Is It Mothers’ Day Where You Are?

It’s not the Fetes de Mères (Mothers’ Day) in France until the end of May but as my Mum is English and in England, today is Mothers’ Day as far as I’m concerned.  Also, since Mlle. Tialys the elder lives back in the U.K. now, I only stand a chance of being remembered on Mothers’ Day if we stick to the U.K. one because she will see all the palaver surrounding it beforehand and remind her sister who is still in France and would otherwise be blissfully unaware of it.

Who better than your mother to practice on when indulging your new sewing passion?

Unfortunately, even though my crochet hook has been a blur, I didn’t manage to finish the blanket I was hoping to give her for Mothers’ Day but, being my Mum, I’m sure she’ll forgive me.

Remember the Stitching Santa organised by Sewchet I participated in last Christmas?  When I received my goodies from Pippa at Beads and Barnacles she included this turquoise drawstring pouch.  I was thinking I could use it to keep my current small crochet project in and saw another opportunity to practice the freehand machine embroidery I’ve become keen on.

Just the right size for keeping  my Fusion quilt squares in which, as you can see, is progressing slowly but surely, one square at a time.

The yellow thread started out as a representation of a slip knot.   It went a bit awry but you get my drift.

It can hang on my pinboard which I am very happy with as a way of keeping my tools and other bits off the surfaces but within easy reach.  I have two of these side by side and painted them duck egg blue to go with the woodwork on the top floor of my house which is where my sewing room is.

I bought my own Mothers’ Day gift – just in case my girls didn’t remember  –  this cool ‘maker’ pin from Jodie at RicRac.  I thought it would be just the thing to wear when I’m selling my wares at the fund raising craft fairs I sometimes do and, in fact, will be doing one next Saturday.  (It wasn’t really a Mothers’ Day gift  to myself  – just an everyday indulgence – but it was an excuse to show it to you)



A craft fair next Saturday?  Sounds like another opportunity for some freehand machine embroidery I hear you say – and, of course, being a fund raiser for a retirement home for unwanted old and disabled dogs, it had to have some sort of pooch on it.

Flex Frame Glasses Case with Freehand Machine Embroidery (with one I made earlier)


Much as I love the effect of the stitches against linen, this was a complete pain to thread the flex frame through at the top due to the linen itself being thick, plus a layer of fusible fleece and a cotton lining.  So this will be unique in the true sense of the word and not in the sense of  ‘rare’ or ‘unusual’ which seems to be in common usage these days  because I really am only making one of them.  I am going to rope in Mr. T and see if we can work out a way to make the channel at the top somehow separate from the body so I don’t have to go through all the thicknesses.  I’ve seen one done like this but the channel was not the full width of the case,  and I prefer it if it is,  so maybe I could adapt that.

Meanwhile, so far today – it’s 09.20 – I took Mr. T. a cuppa in bed and said ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ in what I hope was a sarcastic manner,  although I know I’m not his mother.  There is no sign of a card anywhere nor email nor text from the U.K. nor from the room at the end of the corridor where Mlle. Tialys the Younger will doubtless remain entombed until around 1300h, which is her usual habit of a Sunday.

I’ll let you know if things change.


There was a lot of staggering and muttering ( and very possibly a lot of  husband/father involvement) and these appeared.  The morning staggering was even more pronounced than usual as we forgot to put the clocks forward last night so time was confused.

They looked better than this before I unwrapped them and then hastily wrapped them back up again for the photo so I could show daughter in the U.K. what she had instructed her dad to get me 😉

I must confess to a nostalgia for the early days when I got a cup of tea and croissant brought up to me in bed, a flower out of the garden on the tray and hand made cards with masterpieces such as this within.

Not the most flattering of images conjured up of me there but I’m guessing the rhyme was the important thing.







