Monday, 10 May 2021

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery SAL - May 2021

Hello all!

It's the 10th of the month so time for another Fully Finished Gallery SAL, the place to show your FFOing achievements since your last link-up.



The link-up for this SAL opens on the 10th of each month and stays open for 10 days so you can join in whenever you're ready.


This month I again have only one FFO to share, the recently started and finished Platform 9 3/4 Sign In A Bottle. It's been FFOd in my preferred style, with coordinating fabric and barley twist cord, but without the hanging loop. It's looking a bit lonely at the moment but I'm hoping Hedwig will join it next month.




Now it's your turn.

Please link-up using the URL of your FFG SAL post and not the home page of your blog, adding a thumbnail of a finish and either your name or your blog name as the caption. The link-up will remain open for 10 days, closing at 6am UK time on 20th May.


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Next month's FFG SAL post will go live on 10th June at 6am UK time. Hope to see you there!

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 1 May 2021

People's Choice SAL - Traditional Samplers

Hello all!

It's the first Saturday of the month so time for the People's Choice SAL run by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. Continued thanks to Jo for hosting this unique SAL which has a different theme each month.



This month's theme is Traditional Samplers.

My idea of a Traditional Sampler is one which is square-shaped, and made up of letters, numbers, and/or rows of speciality stitches, tree or flower motifs, and maybe a religious saying of some sort.

In which case here are all the traditional samplers I have stitched, am stitching, are in my stash, or are on my wishlist:



That's right (ah-ha-ha) none!

As you might have twigged, I don't like traditional samplers and I would never stitch one, the same as I would never stitch, for example, a piece of artwork by Monet or Van Gogh, or a portrait of some sort (my nightmare day out would be to an art museum!)

I found this article from the V&A Museum about the history of needlework samplers, and whilst absolutely none of the designs float my boat, it's very interesting and incredible to think that many were often stitched as part of a young lady's formal education, and often at a very young age. I may not like any of them, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the effort put into them, especially considering they didn't have the luxury of electric lighting, let alone daylight lamps!

A lot of reproduction samplers have been charted and are now available to purchase, such as this Charlotte Bronte Sampler by Moira Blackburn, which Charlotte stitched when she was six:



Or this one by Samplers Remembered originally stitched by Lucy Snushall in 1847:



It's surprising how many are available, if that's what you like.

Next month's theme is Butterflies, perfect for the time of year.

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday, 30 April 2021

Smalls SAL - April 2021

Hello all!

It's the last Friday of the month so time for the Smalls SAL. Thank you, Mary, for continuing to host this fun little SAL. Pop over to Mary's Blog to see what other participants have been stitching in the way of Smalls this month.



Each month I stitch a small project specifically for this SAL which doesn't appear elsewhere on my blog.

Unfortunately I missed last month's check in (that's what you get when you schedule posts in advance and don't check your blog for weeks!) so I'll try to put the link up after this one.

For April I stitched the fourth of Durene Jones' cute dogs:

In The Bath by Durene Jones (freebie)
Stitch Count 40 wide by 33 high
Stitched on 16ct Golden over-dyed aida by sewitall.com
Started - 1st April 2021
Finished - 5th April 2021
Total stitching time - 8 hours 5 minutes


He's obviously not that happy about being dunked in a bath full of bubbles but I'm sure he'll feel happier once he's cleaner!


In this Smalls SAL I'm also re-showing other qualifying small projects I've stitched during the month. Again, it's just my monarch, James II:



See you next month for the final cute doggie!

Take care,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

The Loneliness Of Autumn - 160 hours

Hello everyone!

Time again to show another month's progress on The Loneliness Of Autumn by Leonid Afremov, which I am SALing with Leonore one colour at a time extreme cross country.

This month's stitching consisted of just under nine hours to finish off the yellow 742 in the bottom half, and just over one hour to start the seventh colour, 3371 dark brown, in the top right. It's going to be quite difficult to see the 3371 being added as it's mostly random stitches around the black and dark blue to help fill in the gaps.



