Saturday, 24 October 2015

The Dairy


Hello Peeps!

Long time no see.

Slightly late putting together & publishing this post,
so some of you will probably feels like a bit of déjà vu!!


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Following our first meet up last year, JustineRachel & I
decided to organize our own cross stitch retreat!

After a long & much anticipated wait (yes, we were actually counting down the days),
the time had finally arrived to see each other again. 

We spent the entire of last weekend at The Dairy.
 Our cottage was simply Perfect!


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Goody bags were exchanged... all with a Halloween theme.
I have been gifted with the most beautiful pieces.


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A sweet little pinkeep made by Justine
- Did you notice, it's a FRENCH witch, just like me! HAHA




 There was also plenty of other little treasures:
Chart, choccies, candle, needles, needle box,





 Fabulous fabric & threads




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My very own ornament made by Rachel.
She actually surprised us all & finished her Halloween stitching into a beautiful ornament.
Check out those colours!


Front

Back

There was again more fantastic goodies:
Note book, candle, silk & glow in the dark threads, ribbons, fabrics




and a Halloween booklet full of frightful charts!
I'm all stocked up for next year.




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I have not taken pictures of my Halloween bags but
can share the small stitching pieces I made.

Justine was gifted with a 
Halloween Witch designed by Durene Jones
Available in issue 233 of TWOCS magazine



Stitched on 14ct aida fabric, pewter colour
Using all DMC preconized colours

Finished off as a small pincushion using rainbow coloured beads




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Rachel was gifted with a little ghost,
Boo designed by Lorraine Clarke
Available free on Cyber Stitchers



Stitched on 14ct aida fabric, dark rustico colour
Using all DMC preconized colours - swapped white for glow in the dark light effect thread
Finished off as a small ornament using black & green beads




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I did manage to start 2 small projects,
despite forgetting to pack my LED light (of course, I had to forget to pack this!)
I will keep on working on them for now & will share my finishes with you all soon

Thanks again to my two best friends for this wonderful time away.
I cannot wait for our next meet up :)


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A few days ago, Mr Postman delivered a surprise little packet from Italy.

A little while ago I'd won a handmade prize from Roberta.

She had been away from the blogosphere for a little while but is now back!
Check out her blogs Le Scarpe Di Camilla & Thread And Passion

I had totally forgot about this but
Roberta kept to her words & kindly surprised me with a little necklace!

It is so soft and I love the choice of colours.
Thank you again Roberta!





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That's all for now!

Toodles,
Mii




79 comments:

  1. Best friends eh? That's so sweet! Glad to see you finally posted about the weekend. I'm looking forward to the next one too! :)

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    1. Yes, I find it a bit too difficult to do a blog post during the week... always busy stitching :) Will have to agree on a date for the next one.

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  2. Sympa votre sorciére partie!
    Y pas que les enfants qui s'amusent!ha ha ha
    Bizzzzz

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    1. Merci!
      Nous avons passé un weekend formidable... avons meme hate de remettre ca!

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  3. I have read all of your posts from your weekend get together. It sounds like you all had a wonderful time.

    Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda!
      I can confirm, I personally had a lovely time & was really sad when we had to leave & head back home. Time is always flying by too fast when we're having fun, don't you think?

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  4. So many creepy, beautiful autumn plants . I like them all very , very much. Especially great I'll find the witch ( for such I have a weakness ) . The yarns have a wonderful luminosity . Everything simply beautiful . Thank you for these varied Post .
    wish you a good time
    Greetings Your Sandra

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    1. Thank you Sandra for stopping by & leaving a little comment!
      Glad you like the little witch... I think Justine really liked her too :)

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  5. It was such a fun weekend - we need to organise the next one soon! Your stitched goodies have been much admired. Missing you already!

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    1. Aw thank you sweetie!! Glad you had a great time too.
      I can't wait for the next one, it can't come quick enough HAHA

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  6. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Gorgeous stitching!

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    1. Thank you very much for your lovely comment.
      Yes, we had a great time but it was all over way too quickly...

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  7. Ingrid, you have a lot of new beautiful Halloween pictures!
    Already prepared :-)
    Nice Sunday!

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    1. Thank you Daniela!!
      I love Halloween stitching :)

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  8. Oh, this cottage! Oh, these goodies!:)

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  9. Very nice gifts and works! Well done! :)
    Hugs: Palkó

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  10. Wow great gifts! I'm glad you guys had fun!

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    1. Thanks Heather!
      We're always so envious about the big retreat that take place in USA... this time it was our turn with a mini UK one :)

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  11. Great gifts looks like a fab weekend.

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    1. Thanks Kerry!!
      We really had a fab weekend...
      Felt like Christmas: a much anticipated wait, gifts & then it's all over way to quickly!!

