The Wednesday Wag!

Snoopy and my bestie Molly may have snow but I don’t!  There was a sprinkling just after Christmas but it all went away within an hour, I didn’t even get to play in it!!!  They keep forecasting lots and lots of snow but I haven’t seen one single flake!

Molly and her wonderful Mom sent me some lovely presents for Christmas, this mouse plays a tune when I pick him up and I absolutely love him first thing in the morning but the Boys are not keen and they hide him from me.  However I soon find him again!!

I also got these yummy treats too!

I had some great Christmas presents and got to open them myself!  Mom and Dad bought me a new collar and lead, you can just see the collar here.  It is very much the same colour as I am but they bought it for winter as the pale piece either side all round the collar is reflective and so is the lead.  Mom can now see me in the dark and also what I am getting up to, Drat!!!!

The weather here is just very cold and damp!  I am not keen on very cold and damp and especially as I have to have my paws wiped every time I have been out!  We have this tiled floor so I don’t see why I just can’t paddle all the way through with wet paws!!! (you don’t have to do the cleaning Treacle!  Mom).

We are in another lockdown but everyone is out at work so it is back to being just Mom and I during the day although when everyone is back they won’t be going out anywhere so I do get them at home more!!!  Just a shame the weather is not good enough to be in the garden but I am sure the nice weather will come round soon.

I do hope you all had a Woofy Wonderful Christmas and are going to have the Woofiest of New Year’s!

Woofy Love, Treacle xxx

Christmas Still?

Yes a full lockdown again but we can all still go to work!  Good news for DH and the Boys and me.  Of course I only have to move from our kitchen into our den where my desk is, so going to work is easy for me!!!   However I do start to go a bit stir crazy if I am in all week and don’t get out somehow so I have made DH promise that he will take me out in the truck for a drive, if nothing else!!! 

I saw this the other day on Instagram where I follow The Biltmore Estate.  You know me and libraries especially decorated for Christmas, well here is their library all decked out.  Don’t you just love it?  I know we have until tomorrow to discuss Christmas and for me to show you Christmas things.  I have left my “tree” up on the Blog until tomorrow as well when I will have to replace it with something else wintery. 

Speaking of Libraries here is the library we went to as a family near to where I used to live with my parents.  As you can see it is quite big and not only were there lots and lots of books there were rooms which could be used for meetings and study areas where you could go and revise and look up information.  Of course in this day and age students don’t need that as they just look everything up on line!  I like that you can still go to libraries and they are quiet places, something else we don’t get much of these days!

I also forgot to tell you about a wonderful present I got from DH and The Boys for Christmas!  This is Heywood Hill Ltd, Bookshop in Curzon Street, London.  They were established in 1936 by Heywood Hill and his soon to be wife Anne Gathorne-Hardy.  During the second half of WWII Nancy Mitford, eldest of the Mitford Sisters and related to the late Deborah Devonshire of Chatsworth House, worked at the store.  The shop is now owned by the 12th Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish, following on from his father who became the majority shareholder. 

Anyway I read an article in The Telegraph about the shop and in particular their subscription service which they run where they will supply you with a year of books, hard back or paperback.  They talk to you about your likes and dislikes and the sort of things you like to read and each month they will send you a book.  There are fourteen options for you to choose from and DH and the Boys bought me the twelve paperback books.  If you read quickly there is an option for forty books in a year!!!!  If only I had that sort of time. 

The subscription service has been a life line for the shop since all the chaos of last year and also for their customers with more time on their hands to read!!!  I will let you know when I get my first book! 

I have often been asked why I do not belong to a local Book Club and my answer is always the same, the Book Clubs I know about they always want to read meaningful books or books with messages or books which have won literary prizes.  I hate to tell you but that is definitely not the sort of books I want to read.  I read for pleasure and to escape into another world not to be depressed at the end of it!!!!  Perhaps that is shallow of me but…. hey ho!

I have finally caught up with my work and the house is now back to normal and I just need to finish the ironing.  As we are now at home all the time again I may sneak a few hours with my new book!  I hope you all have time to do some leisure reading.

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Joy Then Pain!

