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Charity Mug Rugs

Since my last posting I have made in excess of 30 mug rugs for charity.  Some of which have been delivered already and will be sold next week at Myton Hospice Christmas Fair in Warwick. http://www.mytonhospice.org/events.html

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The others are in various stages of completion (they will all be finished off this afternoon) and will be put ready for DH to sell in aid of her degree show, unless something else deserving comes up in the mean time.

Once I have cleared the decks of the ‘stuff’ needed for these and all the associated scraps of fabric, batting etc., it will be time to start a new project.  I have several in mind including quilted silhouettes and a couple of art quilts.  These are all to be finished before Christmas along with an embroidery, the design of which is secreted in my head but needs to be drawn out on paper – another job for this afternoon?  No perhaps I will just do the remaining hand stitching on the mug rugs whilst I suffer in silence (yet again I have lost my voice) with my very sore throat and horrid cough, my ears hurt too.  Thanks to those who are kind enough to pass on their colds and share their germs around.  Enough self pity – I have a new sewing machine arriving in the next couple of days so I will need to be fit and well, with a cleared sewing table ready for that, I can’t wait, it has been a long time in coming.  I have bought it to replace the one I have used nearly everyday for the last 20 years, it’s about time it enjoyed its retirement although it will be still around as a back for when the new one is in for its service.

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Mary’s Living and Giving Shop, Primrose Hill, London

Mary Portas has two living and giving shops in London one in Nottinghill the other over the road from the Museum of Everything; so on our visit to the museum yesterday we enjoyed a trip to Mary’s shop.  My daughter bought 2 glasses and a bracelet and I purchased a tea set.  The quality in the shop was far superior to any other charity shop I have ever been into.  The fitting room was a step into Narnia as it is made from a wardrobe, all added to the enjoyment.