Sunday, 18 June 2017

FINISHES, ALMOST FINISHES, AND CHRISTMAS STITCHING



I really don't know where the time has gone since my last post. I have been in hibernation for a while and I think that sometimes messes with my concept of time. Just a winter thing for me. Anyhoo, I do have a finish to show you. My little munchkin's jacket and hat. I put koala buttons on the jacket.


 
 
I finished the 2 stitcheries for the "Bountiful Bees" table runner. Hmmm, I wonder if I will get that done seeing as I still haven't sewn the binding on my other table runner.
 
 
 
 
I completed a cute little stitchery which is from Jenny's free BOM. I thought it would go nicely with the Tilda fabric I had in my stash. Just need to figure out what I am going to make with it.
 
 
 
 
I thought it was time to start making some Christmas projects and gifts.
 
 
 
 
So, what was I doing this time 2 years ago? Well, there is quite a bit to catch up with but I won't put it all in this post.  On the 8th June, 2015 my daughter and I continued our trip catching a train from Austerlitz  to Carcassone. Now, I would never have known about Carcassone unless my daughter had suggested going there. Both my daughters loved a book called "Labrynth" by Kate Moss which was set in Carcassone. After I watched the mini series about a year ago I realised we had stayed in the same hotel .
 
 
 
 
 
The next day we headed off on a beautiful long walk down lanes across a beautiful bridge to La Cite Medieval which is basically a fortress within a fortress.
 
 
 
 
 
 
We had lunch outside at this gorgeous cafĂ©.
 
 
You know me with owls...had to take this pic.
 
 
We were entertained with medieval music.
 
 
 
 
I was in awe knowing I was standing in a courtyard where soldiers prepared for battle in the 1100's. I was constantly thinking about how many centuries of people had walked on the same cobblestones .
 
 
 
 Next morning we were up bright and early to catch a train to Toulouse, and a taxi to Toulouse airport where we departed  for Dublin, Ireland.  I think I have been a bit photo heavy so I will leave the Irish adventure for another day.
 
Thankyou so much for stopping by again.
 
Angel Blessings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT


Today I am being a little bit self indulgent. It was 2 years ago this month on the 3rd June 2015 that my daughter and I went on a trip of a lifetime. I had never been overseas before and I had talked with my youngest daughter about the possibility 2 years before. Well, out of the blue, I decided early 2015 that it was now or never. So, after chatting more seriously we booked our 4 week adventure and departed late on a very cold night ,3rd June 2015, to Paris via Hong Kong.  I have been thinking how blessed we were to have gone before the  terrible terrorist attacks in France and the UK.

We arrived at Charles de Gaulle airport on 4th June and were greeted by 6 heavily armed soldiers with assault weapons while we waited for our shuttle. I guess things were getting bad even back then.
We eventually got used to seeing armed soldiers at all the tourist sites.

 
On 5th June we got up at 6-00am to collect our Paris Passes and catch a coach to Disneyland.
 
 
Thought this was funny.

 
 

 
Next day, 6th June, and headed off to the Paris Opera House utilising their wonderful Metro. It was there I encountered my first Gypsy pick pocket!
 


 
 
After that we headed off to The Louvre.
 
 
This was Marie Antoinette's ice cream plate.

 
The Egyptian Archaeology section was awesome. They even had sarcophaguses for cats!


 
On the 7th June our first stop was at the Conciergerie which was a former royal palace and prison until Charles V decided to house the law courts there in the 14th century. Marie Antionette was housed there awaiting her execution.
 
 
The main entrance is a huge hall with Gothic arches and beams where everyone congregated and dined. There are bolt plates on the floor where long tables were. 

 
 
Then on to Notre Dame Cathedral. There were an alarming amount of beggars here
 
 


 
After that we visited the Catacombs after queuing for 1 and a half hours in the heat. It was around 29 degrees C. No such thing as sunburn over there.  Unfortunately, I can't locate my photos of the Catacombs. Shall endeavour to seek them out
 
. We then headed off to La Tour Eiffel which is much bigger than I had thought.
 
 
 
Here is my daughter standing in front of one of the tower's feet.

 
 
It was getting late after that so we decided to do a 6-00pm cruise along the Seine which was delightful.
 

 
 
Another couple of train trips later we found the Arc de Triomphe. Oh my! It was quite scary taking photos as there were cars going in all directions. We found this when we first arrived in Paris. No such thing as lanes and 5 does go into one! With bicycles, mopeds, motor bikes and cars all sharing the same roads it is quite a freaky ride with cyclists touching the car and people swapping paint.
 