Well we knew it might happen after one day over Christmas mixing with relatives and friends, the country will now be paying for it by possibly going into a full lockdown like last March!  This new varient of Covid seems to be running rampant and although it is no more dangerous than last year, it is more easily spread.  So to curb this the PM is due to probably announce tonight another full lockdown!  I know the saying is “no pain, no gain” but it is hard to see, although both the boys have plans of what they want to do if there is another lockdown, they always keep busy whatever is going off!

DH doesn’t know it yet but we will be decorating if we go into another lockdown!!!  Last year we got lots of jobs done, mainly in the garden as previously we had only done the minimum, so it was a good opportunity to get it done.  However we did not get any painting done inside.  So I have ordered some Tester pots to make sure I have the right colours and we will be off!!!  There is a definite benefit to lockdowns!!!

For me the worst bit of Christmas has happened, we have put all the decorations away!  I know it is normally January 6th but that is Wednesday and DH is, well at the moment, at work so we had to do it at the weekend.  I hate putting the decorations away, our home looks so ordinary without them!  I have cleaned our home from top to bottom today, as well as working, and tomorrow I have a basket of ironing to get done and then we are all back up to date!!!  Youngest has two new pieces of bedroom furniture arriving next weekend which is part of his Christmas present so we will be building those then!

Susie’s Aims For 2021!

Now you all know that I don’t do Resolutions, if I did by now I would have broken them or forgetten completely about them!!!!    So I know it is the same but I think by saying Aims takes a bit of the pressure off!  If this year is going to be the same as last year my Aims are going to be centred around home things because I don’t think we wil be doing much else outside so to speak!!!

1.  Quilting – to do some quilting each week and get on with my projects that are waiting to be finished.

2.  Finish the Boys Memory Books and tidy up their keepsakes in the attic.

3.  Sort out the pictures on the computer and put notes with them and also put the several hundred pictures we inherited from our families, that are just in a box into albums!!!

4.  Decorating our home inside and out!

5.  Keep on top with the garden.

There you go, I will keep you up to date with how I am doing on these.  If DH, Girlfriend and the Boys are busy at the weekend with the furniture then I will try and do some quilting then.  Pictures will follow!!!

Have a good first week of January, especially if today was your first day back at work after the Holidays!!!!!

New Year Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2021!

I am sending up a prayer to the Universe that 2021 is going to be so much better than 2020!  I never normally am, but I welcome 2021 with open arms.

To All My Family, Friends & Followers I hope the New Year is great for you!

New Year Hugs & Love,

Susie, DH, Eldest, Youngest, Girlfriend & Treacle

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Covid Did It Again!

Yes Covid has managed to do it again!  DH and I were due to go to Nottingham today to return a few items of clothing which did not fit for him and the Boys and do a little bit of retail therapy.  We were due to go yesterday but DH changed the plan and did something else with Youngest.  Last night because of growing infection rates again the Government moved us all in our area into Tier 4!!!  Which means non-essential shops, gyms and spas closed basically everything is closed except for essential shops; food/pharmacy/garages etc.  Which stopped our trip today!  I now need to get things sent back via the post again!

We had a great day yesterday at the Stitching Resolution Blog Hop and I think the thing that made be laugh the most is all us Quilters seem to have boxes and boxes of scraps which need dealing with.  I loved meeting some new Quilters and seeing what everyone is hoping to get done in the New Year.  Thanks to Carla again for sorting a great Hop out.

I have seen a lot on Blogs and Instagram with people reviewing the year and I think every Christmas card we have received this year has said the same thing about New Year, it’s got to be better than 2020!  I am very, very grateful to get to the end of 2020 with my family safe and well and our business has still been able to run with all the chaos, which a lot of people around the World cannot say.  I do hope that 2021 is going to be better for everyone and we can reign in this horrible virus and slowly the World can get back to a more calm and normal existence.

I wanted to pick some pictures from the year to show you.  Most are new and some are from #TBT, the throwback ones are because we haven’t been anywhere this year except three days in London between Lockdowns!!!!!!

I hope everyone has a peaceful New Year’s Eve and a wonderful New Year’s Day and we will all get to see one another, give everyone a hug and not have to wear face masks eventually in 2021.

Stay Safe

New Year Hugs & Love, Susie xx

My Stitching Resolution Blog Hop!

