Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Stitching and holidays

This week has been busy as we are preparing to fly away tomorrow on holidays. It is getting a bit exciting now!! The bags are mostly packed and so is some stitching and even a ball of wool and a crochet hook. We are heading to San Francisco, having a few days in Vancouver, cruising to Alaska and visiting the Denali National Park and then driving from San Francisco out to the Grand Canyon. Looking forward to some amazing scenery! We will certainly miss the family and these little people so much.

I have been trying to catch up on a bit of stitching but am still behind. It doesn't really matter, does it? I have managed to almost catch up the Splendid Sampler blocks just in time to miss 4 weeks of them.

 I did manage to applique this block of Foxley Village but the satin stitch leaves are slow going.
I will try to blog while I am away. Hubby is taking his camera so there should be good photos.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Lovely birthday celebration

It was so lovely to head to the Arboretum for a very special lunch to celebrate Jan's birthday. The company was delightful and the food was really delicious. Jan was very spoilt with some gorgeous handmade gifts and some beautiful flowers. Just check out all this wonderful stitching, embroidery and knitting.
 Gwen made a lovely hardanger bag.
 Lesley created this great mug bag.
 Paddy and Jo knitted gorgeous scarves.

Sue stitched this gorgeous candlewicked bag with special goodies inside.
 Donna stitched this amazing dressing gown for Jan!

 This was my little gift. I really enjoyed making up this little canvas work house.
Happy birthday, Jan.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

A little cardigan and some blocks

It has been busy here with stitching days, but in between I managed to knit a little cardigan for Alice. She made it a bit hard to get a photo but she did look cute in it. Please note that this grandmother put the button holes on the wrong side!
Other than that, I have been stitching a little secret gift and trying to catch up my Splendid Sampler blocks. Here are the latest blocks.

I will leave you with some pictures of the little ones. Benny and Sammy have discovered colouring in and are doing so well! 

 They also discovered our old Where's Wally books recently.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Christmas stitching day

We had a lovely day at our second Stitching in July day last weekend. So nice to catch up with all the ladies and to hear all their stories and to see what they have been stitching. Here we are all set up for another great day.

 It was Bernadette's birthday so they had balloons and she and her friends had a lovely time together.
 Lynne and Sammy did a wonderful job of catering, as always. Here they are with an extra helper!
 Morning tea was delicious.

 Lunch was so yummy.

 We even had delicious Christmas cake for afternoon tea.
 Najelle, Terrie and Deanna came along with all the lovely goodies from Hobbysew. They were having quite a nice time in between selling, with their knitting, crocheting, stitching and winding wool.

 Here is Barb with her finished hexi decoration.
 There was some lovely show and tell too.

 Several people finished their tree decorations.
 Last week, Donna brought in her gorgeous felt house which has been beautifully decorated!