Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Happy Easter - enjoy today with lots of treats, time making memories and celebrating new life as we move into spring

Happy Easter
It's been very tiring and taken all morning but I have got myself
Washed and dressed, helped DH washmy hair, dried it and put a littld makeup on. I feel so much better in myself but totally drained now, I didn't appreciate before how much we use our legs (not just for walking) and how much energy is needed to lift and hitch using my arms.

Anyway another big step (metaphorical) achieved !!

Exhausted but pleased to have done so much
Today is Opening Day at Needlecraft Haven for our Easter Exchange. We had to stitch an Easter themed ornament for our partner, send a card and a little treat for Easter.

My lovely goodies were from Christine, thank you.

Christine sent a lovely card, a very much appreciated bag of Kindle and beautiful ornament with crochet flower fastener.

Beautifully wrapped gifts from Christine 
My gifts unwrapped
My Easter Ornament stitched by Christine
My parcel travelled north to Justine. I enjoyed stitching Gill's needlecase so much I used a similar design but with beads. I had not made a flat finish before so I was quite nervous but it turned out really well.

I included a card, a bag of Daim mini eggs, two Lindt mini rabbits and the stitched egg.

The parcel I sent to Justine 
The beaded egg I stitched for Justine
I have been running a little competition on Needlecraft Haven involving the number of posts members made from January to the end of March. A fair bit of maths involved but Justine had the highest post percentage increase and Julie the highest number of posts. I sent them each a little prize - the fabric I found in Tiger was perfect for Spring.

Spring prize
Spring prize
Just before my little 'trip' I made a 65th birthday cake for our friend, he loved it - I think I'd take the younger age option !

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2017

I nearly decided to pull out of Jo's Blog Hop (read my blog post from yesterday) but I'm so glad I didn't as doing stuff is so helpful in many ways.

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop is organised by the lovely Jo at Serendipitous Stitching 

Spring Needleroll
There is a  great line-up of blogs for you to visit and collect a letter from each one. 
Here's my letter:



The letters will form a short phrase if you visit the blogs in the listed order on Jo's post, or you can follow the trail from blog to blog - after me pop along to 

http://astitchersstory.blogspot.com and discover which letter the lovely Vickie has. 

We usually put up our Easter Tree which is an old branch from my Grandmother's contorted hazelnut but this year it will stay in the shed :( there are so many bits and bobs around with me now being downstairs and it's more for DH and DD to do, Easter will pass by quietly for us this year. 

Sending you all Easter Blessings

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Oops - missed the step

Just a quick update - I'll be back tomorrow with Jo's Easter fun and back Sunday as it's opening day for Needlecraft Haven Easter Exchange, so this is just a quick post to give you the latest news.....

... I've broken my legs !!!!

Friday should have been the start of a great weekend away with friends at Stratford-upon-avon. Unfortunately within minutes of arriving I fell down a step I didn't see.

Everyone has been so kind:

  • the Ambulance teams were lovely at getting me out and off to Warwick Hospital
  • the A&E doctors amazing at realigning my dislocated left ankle
  • the Ward nurses so caring in looking after me
  • the surgeons brilliant at resetting the three broken bones in my left leg and fitting a plate
  • the physiotherapy team so kind in showing me how to wear the big boot on my broken right foot 
  • the Occupational Health team for providing the equipment so I could come home. 


So home I am, moving only from bed to bathroom on my speedy chair. Our bed is downstairs now and will be for at least 6 weeks.
View from my bed this morning 
I've had so many messages and cards, thank you. I'm hoping to pick up a needle tonight and do some stitching.

See you all again tomorrow when the Easter fun begins.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Cake, flowers and a small bit of stitching

Every year I take part in the MS Society Cake Break fundraising event. You can host a cake bake anywhere, previously I've done this at school on a teacher training day but this year it was 'open house' at ours from 10am until late.

I baked five cakes for enjoying with tea or coffee on the day and an extra cake for the raffle prize. in previous years the MS Society have sent out a black out card which has always been popular and I always baked a cake for the winner but as there was no card this year I raffled a Coffee and Walnut Cake.
Donation pot - raffle prize - gift aid form
all very important at a Cake Break event
I have to pace myself with the baking so made two cakes ahead of time and popped them in the freezer, and the others I made over the few days before.

I find if I bake two or three that's enough. I usually mix one and whilst it's baking mix the next - then have a rest while the first cooks. I mix the third when the second has gone in again having a rest until it's done - and a long rest whilst the third cooks.

The decorating is done on the day and I try to make it similar so I am not making lots of different things. This year I baked:
Victoria Sponge Cake
Ginger Cake
Chocolate Guinness Cake
Carrot Cake 
Coffee and Walnut Cake 

Cake Break Table 
Victoria Sponge Cake and Coffee & Walnut Cake
SGinger Cake
 
Chocolate Guinness Cake
Carrot Cake
The day itself was great fun, I had many friends call by throughout the day for a cuppa and a slice (or two) of cake. Some friends I haven'r seen for quite a while so it was nice to sit and chat, it was also lovely to see new friends who came to support my Cake Break, thank you.

As well as baking for the day from 1st March to end of April I have been taking orders for cakes charging £5 a cake. I have made 11 so far with 6 more to do - it will add a little more to the donations pot.

