Sideways ….. in-your-face ….. lashing against the windows….. drifting like mist …. stair-rods…. cats and dogs ….. hammering down ….. beating on the skylight ….. getting under your brolly….. have you guessed yet?
Yes, it’s that frequent visitor to south Devon:
It is simply pouring down. I’m so pleased that although it was overcast, it remained dry while Rosie was here and on Friday we took a picnic to the beach. Rosie also took quite a few photos of the furry one (she is his biggest fan) and sent me this shot – spot the tennis ball he is clutching in his mouth!
I think it was supposed to be more of an action shot – we tried to encourage Ben to gallop across the sand, but he preferred more of a stately trot as you can see! But we had great fun and luckily all the smelly seaweed had washed away again so there was no repeat of the rolling incident! The upside to the dreadful weather we’re experiencing today though, is that I have been able to spend a guilt-free morning stitching – and with the next issue of the Bustle & Sew magazine out next week, I needed to spend some time finishing off this month’s projects. …
I think felt comes into its own at Christmas – such lovely cheerful colours and so easy to use – no fraying at the edges or worries about joining seams on the bias. I have used just three colours of felt in my Christmas Dove wreath, plus some hand embroidery details…
It’s really easy to make and as it’s all hand-stitching it’s a great project to snuggle down with in the evenings. Sorry about the
poor dreadful photo quality in this image – I had to put the light on in the summer house to get any sort of photo as it’s so dark and grey here – but it shows the general idea. I’ll take some better pictures when the sun comes out again!
PS – the sun has come out at the end of the day and this is a much nicer picture – I think!
Today is a glorious day – there’s real warmth in the sun and the sky is a wonderful shade of blue, with just a few white fluffy clouds dotted here and there – it’s hard to believe that we’re in mid-November and Christmas is just around the corner. Ben is snoozing outside in the courtyard, and as soon as I’ve finished this post I’m off to take him for a walk through the woods behind our village. It’s at this time of year that I become more aware of the animals around us – deer and fox tracks are visible in the mud (yes, the mud has returned!), and often I glimpse a flash of movement in the corner of one eye as a rabbit or pheasant makes good its escape into the undergrowth. I was thrilled to see two large brown hares chasing across a field of stubble when I last dropped Ben at his favourite kennels a couple of weeks ago – I don’t see hares close up very often.
One animal that is regarded with very mixed feelings in our village is the fox. Clever, crafty – and the sworn enemy of chicken-keepers everywhere! But undeniably a very handsome fellow who features in the first pattern for the December issue of my Bustle & Sew e-zine.
I’ve tried to reflect his cunning and curious nature in my applique – I didn’t want him to be too cute – and I hope I’ve managed to achieve the right balance. He’s appliqued in felt and wool on a wool-blend felt background and here I’ve chosen to make him into a cushion cover. When we lived in Hampshire many years ago (when Rosie was a very little girl), a hedgehog used to visit our garden from time to time. I don’t see many hedgehogs here, apart from my very own Hodge and Podge – and I don’t really know why that should be as we have so much other wildlife around us.
Anyway, thinking about Podge, I know that sometimes it can be time-consuming to collect all the ingredients to make a softie like Podge, so I’ve assembled two “Make your Own Podge” kits and listed them in my Etsy Shop. The vintage linen pouches contain everything you (or a crafty friend) need to make your Podge – including the premium item of ……
…. a smooth, round beach pebble carefully selected by my canine assistant for its shape, size and general overall appeal! (well, it’s about time he did something useful.) If you’d like a Podge kit, then you will find them in my Etsy shop – just the
two at the moment sorry both sold , as I don’t know if I have any more suitable fabric for her prickles – if these two sell out, then I’ll have a rummage around my cupboard!
PS the pebble was washed before it was added to the kit!
Well, it is in my summerhouse anyway!! I was trying to get some good pictures of my Christmas Garland from SewFlapdoodle on a very grey sort of day and thought I’d add my little reindeer head too.
Don’t forget .. the draw for my reindeer head kit closes tonight – so you have about 10 hours left to enter if you haven’t already done so. And I’ll be sending a free SewFlapdoodle Christmas pattern out to all my newsletter readers this weekend – so if you haven’t joined up, and you’d like the pattern – then just complete the form in the right hand sidebar to be added to my list.
…. I am so enjoying reading all your wonderful suggestions for my little Christmas fabric reindeer pattern’s name. I laughed until I (nearly) cried over “No Idea!” (assuming he was named before his eyes were added – groan), was very attracted to the idea of “Bertie Bustle”, loved the suggestions incorporating “Buttons” and all the other amazingly creative ideas too. Thank you so much to everyone who has left a comment. Then when I reached the end I realised I had forgotten to say that the draw would close on Friday night, so if you’re reading this and haven’t entered yet – there’s still time to do so.
And the Christmas fun continues with a set of new designs from my friend Jacqui of SewFlapdoodle. She’s created five Christmassy images that I’m busy turning into a Christmas garland – here’s a sneak peek at work in progress:
Snowballing bunnies ….
Two little reindeer.
I’ve nearly completed all the applique and am just assembling the flags using the stitch’n'flip technique. I’ll be listing the SewFlapdoodle Christmas Garland pattern at the weekend, and will also be sending a free Christmassy SewFlapdoodle design to all my newsletter readers and e-zine subscribers.
I only assembled two flags this morning though – I was rudely interrupted by an extremely impatient dog (sure you can guess his name!) who was very anxious to head to the beach. So, before he could swish his tail and send all my fabric flying to the floor in a confused mess, I packed him into the car and we set off for Blackpool Sands.
We haven’t been there since last March as dogs are banned from this beach in the summer months. But in the winter it’s a great place to take your canine companion – especially as the Venus Beach Cafe remains open all year long. It was a bit grey and chilly, but Ben had great fun re-acquainting himself with one of his favourite places to swim – a lovely stream that runs through the shingle down to the sea.
Luckily there wasn’t any smelly seaweed on this beach for him to roll in – I don’t know if I mentioned – but after his bad behaviour in rolling at Lannacombe, Donna (his grooming lady) shampooed him twice – firstly in Apple and Avocado, and then in Rosemary and Mint, after which she rubbed him all over with Lavender fur-shine. And it’s hard to believe I know, but even after all that we could still detect a whiff of seaweed in his fur. Bad dog!