Sunday, 11 April 2010

Competition - New Design - Holiday News

Well I have loads toblog about tonight - but first here's a reminder aboutmy competition:

As you know I don't stitch every night as I am so tired. I have done no stitching, or any other craft, on 27days so far this year so my question is ...

How many non-crafting days will I have by December 31st 2010?

Just add your guess to a reply to this post. All votes must be in by October 31st.

Reveal day will be January 1st 2011 and I will put together a little parcel of goodies for the winner.

I am going to try to have a panel at the side of my blog showing everyone's entries. Just need some time to sit and play with it. Please let all your friends know - the more entries the merrier, thanks :)

My Happy Dance is very very special - whilst at the caravan I designed my first cross stitch bookmark. It's a saying that is very close to my heart. I willbe offering this as a SAL at the Nuneaton Meet Up on 24th April.

I've called it "Importance" and stitched it on 16ct Aida band using DMC 469, 602, 676 and 936.

I have nearly finished charting it up and will be offering it for sale as a chart or as a kit - released Sunday 25th April. All profits will go to my charities fund at Aimetu's Stitchery I have just given St Cadfan's Church another £25 so many thanks to everyone who has bought my charts and cards :)

Just before we went away I entered the GOS Challenge #5. I had decided Ineeded a recipe scrapbook and had a lovely hard backed book but did not like the centre piece (it just said "All about me"). I stitched the challenge design using;

 Fabric = 28 count Permin(Wichelt) Linen in Prairie Grain
Floss =DMC Rayon in 33608, 30211and 30932

I spent a lovely afternoon at the caravan cutting up my cooking magazines and sticking my recipes in :) I have covered it in sticky back plastic to prevent it getting messy in the kitchen.

We had a lovely time in Wales - the weather was a little damp the first few days but soon turned to glorious sunshine. Monday was the huge street market that happens every year so church was open for tea and coffee.I did 2 hours clearing away and drying up and made a chocolate cake too. We do have a good time, lots of nattering and it's good to catch upon Welsh life. I've popped my name down for the next Bank Holiday Monday too.

We did sometravelling around - my favourite trip was to Barmouth. We park at Morfa Mawddach and walk ove rthe Barmouth Bridge - it's about a mile but the views are stunning. This is me and Ruby onthe way back.

We even managed to see the dolphins in the bay on Saturday.Unfortunately I did not get any photos of them but plenty of us watching - hee hee

They are doing a lot of work on the sea defences. It's quite nice to walk down the promenade everyday to watch them. They do make a lot of noise though, a bit like huge dinosaurs and because they work by the tide they were working through the night, bit weird hearing lots of moaning and groaning all night ;)

I made quite few goodies for the caravan - and consequencely have put on a few pounds. I'm back on track now so will soon be losing the extra. I've blogged about the food in my Fantastic Food

I think that's all for now - I'm sure I missed something but it's getting late so I will close and blog another time. Thanks for popping by to read my news :)


  1. Lovely idea to use the GOS #5 to create your own cover for your cookbook!

    I am looking forward to the release later this month. I may be setting aside a little spending money for it!

  2. Clare your bookmark design is just fabulous! Love your cookbook cover as well.
    Glad you had such a lovely break. Hugs!

  3. That book cover looks really pretty. I guess you have 30 non crafty days =)

  4. Two lovely finishes. Glad you had a nice time away in Wales.

  5. Well done on the GOS challenge. How fab to see dolphins in the bay, what a treat. Ruby looks like she had a good time.
    The bookmark is lovely, you'll sell lots of this one.

  6. Lovely new design - you've got a sale here. LOL Well done on the donation too. Love the notebook finish, so pretty. Looks & sounds like you had a lovely time. :0)

  7. Sounds like you had a nice break. Your bookmark is lovely

  8. Clare, Your new bookmark is lovely, I especially like the sentiment. What a wonderful cookbook cover you made. I am sure you will fill it up quick. I love to cook but don't do as much any more. I always make more than the two of us can eat and end up feeding the neighbors. i love the seaside pictures. Looks like you had a great time.


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