Monday, 12 September 2011

From a Travelling pattern to the Nimble Thimble and beyond heheheh :)

Hi everyone :)
I must say many thanks for all the comments about missing me .. you made a little mouse (ok not soo little hehe) feel all warm and fuzzy when reading like I'd got lots of Hugs off you all :)
Well I shall say it again .. grab a cuppa this is gonna be a long one ... do you know for a person who doesn't get out and about  normally  I sure seem to be these days heheheh...
It took me quite a few days to recover from the trip back from Scotland sooooo much so I forgot to put in my post that the Travelling Pattern had arrived "Count Your Blessings"  safely from Jo at http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.com ..... I popped it safely on my desk and at the first opportunity I pulled the threads for it  and cooooo I actually had most of them  .. that was a shock to the system I can tell you .. no stash shopping for them hahahahah .... found some fabric took a photo then changed mind about the fabric DOH !!!! (all photos at the end as sooo much easier for me ..lol) 
anyways I have started it last night and have got the top border and part of the house done soooo won't be long with this one folks... :)  so keep a peep out for the post saying it is ready to go on its merry way and for some one else to stitch this lovely design :)
We had the stitching club at Bev's this week and I got loads done on Fa La La done .. in fact it is half way finished ... I've just got to stitch DJ  next ;)
I have finished the stitching on Linda's PIF just got to make it up hopefully over the next couple of days as well as the twins hanggy things are done now soo need to make them up and the pillows sooo pleased that they will be  done in time  PHEWWWW ..lol 
I took DH out for his birthday and he loved his presents .. DD2 made a fantastic cake .. walnut and Fudge  and she got high praise from DD1 as she thought it was made by Grannie as it was soooo nice :) In fact we went out again last night to the Indian with the DD2 and brought something back for DD1 as she wasn't feeling to good :(
COOOOO I have just looked up to see the trees are being blown about and it looks yuck out there at the mouse house and I need to go out this morning too ..... eeekkkk 
ok where was I  mmmmmm kettle   ... who's having one today ??? 
I went on Friday to have my acupuncture which was great timing as we(the stitchy girls ) were going off  on Saturday to The Nimble Thimble and meeting up with Gillie .......
This is the fun bit ... hope you have got your drinks by now and also a large napkin / tissue etc to mop up the drool .....
Saturday dawned lovely thankfully and I drove to Kaths house to meet up with every one else before we set off in Kaths Rav mobile to The Nimble Thimble .... it is somewhere where I have been wanting to go to for years .. I have always chatted to Chris at the shows and wanted to go and see the shop and I was going finally  YEAHHHH .....
We were all giddy in the car and discussed what we may or may not be buying  and Bev had never been to Wales before (we pass through and out etc on the drive down ) I was in the front seat (more leg room phew) as co driver and keeping an eye on the trusty sat nav and the road signs ... we arrived safely at the destination with only on hiccup to the wonderful place that the shop is located at ...... 
We pulled up and Chris came out to greet us all as I was taking pictures (as usual ..lol) she didn't see me until I walked in and she was shocked to see me finally there and with the company I was with ,as she has known Kath for years too and couldn't believe that we came from the same area and had only found of each other recently :)
well after that the kettle went on and well  we drooled and were like kids let loose in a sweetie shop not knowing where to start .. look at ... fondle or drool over ... it is set out beautifully with welcoming arm chairs for those poor other halves who have to suffer coming and the wallet having to come out too hahahahah ......
I asked Chris could I take photos and was given permission to take.. so that you could drool over the eye candy on offer ....there is something for every one from fabric in aida , even weave and linen to charts from LHN to La de da and everything in between as well as Weeks dye works threads, Crescent Colours and GAST threads too :) not forgetting to mention that they do framing as well ..... I was taking photos to squeaks of delight  and oo look at this and wow and then there was a "hello Kidda " as Gillie walked in ..lol sooo more hugs and intros all round ...
We had been there for ages going through the stash and popping things in piles around the room going that's my pile to every one ..lol .... it got to dinner time and as the weather was a wee bit iffy .. Chris had set up the table upstairs with the important kettle for us to eat our picnic with (normally we would have sat out side as the views are gorgeous) Gillie had to threaten the girls to step away three paces from the charts to get them to go upstairs hehehehe...
we all had a lovely picnic and chatted nineteen to the dozen on what we had put in our stash piles and what we were looking for and when we were suitably fortified we went back and ooooed and ahhhed some more :)
I must admit that in the stash pile contest I won the "least amount spent " award... DH was pleased to hear that hahahah .... and the others well lets just say they all had a fantastic time and were grinning from ear to ear with their goodies and the car was definitely more heavier on the way back ;)
Chris 's customer service is second to none .. she knew where everything was .. recommend stuff and also found stuff for us "just in case" and not forgetting that all important phrase "the kettle is on girls" :)
It was such a pleasure to go and visit the shop in real life and I would higly recommend it to any one ... they don't have a web page atm *hopefully soon* but do  do a fantastic mail order ... 
just ring them up ..01691 780088 
or email :chris@thenimblethimble.co.uk.........
(full address is .. The Nimble Thimble,Llangedwyn Mill, Llangedwyn , Nr Oswestry, Shropshire Sy10 9LD UK)
and no I didn't get any perks for this write up ... just wanted to let peeps know how good it was there ;)
SOOOOOOO breath a sigh of relief if you have got here in one piece hahahah and nowwww on to the drool session  .. oooo but wait forgot to say we called at Llangollen Viaduct on the way back to see the canal etc ....
Bev having hard time to chose
Ok Michelle  here they are just for you and every one else ..lol
DH birthday cake made by DD2
The Gang :)
Discussing the charts :0

