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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Hi there

Just thought I would pop in to show you a couple of the things I finished before jetting off across the world.

This little piece of embroidery was for me to take overseas, but I just thought I should test it out first. The plan is to sit with my grand daughter so I just had to see whether it would be suitable...that's my excuse!!!

I should have pressed before taking the photo....but I was in a rush..another excuse

My sock knitting hasn't stopped, Not sure, what I am going to do with them all, but it keeps me out of mischief

Nice and bright 
I also managed to finish my scissor keeper.

Find this very handy.

And lastly,  we had bought my grandson a Star Wars Quilt (he's mad on Star Wars) but it only had one pillow case, so what would happen if that one goes in the wash?????  I cut the pillow case up, added plain fabric to the back.......Voila!   two pillow cases for the price of one...  Yeah!    Pillows for him, now what about Little Miss.......happened to have a some hexies hanging around, so added those to some newly bought pillowcases and 'Double Voila'! new pillowcases for all.

All done, ready for the suitcase

 I will post my 'March Mini Mania' at the end of March, so if I don't see you before then take care of yourselves.  x x









Sunday, 31 January 2016

December/ January Mini Mania Challenge


Mini Mania time again......In December, because there is such a lot going on for most people we decided that we would give ourselves two  months to complete the December mini and now its time to reveal all.  As you may remember our quest this time was a sampler quilt, which had to have at least 9 blocks and to be no bigger that 20" x 20".  Once again I am going to patch all of my mini's into a large quilt at the end of the year, so knowing this I have used 16 sampler blocks.

Part of the fun in making these quilts is sorting through scraps to see what can be made.....


This is me being tidy with my scrap

Then I had to choose my blocks.... the first one I chose was flying geese

Yes I like it
on a roll
I'm like it even more 
I thought I was cracking on until I met this block....

Phew!  this one nearly drove me crazy
Believe it or not it took me about 5 hours to make this fiddly little devil.  I think it was all the teeny weeny pieces.

Eventually all blocks were done......

15 done and dusted

I needed one more block and for the life of me couldn't find one that I wanted to use,  I then remembered a swap group I used to play with ..... we used to swap 3.5" blocks, so after sorting through hundreds loads I found the cups  made by Silort and as the cups worked with my colours I added them.  If you have a few hours to waste, go and have a look at the swap group and see how brilliant the ladies are,....just remember the blocks are all 3.5" square.

Anyway back to my quilt... I added sashing and the borders

Ready to quilt
and finally

Tah Dah!!!
All of the groups  quilt can be seen here.

Whats coming next month???????  Tomorrow all with be revealed.





Friday, 22 January 2016

Two weeks into the dreaded "lurgy" and needless to say I am beginning to think I am over the worst of it and beginning to feel human again. YEAH!

Last Monday it was supposed to be the most depressing day of the year, and as I had felt ill for a week I was about to agree.  Then the postman arrived and delivered an unexpected parcel..........


From America
 This parcel was from my friend Dee.  Dee lives in America and I met her through flickr, which for you that don't know is a photo sharing group that has a number of specific groups i.e. quilting etc.  I joined in September 2009 and that Christmas someone organised a 'secret Santa swap' and Dee was my Santa.  Since then we have kept in touch and even met up on a couple of occasions when Dee and her hubby visited the U.K.  I am always amazed that you can become such good friends when we hardly ever see each other, but friends we are.

Now just look at what I received....

What a haul
There were 4 charm packs, 16 fat quarters, and the little pot holder (which incidentally was the shoo fly mini that I gave our Mini Mania group  back in June.....how special is that?).  Needless to say my Monday was greatly improved, and I cannot understand what I have done to deserve all of this!

I havent done much in the last week or so, as my brain would not allow me to concentrate, but there may be a couple of things that I can show you.

At Christmas I received a kit from Sue Hawkins   I greatly admire her work, its just so neat.  I am almost finished it, just a few more stitches.

It will be a scissor keeper

and I am getting some embroidery ready for my holiday.........not that I have done much of this, just added  pen to paper..

Cute isn't she?

I think this weekend will see us getting suitcases down from the loft, and if the weather is good a nice walk would be a treat

See you next time..  

