Tuesday 1 October 2013

The falling leaves fall past my window.........

Are you ready for Autumn.? The roses have hips and the lawn is littered with leaves,"deep sigh" I love this time of year. Time to find a nice woolly throw and snuggle up in the evenings with the curtains drawn and some stitching or knitting to hand. I have more than enough to do , we have been out gallivanting this past couple of weeks. First we went to a needlecraft show which was a first for the organiser too. It was not too big as some are and we enjoyed looking at all the goodies for sale. So would you like to see some of the purchases, I think I should warn you this may be rather long!!!!
Some needlefelt kits ,Martin fancies having a go at the one on the right.
A mixed bag of inspiration. Not sure what I shall use it for.
Fabric that I can make use of.
Ribbons I couldn't resist.I also had an embroidery kit but forgot to take a pic.
This beauty was bought for me by my dear husband, it is felt balls , dyed agate beads and slate gathered from a cornish beach and shaped into small pieced then drilled. I usually wear delicate necklaces so this was so different.I love it.The show was not far from our sons home ,so we popped in and here is a picture of Ella our number 2 grandaughter , with Misty looking rather cross. Ellas mum was out shopping when we got there and Ella was still in pjs.
On Friday of the next week we decided we would go to the Creative crafts and stitching show at Exeter. It is about 60 miles from us ,so we had to get Kate dd to come and walk Ollie at lunchtime. Oh lots to share now. We had the best day of the week weatherwise and I was in my element seeing lots of ,guess , sheep!!
We saw the costumes from Les Miserables.
There were also exhibits from a knitter which were incredible. If you want to see more the link is www.all2knit.co.uk   to whet your appetite.

 A seaside scene.
All the falling leaves were knitted the panels were 8ft high.

These photos do not do it justice. I did take more ,but will just show you the other half with his knitted woman.
He got himself a kit to do marbling, and some chain maille books with tools and rings to do it. So he will be busy too, he has just enrolled for a distance archaeology course at Exeter University. Which has impressed Jack who has just started uni.
Oh Sam made us giggle the other day, he sent us a text saying, Hi nanny and Grandad, Mum has told me you have been tracing the family tree, she said my ansisters came over with Willliam the conger. Oh dear ,it made us smile. 
Alfie the little one had his pic in the paper the other evening . Great action shot.
He is the one with the ball.Anyway I have gone off on a bit of a tangent, I saw this knitted into a scarf at the show and yes I have started it. Maybe I will have done enough to show you next time.

I did buy lots of bits ,some long stitch kits, a blackwork lady,and a redwork stitching bag kit,that you can see on Polstitches site. So you see I am really looking forward to my autumn. I have a finish to show you ,yes you have guessed it October wordplay is done.

I really think this is my favourite (lol), here it is with the October mantle.

I have also been working on my Quaker Diamonds that is my "strictly"piece for this dancing season. 

Please excuse the hoop and wrinkle marks. The fabric is a warm sand colour so don't know what happened there. On Mondays I have been stitching with Sally and Simplicity now is ready for the border. Patience has arrived at last . On Fridays again with my friend Sally we are stitching on Jardin Prives Sal. Here is where I am up to ,1st part done.
This one is just so pretty and for free amazing. Wednesday in the parlour I have been stitching LHN Garden Pleasures. 
Just the writing and to finish the border. I have got November wordplay ready to go, but I have a few days before I need that one . I am also stitching a spooky design for an exchange. I need more time or more hands.
Well folks hope boredom has not set in. I think it may be a walk next time as Marti.n is all stitch showed out!
He did buy me a new lamp which is super and at only £35 was a bargain.
May I thank all of those who have left comments this past year. It is my blogoversay very soon and if you have been kind enough to keep the comments coming you may get rewarded as I shall pick a name next time. So take care my blogging friends and I shall leave you with a very fierce dragon and I shall speak to you again soon.

Hugs and love 


Shirlee said...

What a fun post Barb! I loved seeing all the photos! You brought home some great stash from the show! Love those ribbons ...we just don't have pretty ribbons like that over here : ( What a pretty granddaughter you have. Yes, Misty looks rather cross, doesn't she ... lol! Looking forward to seeing the scarf you will be making with that lovely blue yarn! It reminds me that I need to get back to crocheting the afghan I started earlier this year. Great finish & WIPs! Have a great week my friend!

