Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Giveaway and the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL!

Another long absence, sigh......but during it I got to visit Paris, the UK and DC and had a lovely time in all of them!

But......more of that later.....I was reading Jo's blog, which led me to here to Jacquie's blog.  I had a little (a very kind and sympathetic) chuckle over her frustration at the cost of DMC anywhere but the US.  ....and that gave me an idea......

......a giveaway......and hope Jo doesn't mind but I am sort of (well, I am) hitching it to the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  When you've read about my giveaway, hop over there and sign up for the SAL.....you'll get an extra "go" in the giveaway if you do!

So, here's the deal......first of all...only those living outside the US are eligible.......!

So get on with it, Gillian......what IS the giveaway......?

*****Fifteen (cos it's Jo's 2015 SAL, lol) skeins of your choice of DMC*****

Around December 5th, I will draw a name from the comments, please make sure you have an email so I can reach you.....  I would really like to repeat the giveaway throughout next year but no promises right now!  If you are signed up for the SAL you get two goes, as I mentioned!  If you are only commenting on what a daft idea it is, please make it clear!

And to start it off.......the two J's get an special giveaway each.......!  So, Jo and Jacquie, please email me with your addresses! 

So....who is going to be the lucky recipient?



These are Jo's provisos as to what constitutes Gifted Gorgeousness and I think I can qualify for them all, though whether any progress will be made.......


  • Any chart/kit which was given to you - various Anniversaries of the Heart, maybe some progress will be made?
  • Any chart/kit which you won in a giveaway - a Drawn Thread one gifted me by Andrea
  • Any chart/kit which you bought using a voucher given to you/won by you - I have an unspent gift certificate from Mouse.......
  • Anything stitched on fabric received in the above ways - Joyce gave me a lovely piece called Champagne.....
  • Anything stitched with floss received in the above ways - ditto above plus lots more!
  • Anything embellished or finished with items received in the above ways - ribbon carefully saved from gifts I've received.....
  • Anything which is intended as a gift or prize for another person - as yet unknown exchanges and RAKs in 2015......
  • Anything else you can somehow shoehorn with word "gift" into! Don't know, but by golly, I will find something......!

  • Apropos of absolutely nothing I have written so far.......I leave you with this headline.........

    .......and I scored 132 in Words with Friends and trust me......no one was more surprised than me!

    Bye for now, my feet are freezing, sitting in the basement, so off to heat up some Heinz tomato soup (UK style) bought by the amazing WT to tempt me when I was poorly with the flu this past weekend.

    Sunday, September 21, 2014

    A long absence...a little stitching and a problem with language.....

    Well, hello!  Where have you been?  Oh, wait, it was me that disappeared, wasn't it?  I think I left you in Wyoming at the end of February where I had a lovely week with the small cowboys and even smaller cowgirl.  The WT was in Denver but sadly couldn't make it up to Casper as he had to fly straight off to San Diego.......with me following close behind.  Did you (and he) honestly think I was going to slink back to Michigan on my own, to the polar vortex and the ongoing white stuff?
    
    San Diego was amazing.....warm......sunny.....blue skies......delicious meals....smiling passers-by..... sun......warm......you get the idea.  Though I did feel the tiniest bit silly clomping into the hotel in  my boots.....

     
    The usual long journey back to the Midwest, late arriving into Chicago, and by now in a lot of pain from the messed up discs in my neck. I'd had a pain free two years while we were in England and another eighteen months here but goodness, chronic pain, which I am sure a lot of you know.....is wearing.  I began the usual round of doctor, physio, back to doctor, xrays, MRI and finally, three and half months later...an epidural injection which seems to have quieted the nerves for the moment.  It seems a long time to wait but I wanted a particular doctor to administer it and so, apparently, did lots of other people! 
    So, a part explanation as to why I have been missing for so long, team that with a distinct lack of enthusiasm for blogging, stitching and even commenting and here we are in the middle of August nearly at the end of September ! 

    And yes, Liz, if you're reading......this post was begun a bit ago and no, have not lost my mind.... well, no more than usual!
    Pre-epidural, there was another trip, this time to DC, where we got to see DC girl and Big Cousin. I had a lovely lunch and visit to the Stitching Post in Baltimore with my Maryland chums, DJ and Astrid and was very restrained in my spending.  Mel casts a long shadow with Stitch from Stash, lol!  Soon, Astrid had to leave for the school run so DJ and I decamped to her house where she made me tea and kept up a steady supply of hot pads for my neck and arm and ignored my whining misery! 
    I wasn't the only one whining on that trip, the poor WT had to give two presentations feeling like death warmed up with an upper respitory infection and it was a sorry couple that staggered back to Kalamazoo!
    The big event of the summer was the marriage of Pittsburgh Girl to Mr E and the acquiring of a sweet seven year old grandson, Mr G!
    A lovely week....the whole family in Pittsburgh, vastly outnumbered by Mr E's lovely family but one of our nieces made it over from the UK to add to our numbers!

    Then the parents of the above niece made it over the water.....lovely visit, days out, new places, their first time in Michigan.  I must say we do try to vary their holidays by moving to different states, just for them!

    So this is being finished and finally posted in a hurry because I gotta go..........!


    Au revoir, ta ra!

    PS....ha you thought I'd forgotten.....still having language problem after 25 years plus over here....

    I asked people to bring deckchairs to a potluck (lawn chairs)
    Asked for a sieve in Bed, Bath and Beyond (strainer)
    Commented that no one in Michigan uses their indicator when driving (turn signal)

    Who knew.....?  And okay......stitching next time!

    Friday, September 19, 2014

    I don't need to get a new passport, whew.......!


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    Yes.......a good decision, I think, though it seems there are storms ahead.......