Sunday, 17 January 2016

From the sick bay

This will certainly be a quick post.  I have caught one of these awful viruses and with each day I think this will be the turning point and I will feel better, but as yet that t hasn't happened....Boo Hoo!   I have even been trying some old fashioned home remedies ....any port in a storm as they say.

Lemons, Ginger, and honey, ready to make into tea.


Feeling sorry for myself and coughing my heart up doesn't get much crafting done, but I have finally finished my second red bauble.   I must have waited about 10 years for this day..Yeah!

They are a little bigger than the original, 

Just before I caught this bug I had crocheted a few snowflakes (prep. for next Christmas), but, fool that I am, I gave them to a friend before taking photos so I only have this one to show you.

Its about 4" across, and hard as a rock with the glue that stiffened it.

We woke this morning to a winter wonderland, I usually would have loved a walk but today I am giving that a miss......that just shows how sick I feel.   Still enough of that, tomorrow will be the beginning of my return to normal ( I hope).

The view that I awoke to.   Taken from my bed.

So pretty


Keep well and keep warm X

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Happy New Year xx

Happy New Year to you all.  I hope you all had a great Christmas and I wish you health, wealth and happiness for 2016.

We spent Christmas in Yorkshire, and as most of you know the north was suffering from all the rain we have been having, but our journey was uneventful, thank goodness.

Christmas morning is very relaxed (most of us still in P.J.'s) and gifts shared around.

Lots of teenage clothes under wraps...
Christmas Day and Boxing day we were kept home because the heavens still wanted to drown us, but on the 27th we girls had a trip to Leeds to see if there were any bargains in the sales, and on the 28th we took the chance to walk along the river to Bolton Abbey.  The river was really flowing at a speed and you could see where it had overflowed in the last couple of days.  

I don't think I have ever seen the river this high 

Such a pretty walk.
I have to say I was very spoilt with gifts this year and there is no way I could show you them all, but isn't this one just the cutest.....

All the names of my grandchildren 
I had been growing my Amaryllis bulb for about 8 weeks, and I could see that it would flower over Christmas so it had to come north with me......... so glad I took it...


Its a beauty

Before Christmas I had been trying to make a particular patterned beaded bauble, well I finally cracked it.  The glass bauble was bigger than the original, so I had to add more stars around its girth, but think its a winner and now only have to make one more exactly the same .......just to even things out around the fire hearth.

Definitely time for a TAH DAH!!!
While I am busy beading, Mr D is getting on with his colouring.......anyone else get a colouring book this year??

Just look at the concentration


Till next time....happy crafting x x x

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Paris here we come...

Our Celebrations began on Wednesday with a trip down to London to enjoy our Tea  at Fortnum and Masons.  Our hotel was by St Pancras Station, so we decided to walk which included going down Regents Street with all of its Christmas lights. Of course passing Liberty's meant we had to visit the store.  The Christmas room was full of goodies, and the general decor was great.






On to Fortnum and Masons, who I have to say got my vote for the most festive windows in the West End.  Each window was stuffed full of colour.

Each window was dressed differently with such a lot to look at

Our 'Tea' was of the savour kind, and what a fuss was made of us.  The cake/sandwich stand was filled up with as much as you could eat, and you then had a choice of cakes from the cake trolley.  We couldn't eat any cake so a very 'posh' doggy bag was made up for us.

The red baubles contain spice tea, and the box has our cakes inside

Thursday morning we were up and ready for our train to Paris.  The station is always full of travellers, but there is still a bit of space for a fun Christmas tree....Yes - its made up of all Disney stuffed toys.



We arrived in Paris on time, and soon found our way to the Metro, then booked into our hotel.  We decided  the 'Hop on Hop off' bus was the best way to see the sites and the weather was so kind to us, it allowed us to sit on top in the open air. By the time the bus had travelled its journey, Paris was in darkness so we had the added advantage of seeing the Paris Christmas lights/decorations.

Friday was our actual anniversary so we had a bit of a photo shoot on our balcony ( not really - just practising with the selfie stick).