Vickie said...

Wow! How busy you have been. Your granddaughter and the cat are both beautiful. =)
I am glad to see Quaker Diamonds out again.

cucki said...

wow such a sweet post..
beautiful stitching...your grand daughter is so pretty..
the cat is so cute too..
hugs x

butterfly said...

Great post, I went to the same show what day did you go we went on Saturday so many people there.
Love your stitching ,stash and lovely photos .
My daugher has a big white cat just like the one in the photo. I enjoyed my trip on your blog hugs.

Michelle said...

Your photos are lovely Barb. Glad you had a lovely time at the Exeter show. I am all ready for Autumn - my favourite seasons are Autumn and Winter - always makes me feel cozy and I seem to get more stitching done in the evenings! Love your stitching xx

Clare-Aimetu said...

Your posts are always so full of such fun Barb, and as always your stitching is lovely.

Cath said...

Great stash . Your mantle looks lovely .
don't forget to show us Martins' craftiness too .
Love all your stitching xxx

Lisa V said...

A great lot of photos to look at, it sure looked like you enjoyed yourself.

Mouse said...

coooo sounds like you had lots of fun going to the shows and getting some new goodies to play with and not just you either ...
love the lamp will help a lot while snuggled up stitching :)
love the word play and your mantle too :)
and the dragon looks cute not fierce ..lol love mouse xxxxxx

Christine said...

Looks like you had fun at the shows. I didn't make it to Exeter this year as I was busy with work and weddings when it was on. Maybe next year we should plan to go on the same day?
You got some lovely things, hope you are not like me and end up still looking at them a year later, I'm just now knitting up the gloves I bought at Exeter last year.
I'm very impressed with the slate and felt necklace, I could collect pounds of that slate at the local beach, I may have to try something like that

Catherine said...

What a great post ~ full of pretty things to see. Your granddaughter is lovely and what a fluffy furbaby!!!

Tina said...

What a lovely energetic post.great stash found,looking forward to seeing them made up.Octobers word play....my favourite too lol.
Love your mantle piece,just bought a fab witch to start my Halloween mantle piece and hopefully add stitched items to it next year.
Your GD is so pretty,does she want an arranged marriage with Callum lol
Take care

Julie said...

A truly lovely post. Lots of exciting things to see and what great purchases to keep you busy as the autumn evenings draw in. I've got a felting kit here that I bought a long time ago, just need a friend to show me what to do ...... i'll pack it next time I come lol.

I like the knitted lady, she looks a friends soul.

Your mantle looks wonderful with the Halloween goodies atop it.

QD is looking good, better be a good girl and break Leo out of jail hadn't I!!!

Simply Victoria said...

How enjoyable for you to attend two shows and get some new stash. Your WIPs look great.

Carol said...

Such a fun, newsy post, Barb! I do love your October Word Play so much--I think that might be my favorite month, too. Will definitely make plans to stitch it next year :)

Your granddaughter is just lovely and that is one giant kitty!!

Sally said...

What a lovely newsie post Barb. Love the photos from the shows. Some nice bits of new stash there.

Gorgeous stitching. I am loving the Think Positive SAL but seeing the colour of your fence I am going to frog mine and stitch the correct colour! It looks so much nicer than the grey I accidentally stitched it with!

Love your wordplay and your mantle looks so pretty. Love Autumn. It's my fave time of year after Winter as there are such rich, warm colours in the trees.

By the way love your new hair cut :)

Hugs xx

Anne said...

Wonderful post Barb! That needlecraft fair looks like it was fun to go to and you got lots of great new stash! love your word play and the October set up on the mantlepiece!! Beautiful progress on Quaker Diamonds!!

angelasweby said...

What a lot of lovely interesting news, Barb. The show looks really amazing and I love your stash!!
Quaker Diamonds is looking amazing. What gorgeous colours. You are stitching the Wordplays up really quickly. It will be nice to have them ready to display every month next year without having to do the stitching first :-)
Lovely photo of Ella. She looks very snug in pj's.

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