Friday 25 August 2017

Firsts and Seconds

It is the 25th of the month already, how did that happen? You know what that means, time to open up this month's New to Me link party.

If you haven't come across the New to Me link party before, it is where we celebrate the trials and tribulations of giving something a go for the first time. So, join me as I share what I have been up to this month and join the link party if you have had any new experiences this month too. The link party will stay open until the August 31st so there is still time to have a go at something new and join the party :)

My New to Me's are definitely a mix of highs and lows.

The high?

My first ever entry in to the Hobbies and Crafts section at the local horticultural show and it came second!! I entered my Still Waters piece from the Embroiderer's Guild Capability Brown exhibition into the Tapestry item class. I wasn't 100% convinced that this counted as a tapestry but I was told that the organisers were not too strict on their definitions, and there was no other class that it could have come in so I went ahead and entered. I was very glad that I did when I went to collect it at the end of the show.
Next year I might even enter something in the Quilted Item class :)

My next New to Me has been a definite mix of highs and lows.

We treated ourselves to a new AGA range cooker in preparation for our new kitchen. If you haven't come across a range cooker before it is a very different way of cooking, and one that we are still trying to get our heads around. Instead of setting the temperature for a dish there are three ovens, all of differing heats, and the mantra is to "find the appropriate heat". We haven't starved since the oven has been put in, but there have been some occasions when the local fish and chip shop has seemed like a very attractive option!

My final New to Me is a mix of old and new, old - cross stitch and new - on paper. I picked up the paper cross stitch bunting kit on our last trip to France, and have been stitching away now and then ever since. When finished it will be another gift for the gorgeous grandson who, can you believe it, is about to turn one in a couple of weeks! Now that time really has flown :)

So, that's my New to Me's now it is your turn to link up. As always the link up will remain open until August 31st. Visit your fellow linkers and leave a comment or two as we all know a little encouragement when we are learning new skills is always welcome.


  1. congrats on second place with your tapestry. Best of luck with the aga we had one that ran off coal till we moved when I was 15. Not tried X stitch on paper that is also new to me

  2. One year already! They grow up way too quickly. Many moons ago I did cross stitch, but never on paper. Super cute little animals, Fiona.

  3. Congratulations on your well deserved win! (and good luck with the Aga!) We've used them on holiday a couple of times in the last few years and as long as you cook something where the temperature and timing isn't crucial it's okay :-)

  4. Congrats on your prize! Your award cross stitch is lovely and I like the animals too. Your comments about the aga made me smile. We have an esse, which came with our house. It's a complete nightmare to cook anything but it looks very nice! I'll link up my diary post :)

  5. That oven looks scary, lol! I'm not a very good cook to begin with - I can't imagine trying to learn a technique so different than what I'm used to :D Congrats on the win - I opened up the picture in another screen to get a closer look - what a great touch the beading adds! The cross-stitch paper critters are adorable - they'd be perfect on a wall ... or even better ... framed!


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