8.30 am.  and full of lights and glitter

We wandered down to Notre Dame and had a look at the Cathedral,  then caught the bus again, this time we did spend some time hopping on and off to visit the sites.

Our first stop was the Arc de Triomphe.  Unfortunately the lift to the top wasn't working, so we braved the stairs.......284 of them.  If our feet weren't aching before, they were now!



Back on the bus and the next stop was the Trocadero where we got off and walked to the Eiffel Tower.  Had another attempt at selfies ...



Saturday.... a visit to The Palace of Versailles, and if you could only visit one place while in Paris, this has to be the one.  The Palace is just huge and the opulence is unimaginable (no wonder the peasants rioted!). I can't imagine the beauty of this room in the evenings with the chandeliers lit and the extra candles that would be hidden behind the mirrors  -  truly like a fairy palace!


            

Looking at all of the stunning painted ceilings gives you a crick in your neck, but it has to be done.


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and who wouldn't want a bed like these.....

The queens bed with its summer wall hangings and bed covers

The princess's bed
the gardens spread as far as the eye can see and looked very inviting, but I think we would have needed another day to wander these

As far as the eye can see.......
For our last supper in Paris we went back to a small typical French restaurant that had been recommended on our first evening.  The meal was just as good as the first night and Mr. D had his Chocolate Soup as his desert......Yummy!!

Hazel nuts, Vanilla Ice cream and Hot Chocolate. 
We had a wonderful 50th Anniversary (thanks Neil and Megan, Sarah and Peter, Jan and Adam  and my sister Jeannette), certainly many memories to be added to the long list.  

This will be my last post before Christmas, so let me wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and if you're travelling - safe journey.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Celebrations

This week was a celebratory week.  It began on Monday Celebrating Christmas at Higham Piecemakers.  The group meets for the whole day, and often there is some sort of project that you can join in with if you want, but most of us are there just to enjoy each others company.  We bring a shared lunch and I have to say the ladies do us all proud.  During the day there was a Secret Santa, and a raffle for  charity, but what we all look forward to with trepidation anticipation is the yearly Challenge.... Dar Dum!!!  This year we were given a fat quarter of fabric and the workings of a clock......you guessed it - we have to use the fabric to make a clock-- great, as I could use a clock in my room.  This challenge has to be finished about March time, but I wont be doing any 'show and tell' until the group has its big reveal day.

Tuesday was a quite day, but Wednesday was the start of our BIG anniversary weekend.  Our children and my sister have clubbed together to give us a weekend in Paris.  We travel in style on Euro Star on Thursday morning, but as it is an early (ish )start we decided to go down to London on Wednesday.  Once we told the children of our Wednesday start this arrived in the post...........

How posh is that invitation?
Afternoon Savoury Tea for two.  Yummy!!

I just thought I might add some photos from our memories over the past 50 years together, don't worry there are not tooooooooo many....

Back on the Big Day 1965

Don't we look sweet???
 First holiday as a married couple...

Oh so young
 We moved to South Africa in 1982 with our 3 children.  Guess who dressed us for this Punk Party!!

My jacket borrowed from daughters boyfriend..
Amanzimtoti Durban 1985 

That water is so inviting
 Studio Photos..... goodness it seems so long ago



 Our Silver Wedding Anniversary..... we had a party with all of our friends.

Fun times 
 A move to Cape Town 1991, back to just the two of us....

Picnic on Signal Hill C.T.
 Our son and daughter-in-law owned a house at Bettys Bay Cape Town, where we spent many happy holidays and long weekend breaks.

The rock that we are sitting on was a favourite place for sun set photos 
 Since we have moved back to the U.K. in 2000, we have been lucky enough to spend many holidays visiting family and friends in South Africa

Mojo the African Experience Stellenbosch
 This  year we travelled back to Canada for a holiday and its always good to find somewhere new to visit.  This is a photo taken at the top of the mountain at Squamish where they have opened the 'Sea to Sky' gondola.  If ever you get the chance its worth a visit.
Blue blue skies 

Life always has its ups and downs, but I can honestly say we have had many more ups and generally a fantastic 50 years together.

Hopefully my next post will have some fantastic photos of Paris.