And since I finished off the sixth colour this month, here are the photos showing the comparison between the end of the fifth and sixth colours. This is now 32% complete after 21,390 stitches in 158 hours 45 minutes. Thankfully it's very obvious where the sixth colour was added!



The next ten hours will consist of just 3371.

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 24 April 2021

A Monarch A Month - James II

Hi all!

Goodness me, these months seem to roll around so quickly and I can't believe it's way past time for another monarch! This is number 28, James II. I'm think he's supposed to be walking away from his crown carrying his Great Seal Of The Realm:

James II from Kings and Queens by Bothy Threads
Started - 6th April 2021
Finished - 8th April 2021
Total stitching time - 5 hours 25 minutes


For the next three monarchs religion plays a key role. It was not a bloody time, as seen during the reigns of Henry VIII and Mary I, but did shape the succession of the monarchy.


JAMES II
Preceded by Charles II (brother)
Succeeded by William III and Mary II (son-in-law and daughter)
Lived - 1633-1701
Reigned - 1685-1688
Married - (1) Anne Hyde 1660-1671 (died) and (2) Mary of Modena 1673
Children - 25 over 32 years!
                 8 with Anne (only 2 girls survived infancy)
                 10 with Mary (only the last two survived infancy)
                 7 illegitimate (five survived infancy)

James II became King following the death of his brother.

Despite being Catholic, James was initially a popular monarch, working hard and tolerating religious differences, but that popularity soon waned as he increasingly favoured Catholics over Protestants, giving them important positions in the army and  his ministry.

In late 1685 James dissolved Parliament after it raised concerns about the influence of Catholics, meaning he was now an autocratic Catholic monarch.

England held out hope his heir, his Protestant daughter Mary, would soon succeed him (note 1).

However, in 1688 James fathered a son (not covered by note 1) thus securing a Catholic heir (note 2).

Now fearing a Catholic succession, Mary's Protestant and popular husband, William Of Orange, was invited to invade England and claim the throne.

During this 1688 'Glorious Revolution' James was captured but, to prevent him becoming a Catholic martyr, was allowed to flee to France with his wife and baby son.

A reconvened Parliament in 1689 agreed that James, having deliberately discarded his Great Seal, had forfeited his crown. They therefore proclaimed William and Mary King and Queen.

But James still had support in Catholic France and Ireland and in 1690 attempted to reclaim his crown. He was defeated by William at the Battle Of The Boyne and returned to France.

James remained in exile until his death in 1701. He was laid to rest in The Church Of The English Benedictines in Paris.

So next month, the only joint reign in England's history of the monarchy, William and Mary.


Note 1 - with the exception of Mary I's short reign, England had been Protestant since Henry VIII had denounced Catholicism in favour of Protestantism. When Charles II failed to produce any legitimate heirs, and it became clear his Catholic brother, James, would be his successor, Charles decreed that, in order to ensure the continuation of Protestants on the throne, James' children would be raised as Protestants.

Note 2 - the birth of a Catholic heir meant James' family, and the Stuart dynasty, was now divided by religion. The Protestant side, through James' daughters Mary and Anne, inherited the crown, but the Catholic side remained strong contenders in the form of James' son, James (The Old Pretender) and, later, his own son Charles (The Young Pretender, or Bonnie Prince Charlie). These, and their followers, known as Jacobites, will pop up during the reigns of the next few monarchs.

Who said families weren't complicated?!

Take care,
Rachel x

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Hedwig In A Bottle - finished!

Hi all!

I've now finished the second of my four Mischievous March new starts - yippee!

Hedwig In A Bottle was a new start on the third weekend of March. Once the weekend was over I carried on stitching on her for the rest of the week meaning that I only had about a third left to complete when I picked her up again a few days ago.

Here's how I left her after the weekend of starting her:


Completed before the backstitching:


And all finished:

Hedwig In A Bottle by MagicStitchStudio (etsy)
Stitch count 44 wide by 54 high
Stitched on 16ct Sketch Grey aida
Started - 20th March 2021
Finished - 18th April 2021
Total stitching time - 17 hours


I'm pleased to say the backstitching was nowhere near as bad as for the previous Bottle and, looking at the other Bottles, I'm sure I picked the worst one first, so that's a consolation.

