A Quilting Post!

Now don’t faint, a post about quilting, I know amazing!!!  Also it is not another Christmas post well there my be a little Christmas at the end!

I can now show you the second of my super secret quilts I made as it has been finished and sent off and they have received it.  In April I sent Sue and Molly a quilt, well someone else I met, through our blogs is Susan (yes there are no Susans around these days but there are three of us in Quilting Blogland!!!) and because of one thing and another I wanted to send her a quilt.

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This is the front of the quilt.  I always end up taking pictures at night and in our kitchen!!  Anyway DH is helping with the fingers at the top of the quilt! 

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I did a free motion quilting all over and it went lovely and crinkly after the wash.

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This is the back which I love.  The white material has little bees all over and I love it and I’m going to try and find some more of it.  I also used it for the edge.

 

I also sent a bandana for Susan’s dog, Tara, which is the same as Treacle’s and Molly’s so they are now triplets!

Anyway Susan loved the quilt and a few other things I put in.  I meant to send it at the same time as I sent Sue & Molly’s but life got in the way (!) but at least Susan got it before Christmas and you could say it is an early Christmas gift (see I got Christmas in there!!!!)

I have house jobs to do today and errands to run tomorrow.  It was snowing again last night but it didn’t last as it turned to rain but I am glad as I have been worrying a little bit about Youngest.  He passed his driving test at the beginning of this year, which is great, but this is the first time he has been driving in the snow and ice so everytime he sets off my heart is in my mouth!!!!  Hey ho.

I hope you are having a Thrilling Thursday.

Hugs, Susie xx

The Christmas Wednesday Wag 2 Take 2!

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I’m Back for Round 2 and Mom is helping me so she hopes this works.

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Here I am on Saturday morning in the snow!

Mom thinks it is best that everyone starts at 25 seconds as that is the funny bit otherwise at the start you will see me at my ablutions!  Sorry!!

The snow got a little deeper over the day and night but it has all gone now!  We may get some more and I would love to have some really deep snow but at least we had a little bit for me to play in.  Thank you to Youngest for sending Mom the picture and video!

Woof, Treacle

The Christmas Wednesday Wag 2!

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Welcome to Week 2 of The Wednesday Wag.  There are hopefully going to be some pictures and possibly a video of me in the snow at the weekend but it may be a bit later, because Mom says she has discovered a new species!

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This new species is called “EMC” and is a sloth like creature.  It does not appear from its layer until about 11.00am and when it does it goes straight to its food source.  Now obviously most species are up and have had their breakfast way before this but not the “EMC”.  It makes itself a huge bowl of cerel with cold milk and also its dinner from the night before (tuna fish bake and peas), eating both meals at once.  It then returns to its layer to digest its meals before any thought of cleaning itself or doing any of the jobs it promised its mother it would do!!!!!!!!!!

(For all of you who are now thoroughly confused the “EMC” is my Eighteen year old Man/Child known as Youngest – but all the rest of it is true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The above picture is from the Look4ward website and is actually an octopus who lives at extreme depths which sort of also resembles Youngest – MOM!)

Mom says hopefully Youngest will send her the pictures and video of me in the snow and she will be able to add them on later. 

I hope you are having a lovely Woofy Christmas Wednesday, I am dreaming of Santa Paws leaving me some lovely Presents on Christmas.

Woof, Treacle

The Sounds & Smells of Christmas!

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I am sure the way technology advances we will one day be able to “smell” various good things through our computers but I wish I could all show now how wonderful our Christmas Tree smells in the morning when I come down.  I don’t know if it is because it is near our radiator in the sitting room but it has a wonderful pine smell and I love it.  We always had a real tree at home and so we have continued this tradition since DH and I have been together.  I know a lot of people prefer artificial trees as they don’t shed needles and you can have them out longer but I would really miss the smell of the real tree.

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When we were at Chatsworth they had quite a few bowls around of pot pourri which smelt of cinnamon, oranges and spice which always reminds me of Christmas and Winter.  I have a Yankee Candle for the kitchen which are those very same spices and I just love having it lit.

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I love going round the stores at the moment as they are all playing Christmas music, some of which are the usual Christmas pop records and also the cheesy Christmas songs but I have also heard quite a few playing Choral music which certainly has a calming affect on people.  They seem to be getting into the manic/panic mode at the moment so generally I am staying away from shops and crowds!

I had one of those days yesterday so retired to bed early as I felt it was the best place to be and it did not take long for Treacle to find out where I had gone.  She loved the fact I was there and cuddled up to me and was solid gone!!!  She only moved when DH came in at 9.45pm and then reluctantly!!! 

I am keeping up to date with my work, work which is great and I am slowly getting other jobs completed too.  I have almost finished the quilted Chrsitmas presents which I need to get done for this weekend and I will then be finishing Evalyn’s quilt.  They are coming to us after Christmas now so I should be able to get it done, finished and washed by then.

I hope you are having a Terrific Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Chatsworth at Christmas!

