Hope you all had a lovely weekend and managed to stay warm :-)
As much as I enjoy my cottage a great deal, one of the downsides is the huge tie that it is. I find myself often fretting whenever I am away from it, who might be calling & I am closed :-(
So consequently I dont do alot of things with my friends outside of the property. I dont go and have "coffees & catch-ups" like alot of them seem to do. So when I got the opportunity last week to go catch up with a friend who happens to live very far away (in another island) - then it turned out to be a most enjoyable days outing.
|A little gift I made for Therle as she has so generously sent me bundles of fabrics over the years|
Therle & I met through an online craft swap that we both entered into a couple of christmas's ago. We were both given swap partners in other countries & both of ours disappeared into cyberspace - never to be heard from again ! ! So the lady organising the swap put us together even tho we were from the same country. We have kept in touch by email and when her & her husband were coming up to the Waikato for the Field Days, we decided to have a girls day out.
We met up just outside of Hamilton and the 1st place we drove to is Donna Wards Quilt Studio in Frankton - a lovely shop filled to the brim with beautiful fabrics.
We were so busy doing the chatting/ oohing & aahing that I completely forgot to take any photos at this shop :-( typical ! !
We then drove out to Gordonton to the very lovely Grandmothers Garden Store - they even have seats outside for bored husbands to sit in & wait . . .
|How inviting does this look ? ? ?|
|Brutus (I think??) - my friend :-)|
|Now who looks like they might be offering free pats ? ? ?|
|This one was Mac (I think) - the lady had a "treat" in her hands - cant you tell . . .|
It was hard to choose fabrics as the choices were so amazing . .
|Yes I'd like one of each please . . .|
|Therle loved the poppy fabric - bottom right|
Downstairs was a gallery shop & I snapped this lovely pic of a corner with some very gorgeous handmade bags . .
I did love these 2 blocks of the month - Bev has a very good eye for colour combinations.
On her counter I spotted this "interesting" book . . .
which Bev pointed out had a very nice write-up in it about my cottage (& so of course a copy had to come home with me . . . )
|Hard to read but gives you a general idea . . .|
Now let me share something with you here friends - I need more fabric like I need a hole in the head - & so I had given myself a strict talking to before I ventured out, NOT to buy any more fabric . . . but as you can see by the photos below . . . - my willpower needs some serious work done on it . . .
|the beautiful Singer sewing panel was only $9.00 from Bevs Shop :-)|
Gosh what good "soul food" the day was - especially as I dont do it often - it was a real treat & I am still feeling the inspiration I got from looking at all those amazing creations in the shops - plus I am thinking that perhaps Therle needs to accompany her husband to the Field Days next year also . . .
(now Therle - if you happen to be reading this - thank you for the wonderful day out & No, I havent gotten to the sewing machine yet! ! !)
Wishing you a creative & inspiring week ahead friends - hope you have enjoyed reading about mine :-)
(a couple of footnotes . . . my butlers sink has arrived & been installed & so far- okay ! ! - maybe some photos next week, & also still no sign of missing Willis despite having checked Mr Wolfs kennel & blankies)
Warm wishes, love & friendship,
Julie :-) X x x x