I've had a really lovely day today because I was lucky enough to meet the wonderful Clare/Quiltdude and the fabulous Charlie P of the Pigeon Loft who came home from her continental studies to celebrate her 21st birthday.
None of us had met up before so I think we were all fairly nervous and excited in equal measure but we just got on so well and didn't stop talking or laughing from start to finish.
Our first port of call was Barbara's lovely shop Ring a Rosie where we all stocked up on wool and I got to play silly games............because you know you are going to like someone when their handbag looks like this
and in keeping with Waldorf Monkey's first visit to Ring a Rosie Charlie let me play "Spot the Pigeon"
quickly followed by "Spot the Dinosaur"
Lots of imaginary and non-existent, invisible gifts to those of you that can find them!
And talking of gifts, when we finally dragged ourselves away from Barbara's to go for coffee, passing another fantastic sign in a shop window
Charlie gave me these scrummy "Percy Pigs" - but I love their German name even more
and Clare gave me my mini-quilt - I had no idea she had already finished it - and I absolutely love it!it is all hand-pieced and hand-quilted and is absolutely beautiful - and look at the gorgeous fabric and label on the back
I'll post another picture the next time I blog with it up on the "quilt wall" - thank you so much Clare it is beautiful!
Now I haven't let you down today because I did remember to photograph my coffee and cake
and to make up for forgetting last week here is another photo of the cake, this time in close-up - and it tasted even nicer than it looked!
Thank you so much Clare and Charlie - I had a really fantastic day and hope we can meet up again soon - forget about going back to Germany Charlie - you are wasted on that languages degree and should be a crafty designer instead - and Clare, we've got so much in common it's frightening!
And as my bloggy-versary party is finally over I can now announce the winners of my "you don't have to pay it forward Pay It Forward" giveaway who are
If I haven't already got your snail mail address from a swap could you please email it to me. These gifts may take me a while to make because of my other committments but I will try to make them in much less than the usual 365 day limit for PIFs!
Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments and encouragement - I LOVE BLOGGING!!!!!