Yesterday, (well apart from the car journeys with the squabbling small people), was completely lovely, and just what I needed.
Turning up to big hugs from Aneela and Pennie set the tone for the day.
I didn't get to see much of Henley-on-Thames, but the small people and dear husband happily passed the day in the sunshine, whilst I got stitchy.
There were few nerves, unlike Retreat, and I knew half the ladies and Kelly already, which all made for a relaxed, light-hearted day of learning and sewing.
We received our long awaited copies of Little Stitches, which Aneela duly signed for us all; she came to us, we didn't have to queue up and curtsey or anything!
It is the most beautiful and inspiring embroidery book I have ever seen, and I am not just saying that; full of the cutest projects and sketches and super-fantastic iron-on transfers of all the embroideries - I want to stitch them all now! Honestly, everyone needs this book!
OK, so I may have given Aneela the heads-up that I was in the market for
a Sew Stitchy layer cake and one of her brilliant journals too, it
would have been rude and disrespectful not to!
The plan was to complete the 'girl on a swing' embroidery as a cushion panel, but there may have been a bit too much chatting, eating and playing eye-spy to get that far, but we all made a good start, and apparently some people have already finished!
So I spent this afternoon with the family watching Hugo on DVD, (fantastic, by the way), stitching all my leaves. I am hoping to get my cushion finished this week, as soon as I have finished the last of the white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake that Pennie forced into my husband's hands before we left.
Thank you Aneela, you did great my friend, and thank you Pennie for the lovely grub; anyone needing catering in the Henley/London area, Thames Catering are the folks to ask. And to all the lovely ladies, thanks for the compaby, who wants to be the Stink-along mama? xxx