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Blog Hop.

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I have signed up for the above Blog Hop being run by Carla at Creatin’in the Sticks.

I always used to love the Blog Hops run my Madame Samm and when I saw this on FarmQuilter’s Blog I sent Carla an email.

The Hop is about:  “Stitch a gift for someone and tell us the story.  Maybe it’s a donation quilt, a quilt of valor for a veteran, a mug rug for a friend, a kennel quilt for a pet, a doll for a granddaughter (wink), a trash basket for a family member (another wink), or maybe it’s the gift of teaching someone to sew.  Anything will do.  It’s your interpretation of Stitch It and Give It.”

My Day is November 15th so come along and see what I and all the ladies who have signed up have been up to with our Holiday sewing!  I will put up a post with all the dates and the ladies who are taking part when Carla has done all the wonderful organisation of it.  Thank you Carla for all your hard work.

I already have some projects almost finished and a few more on the go.  It is a bit worrying that my Christmas Countdown is now on days instead of months!!!  In fact there are 78 Days to go to Christmas.  Oh boy!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx


Chinese New Year 2019.


Today is Chinese New Year and 2019 is The Year of the Pig, which Eldest was born under!


A lot of local celebrations are taking place at the weekend including the one which DH will be compering on Saturday.  We are hoping that the weather will be good for all the dancers and entertainers.  It is always a very colourful event.

DH is away at a business exhibition all week and I am having to take Eldest to and from work whilst his car is in for repair!  Youngest is busy with his work and all three are not in very good moods, so I have been moaned at by all of them today!!  Hmm think I will just go and hide for a while!

I was going to get Treacle’s quilt finished at the weekend but then all the plans changed so I didn’t get it done.  Hopefully I will get it done this weekend whilst DH is out! 

I hope your day is going better.

Hugs, Susie xx

My Christmas Gifts.

Monday was a very busy day with work and I also snuck an hour to go and have my hair trimmed!!!!  Today I can show you some of the things I got from my wonderful family for Christmas!  I also got some toiletries and my perfume but books were a large part!


I saw this on the Waterstone’s website and it is about all our Christmas traditions and where they actually started. 


Eldest and Fiancé gave me this Snoopy calendar and you all know how I love Snoopy.


Youngest bought me this book about the film, which we have still not seen yet!!!  We are all big fans of Queen but trying to get all five of us around at the same time just impossible at the moment.  I think we will have to get the DVD when it comes out and have a movie night at home, which I love anyway!!!


DH bought me the above Cook Book by Tom Parker Bowles and Fortnum and Mason.  Mr Parker Bowles is the Duchess of Cornwall’s son and is a food critic in the UK.  I will let you know when I have cooked anything from it.

DH also bought me the Agatha Christie book below.  I love her books and although I read this years ago thought I would read it again.


I also had book tokens from DH’s Cousin’s daughter for whom I made Joe’s Baby quilt, below, which was absolutely wonderful.


So after Christmas DH and I went to Nottingham to return a few things (!) and I got to spend a happy couple of hours in the big Waterstones shop in Nottingham. 

Here are the books I bought.  A.A. Milne is known for the “Winnie The Pooh” books but he did write this mystery book so I thought I would read it and also Michael Bond writer of the “Paddington Bear” books also wrote a mystery book so again I thought I would give it a read.  I then chose a couple of books of authors I already know, Chris Carter and Jessica Fellows and two books which look very good.


DH bought me some lovely gifts but this was my favourite as a reminder of our Wedding Anniversary trip to London.  The small basket is from Fortnum and Mason similar to the one I bought DH and the sheep is to remind me of the hotel where we stayed, The Goring.  I love it and it now sits on my desk.

I also had a huge surprise from our good friends Sue and Molly in the US.  They kindly sent me some absolutely wonderful Christmas gifts and we were blown away by their generosity.


A parcel from the US.  Our Postman was quite excited about it!


Treacle of course was extremely interested in the gifts especially as I am sure she could smell they came from Molly.  Sue and Molly sent me this wonderful Wooly Airedale sitting on her Snow Sled.  I have seen these on Sue & Molly’s blog and have loved them and now we have one. 


As it is from Molly we are calling her Molly and she now sits on my desk too.


Molly also sent Treacle her favourite Cheese N’ Bacon flavour filled bone which Treacle also loves although we are going to save it until she can go outside with it as, unlike Molly, she makes the most horrendous mess with them!!!!