I'm now working another of the remaining two. I don't think it will become an April finish but, if not, it won't be far too off. Fingers crossed.

Take care,
Rachel x

Thursday, 15 April 2021

Platform 9 3/4 Sign In A Bottle - Finished!

Good morning everyone!

I have finished one of my Mischievous March new starts! It was a little bit of an uphill struggle towards the end, as the backstitching was a bit fiddly (especially the brown on brown around the sign) but it's done and was well worth the effort.

Here's how far I got during the weekend I started the project:


And here it is finished:

Platform 9 3/4 Sign In A Bottle by MagicStitchStudio (etsy)
Stitch count 46 wide by 54 high
Stitched on 16ct Sketch Grey aida
Started - 27th March 2021
Finished - 14th April 2021
Total stitching time - 17 hours 40 minutes


I'm usually fairly good at estimating how long a project will take to stitch but was a long way out with this one; I'd estimated 10-12 hours, so almost 18 came as a bit of a shock! With that in mind, there's no way I'll have time to finish the other three by the end of April, but I'll definitely finish one more.

As for FFOing, well, I've just laid my hands on some Harry Potter fabrics, so it looks like it's going to be a mini pillow or hanging ornie. I just need to decide which of the fabrics to use!

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery - April 2021

Hello all!

It's the 10th of the month so time for another Fully Finished Gallery SAL, the place to show your FFOing achievements since your last link-up.



The link-up for this SAL opens on the 10th of each month and stays open for 10 days so you can join in whenever you're ready.



I have six FFOs in progress, but only one completed FFO to show this month, a recently-retrieved finish from 2002. This is Eeyore's snowflake.

I gave Eeyore a pearlescent silver mount and then inserted Eeyore and his mount into a pearlescent purple card out of which I had also cut an aperture. Some purple/silver ribbon, silver snowflakes and purple mittens were added for effect.



Good to know it only took me 19 years to FFO!!! Somewhere I have the matching Piglet's Snowflake but goodness knows where. At least I know how he'll be FFOd when he eventually comes out of hiding!


Now it's your turn.

Please link-up using the URL of your FFG SAL post and not the home page of your blog, adding a thumbnail of a finish and either your name or your blog name as the caption. The link-up will remain open for 10 days, closing at 6am UK time on 20th April.


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Next month's FFG SAL post will go live on 10th May at 6am UK time. Hope to see you there!

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 3 April 2021

People's Choice SAL - Blue

Hello all!

It's the first Saturday of the month so time for the People's Choice SAL run by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. Continued thanks to Jo for hosting this unique SAL which has a different theme each month.



This month's theme is Blue, I colour I think of as being either quite cold or associated with water and sealife.

Off the top of my head I thought I'd probably stitched a fair amount of blue, but was surprised to discover blue fabric has actually been used on over 60 projects! Obviously I won't show them all so have stuck to the bluest of the blue, whether that be regarding the fabrics and/or threads and/or the item(s) used to finish them.

So, starting with the smallest and working upwards to the biggest pieces, my bluest of the blue are:

Mr Daydream, stitched on Cloud Spring Sky and finished with a blue card:


September In Sapphire, stitched on Glacier with a blue variegated thread, blue beads and blue backing fabric:


Seahorse Critter, stitched on an aptly-named blue fabric called Ocean:


Dolphin Splash, finished with a double blue mount (the fabric is a bright white but my camera at the time was brilliant at picking up other colours!):


Dreaming Of Dolphins, treated to a blue frame:


And, finally Hogwarts In A Bottle, stitched on some gorgeous blue fabric from Chromatic Alchemy called Lazurite:



I also have quite a few WIPs with a blue feel, the bluest being Let's Be Frozen which is being stitched on Cloud Winter Sky using all blue Etoile threads:


And Dragon Eye, a new start for all of four hours back in 2015 and which should become a focus piece in 2024!



So that's my trawl through the theme of blue. I hope you enjoyed it.

