Friday, 20 June 2014

Stitch from Stash for June

I'm posting a little early this month as we're on holiday now - this afternoon we are off to London for a few days then Sunday we're off to Paris to celebrate our Silver Wedding (Tuesday) I have made a special travel wallet for our travel - you can read about it in my last post

So here's this month's Stitch from Stash (not much as I've been busy with other things)

  • Monthly Challenge
  • Summer exchange (Donna Cooler Cross Stitch Designs)
  • Gillie's RR  
  • 28ct antique cream
  • 28ct ecru
  • DMC colours as required for charts

  • Metal hearts (Travel wallet)
  • Christmas fabric (monthly exchange)
  • item for summer exchange (£1.69)

Additions to Stash

So I spent the grand total of £1.69 which was not actually stash but a finishing item for an exchange.

I finished both my June and July Drawn Thread pieces - June is on the mantle and July is ready now for when we get back. I can't share the exchanges and I have nothing else completely finished - I hope next month I'll have lots more to share.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Finished in time ... just

I had an idea a while back to make a travel wallet for when Hubby and I travel by train. We have a large plastic folder for our holidays by car as there are so many documents to take (ferry, hotels, gite, insurance, breakdown) but by train there is just travel and hotel information.

We are off to London on Friday for a couple of nights and then Paris for a few more. It is a special holiday as its or 25th Wedding Anniversary next Tuesday and we will be in Paris to celebrate ( a bonus of me leaving work as I would not have been able to have to actual day off)

Anyway I have finished my travel wallet today - I had the idea from my friend Mary who stitched me a project case for an exchange one autumn. She kindly sent me the instructions which helped although my wallet is slightly different. I did a bit at a time over three days as I have been quite worried if it would work. Today I have finished it and I love it :)

Front of my travel wallet
Back of wallet
Inside of my wallet with our Eurostar documents
tucked safely inside.
We are very excited about going away - me more than Hubby I think - and just after we're back we're having a small get together for family and a few friends. Unfortunately just 8 months after our wedding we lost Hubby's Dad to pancreatic cancer - he was just 55.

To mark our anniversary we're fundraising for Pancreatic Cancer in his memory - and help our future generations - our just giving page is

There's a few old photos on there too :) I still have my dress, flowers and veil. They will be out at the party with our album - I'm sure we'll all have a chuckle at the 1980's fashions :)

I haven't done any shareable stitching but I have been creative. Over the last few months I have begun wine making again and now have a demijohn of dandelion wine steadily clearing and rhubarb wine still bubbling away.

Rhubarb wine & Dandelion wine

Yesterday I collected a bucket full of elderflowers - some to make cordial and some to make wine. The cordial is done; I've made a large bottle for us, a smaller one for my Mum and frozen the rest.

The wine is now fermenting in a bucket until we return from France but here are the flowers in the saucepan with lemons. The kitchen smelt wonderful.

Elderflowers in the pot
That's about all my news for now - pre warning of a large blog when we're back with maybe a few photos haha

Thanks for calling by - happy blogging to you all

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Exchange stitching

We've just had a lovely weekend at the caravan with Hubby's mum and partner and I did a little stitching but it was all for an exchange so no sharing :(

I have two exchange pieces to send off soon as the posting dates are while we're away, Both are for Needlecraft Haven - the Meet Up exchange is ready to go and I am nearly done with the Summer exchange.

All this exchange work means not only have I no pictures to share but my other stitching has not had a look in. I am hoping to make up my travel project but just before we went to Wales I planned to reline Philippa's caravan curtains. Unfortunately my machine stopped working. I had no time to look properly but maybe this week I can see what's wrong - I really would like to complete my project ready to take away later this month. Please send positive mending thoughts my way :)

The weather in Wales was lovely - we went to Barmouth on Saturday for the start of the Three Peaks Yacht Race. The town was very busy and it was quite warm in the sun. Ruby was very good - a little jumpy with the crowds but it's all good experience for her.

The yachts lined up in the harbour and at 3.30 sailed out to the start point. I'm not sure what time they were actually setting off as they were still there at 4.30 when we'd travelled round the estuary to go home, although their sails were up.

We stayed in and around Tywyn for the remainder of our short break - plenty of walking along the front, restful sitting outside in the sun, plenty of good food and wine - a perfect break.

On our way home we called at Kerry Vale Vineyard - it' s a fairly new venture that we've wanted to call at before. They have a lovely coffee shop which will be one of our stop overs if we travel that route again. We also sampled three of their wines - our first Welsh wine - and two bottles have joined our cellar at home :)

We had a lovely surprise when we arrived home - there was a large rose bush in a large pot on our patio table. The rose bush is Happy Anniversary and is from our lovely son Michael. He has given it us early as he needed transport help from my Mum (she is now away and back the day we go away). It's a beautiful red/pink with lots of buds about to bloom.

Happy Anniversary rose from Michael
Before we left I made up July - The Drawn Thread. I thought I should as we're away the end of June and it needs to be ready for the mantle. Our June mantle is quite light at the moment, our new place markers are there with my June piece but that's about all.

July - The Drawn Thread
Thanks for calling by - I'm sure I'll have some more stitching news soon and I know I'll have some holiday news but that may be posted on Aimetu's.  Hugs and wishes to all, especially those in need at the moment x x x x

Sunday, 1 June 2014

June - an exciting month

But before I post about June I must just add a little from May - we had an amazing time in Wales both at the caravan and with Philippa as she carried the Queen's Baton last Sunday.
 I have add a separate page with lots of photos on Aimetu's
and our local paper ran a piece too
On our way to the caravan Nick and I visited Powis Castle - something we can't do when we have Ruby with us but everytime we pass we say we'd like to visit. It's was a glorious day and the castle was just stunning.
Main entrance through the courtyard
Looking over the gardens
Views of the surrounding countryside
Side view of castle as
it's perched on its rock
Beautiful wisteria
King in residence
We did discover that you can take dogs in the grounds and in the courtyard so this may well become our refreshment stop on our travels, especially if it's a nice day as Ruby could have a lovely walk in the grounds which saves a job later.

We had a lovely few days at the caravan - it does make a difference going alone as we can stay out longer and visit more places. This time we went to Porthmadog so Hubby could visit the Purple Moose Brewery and of course buy a few 'samples'.
Tywyn beach looking towards Aberystwyth

Tywyn beach looking west

Ffestinog Railway coming into Porthmadog
Porthmadog harbour
As you can see we had a lovely time - and June is full of more adventures. Next weekend we're back at the caravan with DH's Mum and partner (and Ruby) for a long weekend and then on the 20th Hubby and I are off to London followed by 4 days in Paris for our wedding anniversary - a special one this time - 25 years :)
My Mum and stepdad are also away in June so they popped round this afternoon to give us a pressie - they have already bought us a camellia 'Silver Anniversary' - today they have given us a beautiful set of place holders, a Portmerion salt & pepper set and Mum made a lace insert for a silver plate.
Pressies from Mum & Keith
We are having a small party in July but have requested donations not gifts in memory of Hubby's Dad who sadly passed away of pancreatic cancer just 8 months after our wedding
I do have a little stitching to share - but not much as most of my stitching lately is for exchanges. However I have finished my June piece for the mantle, the stitching on my travel project and started a new little project for me.
June - The Drawn Thread
Travel Project - ready to make up
New project for me
I guess that's all from me for now - I'll be blogging after our weekend away and maybe again before our special holiday. Thank you for calling by - I hope you've enjoyed reading all my news, I certainly enjoyed making it :)