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Friday, 31 December 2010

W is for WRONG ...

and thats exactly whats been happening to the W letter on Grand Marquoir. Not once, but twice i have frogged out this letter this week, how come i suddenly cannot count to 5? I've stuffed it back in the workbox so it will definately not be a finish for 2010 as i would have liked - never mind

Before i say goodbye to this year here are a few of the pics of the illumination walk DH and i took earlier this week

Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, prosperous and stitcherific 2011, i hope all your dreams come true next year, enjoy your new year celebrations


Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Did you all have a lovely Christmas?

I hope you all had a lovely festive season with your families and loved ones and peace, love and happiness were in abundance in your home.

The snow hung about allowing us to have a white Christmas. Lots of lovely roaring fires to keep us warm and cosy, plenty to eat and drink (non boozy stuff). DD, her partner and DS were here for their dinner on the big day and DD and partner came again for tea on Boxing Day, so a somewhat quiet time for DH and i but very enjoyable. I'm still recovering but getting a little better each day, thank you for your good wishes.

I was thoroughly spoilt by family and friends and received lots of wonderful gifts.

Thank you to Clare, Karen, Karan, Barb, Angi(no blog) and Kathy(no blog), these are the lovely gifts i received from these wonderful ladies ...

and here are some of the gifts i made and sent out ...

Yesterday DH took me into town for our Christmas walk to see the illuminated streets, the council take all the deocorations down before the New Year revellers are in the town hall square so they dont get damaged. We did take some pics, i just need to upload them onto here and then i can share with you. This years theme was 12 Days of Christmas and Narnia, they looked wonderful and i'm so pleased that i didn't miss them this year.

Happy Blogoversary!!!
Today is my 4th blogoversary, i can't believe i've been chatting away on here for that long, where does the time go to. With this in mind, i thought i had better have a draw, so if you would like to receive something handmade by me please say so in your comment and i'll give some thought to what i can rustle up for the winner. I'll leave the draw open for a week before i draw a name to give busy folks a chance to enter.

Love and {hugs}

Edited to say - i have no idea why the slideshows work fine in the preview but after upload you have to click screen to see the pics, sorry

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Wishing you a Merry Christmas

It's always nice to receive a surprise in the mail and this lovely ornament dropped through my letterbox today. Julianne had stitched me a Christmas surprise, the design is by Prairie Schooler. Thank you so much Julianne it really did brighten my day today and it looks wonderful on my Christmas tree, it accompanies the lovely PS santa that you stitched for me in our exchange in a previous year.

Talking of exchanges, Christine and i have have exchanged our Christmas ornament. Christine has a love of penguins so i decided to stitch Chilly's Gift the free design from Stitchy Kitty for her, i made it into a little pocketed pillow and added a little chocolate treat as the gift from Chilly! The finishing on the one i received from Christine is stunning, i do love the ric rac edging, it looks so effective, i might have to have a go at that next year when i am making an ornament. Thank you so much Christine, it was a fun exchange.

You may have noticed that i haven't visited your blog recently, i do apologise for that but i have in fact not been on the computer at all. I have been really ill with the respiratory virus's that are about here in the UK, mine almost turning into pneumonia and i have only just escaped a stay in hospital (much to DH's relief).

Christmas for DH and i will be very quiet and peaceful, he has been an absolute star whilst i've been unwell and has put the tree up and also this wonderful hand knitted nativity that his late mum made for the children some years ago, we are now all organised and ready for the big day.

It would be so nice if the snow that is around lingers, its been so lovely to watch the local children outside playing since they finished school for the holidays. It does make it seem more like a traditional Christmas card scene when snow is here, i know its no fun for travellers but its great to watch out of the window.

Thanks to all of you for your visits here, i'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas with your families and loved ones. A very special thank you to my special stitching friends who have sent cards and gifts for me.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Happy Birthday Sally

Just a small gift that i sent to Sally for her birthday which was yesterday. The design is from a very old magazine, stitched over 1 it fitted perfectly on this little tape measure and i knew Sally didn't have one of these in her collection of stitched goodies.

I hope you had a lovely birthday Sally and were thoroughly spoilt by family and friends.

This is just a quick blog entry as i am in bed with this awful flu/cough/cold bug that seems to be really active in the UK right now. I have it thanks to DS who decided that he would share his germs, not the ideal time of the year to be sick when there is so much to do although the men in this house are happy that i don't have much of a voice right now...

Take care, hope all is well in your part of the world

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Happy Birthday Tina

Clear blue sky, a spot of winter sunshine, looks lovely from inside in the warm but venture outside and you really do get a chilly surprise. Temps here have been well below zero for the past week or so and ice is a problem. These lovely frosted trees are at the bottom of my neighbours garden and looked so lovely. A woodpecker lives in one of them, i hear him often and he can be seen on my bird feeders some mornings.

Tina (no blog, but really should have one!) from Stitch & Stash has a birthday today. She is a kitty lover so i decided to make her a beaded edge scissor fob using a Margaret Sherry design from an old magazine. I did add a couple more little things to the parcel (just to help your practice in making ornaments Tina LOL) but forgot to take a pic of those.

Last week, half a motif on GM was stitched - not worth a pic, and the ornament for my personal exchange with Christine so no other stitching pics to share this time. I've also decided on the design for the Round Robin at Stitch & Stash that starts in the New Year, but i'll save details of that for another post when i have the fabric all charted up ready to go.

Have you got your Christmas tree up yet? Hopefully mine will be going up this weekend if DH gets it out of the attic for me. I do have my advent Santa up and each day he gives me a lovely Quality Street choccie... yummy! I've also been practising getting a little festive by sampling the lovely seasonal M & M's that are on sale, why is it they taste so much better than the usual ones and i can polish off a whole packet in one sitting if i am not careful LOL