A morning of mishaps – and a new pattern

I had a wonderful birthday!  After leaving Ben at his favourite kennels, I hopped on the train to Bristol to spend the weekend being spoiled by all my family.  I was taken out for lunch (twice!), went shopping and saw the Hobbit – in a VIP seat with chocolate fudge icecream!  I really enjoyed the Hobbit, and was pleased we opted for the 3D version.  Rosie and I were a little concerned that some viewers had reported experiencing motion sickness, but luckily this didn’t happen to either of us.  


Then on Sunday came my official birthday lunch – here I am being serenaded by some very handsome and charming Italian waiters.  It was great fun!  

But today I have come down to earth with a (literal!) bump!  Having been away all weekend I thought I’d better catch up with emails, so whilst lying in bed lifted up my iPad to view my in-box – and promptly dropped it on my face!  Ouch, ouch and double ouch!  (I now have a nasty cut on my lip and a bruise on my cheek.)   Still in some discomfort, I felt sure that a lovely cup of coffee would help me feel better, but when I flipped the landing light switch, the bulb blew and fused all the lights.  Having restored power and switched the lights back on I simply cannot understand how, when filling the kettle, I managed to knock a china bowl off the drainer and onto the slate kitchen floor where of course it smashed into smithereens!  Clearly being a year older has affected my co-ordination – and not for the better!  So I am going to stay away from anything fragile for the rest of the day!  But as my teacups applique panel for next month’s magazine is not breakable, I felt confident that I would be able to photograph it without mishap – and here it is …..

Tea Cups Applique

A great project for using up scraps of fabric – and also for the less experienced in this technique as the stitching is all quite straightforward.  Hope you like it!  


Oh Helen, are your feeling a little better now?
I won’t sing I don’t do that very well!
Julie xxxxxxx


Happy belated birthday. it sounds as if you had a wonderful weekend. Well, you’ve had your three mishaps so you should be safe now. Love the applique.


I’m glad that you had a very happy and lovely birthday, Helen! Hope your cut and bruise are getting better. If I were your neighbor, I could babysit Ben!


Happy Birthday a day late. Glad you had a wonderful time with Rosie. I do hope the mishaps have passed and you are doing fine.

Love the new pattern.

Merry Christmas,
Jan G.


Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a wonderful celebration!

I love the precariously balanced teacup appliqué project! What a wonderful way to use up favorite fabric scraps!

So sorry you had the mishaps…..perhaps the after affects of the 3D Hobbit?!

X Linda


My goodness!! Glad you got that all out of your system, now you can sit back and enjoy the holidays. The linen background is perfect for setting off you sweet teacups.


Oh Helen, I have days like yours too! Staying under the covers is what I prefer but rarely get to do.

Happy Belated Birthday!

The teacups are marvelous!


The very best wishes for your birthday. Since I am a tea drinker, I will love to make this applique for my kitchen wall. Perhaps even on a few dish cloths. Thank you for sharing, enjoy your new year.


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