Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Tales of a travelling mouse !!

Well helloooo there .... how are you all .... pull up a chair and grab a cuppa , I think there is some cookies in the jar at the side of the kettle *ssshhh
as you can seee by the title I have been doing a wee bit of travelling some for pleasure ... think Harrogate ;) and some for work ..... are you all comfortable then I shall begin :)
I seem to have neglected you all for a wee while and I am sorry for that but I promise to visit you all soon ....I can't remember if I told you that I nipped over to see Frances and took some photos of Holmfirth while I was there ....and the next weekend I went to a place called Canon Hall and wandered round in the rain taking photos to my hearts content ....and some have turned out quite nice really considering 
Work has been all change ..... I now am based back at Sheffield, going to Doncaster one day a week and my role has changed some what ... and tomorrow and Friday plus the following week I am off to the Halifax branch as they need help there .... sooo hence the travelling  for work...I have googled and pulled the directions off, sooo wish me luck finding the branch ....
The pleasure bit is the fab bit .... think Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show whoop whoop......
I kept my wee paws crossed that the white stuff would stay away and so far sooo good Phew :) and last Thursday I picked up Roz then Chris and tootled on our merry way to the show ... got there in one piece and survived the multi story parking hehehehe ....double checked what time it closed and knew we would make it back up the hill in time ... the show has a long day on the Thursday until 7.00 pm sooo we knew we had plenty of ooooo aaaahhh and must haves time heheheheh.....
first port of call for me was Sparklies  hehehehe .. where I stocked up on essentials and a few charts ;0 ) then we tootles to Jane Greenoff's stall where I purchased a couple of things while Roz and Chris dinted their purses there , we then had a pootle around Hall C until we got to TrudyAnn's were I got a few more essentials  as you do and by this time we were in dire need of some refreshments and managed to get a seat at the cafe end and have a restorative cuppa , a sandwich and a bun .... after that we felt we could tackle the rest of the halls  so the next few hours we whiled away oooing and ahhhing some more and getting some bits of fabric and threads  for moi and the others got their goodies too .... 
I took Jingle all the way to show Kate at Sparklies and she pinned it up on the stall for the day ...and it was much admired :) before we left the show I said to Kate that I could help her  the next day as I was coming back to Harrogate to pick Jennifer up before going off to Blackpool for the weekend soooo I go my own wee badge for the following day to get in and help her wooo hoooo ....
On the way back on Thursday Roz , Chris and I went for a cavery and it was lovely  a perfect end to a great day .... I dropped every one off ... (did have another restorative cuppa at Chris's and drooled over both our stash hauls in the process :) and then went straight to the land of nod ready for another day of travelling etc etc etc ...
Friday dawned not bad considering and I got to Harrogate again in good time ... and tootled down from where Jennifer was staying and spent a lovely day chatting and hopefully helping Kate out I was really good and didn't spend another penny (insert skint here ;) and I got recognised too * waves heloooooo to Melanie ohhh the fame heheheheh
I left the show about 3.30 ish and went and picked Jennifer up ready to travel along the winding road of the A59 to  the not sooo sunny Blackpool ....the weather the whole weekend was piddling down with rain and blowing a hooley , bins were being blown over and rubbish flying up and down the street soooo we decided to stay in and I stitched the whole weekend ,finished one ornament and starting on another Christmas chart :) and it was blisssss .....
OOOO I forgot to mention that I gave Roz her ornament ... I stitched her a wee gingerbread man (LHN ornie) and she loves it , she stitched me a gorgeous candle wrap in hardanger  so I can now show you that too ... I got my RR section done on Chris's piece as well as Lynda's ....( just checked and not shown you eeekkk ) 
I have had some lovely visits from my Postie from Butterfly, DJ Jo and Jacquie 
with some more quilt squares and a lovely wee ornament.....
I shall go and bob the kettle on again while I get the photos ready for you to drool over on the stash front and the goodies front :)
Lynda's RR my bit

Chris's RR my bit



beautiful rose in the kitchen garden at Cannon Hall 

looking through the secret gate in the kitchen garden Cannon Hall

from Roz to me

from Jo ... Glendon Place friendship compass

From DJ

oooo worked on my RR from 2013

From DJ another gorgeous wee stitching mouse

a bit further with the making up of this one 

for  Roz stitched on Sparklies Oatmeal fabric 

there are another two inside not bad for a charity find

ohhh the fame ;)

finished Poinsetia by LHN

new start 

Jingle all the way with new backing fabbie from the show

how cute are these ????

