Monday, 26 April 2010

Way out (north) West

You wait all month for something to happen, then 3 events are run on the same day! on the last Sunday of the month, Whalley has it's Farmers market, a table top sale and of course our knit n natter meeting.

It's a pity more of the shops don't also open and fetch more people into the village, there seam to be quite a few visitors wandering around looking for something to do - and the market, still in it's first year is getting smaller and smaller - such a shame!

Mum and I popped over to the table top sale - I love the way it has been advertised locally, "full of interesting items from GOOD homes!" - what constitutes a good home?
My mum, fantastic as ever, treated me to these guys (above) they are money boxes! I have always been a huge fan of Laurel and Hardy - especially Stan Laurel who is an Ulverston boy, so almost local! plus he reminds me of my long departed grandad!

A few weeks ago through FreeCycle I managed to get some embroidery equipment, a 1930's biscuit tin full of silks, a pile of very old transfers, and a linen table cloth with the pattern already on it - I haven't done embroidery for a while, so have been trying to get back into it - like I don't have enough to do!!! I have had to look up some of the stitches a few times, and haven't done any that are too adventurous, but I am really pleased with the results so far.

At the table top sale, mum also bought me these two embroidered pictures, they are absolutely gorgeous, in pristine condition and have been professionally framed - the lady wanted £5 each for them!
This morning I received my swap partner for the APRON SWAP - Cathie at Melbourne Epicure

I have been over to her blog from a preliminary sneaky peek, WOW - take a look, it is gorgeous! can't wait to make contact with her, and get my thinking cap on for this project.


Deborah said...

Wow your embroidery is gorgeous! (going to google freecycle and ribble valley map to see how far your table top sales are LOL)!
Got my partner too....serious thinking cap needed...silver nutmeg and golden pear blogger!

have a great day

topchelseagirl said...

Those embroideries are gorgeous, all of them.

twiggypeasticks said...

Brilliant embroidery well done you, I like the pictures you bought very nice. The money boxes are lovely, I think Laurel and Hardy are great. I used to watch them on a Saturday morning with my Dad and we would laugh so much.
Twiggy x

Deborah said...

Morning! Pop on over to my blog as I have an award waiting for you! Have a wonderful day! xxx

Catherine said...

Just after reading your comment on my blog. The Folk Park is really close to Strabane, I grew up 10 miles from Strabane and went to school there for 7 years!!! Small world or what?!! Cx

Anonymous said...

Hi - you've made it by the skin of your teeth! I will post about the swap partners tomorrow (fingers crossed).xx

Taz said...

I used to do a lot of embroidery as an early teen, then I discovered boys and cider :)
It's something I'd definately like to get back into though, now that I'm too old for boys and cider ;)

Cowboys and Custard said...

Clever you Kath.. my embroidery skills are non existent and I do so admire anyone that can keep the thread on the needle and create something recognisable.. unlike me!!

Michele x

MitziMakes said...

Wow what great finds!! I love the birds :) so pretty!

Catherine said...

Pop over to my blog..there's a little something waiting there for you! Cx