One of my ex-colleagues from school won the raffle prize - well done Jane.

I have not added all the money up as yet but it is looking as if it will be over £150 when I have finished baking, which is not bad for a few cakes.

Spring has certainly arrived in our garden, last autumn for the first time I planted some bulbs in containers. I was very worried about them as the squirrels seemed to be digging in the tubs either burying or looking for their nuts. However we do have flowers, in fact the garden is looking quite colourful.


 

And I have some beautiful flowers inside, from our lovely daughter for Mother's Day. She gave them me when we visited her in Cardiff for the weekend - you can read about our visit on my travel/wine blog Aimetu's 

My gorgeous lillies
And finally a little stitching, and it is little. It's last month's challenge on Needlecraft Haven; Christmas Joy Pinkeep by Pineberry Lane. It's for my church tree, perfect for Winter Wonderland.

March Challenge
Thank you for reading my news - it will soon be Easter, have a good time everyone x x ociety

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Two little surprise gifts

Justine very kindly sent my Frosty Forest by LHN to use for my church tree this year so in return I stitched her a little ornament.

Brittercup Design
I also sent a Liverpool football emblem chart as I know the chaps in her family are supporters - sorry Justine if I gave you more stitching to do.

My other gift was for our lovely daughter Philly. She has a good job, great life in Cardiff but working in the field of elite athletes does come with a large amount of responsibility (playing rugby is the easy bit of their lives) At times her job gets a bit tricky so I stitched this coaster for her desk to help.

Newton's Law
Happy Mother's Day to all the mums and fondest memories of mums and grandmothers who have touched our lives in times gone by.

We've had a lovely weekend in Cardiff with my Hubby's mum and partner visiting Philly. Keep watching  my travel blog Aimetu's as I'll be posting my photos on there once we're home.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Upcycling

A few years ago I made an old watch box into a sewing box to take on holiday. I love it so much I actually use it everyday and unfortunately the lid broke: this is my box as it was, I lined the inside too and made a small jar for orts, using the lid as a pin cushion.

A free design from Blue Ribbon Designs
Inside lined with sewing themed fabric
I have another watch box so thought I'd take the old one apart and fit the pieces to my new box .... but of course it's a different size !!

I didn't want to throw away my sampler so I carefully cut it out and it just fitted into a coaster - perfect for my coffee cup when I put it on the mantle (nearest place to the left side of my sofa)

Upcycled - my new coaster 
So I needed to make my new box into a sewing box. I lined the lid and added my beautiful Angel from Gill. The orts jar fits perfectly, in fact with it being slightly bigger I can fit my Thread Heaven in too.
My new box with it's lid lined and Gill's Angel 
This time I used a Brittercup Design chart I had in my stash
I also used spare threads I've had for ages from kits.
I have lots of thread left over from kits I did a while ago so I looked through as decided on a colour theme. I just need to order the button to go between the two leaves at the bottom of the design. I didn't expect to be stitching this or making a new box but I have enjoyed it.

I've stitched another ornament for my Winter Wonderland - it's a Little House Needleworks designs but without the border; Seven Pines

Ornament 4 for my Winter Wonderland tree
 I have stitched a few other things but at the moment they are under wraps. I have a few special pieces to stitch for this year so quite often I'll have to just give hints on my blog, sorry, but with my church stitching and the happenings at Needlecraft Haven there will be plenty to share.

This morning I have planted up a few spring flowers. Our garden is north facing so gets very little sun until late February/early March - I had to move my bulb pots to the top of the garden as the flowers were not appearing. Now they have had direct sun for a few weeks they are starting to bloom. It's very satisfying to put out spring flowers, get rid of the final dead leaves and general spruce the garden up for the new season to bloom.

Canterbury Bells, Primroses and Violas 
Violas, Pansies and Primroses
 I hope your gardens are beginning to bloom and your stitching is progressing too. Thank you for calling by :)

Sunday, 5 March 2017

How I made my needlecase

The needlecase exchange for Needlecraft Haven members at our autumn meet up was great fun. I have not made a needlecase for a long time and decided to make a stiffened one.

It took me a few days as I was quite nervous: I did a bit then left it a while before doing another bit. After stitching the design I mounted it on card (no wadding), glued the edges down, stitched lace around the edge and stitched the ribbon for tieing.

First stage of my needlecase 
I couldn't find any cording the right size or colour so using some crochet thread I made my own and attached it around the edge of the lace and down the centre fold.

Added cording 
For the inside I cut two pieces of cream felt - one to cover the back and one to be the inner to hold the needles and pins.

Felt pieces
To hold the felt down I used blanket stitch around the large piece of felt, stitching mainly to the lace. For the inner felt I used daisy chain stitch down the centre to hold it in place and added the pins and needles.

Felt stitched in place
I love how this turned out, it was a good idea to take my time and do it in stages. My needlecase was for Gill, she loves it too.

Finished needlecase for Gill

My Exchange parcel for Gill with card and choccies 

It's always fun to arrange the meet ups for Needlecraft Haven, although it's getting harder to think of themes and ideas for the exchange.

 I love the meet up days, our next meet up is April 22nd, again in Nuneaton - our theme is 'My Favourite Place' but as yet I have no idea what to stitch for the exchange.