Chris coming out to greet us at The Nimble Thimble

Inside .. how yummmy

Bev  being let loose in the shop ..lol

Another shot inside

Drawn thread,Sweet heart Tree and Victoria Sampler  Wall 

Iris enjoying the drool fest



Llangollen Viaduct 

canal boat at Llangollen


View from Other side of Viaduct

Calender Girls Stash from Val

Small Stash pile :)

Count your blessings Shakespeare Peddler 

Fa La La LHN 
Soooo there you go folks :)  I hope you enjoy your drool fest and I forgot earlier to say its my month for the Calender Girl threads over on Friendly Stitchers and I got some gorgeous threads from Val and some beautiful earings "just because"  she makes them herself sooo if you are looking for nice Christmas presents of jewellery have a pop over and have a look at her etsy site :) ( I really should be on commission for all this advertising hahahaha )
Ok I shall leave you to carry on drooling and shall catch up with you all soon :0
take care and happy stitching :)
ps had to add this as forgot earlier ..... sent my pen pal letter and received mine on Friday last week :) *waving helloooo to you  
love mouse xxxxxxx

34 comments:

Thoeria said...

ooo.....yummy! Can't decide what looks more delish ..... the cake or the stash! I'd love to have a LNS like the Nimble Thimble out here! You're a very lucky mouse :)

Margaret said...

Oh lucky you and your friends! Looks like a great shop! Glad you all had fun stashing! Happy belated birthday to your DH.

cucki said...

hello dear, happy monday:) you so lucky that you stitching on the travelling pattern..
yummy cake..with lots of yummy stash goodies..
happy belated birthday dear..with hugs from south africa xx

Ruth said...

Oh My I don't know where to look... I brought my knitting along to read your blog this monrning and soon had to put it down again when I saw those pics... well done you on getting the least spent award, what restraint you showed lol. The cake looks very yummy, wouldn't mind a slice now with my cuppa lol. Great progress on Fa La La its a lovely stitch, I've just completed it myself last week. Looking forward to seeing Count your Blessings.

Barbara said...

What a wonderful time you had! The shop looks absolutely heavenly and what a great place to visit. And the cake...I'm sure it was low cal right? No fun there. LOL
Barbara

pandy said...

I am soo jealous of your nimble thimble! It looks heavenly. :D

Susan said...

What a grand trip! Sounds like fun was had by all. The Nimble Thimble looks wonderful - so cozy.

Michelle said...

Oh I am so sad I missed it - it looks wonderful. I love all the photos I shall sit here looking at them for ages. I am so glad you enjoyed it (tad envious!!!).
Looking forward to meeting you on Saturday xx

Teresa said...

Sound like a wonderful time you had.
Love all the stash and the cake too!
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Parsley said...

Oh my oh my! What a fun place to drop in and visit. The shop is so beautiful, inside and out. Glad you enjoyed time with friends and stash.