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  12. How wonderful to spend an entire weekend with stitching friends!
    I have never seen a necklace like that. Wow!

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    1. Thank you Vickie.
      Roberta was so kind to surprise me with her make.
      I wish you could touch it... it is so so so soft!!

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  13. you are filled with delightful wickedness...love your sweet treasures

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  14. These are so very pretty and look like a lot of fun to make....thanks so much for sharing!!
    crossstitchpatternheaven.weebly.com/

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    1. Thank you for your visit & comment.
      Please do not leave link with your message next time, thanks!

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    1. We had, thanks Michelle!!
      I must admit that I personally didn't get much stitching done, sadly...

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  16. What a wonderful place that cottage! When you are with friends, all places are good but this makes things look even better!
    Glad you like the necklace, as I told you it was my first and naïf attempt: I've done so many necklaces in the meantime, that 'm an expert now! :)

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    1. THank you again!!
      It truly was a total surprise :) The necklace is adorable!

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  17. Wonderful gifts and works.
    Greetings, Manuela

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  18. Sounds like you had a wonderful time with Justine and Rachel. What lovely gifts both given and received.

    Love your prize from Roberta.

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    1. Thank you Sally for stopping by & leaving a little comment :)

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  19. Lots of lovely gifts you girls shared wth each other.

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  20. How I missed looking at your lovely finishes!!! :)
    All so pretty and as charming as always :D
    Hugs&smiles

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    1. Thanks Nia!!
      You must come back to blogging, we are missing your creative spirit :)

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  21. Un très joli échange. De sympathiques créations et multitudes de petits cadeaux.
    Biz
    Christel
    http://toilesetfils.blogspot.com

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    1. Merci Christel!
      Notre weekend de 3 jours était décidemment trop court!

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  22. Looks like a wonderful time! It is always fun getting together with other stitchers for a stitching retreat and a smaller group is a much more intimate time and full of fun. Lots of great goodies you received over your fun weekend too!

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    1. Thank you Faith!!
      I personally have always been so envious of those big retreats that seems to happen on a regular basis in USA, so it was really fun to have our own little version :)

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  23. What a great idea - your own retreat! Wish I could think of some fellow bloggers who are semi-close that we could do the same thing. Lovely, lovely gifts - for a lovely, lovely lady.
    xxx

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    1. Thank you Kim, we all got on so well, a weekend is definitely not long enough :)
      Should make it a week long retreat!!!

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  24. Sounds like a good time and what great gift bags:)

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    1. Thank you Sharine!
      It was lovely to meet up but my productivity wasn't as good as when I'm at home on my own :)... Much more fun being with friends though!

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  25. Beautiful stitch exchanges you all had, and so many goodies too! I bet you can't wait for the next one!

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    1. You are so right!!!
      It cannot come quick enough :)

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  26. streghette e fantasmini....sono tutti fantastici.....belli

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  27. Fantastic gift and works!
    Hugs Andrea

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  28. So much lovely stitching. It sounds a if you all had a wonderful time. A stitching retreat is such a good idea. x

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    1. It was fantastic!
      Great to be able to go away with stitching friends :)

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  29. So glad to hear about the wonderful time you ladies had. The goodies are just fantastic. Love all the stitched pieces!

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    1. Thank you Katie!!
      We had a great time and I personally can't wait until the next one :)

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  30. Hé bien que de merveilles

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    1. Oui, tout à fait! :)
      Merci beaucoup!

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  31. Oh Mii what lovely gifts, Looks like your get together was really good.
    What a fun time had by all.

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  32. What a fun getaway. So many goodies and lovely stitching. I was expecting you to say you ate ice cream the whole time with a name like the The Dairy!

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  33. What a wonderful time you all must have had and the stitching and gifts beautiful.

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  34. Aww, that's so sweet! It sounds like you all had a wonderful time, and exchanged some amazing gifts. Enjoy all your new goodies! :D

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  35. wow that must have been fun, love the stitching and finishing ♥

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  36. Wonderful exchange, beautiful stitching and finishes.

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  37. Oh Ingrid, this must have been such a great get-together with your friends. And you exchanged some very lovely gifts. I love all the nice little witches that were stitched.

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  38. Wonderful gifts all of them and nice that you have had a nice meeting. Stitching friends are the best.

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  39. Hi Mii, Halloween t'inspire beaucoup. Tes ouvrages sont hyper mignons. Bonne continuations. bisous

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  40. What a lovely way to spend some time with good friends. I love all the ornies but it took me a while to work out why there was an I on Rachel's ornie. I wondered if she had done an M and another I until I remembered your real name LOL

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  41. I've read all three of your posts now and it sounds like you all had a great time!

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  42. Your cross stitch retreat sounds like it must have been absolutely wonderful! The stitched pinkeep, ornaments and pincushion were all so very lovely and fun.

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