Saturday, June 28, 2008

Longish post. Loads of pics.

What an exciting couple of weekends I have had. Last weekend was the Jayne's Attic weekend away in Bedfordshire. It was wonderful! I learned some new stitches:

Met some lovely people:

Amanda and I had a great time.

I was a little nervous about going away with people I didn't know from the internet but I shouldn't have worried. Everything was fine and I would definitely do it again.

This weekend was even more exciting. It is my dh's 40th birthday today and last night I booked us in at the Wizard's Thatch luxury hotel in Alderley Edge. It cost a huge amount just for one night but it was so wonderful. It is a 300 year old cottage that is covered in roses and flowers. Inside it was timber beamed and laid with wooden floors. There was a lot of nostalia inside too. Framed pieces of old newspaper clippings and pages adorned the wall, some from as far back as 1700s. The four poster bed was spread with red and gold sheets and tapestry curtains. Fresh flowers filled the rooms. I didn't want to post all the pics as there are so many but here is a slideshow for those of you who wish to see them all. As you can see of the ones of me, I still need to lose my baby weight :(

Wizard’s Thatch June 08

And finally, here is my first tin!
First tin top


Not a fantastic tin topper I admit but a tin topper no less. I tried to put a scissor holder in the top twice but the lid would just not shut down!! So I ripped the top out in the end.

So this is me. I am speeding away on my pif although had a slight dilemma with the ribbon that came with it as there wasn't enough but a massive Thank You to Leena who kindly sent me more so I'll be getting on with that tonight or tomorrow.

Have a good weekend. xx


Karan said...

Wow, two great weekends. That hotel looks fantastic - lucky you.
Pretty tin topper too. :0)

Jenn said...

It sounds like you had a nice 2 weekends. What a pretty tin topper!

Mylene said...

Happy Birthday to your DH. Great pictures taken, thanks for sharing them.
Your tin topper looks wonderful.

stitcherw said...

What a lovely time you had (both the stitching outing and DH birthday trip). You've certainly been having enjoyable outings. Your new stitching is gorgeous, such pretty specialty stitches. Your tin topper if beautiful too, never know that it was your first one.

Rowyn said...

You did a great job on your tin topper Hazel.

Thanks for sharing your photos of Wizard's Thatch - my OH and I love old English cottages, and really enjoyed the pics. Happy 40th to your DH!

Glad you had a good time on the Jayne's Attic getaway too.

Kathy A. said...

What a beautiful place. I can almost see a white haired wizard welcoming you in.
Beautiful stitching on your tin. Very nice finishing job.

Ruth said...

Congrats on a very successful birthday adventure -- Wizards looks wonderful! And congrats on your first tin. It came out very nicely. One of these days I have to try my hand at one of those. :)

Oh, and kudos for your new stitches from class -- I did cutwork once in a class. Just enough so I can say I did it and I ain't doing it again! It makes me to nervouse to have scissors involved in my stitching.

mainely stitching said...

Baby fat? Ha! Don't even get me started ... But you look GREAT!

And your tin topper looks perfect. My first (and so far, only) attempt was such a crashing disappointment that I don't know if I'll ever try again.

Sally said...

It looks and sounds like you had two fantastic weekends Hazel:) That hotel is gorgeous!

Lovely tin topper.

staci said...

Sounds like you've been having a great time away :) Your tin looks wonderful (as do you!)

Susimac said...

It sounds like you had a lovely time at the attic weekend - Jayne's a real sweetie isn't she.
I love your tin topper - congrats on the finish.

Louise said...

I just love your blog!
the tin topper is just beautiful.
I have added a bunch to my blog, if you can, check it out. I am not starting to quilt too! :)
Your friend,

Aussie Stitcher said...

I love your tin, it looks great. Sounds like you had a great couple of weekends.

Carol said...

Looks like you had a great time! Hey, stop worrying about baby weight - nobody else cares about it ;-) (I didn't even notice it!)

Stephanie said...

Looks like you had a wonderful weekend for your DH's birthday - that hotel looks beautiful!

Congratulations on your tin topper, it's great, and who needs a scissors holder anyway?! :)

Annemarie said...

What do you mean baby fat? You look great, woman!
Love the pics. It sounds like the stitching getaway was a great success. Lucky you!

Stitchabilities said...

Does sound like you had great fun at bothe places,and what a superb tin topper

Kathy said...

Sounds like you had 2 great weekends. One with stitchers, we are always nice and with hubby. That inn is wonderful. I am sure that you could have spent more time there had you had the time and money.

Great tin finish.