Monday, 27 August 2012

Meeting friends, STASH shopping and other bits and bobs :)

Hi everyone :) cooo two posts in two days ..lol ....well I have had a whirlwind weekend which had me picking up Ally on Friday and  then tootling over to Gillies  for the weekend with a trip included to the Nimble Thimble needlework shop at Llangedwyn Mill at Oswestry on Sunday :) 
Chris kindly opened the shop up just for me and Ally of course as she was with me ...lol (she would do it for others as well .. I did ask ..heheheh ) 
The kettle has gone on for you all and I do have some chocolate chip cookie bars if any one wants one ... having just been shopping ;)
Soooo were to start ... the drive down to Gillies was lovely and uneventful and we were greeted by the WT  with the kettle is on ... he knows us farrrrr to well heheheh ....the rest of the day was spend gassing , drinking tea, doing show and tells and partaking of delicious food cooked by both Gillie and WT ..... and the talking continued late into the night .... 
Sunday dawned gently with a cuppa and chatting before some delicious bacon butties to put us on while Ally and I travelled down to the Nimble Thimble (Gillie couldn't come with us unfortunately ) .... the weather was glorious and stayed that way for the rest of the day ....
We arrived at the Mill and Chris put the kettle on for us while we ooooo'd and ahhhh'd at all her stitchy goodies and we had a few piles on the chairs before the second cuppa .... Chris was really impressed we came. as she got some work out of the way early  and also some one else popped in on the off chance to pick up some framing :)
I got the threads for the Strawberry sampler by Heartstringsamplery and also some fabric for it too .... got some lovely charts that I have had my eye on for while and also some Gast and CC threads to do the LHN and CCN charts in my stash pile ..... and some more material and some gold needles and also the buttons to go on when I have finished of one of my crazies .... hopefully in the not to distant future heheheh ...
Ally also got a wee stash pile while we were there too hehehe ... don't ask me what it was ... she has promised to do a blog update soon :)...... She also got me a wee rak of a cute mouse ornament and some lovely pumpkin coloured ribbon and a cd of Gilbert and Sullivan music too :)
The journey back up home was made after dinner in a local pub which was really yummy and we both had a very scrummy pudding ..... before setting off on the long journey back up to get Ally's coach for her to return all to quickly home.....
I must admit not a single stitch was put in the weekend by either Ally or I ... Gillie how ever did sooo her halo is on straight ...lol 
We had some photos taken on her baronial staircase ...lol and I will try and pick out the best from the ones taken with my camera soooo please don't laugh to much at us ... I had wet hair having not been long out of the shower and we were laughing so much I am not sure there is a good one ...lol
I have picked the backing fabric for the travelling pattern from June   which arrived last Monday along with a wonderful stitching bag (which came in very handy at the weekend ..lol) and the threads and have made a small start on it sooo I shall show you that and also how far I have got with the stitcher's heart ..... I have also started yellow bird while waiting in the office for every one to turn up in the morning one morning last week :)
ok I will go and bob the kettle on again and let you have a good nosy at the stash photos  ... not to make you jealous or anything heheheh ....
Travelling pattern and chosen fabric and threads

Rak from June ... very useful :)

whooops more stash from the patchwork rabbit shop

start on the TP

Gillies roses.. the smell was heavenly

Ally , Gillie and I 

the woods this morning :)
having five on his walk today :)

My Rak off Ally

threads and fabric  for the chart

just had to have this one 

ermmmm and these too 

and ermmm these as well hehehe

slowly getting there 

I've started so I will finish

soooo I think that this is it for now folks ....I am sure I have missed something out ....but my brain has gone out for the night heheheh 
take care one and all and squeak to you all soon .....
love mouse xxxxxx

43 comments:

Parsley said...

Oh my word! Love all the stash pics and fun. I am curious as to what your favorite designers are. I'm going to 'branch out' soon and try some new things.

Denise said...

Wow - great stash! You've started Yellow Bird - in yellow! :) Puppy is adorable.

Beth said...

I cannot turn down an invite for chocolate chip cookie bars! Love all the stash!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Now there is some serious stash shopping!! : ) How very fun!!! I guess working has some benefits, doesn't it! : ) So glad you got to spend some time with Gillie and Ally. It sounds like you all had a lovely time together.

I love the fabric you chose for the Traveling Pattern. I can't wait to see that one completed!!

Happy stitching!

Tricia

Laurie in Iowa said...

Glad you enjoyed your weekend. Your stash is lovely.

Cat said...

Hello

I found your blog through Random Ramblings.
You have a lovely blog and I really enjoyed reading your post.
Lovely new fabric and threads and your stitching looks very pretty too.

Cat x

Ali said...

Thanks for the tea and cookie bar - yum!! oh my what a lot of gorgeous goodies - err darent think how much they all came to - lol - some beautiful patterns loving the little witches hat. Are you going to the stitching/quilting show at Harrogate this coming weekend???

Lumiruusu said...

Lovely stash pictures :)
All those lovely patterns and threads gave me more inspiration.

You have lovely WIPS !

Enjoy Your stitching :)

Vickie said...

Oh my goodness Mouse. However will you find the time for all of those!!

Sarah said...
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Sarah said...

Oh my you have had too much fun. The photos are lovely, the stash gorgeous and the stitching. So lovely to put faces to names, 3 lovely looking ladies, so wish I could have been with you xxxxx

Elaine said...

Glad you had such a nice week-end with your friends Mouse.
Enjoy all that fabulous new stash!

Margaret said...

