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Monday, 3 November 2014

A wonderful weekend in conwall & my Mind, Body & Spirit Blanket



Earlier this year a close family friend had some terrible news when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In the ensuing months she has undergone chemotherapy and is now undergoing radiotherapy treatment.

So far her prognosis is good and I have everything crossed that this will continue.

This weekend was a weekend of celebration when she celebrated her 50th Birthday with a surprise party organised by her partner and family.
This was no mean fete but they managed to pull it off although by next weekend I think they would tripped themselves up and let the cat out of the bag so it's just as well it was this Saturday.  

This beautiful cake was made by her niece and having tasted it, not only was it beautiful to look at but it tasted gorgeous too.




So what do you give as a gift to a lady who has had what can only be described as annus horribilis 




Back in April we went to Scotland and whilst there I found this lovely Woodlander wool which I also included in my Sunflower Anniversary giveaway won by Jo at Through the Keyhole


I had started making up my granny squares 


and had reached the blocking out stage, when I found out about the surprise party.

I knew immediately what I had to do.


Finish my latest project



Which I then named 'The Mind, Body & Spirit' blanket.

It has been made with lots of love and will hopefully aid her recovery.


As she and her partner told me yesterday they are looking forward to snuggling up on the settee watching TV over the coming winter months. 

I just loved this wool it was lovely to work with and is a wool I will definitely use again. You can't see properly in this photograph but the wool is all beautiful earthy tones almost like the elements, full of all the healing properties that she is going to need to get her well again.

It was a whistle stop trip


but I had to go and see the sea


and fill my lungs with good Cornish sea air


before returning home


I have many happy memories of Cornish holidays with the children and have photographs of them sitting in the ruin of this tin mine.

It was always a dream of mine to one day live in a little cottage down in Cornwall. 
Well I have the cottage just not in Cornwall.  
Unfortunately I think this will always remain a dream but a lovely dream to have don't you think and a good excuse to have to go back.

Hope you all have a great week.

Mx












28 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful blanket, and it's been given the perfect name. Sending my best wishes to your friend, let's hope that her treatment continues to go well and that she's fighting fit again very soon. Thank you for the mention, I've only been thinking about the Woodlander yarn just recently and wondering what to make with it, I've got a couple of ideas but need to finish my Christmas projects first. A trip to Cornwall, how lovely. We've holidayed there five times in the last six years, always on the north coast, though I think we might try somewhere different next year. I'm sure it will be a place we return to though.

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    1. My friends live in St. Agnes which is a beautiful village totally unspoiled. I always feel like I'm going home when I go there, but most of my ancestry is Cornish and one grandmother was born in St. Agnes. The Woodlander wool is lovely to work with and very soft and washes well. I will certainly be using it again very soon.

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  2. Your blanket looks wonderful Mitzi and a lovely present for your friend, she must have had a tough time and I hope she continues to make a good recovery. Have a lovely week.
    Jane xx

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    1. She has been through the wars a bit and she was thrilled that I'd come all the way down from the fens but it was worth it and a chance to catch up with everyone especially their dad who is 88 years young this year and has always been like a dad to me.

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  3. Fabulous blanket, what a kind, thoughtful gift.....fingers crossed for your friends continued recovery x

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    1. So far so good so we have everything crossed for her.

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  4. What a wonderful gift for your friend. I am sure that she will love it. I hope that her recovery continues to be good and that she is no longer in need of any treatment very soon. xx

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    1. That is the plan if everything continues in the direction it is going currently but I think she has been through the mill a bit this year.

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  5. Such a wonderful gift to receive and I'm sure it will live up to its name as it gets snuggled under in the months ahead. I'm glad you enjoyed your mini trip to Cornwall - I love it too and dream of a little house there. We can dream cant we Mitzi !
    Have a good week, K xx

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    1. It was a long trip but definitely worth it. I start to miss it before I am even out of the county. Still if we didn't have our dreams where would we be. So for now I'll just keep dreaming.

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  6. A wonderfully thoughtful gift, I am sure your friend will find it very cosy and comforting. X

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    1. I'm hoping so, she was thrilled with it as was her partner who said they will be making use of it in the coming months snuggled up on the settee watching the TV.

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  7. What a great blanket and such a special gift. I love cornwall too, I used to live in Plymouth and I have very fond memories.

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    1. I will definitely be making another one, may even be for the sister of this lady who I went to school with some 40 years ago, as when she saw it she did say that maybe it would some how find it's way into her car before she left and she has a birthday next March.

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  8. Hi Mitzi, what a beautifully generous gift to cheer your friend and a very fitting title you gave it. Your blanket is gorgeous, hope you do make another.
    Have a lovely week and happy dreams of the seaside-I dream too of a little abode on the Welsh coast.
    Helen

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    1. We all have to have our dreams don't we Helen. I think I will be making another one as my old school friend (sister to the lady whose birthday it was) also fell in love with it so might have to make another for her birthday in March. I also liked it as did my daughter so there could be a little production of them going on.

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  9. Your afghan is beautiful, and will be much appreciated by your friend. How kind and loving you are! I love the birthday cake too - it looks amazing.

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    1. I knew this Afghan was going to be something rather special but once I could see the end result coming alive I just knew it was going to be wonderful. Her cake was made by her Niece who has a degree in baking, but she obviously gets her talents from my friend who many moons ago in a previous existence made my wedding cake.

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  10. I love this idea for a gift. I made one for my mom last Christmas. It was definitely a labour of love.

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    1. They are aren't they but sooooo worth it when you see their faces when they open it. I couldn't leave to drive home until she had opened it and needless to say there was a lot of squealing went on.

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  11. That is a very beautiful blanket, with a very beautiful name. Such a thoughtful gift. I have been to Cornwall only one time, but I dream of going back soon. An absolutely lovely place. Anna x

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    1. Thank you Anna, to get such lovely comments from all of you is a true accolade and as the lady receiving the gift is very much into Mind, Body & Spirit I couldn't think of anything better especially as she's had such a tough year. I used to go to Cornwall a lot when the children were younger I don't get the chance so much these days but it is very much my spiritual home I always feel like I have recharged my batteries when I have been there and even though I don't live too far away from the sea these days there is nothing like the Cornish coast. I'll keep dreaming.

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  12. Mitzi, that is a beautiful blanket, what a lovely gift. We were in Cornwall this summer and the beaches we visited were lovely, but I think its Scotland that we absolutely love visiting! I like the look of the castles up there, and the beaches up above Inverness are gorgeous.

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    1. We went to Scotland back in April but not that far up but D has been many times and tells me it is beautiful. May be we will have to make another trip so he can convince me.... Most of my ancestry is from Cornwall so I suppose I already have that lean. It is absolutely beautiful and St. Agnes is a very unspoiled village (thankfully) like so many places a lot of Cornwall has been spoiled by commercialism which is such a shame. We don't live too far away from the sea now but it's just not the same..... so I have to go back every so often to get my fix...

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  13. What a beautiful surprise gift for your friend and that wool certainly looks lovely. I can't believe the number of clever people I find on blogs and all are so generous. Must take some clues from that. I also love Cornwall, and have never been to St. Agnes, but it sure looks nice from those photos. Hope your friend recovers completely and you take care.

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    1. She certainly had a wonderful weekend and she loved her blanket which just topped the whole thing off. St. Agnes is a lovely little village and in the 30+ years I have been going to that particular area it has never changed which is just perfect.

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  14. What a thoughtful gift you gave your friend.
    I wish her a happy and healthy future.
    Lisa x

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    1. Thanks Lisa. Hope your poppy has arrived safely. Stamps and chocolate arrived yesterday very nice thank you.

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