Friday, 17 August 2012

Holiday round-up

This summer holidays I vowed to myself I would sew and blog less, and get out there with the kids more............  so we are over half way through, and I thought it was time for a little re-cap.

I have to confess to still sneaking on the computer everyday, so have loved reading all your blogs (even if I haven't been commenting). I am glad to see lots of you are enjoying the summer.

For us there has been trips to:-

Cadburys world..... oooo I enjoyed this one, loved seeing the production lines in the factory and watching the chocolates being made and wrapped.

Conkers, where we did a bare foot walk through squelchy mud and met up with old friends from Uni.

Camping at Woodhall Spa, which was such a fun town in Lincolnshire.... great weather meant bar b ques and open air swimming pools and geocaching at 6.30am to avoid waking up the whole campsite with my early risers!

Belton House near Grantham.  For tree climing, lots of sliding and managing a day out without spending a penny!

We also had a lovely afternoon at the framework knitters museum in Ruddington, it's a cute tiny place where we did some machine knitting and explored the 1850 and 1900 back to back cottages, and I didn't know what to expect there but really enjoyed it.

There has also been lots of sewing in the evenings.....  I had a brilliant time making my first hipbee block.  A wonky house for Sarah.....

And by now you will I'm sure have seen some other posts about the most wonderful little gifts that Sarah at Sew Me sent to us, a teeny weeny bee made by The crafty Teen (Judith's talented daughter), and a gorgeous pen pouch made from the Zakka book everyone mentions but I have never seen! It's just lovely, and what a fab surprise to arrive in the post.

The stash bee has been a bit quiet lately, and I have been wondering when we will start to see photos of some finished quilt tops from blocks we have made and sent earlier this year.....  Anyway, here is this months block.....

In other sewing news, I am still going pouch crazy, and hoping to move on to make some cushion covers soon.

I am sure the rest of the summer will fly by - see you in September



  1. Cadburys.... Chocolate Factory..... mmm... lovely blo..CHOCOLATE FACTORY.... sorry Tanya, brain just cant cope....

  2. Looks like you've been having a fun time in the holidays. Chief used to go to Belton house a lot as it's very close to him. The packages from Sarah were such a lovely surprise. Loving being in the hipBee's!

  3. Looks like you have been having a fun time. I have visited Belton House a few times - its great fun and lots of space for the kids to run around

  4. Looks like you are having a chilled summer with the girls. You've been to some lovely places. Di x

  5. Lovely pics T! Enjoy the rest of your summer! Jxo

  6. oh how lovely! the pics are great and I am envious of your visit to Cadbury's world :( have a fab time with the girls! x

  7. I love that you've put aside 'stuff' for the kids. They grow so fast! My daughter and family visited England this past April and went to the Cadbury factory. My 4 year old granddaughter still talks about eating chocolate for breakfast! Your hipbee house block is SO cool!!! I'll have to look into the name because it's right up my alley. Lovely post. Have fun with those children.

  8. Looks like fun to me...chocolate & sewing- good mix!

  9. Looks like you had a great summer and I love to see local places on other peoples blogs; might have to give Belton Hall a visit :)