Friday, 29 November 2019

Friday Chat Day

Hello friends

How are you? Webbed feet yet? 
There's been so much rain here and I think everywhere else has had bucketfuls too.

I've got bits and bobs to share with you this week.
At first I didn't think that I had had a very productive week
but actually I dabbled in quite a few things.

First off, the garland.  Amazing what some fake ivy can achieve,
and not even great fake ivy! 
Purchased on eBay and of course it looked way better in the picture.
It arrived all scrunched in an envelope but flattened out 
it began to look more promising.
I wrapped it around the cord tucking it under the decorations.
(Of course it occurred to me at this point that it would be so much 
easier if the ivy had gone on first!  But I'm impatient and 
I've been adding things when they arrive). 

It has definitely added fullness, I've still got more items to add, pine cones
and more ribbon.  At this rate we may need something more sturdy 
than drawing pins to hold it up!

Also this week...
in an attempt to make my birthday a 4 day event (!) 
Elliott took me out for lunch.
This rather fancy drink is his, he doesn't drink alcohol so orders
fruit based drinks and they often come served cocktail-like.
I think his face says it all.

We then did a little bit of shopping and this was a frivolous purchase
because it made me laugh.
A dog pretending to be a reindeer?
Possibly an Anteater? 
Whatever - he/she still makes me laugh each time I look at it.

And now for that dog...
meet Gummy Bear (formerly known as Bella!)
She has done amazing since having 24 teeth out.
You could have knocked me over when the vet informed me that 
instead of the anticipated 5 he actually removed 24!
Dogs have 42 teeth so she's had over half her quota removed.
I queried whether I had fed her the wrong foods, lack of cleaning etc
but apparently it is very common in terrier breeds.
She is recovering really well and enjoying even more fuss.
It has changed the shape of her face and this is a common look now!

Out and about...
how about this for a lovely Autumnal view?


This is where Elliott works, a business park in Dartford!
They have made it truly beautiful with a lake and restaurants.
I cannot help but think this is conducive to working, 
looking out on a view like this (or possibly distracting in my case).

It is also a perfect spot to walk toothless dogs.
It has been nice to drop Elliott at work and take a stroll round the lake.  
There's swans, ducks and moor hens always on the lookout for food
so workers take their lives into their own hands eating al fresco.

Crochet update.
I've started the border on the Tranquil Waters Blanket.
The next step is white bobbles but I'm having a bit of a bobble meltdown!
I was achieving them one evening and next day I did a few more
and they looked completely different.
So I've put it to one side and going to focus properly this weekend.

And now to share a beautiful early Christmas gift that I've received.
It is a Modern Japanese Rice Pouch, perfectly made by Kathy.
Kathy is the owner of an Alpaca farm (Cherwell Leys) and each year has kindly
sent a gift for myself, Bella and the cats - incredibly kind and generous
and I couldn't wait to open it.

Each side is quilted/appliqued in a different design.
After my little foray into quilting earlier this year,
I can truly appreciate how much work has gone into this.

I am so thrilled with this gift, thank you so much again Kathy.
To see more of Kathy's amazing work, follow her on Instagram here.
I'm using it for crochet projects, including Bella's scarves -
she has a few in the making with leftover yarn.  

Today is actually Black Friday (you wouldn't actually know
it as Black Friday seems to have extended into a week or two everywhere!)
I will have a website offer going out via email for subscribers
and sharing on Facebook. 
Please look out for that as guaranteed it will be a nice offer.

UPDATE: the offer is 50% off Amazing Paper Grace dies and
Glimmer plates!
Please use code BECCA50 at checkout and expires midnight Sunday.
You can take a peek at the items here. Very limited stock.

We are really getting to the end of stock now, 
the cabin stock room is looking quite bare.  

As for my plans 2020, I've been making notes/thinking hard and
I've made some little decisions so I'll be announcing those soon.

So that wraps up this week's chatter.
Hoping this weekend to put the Christmas tree up,
that'll be the rose gold/pink themed one that 
the boys are still not happy about. 
Not sure I'll get any human help...