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  1. #1 by claire93 on March 26, 2017 - 11:57

    that’s some lovely free-style embroidery there Lynn! The card for your Mum is brilliant.
    As another Brit, living in France, but with 2 children living in the UK, I’m wondering if either of them will remember today, but I doubt it. And I’m not really bothered – all I ask if that they get me a Xmas pressie every year, I don’t even expect anything on my birthday lol.
    Oh and on a side note – I notice one of the Mlle T’s is a Megan (same as our daughter). Did your Megan have a hard time in France, with everyone calling her Méganne (like the Renault) and mis-spelling her name all the time?

    • #2 by tialys on March 26, 2017 - 12:16

      She did have a hard time (and not just with her name) – honestly, as if the car came first! My other daughter’s called Bryony so imagine the confusion with those ‘y’s.
      Here’s hoping you might get a phone call, at least, today.

  2. #3 by nanacathy2 on March 26, 2017 - 12:12

    I adore the poem, who wants a clean Mum? Happy Mothers day! I too miss those breakfasts in bed, mine used to be toast and every jam, preserve that could be found, chocolate spread, marmite, peanut butter, honey, you get the picture! Have a great day and good luck with craft sale next week.

    • #4 by tialys on March 26, 2017 - 12:20

      It used to make me laugh when the little procession would come in to the bedroom – serious faces trying to balance the tray and bearing cards which would then have to be read and appreciated under intense scrutiny. Worth any amount of shop bought cards, chocolates and flowers.

  3. #5 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 26, 2017 - 12:31

    Loving your embroidery – especially the cute card. I am so going to have to have a go at that. Oh yes, the old days when you actually saw your children on Mothers’ Day. I wouldn’t mind, but they always seem to have some sort of fabulous outing with LH on Fathers’ Day. Still I’ve had cards and presents from both and Facetime with eldest in NZ – so not complaining I am very lucky 🙂

    • #6 by tialys on March 26, 2017 - 13:25

      I’ve just had a chat with eldest on WhatsApp so feeling better now.

      • #7 by Dartmoor Yarns on March 26, 2017 - 16:44

        Excellent. Hope you’re still having a lovely day. Hicks is looking after me well 🙂

  4. #8 by KerryCan on March 26, 2017 - 12:37

    I really, really like your embroidery–your style is very appealing! And I like all you do to help animals in need!

  5. #10 by katechiconi on March 26, 2017 - 13:31

    I admit to quite a sharp pang of envy here. My mother has been gone for exactly 33 years today, and having no children myself, I’ll never either give or receive a Mother’s Day gift… I’ve been without my mother for longer than I had her. Does anyone want to share…? I could use a mum sometimes.

    • #11 by tialys on March 26, 2017 - 14:11

      Oh, I’m sorry for making you feel sad Kate, you lost your mother at quite a young age didn’t you? You do have a Mother-in-Law – the Dowager – though, don’t you? It’s not at all the same, I know. I remember the first Fathers’ Day that came round after my Dad died – I felt a bit lost then too.
      I would offer to share my Mother with you but she already gets the names mixed up of the four of us she already has 😉

      • #12 by katechiconi on March 26, 2017 - 17:06

        I did lose her a bit too young, but cancer makes no allowances for who you leave behind. Normally, I’m OK on Mother’s Day, but it fell on her anniversary this year, which made it rather difficult. The Dowager is a lovely person, but not very maternal towards me, which is fine, but sometimes I just want the wiser, unconditional affection of a mum…

      • #13 by tialys on March 26, 2017 - 19:24


      • #14 by katechiconi on March 26, 2017 - 23:15

        Aww, thank you 🙂

  6. #15 by Frivolous Monsters on March 26, 2017 - 14:11

    It must be right confusing for your family then. I guess Mlle. Tialys the elder is back in the UK holding onto her place in society because who knows what’s going to happen here…or to you over there if the Europeans turn.

    You may be interested to know that I made my Mum your courgette cake, amongst other things. It was very similar to a carrot cake she liked and I fiddled with the recipe to include wholemeal flour, sultanas, rapeseed oil, and had to settle for lemon curd because I could not find any lime curd to buy at all! There was lime marmalade, but I don’t even know what that is.