Sue & Molly also sent us the most delicious smelling soap which you could almost eat!!!  It is now residing in my travel bag for when we go away.


In early December Sue and Molly shared a post about her Mom’s wonderful creativity with her pen and ink ornaments which she made and which Sue has now here.  Well Sue and Molly sent us some of them for our Christmas Tree and I am so honoured that she did.  Here they are on my desk and I have carefully wrapped them in acid free tissue paper ready for our tree later this year.


One of them is Snoopy, how wonderful is that?


Sue & Molly also enclosed a lovely hand-made by Sue Wooly Mat which my Snoopy desk calendar is now sat on. 


I have already sent a big Thank You to Sue and Molly but wanted to show you all my wonderful gifts. 

New Year is always a time of reflecting on the year just passed and the year to come and I can honestly say that 2018 was the best year for our family in a long time.  I hope that 2019 is going to be the same as last year but of course you won’t know that until you get to December 31st!  I suppose it is a good job we can’t see into the future otherwise you might not get out of bed!!!!! 


I, again, have not made any Resolutions because I only end up forgetting about them half way through January, which of course we now are !!!!  However my aim for the year is Hopeful & Happy again and I am going to try to go through the year like I did last year with less stress and being organised which definitely helped me last year and I think went a long way to making it a good year.  We have things planned to do this year in our home and social things too as well as being with Eldest, Finacé, Youngest, DH & Treacle.


Quilting wise I have a few things planned and some Christmas things I didn’t get done for last Christmas but will mean I am ahead for this Christmas to come!!!!  I will show you the projects as I do them.  I started on Sunday with Treacle’s new quilt, the material above.  I wanted a bit of chain piecing to do and have cut her quilt out and started to plan it so that will be my first project for 2019!


I did forget to tell you that I got a trophy at the Swimming Club’s Presentation Night!  No I haven’t taken up competitive swimming again (especially as that was probably a contributing factor of having my hip replaced last year, all the years as a child I swam competitively!!!!!)  I got it for most voluntary contribution to the Club!  So I get to keep this trophy for a year and my name is engraved on it!!!!

Sorry this was a long, picture heavy post!  If I didn’t show you today I would forget!!!!

I hope you are having a thrilling Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx

Christmas & Boxing Day.

Back again to look at Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  Now The Boys are obviously a lot older we get to sleep in!!!!  Well saying that Youngest was up at 8.00am but that is a lie in from when they both used to get up at 5.00am!!!!

Treacle and Youngest wearing hats!  The presents for The Boys and Treacle by the fireplace and the rest by our tree.  Treacle could not wait to open hers so Youngest helped!  We did save some for when Eldest and Fiancé came round later in the day.


Our dining table ready for Christmas dinner.


Our table centre piece from our party still looked great for Christmas Day.


I got some new place holders with our names on them, so cute.


Eldest & Fiancé and Treacle helping with the presents in the evening.


Eldest helping Treacle with her final gifts.  She had lots to play with and a few treats.

Boxing Day Eldest and Fiancé came round early and we had a lovely day with them, playing board games.  Eldest is a terror at Monopoly, always has been and we have all threatened not to play the board game with him ever again.  Anyway for Christmas I bought him the new Monopoly game “Cheater’s Edition”


Basically it is the normal Monopoly but you can cheat in any way you can but if you get caught then you have to pay a fine.  It was great fun and we all tried to cheat in different ways, Eldest loved it!!!!!


Our dining table on Boxing Day. 


DH’s Mom’s Dresser.

When we went to London we visited Harrods and they were making hessian sacks and printing names on in three sizes, so we bought the small ones for the children and packed them with things from London which was on the table.  When the Boys were little I always made and filled their stockings for them which they had on Boxing Day.  This meant that Christmas lasted a little longer and I spent all year finding little gifts and things for their stockings.  They loved it and it was great to carry on the tradition now that they are older, but with a more grown up “sack”.

It was a busy time and we enjoyed every minute of it and Treacle loved having everyone at home and brought all her toys to show us, several times!!!  Tomorrow I will show you my gifts, I got a lot of books!!!!  So my To Read shelf is now quite full which will be great to keep me busy over the Winter months!!!!

Busy catching up on work today, although it is still quiet business wise as I think everyone else is catching up after the Christmas break.

