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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

What's happening here...

Were you all wondering where i had been?

It's been a busy time here organising the Horticultural Show and lots of other stuff going on too, nice stuff though, not bad stuff. I'm up to date with blog reading but not had time to take pics and upload and do a blog posting recently.

A few snapshots from the show last weekend :-

Here's hubby receiving his trophy from our local celebrity gardener Adi Dayman for the Best Vegetable in the Show, it was for his cucumber, he also got one of my stitched books.

We make a handmade gift for Adi and this year i made a keyring for him.

I've just uploaded a few pics from the camera of stitching thats been happening over the last month or so, just some smalls though.

Clare celebrated her birthday on Monday so i can now reveal the little gift i made.

Augusts ornament for the monthly SAL is still sitting here waiting to be finished, i've taken a pic whilst i had the camera out before its made up. This design i saw recently at Catherine's blog - Bramblewood Stitches and so beautifully she had made it up, i knew i had to stitch my copy. It looks really different on the red 27ct linda fabric.

The Wednesday evening SAL nights have resumed again at NH last week. This time the designers chosen are LHN and CCN. Never one to miss an opportunity, i've cheated the first week and used a CCN design from last years JCS ornament magazine for both the SAL night and the monthly ornament. Again, this needs making up but i had to take a pic for the forum so decided to show you that too. I've chosen Daisy Lane Cottage for my next project, Barb is also doing the same design, she's posted an update as she started last week, hop on over and have a look, it's beautiful.

DH's granny blanket has also had a few rows added. Now the temperatures are dropping and the cooler autumn weather is coming he's asked if it will be finished this year? Better make more of an effort with this otherwise the answer will be no!

The Autumn exchange has been stitched and promptly sent out on the due date to my partner, No reveal of that though till the end of the month when we open the parcels all together on the same date.

The monthly challenge is also finished, as usual reveal for that is the end of the month too. It's a good job really as i need to make it up. I'll do that together with the 2 ornaments when i get back from my holiday. Did i mention i am off for a little break for a few days? DH and i have been really busy recently and decided a little relaxation and quiet time was needed for us both to recharge our batteries. I'm hoping we get some nice autumnal sunshine like we had last year.

Reading is still happening with great gusto. I've finished The Island and it was lovely. Agatha has had another adventure too in the Wizard of Evesham and i started another one of her adventures last night with the Witch of Wyckhadden - easy reading when very busy and you just need a 10 minute break with a book and a cuppa.

Thanks for your continued visits here and i'm *waving* a hello to the new followers that i see have arrived, welcome, i hope you enjoy your visit here.

Well, that's it for now, better catch up on some other stuff thats been neglected recently and i'll see you again when i come back from the seaside.


  1. Have a lovely time by the seaside, you definitively need it after all that lovely work! ☺ Mii, x

  2. Great pictures from the show. Lovely stitching. Glad you enjoying your Agatha books, I know I enjoy them. Hope you have a great holiday.

  3. What wonderful stitching Julie, and it's funny I am also making Ron the same cover and he keeps saying is it finished yet ha.
    Your show looks very much like our was I was so busy didn't get much chance to take many photos.
    Well done, I know what work go's into it all, thanks for sharing, hugs.

  4. The show looks very interesting
    Pretty stitches, love the hot mitt for Clare
    Congrats to your hubby

  5. The show is looking so lovely ..
    Lovely stitching..Hope you have a lovely holiday xxx

  6. I looked yesterday when we got back to see if you had posted, I'm always in awe of how much you achieve!
    All you stitching and finishing looks great, as usual, and congratulations to your husband on his prize too :-)

    Have a fantastic holiday, i shall look forward to seeing your photos when you get back.

  7. Congratulations to your hubby. What a fantastic amount of stitching you have completed recently.

    Have a lovely time away. x

  8. The show looks lovely and well done to the cucumber king! Gosh, all I have done is receive the chart for the September challenge but did send off my exchange piece! I am stitching in the parlour too on Wednesdays so will see you there!

  9. The show looks lovely, well done on all your stitching and congrats to hubby for his cucumber ;-) I love my oven mitt - thank you :)

  10. Lovely photo's of your Show. You must be local to Leics having Adi Dayman come along. I am a member of Burbage Gardening Club, Leics.

  11. Looks like the show went well Julie, our flowers and veg were really down this year because of the weather but the craft and cookery side were way up.
    Some lovely stitching and crochet there.
    Enjoy your holiday!

  12. Sounds like you have been very busy Julie :) Congratulations to your DH.

    Love your ornaments. I'm going to take part in the Wednesday night SAL as soon as I get myself motivated again.

    The granny blanket is coming along nicely. Wish I'd started my afghan earlier as it's getting rather chilly now!

    Enjoy your break :)

  13. Looks like the show was a big success, Julie--and congrats to your husband on his best vegetable ribbon!! The blanket you're making for him looks great--love those colors and your stitching is so pretty--especially the one done on red!

    Have a wonderful vacation--I think autumn is one of the best times of year to get away :)

  14. Congrats to the hubby for winning Best of Show! Super adorable keyring for the giftie too for Adi. Great job on that AND the other stitchies. You've been busy busy finishing up a lot of stuff! I would need a little break too. Enjoy!!!!!! :)

  15. The show looks like fun. Congratulations to your husband. I love your pretty finishes. And you are crocheting! Isn't it great to keep you warm as the temperatures are starting to drop now?

    Hugs from Holland ~

  16. Looks like a lot of goodies at the show. Congrats to your husband! Love all of your finishes and wow, I love how you finished that Piece on the red!! It always amazes me how changing the colors of the fabrics and threads can make a piece look so different!
    Seaside time sounds wonderful! Wish I could have some!!

  17. YOu have been busy Julie but you've stitched a lot of great stuff!

  18. Congrats to your hubby!
    And lovely finishes recently.
    Hope you are having a good time at the seaside.

  19. Lovely pictures..fantastic stitching too...makes me want to go and get my needles out....oh good idea. I'm off! Thanks Julie xx


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