Saturday, 4 January 2020

January's Calendar Girl

A very Happy New Year to you all, a new decade, I wonder what changes we will see in the next ten years?  The years go by so quickly, I said to Jenny the other day that the next time we are at the beginning of a new decade Oliver will be 17, that's scary, but I will be 68 and that's terrifying, lol

Anyway, lets not dwell on that rather large number, we have lots to fit into this decade first, we need to make the most of our time don't we.

I got around to fully finishing my January girl on New Years Eve, I had everything ready, it was just a case of setting the time aside to do it.

Instead of using glue, which I seem to get everywhere, I laced the stitched piece onto the backing board and then used a small amount of glue to attach the fabric to the back of the second backing board.  I whip stitched all around the edge of both pieces before attaching the cord.

It was a bit more time consuming doing it this way but I think I managed to get the edges neater than I do when I just use glue.

I did fiddle about with that bow and attaching the button for far longer than It should have taken!

This is the way that Vonna finished them while model stitching and finishing them for LHN, and I think it's perfect for them, so why change it :-)

 Oliver stayed over on Wednesday night so we had a day out on Thursday to two local National Trust places.

We have been to Packwood House a couple of times, once with Oliver when he was small, he can't remember, but we went in the summer and had a picnic in the lovely grounds, you can see more photos of the inside of the house in my post from 2016  The upstairs was closed to visitors due to refurbishment works and it was not picnic weather but we still had a lovely walk around the less muddy parts of the grounds.
They still had the Christmas decorations up and it was nice to see how they used things from the garden and handmade things to decorate the trees.

 Baddesley Clinton is a moated Manor House dating from the 13th century and is just a five minute drive down the road form Packwood House.  It has a very interesting history, It has three Priest holes and was raided in the Civil War where solders spent four hours searching the place, I would have liked to read more about it but Oliver had other ideas.

This was my first visit to Baddesley and I would love to go again in the summer, I loved the kitchen garden and the grounds.  Again they still had the Christmas decorations up.

The Inner court yard

 The kitchen garden, even in Winter looks lovely and neat!

It was nice to get out in the fresh air, even though it was cold, I've been cooped up too much over Christmas, It helped to clear my head of this cold, and yesterday I felt so much better for it.

It's back to work on Monday, I really don't feel as though I've had a break, I had so many plans for stitching and knitting and I've hardly done any!
I will be glad to get some routine back into my days though, I do function better with routine, when I'm off work there is no structure to my day and I feel like I waste time.  
Give me a week or two back at work and I'll be wishing for a holiday again though, lol

Hope your year got off to a good start

See you soon


Poppypatchwork said...

The time does rush by, we have Will here for a sleepover, so lego bricks everywhere.

Jo said...

I'm the same, I don't work but I like things to get back to normal so that I can get some structure back into my days. It looks like a lovely day out, the weather has been so mild, it's nice to be able to make the most of it at this time of year. Your January girl is lovely, I like how it's finished off.

Hazel said...

What a lovely post! I love your finish - it looks very professional. I too have been cooped up over Christmas - I am getting worse for doing this. Back to work on Monday for me too. xx

Kate said...

I enjoyed the photos of Packwood House. Your January Calendar Girl is a beauty - I love her finish. Enjoy this new decade.

Kelly Tadlock said...

Happy New Year to you as well! Your January girl is beautiful! And the finishing is exquisite!!! Where do you live? Beautiful country! I live in Arizona, USA.

butterfly said...

Happy New Year .
Love your new lady .
Great Photos , have a happy weekend.

Tina said...

Happy New year, Baddesley is one of my favourite NT places. Love how January looks, I've worked 2 days over the Xmas/ new year period,was glad to go back to be fair.see you end of January xx

Jane said...

Your January Girl looks wonderful, certainly worth the extra effort with the corded edging and bow. I love visiting historic houses. It hardly seems like 20 years since this century started and now we're entering the 3rd decade; time certainly is flying by! Best, Jane x

Jackie said...

Your finished project is lovely. I really like the way you finished it.

Thanks for the tours. I loved both especially the garden areas.

God bless.

Julie said...

Your first lady of the year looks lovely, a delightful finish.
It's nice to get out in the fresh air even on the coldest days, nice places you visited.

Lowcarb team member said...

It's always nice to be out and about enjoying some fresh air, I did enjoy seeing your photographs of Packwood House.

Have a great 2020.

All the best Jan

Carol said...

Lovely finish on your January girl, Maggie! And, oh--don't even remind me at how old I will be at the turn of the next decade. I'm turning 65 next week and that is bad enough :( But, as my husband always says, it's better than the alternative!

What a wonderful day out you had--such lovely Christmas decor was still on display, too.

I'm with you on routine! I found myself to be SO much more productive before I retired. Now, I waste a lot of time it seems. Enjoy your week!

Cathy said...

Your January Calendar Girl is beautiful finished. I loved seeing your travel pictures. At the start of the next decade, I'll be 80 and that definitely sounds old to me, but then so does 70.

The Primitive Moon said...

Piękny obrazek na początek roku, śliczny dom, wnętrza , choinka . Bardzo mi się podoba.

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Only just found your blog , I am a back country wench too , born in wednesbury and lived there until about 8 years ago ,Then moved to rushall xxx

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