Tuesday 19 April 2011

All is revealed and a happy dance

Hello to you all on another beautiful day. The sun is shining and guess what?
No I am not repeating last times post- have you noticed the difference yes Lucky has found her hat, she is wearing it at a jaunty angle and is so pleased that I found the safe place I was hiding it in. Not in the bin after all.
Oh I have so much to tell and show you this time are you sitting comfortably ,then we will begin.
You remember Colleen was my exchange partner for Laineys spring/easter exchange, and I could not show it you until I was given permission. Well Sgt Lainey said this afternoon that we could show it anytime now. Now !! so here is what was in the parcel.

Lambs Egg by Shepherds Bush.Lovely little sheepies, I love the ribbon on the top , it is beautifully stitched and just so me. Are you jealous ,hee hee. Along with the dear egg were these goodies.

A notepad, 2 cards of silk which I shall stitch sheep with i think (well what else).
Then a sachet of Lavender, and a pillow top for me to stitch which I already have ideas for. Thankyou so much Colleen ,I am delighted with it all and I love my Lambs Egg. Wonder if it will hatch me a lamb, I digress.

I will show you later the goodies I sent to Colleen. I was thrilled when she was chosen as my partner. Talking of Colleen and SB last night her and Sally travelled here to Sal with me. I have progress on Sophie and her roses but not as much as I would have liked , just a bit weary ,but more of that later.

I am loving this one and I think I may have to get Peter in his patch to go with her.
Not just yet though , sigh , trying to be good. It is a trial though. I did have to send for Rosies threads and whilst there I saw Julia Flynns diary and had to get that (you know why don't you).Also threads for In the meadow and Cobwebs and Crows by Prairie Schooler.

Maybe something to do with the white creatures in the foreground.lol.
Serious sheep addiction here. Has anyone in the UK watched the Dales programme that is currently being shown,I am in heaven oh sheep and the one that looks as if it has dreadlocks. Last night a lady started by rescuing 4 sheep from slaughter and now has 600 rescued sheep. she spins their wool and makes it into clothing. Martin sitting in his comfy chair without lifting his head said,Don't go getting any ideas!!
Awww spoilsport. Ollie would like to become a sheep dog I am sure.

Sorry off on a tangent again here. Ohh I see a link there , at the weekend we had all the family over -want to see- well its my blog and I want to see so here is the tribe , but first of all the link with Ollie.

Sam grandson with said Ollie. Sam absolutley adores Ollie , now is the feeling mutual or is he just being nice to Sam.
We had a shock as Caitlin arrived in a "dress"

Having 3 brothers we usually see her in trousers. We think she is a lovely girl,but then we are a tiny bit biased. I did not realise grandads knees were in the way.
Alfie was playing hard to get and did not want his photo taken.

I snook this one when he was not looking, but Kate will not be amused if she saw this.
Then there is the Son in law and Mil ,not saying too much here.

But for almost 86 she is not doing badly.
Then the rest of the family arrived and here are Graeme Sue and Kate.

Graeme was sitting behind the chair so no one could stand on his foot, he has joined Jack in the ingrowing toenail brigade. Speaking of whom no picture of Jack , he was off somewhere in the garden, did get the last one ,phew I can hear you all saying,
of the two girlies Ella and Caitlin.

So that is the tribe minus one. We had 12 for dinner and in our dining room it is a bit of a squeeze,but we managed and as well as the roast I did 4 (yes you read that right 4)puddings and all went. That was our Easter dinner get together as G & K are working next weekend.Phew!! So now you know why I was so weary yesterday.
Lovely to see them but oh the peace when they had gone.
Are you still with me, well done gold stars all round.

As you know I have been working in the kitchen in more ways than one, the JA or TSG design Sal is still having people coming along on a Wednesday night, it is over on Needlecraft Haven if you want to join us ,you would be more than welcome. Anyway without more ado drum roll please ...........

