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Sunday, 23 March 2014

A lovely day with friends


The little local station is where my day starts when its 'meet up' day...

 
The train was on time and a short journey of just over 15 minutes is all it takes for me.  I was met by Clare at the other end and we waited for the train to arrive carrying 2 new ladies who were coming for the first time.  Angi and Gill arrived and we made the very short walk to The Abbey pub where we spent our day.
 
There were 10 of us this time in the separate lounge that has been newly decorated since our last time there ...
 
Clare's mum, Lisa and Tina

Clare and Lynn
 
Lindsay, Angie, Gill and Angi
 
and of course me.  To see me, you'll have to hop over to Clare's blog.
 
Wonderful work that we have seen growing on the forum since the last meet up was on the show table.  Lindsay's beading is always so beautiful and fabulous to see close up.
 





 
A morning of drinking something nice from the pub menu and chatting and stitching and soon it was time for a lunch break.  Lots to choose from and with waiter service, it does make the day nice. I had this ...
 
Afterwards it's time for the fun. 
 
A book exchange - if you are a reader, bring a wrapped book you have enjoyed to pass on.  Raffle tickets were given out and drawn for you to go and choose a parcel.   6 books were there this time.
 
 
I chose to wrap and giveaway a book that was given to me by Barb when I visited her last Spring. It was a lovely read and as she was not able to be with us - although we did have a lovely surprise as she rang and chatted with us during the afternoon which made the day that little bit extra special.
 
Angie received my book, which was this.
 
 
and the one I had was from Gill, she also included a beautiful stitched bookmark too. 
Thank you Gill.
 

The raffle was well supported with donations.  I'd knitted an easter bunny and Lindsay had made an easter chick bookmark, 10 prizes in all.


The money raised from the raffle is used to make the forum advert free, this time we raised enough to make it clear for the next 6 months, that will be till the next meet up, brilliant!

My prize was the mint choccies ....

 
We always have a goody bag exchange.  It doesn't have to be stash inside the bag but there is a price value and also a theme to it.  This time the theme was 'Nursery Rhymes'   No obligation to join, but its fun to try and think what to put into it.
 
 
Clare always does something different as a way to decide who gets which bag.  This time she had made gingerbread men for us, each had your name on it and a raffle ticket attached.
 

The corresponding ticket was added randomly to the bags.
 
I had an idea, I would do Baa Baa Black Sheep, I'd need 3 bags though to fulfill the nursery rhyme....
 
 
At the craft club I used the sewing machine and made 3 drawstring bags. I thought the fabric on the bags could be used to back ornaments and the ribbon drawstring also used if the recipient didn't want the bags.
 
One for the master ..... pirate ship fabric and the contents, a bottle of Black Sheep Ale...
 
 
One for the dame....... old fashioned sewing implements adorned the fabric for this one with stash contents to keep her busy lol
 
 
and one for the little boy who lives down the lane......teddy bear fabric bag and  a couple of little sheep chocolate lollipops filled that bag.
 
 
My bag was won by Angi.
 
Lindsay put together the bag I received.  Lots of differing nursery rhymes she chose to use for hers. A great assortment of things which were lovely.  Thanks Lindsay.
 
 
Just for the ladies who have attended the day, you are invited to take part in an exchange after the meet up.  This time it will be a coaster with a summer theme.  5 questions were asked, your name and address put on the card and sealed in the envelope.  You then chose an envelope with your partners details inside. No one knows who gets who, no host for this exchange.  Reveal date is 30th June so quite a while to wait, lots of time to decide what to stitch or make. 
 
 
All too soon the day draws to an end and it's time for home. 
 
Thanks ladies, I had a very lovely day and look forward to seeing you again at the autumn meet up and thanks to Clare for organising it for us.
 
 
 

27 comments:

Angela P said...

It sounds and looks like you had a lovely time with your stitching friends. This is something I've always wanted to be a part of :)

Clare - Aimetu said...

It's always a lovely day seeing so many friends - it's my pleasure to organise it for the lovely ladies at Needlecraft Haven

http://needlecrafthaven.yuku.com/directory

stitchersanon said...

What an amazing day! I am green with envy but very greatful you have shared it with us. So many goodies! And yes, would love a donated bunny: I had to wait until I decided what to do so am going to go for it. So very pleased you had a great time on your special day. That is exactly what craft should be about.

Shirlee said...

What a fun day! Thanks so much for taking us along : )

Lecoeurceltique said...

Sounds as though a great day was had by all.

Tina said...

Great blog post Julie,it was a lovely day and the Gingerbread woman was the best I have ever had

butterfly said...

Looks like a good time was had by all , thanks for sharing .

Linda said...

Sounds like a perfect day with crafting friends - such a talented group of ladies too with all the work on show.

cucki said...

Aww looks like you all had fun time :)
Beautiful stitching...hugs xxx

Hazel said...

A beautiful day! I was just saying I thin kI must be going mad... I thought it was last Saturday which is why I said I couldn't go last Friday! Give me a kick next time will ya? xxx

Lesley said...

Wonderful pictures of a fantastic day.

Maggie said...

Sounds like you had a great day Julie, sorry i couldn't be there.

Lovely goody bag exchange, that was quite a challenging one this time:-)
I did a double take when i saw the book you got in the book exchange, I had one of her books in a Prima goody bag from the Hobbycraft fair on Thursday, I had never come across her name before, then twice in a few days :-)

Have a great week xx

Mary Ann said...

Thank you, Julie, for sharing the day you had with stitching friends--looks like a lot of fun was had!

Carin said...

What a wonderful post to read and seeing all those love pictures. You must have a great days with the ladies.
Now of to read Clare's blog ;-)

Christine said...

Looks like you had a fabulous day Julie, and so much lovely work on display

Chris said...

Sounds like you all had a good time.. and beautiful work on show as usual
Chris x

Kate said...

sounds like a fab day - lots of lovely activities/exchanges too. Hope I can manage to get to the next one.

Mii Stitch said...

Great! I read about this on Clare's blog ;) It really look like a fun day with stitchy friends!!!

Vickie said...

What a fabulous get together. You are so clever with your nursery rhyme. How blessed you all are.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Jealous! Days like that are always wonderful!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a great day out, it's so much fun to meet up with like-minded people and just enjoy stitching together.

I love all the thought people put into the exchanges and prizes.

Lesleyanne said...

Looks like you all had a great time. Lovely photos.

Carol said...

You are so lucky to have such good stitching friends nearby, Julie. What a fun day and that train ride looks great, too! We don't have local trains like that in our area, unfortunately...

Thanks for sharing the photos of the ladies and all of their lovely work. Enjoy your new book and pretty bookmark, Julie!

Julie said...

Your little station looks just like ours. :)
So lucky to have a bunch of friends who have the same interests and meet up for the day and have fun.

Melanie said...

This is a great post!!!! So many nice goodies and good times. Just love seeing it all. Thanks for sharing. :)

Brigitte said...

Such a great get-together with so many things that warm your heart - stitching, chatting, show and tell, book exchnages and future exchnages - what do you want more. I love that little bookmark that you received together with the book. It's so beautiful. I think I'll soon have to stitch a new one ,too.

Sally said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Love seeing all the stitching and the lovely exchanges etc.