I do hope you all had a wonderful holiday.

Hugs, Susie xx


Busy Weekend!


Sorry I didn’t post anything over the weekend but we had the Swimming Club Open on Saturday evening and all day Sunday and it was very, very busy and very long events.  In fact DH and I got home at 8.00pm last night, had dinner and fell into bed!!!! 

Anyway I will go back to showing you what we were all up to over the Christmas Holidays.  On Saturday December 22nd we hosted our Christmas Party at home with our closest friends, who we have known for over 30 years.  We have not done this for a while and as it was our 30th Wedding Anniversary this year and Eldest and Fiancè got engaged we thought it was a great idea to celebrate.

Here are a few pictures from the evening.  I had some candles lit outside our front door to welcome our guests.  Glasses ready.  Table decoration and candle for the dining table and candles in our sitting room also with the tree.  We moved the dining table to the window to make more room.  I decided to do beef bourguignon and chili for dinner with various accompaniments.  Drink anyone?  My kitchen before (it didn’t look like that when we have finished!!!!!!)

We had a lovely evening with everyone and the last went home at 2.00am ish so DH and I just put the food in  the fridge and went to bed and cleared up on the Sunday!!!  For some unknown reason I woke up at 3.00am on Christmas Eve and as I had a few things left to do before the Big Day I got up and did all the jobs!  It was so quiet in our home, Treacle, DH and Youngest were all asleep so I had a film quietly playing in the kitchen whilst I got on with my jobs and I really enjoyed it.

Our Christmas cake ready and waiting.  The infamous Chocolate Log (for those who don’t know Treacle a few year’s ago ate it all before Christmas!!!  Fortunately she was not ill which was amazing for how much chocolate was on it!!!  Needless to say it is always now put way, way out of her reach!  Treacle busy “helping” with the jobs!

DH an I went to collect the meat for Christmas in the morning of Christmas Eve and we had some lunch out and then in the evening he was compering for “Carols Round The Tree” in the small town near us.  I did not go as I had a basket of ironing to finish and as DH and Youngest were out I got on with that. 

Tomorrow I will show you Christmas Day and Boxing Day at Home.

Hugs, Susie xx


Christmas & New Year.

Happy New Year from DH, Eldest & Fiancé, Youngest, Treacle and I.

I hope you lovely lot all had a wonderful Christmas & New Year!  We did have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and also technology free as far as possible.  DH finished on December 21st as the companies we work with and obviously visit all closed down for the fortnight and so we decided to use our computers/phones/emails etc as little as possible and it was great.

I can now show you the quilty things I was working on for Christmas as the ladies have now opened them! One of these, I call them Candle Mats, was sent to DH’s two cousins, Judy and Elaine who I actually saw before Christmas and had a lovely few hours with them and to my very, very good friends Jayne, who I lunch with (!) and to Sue and Susan.


Unfortunately I did not get DH and the Boys mats finished.  Their material for the Christmas parcel has cars and trucks on with Christmas Trees so I will get them done after!!!!!

I won’t do a super long post today but spread Christmas and New Year out over the next few days, otherwise you may get a little jaded with all the pictures.

On Friday December 21st it was the Swimming Club’s Presentation Night where all the swimmers get their trophies etc It was the most of amount of attendees we have ever had with 290 of swimmers/parents/siblings/grandparents etc.  We were so squashed in it was amazing and I had to sit on the stage with DH as there was no more room!!!  They all had a wonderful evening and we did not, this year, run out of food, so everyone got to eat, including The Committee (we ran out of food last year!!!)


The weather up to Christmas was really wet and miserable and Treacle was really fed up with being dried every time she set paw outside!!!


However she soon got over it and spent most of her time in her basket by my desk, she really is a fair weather Girl!!!!!

Today I am taking our decorations down, a job I hate as I just love the way our home looks with them up, because tomorrow night and all day Sunday is the Swimming Club Open where again we are full of swimmers and swims, which is why we are swimming on Saturday evening as well!!  We even have a swimmer who is here on holiday for Christmas from Australia who is competing!!!!  It will be very long evening and day so the decorations have to come down today and I will be cleaning our Home from top to bottom tomorrow morning and doing the ironing so we will be all straight for Monday. 

Tomorrow I will show you some more of our Christmas.  Have a great day, It’s Friday!!!!!

Hugs & New Year Love

Susie xx