I have to admit to not getting much done this week except a little bit of sewing on Audrey and as I suspected starting her eye makes me feel watched. I do confess to feeling her natural beauty shining through – take a look. What do you think?
That’s all folks
Well yes the sun is shining and all creatures great and small are singing or mating. Just an observation!
For those of you who are not so cheery, I have some bright and beautiful flowers to try and cheer you up.
The yellow violas have quite a pungent perfume smell as you open the back door.
The other pansies have settled from their move and are standing quite tall now.
Doesn’t the colour of the Bloody Cranesbill just pop out of the screen? I love the colour of the Campanulas.
The pansies that were left in the garden have been squashed by a certain cat sitting on them watching the Robin’s Nest and also leaving it’s calling card (if you know what I mean). Not happy – we have just invested in one of those electronic cat deterrents. Hope it works!
Having been out shopping I just couldn’t help but visit the book shop, bought two new books – well not both are new – The Favoured Child is second hand. (I am going to have a lot of reading to do – perhaps some early nights or even making the most of the long days and read outside of an evening).
Kate Humble used to be on Country File.
The other thing I achieved today was to finish cutting the squares to my New Idea – (The Vintage Tea Party in a Tent Quilt). Here is a sneak peak at how half the quilt will look
It’s all pastel pinks and light blue. Here are some close ups of the blocks
I really need to get sewing, but my mojo just wasn’t their today. Just going to read.
Bye for now
Well May was a busy month all in all. Now the Summer Weather has finally arrived I bought new books to read sitting on a bench with a good cup of tea. Can not wait to start reading Michael Caine’s book. I find him quite entertaining.
I’ve not read any Nadia Marks so hopefully will be enjoyable, I love Cecelia Ahern books and I am half way through the one I showed before (One Hundred Names) – it is quite intriguing.
I have also started reading David Attenborough – I think it might be one that I dip in and out of – if you know what I mean!
I am reading this as my night time read. Yesterday I watched the video (so that’s another one off my list of 19 for 19 DVD’s) – it was quite good and brilliantly acted. The book is just beating it though – has more detail about her early life. Anybody else read or watched the movie.? what do you think?
Now I am going outside to read
Hope everyone is enjoying the Bank Holiday in England, weather is inclement as usual.
Well I have been busy cross stitching and have moderate success on both Lady Greensleeves and Audrey. Also couldn’t resist starting a new project.
May 11th 2019
May 25th 2019
Now onto some machine sewing. I have been working on the pirate quilt and it is nearly complete, the middle section is sewn together and the top and bottom parts are sewn together. The top border is complete and it is just the bottom border to sew together. Then the hard part of putting the base the inner padding and the top together. (No pictures yet). I will probably just quilt in the ditches.
However, I have had another idea and that is to either sew a patchwork pillowcase or table runner. Picture of my idea:
Well that is me done. Thanks for reading
Do you remember I recently purchased some small material bundles from a trip to a retail park well I have just cut one up and made 4 x tablemats (well that is what they will be when I have finished them). At the moment I have just designed and cut out the pattern. The centre is a Pinwheel Block- and I have to give a huge shout out to Bekki @Dartmoor Yarns for showing everyone how to do a quick pinwheel block on her blog.(The Quick and Easy Pinwheel Block Method – 18th April 2019). I am new to patchwork but have a very curious mind so do not mind trying new things.
Which one is your favourite?
Now some photos – none of it is sewn together yet.
Became these ……….
Well, that is all for this post – thank you for stopping by.
Sorry the title sounds a little cryptic – but what it means is out with the old and in with the new as far as our garden is concerned.
It is my last day off work and yesterday I helped Husband trim the back hedge being very careful not to disturb the robin on its nest of 3 eggs. Also we removed all the pansies from the little raised bed into one pot keeping the best ones and disposing of the others.
Today we visited the local garden centre, purchased our chosen varieties and some that I haven’t tried before. Returning home – we began planting. The raised bed was to have Geraniums – Mixed colours at the back (they do not mind if it gets a little dry) and in front we planted African Marigolds in Vanilla. The lavender we purchased last year is in full bloom.
The little area in front of the shed was to have French Marigolds and I moved some of the purple coloured pansies to the right around the trunk of the palm type tree – which by the way coming into flower.