DH and I went to Chatsworth House on Saturday to see the Christmas decorations.  Each year they have a theme and this year is Mr Charles Dickens.  Chatsworth is not too far from where we live but to add to the fun it snowed overnight and there are a few hills to get there, so we took the long main road way round to be safe.

Warning : Picture Heavy Post!

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Looking across Chatsworth from the House entrance.

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The entrance with books everywhere.

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The hallway from the entrance and more books and alphabet swags.

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The following are actually the outside windows which had been covered and then filled from outside with goods as shop windows. 

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The Haberdashery window (you knew I would have to get a picture of this!)

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The Butchers window  with the prize turkey from “A Christmas Carol”

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In the Family Chapel

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These three pictures are Christmas Trees created by the various departments that run Chatsworth.

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In another hallway the houses lit and unlit which are made of pages of books and standing on books.

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Scrooge being visited by one of the Ghosts and his Christmas Tree (it looks a little too big for Scrooge’s Tree!)

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One of the Staircases with pictures of the Duke’s family with a hologram of the Ghosts which DH described as very “Harry Potter-ish”!  Another tree at the staircase

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The Great Hall and one of the many trees.

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Mr Dickens I presume?

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The main tree in the Great Hall

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Hanging decorations into the Great Hall.

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Looking down into the Great Hall.

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The tree at the top of the Grand Staircase.

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My favourite room of any home but especially Chatsworth, The Library.

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I could quite happily stay in this room for the whole of Christmas and never move anywhere else!

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One of the Bedrooms made up as Fagan’s Hangout

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The Tree in the anti-Library

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Which was covered in sewing notions and button garlands and watches and it was great.

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More books!

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The Dining Room was dressed from Great Expectations

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In the Sculpture Hall the trees were all dressed in white but because of the blue lighting they all glowed blue.

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Scrooge seeing the error of his ways vows to keep Christmas in his heart all year, which I think we all should try and do.

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The famous Chatsworth Lions either side of the door

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This reminded us of Treacle asleep!

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I hope you enjoyed a tour of the House with us.  It was lovely to see all the decorations and as the tickets were timed we actually got to see everything without people pushing and shoving!

As we were going to Staffordshire in the evening for the swimming competition we decided to call on Fliss, Lee, Evalyn and Owen as they live on the way to the event and deliver their Christmas gifts.

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As we were quite high in the Peak District it was very snowy.

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As you can see they are not excited about Christmas at all!!!!!!

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We spent two hours with these two, who were hyper to say the least, with still two weeks to go!!  I don’t envy Mom and Dad!!!  We got to the swimming pool at 5.00pm as it was due to start at 6.00pm and the pool was quite small and not much car parking but we were first in the queue.  There were six teams and we were swimming against them as they were the top ones of our division and it was the final round. 

DH and I sat at the front and could see all the action and our team.  Behind us were two women who were from one of the rival teams who were nearest to us in points in the league.  There were 50 events and from event 1 these two women were SCREAMING the names of every swimmer, including all of those in the relays, of which there were several.  The two other ladies sitting next to us glanced our way and raised their eyes!  By the end of event 10 I would have loved to have throttled them or slapped them or both!  I am all for supporting the teams but they were screaming bordering on screeching!!!  As the event progressed our team and their team were neck and neck but at the end we won!!!  I know you are not supposed to be but I was very happy we did and for all their hooting and hollering they didn’t!!

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Here is our Pennant for winning.

We got home at 9.30pm very tired but having had a lovely day!

How was your weekend?

Hugs, Susie xx

The View from My Kitchen Window This Morning!

This is the view from my kitchen window this morning!  Yes it snowed over night, is still snowing now, and it covered the garden.

Treacle has been out in it and we just about managed to get her back in (I will show you some photographs and hopefully a little video of her later!). 

Winter is here!

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On with the baking now!

Hugs, Susie x

Sixteen Days To Christmas!

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Has that sent you into panic mode?  Hopefully if you have used my planner you are well on your way to an organised Christmas but if not don’t worry you can still get it all done in the two weeks and two days left!!!  You will just have to scale it all down and here is my relevant page of the planner to help you get it all done in time for Christmas Eve.

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I love this time of year when the mail arrives, unlike the usual slew of bills, you get lots of cards so I actually enjoy opening the mail!!!  The cards are starting to come thick and fast now and I mailed ours out on Tuesday of this week.  Speaking of mail our last posting dates in the UK for mail to arrive by Christmas are :

Wednesday December 20th 2017 for Second Class Post

Thursday December 21st 2017 for First Class Post

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This is Sunday’s job this week, Christmas baking.  Of course keeping DH, the Boys and Treacle away from the end results will be the biggest challenge!!  Tomorrow our visit to Chatsworth House to see Christmas there.  I will take lots of pictures for you.

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It’s all getting a bit much for Treacle as she is missing out on her sleep during the day as there is too much going on!  She is quite nosy so if you are busy doing something she is there with you and of course I am busy at the moment so by bed time she is exhausted!  Please note that she is in the middle of our bed and almost the length of it and grumbles mightly when you get in or disturb her!!

I hope you have had a lovely, productive week and have a Wonderful Winter Weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

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