Saturday 9 May 2015

The end of an Era ...

Beautiful Bouquet from Work Mates
That's how is was explained to me today by one of the staff members, and a very good friend of mine, when I left work for the last time.  Today was my final day at Booths in Penrith after three years on the tills.  I have met some wonderful customers and worked with an amazing group of people whom I shall all miss very much.  I'm not sure if it's the end of an era, more like the beginning of the rest of my life in retirement.

This is the lovely arrangement of flowers I received today from the gang at work.  I also received some lovely cards both from work mates and customers.  When I arrived home my husband had a lovely vase full of roses to cheer me up.  I will admit, I'm not sad for leaving as I will always be able to go to the store and shop, and chat, and laugh and visit with all the people who have made the last three years so much fun.

Roses from my husband. 
So now it's time to rethink my days, reschedule my hours, and enjoy my time while the minutes tick by, resting and relaxing to keep this health issue under control.

As they say, so little time, so much to do.  I'm pleased to have been able to finish two baby quilts and get them delivered to the parents to be.  These were for two of my friends at work, Shane and his partner Stephanie, and Annie and her husband Tom.  I wish them all the best.

And last but not least for this evenings entries, a photo of the cards received from my friends at work.  And yes, Natalie, a very appropriate card indeed.

Cards from Work.

So time to get my thinking cap on and get some items made for the first of three craft fairs I will be doing this year.

Take care all my buddies at work, will see you all very soon.  I will eventually run out of potatoes and fresh veggies.  Lots of love to you all.

Thursday 7 May 2015

Good evening all.  It's been a lovely day with a little rain this morning and sunshine for the rest of the time.  I've been doing a bit of sewing today creating items for my first craft fair of the year.  It is being held at St. Andrew's Church in Greystoke, Cumbria on May 23rd, 24th and 25th.

Coffee Table Runner  
Here's a couple of items I've made during the past month.

The coffee table runner is made of all batiks and has Warm and Natural wadding in the centre and a nice batik backing.

It is approximately twelve inches in width and about 34 inches in length.... just the right size to fit a standard size coffee table.  I have another one that is the same size, but I've used different batiks in warm autumnal colours.  They are both very nice and hopefully will sell.

Mug Rugs 
These are just two of the several mug rugs that I've made for the craft fair.

They average in size of about eight inches wide by 12 inches in length.  The central wadding is heat resistant, even though it's not really necessary.

Hopefully, with two weeks still to go, I'll be able to make some other unusual bits and pieces. Now that I'm retiring from work, I'll have more time to sew and create.  Sounds like a plan to me.  Take care all.  Will chat soon.

Wednesday 6 May 2015

The times they are a changing ....

We are already into the month of May for this year of 2015, but this year will be different.  I have made the decision to retire from work.  It's not that I'm just wanting more me time (well, it is in a way) but with health issues always causing problems, now is as good a time as any.  Two shifts left at the store then I'll plan my days to suit me, my wonderful husband and my Abbie.  

So for the time being, just want you all to know that I'll probably be blogging more in the days to come.  There are crafts fairs to get ready for, quilts to plan and create, watercolour painting to explore as well as many other day to day activities.  

Happy month of May everyone !