Next month's theme is Traditional Samplers :(

Take care,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

The Loneliness Of Autumn - 150 hours

Hi all!

Here is March's progress on The Loneliness Of Autumn by Leonid Afremov as charted by Artecy on crosstitch.com which I am SALing with Leonore extreme cross country one colour at a time.

This month it was all 742 for lots of glow around the lights:



At least it's easy to see the difference this month!

In April I will finish 742 and move on to the next colour, 3371 dark brown, a rude interruption to a series of lovely bright orangey-yellows!

Take care,
Rachel x

Monday, 29 March 2021

Mischievous March New Start #4 - Platform 9 3/4 In A Bottle

Hello again!

So it's already the final week of the Mischievous March mini new start binge. Doesn't time fly when you're having fun?!

My final Harry Potter themed bottle this week is the sign for Platform 9 3/4, the railway line behind a magical brick wall at King's Cross Station which takes the young witches and wizards to their school aboard the Hogwarts Express. Here's how much I stitched:

Platform 9 3/4 In A Bottle by MagicStitchStudio (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Sketch Grey aida by sewitall.com
Stitch count 44 wide by 54 high
Started - 27th March 2021
Stitching time to date - 5 hours 25 minutes

And this is how it will eventually look:



It's weird but, as with In The Gloaming, I couldn't wait to stitch the brickwork!


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As usual I look forward to seeing what you've started, and perhaps even finished. Also, a big thank you for joining me!

If you've enjoyed Mischievous March and are up for another SAL or two, my next ones will be Christmas in July and the Tokyo Olympic Challenge, 23rd July to 8th August, so keep your eye out for more information about those nearer the time.

I will now be working on all four of the Mischievous March starts until they become finishes. I'm not sure I'll meet my end-of-April target date, but I'll enjoy trying. Watch this space!

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday, 26 March 2021

Smalls SAL - March 2021

Hello all!

It's the last Friday of the month so time for the Smalls SAL. Thank you, Mary, for continuing to host this fun little SAL. Pop over to Mary's Blog to see what other participants have been stitching in the way of Smalls this month.



Each month I stitch a small project specifically for this SAL which doesn't appear elsewhere on my blog.

This month it's the third of Durene Jones' cute dogs:

In The Doghouse by Durene Jones (freebie)
Stitch Count 38 wide by 31 high
Stitched on 16ct Golden over-dyed aida by sewitall.com
Started - 1st March 2021
Finished - 4th March 2021
Total stitching time - 7 hours 5 minutes


Isn't he just absolutely adorable (again)?! I'd definitely take this scruffy fluffy dog for a walk!


In this Smalls SAL I'm also re-showing other qualifying small projects I've stitched during the month. Again, it's just my monarch:



See you next month for cute doggie number four!

Take care,
Rachel x

Monday, 22 March 2021

Mischievous March New Start #3 - Hedwig In A Bottle

Hello again!

It's week number three of Mischievous March already and we seem to be doing well, with more lovely starts last week and a few more finishes.

I'm continuing with my Harry Potter themed bottles, this week starting the one containing Harry's owl, Hedwig. Don't worry, the cork may be in the bottle but she's a magical owl so can still breathe!

Here's how far I got over the weekend:

Hedwig In A Bottle by MagicStitchStudio (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Sketch Grey aida by sewitall.com
Stitch count 44 wide by 54 high
Started - 20th March 2021
Stitching time to date - 5 hours 20 minutes


I know you can't see her very well on the fabric, but once the backstitching is done she'll 'magically' appear *groan* and look like this:



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I look forward to seeing what you've started and perhaps even finished!

It's difficult to believe next weekend will be the last one. Oh well, see you there.

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday, 19 March 2021

A Monarch A Month - Charles II

Hi all!

Another month, another monarch. This month it's number 27, Charles II, enjoying a spot of downtime with a game of Real Tennis in, no doubt, the Real Tennis Courts he had refurbished at Hampton Court Palace:

Charles II from Kings and Queens by Bothy Threads
Started - 15th March 2021
Finished - 18th March 2021
Total stitching time - 5 hours 35 minutes



CHARLES II
Preceded by Charles I (father)
Succeeded by James II (brother)
Lived - 1630-1685
Reigned - 1660-1685
Married - Catherine of Braganza
Children - no surviving legitimate children but at least 12 illegitimate by 7 mistresses!

