THANK YOU FOR BEING A FRIEND...
In the style of TV Listings magazines, it's a bumper double issue this week, lol! The Internet Gods just weren't playing ball when I was up in Shrewsbury last week so it's all on show today (now then Twiglet....)
The main reason for visiting Shrewsbury was, of course, to go and see those naughty sisters - ooh, we did have a good time!
I bought three snowflake Christmas tree decorations for us all!
We talked for nearly two hours and Annie reminded us that we'd better get a shift on if we were going to do any crafting *grin* I'd been having a lovely sort through a box of fabric that Annie had brought over, she was happy for me to take whatever I wanted:
I did have a lovely time! After a delicious lunch courtesy of Jo, we got to do some sewing....still chatting away of course!
I'm useless at taking selfies but this shows the set up...
The girls had the idea of free motion sewing flowers and holly leaves to make a wreath. Annie very kindly sourced some wire florists wreath bases. Now I've not really free machined before so Jo took me through some basics and I had a little practise. It is NOT NORMAL to sew sideways!!! But once I relaxed a bit, I really enjoyed myself...thank you so much for everything, Jo and Annie, we all had a wonderful time - I'm blessed to have you as my friends xxxx
My menfolk and I spent a lot of time walking around this pretty town, I think we looked at every old building:
and we spotted this:
which looks ancient but Annie's hubby told us it was quite recent, covering up a building steel or something. Looks can be deceiving eh?
We went along every snicket/alley/ginnel/passage (whatever you call them), there were beautiful buildings at every turn:
and of course, the shops were all gussied up for Christmas:
I bought the snowflakes from this one! The town was looking really festive and ever so pretty. We loved it and had a really good time. I might have gone into a fabric shop or two...cough...
though I was quite restrained in my purchases, honest! This wall made a pleasing pattern I thought:
That would make a good jigsaw eh?!
Back home, I thought that I really should crack on with what I'd learned so I ferreted out my free machining foot and just had a go:
I love the scribbly style of sewing and it doesn't matter one jot if the lines are wibbly wobbly, it adds to the character..that's my excuse anyway.
Just placed in a rough design, I think I need to make some twigs or mistletoe, will see what I can find and get it finished for next week. But I wouldn't have had the courage to do this before so thank you Wipso and Twiglet for a really great tutorial xxxx
I may have had a fabric delivery *grin* PiliPala fabrics were having a cyber week sale:
The pic's not great as I took this at night, the colours really pop so much more. Lots of fun to be had there!
and it was my turn to host a crafty get together with my mates Kim and Sue:
We'd made each other fun little prezzies - I'm holding a decorated bottle with lights and a handpainted decoration from Kim, who is herself holding a fab little snowman made by Sue.
His hat came off to reveal a choccy bear inside, then his head came off and a little flickering tea light was in the bottom, so clever! I loved both my gifts girls, thank you xxxx
The girls made gnomes and had fun raiding my fabric and embellishments stash and before you know it, two more little gnomes had invaded our house:
Their two are the ones with the red noses! They joined in for a group photo with my other gnomes and trees - we had a lot of fun xx
Well done for sticking with me to the end, it's been a busy couple of weeks and that doesn't look like changing much either, all good though!
Hope you have a good week and enjoy whatever it is you're up to! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx