Tuesday, 25 November 2014

New to Me in November

As ever when the 25th rolls around I wonder whether I have actually tried anything new and this month I am delighted to find that I have managed to try my hand at a few New to Me activities. If you have too, link them up and help celebrate November's link party!

First up, my Celtic Christmas Bauble published in the newest edition of the Fat Quarterly

The cushion used Quick Bias tape which I hadn't used before. It was certainly a lot quicker and less fiddly to use than trying to attach the fusible web to the back of a thin strip of fabric!

In between stops on our recent cruise I took advantage of the classes held on At Sea days to try my hand at another New to Me activity - needlepoint.

This is destined to become a glasses case and might even be a Christmas present if I manage to get it finished in time!

If you have made any Christmas gifts or home dec items this month don't forget to link them up to this month's link party over at Rose & Dahlia where Joanne shares her brilliant tutorial for a Christmas Gift Wrap sack!

Thanks to a birthday gift from our middle son and his wife, I enjoyed another New to Me at Wallsend Hall Regular readers of this blog will know that I am partial to an Afternoon Tea or two, so I was delighted when I was given a voucher for Afternoon Tea at the Hall. I didn't realise until I got there that this was not for your standard, run of the mill Afternoon Tea but was, in fact, for a Northumbrian Afternoon Tea.

The Northumbrian Tea is a more savoury affair than your regular tea as it includes such local delights as Ham and Pease pudding croquettes, Craster crab pate, mini Pan Haggerty pies and Lindisfarne Mead jelly. It was delicious! It was my first ever Northumbrian Afternoon Tea but I have a feeling that it won't be my last :)

My final New to Me is yet another New to Me city, this time in Germany. 

My annual Christmas Market trip with my daughters-in-law took us to Aachen in Germany, which as you can see was a wonderful setting for a Christmas market.

So that's my New to Me this month, now it is your turn to share all the fascinating things that you have been up to in November. As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.

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Check out the other links and leave a comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying of something new, whether it works out exactly as planned or not, so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 

The link will remain open until 23.59GMT on November 30th, so you have plenty of time to try something new and link up and join the party :)


  1. Cushion looks fab, congrats again on being in FQ and loving your needlepoint. I'd love to have joined you for your Northumbrian Tea, looks delicious - Chris :D

  2. the cushions is a delight, sounds good the quick bias tape, makes life much easier. Needlepoint is pretty, glad you could stitch whilst on a ship all that I do is feel really sick.

  3. I am really envious of your afternoon tea. Looks yummy. Life seems to be galloping towards Chrismas and I am struggling a bit with my New to Me downwards knitting.

  4. That tea looks fab! Lovely to see the bauble again, so pretty!

  5. I love blues and greens together. Someone's going to be happy receiving the glasses case. The Northumbrian High Tea sounds delicious, Fiona.

  6. so many fun new to you happenings this month!!! your needlepoint is gorgeous!!!

  7. It sounds like you've had a good month! I like your needlepoint :)

  8. Oh, I was just looking at some of that quick bias tape the other day, I should have grabbed some! Looks like you had a great month anyway, and congrats on another publication :o)

  9. The Northumbrian Tea sounds pretty good - especially the ham and pease pudding croquettes - especially if the pease are actually peas - YUM :)

    I haven't tried needlepoint before - I *love* the colours you chose! You'll have to keep that project if the colours remind YOU of the sea as much as they remind ME of the sea!

  10. What great new projects and experiences you had in November. I love the idea of Afternoon Tea but have never had the pleasure of the experience. I had quite a few new to me experiences in November but they've kept me so busy that I haven't even had time to post about them. Soon I hope!

  11. Sunds like you had a great month filled with new experiences. I love your needle point project and your cushion. Congratulations on being featured it is such a beautiful pillow.


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