Clare is the organiser of this and we met at her home this time. The morning was spent stitching and drinking tea/coffee and chatting.
Soon it was time to stop and have a bite to eat. Clare made us a lovely buffet lunch ....
and gorgeous cake to follow - black forest gateau.... yummy.
There was a show of work. It's lovely to see peoples work close up especially when you have watched it grow over time on the forum. The quilt that sat on the sofa was handmade by Jan, she is such a good quilter and does lovely work.
We are all readers so a book exchange is always fun. Wrapped up no-one has any idea what's in each parcel. Inside the book you add a card to say why you have passed it on and whether you liked it or not etc
I wrapped up and took along Celia Imrie's debut novel called Not Quite Nice which was won by Clare. I enjoyed it, she writes very much as she acts and the sequel to it is out soon.
The raffle ticket I chose corresponded to this one, included was the fabulous handmade lace bookmark made by Clare's mum. Thank you Jan for such a beautiful gift as well as the book.
Everyone donates a prize or two to the raffle. The money we raise from that always goes to make the forum advert free for a while which is nice. Great choice of gifts to choose from.
I chose the wrapped parcel when my number came up, a little surprise inside of a colouring book and pencils, that's going to be fun to use.
A few weeks before we meet, Clare gives us a theme for the goody bag exchange. There is a price limit so all bags are roughly the same value. This time the theme was "A song from your childhood" this one took some thinking about!
Here is the assortment of bags awaiting choosing
The choice is made by picking a homemade cake - carrot cake this time and taking the hidden ticket underneath (hopefully not your own)
We had a fun time watching each person open their contents and trying to guess the song they had chosen to use for it.
My bag came from Jan, a great choice and the song was "Grandad" by Clive Dunn. She had put a picture of her own granddad on the outside and all the contents were wrapped in brown paper and string. It was super and well thought out. DH loved the comic when I got home and was so excited to see most of his childhood favourites were still inside it.
My bag went to Clare, the song I chose was "The Ugly duckling". I did have another theme in mind, but came across the Marjolein Bastin duckling kit and my mind was changed
Angi received Clare's bag, the song for that one was "The Unicorn song" Gertrude the goose gave us all a giggle and as Angi had travelled on the train to meet us, Gertrude had a nice journey home inside a bag! (pic on Clare's blog as well as more information about Needlecraft Haven membership)
Angi's bag was won by Gill. Her song was 'How much is that doggy in the window'
and finally Gill's bag which was won by Jan (Clare's mum). "Sing a song of Sixpence" was Gill's choice with a clever chart added with both a blackbird and a pie on it by LHN.
All too soon it was time for us to pack away and head home, the day does fly by when you are having fun. Thank you Clare for organising another lovely day for us and baking such delightful treats.
Perhaps you saw on the 'show and tell sofa' my latest socks, just in case you missed them here's another pic I took at home before I left.
I stitched on my LHN WIP during Saturday morning as I had missed my Wednesday evening with Barb and the ladies from Neeedlecraft Haven as we all stitch an LHN or CCN design that evening. I've just the border to add now. Angi and Gill like this one so it will be off for them to stitch next when its completed.
I was also stitching on the Joyful World - April. That's almost finished as I have done some more so i'll wait till its completed to show you.
The March challenge was revealed at the weekend. The gallery can be seen here. This design was from Sub Rosa. I changed the colours and did a very simple finish.
I hope you had fun over the weekend and your life was filled with love and happiness
Blessings to you all