Monday 31 December 2012

Please can someone turn the tap off ,up there.

We have a lake in the garden, Ollie the dog is thinking he is a duck. Martin is wet three times a day at the moment ,well 4 if you include the daily shower . I think I should have had boat for Christmas how about you. I know my brother in law in Queensland is rather warm (I wish) ,friends in the U.S. have had the pretty but treacherous white stuff. So I think I will accept the wet stuff and hopefully one of these days we shall have a nice bright cold but crisp day. We shall count our blessings ,which are many. So first of all before I get started , you may need to share tea and cake  with me as I have so  much to share, can I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy and Stitchy full 2013. It was quite interesting counting the books I have read in 2012 and the things I have finished. 28 books read .30 items of stitching done and 7 knitted items . I wonder what the new year will bring. Christmas brought me a kit from my son that for years I have admired and thought one day! Well tomorrow is the day I start it . Here it is for you to see, not as complicated as the HAED ones I see and admire on peoples blogs but I have seen this completed and loved it.

It is a Lanarte kit by Marjorie Balstein. I was asked if I had started it this morning when Graeme phoned. I  
was so spoilt at Christmas by family and friends alike.,but talking of my son and his family we went to them on Christmas day and met Misty the kitten . We decided not to take Ollie , as there were quite a few people popping in and out and it may have become a bit of a war zone with him and the cat . So we decided to let them meet each other another time.
Misty in a box with her new toys. I think she was spoilt too. Very cute and cuddly.She almost got catnapped.

This is my second grandaughter Ella who belongs to Graeme and Sue. . Sue is in the background with her mum .We arrived home in time for Downton Abbey oh dear it was so sad ..........

I am a bit all over the place with this post as I should have told you Christmas Eve we popped out to Kates ,she does not live so far away and also was working Christmas Day until 6. I think Bedlam reigned there on Christmas Day. Alfie woke at midnight and then every few hours , so Kate did not get much sleep. The two younger boys came over to make "stuff" on Christmas Eve whilst Kate did a bit of last minute shopping and I took a pic of them by the tree.This is Alfie and Sam. We were given School photos too and maybe you would like to see my treasures. 

Caitlin ,Alfie and Sam.We have to get some frames for them now. OK talking of frames I had to hot foot it out to get a frame so this could be finished this Christmas.I have been in the Little house Parlour in the country over at Needlecaft Haven and  every week have been working on this . I am so pleased with it I have to admit.

Here it is framed.Sorry about the picture quality,the weather is making everywhere dark and gloomy.

The changes I made were Red- barn door by Country Colours and Blue- Miladys Teal . The Green I changed for dmc 937 . I mention Needlecraft Haven quite a lot and you may or may not know that Julie and Mr Stick (for prodding us when we do not get on with our UFOS whilst strictly come dancing has been on we had a chance to win the Gitterball by stitching every week if poss on our UFO s . I was delighted when the postman came and presented me with this .
Printed on it -2012 Stictly UFO winner congratulations. Along with this came from Mr Stick a box of his friends , Matchmakers chocolate stick mints. Last but not least a little poem which read.

I am afraid it appealed to my sense of humour ,thankyou Miss Julie you did brighten my day.

Now as we are on the subject of Needlecraft Haven today is opening day for the winter exchange and I received this from Angie , a mirror that (if I dare look in it)will come in useful.Lots of stitching and beads and I am truly delighted thank you Angie if you read this. I will show you the exchange I sent to Fee , hope she liked it.I also included a shawl for her.

I have got another stitchy piece to show you , I received this from Cath of the Stitchy  Chicken , totally unprepared for this and it is SHEEP!!!!! Thankyou Cath I loved them.

