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It’s been a while May 22, 2009

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So much has happened since my last blog that I don’t know where to start. I’m pretty hopeless at blogging I really deserve a good kick up the derrière que pensez vous 😉 hee hee.

I had a really good time when I went back home to spend time with my family and my mother was totally taken aback by her surprise party on the Friday evening. She knew something was up but not quite what but it all went well and we enjoyed a lovely meal. More food followed on Saturday evening – another surprise – where myself, Ian, Sandra and Phill took our parents to a posh Chinese restaurant. We had a bit of a banquet, all ate far too much and there was still loads left over – I could eat some right now! As they have only ever eaten takeaway Chinese food it gave them a chance to sample loads of different dishes and it was quite hilarious to see my Mum and Dad attempting to eat with chopsticks so good fun was had by all. Her third surprise of the weekend was a trip to Worcester to see my other sister and her children so all in all her 70th birthday was a memorable one.

Sandra also had a surprise when I gave her my first ever scissors fob I had made attached to a lovely pair of scissors. The cat design was obtained from xstitcherhappy . I tried to pick out the colours of the scissors and as this was mostly done by guess work I thought it came out quite well. There is a different design on each side of the fob –here are some pics.



When I visited Sandra and Phill I got to see her new craft room which Phill had made for her – it was fantastic and the fact that three of her cats were all cuddled up together sunning themselves was lovely to see. I wish I had had more time to spend there as I could have spent hours looking through all her stash – it was like being in a shop. I know she has been collecting for a few years and she literally has everything you could think of and so many lovely lovely threads. She had just had a few finishes back from the framers – you can see these on her blog. I also got to see some of her work hanging on the walls and a lot of her finished projects which had not been framed along with some UFO’s and her intended “new starts”. I think another trip will have to be sorted so I can have a really good look but I did leave there with a few more things – thank you Sandra 😉
On the Monday myself and Sandra finally got to go to Polstitches. We had arranged to meet up and it was a beautiful day and a very pleasurable drive. I am used to country roads but it was the first time for Sandra to venture to that part of Wales and she really enjoyed the scenery on the way. We spent quite a long time there and it was nice to met Jo who made us very welcome and helped me with my choice of fabric and thread for my designs. I managed to buy one or two things (cough splutter) – a couple of fabric grab bags, scissors, threads, more fabric – linen and hand-dyed, a daylight lamp, some new charts (I’ll post these next time) plus a few other bits and bobs. Now we have found our way there I’m sure we will be going again very soon. Sandra was drooling in the quilting shop attached to Polstitches and is almost on the verge of attempting quiltting – she promised to make me a project bag!

Monday evening I unpacked my goodies and sorted my fabric and threads ready to start stitching my new designs. This took quite a bit of time but very pleasing to see my stash grow. As it was such a lovely day here on Tuesday I sat out in the sun and started Papillon Creations Midnight Garden. I am using Polstitches hand-dyed 28 count Jobelan Avalon over two in monochrome and Carrie’s Creations hand-dyed floss Tropical Water I was going to use a dark purple colour but both Jo and Sandra thought the colour I picked was nicer and I am glad I took their advice. Here is what I have done on this new start.


The pic doesn’t really show the colours at their best so I will try and take a better one on my next update.

Another new start for me on Saturday was Ink Circles Cirque des Triangles using 28 count linen over two in monochrome and again Carrie’s Creations hand-dyed floss in Mojave Fire. I have actually stitched a lot more than is showing in the pic as one miscounted stitch had me unpicking the whole of the bottom half of the large triangle 😦

CDT - Week 1

I came across a blog called Ink Circles Stitchers and I have joined this today and will be posting my progress on here.

I have also kitted up Polstitches Celtic Dragon


which I will be doing as a SAL with Sandra but not quite sure when. Welsh is Ian’s first language and living in a mosly Welsh speaking town Jo has agreed to do me a chart to change the word “Welcome” to “Croeso” which was really kind of her.

I’m itching to start on an idea I have had to stitch the designs of Marie-Thérèse Saint-Aubin “Chats” but am waiting for some threads before I start this so watch this space.

I have already posted on Queen Lily and that about brings me up to date with my stitching.

I’m currently using a very old computer to blog which runs Windows 98 (yes it’s that old) and is pretty useless so this weekend I may have to treat myself to something a but more up to date and set myself up a little “office” where I can blog away . I feel really guilty that I don’t have time to read and leave comments on blogs that often but this machine is so slow and keeps crashing it is so frustrating!. I really do need a new computer – well that’s my excuse anyway and I’m sticking to it.

It’s a Bank Holiday here on Monday so I hope you have a good weekend and get plenty of time to stitch.

Here endeth my post 😉



1. jane - May 23, 2009

sounds like you have been having a great time. Good to see that you have started CdesT, the rate I am going you will be catching me up but I think Sandra must be way ahead by now. Love the stash you purchased – must get down to Jo’s shop one of these days myself.

2. claire93 - May 23, 2009

well THAT was a nice long post, well worth waiting for ^^
lovely to read about your Mum’s 70th, family reunions and all that delicious chinese food (I agree, I could eat some right now) . . . and to hear about your trip to Polstitches AND more about Sandra’s stash room which sounds like my idea of heaven !.
Your choice of fabrics for your new projects look gorgeous – I love the colours you’ve chosen for Midnight Garden.
Am now going to visit the Ink Circles blog you’ve found – LOVE discovering new blogs ^^

3. claire93 - May 23, 2009

and forgot to say – well done on your cute dinky scissor fob !!! it’s really beautiful and matches scissors perfectly

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