    I also made the frosting thicker by adding some butter, only a teaspoon of the lime juice, so mine is a little more yellow, a little less green. Waiting to see what it tastes like. I hope you enjoy your day.

    • #16 by tialys on March 26, 2017 - 14:25

      Yes! Best to keep a foot in both places in the current climate I’d say.
      What a good son! You’ll have a happy Mum today then. We made our lime curd – I don’t remember ever seeing any for sale although I’m sure somebody, somewhere must do it. I’m sure lemon curd will be just as gorgeous and I would have used it myself as that is the version we normally make, it’s just that limes were on offer last time I went shopping. I can’t stand marmalade of any description so you did well to leave that on the shelf in my opinion.
      I bought some Philadelphia cheese which is apparently a new ‘creamier’ version so, next time, if I want the frosting thicker, I should maybe stick with the ‘ordinary’ version but I must say it did taste very nice. Let me know what it’s like with the sultanas – I left those out of mine but I’m sure they would work really well too.

  7. #17 by jendavismiller on March 26, 2017 - 14:50

    Happy Mother’s Day, Lynn! I was beginning to feel left out having not heard from my own little ones, but we celebrate Mother’s Day in May over here. So all is well. I do remember the old days of homemade cards (usually a school project) and wouldn’t trade them for any pre-written card. Precious memories. If I get my act together, I’ll see about making your cake for my mom on Mother’s Day, she would love it! Your flowers are lovely. And I’m loving your sweet embroideries.

  8. #18 by sew2pro on March 26, 2017 - 16:41

    A mild mother! That poem is priceless (must be difficult to try top that!)

    Having spent my formative years in the socialist Yugoslavia, I got used to Women’s Day (8/3) still haven’t got used to UK Mother’s Day palaver but I did find those handmade cards from the children very moving and miss the little bit of attention that I got when they were little. I think I have the children’s teachers largely to thank for most of those cards; the kids’ dad has to be reminded to send his own mother some flowers/card.

    More excellent embroidery. The card for your mother is wonderful (just our of interest, how long did it take to make as I have no idea?). I hope one day when they’re older the Mlles will come up with something equally wow for you.

    • #19 by tialys on March 26, 2017 - 20:01

      When I pointed the daughter responsible towards my blog and suggested she read it (as, of course, she wouldn’t unless I asked her to :/) , she couldn’t remember writing it but was amazed such magnificence had flowed from her pen. I think if I matched her early poetry to my freehand machine embroidery we could give ‘Purple Ronnie’ a run for his money.
      The actual embroidery doesn’t take that long because you sort of ‘draw’ freehand by moving the fabric around (having dropped the feed dogs and attached a darning/embroidery foot) and you can go as fast as your confidence levels and your sewing machine will let you. Most time is spent preparing the design, especially if you’re going to incorporate fabric, changing thread colours and putting on the finishing touches. I feel quite guilty receiving all these compliments as it’s fairly easy to achieve an acceptable result – it helps that the method is ‘freestyle’ and it’s O.K. if the style is ‘naive’ although there are some amazing artists who take this to another level. It’s great fun – you should give it a go!

  9. #20 by dezertsuz on March 26, 2017 - 18:11

    The card at the end made me laugh. I remember those days! Our Mother’s Day is also in May. I don’t pay attention any more as my own mother and MIL are gone, and my boys will either remember or not, mostly not. LOL Your dog is too, too cute! I know that will sell and people will wish it were not unique! The crochet piece is also a good use of practice, but the mother’s day card is the best!

    • #21 by tialys on March 26, 2017 - 20:03

      I think the little women in colourful dresses are the way to go. Luckily, I have a whole tub of Liberty scraps – I knew they would come in useful one day 😉

  10. #22 by Thimberlina on March 26, 2017 - 20:32

    Happy Mum’s day! Glad they eventually got sorted to wishing it to you too. Love the poem, it’s priceless! And I love you freehand machine embroidery, I keep meaning to have a go at that 🙂

    • #23 by tialys on March 27, 2017 - 09:59

      Sounds like you had a good one too but it made me smile to see you all bundled up in coats and jackets yet determined to eat outside which, I know, must be done in the U.K. All sunshine must be taken advantage of. Mind you, it’s been a little bizarre here lately – Friday night we had snow together with thunder and lightening(!) and next day it was sunny and 22degrees.
      Freehand machine embroidery is good fun – if you ever get a minute in your whirlwind of a life, you should give it a try.

