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I live in England and my name is Diana, I have been married 41 yrs with one son and two granddaughters age 10 & 6, all of whom I adore.
I love many different crafts and have a wonderful Happy Room to use for my craft work. Please come in and take a look around.
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Monday, 21 April 2014

12 - 19 April Scotland Holiday

There was very little Internet reception while on holiday so I could not blog.. here is a glimpse of our trip.

We set off at 6am on Saturday 12th April in the old Land Rover for the 400+ mile journey to Tighnabruaich, Argyll, Scotland. We arrived at the Lodge eleven hours later, it had been a fun journey with Richard Jacq and the girls leaving home at 8.30am [ in a faster car!] playing catch up with us. Having just bought a new phone I managed to text Abigail back and forth all the while on the trip, it was great fun and passed the journey quickly.

Our destination was Carry Farm where we had booked two four berth lodges next to each other. The girls spent the week flitting from one to the other, especially Eleanor!

This was the sight we saw on our first evening...
The end of the rainbow over our lodges
A double rainbow










It was a very restful holiday with walks along the shore, Chris and Richard taking some major long hikes, and lots of evening game playing. I found a jigsaw in the cupboard and could not resist it, I cannot remember the last time I did a jigsaw.
playing board games

Working on a jigsaw

Our lodges

Patting Barney the Donkey

Lambs born on Carry Farm the first night we were there

The views everywhere were just spectacular. Our site overlooked the Isle of Bute and many yachts and other sea craft sailed up and down between the island and mainland.
Threatening skies

Blue sky

Some yachts enjoying the sea


The last day was Good Friday so the girls had an Easter Egg hunt with lots of eggs being hidden in both lodges and some outside, I hid 46 in our lodge so Jacq probably hid even more in their lodge. The girls loved it and when they thought they had found them all [ at this point Jacq and I could not remember where we had put them all!] they divided them up.
Abigail trying the water temperature

Father and son 

Dividing up the Easter eggs

Hunting for missing eggs

Five lambs were born while we were there
An early start on Saturday saw us travelling home again, we had driven 922 miles in total, using 170 litres of fuel costing £235. The Lodge cost us just over £400 for the week.




Friday, 11 April 2014

Where did the week go?

It has been a hectic week with the girls here Monday to Thursday, all the while living with a terrible cough and cold!
Monday was craft day and the start of the clocks.
Tuesday we visited Miss Tiggywinkle at Haddenham near Aylesbury. They take in damaged animals and birds and give them a new chance at life. The girls loved seeing the creatures on the mend. There was also an interesting Hedgehog museum. We stopped at a garden centre for lunch on the way home.
Wednesday it was off the Emmaus a rehousing the homeless place that has a lot of different little shops of second hand goods. Not sure this was a good idea ;-) we took a couple of bags of goods for recycling and came home with stiletto shoes for Abigail and a tiara for Eleanor. They also bought a noisy piano and guitar!
Grandma [me] thought it a good idea to set up the new rock band in the summer house!
Thursday Grandad took the girls to the park to play on the bouncy castle and feed the ducks. Dare devil Eleanor age 6 climbed the 9ft high tower and swung around! Back home they collected tadpoles from my pond to take home to their own pond. They left at dinner time and peace reigned again.
Today I went to the hairdressers always an exciting time as Anton my hairdresser is from Estonia and all the staff speak Russian to each other, it's like being on holiday. Talking of holidays I then went shopping for food at Aldi to take with us as we travel to Scotland for a weeks holiday tomorrow. Richard Jacq and the girls are also on holiday with us.
Grandad and girls at Miss Tiggywinkles

The Rock Band

Clocks finished and looking really great

Shoes for a 10 yr old, Tiara for a 6yr old

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

School holidays

The granddaughters broke up from school on Friday for the Easter holiday. Easter being so late this year they get the two weeks break before Easter instead of after it which seems a bit strange.
They are staying with us Monday to Thursday of this week and then we all go off to Scotland for a week.

Needless to say I have planned things for us all to do, and we started after their arrival with playing in my Happy Room, and the project for this visit is to make clocks.

They started by drawing  the outline shape and then took it in turns to Machine Embroider the numbers 12, 3, 6 and 9 in coloured threads they had choosen. Next they chose flower shape buttons and sewed them by hand for the missing numbers.

We are now awaiting the delivery [ due today] of the frames for the clocks and will then be able to complete the clocks.
Abigail 10 and Eleanor 6 working on their clocks.

Friday, 4 April 2014

IAM

Yesterday was our IAM meeting. We were rather depleted in numbers as both Jenny and Clare were looking after sick husbands, plus Shirley was not well. Friend Pauline was having a few problems so I invited her along to cheer her up.
After the usual hour or so of discussing everyone ailments, ( we really are getting old ! ) we had a lovely day working on our projects, mostly cross stitch plus I was cutting up stacks of black and white strips of fabric into log cabin sizes.
Show and tell was great as usual, but I somehow forgot to take any photos.
The day went very quickly.
Hope next meeting will be back to full strength of numbers.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Log Cabin update

Since my knee has been feeling much better I have been able to work more on my sewing machine and made quite a few more blocks for my Black and White quilt. I was hoping to get the outside log cabin blocks put together today so that I could work out the width of the sashing needed to fix the centre panel in place, but a visit to the Physio, some shopping and a little gardening mean I am too worn out to even think of sewing. Hopefully tomorrow I will have more time.

Testing out ideas

When I next have the girls for a few days we always like to work on a project in the Happy Room, so I thought a clock would be a great idea. I sent off to China via EBay for some clock mechanisms, which were cheap and cheerful but a bit on the small side for what I had planned. Really must read the description better!

