Thursday, 16 April 2015

Chatting, Stitching and Stashing

Hello everybody!

Thank you for all the lovely comments wishing me a good weekend break. I had a fantastic time. Here's what happened.....

Ingrid from Mii Stitch, Justine from Justine's Cross Stitch and myself had arranged to meet up in Shropshire from where we would make our way to the Nimble Thimble in Oswestry for some chatting, stitching and stashing.

During our day there we achieved a lot of chatting, some stashing but hardly any stitching! I think we each managed about 50 stitches in five hours - how shameful! We also exchanged goody bags.

Justine had made a lovely little thread collector and coordinating needlework bag containing scissors, needles, hand cream and tissues. They were accompanied by a coaster picturing an uncanny resemblance to the three of us - yeah right... if only!

Ingrid's goody bag contained a beautiful pin-keep, some fabric, threads, charts, notelets, tissues and of course chocolates (not shown - yum yum!)

Thank you both so much for your lovely gifts.

My goody bags to them contained a chart, ribbons, buttons, beads, a needle minder and a key ring. You'll have to visit their blogs to see my gifts as I didn't take photos first!

Back in Shropshire we had an evening meal (with even more chatting over a rather fantastic bottle of French wine) before separating for the night.

We met up again in the hotel lounge Sunday morning where we just sat, stitched (finally) and chatted even more. The time went by so quickly and all too soon we had to leave. Saying goodbye was horrible.

Ingrid and Justine are two lovely ladies and I am glad I have met them. None of us knew what to expect but having only met 28 hours previously it felt as if we had known each other for years.

So, a good weekend all round and a much needed, albeit very short, break from our families!

I can't leave without showing you my stash. I have become a bit of a Lizzie Kate fan recently and simply couldn't resist the following items:

Lizzie Kate Spring Alphabet
Not my usual type of chart but it's really growing on me.

Lizzie Kate Green Flip-It Collection
I've liked these since the first day I saw them.
They will be stitched together using the free border pattern from the Lizzie Kate website.

Lizzie Kate Merry Christmas By The Letter Double Flips
I've never stitched anything Christmassy so am looking forward to starting these.
They will also be stitched together using the available free border pattern.

I'm not allowed any more new starts this year, other than those already planned, so these will all have to wait until next year. Perhaps they will form some of my 31 new January 2016 starts?!

Right, I'm off now to play with some fabric. That's a tease for another post!

Take care all,

Love and hugs
Rachel x


Miamina said...

Sounds like you had a great time meeting up with some lovely ladies! Lovely little gifts and I don't blame you for spending on the L*K stash :)

Annie said...

It sounds like you had an absolutely lovely time:) And beautiful gifts too! What a perfect weekend!

Mii Stitch said...

Yay!! The fabric has arrived!! You'll become the mad scientist professor for the next few hours :D Fingers crossed it all work out as you want it.
So happy I have met you, you're a fantastic lady (ooh and you like French wine too :D)

Brigitte said...

It must have been a gorgeous get-together. And I think when meeting up with fellow stitchers the chatting and eating and laughing is just as important as the stitching. Wonderful goodie bags that you received. And I have seen the one you gave Ingrid, it's just as wonderful.
Enjoy all your new alphabet charts. Maybe you will start them sooner than next year ????

Leigh said...

That sounds like a fantastic weekend! I love all the goody bags :)

Linda said...

I read Mii's post about your meeting. Sounds like you all had a great time. Wish I had been there. Lovely gift exchanges and I love your new stash.


Ariadne said...

How great when stitchers meet!Blogland has made great friends across the world!AriadnefromGreece!

Justine said...

I didn't realise you'd bought so much! It was a great weekend. So lovely to have met you and I hope we'll do it again very soon. I am using my needleminder and planning what I can finish with those gorgeous ribbons and buttons!

Kate said...

Sounds like it was a wonderful weekend :-) Bloggy friends are terrific. Great new stash; I love Lizzie Kate.

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

Sounds like you all had an amazing time, beautiful gifts from Justine and Ingrid and I love your new stash additions!

Kaisievic said...

Hi Rachel, Sounds like a wonderful weekend for all three of you and you have all made such wonderful gifts for each other. Love your new stash, too. Wonderful choices.

Tina said...

What a great idea! I love all the new stash! Sounds like you had a great time!!

Katie said...

What a fun meeting of 3 great ladies. What great goodies you all exchanged.