Inspiration to Realisation – Almond Blossom on Tiled Background

I honestly didn’t intend to be away for so long. I am taking a very brief respite between groups of house guests to catch up on my recent creative endeavours.  Despite the quiet on the blogging front, I have been up to all kinds recently. I have finished this hoop. I cannot express how happy … More Inspiration to Realisation – Almond Blossom on Tiled Background

Summer Time

In the last week it really feels like summer has begun here in Sicily. The weather is much warmer, obviously, but there are lots of other signs. I have just stepped outside to bring in the laundry from the line and the evening air was all soft and perfumed. The pace of life – never … More Summer Time

Scratching an Itch

About a year ago, I started work on a satin stitch project. It began very well: a striking palette (similar to the one pictured above) and a nice strong design that translates well into embroidery. I wrote a little about it in this post. Sadly, it was swiftly abandoned because it didn’t quite work out. … More Scratching an Itch

In Retrospect

After everything I said about social media recently, I came stumbled across another unexpected positive effect of all this tapping away at phones and tablets we seem to be engaged in. Scrolling through some old Instagram pictures, I came across the photo above. This was one of the very first cross stitch designs I worked … More In Retrospect


Today was one of those occasional days – a far too rare occurrence -where I Got Stuff Done. I managed to wrap up my two ongoing projects. First, I framed “Who Killed Pedro?”  Having taken the photos, I now want to tweak the slightly wonky mounting job but it is an easy fix. Completing a … More Completion