Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Fantastic time at Harrogate :)

inside the show
Ally's favourite place a bead stall
Hi Folks hope everyone is snuggled up nice and warm and getting some sneaky
stitching in ..lol.......... I advise getting a cuppa before you read this as its probably
going to be a longgggggg post heheheehh :)

Well here goes ... I arrived at Harrogate Friday morning after a sleepless night
wondering if the snow was going to stop play but thankfully it didn't :) The
only snow I saw was on a car at the start of my journey and that was it until on the way home.

Within and hour of getting there, there was me Karen, Gillie,Elizabeth and Val
so before we hit the show we fortified ourselves with lunch at the hotel :) Our
Phones were pinging on and off with updates of where everybody was on their
journey so we knew we had a bit of time to eat and do a wee bit of shopping :)

So we set off after lunch and hit the show and WOW is all I can say again, even
though I have been before it still has that factor when you get in ... I had my
trusty note book of things I needed to get and with a vague idea of where my
stalls were we pootled off to explore the hidden delights before we splashed out
on our purchases.

As we wandered round oooing and ahhhing and having the odd fondle of stuff  and lady like drool over the silks etc we were joined by Sandra. Sandra and I had a contest going on who would buy the most stuff unfortunately she won hands down hehehe.

I had my travelling stitcher bag with me which was very much admired and oo'd and ahhhd over  by everybody  including Jane Greenoff as I was showing her my Biscornu that I had designed using her program and we caught up with gossip and laughed about the time when Bumbles ate the lemon cake when I was down at her house the other year , Bill was called over to look at the biscornu too  and was really impressed :) ( I've bought her new design program as well )...... The Girls from Nimble Thimble were really impressed with them too and was glad to see me again at the show 
"Tales of a stitching mouse" original design 
 After a few hours of blissful delight we went back to the hotel and met up with
Maureen and Ally who had arrived safely from Scotland , there was no where to go
and sit comfy so we went and crashed out in Ally and Karen's room and had a good
ole natter.
By teatime all who were arriving that day had turned up safely and we all had a
delicious meal at the hotel followed by more merriment upstairs along with some
wine and choccies :)

my small stash haul pin keep is in the middle front
Val had a surprise for all of us she had stitched us all a pin pillow and made us all matching counting pins to go on  it :) Mine is in my favourite colours and goes well with some other accessories I have :)I t did snow while we upstairs all yackking at about 11.45 and I have taken some pics of my car from the bedroom window ..... 

spot the car ..lol

The next day dawned bright and early and we all made it downstairs for breakfast
with plenty of time to come round and get ready for the big day of stash
shopping :)

Friendly Stitchers before we hit the show

By 3ish Shelley , Jo and I were ready to drop and headed back to the hotel for some feet up time and catch up with the rest of the group :0
We had out tea/dinner early and much merriment continued after with me being
introduced to the delights of X factor and Wagner !!!!

By the time I had got upstairs to meet the rest of the gang I walked into the room to apologise for being later and said "ooo choccies" and as I promptly bit into one Ally came out with the immortal phrase " I once went to a Physic
Handbag meeting" needless to say after I had finished choking from laughing and the chocolate, they had to explain what I had missed in the conversation before but unfortunately for the rest of the night Maureen and I would burst out  laughing from seeing faces talking on the handbags etc etc etc and yes we had  had some drink ..lol ;)

Sunday dawned bright but cold and we all had a lovely breakfast before we all had to get ready to go our separate ways , all promising to let someone know they had all got home safely as we had had snow there on the Friday evening and it still hadn't gone by the Sunday.

Needless to say we had a excellent time making new friends as well as meeting
the oldies and I mustn't forget the wonderful cuddles from Isla either :)

Thanks Girls for such a wonderful time and looking forward to seeing you all
soon xxxxxxx and I am starting to save up for next year already so watch out
Sandra heheheh ;)
Off  now to go and snuggle up with some stitching  .... take care every one :)

love mouse xxxxxx


Val said...

A great time was had by all !! As soon as xmas is over I shall start saving again !! x x

Gillie said...

It was good, wasn't it? The hotel was excellent as was the food. Loved meeting Jane and Bill Greenoff and have to say spent the most money at their stall! However, reviewing what I bought, I'm delighted with it all and don't regret any of it (not always the case, lol!)

DJ said...

I'm glad you ladies had such a wonderful time...I'm saving my pennies for a plane ticket for next year! I want to fondle stash and have a lady like drool too!!! Thanks for taking such great pictures, Mouse! Glad you all made it home safely too, I thought about you all weekend! *hugs*

Joy said...

Wow Mouse!! You had a wonderful time. I am jealous! LOL I am soo happy for you that you were able to go to the show and just have a ball. Cute biscornu!!