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,
hope you are doing something fun/creative/relaxing.

Take care friends and I look forward to you joining me next week.


hazel young said...

The swag is coming along nicely. Liking the look of Elliott's drink, it looks delicious. Love your little anteater. Bella looks so cute, glad she is feeling better. That does look a lovely place for a walk. Your quilted gift is gorgeous. Have fun putting your tree up. Have a great week xx Hazel.

CraftyCoffey said...

Great to hear all your news. Bella looks so cute still. I love your dog/reindeer ornament.

Looking forward to hearing your plans for 2020.


lydia jordan said...

Morning Christine,
I must say Elliot is looking so well!!!!
And pleased to see Bella is doing well also.
Enjoyed you catch up and looking forward to your news.The gift from Kathy is stunning.

margaret driscoll said...

Good Morning Christine
Glad life is still plodding along without any dramas.
Elliott works at a nice calm place love the view!
Poor (gummy Bear) Bella, takes some getting used too NO TEETH left to chew on!
Take care
Love Marg

Jackie Durrant said...

Hi Christine, well believe it or not we actually have some sunshine this morning after days and days of wet grey miserable weather. Lets hope it lasts for a couple of days. You have certainly achieved things this week with your garland so the finished article is awaited. I must say that Elliott@s workplace is beautiful, I wouldn't want to go back in after lunch. As for your gifting this week, yes your dog/reindeer is just so cute - but what does Bella make of her rival for your affection. She's certainly been in the ward but is looking so much better now. The bag sent to you is absolutely beautiful, how wonderful to receive a present like that. As for me the usual round of up and down to Kent to see my mum, Both clubs as well this week. So for craft club getting all the accounts, programmes, food and raffle prizes for the AGM next week and for Over 50s finalising the Christmas meal, getting the place names/meal choice cards made and the raffle prizes sorted. The church has the tree festival this weekend, and Elf is on at the village cinema on Sunday and to top it all off I've made a couple more reading cushions and some cards as I'm doing the local WI Christmas bazaar tomorrow. Enjoy your weekend, Jackie xx

karenlotty said...

Enjoyed the catch up Your garland looks amazing
Bella looks just as cute and cheeky
Elliott looks great and that drinks looks lovely- I don’t drink alcohol either and what a lovely looking place he works at
Your anteater/deer/dog made me smile
Good luck with the tree decorating and I’m in love with your crochet
I intend to finish 3 amigurami alpacas and an elephant this weekend I’ve got a mountain of sewing too!

Littlelamb said...

Sorry I didn’t comment last Friday. I did read the blog but then forgot to comment. Making up for it this week. A very interesting newsletter. Looks lovely where Elliott works. We have a lovely lake about 5 mins walk from here. Lots of trees and wildlife. Squirrels, ducks geese and swans. Took my children for walks here now my grandchildren and Gt Grandchildren also walk around. Your latest blanket looks lovely. Love the colours. Enjoy your weekend.

Chris said...

Hi Christine
I’ve absolutely loved reading your news this evening after a very busy day at work and juggling family life, even though my two children are grown ups. 🙄
Bella still looks like a puppy albeit with no teeth, I bet she adapts really well,
Loved seeing a photo of Elliott, he is a handsome young man, and so nice he treated you to lunch.
All my decorations are now up, it’s only taken me 4 days lol,
Hope you have a lovely weekend, and get the boys to help with the tree trimmings :)
Chris xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Christine, Bella is looking recovered, fancy having 24 teeth extracted, it made my gums ache at just the thought, poor Bella.
Your gift from Kathy is stunning, no wonder you are over the moon with it.
Your crochet is truly beautiful, I would be over the moon if I could crochet something even half as lovely as that.
Elliott has really grown up, a far call from his piccies of years ago when he had a gorgeous 'baby' face and long hair, well just look at him now, I know how much he has had to go through, but he is looking fabulous now. He is such a lovely son taking you out for lunch. You have two fantastic boys.
Enjoy your weekend.
Lots of love from Patricia xx said...

Morning Christine.
Thank you for the Friday chat.
Take care and have fun.Kitty.

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