If you follow my Blog you know that I don’t make Resolutions, as by January 4th they have probably all been broken/forgotten/unworkable!!!!  So for the last few years I have made some Aims (I know it’s the same thing but hey it works for me!!!).  Of course we started 2020 with a lot of aims which if anything this year has taught us, it is to be flexible!!!

Anyway the wonderful Carla at “Creatin’ in the Sticks” who is the Master of Organisation came up with the wonderful idea of what we would all like to be doing quilting wise in the New Year.  So we are to let you know what:

My Stitiching Resolution Aim for 2021 is ………………..

To Get Back to My Quilting! 

Again some of you will know that our Eldest came home at the end of November 2019 for good, which I am loving.  However I was “camping” in his room as my quilting den and so when he came home I lost my space.   Now before he left I used to sew at my desk in our den which I work on every day of the week but it required a lot of moving of things and of course when I had finished quilting for the day it all had to be packed away and it was not a problem until I was using Eldest’s room.  I could just leave a project on the machine and material all over the place and basically a mess and leave it, but not on my desk as I use it for our business work. 

Since I had to move everything back downstairs (my stash is actually in clip boxes under our bed!) it has really not inspired me to quilt at all!  So 2021 is going to be the year that I will sort things out so I can get back to quilting again.  My aim over the last few years has been to do some quilting each week and I am definitely putting that down again.  I also have several projects which need completing.

Do you, when you go to quilt shows, see some material and it is labled enough to make a quilt?  Then when you start you think hmm big enough for a doll quilt?!!!!  Well this was the material I had above!  I loved the pinks but there was not a lot left so I added some white and the grey and made this little pinwheel quilt.  I am going to back it with more of the grey.

The above were blocks from Kathleen Tracy Quilt Along (A Sentimental Quilter) so I set them on point and added the white and I am going to back it with the material below.

Again this was a kit I bought at The Quilt Show in Birmingham for a little boy and it said all the material was there and it was just!  I need to back it and obviously quilt it.

There is a story behind this quilt which I won’t go into now, but it is for a King size bed so it is huge.  I have bought the backing for it and just need to get the wadding and then quilt it.  It will take a while on my machine but I will get there.  It is various shades of grey.  It was a pattern from Jenny at the Missouri Star Quilt Company on You Tube.

These are the quilts I want to make next but have not got around to cutting them out.  The above ones are for DH and I as I want to make a winter inspired quilt for our bed but I used some of the top material for something else so now need to get some more of that!!!!

You all know that I love Snoopy and have collected over the years various material, panels etc to make a Snoopy quilt and again I have not got around to it!!!!!  Definitely on my list to do this year. 

Again a Christmas panel I bought some time ago and I just love the pictures.  I think they were supposed to be for cushions but I am going to make them into mats.

You may have seen these mats on my blog from previous years but I still have four which are not finished (!) so they are going to be quilted, bound and finished!

This is the material that DH bought me for Christmas.  I just love the greens.

Now I know that some Quilters are very organised and whenever they finish a project collect all the spare material and cut them into different sizes and store them.  I would like to say that I did that, but I didn’t and now have a huge clip box full, bursting at the seams, with scraps which need to be dealt with.  As you can see above I did start to do this with a project I did finish and cut them into various squares.  My other aim is to make a scrap quilt and so I am hoping, again this year, that this will be something I can get on with.

Finally I have two quilts to make for DH’s cousin, her daughter.  Memory quilts for her two children and I need to buy some provisions before I start this so again another job to do.

There you have it, there is a lot of things to do but I am hoping that 2021 will give me the nudge to get on with them and who knows we may have another lockdown and I can get on with things then!!!!

There are thirty other very talented ladies who are taking part today to show you what their Quilting Resolutions are, so please Hop Along and have a look at what they will be up to in 2021:

Wednesday, December 30th

Just Let Me Quilt
MooseStashQuilting
Words & Stitches
 Sew Many Yarns
Websterquilt
Cocoa Quilts
QuiltFabrication
Stitchin At Home
Ms P Designs USA
Life in the Scrapatch
Kathy Kwilts and More
Karen’s Korner
Quilt Schmilt
selina quilts
The Joyful Quilter
Becky’s adventures in quilting and travel 
Karrin’s Crazy World
Quilting and Learning: What a Combo
VroomansQuilts
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
PamelaQuilts
Quilting Patchwork & Appliqué
Kathleen McMusing
Quilting Gail
Homespun Hannah’s Blog
appliqueand…
Songbird Designs
Storied Quilts

Susie’s World  You Are Here x

She’s Stitchin Again
Creatin’ in the Sticks

Thank you to Carla for arranging such a great Hop and I hope you have a wonderful New Year.

