie SAL on the HAED Bulletin Board this week so I have started working on Literate Dragon again and will post my progress next week.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne

Monday, 29 July 2013

Top Row Complete!

I have finished the top row of Mini Ariadne today.  I had hoped to get it completed last week but my mojo is a bit intermittent at the moment.  I have to say I am really pleased with how she looks and I look forward to stitching on her again soon.

Not sure what I am going to stitch on for the rest of the week.  On Friday it is the HAED BB 2013 Freebie SAL so might work on that but not sure yet.  There is something else that is screaming to be worked on but we will see what comes out of the WIP box.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Monday, 22 July 2013

Page 2 Finished!

I have finished the second page of my husband's football logo, only four more pages to go!  Unfortunately, I can't stitch on it any more this week as I have ran out of the blue thread so I have ordered three more skeins just to be on the safe side.  I ordered white too!

This week I am working on Ariadne.  I only have a partial page to finish the top row so am hoping to get it complete soon.

I have a lot on this week as my youngest son is leaving primary school ready to go to secondary school in September so there are lots of parties and assemblies to attend.

I hope everyone is okay and enjoying the weather although I understand we could have thunderstorms this week.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Sunday, 14 July 2013

I have been stitching on QS Literate Dragon for just over a week and this is my progress.  I really don't want to put this down today but am going to stitch on my husband's logo even if it is only for today.

I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely weather we are having in the UK and staying safe in the sun.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Sunday, 7 July 2013


This is how my Tusal jar looks today.  A day early and not a lot of change since my last picture.  I am blaming Wimbledon.  I watch tennis most of the year round thanks to Eurosport but whenever Wimbledon is on it seems I can't stitch and watch tennis like I do most other weeks.  I am actually a day early but I thought better late than never.

Since I have no stitching to show you I thought I would show you a little of my garden.  This is my favourite part of the garden.  I called it may mad bed because everything seems to have gone mad this year!

A close up my roses.  This rose is from a cutting taken from my nan's garden who died when I was about four, so it is very special.

This next rose belonged to my husband's nan and was in the garden when we moved in.  It was given to his grandparents on their silver wedding anniversary so again a special rose.

This next rose is a cutting from a rose I brought my mum when I was younger for mother's day called something to do with mothers it called be Mother's Day but I am not sure.

Last but no least my dwarf, ha ha, lavender and my summer bedding pots which if I do say so myself are looking great this year.

 I caught the Lily napping in the garden last night in the shade.  At first I thought there might be something wrong her as she was flat out.

But as you can see she is fine.  Such a beautiful cat, in my opinion.

Finally I cannot let this historic day go by without mention of Andy Murray who has won Wimbledon today the first British man in 77 years.  Not one of my favourite players but today he played awesome and deserved to win.  Well Done Andy!

Until next time, when I hope to share my progress on my HAED BB SAL QS Literate Dragon, happy stitching.

Love Lesleyanne

Sunday, 23 June 2013


First of all I am really really really late posting a picture of my TUSAL.  I took the picture on the right day just never got round to posting it.

I have finally finished the first page of the HAED BB 2013 SAL.  I am so pleased with how this looks.  I had a bit of a meltdown with it on Friday I thought I was never going to get it finished but with some kind words of some ladies on Facebook and the IHSW I have done it.  I am going to stitch on page three next as it is quite a small page.  

Not quite sure whether I am going to stick with this or hubby's football logo next week.  I know what I should be stitching but will see how the mood takes me.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Saturday, 8 June 2013

QS Literate Dragon

It was the SAL on the HAED Bulletin Board this past week so I got QS Literate Dragon out and on the hoop.  I am pleased with my progress and plan to carry on with him this week in the hope that I can get page one finished.  We have already received page three lol. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

We're off to see Celebrities on Ice tonight at the local theatre, really looking forward to it. Most of the celebrities are from the last series of Dancing on Ice such as Gareth Thomas, Matt Lapinskas and Beth Tweddle.  Also appearing are Chico and Kyran Bracken.  It is hosted by Christopher Biggins. So should be a good night.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Did you miss me?

