Wednesday, 17 December 2014


... I managed to make the LAST block in Erin's B-O-T-M.........

it took some fiddling around to keep those HSQ in the right order xx..


...... this evening I came home .. and had hardly shut the front door when there was a knock... my neighbour had taken in a parcel for me... mm not expecting a parcel .. let alone an international one!

Inside was the most wonderful card and presents...


it is from Sue ..  .. you may remember she and her husband visited me earlier this year when she was visiting the UK xx.... I'm feeling very lucky and happy at the moment xx

Diane x

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

I am doing my best...

  .... to catch up with the photos for.....   Alsha's Space: Week 47 of 52 Weeks Word Photo Challenge ..... this week there are THREE words !!

FIRST is .... HANDY.. well .. for me it is HANDY that I have more than one of these...

!!! it fell off the tree and was claimed by Sam before I could catch it!! I have replaced it with ..

SSSHHHHHH !James will never know!.. THIS..

is Sam to-night!.. not speaking to me!

SECOND word is ...YARN... I went and found my basket of knitting yarns ...

been added to with left overs from the Christmas knitting x

THIRD and final word is .. CHIP... I was going to post a picture of some chips .. but ate them!!... so here ...

is what happened to my favourite BIG cup to-day xx Will have to find another one now xx

AND... not to be left out !!.. THIS is how Gus looks to-night ..

one relaxed dog xx

Diane xx 

Monday, 15 December 2014


... it is because of Christmas ... OR .. is Blogger just being its usual awkward self?!!

When I log on I either get the ..."you not following any blogs at present" .. message.. I can off course ADD as many as I want .. whenever I want!

OR... it lets me see 3-4 blogs .. then ... THIS PAGE CANNOT BE DISPLAYED .. pops up!!

OR.. it lets me comment on 2-3 ... then refuses to let me join in any more !!

NOW I am informed that Blogger has re-instated the word (or number!!) verification that I removed eons ago!!

OK.. rant over .. smiley face back on ...

It is CHRISTMAS after all xx

Diane x

Saturday, 13 December 2014


... intense days the Christmas present shopping is ....


Thank goodness x I have ONE item to come in the post .. some items are in the process of being sewn or knitted ... and will be done in time ... but its all sorted   xxx   Happy dance xx

Nothing is wrapped of course .. but hey.. plenty of time for that  !

SO... to-day I managed a little sewing xx The last postcard of the Congleton swap is ... do your own thing .. My partner this time like modern and abstract .. and wears a lot of pink .. so with that in mind .....THIS..

is in the post x

Off for a brew xx

Diane x

Friday, 12 December 2014


... I donned my Christmas jumper.. (and my sparkly Santa hat!!)

collected my card..(YES!! managed to make it yesterday!! lol )...

Remembered to take my present .. £3.00 only to be spent  was the challenge..(re-cycled bag from last year .. NO cost xx lol )

and off I went to the Sandbach Sew and Sews Christmas party xx There was food.. (of course)..

some folks (Jane !!) just HAVE to re-arrange xx..

There were lots of entries for the challenge ...

the ladies did SO well esp. as many are beginners ... these are some of my favourites..

This MY present ... MY card ...and the challenge piece I won and brought home ..


WELL! That's my social life for this year xx OH! Except that I got the tickets for our visit to ...

YA xx Hope you are having fun in your corner of the world xx

I MUST now concentrate and get some (!) Christmas shopping done xx

Diane x

OH! OH!I forgot ... these are the trees the ladies made last month ..

didn't they do well x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014


... the Postman came to-day xx He brought me my November postcard...

reverse applique x Lovely isn't it?

The post also brought me my Christmas Bag Swap parcel from Cindy in the USA .... my beautiful bag.....

has goodies for me ..

and even some for the boys ...

I'm a VERY happy and lucky swapper xx ... boys are pretty happy too x

Diane x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

I AM...

..  in "Grandma" mode for the youngest this week .. last night it was swimming lessons ... GOOD GRIEF .. I spent at least 12 years of my life sitting on that balcony with my own kids as they grew up !! lol x.... (it doesn't seem to have changed much either! )

Then to-night we went and chose the Christmas tree... AND.. James decorated it..

he did a really good job too... I am NOT good at this sort of thing .. so am glad when ANYONE is prepared to do it!! lol ... He said ...

I KNOW where I put "stuff"  Grandma.. so don't move anything!! ... AS IF I WOULD DARE!!! I am going to let him loose on the rest of the house xx lol x

I DID manage some sewing recently ... I have been making table runners..


these are for my fellow committee members at Sandbach... party on Thursday evening ... I STILL have to make my card!! eek better get working !

Hope you have fun with your tree... or can find someone to decorate it for you xx

Diane xx