My plan is to get the girls to machine embroider 3,6,9 and 12 [ they love using my EM ] and then to sew buttons on for the 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8,10 and 11. The whole thing will then be put into an embroidery frame [ordered but have not arrived yet] and the clock workings fixed to the middle.

Having come up with this bright idea I thought I better see if it would work so here is my prototype without the buttons still with the removable markings and in a temporary frame. I think it will all work OK and hope the girls enjoy making them.

Mothering Sunday

Yesterday was Mothering Sunday, but as Richard and family were busy with gym "stuff" we celebrated on Friday evening with a lovely meal cooked by Richard.
The Church service yesterday was all based around Mother's and the children [ of which we have 60+ in Primary] sang a couple of songs, always a treat.
Instead of the usual gift of a small plant we were given a poem and tube of hand cream, a very welcome gift.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Harry Potter's World

We arrived at Warner Bros Studio yesterday morning around 10.30am and started the tour with a film show telling the story of the making of Harry Potter. This was followed by going through the doors into the Great Hall. The attention to detail that would easily be missed watching the HP films was incredible. We then wandered through the film sets and half way around the tour we went outside to see the actual bus used in the movie, the Ford Anglia and Privet Drive etc. Back into the building and my favourite part was seeing the way they build Hagrid to be a giant and all the makeup and electronics.  Chris was in charge of my camera and here are a few of the many photos he took...
Chris on the night bus

Display cabinet

Some of the many costumes

In the Alley

"Diet" chocolate



Me

more costumes

The great hall

Harry's bedroom under the stairs

leaving the studio

Incredible model

Hogwarts

Hogwarts

Original paper mock up


In the great hall

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

25th March 1972

Today Chris and I are celebrating our 42nd Wedding Anniversary.
We met on holiday in Jersey [Channel Island] in August 1971 when I picked up a couple of male hitchhikers in my rented hire car. Not something anyone in their right mind would do these days.
We travelled around the island as a friendly group of three and corresponded when we all went home.
Chris and his friend lived 100 miles from me, but I invited Chris to a New Years party on Dec 30th and romance blossomed.
We met a few more times and in February Chris asked me to marry him by getting down on one knee in a pub surrounded by people!
The separation of 100 miles was very tiring as we tried to see each other every weekend so on Wednesday 22nd March Chris met me out of work [ when I was not expecting to see him] and produced a special marriage licence for 3 days later!  We both told our parents that evening and rushed to make some arrangements.
Saturday March 25th we were married with our family present, at The Swanspool Registry Office, Wellingborough Northamptonshire. A fish and chip supper at my parents became our reception meal and a long weekend at my Aunts house our honeymoon. Then Chris had to go back to work in Whitchurch Hampshire until he could get a transfer to the Post Office [ he was a telephone engineer] in Northampton.
Thank you Chris for 42 years wonderful years.

Monday, 24 March 2014

Quilt Shop

A really nice day today, the sun is shining, even though it is really cold. After hanging a load of washing on the line Chris took me shopping and I bought a new dress and four T shirts. I intend to machine embroidery something onto the T shirts.  The dress is the second I have bought in less than a week, which is surprising as I have not bought a dress for years and have none in my wardrobe, I usually prefer skirts and tops.

On returning home Chris bought me a new mobile phone from Amazon as an Anniversary gift, 42 years Anniversary tomorrow!

Feeling then in a sewing mood I have just machine embroidered a Quilt Store. It was completely made in the Embroidery machine, I just need to hand sew the little hole used to turn it through. It is suppose to be a Mug Rug but I think it will just hang on my wall.
Completely made in the 7 x 12 hoop

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Black and White ladies

No idea what I am going to do with these lovely ladies, but just love the pattern.
Sewn on my Brother Innovis 4000D using the 12 x 7 hoop, I hooped up a layer of stitch-n-tear and a layer of cushion soft [ very thin wadding ] under the black [or white] fabric. The complete size of the lady is 10 inches high.
If you have any idea of things I could do with them please leave a comment.

Sew and Social

Yesterday was the Sew and Social meeting at Pitsford, just a couple of miles from where I live.
During the week I had decided not to go as I was going out all day on Sunday and two days "just sitting" I still find too much for my knee. BUT the Sunday trip with Chris was cancelled so at 8.30am I rang Tilly the organiser and asked if she had a space, which she had so I dashed to get ready to be there for about 9.30 complete with sewing [black and white log cabin blocks] and my trusty Singer Featherweight sewing machine.  All the food is supplied, starting with a drink and biscuit as we arrive, then lunch was macaroni cheese followed by bread and butter pudding, finally a cake mid afternoon.

The offered workshop by Fran was to make a pair of slippers, but they are more than happy for you to do your own thing. I managed to make eight log cabin blocks and do a lot of socialising!
Fran helping Annette and Sue

Tilly talking to some of the ladies

Jill, Penny and myself at our machines

Friday, 21 March 2014

BSK BOM

Yesterday Penny and I went to BSK Bedford for our monthly session of BOM.
It is always a great journey as we chat away it passes quickly.
Parking was a problem and we had to park at the back of the factory unit, but this meant when it was time to leave we were given a tour through the factory to the back door... wow SO many machines.
We managed to make two more blocks on the Embroidery machines.
I am really loving this pattern and the thread colours I have chosen. The blocks are 12 1/2 inch square on white fabric.
Block 5

Block 4

Heart bag workshop

Wednesday evening I taught a Heart bag workshop to 26 ladies at Church. As each one finished a little basket I gave them a small Easter Egg filled with smarties to put in it. It was a very succesful evening and everyone made a fabric bag and most ladies managed to make a felt one as well. Of the 40 Easter Eggs I took I only had 4 left at the end of the evening, which have now disappeared ha! ha!
Busy making Heart bags

Relief Society ladies

Some of my display Heart bags