Friday, December 12, 2014

Advent Blog Hop

Hello, and many thanks to Jo for hosting this Hop, my second year taking part.  The picture above was taken in dubious light an hour before I left for DC to help The Girl move apartments.  Do we call her the Baltimore Babe now?  Hmm, better run it by her first!

We will be in Wyoming again this year with the Cowboys, large and small and the Cowgirl is walking.....can't wait!

Best ever present......
Hmm, that's hard but one I remember was given to me many moons ago, I was ten and living in Hohne, Germany, an Army brat, deep snow on the ground and I got......roller skates!  Not the fancy inline skates you get now but the ones where you turned a key and the clampy things on the side tightened and held on, hopefully, to your shoes.  Elsa, who worked for my mum, a bit on the dour side, it has to be said, sighed and said.....you won't  be using those until March....she was right but sledging was a great substitute!
When the snow finally melted a whole group of us would skate for hours, don't remember the learning process.....probably fell a lot.....got up, carried on, stiff upper lip, don't you know.....
The very best place  to skate was the Tank Road, better than tarmac, reinforced concrete and we got yelled at many a time to get out of the d*** road as those behemoths went by......nobody ever seemed to think it would probably have been safer to ban us from there.....!

One last memory.....that Christmas, my mum was pregnant with my sister who would be born in March but I remember her putting on the skates and doing a great glide through our long sitting dining area with Elsa.....yup, shaking her head and muttering!

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone, and here's to 2015 and the Gifted Gorgeousness extravaganza!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Thread Giveaway Winner is.....

.......Sheryl, from Spain!  I will be emailing you in a minute, please let me know your address and the threads you would like!

Thanks to everyone who entered, I'll be doing another giveaway sometime in January.  Please be sure you have an email so I can contact you......

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.