Sunday, 3 November 2013

Fabulous Day - as always

Yesterday was meet up day for Needlecraft Haven members - I cannot believe it's been 10 years since I organised my first meet up (not for NH back then) - they are days that I thoroughly enjoy and yesterday was superb.

We had a goody bag exchange on the theme of Sparkle and Fizz as it's nearly Bonfire Night. I made appropriately named cup cakes which Julie helped me hide raffle tickets underneath. The good y bags were given corresponding tickets - everyone chose a cake and then had the bag that matched their ticket.

Here's all the bags and my cakes - ready for picking :)

Ready to go - Sparkle and Fizz Goody Bag Exchange
My lovely bag was from Lindsay - it has a beautiful sparkly bauble, some great ribbon which I am saving for a special project as it's jut gorgeous, a beaded pen and a bottle of bubbly - drinkable bubbly !! Thanks Lindsay :)

Sparkle & Fizz Goody Bag from Lindsay
We also had a Mystery Book Exchange where we all wrapped a book we have read, loved, found in a charity shop or had had recommended. There were many different wrappings and sizes of books.
Mystery Book Exchange
My book from Tina
I picked the white wrapped book on the right of the table which was Pandora's Box by Griselle Green - Tina's book. I'm sure I've heard about this from somewhere but I can't remember where. It certainly looks another great one to read, thanks Tina.
 
The members of Needlecraft Haven often complain about the adverts being there - unfortunately ;-/ I can't see them, maybe that's because I am the forum owner. Anyway it's $6 a month to have the forum ad-free which members have very kindly been contributing. I decided this time that the raffle money would go towards paying some of the ad-free charges - here's all the raffle prizes everyone donated.
 
Donated raffle prizes
Thanks to everyone who bought tickets we have enough money for 5 months ad-free membership.
 
I had a really lovely day - thanks to Julie, Lynn, Lindsay, Rachael, Tina, Maggie, Jane, Lisa and my Mum for making it another great Meet Up - it will soon be spring and another chance to meet and stitch.
 
I did do some stitching but not lots - I mended the edges of my hardanger tablecloth which has unravelled a little in the wash and because it was Saturday I did some of my UFO Angels.
 
I have stuck to my rotation really well this week - I have done quite a bit on my next exchange - started my July Drawn Thread piece - plotted my Santa's Village tablecloth and worked on my UFO. Finishing Friday was very successful this week as I finished the cup cakes for the meet up hee hee
 
As well as cakes for us I made the pub staff some Little Ghosts as it always seems unfair to bring cakes in for us and not them - especially as my son was on shift yesterday. Here's their ghosts and a close up of my sparkly ones.  
 
Little Ghosts
Sparkle and Fizz
 We had a great day yesterday - I hope you've enjoyed reading about it - and if you're a Needlecraft Haven member why not join us in the spring :)

10 comments:

  1. I had a lovely time, you spend ages looking forward to it and then in the blink of an eye its all over.

    I think I have heard a recommendation for that book too. Hope you enjoy it.

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  2. Great post Clare , what a great time you all had , one day I promise I will get there. Super cakes they would have been so tempting , just not the same eating an apple lol.
    Hugs.

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  3. A great post. Glad you all had a lovely time. Your cakes look gorgeous.

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  4. Had a lovely time,and yes Lesleyanne they were delicious as are all the cakes Clare makes.
    Thankyou for organising Clare
    Hope Barb can come to the next one

    Xx

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  5. Yes it was a great time, Thank you Clare for organising it

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  6. The meet up looks wonderful Clare, I wish I lived closer.
    The cupcakes look pretty wonderful too.

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  7. Glad to hear it was another successful meet up, hope to be able to make it to the next one.

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  8. Looks and sounds like a lovely time was had by all :). I really wish I lived nearer to other stitchers so that I could go to meetings ;)

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  9. Glad everyone had a great time Clare :)

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  10. A stitching get-together - even with a book exchange. Sounds terrific! I think you all had a wonderful time.

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