Ahh, looks like a lot of fun was had! Lovely new stash too! Love your stitching -- and Bentley is adorable as always. :D

Lorraine said...

Love all the stash and glad you enjoyed yourself so much
Lorraine xxx

Daffycat said...

Gorgeous stash...who could have resisted?

Shirlee said...

Love the stash & the picture of the triplets & the starts &, well, I love it all ... lol!

Peggy Lee said...

Wow! Now there's some serious stash enhancement! Your pup is so cute!

Julie M said...

Wonderful stash Mouse and the stitching is great too! I enjoyed the cookie bar but I have to confess, when your back was turned I dumped the tea and got some milk instead.

Linda said...

Wow Mouse. What a lovely bunch of stash you got. Love Bentley taking five.

Linda

Ma Teakettle said...

Be still my heart, Mouse, I am just breathless over all of that amazing stash!
You so deserve it, enjoy every bit of it!
Bentley is too cute :)
I adore the pic of you and the girls, and your weekend sounds divine, a great time was had by all!
Hugs
Ma

Deborah said...

Bentley is as cute as ever. Great stash!

Gabi said...

That sounds like a fun weekend full of cuppas and beautiful stash. VERY beautiful stash. :)

Lesleyanne said...

Sounds like you had a lovely weekend. Gorgeous new stash.

butterfly said...

Am I to late for a Chocolate cookie !
Wow love the material you brought for your TP,
Looks like you have had a very good weekend.
love all your stash, what could be better.
great WIPS . have a good week, hugs.

Christine said...

Sounds like a perfect weekend. Great stash and stitching

Chris said...

What a lovely couple of days. Whay lovely stitching things too.
Hugs to you and Bentley!

DJ said...

Great picture of all of you on the stairs!! Sounds like you all have a great time when you get together. My goodness did you need a lorry to get all your goodies home? Ah well, a little stash therapy never did anyone any harm! All your stitching looks amazing too! Can't wait to see your finishes! Give Bentley a pat for me!! And *hugs* to you!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

What a fun adventure you had with your peeps! I wish I could have been a tiny mouse in your pocket. Looks like you found some great new stash. Gotta love new stash! It's also fun to see a face with the names too. I'm glad you had a good day. Give Mr. Bentley a squeeze from me and a bark from Shelby! Hugs

dixiesamplar said...

Wow, you guys really had a great time...and all that stash, YUMMY!!!

sally said...

Hello

Sounds like you had a great time!

Your new stash is lovely and Bentley is just adorable!

(I love the Whitby photos too!)

Sally

mdgtjulie said...

Hi there Mouse. I haven't been here in a while (too darned busy getting ready for school and doing homework, lol). You have gads of new stash. Grats on the acquisitions. And you all look great on the stairs. Beautiful!! Hopefully, you can get together again as I know you all enjoy them. Darnit, I can't remember your dog's name, except that it starts with a B, lol. Bently maybe? He is soooooo cute on his walk. And the woods look nice and peaceful. Hope you have a good week this week!!!

Julie said...

Great stash haul, and how lovely to have a companion to treat you to a gift and enable you to buy more!
Lovely pic of the 3 of you, sounds like a wonderful weekend.
Super stitching update pics.

Rhona said...

Great picture of the three of you! Love all the new stash....makes me feel a little bit less guilty about my own stash enhancement!lol

♥ Nia said...

It's awesome how you always have so many pictures to post :D
First time I see your photo!! Nice to meet you =) hehehe
Great additions to your stash ;) Enjoy all! Have fun stitching :D
Hugs&Smiles

Carol said...

What a great weekend for the three of you--love the photo and, of course, seeing all of the great goodies that you came home with...Hadn't seen that Almost Halloween chart yet--another one for my shopping list! Hope your brain has returned by now, Mouse :)!!!

Minnie said...

The only thing better than shopping for stash is having someone who loves stash shopping as much as you do. Glad to see your face.

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

What a great weekend! I love the stash photo, I thought "what?" when I saw just one chart LOL.

I've spoken to Chris on the phone but never made it to the shop in person. Maybe it's just as well...

Love the Travelling Pattern, will be watching when that one travels onwards!

Petitesxxx et Cie said...

Hi Mouse!
Great stash!
Love too much Almost Halloween by The Drawn Thread.
Bisxxx

Ziggyeor said...

oh goodness lots of stash! I think my mags are bad enough I'll never stitch everything!
Thanks for the cuppa.

Pete's Pixie said...

Fab weekend all round despite the hours spent sitting on my bum on the coach. Glad I got to meet Master Bentley at long last and thanks to Gillie and DH for their hospitality and lovely food. Suppose I ought to do my blog update now too eh? Hugs Me xxx

Catherine said...

Oh Mouse!! What great times and great stash!! Looks like you have plenty to keep you busy for a while ~ enjoy!!

Lizzy Pizzy said...

What a gorgeous pic of you bonny lassies on the stairs. I am glad you were feeling well enough to travel and obviously well enough to shop too (you must remember to set aside some money for the extension to your house - hahahaha).
I am very jealous that you are up to another Heartsrings stitch this year and I have only just sorted the floss and fabby for my first (it will be my birthday 'new start' later this month.
Bentley, Bentley, Bentley! Even with dew soaked dreadlocks on the tips of your ears - you are still sooooo cute. Here's a scritch from Aunty Liz x ;)

Anne said...

What's a bacon buttie? They sound really good and probably not too good for you LOL!!! Love all your new stash and starts! That photo of you and the girls are adorable! I love your dimples!! Oooh give sweet Bents a hug and a cuddle for me...I've missed ya both!

HUGS!