Charles II became King following the Restoration Of The Monarchy in 1660, 11 years after his father's execution.

With the exception of a short time in Scotland - where he famously hid in an oak tree to escape capture by Oliver Cromwell's army - Charles spent most of that time moving between France, Spain and the Netherlands.

In the 1660 Declaration Of Breda, Charles agreed to accept the crown, be lenient (except in the most extreme cases), tolerant and, unlike his father, rule alongside parliament.

He was a flamboyant and popular monarch - nicknamed The Merry Monarch - and reigned with relative stability, including through the 1665 Plague and 1666 Great Fire Of London.

He was fond of the arts, founding the Royal Observatory, the Royal Society and the Royal Hospital Chelsea for retired soldiers. The King Charles Spaniel was also named after him.

In his later years Charles became more tolerant of Catholicism but less lenient in general, authorising numerous executions, imprisonments and seizing of estates, often with dubious evidence.

The prospect of Charles' Catholic brother, James, succeeding to the throne resulted in the introduction of The Exclusion Bill (banning James from succeeding) and, as Parliament became divided, the formation of the first two 'political' parties - the anti-James Whigs and the pro-James Tories.

Charles then reneged on the Declaration of Breda by dissolving Parliament four times between 1679-1681 and ruling as an absolute monarch for his last four years.

He died in 1685, possibly from 'experimenting' with mercury, and, it is rumoured after becoming Catholic on his deathbed, and is buried in Westminster Abbey.

So next month, the to-ing and fro-ing of religion and royalty continues with the succession of Catholic James II.

Take care,
Rachel x

Monday, 15 March 2021

Mischievous March New Start #2 - Golden Snitch In A Bottle

Hi all!

And welcome back to Mischievous March!

It was good to see some lovely new starts last week, and a couple of finishes in there too; well done you!

For week number two I have another Harry Potter themed bottle, but this week thought I would start with the contents rather than the cork, so here are the snitch and the label:

Golden Snitch In A Bottle by MagicStitchStudio (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Sketch Grey aida by sewitall.com
Stitch count 45 wide by 54 high
Started - 13th March 2021
Stitching time to date - 4 hours 20 minutes


And how it will look when finished:



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So that's two down, two to go. See you next Monday with start number three.

Take care,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery - March 2021

Hello all!

It's the 10th of the month so time for another Fully Finished Gallery SAL, the place to show your FFOing achievements since your last link-up.



The link-up for this SAL opens on the 10th of each month and stays open for 10 days so you can join in whenever you're ready.



I only have one FFO this month which is Christmas Cat With Present. He is one of a set of four but as I am not intending to stitch the others in the foreseeable future thought it best to FFO him rather than make him wait.

I had the perfect fabric but didn't want it hidden on the back so made a little pillow with the present fabric on top, coordinating marbled fabric on the back and barley twist cord around the outside. He's attached on top and four coordinating velvet brads trim the corners. By complete fluke the stitched piece almost has a pink present in each corner; I couldn't have planned it that more purr-fectly if I'd tried!




Now it's your turn.

Please link-up using the URL of your FFG SAL post and not the home page of your blog, adding a thumbnail of a finish and either your name or your blog name as the caption. The link-up will remain open for 10 days, closing at 6am UK time on 20th March.


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Next month's FFG SAL post will go live on 10th April at 6am UK time. Hope to see you there!


* * * * * * * * * *

And now for the winner of my blogoversary competition.

I asked how many hours you thought it had taken me to stitch the 297 finishes I have had over the course of my stitching life.