Rhona said...

oooh, the Nimble Thimble sounds like THE place to be!It looks like heaven! And those big comfy chairs...probably placed there so you can recover from spending all your cash on the wonderful goodies they stock!I wish I lived close by!Glad you had a good time, Mouse. Enjoy your new stash.

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time. I wish I lived nearer so I could visit. Great photos.

Jane said...

Oh Mouse ~ BIG squeaks of jealousy coming your way, how lovely to have a day with cross stitching friends and visit Nimble Thimble. I've seen their shop advertised in magazines and did see there was no website YET, I hope they can put something together.

DH and I are celebrating 25yrs of married bliss(!) next week and he keeps asking if I'd like a weekend away in the Autumn ~ I think a trip to Shropshire suddenly seems very appealing!!!

Got through a whole kettle whilst reading your post!

Take Care xxx

Christine said...

The Nimble Thimble looks fab! Great stash and a delicious cake too, you have been having fun

marly said...

Looks like a fun time with friends - what a wonderful shop!

pam said...

Nothing as fun as a day in to roll in the stash! Looks like you had a blast. Did you get dizzy from the excitement of it all:)

butterfly said...

Looks like one little mouse had a great time.

Anne said...

Loads to read!! It sounds like you had a smashing time there. I love the wee castle that the store is in. I would've drooled a lot too going into a store like that! Never been in one yet :( Lots of great stash you got Mouse!! WHOOHOOO!!

Nice progress on Fa La La...its so adorable :D

Mary Ann said...

It sounds and looks like you had a wonderful time! And, that cake looks delicious!! I need some cake, now. : )

Ali said...

The nimble thimble looks great I have seen some of their adverts of patterns and read their write up in a recent magazine. The shop looks divine!! Hope they get their website up v. soon xx p.s. can you save me some cake it looks yummy xx

Peggy Lee said...

Oh yes...it is hard to decided between the cake and the stash. I'd like both please!

DJ said...

Oh,Mouse, where do I begin? I want to go to the nimble thimble with you!! Looks like you had a lovely group there, and that you had loads of fun! The cake looks GREAT!! Your stitching is amazing as usual...can't wait to see myself there...LOL and you are LOOKING GOOD in green!! What a haul of stash! I really HAVE to visit you one day!! *Hugs*

Cindy said...

oh wow mouse! what a lovely time you had....i am still drooling over the pics, hehehe...thank you for sharing your wonderful time...you inspire me to keep on, keep on....thanks!

Veronica said...

LOL! Mouse, you sure made me wish I was there with all you girls. I love that wall full of samplers. So pretty! And all those stitchy stuff... definitely a drool fest :)

Maureen said...

thanks for sharing the photo's mouse - that is definitely a shop that could do some damage to a credit card lol! Looks like a lovely place for a visit as well - that is a must for the to do list

Carol said...

The Nimble Thimble sounds delightful--even the name!! Glad you had such a wonderful time, Mouse--nice to have so many lovely stitchers in your area :)

Sally said...

I am rather envious of your trip to the Nimble Thimble. LOL! When DH and the kidlets and I went to North Wales several years ago we made a bit of a detour coming home ( well more than a bit!) so that I could go. Would love to go back again but maybe my bank balance would prefer it if I didn't!!!

All your photos are lovely. Nice new stash there and that cake looks absolutely delicious.

Pumpkin said...

Oh wow! This was a packed filled post! LOVE the new stash you brought home and your stitching is lovely :o)

OMG, that NS is just ADORABLE! What a wonderful place to go...

Meari said...

Sounds like a fun time with the girls... and look at that stash :)

The bday cake made by DD2 looks yummy.

Beautiful stitching.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great post, love the Nimble Thimble. I've chatted with Chris on the phone when I've ordered stuff. She'd didn't seem keen on a website then but hopefully she'll change her mind!
She'd get me as a regular!

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Joysze said...

Oh my goodness, Mouse!!! It's a wonder you ever left the shop!!!!!!!! LOL!!!

The cake look most yummy. Next time she makes it, send me a piece, will ya? ;)

Carin said...

Indeed a long post LOL but I love reading it !!! great pictures to look at and belated congrats to your DH birthday !

Aurelia Eglantine said...

What an interesting post! I loved reading about your adventures, and seeing all the wonderful photos. I'm always curious about what real needlework shops look like :)