That is to say, two sorts of quick glimpses…
The first …. looking out from the skylight at the top of my house I caught a glimpse of pink at the end of my garden. Intrigued I pulled on my wellies and went up the old stone steps to investigate. I was delighted to find that the fat green buds on my early flowering camellia had burst into brilliant bloom – and so I simply had to bring some indoors to enjoy …..
They’re the same pink as my newly painted chair! I’m in the middle of redecorating my kitchen in honour of Rosie & Dan’s wedding later this year and was inspired by the lovely ice cream candy colours used at the Winking Prawn beach restaurant in Salcombe where I took them for Rosie’s birthday lunch …..
Will be sure to post pictures when it’s all finished! And the second quick glimpse …. just a peek at the cover of the new issue of the Bustle & Sew eMagazine – that’s the March issue – to be published on Thursday….
I think it’s rather pretty (though I say so myself) and I do hope you’ll enjoy the projects. I haven’t quite finished putting the preview together yet (my pesky slow internet is holding things up), but I’ll post it tomorrow so you can have a proper look at the contents.
And finally …. I can’t possibly post about decorating without including a picture of my canine “helper” ….
Yes .. it’s that naughty Miss Daisy – complete with pink streak!
This morning I awoke very early to hear (yet again) the sound of the rain beating against my bedroom window. My heart sank and I snuggled down beneath the covers for just a little longer (as I thought)! Waking again some time later I was delighted to discover that a weak and watery sun was trying to push its way from behind the clouds – and by 8.30 was shining brightly in a blue sky. So I loaded my furry friends into the back of my car and we headed off down to Beesands, just a few minutes from home. Today the sea looked so calm and gentle …
It seems impossible that just a couple of weeks ago it was so destructive and violent. I think I mentioned before that the road at Beesands had been washed away – and on this trip it was possible to see the full extent of the damage ….
Quite horrifying! Beesands is a very popular destination for many of our summer visitors and if the road isn’t repaired there will be a definite impact on local businesses. I don’t think it will be a very high priority though with so many more urgent repairs to carry out – and I’m not sure what will happen. None of this bothered the Newfies of course, who were just happy to be back on the beach ….
Yes .. that’s Daisy launching an attack leap at poor long-suffering Ben. He puts up with her very well! I was delighted with a special beachcombing find this morning – this would have been a perfect Valentine image and was a definite “keeper.”
Then home again. Daisy loves my new kitchen door and I rather like it too! I’ve yearned for a stable door for some time and as my old door was completely rotten and had to be replaced I now have a beautiful shiny version. And even nicer – it’s the perfect height for Miss Daisy to rest her furry paws upon while gazing at the world outside ….
(Excuse the untidiness behind her – I’m moving and sorting everything out prior to a bit of redecorating) Then, leaving Daisy and Ben snoring gently I headed upstairs for a little more sewing.
Another project for the March Bustle & Sew Magazine – all will be revealed very soon indeed!
Phew …. it’s been a busy few days what with one thing and another! I’ve been working hard on a couple of commissioned designs as well as the March magazine, so haven’t been around much online recently. But here I am now with a new updated Humphrey pattern.
Humphrey was one of my original free patterns – based on a vintage design from my own childhood. I’ve updated that old pattern and included some a few tips on how to stop fabrics fraying when hand stitching your softies. If a softie’s quite plain I sometimes feel felt can be a bit (whisper it) boring so it’s nice to use a patterned fabric, though you do have to deal with the fraying issue. I thought Humphrey needed this patterned treatment which in his case has acted a bit like a face-lift! He now looks a lot younger than his age recreated in a lovely vibrant pink check …..
If you’d like to make your own Humphrey, please just CLICK HERE to download your updated free pattern.
I’ve had to keep Humphrey – and his friend, the famous super-model(!) Sidney well out of Daisy’s reach while taking their pictures. I think she is becoming rather jealous that they take all my attention while I’m sewing them …….
Wonder what she’s thinking!
She enjoyed her walk today though – the first time for ages that we’ve enjoyed a bright sunny morning – perfect for a longer excursion. But the bridlepath was blocked by a fallen tree – a casualty of the recent gales.
We approached the problem in various – but very typical – ways. I stood back – assessed the situation, measured by eye and decided I could clamber over the tree through a gap in the branches. Ben used his enormous strength to force a hole then shoulder his way through the lower branches, whilst Daisy – oh dear – couldn’t wait to follow her brother through the hole he’d made but twirled round and round in mad excitement, then made a flying leap, became stuck in the tangle of ivy festooning the trunk and had to be rescued. Silly puppy! Then home for a little stitching on another project for the March magazine….
A vintage illustration from “The Rosie Posie Book” by Anne Anderson. I’m really enjoying stitching this – it makes me think of summer days to come and I hope subscribers will love it too.
Thanks so much to everyone who left comments on my last post or emailed me. I’m not embarrassed about cutting up my ironing board cover at all now – in fact I shall be looking for even more ways to reuse and recycle and will definitely be implementing one or two of your ideas. Of course a great way to cut waste and help the environment is to stop using plastic bags, something that we’re particularly keen on down here in Devon. I always try to have a reusable bag tucked inside my pocket or handbag when I’m out shopping – and as last year’s bag is getting little the worse for wear I thought I’d include some new designs in the March issue of the Bustle & Sew eMagazine. There are three versions, all featuring easy machine applique. I started by photographing the Twelve of Hearts bag ….
Rosie’s already claimed this one when I’ve finished writing up the pattern! But the bag seemed a little flat and empty in the photo. Then I remembered a small softie who is always wanting to join in the fun …..
Yes, it’s Sidney from the August 2013 Magazine! He would make the perfect model for my tote bags I thought. So I brought him downstairs and tucked him inside the Bunny Love bag …
Where he looked rather nice. Then we tried the Fabric Daisy bag – Sidney was clearly becoming accustomed to his new career in modelling and posed to perfection!
I’ve included these bags in the magazine as part of my series “Making Money from Making.” Part Two in the March Bustle & Sew eMagazine is all about pricing – and includes why it’s important to offer makes at different price points as well as not undervaluing your time. The eco-totes are speedy, but attractive makes that I think would prove very popular at craft shows – and if you’re not making to sell (or give away) – they’ll be great for carrying your own shopping home!