Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jo's Birthday Blog Hop - 1971

I know, I know, I'm late for the UK.......I can explain, migraine, camera problems.......but I'm here.

1971 - did you give me that year on purpose, dear Jo?  A wonderful year, I married the World Traveller on the 19th of June, having left my job in the Embassy in Bonn and come back to work (but not for long) in the Foreign Office in London.  Also the year decimalization came to the UK, I remember getting a 50 pence piece in my change on the train going home to my parents in Norwich, and thinking what an odd shape!

The photograph shows the happy couple leaving the church, I must say a bit of a satisfied smirk on the bride's face, my lovely mum next to her new son-in-law (whom she loved dearly), and you can just see my sister at the back along with my grandfather (mum's dad).

The telegram was from some friends I had met while in Munich, Rosie is Canadian and they had married in Montréal two weeks before.....hence the telegram reads "best wishes from the voices of experience"!

It was a fairly small but posh do as you can see, morning suits and top hats and the invitation in the third person!

I remember my lovely stepfather writing my luggage label with my new name.......Mrs P.J.N. Kilner....and we went to Benidorm in Spain for the princely sum of GBP 39.95 each, seems ridiculously inexpensive now!

Nip over to Jo's blog at Serendipitous Stitching where she will explain all - as you will deduce......she is a bit younger than me!

Well, now I've finally posted again after a VERY long time......I might get a Gifted Gorgeousness post up soon!

PS - Can't work out how to link to Jo's blog but she won't be surprised, it's me we are talking about.....  I noticed 1989 was not a particularly interesting year for Jo, apparently......well, that was the year that the World Traveller moved his family and two cats across the Atlantic to Pittsburgh.....two members of the family were a bit hung over when we left the UK....on January 1st!

Monday, February 29, 2016

A Smalls WiPocalypse?


Thank heavens for an extra day!  Here's my small, finished about ten minutes ago and of course, would really like to have had four buttons for it.......only three could be found!
2002 JCS Ornament Issue
Cabin Pinkeep
The Prairie Schooler


Though obviously my version is NOT a pinkeep and I made another change, dislike stitching with black so used a brown DMC, thought it was more log cabinish too.  A lovely peaceful, lots of straight lines design, loved it!
And onto the next SAL!

I picked up BBD's Friends with You which I have moaned about commented on before.  It's been a long time in the stitching, too long to be honest but fingers crossed and the creek don't rise, one more burst and I'll be dancing!  Here's where I was

and one of the complaints I have about the piece is that what you see in the photograph as regards thread colour is not what you get, and what I'm getting so far is a LOT of pink but.......

slowly, it's coming together and I'm liking it more, apologies for the fuzzy picture.  Another small complaint is the layout (at least for this one) in the book My Heart is True, is that symbols and supplies are on one page, six pages later comes the chart and then the colour picture is on the back of the book!  I had to resort to a well placed paper clip in desperation!

For information on both the Smalls SAL and the WIPocalypse SAL, click on the logos on the right of this post.  Whew, I did it!  Another winter storm is expected tomorrow so more indoor play for me!

Whoops, nearly forgot to answer the February question, which stitched piece displayed gets the most plaudits.......well, it used to be the Eileen Bennett Band Sampler that I finished a few years ago, but living in an A-frame house, straight walls are now in short supply, lol, so most of my stitching is on one of the guest room walls so not seen by too many.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness...still BAGS of time!

Okay, well, maybe again a bit of Tail End going on, but not a WORD, Miss Jo, as it's still February and I get to wear the Gorgeous crown for about the next 30 hours or so.........if you are taking part in the GG SAL and haven't entered the drawing there is still time.  All details on Jo's blog along with how the SAL runs.
I did actually finish the first piece I'm going to show you, on the actual 15th........yes, I did, Jo, so there!  Then, of course, could I find that blessed wee charm?  I've been tripping over it for months now and just when it comes time to actually use it.......gone!
It's a GG piece because the chart belongs to Lynda who was kind enough to let me borrow it after our Round Robin was finished.  I made a couple of changes, one being the bird, since I had the charm, thought it was perfect for the roof instead of the stitched one.  The other change came through misreading the symbol for the big leaf on the right and using the blue thread.  I rather liked it, so decided not to stitch as charted and just picked up whichever of the threads I thought looked good in that particular spot..... I think I'll probably frame this, would be an excellent display piece for the autumn.

Her Sampler
Carriage House Samplings

My other GG piece is very small 30 x 30 stitches and comes via Jo, read what she says.......lifted from her blog with permission.
Finally, I was emailed about a craftivist project recently - Stitching for Syria,  Here's what the charity Concern says about their work
"At Concern we run a host of activities helping Syrians caught up in years of war. These include teaching Syrian refugees and poor Lebanese women embroidery. Selling what they make gives these women a vital income, and the sessions themselves bring warmth, hope and friendship."

And here's their website to find out more - Concern.  Basically, you sign up and they send you a free chart which you stitch and mail to them to make a hanging for their centre in Lebanon to bring hope to the women that go there.  A donation would be nice too!  It's a small pattern, only 30x30 so shouldn't take long to stitch.  The project has literally only just been launched this week so needs all the publicity it can get!

As Jo says, it's a small piece and took maybe an hour and a half?  It's a GG piece because
Frances (no blog) sent me the fabric AND the thread
Jo told me about it
Concern sent a free chart
and a stitched piece is going back to Concern
The thread has rather a good name for this project too, it's Dragon Floss Treasured Friendships!  I'm going to do a couple more and would encourage you all to join in.  I would be happy to post any US pieces to the Concern office in London.
It's been a gorgeous day here in Michigan, we had a winter storm go through on Wednesday and Thursday, all schools closed and a committee I'm on gave up trying to meet in February and we'll aim for our usual day in March.  All the snow has pretty much gone which is good as it was the wet heavy stuff that came up from the south (not that we're blaming you, Ohio, lol) and the snow blower in chief was gone again too.  The quickest turn around ever, got in on the last plane on Friday, arrived home around 1 am and eleven hours later was driving to O'Hare to catch a flight to the UK!  Not surprisingly, he has Gold status already with American!
Well, that's it for me, but of course will be back tomorrow with the Smalls and WIPocalypse SALs.  I know, need to get organized!
Will leave you with this, which was installed in the Lake House a fortnight good and kinder than you need to be!