Sunday, April 17, 2016

Singapore, Meeting a Blogging Friend and First RAK

Well, made it back from my three weeks in Singapore. It was an amazing time - all spent with family. My SIL and DD are great tour guides - they took me all over Singapore. Of course, the highlights are the times I got to spend with my sweet grandson.

DGS and me watching "Let it Go" from "Frozen"on my iPad

Saying good-bye at the airport when it was time for me to leave was very teary....I just hope it won't be another year before I see them all again.

While in Singapore, my DD and GS took me to the Peranakan Museum. The current gallery exhibits tell the story of the Peranakans. A brief background: Southeast Asia has been a crossroads of trade for centuries. Some of these traders married local women and made their homes there. The descendants of these marriages are the ancestors of the Peranakans. Their culture is a rich one, full of tradition and beauty. I was particularly struck by the intricate beading of the Peranakan beaded slippers. (More about this in a future post).

I also got to visit with sweet Angela from Pretty Little Things in a Box  blog. Angela and I met through our blogs and have become good friends as a result of our blogs and emails.


Angela is an amazing young lady - she has her own shop in Singapore, specializing in knitting, crocheting, stitching supplies - and lessons. My DD and I stopped by the shop, Wish I were Stitching, for a quick visit. The following week, Angela treated me to lunch and some sightseeing - AND on our second visit together, Angela taught me how to crochet!  I also received these sweet gifts:


 A beautiful shawl Angela crocheted


 A book, needles and thread for tatting (yea!! something I've always wanted to learn to do)


32 Ct linen - one of my favorites to stitch 

.....and there's more to share, but I'll save that for a future post.

Now - my first 60th Birthday Celebration RAK - delivered to Angela - 


I stitched the flat ornament with Angela's initial and DH hand made Angela's shop logo, plus he also made the stand. I didn't get a good picture of the stand, but there is a lot of scroll work - it's beautiful. There were some other small gifts for her - which I forgot to photograph ;(

OK - I'm still suffering from jet lag - so will end this post. I've got TONS to share with you all - and there's been a lot of stitching and needles flying whilst I was on my journey.....so stop by in a few days for more news.





32 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a great time my friend. I am glad you are back safe. You and your husband created beautiful gifts for Angela.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Welcome home! It sounded like you had a fabulous visit with family and with your friend. Love the wooden heart your husband made for her as well as the flat ornament you stitched. Your shawl is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  3. helloooooo Young lady. Very nice to hear from you again and know how much you have enjoy in Singapur :D :D
    This linen looks great
    Muxus

    ReplyDelete
  4. Glad you got home safe and sound and had an amazing trip.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Welcome home. So glad your trip was fabulous. Looking forward to more news!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Welcome back!! Sounds like you had a lot of fun and smiles in Singapore 😊😊
    Yippppeeeee!! many happy smiley birthday wishes again 😊😊
    Very pretty wood work by your talented husband 😊 can just make out the pretty stand.
    Lovely gifts, the shawl is made beautifully and a really nice colour too. Wow! Now you crochet too!! Go you!! It's something I have been trying and trying for years... One day lol! Can't wait to see what you stitch on the Linen.
    Big smiles 😊😊

    ReplyDelete
  7. Sound like you had a fun trip
    Love and hugs x

    ReplyDelete
  8. What lovely memories and how much fun to meet up with a blogging friend!

    ReplyDelete
  9. How wonderful for you to see your family.xxx

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a wonderful trip you had - hope the flights were as delightful. Your grandson is a sweetheart, and what special memories made with family and a bogging friend. Gifts both given and received are lovely; your husband's woodworking is as exquisite as your many talents. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Can't wait for more news .x

    ReplyDelete
  12. Welcome back! I am sure you had a great time and hope you will manage to meet your family there soon again! How great to meet your Internet friend.Aren't these friendships so special? I love all the gifts given and taken.Now going to see that museum!AriadnefromGreece!

