Last week was a strange one, it started off very quietly but soon gained momentum, a couple of stressful days and a lovely surprise in the post from Karen. She's made me this lovely fob using her own handmade glass beads, aren't these little hearts the most beautiful thing, thank you so much Karen, its beautiful and i love it.
Friday, i was in a local department store attending a book signing. Lynda Page lives locally and writes novels set in the city i live in. This latest book - A Bitter Legacy - is her 25th and i have them all in my collection with about half of them signed copies. She loves to meet her readers and often has a book signing when a new one comes out, we had a lovely chat and she signed 2 copies for me, one for my own collection and one for a family member too. They are what i call a quick and easy read. Have you read any of her books?
Saturday was the meet-up of Needlecraft Haven stitchers
DH drove me over as he needed to use the car to get to the community centre open day with all his goodies for the table he was to supervise. He also took the camera with him so i only got to take a few pics on my phone.
The day whizzed by as it usually does. I sat next to Tina, i managed to sneak a pic of her busily stitching away! Tracy was on the other side of me which was nice as i had only briefly spoken to her a couple of times before. It was nice to get to know you better Tracy.
There were tables with goodies for sale for those who couldn't resist temptation. Dawn from Crafty Kitten brought along a lovely selection of her hand dyed fabrics and Vicky from India Grace also joined us. I think there were about 28 of us this time. Homemade goodies to eat - Chris your hubby's tea loaf was amazing and i really do need to get the recipe for that.
Chris, Lindsay, Rachael and Clare are all hard at work, and you can see how lovely the area is that we have to stitch in. Chris has some pics on her blog, she even managed to snap one of me sitting on the right of Tina and her friend Pat - we do look very busy don't we LOL. Rachael also has some pics on her blog too.
Mr Stick was unable to attend with me although i think the ladies were a little pleased. He did send a relative along to keep one of the ladies on track with her UFO stitching. I'd like you to meet Miss Tickling Stick, she is a little mischief maker and is still wearing her costume and red nose from Friday nights Comic Relief fun and laughter. I wonder if Clare will get St George (her long term UFO) finished soon as she now has a little 'sticky' helper to assist. Thanks for organising a lovely day yesterday and the stitching competition game was such fun, i better revise a bit more for next time though Miss LOL
Some of the wonderful stitched pieces on show
The amazing HAED that Hazel's dad has been working on was there for us all to admire, of course i had to look at the back .... WOW it was so neat and tidy - well done Dad, would you like my QS to finish LOL
And finally just to prove that i have been doing something myself last week when i had five minutes, here are all 15 motifs for Floral Fifteen completed. I've also made a start on the cardigan using the lovely wool that Barb sent in the baby box for DD, a lovely pattern but it does need a bit of concentration, and i learned how to do something new in this pattern too.
I started a new small project and that was what i took to work on at the meet-up, just a small bit left to do before it's finished so i'll show you that next time.
Thank you to all who were at the meet-up on Saturday and to the pub for the meal afterwards, i had the most enjoyable day. It was just what i needed after the stressful midweek happenings. I very tired lady was collected by DH after the meal and was soon snoozing on the sofa after a short journey home. See you all next time, love to you all