Monday 12 May 2014

RR, Wales, Museum and a surprise

A third of the way through May already - this year is certainly flying by. The weather here in the UK has been mixed the last few weeks - we've had some glorious sunny spells but then some really heavy downpours, usually when I'm walking Ruby.

I have been quite busy - as always - and have finally finished my part of Needlecraft Haven Welcome Round Robin 2014. I was working on Lynn's piece this time which is Hearts Full of Love by Jeremiah Junction. I stitched the banister and two quilts.

My section on Lynn's RR
Lynn's overall
 Nick and I went to the caravan for the May Bank Holiday weekend, it was surprisingly quiet, in fact we have noticed quite a few of our neighbours have not been around much this year.
We took Ruby for a walk over the new Dysynni bridge - a bit breezy but lovely and sunny.
New Bridge
The railway bridge through the railings
Bluebell wood
Are you looking at me?

Nick and Ruby

We are back again at the end of May but this time without Ruby as we're are then going straight to South Wales to see Philippa. The Queen's Baton for the Commonwealth Games is travelling through Wales and on the 25th May Philippa will be one of the Baton Bearers -w e are so proud of her. The Baton has arrived in the UK in Jersey - here's the link to my other blog which has a piece about when the announcement was made
Last weekend was the Open Day for Nuneaton North Scouts to celebrate their 100th birthday - another link to my other blog with some old photos
I helped set up a museum at their Headquarters with some of my Dad's old photos and documents from when the group had it's original name of 1st Ansley Hall - a few people who came were actually young lads in these photos dating back to the 1950s. he museum will be left up for a couple of months before we put all the papers and photos into folders and store them for the future.
1950s photos
1960s and 1970s - you can watch me grow
up through these photos
The banner with drawings on was a Beaver Scout Challenge
in 1996 when I was Beaver Leader - it travelled the world
as the challenge was for it to travel the most miles
It's been great fun setting this up but also very sad that Dad isn't here to help - frustrating too as he's know all about who is in which photo and when it was taken, whereas we've all been playing detective and piecing together old memories.

And so to the surprise ... which happened just this morning. Mel from Epic Stitching and wonderful host of Stitch from Stash sent this email:

Missy who won one of the sets of all 12 months of Cottages by Little House Needleworks has graciously let me know that she already has them all! 

And therefore that another name can be drawn. 
Thanks so much Missy!! 
So the "second" of the second winners for the Cottages is: 
Thank you so much Missy - I am so pleased, especially as I was quite unwell this morning, you certainly brightened my day. And thank you to Mel for all your hard work running Stitch from Stash
Talking of Stitch from Stash I have been buying so for the first time this year I have spent some money !! but not a lot :-)
I went to Kisko (a fabric warehouse) with my Mum and bought some material for a sewing  project which isn't in SFS but I did get distracted and bought some ribbon and new fabric for a stitching project - total spend £5.65
Prices £1.25, £0.90 & £2.75

Ribbons were 25p each (1 metre each)
I have been stitching the Meet Up exchange - all from stash apart from the finishing item so I need to add another £1.69 to this months amount. I have also kitted up the Needlecraft Haven Summer Exchange all from stash, and the Monthly Christmas Challenge is ready to go, again all from stash.
I have kitted up all the other items using my stash that I need for my new project using those gorgeous new fabrics - hopefully I can share the finished item next time.

Ready to go
Thank you for visiting - happy stitching to you all x x


  1. Clare, I do love reading your blog. Lynn's RR looks great. I love the stash that you purchased. Your pics of your trip look like a good time !!take care my friend !!

  2. The RR is looking fab Clare.
    Great pics from your weekend away too

  3. R-R looks great
    Well done on using mostly from your stash.
    Congrats on the win!!

  4. Lynn's RR is a very colourful piece.
    Go Philly ... I saw Tom Daley with the baton on the news at the weekend and thought of Philly and her journey with it.
    Nice new stash and ribbons.
    Them museum looks wonderful, I bet it brought back some wonderful and fun times had by all.

  5. What a nice update, Clare! Your finish is so cute and I love the fact that you won all 12 LHN cottage charts :) Congratulations!

  6. A lovely post..happy stitching right back at you lol xx

  7. Lovely stitching on the RR. I'm rather envious of that lovely stash too. Have a lovely weekend at the end of May too x


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