Sunday, 2 February 2020

In to February we go ...

The 2nd of February, well well here we are. I cannot believe a month has passed since Philippa and I started Dry January. There were many days when a glass of something would have been lovely.

Thank you to everyone for your support and kindness. We've raised just over £1500 which will help my hospital's Breast Care Unit and Cancer Research UK, superb, thank you!

Philippa was home this weekend to celebrate. I haven't felt good after last week's treatment so it was lovely to have her here, there is a lot of healing in a hug.

As I hadn't been out since Tuesday, and the sun was peeking through, we had lunch in the garden to celebrate with a glass of champagne .... well wrapped up as it was nippy.
Thank you everyone for supporting
Clare and Philippa - Drop the Gin 
Our garden picnic with plenty of layers
It seems a very long road but the journey has begun. We'll be making the most of my good times with little trips away and more family times ..... each day is a step closer.

This year at Needlecraft Haven we are doing Stitching the Night Away's 2019 SAL. The chart is downloadable here - those of us taking part are stitching a block a month. Our finishes are personal choices, I'm making mine into coasters but maybe when they are all done.

Block 1
My orts collection is off to a good start with my January stitching, it's lovely to see colours from specific projects in the mix.

January orts
Happy February stitching everyone, I'm hoping to get on with a few things this month.


  1. I keep you in my thoughts every day. Thanks for sharing your pictures. You all look very happy.

  2. Clare, I didn't know you were undergoing treatment. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Lovely family photos.

  3. Your hat looks so cozy! What a lovely garden party in the winter! I will be thinking of you and praying for you this week.

  4. Sending warm thoughts your way. Beautiful family pictures xx

  5. Outside lunch! You can tell you don't live on the east coast, it's bitterly cold here. I think I wear more layers than you when I'm INSIDE the shop LOL
    I like every the green thread you used for the SAL, the stripes worked out perfectly.

  6. I love seeing your beautiful family surrounding you and supporting you! I continue to pray for you.

  7. I'm so happy you were able to get out with family and enjoy your day. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers Clare. RJ@stitchingfriends

  8. Congrats on making it a whole month and nice she could be there to help you heal. Excellent fundraising too! Plus lovely stitching naturally. :)

  9. Congrats on doing dry January and the money raised.
    I know your family will keep you strong, thinking of you
    Take care x

  10. Yes, there is a lot of healing in a hug...I'm so glad your family has lots of them handy! What a lovely idea to have the celebration in the sunshine! Wishing you warm thoughts and healing prayers as you continue your treatment. Your stitching is lovely!

  11. Congratulations on completing dry January and well done on such a fabulous sum raised

  12. Outside dining in February sounds an interesting idea, but not one I'd tackle!
    I love your SAL piece and think it will make a wonderful coaster, perhaps when you have something with a dash of lime? :)


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