Hello Everyone I do hope you are all well and happy. We have had some dreadful weather but nothing as bad as people near the coastal areas so I hope that you are all safe and secure. The morning of the big storm I stupidly decided to walk to work but about 10 minutes into the journey I was very nearly blown into a main road but was a big shaken up. I managed to get back home and got the car. There were a few big old trees blown down which was alarming to see but nothing like the damage and tragedy that other folks have endured. My heart goes out to anyone who has suffered this last few days, I hope things improve for you very soon.
Before I forget do pop over to Tilly and the Buttons Blog as she has the most fantastic giveaway on offer. I love Tilly who you might remember was a contestant on the Sewing Bee which I loved. She also has a book coming out very soon so keep your eyes open. Do pop over to her blog and have a look, you won't be disappointed, please mention my blog if you remember.
It has been such a busy time since I last spoke to you all and I haven't had the chance to get to my computer other than for work - unfortunately! My crafting has taken a big tumble since last week - our weekend was just lovely with the little Peeps staying for a few nights with lots of things going on including a visit from a very special man in a red suit. Yes Santa did arrive on Sunday much to the delight of all bearing lots of gifts for everyone. These times are so special and hopefully they will all have happy memories too when they are older. How are you all doing my lovely Friends?
I am hoping that work will be a little less tense over the next few weeks as I badly want to catch up with what everyone is doing - far more than me I am sure. I am nearly ready to post off my Christmas decoration (sorry I know it is late) on Monday and hope that Jilly, my Christmas Dec partner, will be pleased. I also managed to finish the Advent Calendar and posted it off in such a hurry, completely forgetting to take a photograph of it! My Son, who is going to deliver it has promised to send me a photo of it so I will post it then.
I have not long got in from work so this is a quick post tonight just to catch up with all you Lovelies. The highlight of my week has been the delivery of my lovely prize from Gilly which I wanted to share with you tonight. Please pop over to her wonderful blog, it is fabulous. My prize arrived in a nice sturdy box and when I opened it what a lovely sight. I loved the sparkly paper and the sticker - very much my ethos in life Gilly, thank you.
Inside was a lovely card from her and on the back of it was this happy motto - something I think all us bloggers agree with!
What a sweet message from Gilly.
Lovelies there was so much to see and touch. I was really overwhelmed by it all - I still have the box on the table in the lounge as I do not want to unpack it - just like Christmas. I have been thinking about what I will make with all the beautiful fabrics and I am thinking of a small quilt. It is something I have wanted to do for ages but am a little daunted by it. However, Gilly's prize has given me the push to make this my New Year project and I have lots of ideas floating around my head. I have been re-reading Helen Phillips wonderful book for inspiration.
Well lovely Folks I must say that I am a very lucky girl this year as this is the second giveaway I have won and I am so grateful to Daisy and to Gilly for my wonderful prizes. You may remember that I won a fabulous bag from Daisy and still use it when I go to my sewing class and get lots of compliments about it so thank you Daisy.
I must say that Gilly has really got it right when it comes to the colours of everything - I just adore pastels and they will be perfect for the quilt I have in mind.
Tonight on my way home I took the long way around and popped into John Lewis in Chester for a coffee as it has been a long week. It is not a large store but I had a quick peep around and spotted these cheery cushions below which I loved. Since I have started crafting properly I am now always on the lookout for ideas and inspiration - if you remember I managed to get hold of some John Lewis fox fabric to make some cushions which I loved. If I had more time before Christmas I would love to have a go at something similar to those below - maybe something similar for Easter or the summer......who knows. Do you like them?
Well my Lovely Friends I am hoping to write a few more posts this month as I have really missed you all. I have lots to finish including the knitted banner and my little bags for my friends in work - so much to do so little time. I am sure that you are all feeling the same pressure as I am and probably coping much better than I am!
Tomorrow I am having a day out Christmas shopping with my gorgeous eldest granddaughter in Birmingham. They have a fabulous Christmas market there and I will take lots of photos to show you all tomorrow. I do hope you are all enjoying a wonderful evening/day depending on where you are in our fabulous planet. Keep safe and be happy Everyone and do leave a comment if you have time as I do love to hear from you all so much. Big hugs to Everyone, lots of love, Dorothy xxxxxxxxxxx