Saturday 14 November 2015

Fantastic Day

It was Needlecraft Haven Autumn Meet Up here in Nuneaton today but before I share my photos I must add three pictures for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL hosted by Jo.

Each year I take part in The Christmas Tree Festival at my family church, my tree theme this year is 'Joy to the World' and I have received these beautiful ornaments from fellow stitchers - thanks you so much they will look amazing on my tree.

From Julie 
From Sally G
From Sally W
And so to today's great meet up - five of us from Needlecraft Haven meet at our Scout Headquarters. Angi and Gill came from Peterborough by train, Lindsay drove down from Cheshire and Julie's hubby brought her over from Leicester. It was so nice to sit and chat all day with a little stitching and so much laughter.

We always have a book exchange - it's a random choice and this time we played a little dice game. We each had a book (they are all wrapped so we don't know what is in them or who's book is who's) and took it in turn to roll the dice. We passed the books to our left the number o times on the dice - it worked ish, we were too busy laughing as we seemed to keep ending up with the same book - eventually we had a book that wasn't ours and eagerly unwrapped our new reads.

Book Exchange
My new books
 My exchange book was Tangled Lives by Hilary Boyd and was from Julie. I have read her first book Thursdays in the Park and as I just finished a book I'll be starting this tonight. My other book was one from Lindsay - last meet up I picked Lindsay's book and this is the enxt one in the series, she kindly brought it along for me.

We also have a goody bag exchange - this time the theme was numbers. I always make cakes and put a raffle ticket under a cake and the other ticket half under a bag. We chose a cake and have the bag that corresponds to the ticket underneath. I decorated the cakes with numbers - they were chocolate beetroot cakes, yummy.
Number cakes
Goody Bags
The beautiful items in my Goody Bag from
Lindsay - her theme was number 3 
I picked Lindsay's bag and she had themed it on the number 3. In it was a set of 3 cutters, three hand creams, 3 notebooks, three pens, 3 metres of ribbon, DMC using number 3, 93g of Roses and three beautiful stamps.

I chose number 4 for my theme and wrapped my gifts with little messages on each - Julie won my bag and had great fun opening the parcels - this time we took it in turn to open or Goody Bags so we could all see who had what and how the gifts related to the chosen number. We had bags for number 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 - no repeats :) 

My wrapped gifts on the theme of Number 4
The goodies inside the parcels 
Every meet up we hold a raffle to raise funds to keep Needlecraft Haven ad free - some lovely prizes donated and we will have enough to get rid of those pesky ads for a while.

Great raffle prizes
There was some great stitching on show - amazing work from just four stitchers. I do enjoy seeing what everyone has been doing, although we chat about our craft online it's is so so nice to see the work in person.
Lindsay's show table
Angi and Gill's show table
Julie's show table
I've had a fantastic day - thank you Angi, Gill, Julie and Lindsay for making it such fun, see you all next spring :)


Vickie said...

You ladies have the best time, don't you?! Good for you!

Maggie said...

Glad you had a good day, sorry I couldn't make it.

Julie said...

Doesn't it all look lovely when you see the pics again. Fun times had by all.
Thanks Clare xxxx

Christine said...

Looks like you had a great day!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. I do have a Joy ornie stitched up for you! I just seem to be having difficulties getting it to the Post Office.
The meet up looks like it was great fun once again, so many lovely exchanges and stitching to display too. Not to mention the cakes!

Kay said...

This all looks absolutely wonderful. x

Marie said...

You certainly belong to a very fun group…so many wonderful treasures.

Love the three Joy ornies that you received for your tree.

Elfie said...

I really enjoyed reading your blog today. The Joy ornaments are so nice. Will you post a pic of your Christmas tree next month? I would love to see it.

Clare-Aimetu said...

Yes of course I'll be posting about my Christmas Tree with plenty of photos of all the beautiful trees that everyone decorates.

Stitching Noni said...

What fun you had! Looks like a great day out!
I have just about finished my Joy ornie but it will probably be late getting to you now... Please let me know if you would prefer not to receive any late ones?
Hugs xx

Clare-Aimetu said...

Thanks very kind of you Noni - I'd love to still receive the ornament if you'd like to send it :-)

Mini said...

The ornaments you received are lovely. Seems like you had lots of fun with your stitch group.

Maggee said...

Looks like a whole lot of fun! Wonderful gifts and prizes, plus some pretty pretty stitches! It is nice to meet up with fellow stitchers... though not much stitching happens! Hugs!

Brigitte said...

So nice to read about your get-together and all the activities that you enjoyed.

Sally said...

It looks like you had a great time at the meet up!

So glad you liked the ornament. You have received some beautiful ones.

Anonymous said...

love the book exchange idea.. so nice to read about your activities and exchanges. ;)

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