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.