Thank you to everyone who took part. Guesses varied from 2,865 to 8,924 hours. In ascending order:

Tiff - 2,865
Leonore - 5,742
Cathy - 5,937
Faith - 5,961
Jo - 6,935
BeingBored89 - 6,856
Linda - 6,912
Rita - 7,834
Katie - 8,924

Before looking up the answer I had a guess myself of 22 hours per piece = 6,534. The actual answer is much lower - a mere 4,803 hours. I thought this seemed a bit low, but it can be explained by 169 of those projects taking less than 10 hours each. I didn't think I'd stitched that many smalls!

So... the closest answer was 5,742 from LeonoreCongratulations!

If you either leave a comment or email me separately we'll start a conversation as to your prize. :)

Commiserations to everyone else and better luck next year when I think of another question to ask!

Take care,
Rachel x

Monday, 8 March 2021

Mischievous March New Start #1 - Deathly Hallows In A Bottle

Good morning all!

And welcome to Mischievous March!

Back in November Tiff (my startner in crime!) and I introduced Naughty November, a cheeky mini new start binge (so-called after having already having had a four-month-long new start binge earlier in the year) with the idea of starting one new project each weekend (or whenever best suits) during the month.

A number of you joined in and wondered if it would run again this year. Well, the answer is yes, along with this newly-introduced Mischievous March because, let's face it, one mini new start binge during the year is just not enough!

I must admit I've been really looking forward to getting my teeth into some new projects so, taking on board the main lesson learned from November i.e. keep the starts small, here's my first contribution to Mischievous March:

Deathly Hallows In A Bottle by MagicStitchStudio (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Sketch Grey aida by sewitall.com
Stitch count 47 wide by 54 high
Started - 6th March 2021
Stitching time to date - 3 hours 25 minutes


And how it will look when finished:



This is from a collection of (thus far) 16 Harry Potter themed mini bottles, four of which I will be starting in March. I estimate them to take about 10-12 hours each so, if all goes to plan, they shouldn't be WIPs for too long.

Now I want to see your new starts!

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I can't tell you how excited I am to see what you have chosen to start. A number of conversations have dropped snippets and hints so now all can start to be revealed! From the more 'sensible' among you, maybe there will be some finishes too?

And remember, the intention is for all my SALs to be stress-free, so if you only want one or two new starts that's fine. Just pop in and join up whenever you want.

I don't know about you, but I'm already looking forward to start number two!

Take care,
Rachel x

PS Don't forget to enter my blogoversary giveaway (two posts ago) if you want to be in with a chance a winning a little something of your choice.

Saturday, 6 March 2021

People's Choice SAL - Spring

Hello all!

It's the first Saturday of the month so time for the People's Choice SAL run by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. Continued thanks to Jo for hosting this unique SAL which has a different theme each month.



This month's theme is Spring.

Spring makes me think of warmer weather, longer days, new life - flowers, leaves, birds - and generally pastel shades.

I don't deliberately seek out spring designs but have stitched a few. Spring Bird and Lizzie Kate's Spring Alphabet have both been shown recently, so I won't show those again, but I will show:

Spring from The Four Seasons by Maria Diaz (love the cherry blossom):


A Very Merry Spring by JBW Designs:


And Morning Song by Dawna Barton, which could have been included with last month's Birds theme but which I saved it for this month because of the eggs and the overall impression of new life. This was my second ever cross stitch and, in my naivety of not realising how big the finished piece would be, stitched on 11ct! I would love to stitch this again at some point, but probably on 16ct or 18ct! (excuse the poor photo and the slipped mounts but it's currently in storage and would have taken an effort to retrieve and re-photo).


As for WIPs, the only spring-related WIP I have is Let's Bloom by Ursula Michael. This, along with the other three accompanying seasons, was started for Naughty November last year:



And a long way down my to-stitch list, even though I love them to bits are two Lavender and Lace designs, Angel of Spring and Celtic Spring. I have all four seasons in both designs but have so far only stitched Angel Of Autumn. I've also stitched Celtic Christmas, but when it comes to stitching the Celtic seasons, there are lots of colour conversions available which better represent the colours of the seasons, so I'll probably do that (on that illusive 'one day'!)



And that's it from me this month.

Next month's theme is Blue; wonder what I'll come up with for that?

Take care,
Rachel x