  11. #24 by magpiesue on March 27, 2017 - 05:13

    Well at least the day turned out well! Meanwhile, it was our 33rd wedding anniversary today. No card, no gift, nada. Oh well, I didn’t really expect better given the stress Mr. Magpie is currently under. Some years are better than others.

    Too bad about the unique eyeglass case. That would have been perfect for my sister – and she’ll never get one from me! An eyeglass case yes, but not free motion embroidered like that. Love that dog!

    • #25 by tialys on March 27, 2017 - 09:54

      Oh Dear – had you bought Mr. Magpie a card? I was forgotten on Valentine’s Day but I think it was probably the first time (or maybe second) in 27 years so I suppose I can’t complain and, anyway, it’s all mostly a connivance by Hallmark et al to sell more cards so I wasn’t too bothered but you can’t help feeling just a teensy bit miffed can you?
      I am going to try something out in order to make the channel at the top less bulky so I can fit the flex frame in more easily – if it works out, there may be more ‘unique’ dog eyeglass cases. I’ll let you know 😉

      • #26 by magpiesue on March 27, 2017 - 20:22

        I was prepared with a gift for him – just in case he’d bought something for me. In the end I kept it back. It just wasn’t his day to celebrate anything. After all this time I’ve learned to ride the waves pretty well. 😉

  12. #27 by poshbirdy on March 27, 2017 - 10:23

    What a great little poem to have kept. I think all poetry should be by children! And I am loving your freestyle embroidery – anyone would love any of your pieces x

    • #28 by tialys on March 27, 2017 - 14:07

      If all poetry was written by children I might have half a chance of understanding some of it 😉

  13. #29 by Beads and Barnacles on March 27, 2017 - 11:02

    Aww loving the update of the bag. I’m glad it’s still being useful. I will have to give the embroidery a go soon, I keep meaning to every time I see your work.
    Glad to hear your crochet is coming along 🙂

    • #30 by tialys on March 27, 2017 - 14:08

      Thanks Pippa – I’m glad you like my adaptation of your gift.

  14. #31 by Fred the Needle on March 27, 2017 - 15:34

    Oh how lovely a poem and flowers! I adore the embroidery card as well, what talented children you have!

    Hope the sale went well,

  15. #33 by Born To Organize on March 29, 2017 - 00:56

    There is so much to love about this post! Your embroidery is delightful, and makes me want to give it a try. I’m glad I read through all the comments, as I didn’t know you used an embroidery foot. It makes sense though. I’ve been away from my machine for far too long. I love the flowers, the maker pin, the card you made for your mum and that wonderful poem. Delightful one and all.

    Here in the States, we celebrate the third Sunday in May. I was 37 when I had my first child, so the idea of being the “mother” seemed so odd. It had always been about my own mum. I’m glad you enjoyed your day. As for the bag, what a great idea adding the embroidered hook. That’s so fun.

    • #34 by tialys on March 29, 2017 - 08:02

      Thank you Alys – dig out your machine and give it a go, it’s fun and it doesn’t matter if it’s not ‘perfect’.
      I became a mother for the first time at the same age as you and it still seems odd 😉

      • #35 by Born To Organize on March 29, 2017 - 18:04

        Thanks for your words of encouragement. And what a fun coincidence that we started motherhood at the same age. Interestingly, I was born on my mother’s 40th birthday, and I conceived my second son on my 40th birthday and delivered him on Father’s Day.

      • #36 by tialys on March 29, 2017 - 19:56

        Oooh! That sounds a bit witchy – like the seventh son of the seventh son or something.

      • #37 by Born To Organize on March 29, 2017 - 23:49


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