Sunday, 7 July 2013

Worth the wait

I'm a huge Wimbledon fan and have been since I was child. I was one of those whose kids who would hit a ball against a wall and pretend I was competing in the Women's final on Centre Court. Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova would try their best but would never take the title.

During Wimbledon fortnight normal life would be put on hold. Everything had to be done before the TV coverage started at 11.30am and meals would always be quick and easy so not to miss too much of the action stuck in the kitchen.

Shortly after I came home from London I decided to make a thank you card for the staff at the King Edward hospital. Whilst I could have simply bought a card I thought it would mean more if I made it myself (somehow I don't think they would get many handmade cards.....).

Under the supervision of Mr Gertie I went into my workroom and gathered together everything I needed to make the cross stitch card.

Normally a card like this wouldn't take very long to do. However because of the tennis it took me the whole two weeks !!!! I'd like to think it was worth the wait (and worth the wait for a British winner. Well done Andy).

Have a great week.

Gertie xx

PS why not pop over to Handmade Monday to see what other fellow craft bloggers have been up to.

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  1. aww i'm sure the time and effort you out into your card will be much appreciated by its recipients :)

    i'm not a big tennis fan but i'm so happy for the Brits who are today! :)

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    1. When I was doing my sewing in hospital it got a lot of interest so I'd like to think they liked the card xx

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  2. I loved the tennis at the time of Chris Evert, Martina, Jimmy Connors, Bjorn Borg etc - everything was arranged round TV coverage then too in my family! I find it hard to even knit whilst watching TV so well done for completing cross stitch!

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    1. That was the golden age of tennis. So many great players and the wonderful Dan 'well played' Maskell xx

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  3. I'm sure the card will be treasured :)

    Whilst I was driving home from the craft fair today listening to the tennis I realised that this was a first for my parents too (in their early 70s) - a British winner of the men's singles. Quite amazing!!

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    1. Wow!! It makes you wonder how many people can actually remember the last time we had a men's champion.

      Hope the fair went well xx

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  4. The tennis has been good over the past two weeks hasn't it? It was a great finish today too, go Andy! Your card is beautiful and I'm sure that you're right in thinking that the staff at the hospital would appreciate a handmade, individual card.
    I hope you have a good week.

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    1. This Wimbledon has been one of the best that I can remember. A great end to a great fortnight xx

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  5. Oh good old Navaratilova. Those were the days! Your card is lovely. It will mean a lot and no doubt get pride of place. I am glad to see that you are still being very sensible. Long may it continue! xx

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    1. Martina was certainly a force to be reconned with. I always felt sorry for Chrissie as she just couldn't beat her on grass.

      So unlike me, I'm still doing as I'm told :-) xx

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  6. I am sure the recipient of this card will be very pleased to receive it, I know I would :)

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    1. Thanks - and good to have you back xx

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  7. I must be older than many of you, as we used to pretend to be either Billie Jean King, Virginia Wade, or Yvonne Goolagong. I was Virginia Wade because of my name. I am sure the staff will really love the card. Thanks for your comments on my blog.

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    1. Of course you're not old - you remember watching them on video didn't you !!! xx

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  8. What a great game today! I am not ashamed to say I cried when he won - my sons thought I'd gone mad! My Grandparents had a bungalow with the perfect wall for solo tennis playing, I spent many an hour thrashing the best against that wall! I love your card, I think x-stitch cards are wonderful to give. I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated. Hope you are well and truly on the mend x

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    1. I shed a tear too and last year when he lost. We're right softies !!! xx

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  9. Wonderful to see your home. Oh I hope you didn't jump up and down too much when Andy won. Your card is lovely I bet the staff will be thrilled to receive it.
    Ali x

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    1. It was hard remembering that I couldn't celebrate Andy's win in the usual Wimbledon manner of jumping up and down on the sofa. I think he would have understood... xx

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  10. uaaah! very nice! :) i ljust ove cross stitch cards - and i know very well how much time, effort and patience can go into them as i stitch them regularly.

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  11. A really lovely card and I am sure they appreciated it was made by you. Hope you have a good week and that your recovery is on track.

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    1. Thanks and I hope you're doing well with your recovery too xx

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  12. Your card looks stunning, I did have a little chuckle at the thought of you been supervised whilst in your craft room! Hope you continue to recover well.

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    1. Oh yes, the warden keeps strict eye on me when I set foot into my workroom xx

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  13. Hi Gertie, the card is lovely. I wish I could do cross stitch! I hope you are getting better each day and please take it easy. Enjoy your week :)

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    1. You'd be surprised how easy cross stitch is to. It keeps me out of mischief xx

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  14. The card looks beautiful. I'm sure the staff will love it. It's amazing how much time seems to slip away when it comes to things like watching sport. Hope your recovery is going well.

    P.S. Thank you for giving my blog it's 1000th comment too :-)

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    1. Gosh, what an honour. Your 1000th comment!!! xx

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  15. What a lovely, thoughtful card. I'm sure it'll be truly appreciated.
    I always feel a bit sad when Wimbledon's over - just love watching the tennis, though don't tend to see as much as I'd like, usually bustling about in the kitchen when it's on. Having said that, this year we got centre court tickets for 'last 16' day!! Such an amazing treat xx

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    1. Glad it's not just me who feels sad when Wimbledon is over.

      Wow!!! I am so green with envy. Who did you see? xx

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