Wednesday, 28 March 2012

So Out of Sorts (But some nice things to share too)

I feel so out of sorts i could fall out with myself!
(Or pick an argument with my own finger nail, as my mum used to say)
I've been plagued with a recurring migraine this week and I'm not sleeping at all well.  Waking every few hours, put that all together and throw hot flushes into the mix and you will understand 
why i feel so blah.
Before i started to feel too blah, this past weekend was the Hobby Crafts show at the NEC in Birmingham, I had a lovely day wandering around by myself while DH was at home latexing the kitchen floor.  (i've learned to keep out of the way when things like that are happening else i get dragged in to 'lend a hand' :-)

There was a display of some of the Downton Abbey costumes
Bet you recognise some of these

Aren't they gorgeous?
Plenty of stands to buy new stash :-)
Michael Powell stand

Not something i would personally stitch but i love the cars and VW's

Jane Greenoff stand

And again

I did buy a Jane Greenoff kit and she served me her very self, lol

The stand below is always very popular, i bought from them last year, they sell a lot of American designs.  Shame they done have an online store, although I think they do mail order.

Some lovely yarn stalls

These knitted bags really caught my eye, but at £93 for the large kit, a little expensive (although it is alpaca), so that's ok ;-)
Don't you just love that huge button?

And how about these needles, now they would get the job done pretty quick I think :-)

I don't know if you will be able to read the text, basically it's about a knitting census, what a great idea!

And here is the wall with some of the squares knitted

I've yet to take photos of the goodies i bought, so I'll share those next time.  
I did get this offer of 2 Prima magazines and goodies

When I opened the bag there was a box of Menopace tablets - just what i need, lol

Until next time x


Mouse said...

ooooo well not one to brag but I know jane and bill fairly well .. Bill used to come to my needlework shop ;)
and I've been to their house pink barn too heheheh and Trudy Ann only lives 10 mins away by car
glad you had a fab time and just love those needles ....
can't wait to see your goodies and sorry you've been out of sorts ... how did the kitchen floor get on ??????
love mouse xxxxx

Catherine said...

Looks like a fun time! Wish I could have seen those costumes in person ~ so thank you for sharing!

Petites xxx et Cie said...

Thank you for sharing your pics. I love too much the huge button!
Take care my Dear

Julie said...

Hi Maggie,just found your blog.
Those costumes are gorgeous.
Thats what i some times miss about home,being able to go to those shows.Looks like you had fun.

Anonymous said...

Hello Maggie,
I found your blog through Maple Cottage Stitches. I have fallen in love with Downton Abbey. I love the show and want more. How cool you got to see those dresses on display. Looks like you had a fun time at looking at all those patterns. I can't wait to see what you have purchased. I've never seen such a big button. The purse is adorable.

I understand when it comes to men working on a project and we don't want to be there fetching this and fetching that.

I hope you start to feeling better soon. I am going through the same process with hot flashes. We live in the desert part of California so the hot temperatures just makes things worse. Who are those women who said they have sailed through the process? They must have had the lucky gene.

You have a lovely blog and I will keep up with it.

Carolien said...

Hello Maggie,

That sounds like a little 'heaven on earth', Birmingham! And those lovely dresses ... Thanks for sharing.

I hope you will feel better soon!
Take care & bye, Carolien

Krista said...

What a wonderful post, Maggie! I am in awe of your great pics of the fair, what fun that must have been. Love those knitted bags too! Thank you for sharing the fun!

Jennifer said...

Thank you for sharing the beautiful pics of the show you attended. I have just finished season 1 of Downton and I can't get enough of that show . Sesaon 2 will start running next week on a tv channel here . It is great!!! Love all your stitching too . Happy Spring!

Julie said...

Super pics of your lovely day out, how wonderful.
I bet it was fabulous to see the Downton costumes.
Hope you are soon feeling better, I think the weather has a lot to do with migraines recently, I know a few who have been ufferingvths past week.

Melanie said...

What a GREAT SHOW! OMG, I would have loved something like this. And those Downton costumes? *SWOON*

Hope your head feels better soon. :)

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Wow! What fantastic "eye candy"!!! You know we are all fans of Downton Abbey here in the States, so I was thrilled that you shared the costumes with us.

Debbie said...

it seems that you had a lovely time!

Tamra said...

Oh, you are so fortunate to have seen the Downton Abbey costumes up close! I am such a fan of this show. I watch it over and over. Love the country side and the fablous clothes. Lucky Lucky you :)