Thursday, 31 March 2016

Wool Warehouse

Wool Warehouse have turned up trumps again.
Having ordered wool for my latest project it arrived within a couple of days in a pretty bag.

I have decided to make a Mandala as soon as I finish the blanket I am working on.
As usual now the wool has arrived I want to start it NOW!

Offered in 17 parts this is a free pattern on Facebook.
A real change of colour for me, as most of my projects are very colourful
 I thought I would so for a more subtle look this time.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Grandaughters at the Royal Albert Hall

What a wonderful evening we had on Monday, think I was too tired to blog yesterday!
It was a really long day for the girls as they had to get up at 5.30am for their hair to be braided and did not home until after midnight, both were exhausted.
We left home around 3pm and stopped in the most almighty rain/hail storm in Hyde Park to eat our sandwiches before parking at the hall for the evening. There were a lot of very wet people that had spent the day in London, we were glad we had booked parking.
Really difficult to get photos with no flash and the distance, but this one of Abigail is not too bad.

The girls dressing room was up in the "Gods" now called the Gallery, so they had a good view of the rest of the dancers.

Eleanor is on the front and from where we sat it was hard to get a photo
 but as she danced around the stage she spotted us and gave us a big smile.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Royal Albert Hall

Today we are off to the Royal Albert Hall to see both grandaughters performing with Michelle Randles School of Dance.
Jacqueline had to be up with the girls at 5.30 to braid their hair before the coach left.
They have all arrived ready for the last rehearsals.
Don't they all look smart.

Easter eggs gifts

I like to give some of the children at church little Easter eggs bags and this year have managed to machine embroider and make ten pretty bags. Just need to fill them and then I am ready for Easter Sunday.
Tried to make them all a little different, with the rabbits wearing different coloured dresses
and the chicks with ladybirds are also slightly different.
Trying really hard not to taste test the eggs!
Forgot to post this blog entry and it is now Easter Monday, most of the Easter bags went to the ladies I sit with at church as I decided the children have so many eggs it would be nice to treat the older members of church, their smiles said it all.  Happy Easter everyone.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Family gathering

Good Friday being our Anniversary and the start of Easter we celebrated with the family.
I had organised a "keep fit" egg hunt, each clue meant the girls had to do some kind of simple exercise, it was great fun and the girls loved filling their Easter bags with eggs and money!

Reading the next clue
Touch your toes ten times
KFC was our cook for the evening and large buckets were quickly consumed. For dessert we had Cadbury's chocolate Easter eggs. This is my kind of meal but probably only once a year!

Please tell me there are no calories in all this food!
The evening was spent playing Ticket to Ride the latest game that we are all mad on!
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A fun but noisy game for five, Grandad and Abigail joined forces.

Friday, 25 March 2016

25th March 1972 - 2016

Celebrating forty four years of happy marriage. I would not change a single day of being married to Chris. Wellingborough Swanspool Registry Office was our chosen venue followed by fish and chip supper at my Mum and Dad's ! We were young and could not wait to get married to start our lives together.
Forty four years have brought much happiness and some sadness into our lives.
The loss of our parents and some serious health issues
have been counteracted by the great joy of adopting Richard and becoming grandparents.

Remembering my Mum and Dad who also married this day in 1940

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

23rd March

Just home from seeing this great show at the Derngate Theatre.
Chris bought me the tickets as a surprise for our Anniversary.
It was brilliant and the singing just made it.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Whiling away the hours

Whiling away the hours while feeling B minus, yes the cold lurgy still has its grip on me .

I decided to update my Crochet Project Bible.  Twelve months ago I started on my crochet addiction when one of my IAM group of ladies, Shirley, said she would teach us all how to crochet. We had so admired her crochet creations but started off with just a simple granny square.
I was hooked [ yes pun intended!] Here are some of the photos I have added to my project book of items I have made in the past year. Unless stated all wool used is Stylecraft Special DK.
WIP [work in progress]

Made in Spain with local wool, will be a bag

Hangs smiling at me in my Happy Room

Lily Pond blanket was a real challenge
Used Stylecraft Life wool... too itchy for me!

