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Bloom & Grow Giveaway

by Helen on June 15, 2014

Yesterday was a lovely day – Rosie and I went along to the bridal shop for her final fitting and her dress is absolutely perfect.  It is the most delicious confection of …. aha – you thought I was going to give the secret away didn’t you?  But no… I promise to show you lots and lots of wedding photos afterwards, but until then the only thing I’m giving away is a Bloom and Grow embroidery kit.

I only had a very limited edition of these available for purchase (I was unable to obtain any more of this fabric), but I did keep just one or two back – until now…..

Yes, I have one of my Bloom and Grow embroidery kits to giveaway to a lucky blog reader.  The kit contains all the ingredients you need to create the “Sound of Music” inspired stitchery above – all you need to add is a hoop and some lovely stitching time.

If you ‘d like the chance to win a Bloom and Grow kit then all you need to do is to leave a comment below.  I’m planning to put together some more Bustle & Sew kits over the summer months and would love to hear your ideas for the first few using some of my designs … would you like more embroidery or perhaps a softie kit?  It would be wonderful if you had any suggestions if you could include them in your comment.

The giveaway is open for the whole of this week, until midnight BST on Friday 20th June.  The winner will be chosen by random selection and I will post worldwide. Good luck everyone!  Sorry giveaway now closed.

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Lunch Club Christmas Party

by Helen on December 20, 2012

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before, but I am one of the organisers of our Senior Citizens’ Lunch Club.  We are a team of volunteers who meet every Thursday to serve our members – some of whom are well into their eighties and nineties – a tasty home-cooked meal.  We have some very talented cooks, as well as willing drivers who will bring those unable to make their own way to our village hall, and helpers too who prepare the vegetables, lay and clear the tables and much more as well.  It’s a lovely club and I’ve made lots of friends over the years I’ve been involved.  Although we hold special events throughout the months, the highlight of our year is our Christmas Party when we serve a “proper” Christmas meal to nearly 100 people! 

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 Here’s everyone arriving – doesn’t the hall look lovely!?   I’m afraid I don’t have photos of everyone sitting down to show you as I am the Master (Mistress?) of Ceremonies  and was very busy with my microphone! (Yes, they actually let me loose with a microphone!).  But I did manage to video all our wonderful helpers and cooks when they performed their very own version of “My Favourite Things” – with apologies to Julie Andrews and the cast of The Sound of Music ….. 

Sorry it’s a bit wobbly, but I was holding my phone and trying not to giggle too much!!  We had such a good time - I always feel the Lunch Club Christmas Party with its mixture of young and old, volunteers and the vicar, carol singing, mince pies and music is the true beginning of Christmas for me. 

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