Tomorrow will see another new start of one of Tanyas designs.I was hoping to get this framed before showing you, but as I cannot get a pic for the girls at NH for last weeks progress to post on the forum I thought I had better put it here for them to see I have not been asleep in the comfy chair.
So we are back to happy dancing ,wonder if anyone has their shoes on. Here comes another one.

This was a Drawn Thread design a scissor fob as a RAK for Jacqui ,I also sent her a notebook organiser and some backing fabby .
Not finished yet . I finished this ,this morning another Drawn Thread design "A spot of spring " this chart was gifted to me by dear Sally, I did not do the hemstitching called for ,I had mislaid the instructions ,which by the way I have since found dur.
I withdrew some threads and put some ribbons through.

I expect by now you will all gone off yawning and saying too long ,too long. I do hope not as I love to get your comments .
I only have My gifties to Colleen to show you and then I am done .
I hope you all approve of the things I sent her as I have not done that many exchanges so never too sure if I am doing it right.Anyway this was it,it is now in sunny Florida and Colleen is delighted.

This was a kit from Shepherds Bush called Softly Spring ,I really enjoyed stitching this one just so sweet and delicate.
So my little fruitbats, time has come to say goodbye for this time, you may breath a sigh of relief now . I will try to make it shorter next time , once I start I do not know when to stop .
So take care all
Hugs n stuff


Sally said...

Oh Barb what a delightful post! All of your stitching is absolutely beautiful but I do love your SB for Colleen and Lucky looks mighty fine in her hat!

Your time spent In The Kitchen with Jane was time well spent as it is lovely. Love your scissor fob for Jacqui and Spot of Spring looks gorgeous.

Sophie is coming along beautifully. I've done a blog post and posted a piccie of Emmanuel. I enjoyed my visit last night:)

I'm looking forward to seeing your new start for TSG SAL night:)

Lovely photos of your family.

Nice new stash:)

Hugs xxxx

Mouse said...

ohhh what a lovely post .. full of photos goodies and lots of stitching ..and oooo puddings heheheh ... I had just been talking with my youngest dd about that program :) love sheepies too :)
great Jane finish and fobs and the drawn thread .. ooo this comment could be as long as the post if I carry on hahahah ... love mouse xxxx

Julie said...

WOW!!! Queen of finishes, thats your new name... such a lot of lovely things to view on here this time.

wonderful pics of the family, it's so lovely when you are all together, but i think you have earned yourself some restful stitching time this week after cooking for all those hungry teenagers

Lesleyanne said...

A lovely post with gorgeous finishes. Great pictures of your family. Nice new stash.

Michelle said...

Oh Barbara what a lovely post to read. All of your stitching is just lovely. Well done.
What a lovely family you have - thanks for sharing the photos with us. xx

Hazel said...

What gorgeous stitching and gifts! Love your tribe but hey you missed someone off... YOU!! Where are you Barb??? xx

Christine said...

Wow Barb you are on a roll! Some lovely stitching and finishing there, and great pictures of the family too

Kate said...

It's always a delight to read your posts Barb - please don't change them.
I'm so pleased that you found Lucky's hat - safe places are great aren't they - why is it that we don't just have one safe place? Your exchange pieces to/from Colleen are all great. I love the DT pieces that you have done too, especially the ribbon framing on Spot of Spring. Lovely new stash and family pictures.

Heidi said...

We are rushing out the door but I HAD to stop by and wish my dear friend a Happy Easter! I will come back again next week and read this post but, in the meantime, I see that I need to be dancing out the door. :-)

Hugs from Holland ~

hazel c UK said...

Hi Barbara,

What a pleasure to look at all your lovely projects, they are really beautiful could not chose a favourite.

Yes the weather has been beautiful and how I envy you down at Weymouth, I would have been over at Portland if I had been able to.

Yes the Dales programme is great and did you see Countryfile last night and the lovely sheep on there.
Have a good week.
Hugs and crosses,
Hazel C (UK)

Karan said...

You have a lovely family Barb. Gorgeous exchange pieces, both sent & received. Nice new stash too. :0)

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