I always seem to be catching up with blog posts at the moment, I say that I don't go anywhere or do much, but lately there have been a few outings and things going so I thought I would try and catch up with some of them today.
Saturday was our Autumn meet up at the Nimble Thimble. I do enjoy these get togetherness, It's a chance to catch up with lovely people and stitch all day with none of the distractions you get at home. When we met up in April I didn't buy anything, I just didn't feel the need, however, this time I did succumb to temptation.
Putini Putini and Cottage Garden Samplings have some lovely charts and I love stitching Christmas and Autumn designs
I'd never heard of The Bee Company but just had to have these two cuties. They both come with the little houses shapes, buttons and fabrics for finishing too.
A couple of weekends ago I went to the Creative Crafts show at the NEC in Birmingham.
I had intended going by train as it's way cheaper than the £16.50 parking charge, but there was a train strike that weekend so I ended up driving anyway. I did save some money on the parking charge by pre-paying, still, £12.50 is still a fair amount for parking when you have to add the price of the show ticket on top. Luckily I got a discounted show ticket which only cost £9.50.
My intention was to look for fabric for my new make at sewing class and also some sewing supplies. I didn't get fabric as I thought they were on the expensive side and as I'm still learning I want to keep the cost down. I did buy a few things though.
Pattern for place mats and table center, the fat quarters were purchased to make the table mat, I won't be making place mats.
A couple more patterns, both reduced, and a fat quarter of plastic coated fabric.
I also bought some tartan fabric and a fat quarter of fur fabric with something Christmasy in mind, and while it was still fresh in my mind I got on and made these last week.
I couldn't find a stocking pattern online so drew one myself, that was the hardest part of this project, I think I could have made the foot section a bit more boot shaped, but that's me being picky, I am happy with them.
There was a bit of fur left over so I blinged up a plain red sleigh I'd bought from Home Bargains.
I just love how it looks now 🎅
Sunday was the Remembrance Day parade, many years ago when I was a Brownie this was a huge event, roads were closed and the parade went through the streets ending at the local church where there would be a service. Nowadays our local parade and the service are held in the towns park, I suppose it's more to do with money saving than anything else, road closures and policing cost money. There was still a good turn out nonetheless, although I didn't see any Brownies or Guides, no idea why.
I took Oliver as Jenny was working and James' car was in the garage, thankfully the weather was dry and the temperatures are still very mild here.