Tuesday, 14 August 2012

A Reunion, not! But That's What It Felt Like.

You may remember a couple of weeks ago that I said an internet friend was coming over to the UK for a wedding and she wanted to meet up. This weekend, after a few false starts, both of us lost internet access, EEk but finally we made it! I know some of you follow Karin Foster and that was who came to visit with her partner,Ken. They arrived Sunday tea-time so straight away we went for something to eat at a local pub and then back to ours where Karin and I exchanged gifts. Karin makes the most exquisite castles and keeps out of builders foam and she had very generously made one for me.

The detail in them is incredible and the stained glass window is beautiful
Thank you Karin! It is much appreciated. I will have to decide what scene
to put in it but I'm spoilt for choice with ideas so will wait until I decide which best will do it justice.

We then chatted all night about everything and nothing while watching the Olympic closing ceremony, Steve and Ken retired to bed and left us to it. It was just like meeting up with an old friend but all too soon it was the following morning and after breakfast they had to go. They were then going up to Windermere and then crossing over to Yorkshire and driving down to Sussex. Last night they stayed at Thirsk and were going to the James Herriott Museum today. They fly back to Canada on Thursday and I am so glad they made the effort to drive up to Lancashire to see us.

See you later.....

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Birthday Raffle.

Another sunny day in May, 4 days on the trot, can we dare hope that Summer has arrived? The DH is still away on a course so I've been taking advantage of being on my own and having a lot of  "me" time and doing plenty of minis. The swap group I belong to have a Birthday Raffle every year, this is my first year, so I decided to get organised and make a start on 4 little hearth rugs. Why 4?  because 4 fit into my embroidery hoop at once. I went for a traditional design which I'm hoping will work as at the moment they look a bit bitty.  From the back, which is the side you work from, the pattern looks quite distinct,  

But the other side looks a bit of a blur, and the stems and flowers aren't all that clear. I'm hoping it will come together when I fill in the main colour.

If not I'm scuppered!! 

We are now at the end of June and the weather has been awful, rain, rain and more rain. I'm not scuppered, I have filled in the main colour and the pattern is now a lot clearer. I don't know if you can tell from the photo but two rugs have been filled in.

I find these little needle punches rather therapeutic and as long as I concentrate I can do them while watching TV, usually on a Saturday night, at the Van watching Casualty! Lose concentration at your peril because it results in stabbed fingers, which I frequently do. 

All finished and I sat back and waited for August for the raffle to take place. We've been away to the Lakes for four days and when we arrived home last night there was a large envelope behind the front door.

Aren't they great? and the best thing is I can use all of them in my dh. I've been in swaps before and received stuff that I'd have had to have made " The Olde Curiosity Shoppe " to fit them in. Roll on next month, when it is my Birthday, and I will receive my birthday minis.

See you later....