    ReplyDelete
  13. welcome back ... hope it isn't as long till you get to see your wee grandson again ... how fab to meet up with your friend and get to see her shop and be taught crochet as well ... love the wee gift you made her and DH's stand for her shop name ... wonderful .... love mouse xxxxx

    ReplyDelete
  14. How fun to visit Singapore and it must of been great to meet your blogging friend in person. I love the blanket and hope you have fun with crocheting. Take care and rest up from the jet lag.
    Julie xo

    ReplyDelete
  15. Lovely gifts you gave Angela. Beautiful stitching and your husband has done a gorgeous job of the plaque and stand. Fantastic...

    ReplyDelete
  16. Glad to had a wonderful time, Kim. I think blogging friends are just wonderful. How lovely to get to meet angela in person. Enjoy your new skill of crocheting. Hugs, Christine xx

    ReplyDelete
  17. Nice to have you back... and lovely to see you had a wonderful holiday... xox

    ReplyDelete
  18. Welcome home! Sounds like you had a brilliant time in Singapore :o)
    How wonderful for you and Angela to meet up.... I love the RAK gift you gave her. You and your hubby are both extremely talented :o)
    Hope you get over the jet lag soon!
    Hugs xx

    ReplyDelete
  19. Lovely gifts from your friend Kim.

    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  20. Lovely gifts!!
    Welcome back!!
    Hugs

    ReplyDelete
  21. Congrats on the finishes to both hubby & yourself, they look superb!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Good to hear that you had such a great time, look forward to hearing more about it.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Welcome home! It sounds like an amazing trip. I am so glad you were able to spend some time with your daughter and her family. How fun that you met up with Angela, too! Very sweet. Your husband does amazing woodwork. I can see a bit of the detail in the stand. Such lovely gifts - given and received. (I must say, I hope I am half as lovely as you when I approach my 60th. You certainly do not look your age.)

    ReplyDelete
  24. That looks like a great trip - thanks for sharing. Your husband's woodwork is beautiful. Are you going to hand-deliver all of your RAKs? That would be a challenge - but a fun one!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Isn't it amazing how our blogs connect us with fellow stitchers all over the world, Kim? How special that you and Angela were able to meet up in person! Your gift for her and your husbands woodworking piece are so beautiful--something she will cherish.

    I just love the photo of you and your grandson... sure hope I get that opportunity some day :)

    Hope you recover from your jetlag soon, Kim--looking forward to reading more about your trip!

    ReplyDelete
  26. Angela is so lucky to get to meet you personally. Glad you enjoyed Singapore.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Welcome back! Those are some amazing gifts, and a lovely little present for Angela too :D

    ReplyDelete
  28. Sounds like you had an absolutely amazing time! I understand how you feel about how hard it is to leave. Our oldest son and daughter-in-love live across the country and they're expecting their first child. We're going out in the fall for a couple of weeks and I already know I will be a teary mess when we have to leave to come home.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Kim: Wow what a lovely trip you had, and to see your Grandbaby what a treat
    It is so nice to meet fellow bloggers, I have met a couple.
    Love the Heart and Stand, so beautiful.
    The little A ornament is lovely.

    Blessings
    Catherine

    ReplyDelete
  30. I'm so pleased that you had a great time. Looking forward to hearing all about it now.
    Lucky Angela getting the first RAK of the special year. My plans are now up on my blog!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Hi Kim, Welcome home - it certainly sounds like you had a wonderful trip and how exciting that like the cherry on the top you were able to meet with Angela. Lovely RAK gifts from you to her but hers to you were great, too.

    ReplyDelete
  32. Wow, it sounds like you had a great time in Singapore! I love that you learned to crochet there; that's so great. Will you specialize in miniature pillows and blankets done in fine crochet thread? :D I am still wrangling with tatting. Maybe if I become an octopus it will be easier. RAKs to and from are all amazing! :D

    ReplyDelete