Sunday, 3 December 2017

Gartmore, last visit of 2017

A night away with this lovely man?? No contest! 
A lovely meal followed by a few drinks in front of the fire.

I just love this place it feels like coming home.


New York beauty

Oooohhhhhh wots happening here?? I started two New York beauty blocks at the Thistle Patch Retreat, I was just using up some Zandra Rhodes lace mountain fabric. 
Four blocks later and I think I'm onto something good ..... I might make some more 😊 

Christmas cushioning along

And we have a finish!!!! In the giant christmas cushion along 2017. Love this event, any excuse to bust out the snowmen pandas 😊🐼
This year and last years cushions make a nice pair.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Im a bad influence 😀

Heh heh heh love it, so while i am all innocently drinking my gin and working on my panda clamshells and watching Night at the museum 2 (love those films) up pops the fabulous Archie the Wonderdogs ig feed, blaming me and Mini Bud for her panda snowmen fabric purchases 😂😂 guilty as charged.
It was just a lovely Friday night and one i want to remember.
I used to wonder why i blogged, but its this.  Its more than my ig feed, its adding context to the memories.  Giving them some more substance.
Remember this Friday night and the happiness.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Smashing my personal best

I seem to have many draft blog posts about works in progress, its high time i got my act together and  finished them! Neve mind its been s good weekend, fairly chilled and relaxed. Im in the step count challenge which is a fun thing, in the last week you are supposed to try and beat your personal best. My personal best was 33,286. This weekend i set out to try and beat that. The paths were icy so i wasnt hopeful but then i forgot about my sheer and utter thrawness .... 😊 I walked to the kelpies, six miles, met Mark there for lunch then walked home again. Lovely day, listened to Murder on the Orient Express from radio 4. It reminded me what liberties the recent film adaptation had taken! Here are some highlights.
I added on about another 1,500 after that pic was taken. Tired but happy.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Thistle patch retreat 2017

Sooo, this happened! Blimey it has been the year of the retreat chez budsmam! I knew when i saw Katy publicising her very first Thistle patch retreat that it would be a good un and it was! I booked this up way back in february i think. I loved the fact we could pay by installments, very convenient.
And who the heck could resist a retreat in this stunning part of Scotland??      
You get the picture! Set in the stunning location between Onich and Corran the Inchree chalets were perfect. 
One of the things i loved about the retreat was the relaxed optional classes, enough supplies for them all but you could do your own thing as well.
Catering was provided by Katys fabulous assistants who did us proud. We provided our own alcoholic beverages 😊 
The windowsil of gin 😊
My chalet, i blame my roomie, Catrin ....
Oh yes i had another companion ....
Yup, mini Bud went on his first retreat!
He made chums with lovely Jack
My new sewing machine mat was put to good use
There were classes, pincushion with foldy flaps, I now love Kam snaps !
Pouches, I made a trio
New York beauty, this will become something special I think.
I worked on my snowball twist quilt made with Zen chic true blue layer cake
The lovely organiser, Katy