Friday, 29 November 2013

Stable, Harrogate, giveaways

Well I didn't get the job, no surprises there.  Apparently my classroom activity was really good which I am really pleased with and the only reason the other lady got it over me was because she related more to the academy ethos than I did.  Thank you for your support, thoughts and prayers though, they were much appreciated.

Now Linda, sit down because the shock may be too much for you!  I have worked on my Cut Thru Stable!! I have restitched the bottom bit of the door/wall that I had 'reverse stitched' and I think I did a bit of the top half of the door too.

Last weekend, I went to the Harrogate stitching and knitting show.  I was disappointed that there wasn't more cross stitch stands there but I still managed to find something to buy.  Sadly most of it has been put away by Colin for Christmas :(  I was allowed to keep the quilting fabrics that I got from the Stitchwitch.  I could have spent a fortune there but had certain designs in mind to finish off so stuck with appropriate things for them.

Sewitall had some nice cuts of fabric so I picked up some brown evenweave as I always struggle to find nice browns.  There is some sparkly white aida, some blue and a gorgeous pink/blue mottled sparkly aida.

Then I discovered this stand.  Oh my word...they were gorgeous!  I had a hard time deciding which one to go for.  In the end I settled on Starry Night in gold and red.  I have made a start but have done something wrong and one bit has come undone.  I think I must have passed the needle back through a bead the wrong way.  Trouble is being a newbie to it, I don't know whether it is a repairable error or whether I need to unbead back to the mistake and redo it.  Google, here I

I have been SO lucky recently with winning various giveaways.  First up is a surprise giveaway from Jan over at  I was a little worried about this one in case it tied in with Jo's Halloween blog hop answer of Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog.  Thankfully it was far, far nicer than that! Firstly it was beautifully wrapped up. 

And on peeling back the pretty paper.  This what was revealed.  That geranium rose soap smells absolutely divine!  It's far to nice to put on the sink and let people use but I suppose I will have to...  The rubbish photo doesn't show the chart very well which is Up Up and Away.  Jan also gave me all the speciality threads to stitch it up with.  Last but not least was some cute little rock sweets, they were divine and if anyone EVER wants to send me some more, feel free :) 

I also won a giveaway from Susan of Acorn House Designs.  She sent me the rather gorgeous poinsetta to make up the design from JSC ornament edition.  Guess what I am doing this weekend?

Thank you ladies for such lovely packages and for offering the giveaways.  I am thrilled with them both.


Zeb said...

HUGS I am so sorry the job didn't work out, but, one thing I've learned about job hunting is that one disappointment DOES lead us closer to the job we're _meant_ to have. Don't give up!

And yay prizes! LOL I'm yet to win anything, so it's fun to see all the pretties :D

Lesleyanne said...

So sorry you didn't get the job, hugs. Lovely giveaway wins. Gorgeous new fabric and lovely stitching.

Jennifer M. said...

Congrats on your prize wins. They are lovely. I'm sorry to hear about the unfortunate luck with the job, but I've learned that things happen for a reason. You will see. Stay positive. :D

Bonnie Brown said...

Congrats on your wins!
Sorry to hear about the job, but something better will come along.

Christine said...

Shame about the job, but then again do you want to work somewhere that uses double-speak like "related more to the academy ethos"?
Great stitching and stash

Mii Stitch said...

Sorry about the job. It gave you more confidence for your next interview & it's their loss!!! Someone else will want you, talented lady! :) Love your new stash & just adore the wins. The little chart Up Up & Away is adorable x

Catherine said...

Sorry about the job ~ here's to something better coming along! Love your goodies!!

Shirlee said...

So sorry you didn't get the job, but it wasn't meant to be, right? Will keep praying that a job "just for you" will materialize soon : ) The things you found at the show look great ... can't wait to see the rest of them after Christmas : ) Congratulations on winning the giveaways!

Lindsay said...

Sorry you didn't get the job.

If you need any help with the beading drop me a line and I'll look forward to seeing your starry night finished.
I've got the red one to do as well :) and I'm going to the shop on Tuesday to see what else I can add to my stash

Andrea said...

Sory you didn't get the job, but there IS a job out there for you.

Love all the new stash and congratulations on your prizes.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Sorry about the job disappointment but at least they gave you some useful feedback, next time spout the prospectus at them!

Love those quilting fabrics and the lovely new evenweaves too.

And what a beautiful poinsettia! I bet it's even nice in real life!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Nice to see your stable come up for air!!!

Jan Gartlan said...

Pleased you liked the giveaway prize :)