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Thursday 25 July 2019

Christmas in July!

Cheryll at Gone Stitchin' organised a Christmas in July swap - thank you Cheryll.

A package came for me this week from Spain - Barcelona in fact - from Montse, who does not blog.
These were the contents of my package.

Lots of goodies inside the box.

Thank you Montse.

Montse's favourite colour is Emerald so here are the emerald things I sent to her.

And if I translated her profile right she collects bookmarks hence the 'Little Reader' on the left.

Saturday 20 July 2019


Thank you Wendy for hosting our evening again although it was not as I had planned.
Started off well in the afternoon. This pattern

came to me late last year from the lovely Maria. Now I am not a fan of dolls - something about the eyes gives me the creeps - but these don't have eyes! And they really appealed to me. Unable to source a copy of the pattern Maria very kindly sent me hers and I shall be passing it on to someone else once I have finished with it.
So, I had started cutting out the pieces on Thursday, so I soon finished that job

and so out with the machine and on to sewing together the arms, legs and bodies. Which was soon accomplished.

Then came the phone call that I had been expecting - my Mother died peacefully early in the afternoon. She had a major hip operation at the beginning of June and moved into a care home towards the end of the month. But she never really picked up although bravely made it through Dad's funeral. They spent 69 married years together and now they are reunited.

Mum's 90th earlier this year
So thank you dear friends for keeping me company yesterday evening.

Sunday 14 July 2019

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

This months colour for the RSC is pink!

 Fortunately it seems to be a colour I have plenty of scraps of. Here is my Dresden for the month.

We have lots of tree frogs around at the moment as it is hot and dry. This one - The King of all he surveys! - was having a good look around this morning.

Linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for Scrap Happy Saturday.

Saturday 6 July 2019

FNWF - July already!

Many thanks Cheryll for hosting our Friday get together. If you click on the link you will find links to everyone who took part - do go and see what they were working on.

It was 36 degrees here yesterday so needless to say after 11am we were hiding indoors! For the first part of the afternoon I was working on some secret stitching - sorry no pics.
It seemed appropriate to spend the rest of my Friday working on the new Jenny of Elefantz 'stitch-along' - the first stitchery design was released yesterday. You will find the free design and more info here

Here is Jenny's design for the first block

So I drew mine up and then thought about colours. First though I changed cookie to biscuit as this is going to be 'My' Vintage kitchen and we rarely have cookies. More 'British' too. Also I thought that the design of the jar would lend itself beautifully to the blue and white colourway of cornishware - an English classic.

You would have thought that at my time of life I would have learnt to spell biscuit correctly! And I went on to make a right hash of the drawing - thank goodness for Frixion pens!
Anyway, this is how far I got with my stitching last night and I should be able to finish it off today.

We said goodbye to Dad Last Monday.

The lovely service was taken by my brother, I read a short bio and my nieces and nephew shared some memories of their Grandad - so a nice family affair. It was good to have all the family together - we are spread around the world! - and to meet up with other relations and friends that I have not seen for some time. My brother picked some great photographs for the service sheet.

Their Golden Wedding
 With his great grandchildren last year

It would have been Mum and Dad's 69th wedding anniversary on the day of the funeral.

RIP Dad. xx