A couple of weeks ago I had a very exciting trip up to Edinburgh for a bloggy meet up - a very, very exciting bloggy meet up too!
Because this was my chance to meet a very special transatlantic blogger - one I had never imagined I would ever get to meet
the one and only THIMBLEANNA!!!!!!
We've talked so often about how we would love to be able to pop round to each other's houses and sit and chat and sew and laugh but she is so far away that I had always imagined it would be impossible.
But HURRAY for blogland and very sensible people who go on holiday and need cat-sitters!
Anna, TheManOfTheHouse and I met up in K1 Yarns in Edinburgh's Grassmarket (I got lost on the way!) and it was a lovely shop with armchairs and tea so we could chat and laugh and swap gifts to our hearts' content (and we did buy some wool too!)
Anna was one of my mini-quilt swapees and we had agreed to do the swap in person. She has a tradition of only appearing on her blog in a "Wilson pose" and I have to agree it does mean I have a photo of myself that I actually like for once!
I couldn't decide what kind of quilt to make for her though so I decided to leave it in the hands of the little Lockets. I was inspired by this post where Anna's EmptyNestChild decided to help her with her sewing one day. Daisy drew the initial picture of the cat at the sewing machine (although I used Dot's sewing machine drawing because it was slightly bigger) then Fred added the larger quilt on the wall, the speech bubble and the "diner". Dot contributed the shelf and it's contents (except for Daisy's little doggy), the mini-mini quilt and the clock. I then stitched it all and then copied Jodie's idea for the border.
I also made Anna a crochet hook roll and took a few crafty bits and bobs because she was the winner of my 200th post giveaway - or something like that and I had never got around to sending her anything!!!
And Anna inundated me with presents
beautiful fabrics (that I know a certain friend will be drooling over - good job I plan to share some with her!)
a really lovely sewing kit/card
sweeties for the children - like these - sorry I didn't get a photo of them before they were munched (although I actually think this is a photo of the very ones that arrived here!)
Smores ingredients like these - again lots have been gobbled up!
and wonderful pillow cases for the children with both their REAL names and their BLOG-names on so they can choose who they want to be!!!!
and she used special "smores" fabric too!!!!
It was so amazing to meet Anna and the wonderful ManOfTheHouse who was incredibly kind and patient and long-suffering as we dotted around Edinburgh talking non-stop and diving into pretty shops! I just hope they both come back very soon - or even better, decide to come and live here instead!
And now I must get back to the sewing machine as I still have some things to finish off in preparation for this weekend's BIG BLOGGY meet up!