Sunday, 2 April 2017

Nimble Thimble stitching meet-up

It's that time of year again when a few of us get together at the Nimble Thimble for a day of stitching, chatting and to enjoy the lovely food that Chris puts on for us, in fact I think it's fair to say that we all look forward to the buffet just as much as the day's stitching and stashing.

Although the Nimble Thimble is only about an hour away I decided to make a weekend of it this time and booked into a lovely little B&B 20 minutes away in Oswestry on the Friday afternoon.

This place looked good on line, but it was such a treat I've already decided that if I stay over again this is where I will stay.

My room for the weekend

And once I'd got my bags in I was bought a lovely cuppa and a home made ginger biscuit.

The fridge had complementary treats

And breakfast was bought to my room by way of a hamper.
This was such a lovely treat! I was even bought a pot of tea as well.  Just look at all the goodies,
the granola was homemade and was delicious.

So after my lovely breakfast I set off for the Nimble Thimble, the scenery in this part of the country is lovely and I have to make frequent stops just to enjoy it, even in the rain it is stunning, and although the day started and ended rather wet, in between we did have some lovely sunshine.

Here we are in the studio above the shop, looking very intent on stitching

There is Hazel (of the blog Quietly Stitching)  sitting at the back sitting on the left concentrating on her work

And Michelle, AKA Mouse, (tales of a stitching mouse blog), on the right, showing us her birthday quilt which some bloggers kindly stitched her some pieces for.
Pat (no blog) is on the left, she was trying to hide behind the quilt, I think they are laughing because I said something like "Pat come out from behind the quilt!"

As I said, Chris, (the shop owner) always puts on some lovely food for us, and this time was just as good.

We finish the afternoon off with more cake which we are usually too full to eat so we take it home to enjoy later.

In between stitching, chatting and eating we all visited the shop downstairs to put by our purchases to pay for later, I was very good and only bought 3 charts :-)  
To be honest I didn't intend to buy any because I haven't stitched the ones I bought on our last trip in November, but when you are in the shop it is very hard not to give in to temptation!  

After a lovely day that went by far too quickly we all set off on our various journeys home, or in my case to my little B&B, because my weekend treat wasn't over just yet.

When I got back Jo, (the B&B owner) had been in and left me a little cupcake, how sweet and such a surprise :-)

The little mat under the plate is what I made up on the Friday night.
I've wanted to make a Mandala for a while and I saw this little booklet on Amazon last week

I used Rico cotton and chose one of the easier patterns and I'm really pleased with how it came out for a first attempt.

Next time I'll show you what new charts I bought and what I did on my Sunday travels.

Until then


Vickie said...

Oh what a wonderful time!And the food! Wow! Yummy! Love the crocheted mandala.

Mac n' Janet said...

What a lovely way to spend a weekend. Really like your mandala.

Jan said...

What a wonderful weekend!

Justine said...

That looks like the perfect weekend!

Catherine said...

What a wonderful way to spend the weekend! It sounds like a lot of fun, and your B&B sounds amazing!

Carolien said...

Must have been fun ... and yummie ;)

Have a good week!
xxx Carolien

Jo said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful time, it's nice to make a weekend of these things and see a bit of the area you're visiting too. You certainly fell on your feet with that B&B, it looks so lovely and you were very well looked after.

Karyn said...

Oh Maggie, what an awesome time you had...I just drooled over all of the wonderful goodies!
I love the pics of such dear friends...that you get to know in person, like our very dear Mouse.
I'm so happy that you were able to spend the entire weekend relaxing and enjoying such gorgeous country, I would have never reached my destination with all of that beauty surrounding me.
Have a great week

Mouse said...

It was a fab weekend wasn't it ... thanks for the photo ... I look good hahahahah ... your B&B looks fab too and love the wee mandala mat too :) my stash haul wasn't much more that yours mouse xxxx

Mylittlepieceofengland said...

What a lovely little gem of a place you found and your stitching group always looks so much fun. Pretty mandala xx

Karen said...

What a lovely weekend and the get-together sounds like a lot of fun. The B&B looks wonderful, no wonder you want to return. The mandala looks so pretty, are you going to make more? Enjoy your week, K

Barb said...

What a wonderful way to spend the week-end. The scenery was so pretty!

Julie said...

Pretty mandala you whipped up in the delightful B&B.
It's always nice to meet with stitching friends.

Brigitte said...

You must've spent a wonderful weekend at the B&B in Oswestry and at the get-together at the Nimble Thimble. What a chance.

Carol said...

Everything about your weekend looks wonderful, Maggie--from the accommodations, to the scenery, to the friends, food, and fun! So nice to see photos of Mouse and Hazel and hear all about your get-together. I'll bet you can hardly wait for the next one!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Ooohhh, it looks like you all had a great time! All that food looks super yummy. Your mandala is gorgeous! :D

Desiree Ehleiter said...

What a wonderful weekend!I wish I could find a place to stitch with other stitchers near me. I think it would be so much fun!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

It looks a fun weekend. Nimble Thimble is on my list of places to visit ... maybe someday. Your B&B was great. It's great when somewhere like that exceeds expectations. Lovely colour combination on your mandala.

Unknown said...

Hi, we're hoping to visit the Nimble Thimble soon and stay over. Which b&b did you stay at please?