Monday, 31 October 2016

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween - all my spooky stitching is out - lovely gifts I've received in precious exchanges.

We're having a spooky dinner tonight, just the two of us. 

Starters - mini cauldrons and creepy fingers 

Main - Goooooolash

Desserts - death by chocolate cheesecake 

We've Wychwood Dunkel Fester for our chilling refreshment and jet black Liquorice Sambuca for after dinner liqueur. 

Wishing you all a fun  spooky evening - trick or treat !!

Thursday, 6 October 2016

October catch up

A busy few weeks since my birthday as we had a few days away in Dieppe before taking Hubby's mum and partner to Portsmouth for the weekend.
Dieppe Castle
View from the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth
You can read more about it  with more photos on my Aimetu blog.

Last weekend we had a buffet dinner both Saturday and Sunday. Our friends at scouts celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on 1st October and had a lovely party for friends and family on Saturday. I decided to stitch a gift for them and found a lovely chart from a magazine in my stash folder. I can't say which magazine as I'd cut just the chart out. 

I already had the frame and decided on brown fabric to make the gold stand out. Using metallic thread is not my favourite stitching but it is certainly worth the effort as it makes such a difference. 

50th Wedding Gift 
Sunday was another buffet day but this was at our house. As I have now completed my Challenge to walk the route of the London Marathon we had a little celebration party - you can read about this on my Clare's Challenge 50 blog - I'm overwhelmed with the donation total, thank you 

I baked a cake for our buffet - as well as a potato pie - and iced it with the River Thames and the route. All I'll say is it's a good job roads are not straight as my free hand icing was a little wobbly !!

London Marathon Celebration Cake 
We are off to Turkey on Monday to our favourite hotel - a final week in the sun. I have my (very far behind) Joyful World to take with me and I'm hoping to get many of the month frames completed so I can start on the designs when I get home, although I will take the colours for March in case I get bored of brown!

I'm hoping whilst away to catch up on my blog reading and now that my Challenge is complete I will have more time for Aimetu's Stitching - thank you for calling by :)