I have been away for a short break, Monday to Friday,  in Chapel St Leonards, near Skegness.  It was lovely to get away although the weather could have been better.  I don't take a lot of photos as we have been there so many times but did see this that I thought was great.

These cute little guys were quite often outside the caravan.

And good to his word my husband packed my cross stitch for me lol.  I did work on it too when I wasn't reading.

The previous week I worked on QS Literate Dragon and he is on the hoop again this week as it is SAL time on the HAED Bulletin Board.  This is what he looked like before I started on him again at the weekend.

Until next time, thank you for visiting and commenting, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Monday, 20 May 2013

Yes! Yes! Yes!!!!!!

I have FINALLY completed the first page of my husband's football logo.  I am so pleased.  It took two weeks.  I only have another five to go and really they are partial pages but I am rewarding myself this week and QS Literate Dragon and putting some stitches in him.

I am a bit behind on my blog reading but I will catch up soon.

Until next time, happy stitching.

Love Lesleyanne

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Tusal / New Charts

I have been stitching on my hubby's logo this week but will show it when I have finished the page, hopefully not too long.

This is my orts for this month, mainly from Ariadne, but a few blue colours from the logo.

I have been VERY lucky recently and received some RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness).  The first one from Sally for sending her some crescent colours she needed for a chart.  Thank you so much Sally although you shouldn't have done.  It is a Heaven and Earth Design ornament called Woodhouse Christmas.

I was also lucky to receive this chart from a lady on Facebook.  I had asked if anybody knew the name of the chart describing it as a mother and son wearing stripey colours and she was able to name it for me and also gifted me it.  Thank you Liz.  It is a Heaven and Earth Design called Fairy Sitting.

I also received this gorgeous Santa from the "Christmas Elf" it is an Heaven and Earth ornament called Christmas Dreams on the day after my birthday.

I have also treated myself to this one.  A designer I missed first time round on Heaven and Earth Designs but she has now signed back up so grabbed this one quick in the 45% sale.  Although I had been trying to resist buying myself anything as I have a fair bit of stash as it is lol.

Thank you again to all those that take the time to leave me comments.  I really do appreciate them and it really does make my day that people are interested in my stitching.  I don't say thank you enough.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Page 3 Finished

Sorry it has been a while since I have been on here.  Unfortunately life as been a bit tough so I haven't managed to do much stitching but I have finally managed to finish page 3 on my Heaven and Earth Design Mini Ariadne.  I have to say I think it looks gorgeous and I can't tell you how much I enjoy stitching on her.

Mini Ariadne
Pages 1, 2 and 3
18ct Magic Guide 2 x 1
I am hoping to stitch on her today and tomorrow and then I REALLY have to stitch on my hubby's football logo before he divorces me for not stitching him anything.  I think what I am going to do is stitch on the logo during the week and Ariadne at the weekends.

I hope those in the UK have a great bank holiday Monday and hopefully we will all get nice weather.

Until next time, happ stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx

Friday, 12 April 2013


Just a quick post from me today to show my orts for the Tusal.  Mainly pinks and lilacs from my Heaven and Earth Design Mini Ariadne.  I am still stitching on her at the moment and have about half a page left until page 3 is finished.  Page 4 is only a partial page and then the top row will be complete.  I really am loving stitching on her and can't seem to put her down!  I actually managed to take this picture outside as a strange orange ball has appeared in the sky apparently it is called the sun which we haven't seen for some time.  I am hoping the weathermen/women have got the forecast right for the weekend as they are saying we should have some warm weather.

I still need to put some stitches into hubby's football logo which still hasn't happened oops!

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Page 2 Done!

I am thrilled to have completed page 2 on my Heaven and Earth Designs Mini Ariadne.  It is quite a blocky page apart from the wing which was confetti filled and took two days!  I think it looks pretty good even if I do say so myself. 

Mini Ariadne
Page 2 done
18ct Magic Guide 2 x 1

Apart from putting some stitches in my husband's football logo, which I keep putting off, I am going to continue with this one for the time being as I don't seem to be able to stop stitching on her.

Until next time, happy stitching

Love Lesleyanne xxx