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

Treacle – My Quilting Helper!

A Christmas Light Show.

Because of this year lots of businesses have found enterprising ways to do things to help their income but also make something special at this time of year.  One being Silverstone Race Track, home of the F1 British Grand Prix.  They put on a visit to “Lapland” with lights and displays and where you get to drive round the Grand Prix track and we all went last night, in three cars so the Boys could drive round the track as well.

There were lots of Christmas scenes laid out along the track.

Christmas Trees of course.

They had used the big screens to show Christmas scenes.

All the pit lights and lights around the track were on boosted by lights on stands.

There were lots and lots of lasers.

Water tanks were stacked and lights played along them.

The Grandstands were all lit up.

The new pits and the now renamed Hamilton Straight.  This where they hold the presentation ceremony and it was all decked out with Lewis Hamilton’s car number, 44, the Seven Time World Champion.

The stand opposite the pits and new building being built.

We are on the grid waiting for the lights to turn green!

The final light bars.

The Christmas tree at the entrance/exit.

It was a great night, all covid safe as no one got out of their cars.  Well done Silverstone for bringing some of the Christmas magic to the Christmas holidays. 

Hugs & Love, Susie xx

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

We have had the most wonderful of few days, unplugged from screens, emails and mobile phones!!!!  Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day were spent at home with everyone and we have played board games, watched a bit of TV and read some books!  Some of us are back at work later this week and we all have New Year’s Day off and then we will be back fully on Monday Janury 4th! 

We had a wonderful gift box from our great friends Sue and Molly in the US which arrived quite a few weeks before Christmas and which I had to hide in the attic as Treacle would not leave it alone.  I think she knew it was from Molly!  Here are some pictures of the lovely gifts inside.

Treacle got a little mouse from Molly and it plays a tune and she absolutely loves it!

As you can see she is carrying it around.

Molly sent Treacle these biscuits before and she really loves them.

Sue sent me this lovely Crystal which I am going to hang in my kitchen window so it catches the light.

Sue and Molly also sent me this wonderful Airedale pulling a train along.  They are so special and I absolutely love them.  We now have two so we have called them Kelly and Treacle as they look like our Airedales.

The Boys loved trains, and still do, so this is so apt.

There is snow about but has not fallen here in our part of Derbyshire yet.  It is always the same we get snow after Christmas and especially when everyone has to be back at work!  The High Peak have got quite a lot and it is as far as Ashbourne but not reached us.  I am keeping my fingers crossed and Treacle has her paws crossed. 

If you follow me you know I talk about Chatsworth House and visiting when it is dressed for Christmas.  Obviously this year they have not been able to open but have put a tour of the rooms decorated for Christmas on their website and here is the link.

Have a tour around and you will be able to see some of the rooms.  They have not decorated as much as normal obviously as the visitors are not there, but you will get to see some of it.

All of us are off tonight to go and see a special lights event which I will show you pictures of tomorrow.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a good week to come.

Christmas Hugs & Love, Susie xxxx

Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

We have made it!  After the year that we have all had I think it is probably the Christmas miracle that we have got to Christmas!!!!

For those of you who follow my blog may rememeber me talking about this hand whisk which I bought when DH and I first moved in together in 1986!  It has been going strong ever since until today when I was right in the middle of whisking the egg whites and icing sugar for the Christmas cake!  Yes it stopped after I had put the first lot of sugar in and would not go!  It was not repairable either!  SO I used my food mixer to whisk it but it was not as thick as I had wished!!!!!!  I think it just sums up the whole year!!!!

Anyway here is the cake all iced and its Christmas figures on!

Here is the chocolate log done and definitely out of the way of Treacle!

Treacle has been in the thick of it all day “helping”.  Here she is now waiting for her dinner.

Where has the Chocolate Log gone Mom?!!!!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas Eve and tomorrow will bring you peace and joy.  Have the most wonderful of times and we shall all see you soon.

Christmas Hugs & Love, Susie xx