Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Bits and Bobs

I have been very lucky recently and won 2 giveaways.  Firstly I won this fabulous selection of 40 greens and cook book from Karen at Listen To The Birds Sing, from her Irish Road Trip.  I might join the Stained Quilt Along as I think it will look like the 40 shades of green across Irish fields? I was also trying to bake one of the cakes to show you, but time has run out.....
Photos by Karen at Listen To The Birds Sing

Photo from VeryKerryBerry
....and then I won some Aurifil thread from Kerry of VeryKerryBerry.  I haven't tried the thread yet as I'm still using normal stuff, but everyone who has used it appears to rave about it and so I am looking forward to using it.
I also received the Liebster Blog award back in March from Anything goes with Betty van Os and Susan - Canadian Abroad. Even longer ago I received the Versatile Blogger Award from Nat of Noas' Libellule, who is creating a new blog soon......and I'm sure there were a few others sorry if I've missed you out.
Everyone I know seems to have an award and so instead of following the rules I'm going to point you in the direction of these two 'Inspirational Blogs'
Karen Barlow, who is an interior designer and has good info on colour, fashion and current trends and Carolyn Saxby who has 2 lovely blogs Love Stitching Red and and I also visited her textile exhibition in St Ives earlier this year.
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Button, Button

I'm also late on the tagging game - think I was off at Maths Club, instead of running around the playground! These were Jan's questions Isisjem but I'm afraid the answers are pretty short, but a few pictures to look at!
1. I'm into photography and you offer to take me somewhere for the day to get great photos - where are we going?St Ives – beach, cliffs, sea and bird life. You get the idea here or here.

St Ives
2. Do you have a party piece? You know some little skill or thing you could entertain everyone with at a party? I can sniff something rubber….like a balloon etc up my nose and out of my mouth!
3. What's the best book you've read this year so far?Laura’s Handmade Life….though I’ve not read many others…just reading the Twilight series and this is my beach read (lovely Liberty needle cord!).Liberty Fabric
4. Which fabric do you think everyone should have in their stash and why? I just buy what I like – but Summersville is on my list as I fancy colouring in the pictures with fabric paint and embroidery and more Heather Ross Camper vans can never go amis!
5. You win your dream holiday - where are you going?  New Zealand in a camper van …It’s on my list, but we have not been there yet….may be in the next few years.
6. What's the one thing you've done, that you think I should add to my bucket list?Sail half way across the Atlantic - via St Helena.
7. What's you're favourite way to spend your day if you don't sew!? On the beach or walking…anything that gets me outside.

8. What was your favourite cartoon/children's show growing up. Grange Hill or Bod.
9. Marmite - love it or hate it? Hate it
10. What are you going to make next? Tailfeathers Quilt was made by a friend a couple of years ago and so I've been busy cutting and ironing so that I can do all the hand stitching while I'm travelling. I had to buy the brown bird fabric £14 a M in my LQS!!
Holiday Stitching

11. You want to do something to cheer me up what will you do? Play Pirates or go bodyboarding - hopefully in a warm sea!IMGP0433
Pheweeeeeeeeeeeeeee any one still here?


  1. Great post - you have been lucky on the winnings. And I'm not even going to ask how you discovered you could do your balloon up your nose and out your mouth thing. Pirates also sounds like mighty good fun! Great answers all round!

  2. I'm stuck on number two!!!!! Not sure if I want to see you do that or not.

  3. Congrats on your wins and your party trick? Ewww. Jan`s questions are great as are your answers!

  4. Congratulations! I saw on Kerry's blog that you had won. Love the fabrics! So cool to know you a bit better now ;-)

  5. Ha ha! I love your party trick! Great prizes too. I've just succumbed and ordered a couple of bits of summersville, too lovely for words! x

  6. Really love your post. Lovely answers although not sure about the nose trick ;o) but love that seedhead picture of the beach. I'm guessing that's overlooking Porthmeor beach? Thanks so much for the linkies. Let's hope I can sustain my current enthusiasm for blogging and share more pictures of St. Ives etc. Have a super bank holiday weekend. Let's hope this rain goes away tomorrow

    bye for now