Wednesday 19 February 2014

New start - fun times

It's been a busy week - well 10 days actually. We took Hubby's Mum and her partner to Cardiff the other weekend to visit Philly at Uni. Nanna had not been to see her in Wales as last year she was too unwell to travel. We combined it with seeing Philly for her birthday (Monday this week - I can't believe she is now 20). We had a great time - lots of giggles.

Philly's snapchat on her phone to her friends
- I think she'd missed me :)
Me - Philly - Hubby
The three giggling girls

Café Rouge meal for Philly's birthday
The photos were taken on Philly's phone - a little blurry but they certainly show the fun we had.

Back home my February mantle looks amazing this year - lovely cards from and for Hubby, and two from friends. I have two ornaments from previous exchanges, my February Drawn Thread and a beautiful heart glass given to me by a good friend when I left work.

February Mantle
 You can see my gorgeous dozen of red roses in the mirror - DH arrived home with them of Friday and they have lasted so well. I took this photo this morning.
A dozen red roses from my lovely Hubby
Yesterday I did some baking but oil was a bit of a cheat. Aldi stores sell Wright's cake mix for £1.50 which is as cheap as the ingredients. If I need a sponge or special cake I make from scratch but Wright's mixes fro ginger, carrot, toffee and madeira cake are great for a quick bake. You can make them in the bread maker but yesterday I made a batch of ginger muffins - mixed and baked in 25 minutes - eaten in 5 !!

Ginger muffins

Last night I started my August piece from The Drawn Thread. I finished the border on my July piece when we were in Cardiff with Philly. I made quite a good start last night but it's away now until next Tuesday.

July stitched

August started
 The rest of my stitching this week has been on my secret spring exchange which I can't share. But I can share my UFO piece which I work on at the weekend. I am so near the finish with this - Angel Blessings - just one angel face to do and the back stitching so hopefully a HD this weekend.

Angel Blessings
Dusty has received the Valentine exchange and oh my it was so funny. I actually stitched for her what she stitched for her partner !! I stitched her scissor fob over one so it was slightly different as I had to alter a few stitches.

Scissor fob for Dusty stitched over one

Parcel for Dusty - LK chart, choccies, ribbon, thread,
scissor fob and handmade card

Dusty is also the current stitcher on my Welcome RR with Needlecraft Haven. She has so kindly done a little extra and has stitched two letters on each piece. Here's her photo of the pieces she's done.
My Welcome RR

Phew lots of news - I didn't think I had that much to write this time haha. Thank you for reading my latest news and for leaving your comments - I love knowing your thoughts so thank you for sharing them.


  1. Great stitching Clare and the muffins look lovely, I'll have to keep an eye out for those mixes next time I'm in Aldi

  2. Carol left this comment:

    How nice that three generations could be together at your daughter's university visit--looks like you all enjoyed yourselves :)

    Lovely Valentine's mantle and roses, Clare! And those sweets look yummy. We just got Aldi's stores here in our area and I'm loving those low prices!!

    Your July piece is so cute--I look forward to seeing August's take shape... Enjoy your week!

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  4. Great blog post Clare. Looks like fun was had by all, I can't believe Plilly is 20 already. Time sure does fly. The muffins look tasty, we have an Aldi here, I will have to have a look for the cake mix. Your stitching is looking great. I love my fob, thank you again.

  5. Hello Clare,

    What a special post, you can see that your daughter looks so much like you. I know what you mean about the cake mix, our daughter Lucy buys a brownie mix on special for $2.00 and eats it so soon, I don't think it lasts a day. Lots of lovely stitching, and those roses are divine.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  6. Looks like you had a lovely visit to Philly. You, your Mum and her look so much alike.

    Lovely stitching and exchange.

  7. Lovely pics of Philly's birthday celebration and your catch up with her.
    Great stitching progress and your mantle does look really pretty for February.


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