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Sunday, 29 August 2010


Sat down with a cuppa, sorted out which pics i wanted to use, and bl..dy blogger will not let me download any of my pics - after 5 attempts i've decided to give up for today, have another cuppa and a mahoosive piece of cake and try again tomorrow!!!

Hope you are all having a lovely bank holiday weekend.


Monday, 23 August 2010

Lovely day out!!!

Had a great day out on Saturday - went to the NEC Festival of Quilts with the lovely Trash and met up with the gorgeous Brioni ( and her lovely friend Tash. It was a good trip up (2 1/2hours!), Trash is great company and made the journey fly by! As you can imagine it was very busy when we got there. We started off with a look round the amazing displays - some of them are just awesome and others are very inspiring. I took loads of pics but here are a few-

I just love the one above - very calm and tranquil.

This one was beautiful and sooo delicate.
There were some fantastic fashion displays -

We had a break for lunch, and a chance to sit down!!! Brioni and Tash joined us which was lovely - they had been working very hard - getting contacts, freebies and interviews, for their brilliant on-line mag called FQ ( They were also handing out cards for the mag and trash decided she would give a hand - as you can imagine she did brilliantly!! Here she is chatting up some future purchasers!!!

As happens when you are having fun the day went by too fast, and we had to make our way home. Thank you girls for a great fun day out!
p.s - need HELP - keep getting weird comments - can anyone advise me how to stop them?

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Its raining!

Thank goodness!!! Now i never expected to say that but its been sooo dry here that a shortage of grass is becoming a bit of a problem. The paddocks are so very dry, just like dust bowls - normally we rotate the paddocks so that some are rested and the grass grows on - not this year! Once eaten down its just not growing again. Hay is going to be expensive this winter - the farmers are putting their prices up already - some even saying £7 a bale - eeek! Luckily our neighbour makes hay and although he has had to put the price up, it's £4 a bale which is not as bad!

Anyhoo, this is the view from the back door this morning - light rain - lovely!

Am hoping sometime today to get into my sewing room and get on with Em's quilt! (This is tidy by the way!)

I've bought some lovely backing fabric, the wadding has arrived, so i can lay it all out and baste it - will post a pic later!
I have been looking at some lovely crochet going on in blogland, so its given me the inspiration to get my granny blanket finished - i've joined all the squares together and am going to do a wide edging with the bits of yarn left over, so then it will be a decent size to snuggle under!

Although it doesn't look too bad here, its a bit 'lumpy'!!! I think the trouble is my tension is not even - but i have learnt a lot whilst making it so hopefully won't make the same mistakes in future - i think i'll just say its deliberately 'textured'!!!
Well better get on now, i hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Sunday, 8 August 2010


I don't know what its like where you are but here its muggy - just makes me want to fall asleep but have not succombed, yet!!

This week i've been trying to finish some of the things i started last year and this is one of them - its a quilt for Em which i started last October - as its her birthday in September i have decided i have to finish it by then!!

I'm fairly happy with it, have just got to add a further border this afternoon - shocking pink, and then put it together and quilt it!!

Had a lovely time at Trash's in the week - i've always wanted to try some form of painting, i was rubbish at school - so Trash took me under her wing and i did this-

I was so pleased with it, i know its nowhere near perfect but it was brilliant to do! Thanks for being such a great (and very patient!) tutor Trashy!!!!
I know the last time i made one of these i said i would not do another one - but a friend asked me for one, so here it is

I hope she's happy with it!!

Now then, to nap or not?!!! Maybe just a short one and then some crochet (trying to finish my granny square blanket)!