Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Quilting and a winner

Hello lovely bloggy people :o)
Hope this post finds you all fine and dandy!

Thankyou so much for all your kind 'welcome back' hellos. It is lovely of you all to leave such kind comments and make me feel all warm inside. :o)

Now, I've been a bit cheeky with this post title, as the winner I have mentioned is ME!!
Yes, me!  I've won something else beside the Harry Potter tickets that I told you about last post!

I have won a blog giveaway. But it's one with a difference. My prize is a years subscription to the brand new vintage magazine called Pretty Nostalgic.

I won the giveaway on Niki's blog, and was absolutely astounded when she emailed me to tell me I was a winner!  I had to hotfoot it over to her blog to check that I really had won before I believed her!
But I'm really pleased to have won this. Honestly i was so excited, it felt like Christmas!
When I get the first issue on 1st May, i'll show you all what it's like ;o)
But from the blog, it looks to be something really lovely, and it features Nikis shop in it too :o)


Anyway, what have I been up to this week?
Well, I've been trying really hard to get a quilt finished...

It has lots of applique roses on it (you know, those -what I call- William Morris style roses...)

And it has embroidery stems -which i have to admit, the embroidery was quicker to do that those roses!!  And I have discovered that I badly hate quilting with linen!!

But I'm getting there. When it's all been stitched together, I'm going to get my eldest daughter to hand quilt it. It's a present for one of her helpers at school, and I thought it would be nice if the helper realised that my daughter had shed tears over it, as well as her mum!! lol.


And, I've been pigeon sitting!!  Now, I know you're all thinking what an ugly creature this baby pigeon is, but i just think they are the most cutest things!!

When I was little my Dad used to have great big pigeon lofts, and have racing pigeons. And I do miss them a lot as I always used to be down in the lofts with him.
But then when we moved here, we met an older couple who live near by who breed 'fancy' pigeons. And when they realised they had met someone who wasn't scared of pigeons, and actually adored them, they asked if I could look after them for them when they go on holiday and the such, and I just love it!!

So whilst I was there, i just had to take a photo of 'Neville' (I named him/her -don't ask how I thought of Neville lol) as i just knew you lot would like a little looksie!  He's one of the first babies out this year !

My neighbours also have the most beautiful garden.
I just love this apple blossom -I think it's prettier than my apple tree blossom...

And just as luck would have it, when ever I went in the morning to feed, the sun was shining beautifully, even though it's been pouring and hailing  for about two weeks now....

I thought this view was a bit surreal with a mediterranean palm tree, and our english ,native holly bush in the same picture!

And I loved the shadows of the palm that played out on my neighbours, neighbours (does that make sense?) house wall...

I mean how nosey can one woman get, not only taking photos in her neighbours garden, but taking pictures of her neighbours, neighbours garden lol.
Bet you're pleased I don't live near you!! :D

Anyway, that's me for today lovely bloggers. Off to have a nose around blogland :O)
You take care now, and I'll speak soon.

Love Donna xx

Oh my word!!!   I have just found out that I have won another prize!  Can you believe it? Cos' I can't !    I shall be buying a few lottery tickets this week, but I'm not sure it works like that, and this is my third win already - so maybe I'm just being greedy! :D

Happy, happy week folk. xxxx


  1. Neville is precious!!! The details I learn about you never fail to amaze me. A pigeon lover. Huh.

    Congratulations on your blog winS ;)

    The roses on your quilt are stupendous... and I can't imagine even having the guts to try quilting with linen. That's going to be a beauty!

  2. Congratulations, Donna! It seems lady luck is on your side right now--you won soso bucks too! Well done.

  3. Congratulations Donna. I love Neville, and I agree he does look like a Neville! Is that sunshine I spot in the last couple of photographs? We have had it tipping down with rain most of this week :( Enjoy the rest of your week and keep buying those lottery tickets...you never know.
    Jo xx

  4. Go out now and get those lottery tickets, you're on a winning streak.lol
    Buttons in the post.

  5. Wow, you lucky devil you! Really like the pic of the baby pigeon!

  6. Glad to see you back Donna and well done on all your wins!

  7. hi donna. i am in nz and have just found your blog. i am a quilter and crafter. at the moment apart from umpteen unfinished quilts i have crochet granny squares , and yoyos on the go. love the baby bird. i also look after neighbours aviary and love all birds. im new to this blogging thing so havnt got mine tp and going yet. need help being a bit old and slow with this tech age. keep up the good work. il be a regular viewer.:-) trillian

  8. Sounds like your luck is in at the moment, congratulations on your wins! Fingers crossed its the lottery win next!!!
    Your quilt is going to be lovely, the applique roese are so neat, and it is such a special and thoughtful gift for the helper,especially with your daughter helping too.
    The baby pigeon is so cute!
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend with your family Donna!

    Gill xx

  9. Ciao...complimenti per il tuo blog, ma soprattutto piacere di conoscerti!!!Mi sono unita ai tuoi sostenitori e credo che passerò a trovarti più spesso.Ciao Patry


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