Sunny Sunday and holiday pics!

Apologies for the lack of recent posts – we have been away on a little holiday and I have some pics of that to share with you.  It was a special birthday treat for Ellie for her 18th and we went with my Mum to Disneyland for 3 days followed by 3 days in Paris.

We had a great time – weather was very good after the first day and we really enjoyed everything. Went on loads of rides – some very scary like Crush’s Coaster and Armageddon and saw lots of parades including of course lots of Disney princesses for Ellie.

Us in Disney Studios
Us in Disney Studios
Mum and kids outside the castle in Disneyland
Mum and kids outside the castle in Disneyland

It was Mum’s first time in Paris so we did a lot of the sights – me and the kids have been a few times before though not for a few years – this was actually our 4th trip to Disneyland Paris – we are all big Disney fans and are planning more trips in the future – on our own and with grandkids  (the kids have promised me lots of these!).

Mum and kids under the Eiffel Tower
Mum and kids under the Eiffel Tower

I have been busy since we got back – we celebrated  Mum’s birthday before she went back to Spain with a lovely meal out with us, my brother Ben and his girlfriend Amanda. I gave her the crazy patchwork bag that I have been working on which she thankfully really liked. Ellen gave her a goldwork picture that she started for her about 18 months ago.

The bag as a work in progress
The bag as a work in progress
The reverse of the bag
The reverse of the bag
Detail of the stitching embellishment
Detail of the stitching embellishment

I have really enjoyed making this project – I got the inspiration from Barbara at Embroiderers’ Guild who makes the most amazing crazy patchwork tea cosies. She was going to lead a workshop on this in Feb which got cancelled due to the bad snow we had then but since I had all the stash for the project I decided to do it anyway on my own.

I have really enjoyed the unstructured and experimental aspects of the work as I normally do very controlled and counted pieces but I liked just letting the project evolve and seeing where it took me. I am particularly pleased with the little embroidery embellishments which I think look very pretty and I found some lovely buttons to add to it.

Mum with the completed bag
Mum with the completed bag
Mum with Ellen's goldwork picture present
Mum with Ellen's goldwork picture present
Mum and her birthday cake and shot of sambucca
Mum and her birthday cake and shot of sambucca

I have had a very productive day today – have spent most of it in the garden as it has been gloriously sunny here. Was  going to do lots of sewing making a new nun’s outfit but it was too hot to stay in the conservatory where I normally sew – I did get the outfit cut out later on but spent a lovely afternoon tidying up and refilling the pond – the garden now looks lovely ready for summer.

My lovely sunny and tidy garden!
My lovely sunny and tidy garden!
A beautiful sunny afternoon in Yorkshire
A beautiful sunny afternoon in Yorkshire

Have lots of other pics to post this week of various textile treats so will get round to that later in the week. Meanwhile off to finish stitching a baby card for a new arrival.

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