One of the really big differences I have noticed between Northern Italy and Sicily is the shopping experience. Whilst there were plenty of lovely markets and independent shops in Friuli, there seemed to be a supermarket on every street corner.  Most of my Italian friends shopped in Eurospar and Ipercoop so, despite having dreams of … More Shopping


As I mentioned in my previous post, my parents and little brother came to visit last week.  It was a good opportunity for us to have a really good look around the island on which we live. Until now, we have actually done very little exploring so we relished the chance to explore a little … More Exploring

Moody Skies

Some months ago, friends of ours from Northern Italy were relocating to Sicily.  They were talking about what they would take with them and what could possibly be left in storage. In my innocence I suggested that, as they were moving so far down South maybe they wouldn’t need all of their winter coats and … More Moody Skies

Fam’ly Occasions

Well! Even I am surprised that I have managed to do as I promised by returning here to share my latest project. It has certainly been a “get things done” kind of a day. So, last weekend my parents celebrated their Ruby Wedding. Forty years of marriage is  some achievement and we all wanted to … More Fam’ly Occasions

Viennese Colour

We have spent most of this week in the beautiful city of Vienna.  We’d had to visit London at the weekend and, given that there are fewer direct flights to London from Catania, we thought we would make a virtue of having to connect and have a short holiday. Despite living a few hours drive … More Viennese Colour

Weekend WIP Roundup

Goodness me, it has been a while since I’ve been here. I really didn’t mean to be gone for quite so long. Despite the blog silence, there has been much happening here on the creative front. A recent commission has enabled me to develop my ribbon monograms idea.  The brief was for the two monograms … More Weekend WIP Roundup


This week we have started to feel settled and I have been able to pick up the threads (no pun intended) of my unfinished projects. For some while, even before we moved, I felt I had too many WIPs. I really needed to complete some! Once I got started, I found myself on a roll! … More Completion


We are settling into Sicilian life very well.  Moving from North Eastern Italy to here is really like moving to another country. The culture and way of life is so very different to what we have become used to. Most of the changes we have been happy to embrace….with the exception of the driving.  Oh … More Arancini

Catalonian Colour

As mentioned before, Mr Stitches and I made a brief visit to Barcelona last month.  I always feel nervous about visiting somewhere of which I have heard nothing but glowing praise.  Will it really be as good as everyone says it is? I am pleased to say Barcelona far exceeded our expectations….and a little more. … More Catalonian Colour

A Woman of Letters

A couple of weeks ago, before the relocation mayhem started, we took a trip to Spain.  Mr Stitches’ parents recently moved there after retiring and we thought we would pay them a visit. We flew to Barcelona and stopped there for a couple of days.  So much inspired me creatively there that I think I … More A Woman of Letters