Sunday, 28 April 2013

Needlecraft Haven Meet-Up

We had another fabulous day yesterday - this time we met at The Abbey in Nuneaton - having full, private use of their lounge all day :-) Being in the centre of town many members travelled by train, a new experience for Julie.

Needlecraft Members who came along were: Julie, Tina, Maggie, Lindsay, Ursh, Lynn, Jane, Rachael, Diane, Gill and myself.

We had a goody bag exchange on the theme of Afternoon Tea and to swap bags I made cupcakes and displayed them on my lovely stand. I put a raffle ticket under each cake and Julie put the corresponding numbers under a goody bag - everyone chose a cake and whatever number was underneath they had the matching numbered goody bag.Of course they ate the cake too :)

Here is the goody bag (well box actually) I put together and Rachael won

Afternoon Tea - won by Rachael
My number was on a blue gift bag - inside were some amazing gifts from Maggie including some homemade cookies that disappeared too quickly to be in this photo.

Goody Bag from Maggie
I don't drink tea but the beautiful ornament Maggie stitched has a perfect home - I have a set of coloured Royal Albert cups, saucers and side plates that were my Grandmother's. I remember them in a glass cabinet when I was a very young girl. They are in our display cabinet now and Maggie's ornament is the perfect addition. (I opened the glass doors to take the photo else all you would see would be my reflection hahaha)

Grandma's cups
We also did a mystery book exchange where we each wrapped a book we wanted to pass on and I put all the books in a bag - lucky dip time resulted in my picking a book I wanted to read. On a visit to Julie's recently she was telling my about this book, I was so intrigued I added it to my wish list. Amazingly I picked Julie's parcel and the book was inside.

For the first time we're doing an exchange for just the 'meet-up' members. We each filled in a little card then picked one anonymously. No-one knows who has whose card - we now need to stitch a personal bookmark for our partner using either the notes they put in the card or things we chatted about yesterday. I knew exactly what to stitch for my partner and have ordered the items already :)

All my other stitching is for gifts so I cannot share just yet, sorry but you  can pop over to my other blog Aimetu's and read about my recent wine adventures. Thanks for calling by - May wishes to everyone x x


  1. It was a lovely day yesterday, roll on the next one!
    Enjoy the book. Maggie put together a great exchange parcel. Xx

  2. Glad you had such a great time

  3. Sounds like everyone had a wonderful time. Too bad I am so far away !! boo hoo !!

  4. I loved my exchange from you, Thank you!!

  5. ohhh nice goodies there Clare.You will enjoy that book I did . My son did too.
    Lovely stitchy gift ,I too stitched that one this week.
    Look forward to seeing the exchange pieces.

  6. Hi Clare--Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog :)

    Looks like you received some lovely things--your teacup collection is the perfect place to display the little ornament! It must be so nice to have a stitching group close by to spend time with...

  7. Hi Clare, I'm glad you found somewhere to display the orni :-)Your Grandmothers tea cups are just lovely!

    The meet-up was a lovely day, I really enjoyed it and look forward to the next one :-)


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