oooo this was a got to have purchase :)

can you guess where from ???

spot the had to have pattern at the top left ;0

my quilt square from Butterfly (used her photo as can't find mine )

wee ornament from Jacquie
 soooooo there you have it for this update .... as you can see I have been busy on the stitching front too .... I am wayyyy behind on getting things done for friends for Christmas sooo it may be into the new year gifties as I  seem to have blinked and the year has almost  gone already .....
the mouse house sale is still going through and I will breath a sigh of relief once that has totally finished, hopefully before Christmas as it would be nice for the new peeps to be in by then .... well I had better go and get some snoozes in so I shall say T.T.F.N and squeak to you all again soon .... happy stitching one and all love mouse xxxxxxx


gracie said...

Wonderful, wonderful. ..... love the pictures

Beth said...

An extremely busy month with lovely travels and wonderful stash enhancements! So good to hear from you again Michelle.

butterfly said...

WOW mouse what a big post of goodies and love to read what you have been up to , you should be a writer you make me laugh the way you write your post I love it.

Looks like you are one busy mouse , love all the stitching and your R/R and gifts .

Great stash.

Also great photos.

All the best with your work hugs.

Shelley Tomsett said...

Best of luck with the new house. Hope it's everything you wished for.

Shelley Tomsett said...

Best of luck with the new house. Hope it's everything you wished for.

Mii Stitch said...

Love the photos you've taken during your outings.
Plenty of lovely stitching & great new stash, sound like you had a great time!

Vickie said...

What a great post! Love that you found mouse scissors!! I am green with envy. I have been searching for poodle scissors for years!
How wonderful it will be to have the mouse house sale over and done!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Wonderful update! It looks like you had all sorts of fun at the show. What wonderful new purchases!! Your stitching is lovely as always!!

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

What a fun-filled photo-full post! I clicked on one for a closer look and it said "1 of 37"!!
Beautiful squares and ornies being received and some wonderful stash too, lucky you!
I do love the photo of the view through the secret door too, it would make a lovely cross stitch LOL

Bev said...

Wow mouse what a busy time you've been having. Work sounds busy. Looks like you nearly bought up most of Sparklies (that's not like you!!!!) I went for mainly fabric at the show. Xx

Julie said...

You have been a busy little mousie, such beauties you have shared with us. Great new goodies to keep you busy in the months to come.

Jacquie Morris said...

LOVE your happy post!! It's brilliant, full of wonderful things too.... You take such lovely photos :) nice additions to your stash.... You have been very busy collecting things!!
Big smiles :)

Sarah in Stitches said...

Wow, you've been busy! You picked up some really pretty stash and done some beautiful stitching. Enjoy all your mail goodies! :D

Weronika said...

Great post. You've been really busy.

Annette-California said...

How FUN! Loved all your pretty photos. Fabulous new charts and those cute cute scissors! Such a lovely show. Glad you had a great time with friends. Like the idea of new year gifties if not sent out in time for Christmas. Wonderful stitching and exchanges. So many pretties.
love Annette

Andrea said...

A fun-filled post. Beautiful stitching and finishing. It sounds like you had a great time at the show and wonderful stash to prove it.

Maggee said...

Wow Mouse--you have been ultra busy!! But in a good way! I hope the changes with work included a raise! And how about all that stash?? Whoa! I know this is your time when you stock up for the following year... so, all in all, not bad. I really like how the Sparklies fabrics look. And so many wonderful charts and backing fabbys! Love the Mouse scissors and love the felt Mouse kit and love the Merry Mouse chart by WTNT. How neat that you can claim all those! Your gifts were all so pretty. I can't quite figure out what is going on with the La Da Da alphabet, so look forward to seeing that finish! I also found some shaker boxes at a thrift store... love them! Take care and have a Very Merry Christmas! Hugs!

Brigitte said...

Harrowgate must be a real treat. Looking at all your new stash just made my mouth water. I think I would leave most of my money at the Sparklies stall. Whenever I go to their website I am soon tempted.
Great pictures that you took during your travels.
And wow, so much lovely stitching here, gifts and your own, so much eye candy.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Interesting travels and lovely photos. Looking at all your stash, I'm not surprised you were so good on the second day LOL