 
So, that was where I was back in 2015 the first 7 days of June. Only last year, 2016, Paris experienced heavy flooding which saw the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Seine closed. I am so glad we went when we did. We went by rail  on to Carcassone , then flew to Dublin , Ireland. From there we flew to Edinburgh, Scotland then flew to Cardiff, Wales where I picked up a car to drive to Chippenham, Wiltshire where my grandfather grew up , on to Penzance in Cornwall, then back to Cardiff to drop the car off before catching a train to Paddington Station , London for 7 nights. I am going to add more pics of my travels later. I intend to create a separate blog about our journey with heaps more pics but I just wanted to share a couple of pics of a beautiful city which is now under constant threat. May all those who have perished by the hands of evil be held by angels.
 
Angel Blessings.                  

Saturday, 3 June 2017

OVERWHELMED WITH KINDNESS AND GENEROSITY


 I  wish to thank you all for the lovely comments and suggestions you have made regarding  my Little Lucy. I have put it away for a short while but it is still within my sight so it doesn't become another UFO.

After feeling rather disappointed and frustrated with myself over the Lucy debacle I was soon to be uplifted by 2 beautiful blog friends. I was blessed to find a parcel on my doorstep the next day from  Jenny .  Not only did she send me some lovely flour sack fabric to try but also some beautiful Cosmo threads, ( which I love using as they are so soft and silky), and a lovely wall hanging which has been beautifully stitched using her own design. THANKYOU SO MUCH !


 
 
 
Then, yesterday, I was in for another lovely surprise. Dear Sue had sent me a belated 60th birthday gift. Wow! This turning 60 really is wonderful. It is the birthday that keeps on happening LOL. ( I still haven't used my Seniors Card yet though).  I was meant to have met up with Sue earlier but circumstances got in the way. ( It will happen Sue!)
 
I digress.  Sue certainly knows how I love purple and I have been thoroughly spoilt. Not only has she given me 6 Cottage Garden threads in my fav colours but also a beautiful pack of charm  squares, some purple fabric and a lovely repro fabric. How lucky am I? THANKYOU!
 
 
 
I feel truly blessed to have so many beautiful blogger friends in my life. I have met a few of you over the years and there are still some who I have never met but all of you have added sunshine to my life .
 
Angel Blessings to you all.  
 
 

Thursday, 1 June 2017

GRRRRRRRRR!!!



My Little Lucy progress has been good and I was humming along quite nicely having finally pieced the 2 bottom rows together.


 
 
So, today I thought I would start piecing the top 2 rows together. or at least sew row 3 to the bottom 2 rows. That didn't happen! I lost my mojo. Why? I realised that I had sewn the 2nd row in the wrong order despite having numbered all the blocks and taken photos of the quilt layout. Yes, I mucked it up . Instead of sewing sequentially 3, 4 and 5 I had somehow stitched  the order 5,4,and 6. I really don't like the blocks in that order as it changes the whole appearance of the quilt. I cannot unpick them as I have removed many of the papers and my whipstitching is very fine and tight. Whenever I have tried to unpick my whipstitching it resulted in the fabric fraying very badly. So, I am definitely NOT doing the happy dance.
Here is the pic of how the new (unimproved) layout looks. The centre red block would have been on the left to spread out all the red blocks from each other. I already have one humility block which I shall point out another time. It is one thing to have a humility block but I have never heard of a humility row! LOL.  
 
  
 
 
On a brighter note, I have finished knitting my munchkin's jacket and just need to stitch it up and add the buttons. I shall now knit the matching hat.
 
 
 
 
I have picked up my Gothic stitchery again as it was half done and I wasn't happy with the purple I had used. When I received a beautiful rich purple thread from Shez as part of my birthday gift in April I knew it was the perfect colour for this project. So, I unpicked what I had done and am enjoying working with this purple now.
 
 
 
 
Thankyou for visiting me again.
 
Angel Blessings
 
 
 
 
 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

EPP TUESDAY ON A THURSDAY

 
 


Yep! I'm a couple of days late for Anthea's  EPP linky. Better late than never I suppose. I have made further progress with Little Lucy. I now have 2 and a bit rows pieced together.


 
 
My little munchkin came to visit yesterday. He is now 13 weeks old.
 
 
 
 
His knitted jacket is coming along nicely but I think it is going to be a bit big for him this winter. Maybe  more of a coat with rolled up cuffs LOL.
 
 
 
 
Angel Blessings.