Yesterday I met my second ever, never known to me before the internet and this blog began blogger. Having
learnt my lesson last time and invited a fellow blogger to my house for a cuppa and to chat 'blog' and having been severely reprimanded by both a close friend and my daughter, reminding me that I would not allow my children to bring internet 'friends' to the house, thought this time perhaps I better play it a little bit safer and meet in a public place.
So it came about that Amy from Love Made My Home blog and I met in a gorgeous coffee shop almost equidistant to our humble abodes. Luckily for us we had been given the heads up to pre book a table for 11. 11 o'clock and you need to book a table, bonkers I thought to myself, but heeded the advice and am I glad I did. The café in question was packed and we would not have managed to acquire a seat otherwise. Having arrived few minutes after Amy, I was told she was sitting at the back and as I head turned to look beyond the people standing in front of me the owner of the café said, 'Ahh, of course you won't know who she is, this is a blind date!' She needn't have feared as Amy and I were all over that dilemma like a rash, we had agreed to crochet our own brooches and either blog about them or email them across before meeting up. Amy was a tad worried that there may be a crochet brooch convention in town that day, but we were in luck and we appeared to be the only two 'crafty' ones in visible sight.
We spent a great couple of hours chewing the fat, getting to know more about each other and talking blogs. How do you do this... have you tried that... what do you think about this... There was much laughter and no awkward silences and it would appear that neither of us are mass murderers. As with meeting up with Phil from the Twisted Yarn, it was fun and refreshing and I did not feel I had to curb my enthusiasm as some else's eyes glazed over as soon as I mentioned the word BLOG.
So what brooch did I wear? Good question and one I kept asking myself for the last couple of weeks. I left it as I often do till the eleventh hour and was to be found sitting in our study in the early hours of the morning before our meet up crocheting a brooch, well two actually, as I wanted to give a little gift to Amy...
I found a wonderful brooch made by the equally talented Sarah of Annaboo's house, if you are a crochet fan and have not discovered her yet, scroll down to find the link, it's worth it, I promise you. And so began the Scottie dog brooches...
|Scottie dog crocheted body|
|Adding on the crocheted head to the Scottie dog|
|Two sides are needed of the Scottie dog body and then |
crocheted around to form a 3D shape
|By the second brooch, I was tired and |
he became a little crochet fudged, but looks fine
|Getting ready with my crocheted brooch|
To follow the clear and easy instructions to make your own Scottie dog, just follow the link to Annaboo's house: Scottie dog brooch tutorial
Amy was so sweet and also presented me with a crochet brooch and I am wearing it now as I blog, hence the not so perfect photograph. To see a great shot of it and to find the tutorial for her lovely brooch follow the link to her blog: Amy's crocheted flower brooch
A few snaps of the quaint village that we met up for lunch....
|Quaint UK village|
|Village hall dating from 1900|
|Alongside the river Thames|
|Mill house, the water was cascading and defeaning|
|The only photograph I remembered to take of the café|
♥ A toast to meeting new people and
facing new challenges throughout the year ♥