Thursday 27 December 2012

Happy Birthday To....

I'm officially 50 something now :-)
My 50th year was not at all bad, in fact you could say it was great, it was the year i became a Grandma (or Nana  as i am being called, and it's so good :-)

The lovely Elaine sent me a birthday gift, i was very well behaved and didn't open it until today, look at that lovely bag, isn't it just gorgeous?
The tin contains some fabric, needles and buttons.
Thank you so much Elaine x

We are all going out for a meal tonight, at the moment i am still enjoying a very lazy day, bliss!.

There was another birthday celebration last Saturday, Jenny, my eldest DD was 30, WOW, i have a daughter who is 30, how did that happen, lol
Another Chocolate cake was made for the celebration


Another gift from Elaine, this time a Christmas ornament.
I think this long legged snowman is so cute, and Elaine finished him into a lovely hanger.

I do have some finishes to share too.  
Baby Row was completed and framed just in the nick of time to give Jenny on Christmas morning.
I'm really pleased with how this turned out, the frame is a lovely soft green which is hard to see from the photo.
I'm happy to say that It was well received :-)

Again finished in the run up to Christmas, this ornament for Oliver went into his Christmas Eve Hamper.
Not a bad first attempt at a heart shaped ornament :-)

And another cardigan for the little man.
I was worried that the random colour in the yarn would look odd, but it worked out ok in the end.

I hope everyone has enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, I haven't managed to get around to reading and commenting on as many blogs as i usually do because of the time of year but i will be back to normal soon enough and catching up.

I'll leave you with a Christmas Day photo of Oliver looking bemused at all the goings on!

(we did try to get his dummy off him but he was not giving it up, lol)

Until next time
Thank you for your visit today x

Sunday 2 December 2012

Stitching, Soups, Cake and Gifts

It was a very frosty Sunday  morning here in the middle of England, a perfect day for staying in doors and stitching.
I'm making good progress on Baby Row. 

With a bit of luck i may be able to get this one finished next weekend and off to be framed ready for Christmas.                  
I just realised that I still have some xx's missing from the 'd' !
Saturday afternoon was spent in the kitchen doing some freezer cooking, I made Super Speed Soup (Slimming World recipe ). It's very simple to throw together and makes a HUGE pot which I then put into pour and store bags before freezing, It makes a very filling meal, more like a stew than a soup, and best of all, it's Free  on Slimming world :-)

I also made up a batch of Leak and Potato soup, using this recipe from Slimming Eats It's a lovely creamy soup, again very filling.

When the soups are cooked I always blend half (this is before the blending) and leave half chunky, you don't need to, but that's the way I prefer them.

My other cooking yesterday involved a chocolate fudge cake for DD#2 who is 25 today.

I hope you enjoy your cake :-) 
Yes, I know there are only 5 candles, that's all I had in the cupboard.
I wrapped it up in a fancy cake cellophane bag.

Stevie had bought her a DVD, so we made the present a little bit more interesting by putting popcorn, sweets and a bottle of Pepsi in a popcorn bucket (which i begged from the lovely cinema Manager!!)
The whole thing was then wrapped up in florist cellophane and tied with some fancy ribbon.  

Good eh?

And last, but by no means least, I was lucky enough to receive one of June's ornaments.

She also included a lovely needle minder and a cute Christmas card.
Thanks so much June, everything is truly wonderful and will 
be forever treasured   

That's all for now folks, stay safe and warm, until next time. x