Thursday, November 11, 2010

Parting IS Such Sweet Sorrow.....

... and this has been twenty four hours of just that.  Goodbyes, to Mara and Bonnie, my neighbours and fellow gardeners, to those from my stitching chums, the Plainwell Pretties and the Bronson Babes.  How's that for great names, girls? Last night at Stitching Bits and Bobs, Bobbi and Cam surprised me with some treats pictured below

Dinky Dyes Silk - Bobbie's Blossoms
Kelmscott Needle Minder
Corner Gauge
Sylvester Seahorse Scissors
Purple Hippo Button
 Thank you so much, both of you!  I have enjoyed the stitching and shopping on Wednesday nights over the past year with the Plainwell Pretties, lol.  I'm looking forward to more of the same fun (well, the shopping at least) online!

Perhaps the purple hippo button requires a bit of explanation.......  Bobbi, Carolyn and I have been stitching Plum Street Sampler's Olga and apparently Bobbi has been trying to persuade Paulette to design a hippo to go with Olga and Boris - Henrietta, Hermione?

Today I had to say good bye to the Bronson Babes, these are ladies from EGA and elsewhere, who gather together in different locations on a Thursday to eat, stitch and chat.  One of the locations is in our local hospital, Bronson, where we are kindly allocated a room by Julie, the volunteer co-ordinator there, sorry I couldn't let my basket go, Julie!

Both groups, along with the Mattawan Gardening Club and EGA and all the friendly ladies there too, have been a lifeline for me over the past year.  Moving into the woods in November is not the best time and knowing I had somewhere to go on specific days gave me something to which to look forward each week.

Another lovely surprise that came my way last week was this beautiful bag

Poppy Stitching Bag
Designed and Sewn by Sue Hill
in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Isn't it gorgeous?  Sue, another of the Thursday stitchers, so generously asked me to come and choose a bag to take on my travels and I chose this one.  Outside and inside pockets and a zipped pouch for all the bits and pieces that one HAS to have! Thank you again, Sue!

On the way home from stitching I stopped at the store to pick up dinner, and the cashier, as often happens, asked where I was from, he's visited a lot of the UK, including Ipswich where he has family and much to my surprise, he'd acted in one of the Fringe productions in Edinburgh!

Julie asked me today what I'm going to miss about the States and I said the "can do" attitude here, if life hands you lemons make lemonade kind of thing!  Another thing I'll miss is chatting with people (like the young man above) when they hear my accent and ask where I am from, I've had some great conversations that way!  Mention was made of American bacon as something I might NOT miss, lol, but that's enough of that!

On the other hand, I'll be glad to be closer to family, long-standing friends in the UK and , of course, my mates in the Friendly Stitchers' group, oh, and British bacon, lol!

Hmm, it seems like I must have given you some clues to what we might be doing........?  Yup, moving back to England after 22 years in the good ol' US of A.  The WT was hardly in the job here for five minutes, well, maybe ten, when they mentioned that they'd really like us to move to the UK for another job with the company.  You know me, global nomad and serial mover all my life, so we said yes and we leave tomorrow!  Well, we go first to Pittsburgh to see the precious girl treasures and the Liam treasure then I backtrack to Idaho to see the boy treasure and my sweet daughter in law and the William treasure.  I'll be in England in a week!

I suppose I'll have to think of another name for my blog.......:)

Thank you to all who post comments, I love receiving them from friends and new friends so, please don't stop!  I'm glad the new font is pleasing to the eye!

Talk to you all soon!

Monday, November 8, 2010

My favourite things, lol!

I really think it's time to put some stitching on this 'ere stitching blog - enough of world travellers and his comings and goings (Dallas this week, St Louis last week, lol!).  But just have to mention Charlene's new name for me - Mrs WT, I love it, thanks, Charlene!  When you have a minute pop over to her blog to give her a hug, she's not been too perky.  Glad you like the new font, too!

Anyway, where were we?  Oh right, two over two, 32 count!  I've temporarily deserted biscornus for humbugs which are smaller , therefore quicker and easier to put together.  So far don't have one that I stitched to show you, alas, as it's apparently going round the Horn to reach Canada but I live in hopes that it will arrive soon!  Here is the one Crystal sent me from beautiful British Columbia, a perfect choice for this time of year.  It's from Just Nan and I love it, thanks, Crystal!


Friendly Stitchers' Humbug Exchange
stitched by Crystal
Just Nan
This was the first exchange organised by yours truly on the Friendly Stitchers group.  Some say I am disorganised, some say I keep forgetting things but all I know is, I did it and it was a success!  With apologies for that little bit of plagiarism to the Stig and Jeremy, lol!  In fact, I was allowed to take charge of the next exchange so look for pictures of Christmas ornaments soon, mine is coming all the way from Australia, from my cobber, Julie!
Goodness, my photography and placement definitely doesn't do the little guy justice, as the photograph insists on going sideways between my computer and the blog.  Well, you get the idea!

What's next?  Well, had to slide in some biscornus......


Faby Reilly Lavender Biscornu
stitched by Val (who organised the exchange)
for the Friendly Stitchers' Secret Biscornu Exchange
 The beautiful one above smells gorgeous too!  We had fun with that exchange, mine went to Dallas to my friend, Rebecca, who I hope is having a great time on the high seas! I forgot to take a picture of mine before I sent it, sillly me, so will have to nudge Rebecca.

These next three (I forgot to photograph the fourth one, of course) were all part of the Please Pass the Biscornu 2010 exchange.  I am unable to give you a link to the blog as the blog owner, as I've mentioned before, deleted the blog a couple of months ago!  Such a shame as there was some gorgeous work on there.



 This one is from Florences's blog, an entry on 23rd December 2008.  I have made it twice now and really want to make one to keep!



This one is called Japanese Biscornu and is designed by Antonina Taskaev, regrettably I did not save the specific link so can't take you directly to this freebie.  I must get better at saving links to patterns.  Maybe you will have better luck finding it than I did just now.




This last biscornu is an adaptation of a Theresa Wentzler whitework ornament in her freebie section.  Don't delay though, as I'm not sure how long this site will be up and running!  I used Carrie's Silks in Thanksgiving.


Another easily identifiable picture of the WT preparing to go out on leaf patrol, he worked so hard on Sunday clearing all the garden around the house and on the roof - I am blessed to have this man as my husband.


Finally, I'm leaving you with a little "teaser", a change is coming to the life of Mr and Mrs WT (again! so soon!) and I'll tell you more next time.  Leave me a comment, they make my day and I read every one!