Sunday, 1 April 2012

Party weekend and a huge HD

The school break for Easter is finally here - it's been a hard half term with my Year 11s. A party weekend for us which has started the holidays of in perfect style.
Lst night Nick, Philippa and I went to our friend's 60th birthday party. He was the Head of English at my school; in fact he interviewed me LOL. Anyway Colin retired 3 years ago but we've stayed in touch and the four of us go out often, including weekends away to the Tesco Wine Fair. Colin and Kay are superb friends. During his tine at school he had a poem published in a collection of school poetry from around Warwickshire; for his birthday I stitched the poem for him and used a chart fromNordic Needle for the bottle. I am so pleased with the finish and he loved it.

Colin's 60th Gift.
Colin and me at the party
Today we've been out with my Mum and step-dad as it was his 75th birthday earlier in the week. Philly, Michael and Amii came too, and his son and wife travelled up from Bristol. It was a lovely meal rounded off by a cake I made for him.

Keith's cake
Talking of birthdays I forgot to share one of the gifts we gave to Philippa for her 18th. We did the same for Michael too when he turned 18. It's very difficult getting photos to fit but DH and I had great fun doing it, and Philly loves it.
Philly 0 - 18
Oh a sad note Philly has split from her boyfriend of over 2 years. She was very upset the first few days but it was her decision and the last two weeks we have had our happy Philly back - one of life's difficult times.
Yesterday was jar photo day for my collection of orts - they are mainly beige/gold this time because of doing the poem. And I'm late with putting my photo on Needlecraft Haven - oops.

TUSAL 31st March
Finally yesterday was Opening Day for the Spring Exchange on Needlecraft Haven. I recieved a beautiful gift from Kate. She stitched The Drawn Thread Spring Keeper - it is gorgeous, thanks Kate.

My gift from Kate
This is the gift I stitched for Mary who lives in France. The box is a No.7 gift box which I loved but it had No.7 stamped on the lid right in the centre, so I stitched Spring from Oakhaven Designs and used a matress finish to attach it to the box. I put a couple of packets of seeds inside but Mary has decided to use it for her buttons which I think is a fab idea.
Mary's box
Side view
Well that's about all my news - thanks for reading/sharing. We're away to Wales for a few days so I'll have to read all you nnext weekend. Have a great week x x x


  1. I'm not surprised your friend loved his gift, it is fabulous.
    Great exchange gifts too

  2. Fabulous gift for Colin, a one off special present.
    It's been a lovely exchange.
    Have a great time away, rest and relax.

  3. It has been a lovely exchange!
    I have an award waiting for you on my blog!

  4. Oh what a lovely gift Clare for Colin and I absolutely love what you did with the photos and Philly. May I pinch the idea for my grandsons 18th,in Dec, perhaps you could give me instructions on how you did it.
    The box from you to Mary is super too as your gift from Kate,it really was a lovely exchange.
    Hope you have had a relaxing few days away.

  5. Wow! What wonderful celebrations you've had!!

    Lovely exchange pieces.


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