Lobelia was planted in the Pieris Forest Flame pot and 3 marigolds and also in the Rhododendron pot just to add some colour in later summer. The fern has unfuled beautifully.
Along the side fence I planted Nemesia in Banana Split and Sapphire Blue. I’ve not tried this plant before so we shall have to wait and see.
Finally I took a picture of my Oak Tree which we moved recently and the root had grown through the bottom of the pot and we had to break it off. I thought that maybe we had lost it but it has performed as normal so far, so touch wood, it survives.
Now we are exhausted and I am going to do some sewing. The ironing will just have to wait!
Bye for now.
Hope you are all well!
It has been necessary that we purchase a new reclining chair for my husband so a visit to the local retail park has been undertaken and whilst there I purchased some fat bundles of fabric at Hobbycraft that were reduced in price. Also some reels of cotton and some more fabric pens. Therefore a happy trip.
I was thinking of making some patchwork table placemats with the above. Must think of a design – might try a spinning wheel. Pushing the boundaries again!
I bought these above and below images just because I love the colours – maybe try a patchwork tablecloth or some more tablemats. We will have to wait and see.
Also purchased some bits and bobs that needed replacing – white cotton and a variegated blue cotton. A few more fabric pens.
Well that is all my news on the sewing front.
Thanks for reading
It’s raining outside so gives me time to do a little sewing. I have indeed been busy on that front and as promised in a previous post I have taken some pictures of my efforts.
Firstly some surrounds to two separate quilts
The Beachcomber surround is the beach huts and harbour utilities.
Sorry about picture quality.
Next the Pirate Quilt surround
And now for the finish (fifth one this year) – it is Carmen in all her glory.
Carmen on the left and Maude on the right. Both are from Classic Embroidery designed by Jill Cater-Nixon.
I love doing Blackwork – there are so many different patterns. I might make up my own Sampler in blackwork – should be fun!
Here are some close up shots of their heads and skirts. (PS I added the remaining beads to Carmens hair – not on original and also added some blue metallic thread to her shoe – not on Original design.)
Hope you enjoyed your visit.
Bye for now
Well I have a few days of from work and apart from helping my husband with a few jobs in the garden I have some time to stitch and sew. I am still making progress with Lady Greensleeves and Audrey is coming along nicely. I am going to try and finish the project I was stitching at work – Carmen. And having had a tidy up around the sewing area I have decided to start some new projects.
Firstly, and in no particular order of preference, there are two small projects (I might take these as dinner hour projects at work) which I intend to be presents,
Secondly, I am going to stitch something which includes bead work. I am quite fond of Dreamcatchers, and the colours in this particular one appeal to me, and I like the sentiment.
Also going to stitch something I have had for about three years and haven’t even looked at it. As I like farm animals – I like these portraits. The other stitchwork is because I play the saxophone and trumpet. I would like to learn the piano and once had a go on a double base but I was quite small at school and the instrument was just too big. It’s quite a funny memory really! It is strange what triggers memories that lie hidden in the depths of the brain, don’t you think?
Apart from sifting through the piles of cross stitch that I now have – I have sewn together some more patchwork pieces for the Beachcomber/Beside the Sea quilt and the top part of the Pirate quilt in blocks of 4. (no pictures yet – see Sunday’s post)
And finally, a more relaxing pursuit – colouring the butterflies – progress made
Trust me – it is relaxing!
Thank you for reading – take care of yourself
Today is a gorgeous sunny blue sky day in East England, and to celebrate Mother Nature here are some before and after pictures of development in our little bit of the Earth.
Maple Tree then …….
I love the burnished colour of these leaves.
Below – I tried to take an artistic shot of the campanula – I like how the light is shining on the petals and also managed to get the rain drops. It had rained in the night quite hard.
Then I pruned or deflowered the Pieris Forest Flame ready for new red leaves to appear which then turn to pale green.
In full bloom
and now ……
Does it not look a little sorry for its self?
And now wishful thinking ….. I would love to have a Dachshund – prefer the wire haired breed or the smooth tan coloured dogs. Husband doesn’t want the responsibility whilst I am still at work. But I can dream …..
These pictures were in a magazine but I could not resist taking a picture – look at their little happy intelligent faces.
That’s all for today – hope it made you smile.