Saturday, 16 December 2017

The Welsh hair cut

While in Wales I decided to have my hair cut.
I have been thinking of having it cut for some time so googled the nearest hairdresser to the Hotel we were staying in and booked an appointment.
The ladies in the Enigma Salon were really nice and I love my new look.
In fact walking back to the Hotel I caught sight of myself in a shop window and almost had to take a second look!
Went in like this

Came out like this

Friday, 15 December 2017

Llandudno Wales we made it!

Decided to leave home in the Land Rover and face the snow and bad weather. It was a bit hairy until we reached the motorways and then we had no trouble driving the 185 miles to Llandudno.
The Somerset Hotel was warm and welcoming and I had asked, and were given,  the room we like, mostly because we can get WiFi in the room and not have to go down to the lobby to pick up emails etc.

Plenty of parking right outside the hotel.
The idea of the five day break was just to "do nothing" and other than a few trips out and a lot of walks that is exactly what we did.
Snow in the distance, viewed from the top of the Orme

Love these stone walls at the top of the Orme

Narrow one way road around the Orme into Conway

Conway Castle

Will we fit ?

A very rare sight, a manned railway crossing, hope its a steam train

No! just a small Arriva train

Railway man had to come and open the gates for us.
The food was good [full English breakfast and evening meal] in the hotel and we were seated with a couple of ladies from the Midlands who were great company. All in all a great break away and only cost £59 each as it was a last minute deal.  Plus a bonus the snow has gone from home.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Let it snow

Yesterday started with a bitterly cold weather forecast as I set off for the Christmas Fair, at The Castle Wellingborough, unloaded the car and set up the stall, everyone setting up was nice and friendly looking forward to a good day. Ten o,clock arrived and one person walked in, not a good sign!
Sadly it was a complete failure for everyone, and at least five of the stalls didn't take a penny. I only took £10 so 5 hours later returned home saying "never again!"

Setting up for the fair
Awoke this morning to a heavy snow storm, the first of this winter. I had planned to go to church and then we were off to North Wales for five days holiday. An early phone call said church was cancelled. The roads outside our home are causing cars to slip and slide all over the place even though we are on a bus route and it is usually gritted. I have not seen a gritter and it is getting worse. Wales is on hold for the moment!

The garden

Friday, 8 December 2017

Happy Room IAM Christmas Party

Lots of preparation went into our annual Christmas Party, the only time all nine of us get together. Pauline usually only comes when someone is missing, as the tables are really ideal for eight.

Tables covered and the Christmas Banner up.
Santa sitting guard over the £5 game prizes
The morning started with happy chatter and a little sewing and knitting. Presents and prizes were loaded onto the cleared worktops. Each member brings eight £2 gifts, a FQ [fat quarter of fabric] and a £5 gift.

Pack up lunches  and the desserts brought by Shirley were eaten, and very yummy they were too!

Show Time was as always popular, with everything from crochet blankets, bags etc. to photos of items already packed and sent off to Santa.

Penny showing her bag made on Stuart Hillard's workshop
Notice the piles of gifts behind her!

Angels made by Penny

Crochet baby blanket made by Shirley

We all fell in love with this stool and its crochet top and "feet"
Shirley bought it as a kit, designed by Dedri Uys

A little bird brought in my Ann

Jenny's three Santa's looking very smart

Dorn's Christmas card made with the finger prints
of her granddaughter and children

Two of my embroidery machine stockings

Bib from a set made by Pauline

Quilt to go with the bib and two bags [opps no photo] made by Pauline

Tree ornament by Pauline
Time for gift sharing, lots of oohs and aahs, this is the 17th year of the IAM group meeting and I cannot think of a single thing that has appeared twice. Searching for eight £2 gifts seems to be high on everyones list throughout the year.

The eight gifts I received were
Back scratcher, toast tongs, candles, dish and knitted bell,
picture frame set, scarf, scented sachet, finger puppet
The candle was won playing the bag and swap games.
We spent the afternoon playing games I had organised, find the item in the bag, Swap your prize every time the dice has a cross and Snowman beetle drive. Too much fun and laughter going on for me to remember to take photos.

I'd like to wish all my crafting friends 
a very Happy Christmas and Healthy New Year.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Preparing for Christmas

How many times do I say "where has the hour, day, week, month gone?" Here we are in December and already turning the advent calender round.