So how lucky am I . I also had fabric and silk from Christine. Silks and a Floral stitching booklet from Clare. A patchwork rabbit token from Karan and this.
I absolutely adore this sheep he sits on my fridge , he /she apparently came from the Lake District where Karan was taking her hols in the summer.Wonder how you all know I like sheep a little bit. Ok I will admit it my name is Barb and I love ,adore, worship , SHEEP!!!
Even my daughter succumbed to this , she was out with her friend before Christmas and her friend and her looked at each other and said , "Mum!"
Oh dear the secret addiction is out now.
I do have an awful sad bit of news for you my sil mother was in a very nasty accident just before Christmas , she was driving through Weymouth , we all heard it on the news , she had fallen ill at the wheel of her car. A passing bus with nurses on, ran to help her, a dr that had a surgery near by had been called. They had her on the road and were doing CPR. To no avail the paramedics arrived and she was pronounced dead. Everyone was talking about it and it being the main artery into the town a major  traffic jam formed.
 Although she went into a Mercedes in front of her and that shunted another as they were at traffic lights no one else was hurt. It is thought she had a massive heart attack. Although we felt very sad for the lady we
did not realise  it was Martins brothers wifes Mum. dreadful shock for them and right on top of Christmas.
Funeral next week.
Perhaps I shouldn't have mentioned that but life has an awful way of dealing bad cards sometimes . So please remember those who have lost loved ones and if someone doesn't smile back when you smile,they may me experiencing bad times and your smile may be the only bright thing in their day .So the one thing to do is keep smiling.
WELL if you have got this far with me thanks,I did have goodies from Family, mainly my man who bought me a Samsung Galaxy Tablet,which I am still trying to work out how to use. He also bought me some rather lovely perfume. He also got me an Andre Rieu Cd and dvd.
The grandchildren apart from Alfie made me something , Caitlin gave me a heart shaped box with a pic of her when she was little.Ella made me fudge brownies to her own special recipe and it is deeelicious. Sam had sewn a tray cloth with Bondaweb olympic torches on. Jack bought me a present but also gave me the candle holder he made with Grandad. All very touching and made themselves.
Well folks all I can now say is .HAPPY NEW YEAR  .!!!!!!!!
I shall try and keep up more often next year and here is to a book, stitching and knitting full 2013
Please keep commenting we all need a little brightness and those little notes you write do brighten my day
Hugs n much love


stitchersanon said...

Happy New Year to you too xxx

Vickie said...

A Blessed, Happy New Year to you!

Carin said...

We also have so much rain overhere !!

Happy New year to you and your family.

BTW ... I love your vintage christmas.

Christine said...

Lovely stitching, lovely gifts and lovely grandchildren!
Still giggling at the glitterball trophy.
So far this year its not raining...
Happy New Year

Cath said...

Happy New Year .
lovely pics of the family and kitty . Great stitches too. Looking forward to seeing your new project in progress.XXX

Shirlee said...

Barb ... So sorry to read about your SIL's mom. It should make us remember that we never know what the next moment will bring so we should savor all our times while they are at hand. Thank you for sharing a bit of your Christmas & so many lovely photos. I love how you changed the colors on the Merry Christmas piece & I may copy you if I may : ) I very much love that Warm & Wooly Winter Time design! Would you please tell me the designer as I'd like to stitch it too : ) Happy New Year Barb!

Andrea said...

Love Vintage Christmas.

Have a very Happy New Year!

Julie said...

I'm so sorry to read of your family's loss, such a tragedy.
Sounds like your Christmas was just perfect, your family obviously love you so very much.
Aww Misty is adorable, I hope you had lots of furry cuddles.
So pleased the silly glitterbsll and poem made you smile, only a bit of fun, but we all achieved lots whilst watching each week.
Well done on the stitching, you achieved a lot during last year.
Much love xxx

Sally said...

Happy New Year my friend.

Beautiful stitching and gifts. Your CCN finish is gorgeous.

So sorry to hear about your family's loss. That is terrible. Hugs to you all xxx

Brigitte said...

Oh, a design by Marjolein Bastin. I love htis designer and have a couple of her charts. The ones I love best are the ones with birds, like yours. A wonderful gift.
You seem to have spent a very nice Christmas holiday with your family. Enjoy all your gifts and your memories.
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year!

Fee said...

Barb, what an update, sad about the news of sil's mum. The trophy from Julie is brilliant well done on persevering and great poem. I love my shawl, yes it is still round my neck 3 days later and am very impressed on your trip to South America for wool! Thanks so much, my 3 very elderly Shetland sheep say Baa!

Anne said...

So sorry to hear about your SIL's mother. MY heart goes out to the family.

Beautiful Marjolein Bastolin!! I love that chart and can't wait to see your progress!! Very lovely gifts from such sweet friends! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

cucki said...

Hello deary it's me Cucki..
Thank you for your sweet comment on my humble blog
Me So happy to see it..
Love for you xxx

Dani - tkdchick said...

I'm glad to see you had a lovely Christmas!

What lovely stitchy gifts you've recieved!

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