Spice of Life blanket

As we go stripey blanket 

Sophie's Universe WIP

Grey granny squares with flowers
My first crochet attempt

Persian Tile with Around the Bases CAL

Granny head rest for my chair

Attic 24 Spring wreath

Attic 24 Winter wreath WIP

Spanish wool bunting WIP

Book containing the names of the wool colours, start dates and pattern details
Shirley has a lot to answer for, but I thank her anyway.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Where has the week gone?

Where has the week gone? Well mostly in bed or taking paracetamol, yes, I've had the lurgy. Unfortunately Chris has had it worse than me but I think we are both on the mend now.
Just ventured out side the house for a short walk to the post box for the first time since Thursday.

I have never watched so much TV, but it was nice catching up with Homeland, I think we managed 12 episodes and are now up to date with the series. In fact the plot becomes so hard to follow it was nice watching the episodes back to back.

Spring must be around the corner as the frogs have started spawning in the pond, always a welcome sight.
Looks like tapioca pudding my Mum used to make!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Hamtune Quilters

Last night we were treated to a talk by Jenni Dobson.
The talk was entitled "In the Praise of Scraps"

She was a most entertaining speaker and with a large suitcase on the table. The quilts just appeared as if by magic. Her first quilt was one purchased as a top in the USA for $14.

                               Quilts from our cupboards

Normally I am not a scrap quilter and usually end up giving my scraps away, maybe I should start saving them and like Jenni start filling jars, boxes, cartons, bags etc with tiny different coloured pieces! Chances are they would be forever in the containers and never get used but I'll still save my scraps, even if I end up giving them away again.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Twas on a Monday morning the gas man came to call

No I am not going to burst into song, but Flanders and Swann sang the story of the gas man calling and then the electrician etc etc...

During the floods and torrential rain last week some of the houses near here lost their gas supply, including my good friend's home. The gas board pumped out 100 litres of water from the gas pipe. My theory is if that much water can get IN the pipe how much gas is getting OUT?

Yesterday the gas board arrived and today more men came and more diggers and more trucks, the noise is awful as they try to find the leak. At this rate they will have all our neighbours drives dug up!
Plus as the song goes after the gas men the electric went out, and true to form our electricity went out a couple of times on Sunday.

Always something happening around here.
View from the bedroom window its too cold to go out for a photo!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Saturday sewing

A couple of weeks ago the local quilt group organised a roll a dice challenge. My throw of the dice turned out to be Courthouse Steps and red.
The completed item will be a quilt for the charity Linus.

Having fought with my printer to print out the size of pattern I have chosen [ it kept jamming up the thin paper I like to use] and found red fabric with a matching white and red print from my stash I am ready to start. The centre squares are fleece.

My challenge to myself this week is to up my walking steps, so after each block I walk around my Happy Room. So far I have 12 blocks made and walked 435 steps!

Eight more blocks to make, then I will add borders, back it and quilt it. Hope to complete it before Easter but my diary is rather full and time will be short in my Happy Room.
Cheap pad of thin paper [ I cut the join off ] I find works well for foundation piecing.
Easy to see through it for placement of fabric and easy to tear away when the blocks are complete.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Joseph's Coat Table runner

Another completed item for this year.
Having decided to hand sew the little circles as I did not like the look of them being machined, I spend the evening with a needle in my hand to sew them down. The table runner was started at Coleman's Warehouse Rushden.
To complete the runner I 'berthed' it to white fabric cutting the circles on the outside edge to made a rounded shape.
Love the carnations and iris flowers on my new table runner.

Out and About

Today started out as a "clear the clutter" day. In fact we had both been having a clear out, mostly of clothes. My criteria was 'If it does not fit, do not like it, have not worn it in the past two years' out it goes. Chris also sorted out his wardrobe, this all resulted in a Land Rover boot full of items for the charity shop!
While having this massive clear out I came across a load of photos that I had sorted out in 2003 when my Dad died. They were all in envelopes / jiffy bags with peoples names on. Sadly two of the ladies have since died but one old friend of my parents, Di, that has known me since I was born was still with us so today was the day to visit her. She is almost 94 years young and was so pleased to see us. Hopefully the old photos will bring back some happy memories for her.

Di age 93 and still fun to be with
From here we went to Emmaus at East Carlton Bedfordshire to drop off the charity bags and empty the car boot. Naturally we had a look around, it is one of our favourite places to visit. I was pretty good and only bought two new tops, they look brand new and at £2 each will be great for the summer. Chris bought an old AA map book for £1.50, he loves old maps.
It was time for a cuppa and who can drink hot chocolate without a slice of their delicious Victoria sandwich ?
Visiting the boutique and Coffee shop

Time to walk off the cake, so went for a very nice walk in Carlton Country Park. They have made it an interesting place to visit with a cafe, which we did not visit and different wood carvings along the tracks.

After yesterdays torrential rain the road to Harrold was marked "flooded" hey! we are in the Land Rover lets go for it. It was like driving through a river so Chris had to do it twice !

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Flowers and the rain

Richard and family bought me a lovely bunch of flowers for Mother's Day. They are so bright and cheerful on this awful wet day. Even the pond in the garden is full to overflowing, I have a feeling we will see the fish swimming around on the lawn soon if it does not stop.

Every time I see them it makes me smile.

I decided this week to make a really concerted effort to complete 2500 + steps using my FitBit everyday. Wet day what to do... shopping is the answer so we are off to a large indoor shopping centre. I do not need to buy very much but need to walk in the dry!

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Get together workshop

Four of us have decided to get together and teach each other sewing and quilting items. Christine offered to start the ball rolling with a bag workshop.
It has been a really nice no pressure day and all four made really nice bags in different colourways.
Using Bosal foam stabilizer the bags had a great shape and although it is quite expensive certainly made for a nice finish.
I decided to use up some oddments of red Japanese fabrics. The bag itself has four pockets on the inside and two on the outside.
Penny, Christine and Pauline in my Happy Room

Christine demo, Pauline, Mine, Christine original, and Penny's bags

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Happy Mothering Sunday

Today is full of memories of my own Mum who sadly passed away in 2012 she is greatly missed.
Always full of fun she loved being a Mum to my sister and me, Nana to Richard, Sally and Jessie and Great grandma to Abigail, Eleanor, Tess and Mabel.

Mum and me 1944
I in turn loved becoming a Mum to Richard 36 years ago. He has brought so much into my life and I am very proud of his choices for career and family. Granddaughters Abigail and Eleanor are the icing on the cake.
Richard in the suit I made him for my cousins wedding.

Saturday, 5 March 2016

The new toy

My iPad was getting slower and slower and some of the apps would no longer work, time for a new one. Chris bought me this iPad Air2 64GB as an anniversary present.
After a lot of aggravation I am now completely in love, I had no idea how slow etc my old one was. I'm also in love with Chris for buying me it.
The owl case is so cute and I had my nails done after five weeks away they were in dire need of it.

Friday, 4 March 2016

IAM March 3rd

Eight of us met for a great day, where everything from medical facts, embroidery, quilting, crochet, knitting to politics was discussed.  In fact it was a very noisy day with great friends.
Show and tell was brilliant, the fact we missed last month as I was away meant there were lots of goodies to ooh and aah over.
we all loved these lace knitted flowers by Jenny

Easter is around the corner, made by Penny

SNAP! both Dorn and Penny had made the same crochet blanket

Dorn completed her French General top

Clare's lovely bag

Clare has been bust making Linus quilts

2nd of Clare's Linus quilts

3rd of Clare's Linus quilts

Shirley's latest crochet creation

Crochet hearts started by Shirley for her granddaughters

Biopsy, bruises and a block finish

Thursday I went into hospital at 10.30 for my lung biopsy, the staff could not have been nicer and put me at ease. The procedure meant lying...