Church asked me and four other sisters to run little workshops. I prepared 20 angel kits and was pleased to see I only had three or four left at the end of the evening.

A friend asked me to help with a Christmas Fayre so I have been really busy sewing up a storm, it will be our first adventure into Fayres so hope we do well.

Our usual Christmas party IAM meeting is this week so again a lot of parcels to wrap and games to organise.
My Happy Room being taken over with a few of the  things I've made for the Christmas Fayre.

One of the other sisters at church was showing how to make these pretty snowmen

Chris putting up the outside lights including the projector that beams snowflakes all over the house.

Wrapping gifts and sorting out games for the IAM Christmas party
Light the World is the Advent theme from church, and each of the twenty five days I am trying to do something nice for someone, why don't you join me..

Friday, 24 November 2017

Leicester Socks

Born in Leicester many years ago! I decided to knit myself a pair of Leicester City socks.
I actually bought the wool in Spain a year ago and was really pleased I managed to make them match

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A sewing day in Bedford

Just home from a sewing day in Bedford where eight of us either did our own thing or worked on a large robin. As I am trying to get things prepared for a Christmas Fayre I decided to work on a few Santa's. The company was great and I enjoyed seeing everyone and exchanging ideas.
Plus yet again there was cake... my diet this week has gone out of the window!
On the way to the Sewing Day I called at BSK and bought some Christmas fabric. This is the first fabric I have bought in a long time, but badly needed for projects coming up in the next couple of weeks.
On the way home I called at Tudor Rose, quilt shop, for gold threads also badly needed .
The Santas are gradually coming together.

Stuart Hillard

On Tuesday Stuart Hillard one of the first contestants on the British Sewing Bee came to the Hamtune group to teach a workshop. I was lucky enough to have a place bought for my by my friend Penny. Thank you Penny it was a great birthday gift, and a great day.
Thirteen of us enjoyed making a Messenger bag and eating delicious cake made by Ann.
Home for a quick bite to eat and then back for a fun filled evening talk by Stuart.
Setting up and getting started

Stuart explaining something to Pauline

A strap lesson

My completed bag

The start of the evening talk and entertainment

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Cousins annual Christmas

A few days ago twelve of us got together for our annual cousins Christmas dinner. Living fairly central to everyone we went to a local pub/restaurant, The Whitehills. The chatting never stopped and it was great meeting up with everyone again.
John came from Derby, Mike, Norma, Kim, Ian and Jackie from Leicester area, Helen and Chris from Bristol, Debbie from the Cotswolds. Colin, Chris and myself from Northampton.
Food was good and we all enjoyed our annual meet.

Monday, 20 November 2017


Happy Birthday to me.
Celebrated at the family's home, where Richard had made me a white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake... yummy.

Blowing out the candles.

Turkey & Tinsel

I am so far behind with my blog posts, but hey ho...
November 10th we went on a Turkey and Tinsel break to Weymouth with Daish Travel. They offered us a last minute 5 day break for £89 each, much too good to refuse.
The itinerary was Friday when you arrive is Christmas eve, the Saturday is Christmas day and the evening meal has all the Christmas trimmings including a visit from Father Christmas. The next day is Boxing Day and the final evening New Years Eve.
Remembrance Sunday was an extra treat as the hotel we stayed in was opposite the war memorial and all the dignitaries met in our hotel.. what a wonderful sight seeing young and old Army, Airforce and mainly Navy parading.

On route, well not actually but Chris was kind enough to drive 50 miles out of the route, for me to make a visit to the Temple, it is such a special place and the peace was just what I needed.

London Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Temple

Surely this cannot be our room... a 6ft bed and two single beds [one in the annex] !
Room to hold a party.

Saturday we visited a Christmas Fayre in Bournemouth

Loved this stall

An evening stroll along the coastal path. The Anzak memorial opposite our hotel

So moving with the hats.

Remembrance Service

Salvation Army band just outside our hotel

The younger generation remembering

Behind the crowds a canon was fired at 11am and the lifeboat and a tall ship sailed into view.

The proud Service men and women

A Salvation man played the last post

Back in the hotel after the service

We will remember

Monday was Sunny so we took a walk to look at the poppies

The tall ship was still in view

The American memorial

A chilly selfie at the end of a wonderful 5 days.

The Welsh hair cut

While in Wales I decided to have my hair cut. I have been thinking of having it cut for some time so googled the nearest hairdresser to the...