Sunday, 25 March 2012

Cafe Rouge, Chocolate Guinness Cake and a bit of stitching

I absolutely love Cafe Rouge, we visit quite often and I am always tweeting them. After our last visit I asked (on Twitter of course) if they sold their merchandise as I'd love an apron. To my huge surprise they have sent me one in the post - I was totally amazed. I do recommend them and tweet lots but I felt that was really generous.
Me in my lovely new apron
I have used it today as I made a gorgeous chocolate Guinness Cake - I promised my Year 11 students one for Friday - this is a practice hee hee. I'm off for a slice and a coffee after my blogging is done.
Chocolate Guinness Cake
I have been working hard on the 60th gift - I have the frame and should finish it tomorrow or Monday. The birthday is Friday so perfect timing. I'm very pleased with how it has turned out. The poem was written by the birthday boy (our retired Head of English), it's about sparkling wine hence the bottle. I'm just hoping I worked out the frame size right as I had to order it before the piece is finished so it's here in time.

Finally my Stitch Club at school have made an Easter Tree.We have one hour a week and they have stitched eggs on perforated paper, backed them with felt and attached ribbon. I went foraging for the 'tree' in our local woods. They've done a great job, I'm so proud of them, and a HUGE thank you to everyone who has sent thread and fabric, it has meant I can run the club without charging the students- thank you.
The George Eliot Schol Stitch Club
Our Easter Tree
Next month brings lots of excitement; a week at the caravan, Easter and ..... Needlecraft Haven Meet Up whoo hoo :)

Sunday, 4 March 2012

March already

2012 is certainly flying by. Much as I love my holidays and work is work, I am getting a little annoyed with so many people on facebook counting down 'sleeps' to the next school holidays - count down to something good yes,  but if your job is that bad then should you be doing it?

Life is so short and so very precious.

I can't share too much of my stitching this time as my main work has been for the Spring Exchange on Needlecraft Haven. I haven't done this finish before and am recycling something so it's been quite a nervy project. Iam hoping to assemble it all later today.

I can share my two ornaments for my tree at next year's Church Tree Festival. I will be making the ornaments up all at the same time, a day with the sewing machine I think. Anyway last night I stitched 'sister' and 'brother' - yes allinone night, amazing for me.

Freeie chart by Lorraine Clarke

Freeie chart by Lorraine Clarke
My Totally Useless jar is looking good - I am cetainly stitching more this year so it is growing well.

Orts as at 29th Feb
Finally - how aware of things are you? This little test amazed me, made me think too. Have a go and see how you get on - good luck

Thanks for popping by and reading my news :)